Unpopular Book Tag

Book Tag

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag was created by TheBookArcher. You can watch the original video here!

 

I spotted this on someone’s blog and thought it made for some interesting discussion.  I absolutely cannot find it again, let me know if you think it’s you!  I’d love to give you credit.

A quick note, I’m in no way attacking anyone’s preferences.  This is all just for fun 🙂


1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

I can go with the easy pick, which is Twilight.  I read the first book, but not the rest.  I’ll give her a whole lot of credit for spinning a ripping yarn — I looked up from reading and realised it was about 3 am — but Twilight is really problematic for me.  Don’t get me started on the fact that it normalises abusive relationships for young girls, I can ramble about that for days.  It’s so unhealthy!

I also never got into The Lies of Locke Lamora, which is a really popular book/series.  It is everything I should love: a band of con men in a rich fantasy setting with bromances and snappy dialogue.  I got to about 100 pages and I just couldn’t get into it.  I think I’ll probably give it another shot at some point.

A bit of a left turn, but Julian Fellows’ Belgravia was another that I just didn’t like.  It has a beautiful cover, is a family saga set in the 19th century, and takes place in a gorgeous part of London that I’m very fond of.  I gave up halfway through, I just didn’t care about anyone or anything in the book, which is such a shame.

 


2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

The Wheel of Time series is notorious for having a major slump in books 8-10.  I really liked the eighth book, A Path of Daggers, though.  Also, I enjoyed A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, much more than most readers did.


3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

I still grump and huff about the Hunger Games.  Although to be fair, Katniss shouldn’t have ended up with anyone but her badass self.  She’s a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man!

 


4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

Anything contemporary.  I’m really just not interested, particularly for YA.  I’ve lived through my teenage years, why would I want to go back?  No thanks.

Under the same umbrella, I cannot stand urban fantasy, with very few exceptions.  It just does not interest me in the slightest.

Also anything with vampires and werewolves (again with very few exceptions).


5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Arya Stark.  Let the hate rain down upon me, but she’s a little psycho murderer and bores me.  Also Dany is a major snoozefest — her story line went downhill so far after the third book.  Long live Cersei Lannister.

 


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

I probably have to go with Patrick Rothfuss.  I liked The Name  of the Wind when I first read it, but when I reread it a few years later (after a lot of personal growth, I must add) I just did not enjoy it.

 


7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

Dystopian settings are getting really old.  I love the farmboy-of-destiny trope in adult fantasy, but am less keen in YA fantasy.  Insta-love is a pretty big turn-off too.

 


8. A popular book / series that you have no interest in reading.

Throne of Glass.  I keep saying I’ll read it, but I’ve started it twice and just wasn’t feeling it.  A coworker recently offered to lend the first one to me and I haven’t tried it as a physcial book, so that could be it.  But I’m certainly not dying to read it.


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?

I wouldn’t say it’s better because both are amazing, but the film version of The Shining is absolutely incredible.  While Stephen King probably wouldn’t be thrilled with me for saying it, I just found the way that Kubrik twisted the story and used sound and visuals to heighten tension and terror to be absolutely fantastic.

 

Your turn!  Am I wrong about any of this?  Have you done this tag?  Give me a shout!

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  1. Totally agree with you that Arya’s and Dany’s storylines have gone off the rails. They’re just too drawn out and yet haven’t shown enough of their personal growth through their mistakes (especially Dany). I feel Arya becoming a “little psycho murderer” makes sense for her considering the life she’s survived but she’s not fleshed out enough to make it believable. The reader doesn’t get enough of her inner fears and struggles. I’m team Sansa all the way. She is a real scared little girl who grows up to be a woman who is strong and trying to take control of her own life as well as she can with the hand she’s been dealt. Cersei is very interesting but I can’t wait for her downfall.
    A movie that is as good as or better than the book: Gone Girl. It’s just so well done and the acting adds a layer to the suspense that my imagination just couldn’t compete with.

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    1. Team Sansa! Heck yes for character growth! I agree on all your points, but I want to see Cersei become Queen of the Entire Universe (I’m very weird like that).

      YES! The Gone Girl movie was just so good and well done. They trimmed the bits that needed to be trimmed and stayed so faithful to the book.

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  2. Trust your instinct with Throne of Glass! I definitely wish I’d never picked it back up a second time because I’m stuck in this hell series and it’s awful. She romanticizes emotionally abusive relationships a lot and spends a lot of time developming characters of colour, only to gruesomely murder them all in the name of her white characters’ development, It’s not great.

    But give Lies of Locke Lamora another go!!!! I wasn’t totally into it until nearer the end, which packs a punch in the first book!

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    1. HA! Okay, I’ll take your advice. If I do end up giving it a shot, I’ll get it from the library at least and then rant at you 🙂

      One of my trusted coworkers really loves Locke Lamora. I have a copy, I need to just sit down and power through. I think it suffered from the ‘I’m reading this on a Kindle when I don’t want to be reading on a Kindle’ problem.

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