The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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Much thanks to Alex coffeeloving bookoholic for tagging me for this! She’s awesome, and so is her blog, so definitely go follow her if you don’t already know her.

Now, I love a good unpopular opinion. Let’s do this.

1.) A popular book or book series that you didn’t like.

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I gave the Throne of Glass books a fair shot and read the first two, but they were just not for me. I couldn’t get into the writing style and Celaena and I just did not get along. I wanted to like them and join the Sarah J. Maas party, I truly did, but it was not meant to be.

2.) A popular book or book series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

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I wouldn’t say this book is hated, but it doesn’t seem wildly popular, especially among Lunar Chronicles fans. To be fair, I did read this before I read the Lunar Chronicles and do prefer that series, but I loved this book. To be even fairer, I went into this book with really low expectations because I really don’t like Alice in Wonderland, but I LOVED this book. I think it’s so fun and I loved the characters and I hardly put it down while I was reading. It was my introduction to Marissa Meyer’s writing and it was a raging success. I loved it.

3.) An otp that you don’t like.

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Eliza and Wallace (I blame Wallace).

4.) A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.

High fantasy’s one I hardly ever go for. I don’t dislike it and kinda want to go for it, but also….it feels like such a commitment and I never feel ready. Either way, I rarely ever reach for it.

5.) A popular/beloved character that you do not like

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Kevin Day. After I finished these books I scoured the Tumblr posts and everyone seems to love Kevin there, it’s very “protect Kevin Day at all costs,” but…I found him about as interesting as a piece of cardboard. It probably had to do with the fact that he was all hyped up and then he just didn’t…do a whole lot and always seemed to be in a bad mood. I felt like I was being told to like him and feel sorry for him, and I resented it because that’s how I am sometimes. I would not protect him at all costs. Sorry Kevin.

6.) A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read two of her books and I’m really not a fan of her writing style, alas.

7.) A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

The classic fade-out YA sex scene (especially if it takes place before they have to go save the world and it’s their ~last chance~ in case they die, etc.). I literally just finished a book that had this and I was like, no….please….don’t do this……….I beg you. But the scene faded out and they did in fact do it. Boo.

8.) A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Cassandra Clare books. I don’t even know how many books/series she has, but I’ve never felt any stirring in my heart to read them and doubt I ever will.

9.) The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or tv show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I like the show “Anne with an E” more than the actual Anne of Green Gables books. I know many people have complained that the show is too dark an adaptation, but I think that’s exactly why I love it more than the books. Also those books made me wait 2394238 years for Anne and Gilbert to happen and then she moved into a house with some old ladies and cats while he went to medical school and my heart couldn’t take it anymore and I quit the books. RIP windy poplars.

I TAG:

You if you think this looks fun, because I’ve seen this one going around a lot and I’m not sure who and who hasn’t done it, also I’m sleepy and linking tags feels like effort. Thank goodness the weekend is nearly there. HAPPY FRIDAY!!

 

21 thoughts on “The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

    • Heartless does have a slower pace than TLC, which I’ve seen as one of its major criticisms, but I didn’t mind so much because I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I hope you like it if you give it a try!

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  1. Every time I see this tag I’m like I NEED TO DO THIS and then I always forget. But I AM GOING TO DO THIS. I am excited to complain about Matthias for that beloved character I hate question, ahhaha.

    Omg and I hate that fade out sex scene thing. Like for one thing why do teenagers always have sex in literally every book I read about teenagers……. ENOUGH!!! And for another thing I’m sort of confused by how inherently hypocritical it is to be like ~teenagers should have sex it’s healthy and good~ but then not actually depict it?! It’s one of those YA standards that’s so strange to me.

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    • LOL omg I considered Matthias for that question, but then I was like, well I don’t really *hate* him, and more than that I just wanted to rant about the character I did choose because I really do hate that guy. And then I thought, “if Rachel does this tag, she’ll take care of the Matthias hate for me.” hahahahah.

      YES to all of that. Those are exactly the reasons I hate it. But mostly I’m like THEY’RE SIXTEEN and most of the time have only *just* gotten together in the story. And it’s nearly always a perfect experience, which makes it so boring rather than if it was weird or bad or awkward or silly. Like, mix it up at least. I also hate it for the fact that it often expresses that having sex is the ultimate expression of love before some sort of death battle. Like once they do it they are Fully In Love and can now slay the bad guy, because they’ll at least have No Regrets if they die. It’s stuff like this that makes me appreciate pairs like Kaz and Inej SO MUCH MORE.

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      • LOL oh my god that is hilarious, I love it. I’m so predictable. Poor Matthias, I don’t even HATE~ him either, I think it mostly annoys me that people love him SO MUCH when he has the personality of a soggy piece of bread.

        Tbh I think in recent years there’s been such a strong push-back against telling teens that ‘sex is BAD AND EVIL’ that I’ve seen it glorified in SO MANY teen narratives and I feel like ‘it’s okay to NOT have sex’ is something I’m seeing so rarely when it’s just as important of a message. Like, you can love someone without sleeping with them!!! If you are not ready to have sex because you’re like, fifteen, that is okay!!! And omg ugh the ~perfect first time~ trope is just. so bad. Make it stop. KAZ/INEJ FOREVER.

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      • I’m going to have to go check out your post, hahahah. I was trying to think, would he be more interesting if he was given more interactions with Kaz, or Jesper, or inej? But then was like, if Nina can’t make him interesting idk who could.

        YES omg. I’m glad most of my favorite books don’t have that trope. Thanks JKR for having Harry break up with Ginny instead of sleeping with her before charging into battle. Actually the only book that comes to mind where it wasn’t ~perfect~ is the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, which resulted in a pregnancy scare. Which wasn’t like, particularly pleasant to read, but at least it was more realistic.

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      • ‘If Nina can’t make him interesting idk who could’ TRUE!!!!! He is just too fundamentally boring for these books. Sorry Matthias.

        Omg I had totally forgotten about Traveling Pants but you’re right, that is a great example of ~realistic sex in YA lit! I really want to see more of that. I don’t understand how it’s not damaging to tell teenage girls that their first time is going to be ~magical and perfect~ when it’s like…… no.

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  2. I love unpopular opinion posts! And you have some good ones here! I’m on the same page with Cassandra Clare’s books. It seems like everyone loves them, but I’ve just never really felt any need to read them

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  5. LOL! Not only was Kevin bland as hell, he was pretty much a consistent jerk! I didn’t like him either.

    I also only made it through the first two Throne of Glass books, and had the same issues you did. I recently did this challenge and I think I mentioned this one too.

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    • HAHA yes Kevin was such a jerk! I don’t understand how I was supposed to like him.

      The Throne of Glass books confuse me so much, because I didn’t like them at all, but people love them so much it almost makes me feel like I read some different terrible version of them.

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