I’m one of those people that love to watch BookTube. I follow tons of people’s vlogs in which they discuss books, do book reviews, talk about their TBRs, and participate in book tags. One book tag that I always enjoy watching is the unpopular opinions tag. In this tag, people talk about books that people hated that they loved, books people loved that they hated, among others.
I didn’t create this tag, nor did I create the questions. The creator, from YouTube, can be found here.
So, here are the questions, along with my answers. Enjoy!
1) A popular book or series that you didn’t like
The Hunger Games
As stated in my last blog post, I didn’t enjoy this series, even though it seems like book enthusiasts everywhere absolutely adored it. I’ll admit, I did enjoy the first book. However, books two and three were torture for me to continue. I’ve heard the movies are amazing (I’ve only seen the first movie), so perhaps they are better than the books. However, this is just one popular series that I can’t enjoy, no matter how hard I try.
2) A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love
The After Series
I just finished reading this series, and I LOVED it. Many people compare this book to Fifty Shades of Grey because the main male character has many of the same traits, but really, this series is almost the opposite of Fifty Shades as far as the plot .This began as a One Direction fanfiction on Wattpad by Anna Todd, and after hearing so much about it on the internet, I bought the published versions. Of course, they aren’t anything that literary scholars will brag about, nor will they be the next great American novels. However, for what they are, they are amazing books. The main characters are lovable, the story is easy to follow, and the angst is to die for. I’m not ashamed to love this series, even though so many people claim to hate it. #Hessa is amazing.
3) 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
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger
Anyone who knows me well knows that I hate Ron and Hermione together. Honestly, it was one of the worst things about the Harry Potter series, to me. In reality, these two would’ve never been compatible. Sure, Ron is sweet and funny and a great guy, but he and Hermione were completely wrong for each other. Someone as intelligent as Hermione needs someone whose intelligence level matches hers. She needs someone who isn’t afraid to put her in her place when she’s being a bossy know-it-all. She needs someone who challenges her. Ron isn’t that person for her. And Hermione, as much as I love her, would inevitably ruin Ron.
4) A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for
Science Fiction or Mystery
It’s not that I have anything against these genres. I really don’t. It’s just whenever I’m browsing for new books, these aren’t the genres that I go for. My style is Contemporary or Young Adult. Sometimes, I even prefer Fantasy. I just never have really gotten into SciFi or Mystery. If you know any great novels in these genres that you’d recommend, let me know!
5) A popular or beloved character that you do not like
Yes, I said it. I hate Albus Dumbledore. I’m sure any Potterhead reading this is screaming “Blasphemy!” But it’s true. I hate the man. To me, he’s deceitful and untrustworthy and did things for his own agenda. He was manipulative and used people and played favorites. He could’ve been more honest with Harry. He could’ve showed as much attention to other students. He could’ve been more caring toward Snape and not used him, then leave him to die. He could’ve been so much better than what he was. To me, he’s almost as bad as Voldemort – he’s power hungry and does things for himself.
Hate me if you must, but I’ll keep on hating Dumbledore.
6) A popular author that you can’t seem to get into
I’ve only read one Nicholas Sparks novel that I enjoyed. To me, his books are too detail driven and they always end the same. He writes the same plot over and over again, simply with different characters. His novels aren’t very original, and when they’re finally made into movies (just like most of them are) the movies are always better. He spends too much time describing things instead of focusing on character interactions and development and dialogue. I just can’t get into his writing or his novels.
7) A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing
I hate it that in almost every popular trilogy or YA novel, there is some kind of love triangle. Seriously, are love triangles that common? I’ve never known of someone to be in one. The girls in the novels (Twilight, Hunger Games, etc.) to be stuck in these love triangles aren’t even that appealing. I don’t understand, but I’m tired of seeing it.
8) A popular series that you have no interest in reading
A Song of Ice and Fire
They just don’t interest me. I’ve heard they’re terrible novels and the show is much better. I don’t want to waste my time reading something that I know won’t be of must interest to me. If anyone would like to try to convince me otherwise, feel free to do so!
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’m not ashamed to love this movie, nor am I ashamed to say that the movie was infinitely better than the book. I didn’t even really care for the book. The movie was magical, and if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. The book had weird pacing and was written choppily and the characters weren’t likable. The book began when Allie came back to meet Noah at the house he built her, and gave little flashbacks to their life together before then. We didn’t get to fall in love with them as they fell in love. It just wasn’t that great.
These are my unpopular book opinions! Know any other popular tags that book bloggers have done? Let me know!