Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!
This month’s tag:
Unpopular Opinions Book Tag
I think the title is pretty self explanatory though I have no idea where this tag originated from. I was tagged by ILOVEHEARTLANDX @JJBOOKLOVERSBLOG, someone I coincidentally share a lot of the same opinions with about other books (like the Maze Runner and Throne of Glass); thank you for the tag and for the great conversations we’ve had over books in the last few months!
Feel free to disagree with me all that you like with this one! I know a lot of people aren’t going to like my first answer but I can take the heat! I just ask that you remember to be respectful of other people’s opinions 😀
Please be warned that there may be some spoilers ahead! Just read the title and then see if the cover is a book you don’t want spoiled before proceeding.
A popular book or series that you didn’t like:
Yeah, I never jumped on the Harry Potter bandwagon. Boy, did I try though! I tried to read the first book but didn’t get more than a quarter through before I gave up. I then tried with Prison of Azkaban and I got pretty close to finishing but couldn’t make it. Magic series are really hit or miss for me and this one was a definite miss. I also found the start of the Harry Potter books to be so slow and dry. I would like to read these books just to say I have but I have no pressing desire to do so at the moment. I did watch most of the movies though and enjoyed them so I get the appeal.
A popular book or series that you like but everyone else seems to hate:
This one was tough because I didn’t want to be cliché and say Twilight or the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Both are books I enjoyed at different parts of my life. You can read my reviews obviously to find out why I liked them but I’ll just say that I was the target age for Twilight when I read it and I enjoyed the idea that love can save in Fifty Shades even if the execution is sketchy at best.
So I said Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. I’m a huge Colleen Hoover fan and I know that her books seem to be hit or miss with some people. This one especially. I’m a huge New Adult genre fan so I think that is why I really enjoyed this one because it is a great example of a NA read. Most people who aren’t big NA fans seem to struggle with the character development; and I’ll be the first to say it isn’t Hoover’s finest BUT, this story made me cry and held my undivided attention so it got major points with me.
A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with or an OTP you didn’t like:
First: I had no idea what OTP meant. I had to Google that and I added it to my review guide so I don’t ever forget.
The Nightshade Trilogy has one of the worst love triangles I have ever had to endure because I did NOT like who Calla ends up with. I hated Shay with a passion and felt like he was all wrong for Calla–especially given how his character develops in the later books. And damn you Andrea Cremer for continuously feeding my hope that she would pick Ren in the end! Calla was so back and forth that I came to the conclusion Ren was totally better off on his own anyways but, man, I really, really wanted him with Calla. I won’t even talk about what happens in the last book.
A popular book genre you hardly reach for:
Witches & Werewolves
I suppose that means I don’t like supernatural books but I really enjoy vampire stories so I don’t totally dislike the genre, just stories with witches or werewolves.
Like I said with Harry Potter, magic is hit or miss with me and most of the time when it’s with witches or wizards, it’s a miss. I just don’t like how magic is portrayed or limited by rules when it’s something that can be so nonrestrictive to me. I do like series that have magic as a plot element, I just don’t like when it is the main focus.
As for werewolves, I hate the alpha male mentality and how they are always driven by their primal instincts. That often leads to the characters doing something stupid that I just don’t agree with. I also find the stories to be boring.
A popular or beloved character that you do not like:
I was never a Gale fan from the start–I was always team Peta. But his attitude in the last book was the last straw for me and I really detested him by the end.
A popular author you can’t seem to get into:
I’ve read three different series by Sophie Jordan and I’ve been disappointed in all of them in some respect. With Firelight I didn’t like the heroine; I didn’t like how the romances progressed in The Ivy Chronicles and I was severely underwhelmed by the execution of Uninvited. I’ve tried three different genre types with her and I still am not blown away.
A popular book trope you are tired of seeing:
The normal girl who doesn’t think she’s attractive but it turns out that the entire male population has been in love with her forever. Or she develops special powers and then proceeds to whine about it for the rest of the series. So cliché.
Or the girl who is equally torn between the “good guy” and the “bad boy”. So annoying.
A popular series that you have no interest in reading:
I have no desire to read If I Stay and I don’t even want to watch the movie. I’m not the biggest YA solely contemporary fan and the synopsis doesn’t appeal to me. I could have easily picked Gayle Forman for a popular author I can’t get into because I really didn’t enjoy her Just One Day Series and that experience didn’t have me jumping to read this one either.
The saying goes, ‘the book is always better than the movie,’ but what movie or TV adaptation did you enjoy more than the books?
Goodness, The Maze Runner books were SO BORING (except Scorch Trials, that one was amazing!). The books just had too much going on, poor character development and way too much descriptive detail. The entire time I was reading, I was thinking it would make a great movie and I was TOTALLY right! The Maze Runner Movie was fantastic! It had me on the edge of my seat, and focused on the stronger plot aspects that the novels have. I can’t wait until Scorch Trials is released!
Thanks again JJBOOKLOVERSBLOG!
I’ll tag (if you have the time!):
- Summer @Xingsings
- Marie @Drizzleandhurricanebooks
- Stephanie @Stephaniesbookreviews
- Chiara @Delicateeternity
- Elyssa @Booksandicedcoffee
- And anyone else who wants to do this! I highly recommend it!
What unpopular opinions do you have? Do you agree with my picks?