So, since I have no life, I spend the majority of my time writing or watching YouTube videos. I’ve been super into BookTube these past few months, and I noticed this tag floating around. Normally I hate when people do tag or challenge videos because it means that they don’t have ideas of their own, but I decided I’d make an exception for this tag. I like that it’s controversial. So, without further ado- the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag.
1) A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
I’m going to start with controversy right off the bat. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell was a huge disappointment for me. People always say that it’s the best of her books, and I did really like the beginning of it. But then I was just mad and vaguely uninterested throughout the remaining 2/3 of the book. I much prefer Fangirl and Carry On.
2) A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate, but you love.
The classic- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. People hate it now, and understandably so. I would probably hate it if I picked it up for the first time right now. But the nostalgia just won’t leave me. I can’t help myself.
3) A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with.
This one is kind of hard for me because I avoid books with love triangles like the plague. And when I didn’t, I was twelve and easily swayed to like anyone the main character liked. I’m just going to go with Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games. And not even because I liked Gale. I didn’t. I didn’t want Katniss to end up with anyone because she seemed utterly miserable and like she didn’t really love Peeta at the end of the series. I feel like she would have prefered to be alone.
4) A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
Classics. Classics so much. I hate a majority of them.
5) A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Another one that could get me murdered- Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices. Otherwise known as old-fashioned Jace Wayland. They are literally the same character in the first books of their respective series. I probably would have loved these books if I had read them when I was twelve, but now I know better. He’s the typical YA love interest and I hate it.
6) A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I feel like this is going to be a really off-the-wall answer, but in the interest of not repeating answers (Cassandra Clare is one I can’t get into), I’m going to say R.L. Stine. I remember trying to read Goosebumps books when I was younger and thinking that they were really dumb. And I recently tried to read one of the new books from the Fear Street series, but I couldn’t get into it. His books felt too young for me even when I was in the demographic.
7) A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
Love triangles, first and foremost. The rude, brooding love interest who no one can have an actual healthy relationship with. The incapable female protagonist. The never-ending series. The cover with a girl in a dress on it. I’m sure I could go on forever.
8) A popular book or series that you have no interest in reading.
The Fault in Our Stars. I’m so sorry, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I read Paper Towns and I liked it, and I have more John Green books in my TBR, but for some reason, I have zero interest in The Fault in Our Stars. (The runner up for this answer is the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Maybe I just have an aversion to Shailene Woodley.)
9) The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or TV show adaptation do you like better than the book?
My answer for this one isn’t fair, since I haven’t actually read any of the books. I tried to read the first one, but it was too similar to the TV show, which I had already seen, so I got bored. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I tried to read the book for a solid year before I gave up. The TV show is just too good. (The runner up for this one is Breaking Dawn Part Two. I liked what they did with the battle in the movie.)
I sat for a solid 15 minutes trying to think of another question to add to this tag so that this numbered list would be at an even 10. I think I’m just going to have to post it as is though. Ugh, it’s going to drive me crazy. Anyway, what are your unpopular book opinions?