Unpopular Bookish Opinions

I’ve seen the theme of unpopular opinions floating around the BookTube community for a while now after this video by TheBookArcher came out, and decided that it would be fun to have my own go at it! Before I begin though, I’m not meaning this to offend/discredit any authors or fans; these are simply my opinions.

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A popular book that you didn’t like…

This was a difficult choice between Victoria Aveyard’s ‘Red Queen’ and E. Lockhart’s ‘We Were Liars’, so I’m going to talk briefly about both. I recently finished reading ‘We Were Liars’ and I must admit I went into it with very high expectations. Knowing virtually nothing about the plot other than one word I had read in relation to it accidentally (which admittedly ruined the major twist), I was extremely disappointed. The constant switching between over the top metaphors and disjointed, short sentences did not seem to flow whatsoever, however I know for many people this is what made the book so good. I also did not connect to any of the characters; I understand that knowing nothing about them is necessary to the story, but I lean far more towards character-driven novels and there was very little to actually form opinions about. It was also extremely slow in general, and I almost gave up halfway through.

‘Red Queen’ was another book that I think fell victim to being over-hyped. In reality, I thought that the premise of a poor girl discovering she had special abilities and joining a revolution against a corrupt ruling system was extremely overused and predictable. There were no characters, again, that I felt connected to and they were all extremely generic in terms of the YA fantasy genre.

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

I knew immediately what my answer for this was going to be, and it is undoubtedly Christopher Paolini’s masterpiece, ‘The Inheritance Cycle’. I don’t know if it’s true to say that people ‘hate’ this series as such, I just feel that it for the majority of the time it is either underappreciated or misrepresented. The four book series follows its protagonist Eragon as he discovers his magical destiny and goes on a quest to destroy evil in the world of Alagaësia. It’s a common misconception, I think, that this series is simply a recreation of ‘Lord of the Rings’ given Eragon’s name being similar to Aragorn, and the fact that it is a fantasy novel, which by default means there is going to be magic and dragons and elves and all these wonderful things. Many people also judge it against the film adaptation, which was in no way true to the book and just terrible in almost every way (but that’s a post for another day…) In reality, ‘The Inheritance Cycle’ is one of the richest worlds I have ever read about, you care deeply for its characters who are all developed beautifully, the action is incredibly written, and there are twists and magic everywhere. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to any fantasy fan.

A popular book genre that you don’t reach for…

My answer for this undoubtedly has to be thriller novels; I just never have any desire to pick one up despite how much hype there may be around it.

A popular author that you can’t seem to get into…

Despite having read, and owning, three of her books, my answer to this has to be Rainbow Rowell. At the time of reading her novels I thought I quite enjoyed them, but looking back I realise this was largely due to how much other people love her books making the impression on me. In reality, I thought ‘Carry On’ was a bit slow for the most part despite liking most of the characters and their relationships, ‘Eleanor & Park’ had no lasting effect on me and I can barely remember anything about it, however I did enjoy ‘Fangirl’ as it was extremely relatable, which I think is why most people enjoyed it. I also like her writing style, I just wouldn’t say I’m ever in a rush to read any of her books when they’re released, and have no desire to read any other of her published works.

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A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing…

This somewhat relates to my previous post where I went into some detail about parental roles in ‘Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’. It was so refreshing to see such supportive, close families in the novel and I wish that more YA novels would have better representation of family relationships such as this. When you look at the majority of novels for young adults, this is severely lacking and quite often their family relationships either take a backseat, or are negative as a basis for the character to be unhappy.

A popular series that you have no interest in reading…

As a massive fan of Cassandra Clare’s ‘The Mortal Instruments’ seIMG_2862ries it’s quite bizarre for me to be saying this, but I have absolutely no desire to read ‘The Infernal Devices’ any more. In fact, the only spin-off of TMI that I have read is ‘The Bane Chronicles’ purely because I adore Magnus Bane so much; and I have tried to read TID but gave up about 100 pages into ‘Clockwork Angel’. This is more than likely to be because the Shadow World has been so expanded it feels like there’s almost too much to catch up on.

I’m also going to add the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy by Patrick Ness. I cannot get past the chaotic writing style, despite how well it reflects the actual plot and themes of the novel.

The saying goes that ‘the book is always better than the film’, but which film/TV adaptation do you prefer to the book?

This answer came as a bit of a surprise to me, but it has to be the classic ‘Lord of the Rings’ series by JRR Tolkien. Believe me, I absolutely adore Tolkien’s use of description and the absolute genius of his creation, but in terms of enjoyment in the actual moment of reading/watching, Peter Jackson’s adaptations just about beat it. I don’t think there is a single thing that could be improved upon with the film adaptations; they perfectly capture the vastness, depth and beauty of Middle Earth and its inhabitants, and although they do miss out many sections of the books, this does not detract from the impact that the films have and they absolutely, undoubtedly do justice to the source material.

 

I’d be really interested to know if you agree or disagree with any of my opinions, so feel free to leave your own (non-hurtful) comments below!

Have a wonderful day!

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3 thoughts on “Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  1. I agree with loads of these – especially Rainbow Rowell; I quite enjoyed Eleanor & Park, but in general I find it quite hard to get into her style of writing. That said, I absolutely loved TID, although I did read it straight after TMI, so I was already completely immersed in that world!

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