Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Unpopular Opinions Tag

Miss Ally and Miss Opal tagged me for the Unpopular Opinions Tag! Except I’m sure some aren’t unpopular; it just feels that way.

A Popular Book or Series You Didn’t Like

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The Hunger Games—interesting idea, but SO BORING; Catching Fire stopped me twice in the same place.

Royally Lost—maybe I like history more than usual, but “moving forward” and “progressive opinions” are NOT the same as insulting historical landmarks and finding them useless; we don’t need to be proud of history’s failures, but we need to remember them.

The Book Thief—interesting idea and narrator, but not compelling at all.

Popular Book Or Series That Everyone Hates But You Love

You knew this was coming: The Twilight Saga.

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People dislike it, and that’s fine. But of those who do read it, very few read the same story as me. Day one of Spring Break, my best friend and I discussed how the vampires’ powers tied into Aristotle’s virtue ethics, and we freak out over the religious undertones all the time.

Obviously, it’s a romance novel. The point is love. But each character has a fascinating role to play—I love examining the socio-political turbulence reared through the Volturi and the culture made of people with messy histories and fragile futures.

And yeah—unhealthy romance, too. I’d argue that by the end of the series, Edward and Bella have a healthy romance, and because of the intricate and unwavering beliefs of the main characters, the romance had to play out the way it did. It doesn’t excuse portraying unhealthy romance, but the concrete and logical reasons of why are clearly explained, which helped me forgive it.

It’s more than caring about the hotness of Edward and Jacob to me, so it’s a frustration.

Rant over.

Love Triangle Where the MC Ended Up with the Person You Didn’t Want Them to End Up With

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Shatter Me—beautiful writing and okay book, but Warner never developed beyond the would-be boyfriend into a villain; he has his parents’ ghosts and whatever, but his beyond is foggier, making him a whatever love interest and anything but a proper villain.

Popular Book Genre You Hardly Reach For

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Christian Fiction—it’s not super popular, but as a Christian, it’s awkward to be one of the few who truly, truly dislikes most of it.

Realistic Fiction—not just boring, but not realistic at all.

A Popular Or Beloved Character That You Didn’t Like

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Snape—despite Alan Rickman being perfect for that role, he was still abusive towards Lily and Harry, which isn’t cool.

Katsa—I liked Graceling a lot, but she just wasn’t my favorite person ever. The villain more than made up for her, though.

A Popular Author that You Can’t Seem to Get Into

John Green—great videos, but his books don’t fall into my genres, really. Which is fine. I don’t need to appreciate every aspect of his published persona to know he’s cool.

Kiera Cass—I tried to read The Selection, but it just didn’t grab me. I’ve never tried again.

Ally Condie—I read Matched, which didn’t suit me at all, and I haven’t picked her up since.

A Popular Series You Have No Interest in Reading

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Divergent—my sisters liked it well enough, but when it is literally advertised to me as “the next Hunger Games” what do you think I’m going to say?

The Maze Runner—really, people need to stop promoting books as THG-esque on their covers.

Heroes of Olympus—I’ve read the first two books and really enjoyed them… but I guess another unpopular thing is to “outgrow” books but that is what I have done here.

Show/Movie Adaption You Liked Better than the Book

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Casino Royale—not the first two versions, just the one with Daniel Craig (curse the reboot).

Bride and Prejudice—without even reading the book, I instinctively know it was better, okay?

The Giver—it was a good book when I was twelve, but the movie covers the same topics in a more mature way while keeping the spirit of the book, and that was good.


I was surprised to see so many people dislike romance under the genre question. I mean, I get it—I was fifteen once, too—but it kind of showed me that I am a different person, and what I read reflects it. I don’t read straight-up romance, but really, really adorable romances turn me into a roly-poly of happiness, and it wasn’t always that way.

Keep track of your unpopular opinions. It’s interesting to watch the change.

No tags, because I’m supposed to be packing. What are some of your unpopular opinions in the bookish world? 

26 comments :

  1. I was never that crazy about The Hunger Games, either. They're very well written, and the rest of my family likes them, but I could just never get into the story. Plus, I suspect that Katniss and I would hate each other in real life.

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    1. I don't even remember much about the writing; it was just that Catching Fire turned into a total turnoff for me. I don't particularly remember liking Katniss, though. I did like Cinna.

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  2. I actually scheduled a post for this next week (and I tagged you but too late.) I love the Book Thief it's probably my favourite right now. And your Twilight opinion is certainly controversial! I didn't mind The Giver movie, but I liked the book better, I'd say. There aren't that many movies I've liked better than the book, although The Help, which I'm now reading, seemed like the movie was good. I don't like straight up romance, like you, but I do love a good shippable couple. I am fifteen, and I still like The Heroes of Olympus and such. THG and the maze runner were okay, not that great. Yay for different opinions and uniqity! (which is now a word, whatever spellcheck)

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    1. Ah, well. Thanks for thinking of me in advance! The Book Thief simply didn't do much for me, and I know, my thoughts on Twilight aren't the norm. I feel like The Giver movie went way more in-depth, I guess, and that the book was just a little too simple and less elegant than the way the ideas were portrayed in the film. If that makes sense. Heroes of Olympus probably would have slid for me when I was fifteen, too, but not anymore. Thanks for your thoughts, Shar!

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  3. Aahhh there are some of these where I was reading your opinion and in my head, I was going, "Whyyyy.....!!" But your opinion, I can respect that.
    I didn't really like the Hunger Games either. The pacing was off for me, and though the idea in whole is really interesting, there weren't any books I particularly enjoyed.

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    1. Well, I didn't do tags, but if you want to steal it I'd be interested to learn some of your unpopular opinions.

      Yeah, Hunger Games wasn't fantastic, alas. Thanks for your thoughts, Kat.

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  4. HUZZAH FOR TWILIGHT. I think I'd probably put that there too, although I don't think I put nearly as much thought into the themes as you did. But oh well. :P I didn't like The Book Thief either, for many reasons, mostly because I was BORED. And the drama made me laugh which is rarely a good thing if the book is supposed to be full of feels. I did enjoy the author's other book, I Am the Messenger, though, so there's that.
    As for my own unpopular opinions...I kind of despised Throne of Glass, which everyone loves. I just...no.

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    1. Yeah, as I said, I read the books a little differently than everyone else, so there's that. Book Thief was a little short on emotioon for me, too. I haven't read I Am the Messenger, though, so perhaps he's worth another chance.

      I don't even know anything about that book. XD I guess I even have an unpopular "read" list.

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  5. While I will respectfully (and strongly) disagree with you about The Maze Runner (because it is the best book in the world oh my goodness it's too much awesomeness!!) I do agree with you about John Green. His videos are totally amazing but I can't get through his books. I just don't do romance.

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    1. Well, I'll take your word for it! Both Greens do great videos; for me it isn't a matter of romance but genre. Ah, well.

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  6. This post makes me want to re-read Twilight. I read it when I was 13 and quite enjoyed it, actually. Then during the Dark Ages (14 years old), I learned about the abusive relationship and vowed not to touch the novel (I know, irrational of me). I agree with you on Green; I love seeing inside his head, but his books are the same plot every time, just with different names. Snape. Needs. To. Go. It was not 'romantic' what he did/felt towards Lily and James.

    I know what you mean about Romance - so many people shudder at the mention of it, but why? I quite like romance in books. :)

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    1. I vowed not to touch it ever when I was twelve, but my will broke when I was seventeen. I had a good time, anyway, haha. Snape definitely wasn't a romantic creature, and yeah. The end.

      Also, I think it has to do with where you are as you grow up. People have a hard time growing accustomed to certain things sometimes. :P Thanks for reading, Jo!

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  7. I actually skipped out on The Giver movie on a friend's recommendation. Perhaps I ought to check it out sometime. And OH, you make Twilight sound so tempting. You should write a post on that sometime, as I am probably not reading all the books to parse through those meanings, but I would def be interested.

    Hmm. I am right not writing a post about why some popular characters have problematic portrayals, and Snape is one of the people covered. Still, it's probably not gonna be finished and posted anytime soon, so it's not exactly a coincidence.

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    1. Huh, I adored the movie. If you ever decide to give it a chance, you'll have to tell me what you think. I have been drafting Twilight thoughts, but it's going to turn into a seven-page thought bubble, so it'll be a while before I come up with a decent argument, you know.

      I look forward to seeing what you have to say about Snape, among the other characters! Even if it will take a long time. I have patience. Usually.

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  8. This was a really interesting post! I love hearing about people's book-likes that are on the fringes of popularity. I am right with you on the Christian fiction. I'm a Christian, but that stuff gets real old real fast.

    I also agree with you on John Green. I've read a few of his books and I enjoyed them well enough, but he is a much cooler person than author.

    Jane Austen is pretty amazing, but Bride and Prejudice is in a whole different league, haha.

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    1. Well, I'm glad it was of interest to you. If you feel the need to steal the tag, I'd encourage you to do so! I'd love to see some more unpopular opinions out there. And yes, Christian fiction has turned into used toilet paper for me. *sigh*

      Yeah, I do like him as a person. He's pretty cool. :)

      XD Agreed, agreed!

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  9. Oh, I feel you about Christian fiction! Yes!! I'm a Christian as well and don't have the patience for most of it. I've found the writing quality generally not as good than other genres (which, makes sense, because it's a smaller pool to choose from of writers, but that doesn't make me dislike it any less) and I personally don't understand the concept of it. If you're a Christian, you believe the world is from a worldview with God in it, and there are plenty of secular Christian writers, so... why push/force things? Anyhow, I can't put coherent opinions together right now, but I agree. xD

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    1. It gets exhausting, you know? It definitely isn't as good, I think for the reason you said, but also because of the mindset that comes from the "good Christian" perspective. I dunno, it just bothers me. Thanks for your opinions, ENTP Girl! :)

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  10. Oh really? I love Hunger Games! Which two parts of Catching Fire did you stop at?

    I kinda agree with you about Snape. I feel bad for the younger version of him, because he wasn't the only one at fault in that situation. But I have no pity for older-him. He'd made his own choices by then.

    Same here about John Green! (though I guess you saw that in my post) I actually do like some realistic fiction, but his just don't seem to be the type that I'd enjoy.

    I actually loved Maze Runner--until the last book. I just... I have issues with the Death Cure.

    I actually adore Heroes of Olympus, but I can understand outgrowing that kind of thing. Even though it's often considered YA, excepting a few themes, most of the writing does seem to be more towards MG.

    Thanks for sharing your Unpopular Opinions!


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbositybookreviews.wordpress.com

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    1. It was the same part in both places. They were on a train and nothing was happening and there was no motivation to keep reading and no emotional connection to the characters. That part.

      Well, yes. He shouldn't be blamed for the bullying he received when he was younger, but by the time he got older he was just being ridiculous.

      *nods* I mean, it isn't super fair because I haven't tried him out, but there are mostly just those things where I have no interest in picking them up. :P

      I don't know what the Death Cure is but I totally accept your opinion.

      *nods* It really does feel like a MG book, at least to me. And my best friend had troubles with the last book; it wasn't really hardcore enough, if you know what I mean.

      Thanks for reading, Alexa!

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    2. Lol, The Death Cure is the last book in The Maze Runner series. Like I said, I have issues.

      Yeah, it was pretty cool, but certainly not the best in the series, which was kinda problematic seeing as it was the last. :p

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    3. Oohhh. Well, obviously I don't keep up with The Maze Runner books.

      That's unfortunate. I'm sorry it was a disappointment!

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  11. You weren't fussed by John Green either? At last, someone else who shares my opinion. I read Paper Towns and was rather underwhelmed, and mostly haven't been bothered trying his others. I was actually going to read A Fault in Our Stars, but I have a habit of not liking popular books, and it's so much easier to tell people that I haven't read a book than that I didn't actually like it (I'm a coward I know, and I probably should read it anyway, but John Green and I haven't clicked enough yet to make me bothered).

    Oooh, Casino Royale with Daniel Craig. I actually saw that one just recently. I've never read the Bond books, but I loved the movie. A movie I liked better than the book is the Bourne series. I haven't read the books they're directly taken from, but I've read some of the others, and I definitely prefer to movies. Both are good, but oh those movies...

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    1. *shrugs* This is me, being completely not-fussed. :) I'm glad we can share our opinion, but I'll just say that the things I've heard about the themes, etcetera just don't seem like they're really up my alley. Alas. Anyway, I think it's fine if you don't want to read John Green. :)

      Ugh, I curse the reboot with every fiber of my being but it WAS STILL A GOOD MOVIE AND THIS IS MY STRUGGLE. The Bond book I read was not very good, I'm afraid, but I'm still glad all the movies have come of them. I haven't read the Bourne books, but I have seen a movie, and you make me curious to see the rest of them! :)

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  12. Oh, I love these tags! I completely agree with you on John Green - I liked TFIOS, but his other books just bore me. I also really dislike dystopian novels - I'll admit that the few I've read are beautifully written, but they all terrify me. Not good.
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

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    1. They're fun, no? Dystopian novels are beginning to get overused, I feel like, but yeah, they can also be kind of depressing. I have a few I like, but beyond that, I am indifferent. Thanks for reading, Beth!

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