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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

capture-20181210-155744.pngHello 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.

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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.

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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.

Cassandra Clare.

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.

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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? 

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Practical Magic.

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!

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Do you agree with any of my unpopular opinions? What’s a book everyone else loves that you hate? And one everyone else hates, but you love?

51 thoughts on “The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

  1. I agree with almost all of these (except horror, this year I discovered I can actually like it… sometimes). And yes there was nothing wrong with Akiva but I just didn’t care. There’s something about the way Laini Taylor writes m/f romances that just doesn’t work for me, even though I love everything else about her books.
    I really wouldn’t recommend Mara Dyer anyway, especially if you don’t want horror – it’s paranormal romance with horror aspects and so many tropes about mental illness that have not aged well, at all.

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  2. I agree with you so much about the “not like other girls” trope. I feel like its such a cop out to writing interesting female characters or writing believable male characters.

    As a huge Cassandra Clare fan it hurts to see that she’s the author you don’t really enjoy but I’ve found that she is just one of those authors you either enjoy or can’t stand, there really is no in-between,

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  3. This is honestly my favourite tag! I have never seen/read Practical Magic… I feel like I need to get onto it because Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock are icons. I never finish DOSAB — but I already agree it should be f/f lol. Truthwitch is such a weird one for me, because I totally agree with everything you said.. yet somewhat like it? I haven’t figured it out yet. Also agree with your comments on SJMs side characters, they are damn good. Lysandra & Yrene are particulat favs of mine and Manon is growing on me!

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    1. You definitely need to watch the movie! It’s pure magical 90’s fun with flawless witchy aestethics and you’re gonna love it! I mean you only need 5 pages of Akiva to know he ain’t it. I wish I felt the same way, I really wanted to like Truthwitch. But I was so bored. Manon and Lysandra are my faves, but Yrene’s wonderful too! SJM writes the best female side characters ❤️

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  4. Omg I only read the first Daughter of Smoke and Bone book but your description of “staggeringly underwhelmed by his presence” for Akiva is so accurate 😂 And those sexist tropes are SO tired. I’m pretty sure I agree with most of your unpopular opinions, at least for the books I’ve read!

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  5. Ooh, I love this post! I definitely agree with your thoughts on several of these, especially the sexist “not like other girls” and “mean girls” tropes! I also don’t tend to read horror or dystopias either. The former because I’m a wuss, and the latter because I’ve grown tired of it. Hahaha. ❤

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  6. Uh oh, I recently picked up Truthwitch, I’ve been wanting to read that series for a while especially with the gorgeous covers. I’ve also been wanting to read Practical Magic, especially after getting The Rules of Magic in a book box. I actually have never seen the movie (I’m a heathen) so maybe I’ll make it a personal goal to read and watch them all next year! Great post. 🙂

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    1. I love both the book and the movie version of Practical Magic, they’re both wonderful and magical in their own ways. I have Rules of Magic on my TBR and I’m so excited to read it. The aunts are the coolest characters! I hope you love it and that you enjoy Truthwitch more than I did! Thank you 😊

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  7. Oh my goodness, I haven’t read any of these except for Throne of Glass and The Mortal Instruments! Ah, but anyway, I disliked Aelin as well. I found her getting more and more annoying as the story progressed as well! But I didn’t finish the whole Throne of Glass series as well. The first one was just alright to me, but I dropped out around the middle of the second book. As for Cassandra Clare’s books, likewise, I have enjoyed a few, but the others… never mind. And this is just what I feel when I read any first book of her many series, much of the plot feels quite similar (although they do have their differences), and the characters are somewhat the same but with different names and living in different times (except, of course, they are all equally gorgeous).

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    1. I’m so glad you agree with me on these, I feel like they’re so universally loved. Especially Cassandra Clare’s books! I agree, the main problem I have with them is that they’re so similar. The plots, the characters, the romance and yes of course, they all look like supermodels cause only gorgeous people can slay demons I guess???

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  8. okay i have to AGREE with the mara dyer series, i was so unimpressed with it and ugh noah was a jerk. dystopians are like 5 years out of demand, they had a good run but i dont think we need anymore, they all seem like a repeat of each other. great post, i love reading about unpopular opinions (even if they roast my favs sometimes lol)

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  9. Yes! Karou starts off so badass, and Akiva just seemed a bit bland, I would’ve loved it if the story had just been about her figuring out why Brimstone needed teeth and going on her own adventures. I actually found Karou and Brimstone’s parent-child dynamic way more interesting than Karou and Akiva’s romance. Only read the first book though so don’t know if it improves.

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