The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Posted February 2, 2018 by Leah in Tag / 13 Comments

It’s Unpopular Opinion time! I saw this tag floating around on booktube (started by TheBookArcher). Unpopular Opinions can be tricky (see my discussion post about that here) but I love tags and really wanted to do it, so here we go!

 

A popular book or book series you didn’t like

There are a few books I didn’t like as much as I thought I would (Beautiful Creatures, Caraval, Shiver, the Shades of Magic series), but the Divergent trilogy comes to mind first. I like the possibilities the first book presented–the factions, the conflict, but all of the ideas never fully gelled for me. It felt like the plot didn’t know what it wanted to do after a time. There was so much hype about this series, too. I DNFed Allegiant and haven’t looked back since.

 

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

It seems like people are divided on Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series, mostly leaning toward not liking the books. I enjoyed the dangerous faeries and the flawed main characters. Plus, two of the characters make cameos in The Cruel Prince, Holly’s latest book!

 

AN OTP you didn’t like

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Ana and Christian are a big NO for me. There is nothing romantic or sexy about this couple at all.

 

A popular book genre you hardly reach for

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Thriller/Suspense.

 

A popular/beloved character you didn’t like

I’ve tried understanding why people like St.Clair. What he does is not cool at all. View Spoiler »

 

A popular author you can’t seem to get into

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I can’t get into Colleen Hoover’s books. I’ve tried several and DNFed most; I got through It Ends With Us, but I wasn’t seeing what everyone else sees. What am I missing?

 

A popular book trope you’re tired of seeing

Two words: Dead. Parent(s). If that’s not a trope, then it should be. I feel like in 3 out of 4 books, there is/are dead parent(s).

 

A popular series you have no interest in reading

I tried reading first Selection book years ago, but it didn’t grab my attention. I don’t have the urge to pick it up again.

 

The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie.” But what movie or TV show do you prefer more than the movie?

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Lord of the Rings! I saw the movies multiple times in theaters (13 times for the first one, 6 for the second, 2 for the third), and own both the theatrical cut versions as well as the extended versions (No regrets!) I will always have a special place in my heart for the films. As for the book…I not so successful getting in to it.

Do you have any unpopular bookish opinions? This is a judgement-free zone, so if you do, don’t be shy. Let’s talk!

Leah
Leah

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13 responses to “The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

  1. Liza
    Twitter:

    Such a fun tag! Let’s see… I read Divergent and loved it, but didn’t read the rest of the series (and don’t intent to). I read Tithe, but didn’t read the two other books (maybe there’s a pattern here?) I did love Anna (despite myself), and some books of Hoover.

    I’ve never read the Lord of the Rings series, but I LOVE the movies. SO tires of dead or missing parents…

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  2. Dead parents are a trope I am 100% over as well. I actually love seeing healthy or loving parents in YA or any book. Even a dysfunctional family is preferred over dead to get the sympathy moment. I did really like Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and I am surprised myself because cheating usually really bothers me in books too. It’s one of the reasons I couldn’t stand The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.

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    • Leah

      Oh, yes, me too! Give me dysfunctional families over a Dead Parent.

      I have The Sky Is Everywhere on my TBR pile–thank you for the heads up. 🙂

  3. Tessa
    Twitter:

    My reading tastes tend to comply with the popular opinions, but there are a few books that label me as a black sheep. My most treasonous book opinion is that I really disliked Truthwitch by Sarah Dennard. I wasn’t convinced by the romance and I didn’t particularly like the main character (like, I cannot even remember her name). The entire book blogging community exploded when the series was released, but I don’t think the hype was deserved.

    Anyway, you are definitely not alone with disliking Fifty Shades and The Selection. I have never read Fifty Shades or watched the movies, but judging on what my friends have said (and even the movie trailers) it is obvious that their relationship is extremely toxic. As for The Selection, I am kind of on the fence. When I first started reading YA I loved The Selection. I read the series as the books came out and I really fell in love with the cheesy romance and everything. Since then, I have read much better YA romances and I realize that I might have over-hyped The Selection. It will always have a special place in my heart, but I do admit that it has its faults.

    • Leah

      I have Truthwitch on my TBR, but it’s not calling out to me. I’m curious to see what the hype is about.

      The “relationship” is Fifty Shades is majorly toxic. It’s so abusive. I can’t and won’t recommend those books. I think every YA reader has that one book or series that they love that others don’t. It’s what makes the reading sphere so amazing.

  4. I still have yet to read the rest of the Divergent series because the first book was so “meh” for me. And my best friends try to get me to read Fifty Shades all the time but I simply refuse to touch it because the “romance” sounds so gross to me 🤢

    • Leah

      Yes, the “romance” in Fifty Shades is just glorified abuse. I only read the first one and that was enough for me. I don’t recommend it at all.

    • Leah

      To this day, I still don’t understand the hype for Divergent either.

      As for Fifty Shades, after I read the first book, I felt gross. Horribly written glorified abuse is a big NO. I jumped ship quickly.

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