Some Unpopular Bookish Opinions 👀

I’ve been letting some unpopular opinions bottle up inside me for too long, so I need to let them out! Most of these are negative opinions, so be warned.

I’ve been letting some unpopular opinions bottle up inside me for too long, so I need to let them out! Most of these are negative opinions, so be warned.

I’m never going to read anything in the Shadowhunters world.

At this point, I just feel like I am too behind with anything Shadowhunters to even bother catching up. There are just so many books and series and short stories that I don’t even know where I would start. It’s just all so confusing to me. If Cassandra Clare ever wrote anything outside of the Shadowhunters world, I would be happy to read it (and if it interested me, obviously).

I don’t love The Book Thief.

I couldn’t even finish it, to be honest. I had heard great things, so I was expecting a lot. So many people have said that it is their favorite book or that it is super influential to them, but I really hated it. I thought the concept of it being from Death’s perspective was cooler than how it actually played out. There was one line about someone’s “Jewish eyes” and that was the final straw for me. It just absolutely rubbed me the wrong way.

Beautiful writing doesn’t mean a book is good.

I suppose I have a specific example for this: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I freaking hated this book. I thought it was so boring and pointless, but I see so many people recommend it for it’s beautiful writing. I didn’t even notice the writing when I was reading it because I just disliked it so much. To me, it’s not worth it to read a 600+ page book that you don’t like just for the apparently beautiful writing.

The Shades of Magic series did not get better as it continued.

I read A Darker Shade of Magic and I thought it was fine, but I continued with the series because I had heard SO MANY people say that each book gets better and better. The second one was also fine, so I picked up the third. I barely made it through that book and to be honest, I can’t tell you a single thing that happened in it. I don’t think that they are bad books, they just aren’t for me, but I also don’t think they get noticeably better as the series continues. They stayed consistently fine.

Leaving lots of hints for a plot twist isn’t a bad thing.

I feel like a lot of plot twists end up coming out of nowhere because if too many hints are left, the reader could figure it out and spoil the shocking moment. I really don’t like this way of doing plot twists. I think that it is way more satisfying to have one of two things happen:

  1. You don’t figure out the twist, but you can look back and see that it makes sense and that there were hints all along.
  2. You do figure it out the twist, but you had a good time putting the clues together in order to get to that conclusion, plus you get the satisfaction of being right.

To me, having a satisfying twist is way more important than having a super shocking twist. It seems like many books (and other forms of storytelling as well) have started relying on a shock factors, even if it doesn’t make sense at all with the story.


Do you agree with any of these? What are some unpopular opinions of yours?

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

I’ve been wanting to do a book tag for awhile, but I haven’t been able to decide on which one until I saw this one!

I’ve been wanting to do a book tag for awhile, but I haven’t been able to decide on which one until I saw this one! The original tag is here.

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Oh man, so many people adore this book, so my expectations were pretty high going in, but it was so boring. I didn’t like the main character at all and I didn’t care one bit about his backstory. I know details of this book were supposed to be important in the next book, but this book still should have had a plot. I know a lot of people have said the writing is good, but I didn’t even notice it because I was so bored with the story. I could go on for ages 😂

2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
I actually have two answers for this: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. There are obviously a lot of people who like both of these series, but I feel like they also get a lot of people who vocally dislike them.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to.
Spoilers for the first few Throne of Glass books! My answer is definitely Chaol and Celaena!! I thought I was safe because they got together in the second book, but I was wrong. I totally understand how they wouldn’t work out further into the series, but oh man, I love this ship.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I don’t really know the difference between mystery/horror/thriller, but those are all things I never really reach for. I am a big old scaredy cat. This is a little funny though, because I’ve read two horror-ish books in the past month! (And yes, they both scared me)

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
I don’t like Manon from Throne of Glass. I don’t actively dislike her, but I definitely don’t love her as much as most people seem to. In my reread of Heir of Fire, I totally skipped her sections 😳.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Cassandra Clare. I think that I would like some of her books, but the Shadowhunters universe is just so intimidating. Even if I wanted to read only one series, I feel like I would have read all the other books. I tried reading City of Bones last year and it just didn’t click with me.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
I’m kind of tired of the typical YA fantasy story we’ve been seeing a lot. I know this isn’t necessarily a trope, but I feel like a lot of the YA books I’ve read recently follow a formula and it’s getting boring.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater. I actually don’t really know what this series is about, but I read Shiver by this author and didn’t enjoy it, so I wasn’t keen on picking up anything else by her.

9. What movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
I really hated Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, but I loved the movie! I was rushing to finish the book before seeing the movie and I was freaking out, thinking the movie would be as bad as the book!

What unpopular opinions do you have? Do you agree with any of these?