Today I am participating in the Unpopular Book Opinions Tag originally created by The Book Archer.
Disclaimer: Obviously these are my (unpopular) opinions, and you don’t have to agree with me.
1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
Please don’t kill me over this, but I DNFed The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I know lots of people love this series. A lot of the fantasy authors who inspire me were inspired by these books. I made it a couple chapters into the first book, and I was so bored, I gave up. Because it’s so famous and it’s been eight years since I tried reading it, I will probably try again at some point. If I DNF again, I’ll stick with my original opinion, but sometimes things can change with time.
2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
I had to Google a list of books people hate. I haven’t read most of the ones on the list, but I agree with all of them but one, so I’ll put that one here: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I know this book has seen a lot of controversy lately, but hear me out before you freak out and think I’m racist. I love this book because of the story for one, but mostly because it forces me to think more critically about a turbulent time in American history. While I don’t agree with practices in the South regarding the treatment of African Americans, I think it’s important to see the South’s side of the story. To understand any issue, one must look at both sides of the story, and I like that this book, although a work of fiction, helps me see the South’s perspective. This book inspired me to read true stories written by former slaves, so I can better understand the oppression, injustices, and dehumanization African Americans faced and continue to face. I believe understanding history helps us change the future. Sorry for the long answer, but I wanted to make sure I explained this opinion properly.
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) or an OTP that you don’t like.
I’m not sure I’ve read any love triangle books that go the way I want them to….I won’t say who the love triangle characters are, so I don’t think I need to warn for spoilers. If you’ve read the books, you know it’s the person who didn’t win the love triangle. The first one I think of is Shadow and Bone. There are obvious reasons why my choice didn’t win, but there are a lot of us out there who prefer this person. The next one I think of is The Hunger Games. The other one that comes to mind is The Kiss of Deception. That one’s a little more complicated, but I won’t go into why because of spoilers. I can’t think of any other love triangles I’ve read.
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I don’t read romance. I like romantic subplots, but I don’t want it to be the main plot. It’s kind of weird because I watch rom-coms. I guess rom-coms don’t translate well into novels for me.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Please don’t kill me for this one either. I don’t like Dumbledore. I don’t agree with decisions he made regarding Harry’s upbringing. I’m not saying those decisions were easy. I just don’t agree with them, and those actions speak to his character, and I don’t like what I see. As a note (this is a spoiler), I cried the first time I read The Half-Blood Prince, so I obviously don’t hate him.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
This one’s interesting because I refer to his memoir all the time, but that is his only book I like. I’m not a fan of Stephen King’s work. I’ve read The Eyes of the Dragon, which I know isn’t one of his more famous books. I DNFed Misery. I’m not a fan of horror, so that doesn’t help. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with King’s writing. It’s simply not my taste.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing, e.g. lost princess, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.
I hate it when all the characters couple up at the end. They don’t need a relationship to have a happy ending.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Throne of Glass or any other series by Sarah J. Maas. Based on what I’ve heard about these books, I don’t think they’re my taste.
9. 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?
This one is easy: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I DNFed the series after the third book, and I DNFed the show after the fourth season. The show was way more engaging for me than the books. These DNFs were fairly recent. There’s so much never-ending conflict that I got overwhelmed and desperately needed a breather. Because of that, I don’t know if these are permanent DNFs or if I’ll try to pick them back up at a later date.
Those are my unpopular book opinions. Do you agree with any of them? Do you strongly disagree with any of them? Let me know in the comments down below. If you end up doing this tag yourself, share the link, so I can check it out.