I was kindly tagged by Rachel to do this tag, and who doesn’t like an excuse to have a good grumble every now and then? Obvious disclaimer: expect unpopular opinions. Let’s just jump right in.
- A popular book or book series that you didn’t like.
Legend by Marie Lu. I found it distinctly okay at best when I read it, but looking back I think the truth of the matter is that because it was so popular, I wanted to like it, and so even that was probably me just being kind. Frankly, I found Lu’s writing very bland.
- A popular book or book series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
I’ve noticed Alice Thompson’s books often have pretty low ratings on Goodreads but I’m a big fan. I’m not surprised her stuff isn’t for everyone though; it’s dark, strange and often very allegorical.
- An OTP that you don’t like.
Okay… If we’re going to be controversial… Ron and Hermione *ducks for cover*. I adore them both with all my heart, but it was way too obvious to pair off the only girl in the group with one of the boys, and seriously, they’d never really have lasted as a couple; J.K. Rowling even admitted it was a mistake.
- A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I very rarely pick up YA these days. Each to their own, but I find it hardly ever leaves me feeling satisfied and generally speaking, relies too heavily on tropes and angst I’m just not here for.
- A popular/beloved character that you do not like.
I wouldn’t say I don’t like him as such, but I do find Jon Snow from Game of Thrones annoying sometimes in both the books and the TV show. There’s a lot of waffling and lengthy, leeeengthy discussions in his sections; just get on with it, man!
- A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was the big thriller of the moment a while back but I found it very average and the twists fairly predictable and underwhelming. I haven’t really felt any inclination to pick up her second book, which I’ve heard very mixed things about, despite it being another big sales hit.
- A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
Love triangles. Villains with scars. The girl who ‘isn’t like the other girls’. Oh, was I just supposed to pick one? Seriously though, tropes really get on my nerves.
- A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
I suppose Fifty Shades is pretty much the standard answer here, no?
- The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
I haven’t read the books for years, and think they may actually be due a rare reread soon, but I much prefer the direction they chose for Clarice Starling in the movie adaptations of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal series over her fate in the original books.
There we have it. Thanks again to Rachel for tagging me! Since this has been floating around for a while, and I’ve lost track of who has or hasn’t done it yet, I’ll take the easy way out and leave it open to anyone who wants to get involved