Hey everyone, I’m back again with another tag from Booktube – the Unpopular Opinions Tag! Originally posted by TheBookArcher, this tag’s all about well…unpopular opinions.
If you’re interested in the original video you can find that here.
I’m going to lead this post with a disclaimer: I’m not trying to offend people, these are my opinions and I’m standing by them. If you see one of your favorite books on here, and you want to tell me why you love them, do it! Having polite conversations about differing opinions is great! Getting angry because I don’t have the same opinion as you isn’t.
Also some of these answers may contain spoilers.
Anyways let’s get started!
- A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
I’m putting two series down on this one for two reasons: one, I couldn’t decide which to pick and two, I’m not sure if you could consider one of these to be an “unpopular” opinion but anyways. The two popular series that I don’t like are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth.
I enjoyed The Hunger Games when I first read it, but when I read Catching Fire, that feeling for the book diminished extremely fast. I think the characters in these stories are great, they were well thought out, but the skeleton of the story was something I read before and in the end I just didn’t like it. Divergent was almost the exact same experience for me. I read the first two books of the Divergent series right after The Hunger Games and I barely made it through the second book – I actually DNF’d it halfway through because I just couldn’t get through it.
Essentially Divergent is the same exact plot of The Hunger Games, just offered in a slightly different way – 4 groups in the world instead of 12, a girl in the most underrated group becomes the savior, etc. – but The Hunger Games did it better. While in The Hunger Games I was able to attach to some characters, in Divergent I just didn’t find myself liking any of them. I am definitely not the only one who feels this way, I’ve seen Divergent show up in many of these unpopular opinion tags, but I just really wanted to enjoy these books but couldn’t.
- A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
Paper Towns by John Green. This book is in no way perfect, it’s full of cliches, but I love it so much. It’s one of my favorite contemporary novels not because of the romance but because of the friendships. Quentin will always be one of my favorite characters of any novel and I think that I enjoyed learning about him and his best friends Ben and Radar who go on this adventure, instead of trying to figure out where Margo was or if her and Quentin would end up together.
On top of that, the idea of a paper town – a deliberately false addition to a map or phone book as a sort of copyright trap (definition was found on Wikipedia; a google search of ‘paper town’ yielded more results in terms of the book instead of a definition) – is so awesome to me, the fact John Green wrote a whole book around it is just really cool.
- A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like.
I’m going all the way back to my Twilight days. I’ve gone through all the phases of Twilight – loving it, absolutely hating it, to being generally indifferent about it like I currently am now – but there is one aspect of Twilight that will always bother me and that’s the fact that Bella ends up with Edward. I. Hated. Edward. I was so Team Jacob I almost ruined some friendships over it. He was honestly so much better for Bella than Edward was – to the point where Edward even mentioned it, I think? It’s been awhile since I read the books – and it was obvious. I usually really don’t like the ‘childhood best friend turned love interest’ trope but Jacob would always be the exception to that rule.
Anyways yeah, I was Team Jacob.
- A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
Dystopian novels. There gets to a point where all the books from this genre bleed together for me. It’s hard to create a new way for the government to be corrupt or the world being destroyed, and after the hype surrounding The Hunger Games, it’s hard for me to get excited about dystopian novels anymore.
- A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
I can’t say there are many beloved characters I don’t love, so I’m going to go with Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns. She wasn’t my favorite in this book at all, and she reminds me too much of the ‘manic-pixie dream girl’ trope. Margo is “too quirky” for her Florida town but is also the most popular girl in school so is “too cool” to hang out with Quentin until her super popular boyfriend cheats on her. Then she talks Quentin into sneaking out of his house and driving her around in the dead of night to seek revenge on her ex and subsequently her group of friends – a lot of this revenge involves damaging property – before disappearing. On top of all that I feel like Margo used Quentin a lot to get what she wanted because she knew he had a crush on her and I don’t think that’s fair, especially with how she treated Quentin towards the end of the novel after he spent the entire story looking for her.
- A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Sarah J. Maas. I tried reading her series A Court of Thorns and Roses a few months ago because I heard amazing things about her writing, but I just couldn’t really get past the first few chapters. This might’ve also been a timing issue. I was in the deep end of my senior year of college when I picked it up and had a lot of things on my mind, but the book just didn’t grab me the way others have. I might give her writing another chance when I have more time, because I’ve been seeing her Throne of Glass series everywhere but that series is about seven books deep. So I might give Sarah J. Maas another chance, but it wouldn’t be for awhile.
- A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
This one is rough because I’m a huge fan of tropes. Give me cliches, I love them so much. But if I had to pick one I think the one I would be happy to never see again it would be the idea that a love interest “fixed” the main character or the main character “fixing” their love interest. I haven’t seen it in a long time, but it usually goes hand in hand with the ‘bad boy’ trope, where the bad boy falls for the shy girl and chooses to change a big part of himself to impress her. Remember the end of Grease, when Danny joined a sports team because Sandy wasn’t giving him the time of day when he was a T-Bird wearing all leather (while at the same time Sandy was picking up smoking and painting a leather cat suit to herself)? That’s what I hate.
People don’t need to be “fixed”, they’re not a leaky faucet, or the headlight on my car that went out last month. If you want to be with a person you need to accept them for what they are even if they might do some things like racing cars instead of studying all night. (Wow, I really want to watch Grease now…)
- A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
I’m going with Game of Thrones by George R R Martin for this one. The main reason behind this disinterest is the fact that these books are high fantasy and they’re also more than 800 pages long (according to the first book’s – A Song of Ice and Fire – Goodreads page). I have to be really interested in a plot or world to want to read high fantasy and this story just doesn’t interest me.
Also the hype for the show really killed any type of interested I had in the story. I know that the show has strayed away from the books a lot and so they’re almost different entities at this point, but I tried watching an episode once and well…let’s just say I don’t do well with images of extreme violence so the show is obviously not for me.
- The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
Okay, I had such a hard time with this one because I’m one of those people who thinks the source material is always better. In thinking of an answer, I was able to think of a list of TV show adaptations that almost ruined the book but anyways. I think I’ll have to go with the Magicians by Lev Grossman.
I love these books, I read them because the show was announced and I was looking for a new series to read and this series was billed as Harry Potter for adults, and well…that right there sold me on it. But, it was hard for me to get into at first mostly because I was having a hard time visualizing the world and retaining all this information that Lev Grossman was trying to give us in three books. When I watched the show though, I was automatically pulled into the story. It might be because Brakebills and the world of Fillory is so visual it works better for me on screen than page, but I love the Magicians TV show and I think it’s an amazing adaptation.
Okay so those are my unpopular book opinions! Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what you guys might’ve picked for your answers!