Hello lovelies! How are you today? I’m doing another tag today and this is one I can’t believe I haven’t done already. I have a lot of unpopular opinions and I love sharing them. If I don like your favorite: I’m sorry. I genuinely belive that everyone who doesn’t like my favorite book must be an alien, so it’s okay if you think I’m one too. We can still be friends.
1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
I think you guys now how much I love reading about witches by now. Well, every single character in this book is a witch and I still didn’t like it. It has the messiest world-building and I wasn’t invested in the characters or the plot. It was a chore to get through.
2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
The Graces by Laure Eve.
Listen, I get why people don’t like this. It’s a slow, atmospheric, purple prose fest and the protagonist’s obsessed with hottest boy in school, but looks down on the other girls who are cause they don’t understand him like she does. It uses some tired tropes, but totally subverts them in ways I found really clever and interesting. And the ending will blow your mind.
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with or an OTP you don’t like.
Karou & Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I know their star-crossed love-story is the most important part of the plot, but I still think my girl deserved better. I don’t even actively dislike Akiva, I’m just staggeringly underwhelmed by his presence. And I keep forgetting his name. I would’ve loved to see Karou with lovely, kind-hearted Ziri instead. Or even better, with her fiercely loyal and sassy best friend, Zuzana, who literally followed her to another world. Why is YA fantasy’s still so hetero-normative y’all, this is the kind of f/f content we deserve.
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
Dystopaians: I just don’t like the bleak rubble aesthetics and I’m shallow.
Horror: No thanks, I have Twitter for that.
Crime: I always DNF it. I just don’t care.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Aelin Galathynius.I really liked her in the first couple of books, but she’s gotten increasingly annoying and at this point I think she’s the least interesting character in the whole series. There’s just something about Sarah J. Maas’s writing that makes her protagonist insufferable to me. I stan all her side characters though.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I’ve actually read all the Mortal Instrument books and I did enjoy some of them, but overall I find her characters so annoying. Especially when they’re involved in angsty romances and that’s …most of the time. I know everyone says The Infernal Devices is so much better, but I tried the first book and I wasn’t feeling it. In my humble opinion, it’s the same story in period outfits.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
I find all sexist tropes tiring, especially the “Not like other girls” and “Mean Girls” tropes. They pit girls against each other and I’m not about that life. There’s as many ways of being a girl as there are girls in the worlds and they’re all valid and freaking magical.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
It was really hard to think of a series I have no interest in, but then I remembered these books exist. I’ve heard a lot about them, but it’s all so vague and uninteresting I still have no clue what they’re about. I don’t think I’ll ever care enough to read the blurb and find out.
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 read the book for the first time last year and I loved it, but the movie’s still my favorite. I used to watch it all the time growing up, so I’m sure it’s partly nostalgia. But I like that the movie’s got more magic in it, in the book the magical parts are a little more vague. I also adore the whole witchy aesthetic of the movie and of course, the aunts!