One of my favorite book tags is the unpopular opinions book tag. Every year, I complete this book tag during Blogmas to share some of my new unpopular book opinions on books that I read over the course of the past year. This tag was originally created by The Book Archer on Youtube (see the original video here). I know that not everyone shares some of my unpopular opinions, so if you feel different, that’s okay! Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and here is a list of my new unpopular opinions:
- A popular book or series that you didn’t like
I have tried to read several of Kate DiCamillo’s books, but I just can’t get into her writing style. I finished Louisiana’s Way Home, but I was annoyed by some overly quirky characters and some loose ends that I felt were never wrapped up well enough for my liking.
- A popular book or series everyone hates, but you love
A lot of people don’t like The Fill-In Boyfriend and consider it one of their least favorite Kasie West books. A common gripe lies in the main character, who many readers cite as shallow and snobby. However, I find that I really like books about shallow and snobby main characters because often times they grow less self-centered as the books goes on, however, I can see how that may be off-putting to other readers.
- A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you DID NOT want them to end up with or an OTP that you don’t like
I think it’s pretty clear who the characters are meant to end up with in this book, I just really struggled with liking the female main character in this book. She criticized everyone in high school for being extremely judgmental, but she was actually the most judgmental in the book, especially toward the male main character where she frequently questioned his intelligence and made some offensive remarks, in my opinion.
- A popular book genre that you don’t reach for
I never read non-fiction, but picked this book up in 2019 because you couldn’t go into a store or on Instagram without seeing this book. This book was an easy read, but I don’t think it really inspired me like this type of book should.
- A popular or beloved character that you do not like
I really dislike Greg as a character in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, especially in this spin-off of Rowley’s diary which released this year. Greg completely took over Rowley’s story and treats him like absolute dirt which is a relationship that should not be something presented for the target audience to laugh at.
- A popular author that you can’t seem to get into
While I ended up enjoying Famous in a Small Town, I gave it four stars, it took me FOREVER to get into reading. The only reason I gave it four stars because I thought the end wrapped up in an amazing way. For me, this book was a lot of reading for a small reward. I have other books by this author, but I keep putting them aside because I’m afraid of a different experience where I may read and read, but not get the reward as I did in this book.
- A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing
As I mentioned earlier, I don’t mind a shallow or snobby character. However, what I do mind, is when a shallow and snobby character never grows and continues to get whatever I want. The main character in Internet Famous was one of the rudest and most self-centered characters that I’ve ever read in YA and is the main reason, among several others, that this was my only one star books of the year. From bad-mouthing teachers trying to maintain security of a school building to demanding to receive credit for a project that followed 0 of the guidelines and putting down her mother for her work opportunity, this character was insufferable. Even worse, she never changed and ended up getting everything she wanted. I think this book sent a terrible message to readers in the target audience.
- A popular series that you have no interest in reading
Shadow and Bone had a resurgence in the YA community since the Netflix series was announced. I’ve borrowed this book from my library a couple times, but never ended up reading it. This plot of this series doesn’t sound as interesting to me as Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo’s other series set in the same world. Additionally, I’ve heard mixed reviews about this series and indications that it contains a lot of my least favorite tropes that were very present in YA literature around the time it was published.
- 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?
Let It Snow was okay for me and so was the movie, however I ended up enjoying the John Green story in this book much more in the movie than the book itself. I’m not a huge John Green fan, but I thought his section of the movie was wonderfully casted and I always wanted the movie to cut back to his story line.
What are some of your recent unpopular opinions?
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