I thought I’d try out a book tag this week, and I do like an unpopular opinion!
1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.
Monsters of Verity duology. This seems to be raved about on BookTube, and I loved the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy from the same author, but I couldn’t get on with this. I did finish This Savage Song but I DNF’d Our Dark Duet because life’s too short.
2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
I’m going to go for an author, Neil Gaiman. Not that hugely popular and enormously bestselling Neil Gaiman is hated by every one else, but I’ve seen several BookTubers dislike the one book of his that they tried. No matter how hard I try, I seem to love every single one of them. I’ve been reading Gaiman since I was a teenager (first one was the Douglas Adams biography, then Good Omens because I read all Terry Pratchett’s work; so I didn’t really read him until my 20’s but still…) and in 20+ish years, almost everything I’ve read by Gaiman is on my favourites lists.
3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
This one has been stumping me. I can’t think of a love triangle I’ve read recently. Just to be awkward, I’m going for Harry Potter. Lily should have married Snape instead of James 😉
4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
Classics. I was completely put off literature at school with Jane Eyre and Silas Marner and a whole host of dullness that I had no interest in. Generally, if something is labelled a classic, I probably don’t like it. I’m not stupid, I just prefer genre fiction. I’ve read classics I’ve enjoyed, but I do go by book description and many do not interest me in the slightest so I’ll leave them be.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
This is the last question I’ve answered. I’ve been stuck on it for three days. I can think of plenty of characters that are both popular but also popularly unpopular (Edward Cullen etc) but not a generally beloved character that I really dislike (that I know of). I’ve googled lists of popular characters, and almost all of them are from classics I’ve not read so I can’t really choose them! I really am stumped on this one, and would be grateful for any suggestions!
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
David Almond. Almost all his books seem so highly lauded but I just find them generally awful. I did love Skellig. I thought A Song For Ella Grey was probably the worst book I read for years (review here). The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas was just meh. So I’ve not bothered reading any others, although I do want to re-read Skellig and then read My Name Is Mina at some point.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
Mary Sue (male or female) in YA. Yes, the main character of a story needs to be interesting, and will probably be “more” than other characters, but there seems to be too many who are utterly perfect. They pick up fighting so fast, they’re the best hacker in existence, they are the chosen one and have these awesome abilities that they can use perfectly first time… Even the flaws that are thrown in to make them seem more interesting, aren’t. I have favourite novels with main characters who are interesting but still too Mary Sue-ish. Still love them, but I like my protagonists to be more flawed.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Most epic fantasy that seem to consist of neverending large tomes. I like fantasy, but I could never get into the likes of Terry Brooks, David Gemmell or Stephen R. Donaldson when I was younger and more inclined to read huge tomes. So I guess I’ll go for A Song of Ice and Fire. Not that I have no interest, I really would like to read them at some point, but I can’t see it happening anytime soon.
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?
How to Train Your Dragon. I love the films and the series, and especially the first film. I’ve tried reading the first book but it just seems wrong and I couldn’t get into it at all. This may be because I saw the film first.
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