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Book tag: Unpopular opinions.

I’ve had this tag on the back burner for a while now. It was a post I contemplated doing at the beginning of this blog’s life as a way of showing and exploring some of my bookish opinions but it never felt like the right thing to post, or I had other ideas. This week has been quite busy and, as I also haven’t been feeling 100% well, I thought this would be perfect. It’s fun, it’s easy, and hopefully, it’ll get you sharing your thoughts and (unpopular)opinions. So let us dive in, fingers crossed I don’t ruffle too many feathers…

A popular book/series that you didn’t like.

The book Thief by Markus Zusak and One day by David Nichols. Everyone raved about these books during their time in the bookish spotlight, but I just couldn’t see what all (any!) of the hype was about. Both, for me, just reeked of pretension and unoriginality.

the-book-thiefIt is possible that I was never destined to understand the excitement and passion that grew around’The book Thief.’ Typically, historical fiction is not usually my cup of tea, and it’s definitely a slightly harder read for me when I do pick it up, but I gave into the raves and the reviews and bought a copy. I cleared my mind of preconceptions as best I could, dived in, and promptly hit my head on the brick wall. It was disjointed, hard to follow and completely unrelatable. I wanted to love Liesel. She was the book thief, the saver of books – I  wanted to admire her, I wanted to be inspired by her. Instead, I found myself confused. She was nine or supposed to be, and so was her best friend Rudy Steiner. Whilst I understand that the world and circumstances that they were living in would force any individual to grow up quickly their relationship was strange and made me feel somewhat uncomfortable.

‘One day’. How glad I am that I borrowed a copy from a friend rather than buying my own. From page 1, I found the characters frustrating and unrelatable, wrapped in an all familiar story-line. It was boring and made me cross. They needed a good shake and life experience to help them shed the feelings of entitlement they wore like an uncomfortable second skin.

Admittedly, it was a very long time ago that I read ‘One Day’; maybe I’ll feel different now. There is a small part of me does want to re-read it, to see if, as I have grown and matured, my feelings and interpretations have now changed. Maybe I would now sympathize and understand the characters more but, at the moment, there are too many other books I would rather be reading.

A book series you loved but everyone else hated.
This one has me a bit stuck. Series feel like a big commitment to me so, if I am going to start reading one, I do a lot of research first. I trawl through Goodreads, Booktube, and talk to my friends; even then I am still very picky. I adored this series when I first read it, emptying my purse on the counter at my local bookshop, and begging friends for the last 50p so I could have my own copies, is one of my favorite memories whenever I looked at them. I read them a lot. I refused to watch the movies (even the trailer for the films) as I wanted to keep the characters as they looked in my head – Robert Patterson was never attractive enough to play Edward. As I have gotten older, I have somewhat discarded my incredible love for them: the characters have some major issues, the relationships have some bigger problems, and the writing is far from fantastic. But, I do still enjoy them, and I don’t think I will ever hold quite the same disdain for them as a lot of people.
A love triangle where the main character ended up with the wrong person.
I am a hopeless romantic who falls for even the slightest hint of romance, and the stronger the hint, the harder I fall for it. Therefore, I am usually very swept up in the
hunger-gamescanon. The only time I maybe questioned the outcome of a triangle was in the ‘Hunger Games’ series. As you’ll see later on in this post, I really dislike Gale. It’s not that I believe Gale and Katniss to be a better pairing, rather I am not convinced that Katniss should have been paired with either Peeta or Gale. It felt as though she thought that was the answer, what she needed, but really should have waited for someone else.
A popular genre you barely ever reach for.

Sci-Fi, Horror or crime. Being a wimp means that I will never loiter at the Horror section of a bookshop. Crime, I think, holds the same potential as horror: it might scare me, cause me sleepless nights, and therefore, if I do find a crime book that I find interesting I approach with extreme caution; posting questions on Goodreads, trawling Booktube, asking my friends. I am slowly reading more sci-fi, well I think I am, I may be wrong (let me know). There a few Patrick Ness Books I would describe as, at least, sci-fi esque: ‘More than this,’ ‘The rest of us just live here.’ I have also read ‘Ready Player One’ and ‘Armada’ by Earnest Cline, ‘The Martian’ by Andy weir, and ‘The book of strange new things’ by Michael Faber. However, I think the reason I really enjoyed and was able to enjoy them, was because they could also fit well in other categories and, maybe with the exception of ‘The Martian’ weren’t to0 science heavy.

A popular character you didn’t like.
Gale Hawthorn. He had moments, before the commencement of the Hunger Games, where he was a really good friend. It was clear that both he and Katniss were very grateful that they had each other. However, as Katniss grew stronger and more independent as well as developing a friendship with Peeta, he became a lot less supportive, and increasingly took on the persona of a whiny lead balloon. His actions in Mockingjay, however, were what really turned me against him. He seemed to learn nothing. He became vindictive and amoral, and whilst I understood that they had been through an awful lot, he, in my opinion, became far to revengeful.
A popular author you can’t get into.
I have read a couple of Nicholas Spark’s books: The last song and Dear John and, I am not at all interested in reading any more. They are so incredibly formulaic that I am 99% sure I’ll be able to predict what’s going to happen right from page 1. A woman, pretty but shy, a 91grgkba8llittle insecure, arrives in a quaint American town (usually on the coast or near a large body of water) as a way of escaping something in her past. She meets a guy, good looking and also with a sad past; widowed, or had been in jail. They fall in love and are happy until, ultimately, some tragedy occurs which means they can’t be together.
The book is not always better than the movie.
If there’s a film I want to see, then I always try to make a point of reading the book first. More often than not, the book will remain the best form of that story, and I will continue to recommend it over the film adaption. However, there are a few films that I would re-watch over re-reading the book:
  • The last song
  • The Duff – I’m not sure if this one really counts as the book and the film (I LOVED them both) are so different, they could almost be two different stories
  • Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist

What are your unpopular opinions? What do you think of mine? Let’s have a chat, leave me a comment, or feel free to make your own Unpopular opinions post – you have all been tagged!

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