The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

After waking up at 4am and not being able to get back to sleep (again) I decided to get up and do a book tag. Seemed like a reasonable go-to after a restless night. I found this little beauty over at A Very Fantasy Corner of Books by Cassiopeia’s Moon and it seemed right up my alley. Without further ado on this sleepless night, I give you The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag.

 

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

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If any of you read my review of this book, which can be found here, then you know that I was completely not on board the hype train for this book. I found none of the characters to be genuine or even remotely likable. It took more than half of the book for the action to start and wading through all of the back story and buildup was torturous. So many people adore this book but it just was not up my alley.

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE

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Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. This play was actually assigned reading for me in college. I recall that during the open class discussion many of my fellow students had vehemently negative opinions of it and I simply didn’t understand why. This play made me fall in love with Christopher Marlowe. There are life lessons to be learned from this play and Marlowe presented them in an entertaining yet poignant fashion.

AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE

So, I had to look up what OTP meant. I read it and starting singing “Whose down with OPP” in my head. So, for anyone else not in the know, apparently OTP means “One True Pairing” or your favorite combination of characters in a fandom. One that I’ve come across numerous times that I just don’t like is (no opinion here). Sorry folks. Even if I don’t agree with other’s opinions on matches in books it’s not enough to bristle my whiskers. Go jump on whatever ship you want, I’ll even discuss it with you if you like, but don’t expect me to be bothered about it.

A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR

Romance. I strongly dislike books whose story lines are strictly of a romantic nature. I read one a year around Valentine’s Day and that is it. They just don’t appeal to me. I’m usually shouting at the characters, “Don’t do it!” or “You imbecile!” Not my cup of tea.

A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE

At the risk of starting a riot, I don’t like Legolas. I understood his point in the story, I appreciated his contribution, but in general I just didn’t like him. Other than being able to accurately shoot things with magically never ending arrows and giving Gimli someone to harass he was dull to me. His only redeeming quality is the “They are taking the hobbits to Isengard” hilarity. If you have been living under a rock for the last decade you can see what I’m talking about here.

POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO

Neil Gaiman. I just can’t. I tried to read American Gods. Really, I did. I even picked up Norse Mythology just to see if maybe it was only American Gods that didn’t appeal to me. Nope. Nothing against Gaiman, from his interviews etc he seems like a good guy, but I just don’t enjoy his books.

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

The Chosen One. You know what I mean. There is only one person in all of the world that can do this one really important thing. Maybe they are the only one who can stop the evil queen, or the only one who can take down the bad guy, or the only one who can save the world. Bullocks. It’d be more fun to kill off a “chosen” character and the world be saved by a lemur tripping said bad guy onto a sword or something. If a lemur can do it, so can you!

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A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING

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I truly disliked Six of Crows so much that I have absolutely zero interest in reading the popular Grisha Trilogy. Maybe it is wonderful. Maybe they would be ground breaking books for me and the light of heavenly literature would shine down upon me in all of it’s glory imbibing me with magical powers. I don’t care. Still not reading them.

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’ve mentioned I am Legend before but it will never stop being relevant to the above question. When I watched I am Legend and enjoyed the movie (except for the poor dog) I decided to give the book a shot. I expected to thoroughly enjoy it. I didn’t. It was terrible. I donated my copy to the library so that I wouldn’t even have to look at it sitting on my shelves, sullying the other books with it’s foul words.


 

I never tag people in these things but if you want to do this tag, please, feel free! It was surprising cathartic.

11 thoughts on “The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

  1. This tag is very interesting! I’m definitely doing this too. I like talking about things that other people might not like and share my opinions about them. Personally, I loved SOC but I think it’s always a matter of perspective because everyone sees a book differently. The idea of the not morally good characters really appealed to me in that sense. When it comes to romance – I don’t mind it – if there’s a good plot, good storytelling then I don’t mind a lil romance although I’m getting tired of all the cliche romances where the guy saves the girl and basically becomes her eternal saviour or some shit that really only serves to degrade women and put them on a pedestal where they can’t do things on their own and need a man for that.
    This is so long, I’m sorry ;D

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    1. I love the idea of the not morally good character as well. In fact, in the story I’m writing, my main character turns out to be a bit of a serial killer. It’s fun! But I felt like that was all the characters had in SOC. They were not morally good and that was the extent of their personality. Maybe I was just being cynical when I read it. Always a possibility.
      And I completely agree about the cliche romance where male saves female, female worships male, becomes sex slave out of appreciation. Makes me rage face.

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      1. That sounds like a very interesting story! I’ve always been into stories with morally bad characters thrown in with a little bit of mystery. Idk what made me love them exactly but I loved the dynamics between the most. I know right?! I hate that this also gained so much popularity and that’s what young girls think if okay and acceptable. Makes me physically cringe tbh.

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  2. There are some good things about Six of Crows, I understood why it became popular but at the same time it lacks something that would make me crazy over it. The one really good thing I can say about Six of Crows is that it’s interesting enough for me to finished it and of the characters, I like Inej. The author I can’t stand is Paulo Coelho. Read two of his novels ant it’s enough to convinced me not to pick up any of his books in the future.

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    1. I think that Inej was the only character I didn’t actively dislike in that book. Most of her choices actually made sense if we leave out climbing the chimney and nearly burning all of her skin off her hands and feet. I did finish the book but certainly didn’t pick up the sequel.
      I understand about Coelho. I picked up The Alchemist once and I don’t think I ever finished it. It’s probably in a packing crate somewhere at this point. Just seemed like it was trying to hard to be profound.

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      1. The Alchemist trying too hard to be profound… that’s what I thought too. It got hyped up because of some celebrities seen reading it. When I finished the book, I was offended that it was being compared to The Little Prince.

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  3. Girl, I’m with you on Six of Crows! I couldn’t listen to more than three hours of the audio book. It felt like she was stalling the plot to make you feel about the characters, which I didn’t like. I listened to Shadow and Bone, and you’re not missing much. A very typcial, stupid main character and not great writing. Your choice the cats for the “chosen one” is hilarious! My cats with do that sometimes and it’s great to watch. Awesome answers 🙂

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    1. Thanks! Good to know I’m not missing much with the Grisha books. They have so many positive reviews but I’m just going to “nope” out on them. And I couldn’t resist the cats. How better to mock something than turn it into a cat meme?

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