I saw this tag on fandomsontherun and I love having unpopular opinions, so it was a no brainer to share them with you. I have a feeling that some of them might actually be commonly shared amongst those who love YA…
1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was incredibly overrated. I read it in 2013 when the hype was building, and I thought it was distinctly average at best. I’ve felt that way about all of John Green’s books to be honest, although the other two I’ve read (Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska) were slightly better.
2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love
I’m going to have to go with The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, even though many people love it. It seems to be one of the few series that receives an extraordinary amount of hate (generally from people who haven’t read it) – in fact it topped this popular, most hated books list, and it has over 350,000 one star ratings on Goodreads. I adore the series, and I don’t care what people say!
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with
Although I’m loathed to mention the same book/series twice, The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer in terms of Bella choosing Edward over Jacob – I do understand why, but I’m pretty sure I’d have chosen differently (although ultimately being a vampire would be cooler than being a wife of a werewolf). Also, can we talk about the overuse of love triangles in YA please?
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for
Generally speaking I read a wide range of books from genres spanning from contemporary to fantasy to non-fiction. The only two book genres I don’t reach for are historical fiction and horror, because I find the former boring and the latter terrifying. However, I wouldn’t say either genre is overly popular, especially in the YA market.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like
Lola Nolan from ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins. I found her to be a spoilt individual, who believes the world revolves around her, and she frequently whined about her so-called problems. As a character she has two parents that worship her and friends that go out of their way to help her, yet she is reluctant to reciprocate.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into
Lemony Snicket, author of the popular ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ series. I’ve tried – I re-read the first two books in the series this year, and whilst there are sparks of genius, in general I simply feel the books, plots and characters are overrated. I’m going to give him one last shot with the third volume in the series.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
Pretty female heroines can get rather repetitive as it occurs in all genres of fiction from contemporary to fantasy. Sometimes it makes me roll my eyes as in reality it’s so unlikely that one person can be drop-dead gorgeous and a badass individual. I’d like to read more about regular female characters.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – I don’t know what it is about the series, but I have no desire to even attempt to get into the series. This is particularly surprising since some of my favourite BookTubers and authors love this book and its subsequent volumes.
9. 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?
Where Rainbows End/Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern – I found that the book dragged, and I disliked that it was told entirely through letters and emails, as we missed out on the mundane interactions between the characters, and were left with what the characters wanted to divulge. The film however, was much more entertaining.
Do you agree with any of my unpopular opinions? Let me know.
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