Unpopular Book Opinions Tag

Unpopular Book Opinions Tag

Hello bookworms! Today I’m doing my first (I think it’s my first??) book tag! I know this one’s a bit older and most people have done it already, but I feel like I have some unique opinions and really wanted to try it myself. Hopefully this won’t be boring for you guys!

I wasn’t actually tagged to do this, but I saw it most recently done by Book Princess Reviews, and loved it! So I took the liberty of just doing it myself, lol.

Here we go! You can click on the photos of each book to see their Goodreads page.

A Popular Book or Series that You Didn’t Like

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Oh, how I just love to hate on a series that everyone else enjoys. Okay, that’s a bit harsh, since I didn’t actually hate this. I enjoyed the idea of the Zodiac planets and the people’s special characteristics, but the rest was one big flat-line for me. The main character was bland, the romance was an eye-roll, and I barely remember the rest. It’s probably not the most loved YA series, but more people seem to like it than I certainly did.

A Popular Book or Series that Everyone Else Seems to Hate but You Love

At the wee age of 13, I picked up Shadow and Bone, and fell in love—hard and fast. Ever since, my heart has belonged to the Grishaverse. It’s my home. I often see people complaining that the Grisha trilogy is not as good as Six of Crows, and a part of my soul shrivels up into a weak, dead thing. I definitely get why people don’t like this as much as SoC, but I can’t help mentally screaming, “THIS IS SUCH DISRESPECT FOR SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SERIES WHY DO YOU HURT ME LIKE THIS!!!” Moral of the story is: don’t criticize any part of the Grishaverse unless you want Mia to be very, very sad. 

An OTP You Don’t Like

To be frank, I didn’t care for most of this series, so I can’t blame it all on the romance. But as this series progressed, I cared for Kestrel and Arin less and less. *Spoiler Alert!!!* It was really the sequel that ruined it for me, and the perpetual tension of “will-they-won’t-they-get-back-together.” I really do like romantic tension, but in moderation. This spanned the length of the entire book, until it became implausible and ridiculous. After that, Kestrel and Arin were just annoying to me.

A Popular Book Genre that You Hardly Reach For

Probably historical fiction! I actually LOVE historical fiction, but have only read a handful of books in that genre. If you have any historically-based faves, send those recs my way!

A Popular/Beloved Character that You Do Not Like

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I’m actually going to choose a character duo for this: Hanna and Nik. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Hanna and Nik, and love this series to death!! But compared to Kady and Ezra, Hanna and Nik left something to be desired. They fit the standard YA protagonist archetypes, and I felt like I had read about many Hannas and Niks before. Kady and Ezra, on the other hand, are a little quirky and have much more stylized personalities, so I preferred them a bit more.

A Popular Author You Can’t Seem to Get Into

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I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl a couple girls ago and, to be perfectly honest, despised it. Even now, I think it’s my least favorite book I’ve ever read. The weird jokes, second-hand embarrassment, and lack of obvious plot just were not for me. Interestingly enough however, I actually saw Jesse Andrews at YALLFest and thought he was hilarious in real life! But something about his writing style and characters doesn’t appeal to me.

A Popular Book Trope You’re Tired of Seeing

This one also took a little bit of thinking, since there are quite a few tropes I don’t like. But the one I’m choosing to complain about highlight today is: fake deaths. So many books (and movies/TV shows) kill off an important, usually endearing character around the halfway point. I can ALWAYS, 100% OF THE TIME, tell when the character’s not actually dead. To me, it sticks out like a sore thumb in the plot. I’m not shocked or even sad, because I just know the character’s going to come back. Then it becomes an irritating wait until the person miraculously shows up again.

A Popular Series You Have No Interest in Reading

I’m sort of cheating with this category, cause I actually read the first five books in The Mortal Instruments. But I really only liked the first three books, and now there are so many spin-offs and novellas, that I can’t keep up. Cassandra Clare was not my favorite to begin with, and I don’t have the mental or emotional energy to catch up with so many books in the same series. So I definitely won’t be reading these anytime soon.

The Saying Goes, “The Book is Always Better Than the Movie,” but What Movie or TV Show Adaptation Do You Prefer More Than the Book?

This one is actually quite easy for me. The Twilight series is definitely not a favorite of mine, I preferred the movies to the books because the plots always had more action. I mean, that plot-twist-not-really-a-plot-twist at the end of Breaking Dawn Part 2 had us all screaming in the theaters, but it was also a great way of allowing the audience to experience the climactic battle scene we never got in the book. And across all the movies, they omitted my number one issue with the books: Bella’s dreadful narration.

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And that’s it! I’m not going to tag anyone, since most of people have probably already done this tag, or something like it. But I had a fun time ranting about my favorite likes and dislikes, so I hope you all had a fun time reading!

Do you agree or disagree with any of my bookish opinions? What would you put for each of these categories?

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11 thoughts on “Unpopular Book Opinions Tag”

  1. I read the Shadow & Bone trilogy when I was in high school and loved it, too! I’ve actually never read the Twilight books or watched the movies, so I can’t comment on which is better there. As for historical fiction, I adore Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity!

    1. I’ve heard a lot about Code Name Verity, I really need to add it to my TBR! And as for Twilight, I personally don’t think you’re missing out on much, lol 🙂

  2. I bloody love an unpopular bookish opinion, and so HAD to click on this immediately.

    I’d probably pluck for Clare too for a series I don’t want to get into. With me, I’m quite fickle on what I read and when I get to it: I know it’s not the best trait to have, but if everyone has enthused about a book and I’ve completely missed getting on the sailing ship (probably stuck in some Ol’ Blighty traffic) I’ll just pretend to have never heard of the series and actively blank it everywhere. I hate hate hate missing the initial hype of a book/series, and once it’s gone, I feel less attracted to reading it??? I’m so bad aha.

    I really struggle to find a movie that I prefer to the book, and having thought how I would answer this for a solid few minutes, I’d have to say The Book Thief movie was probably the movie adaptation I enjoyed the most in comparison to its book form. But, I still think I prefer the book so I guess I’m cheating! It’s just the closest battle I can think of.

    I must admit, I have never read Twilight, but if the movies were better (and I’ve missed the initial hype by a long long long way aha!) then I’m probably never going to touch those books. Sorry Stephanie.

    Geminae is the first book on my 2018 TBR so excited to get round to that one after enjoying Illuminae so much! Will let you know how I get on with Hanna and Nik (but can already tell they can’t be a patch on my Kady and Ezra <3)

    Really fun tag! Thanks for the read 🙂

    1. Aw thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post, I love unpopular bookish opinions too. And I’d definitely say that you’re not missing anything with Twilight, it’s really quite bland and mediocre compared to some of the great series we have now. I hope you enjoy Gemina!! I’m so excited for Obsidio!

  3. Ohhh interesting answers for this tag, Mia, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this. Everyone seems to love the Six of Crows duology way more than the Shadow and Bone series – I am glad you enjoyed this one so much! I haven’t read either, so… I can’t really state my opinion haha, but I should sometime soon, maybe? 🙂
    I have read The Winner’s Curse – well, the first two books – and I enjoyed it, but… I’m not for now completely in love with the characters, I’m always having a bit of a hard time getting into the story…. I hope the third book will work for me ahha 🙂

    1. Ahh you definitely need to read some Grishaverse books!! As I’ve said probably a thousand times in my posts, Leigh Bardugo is my absolutely true love. Her books are so special to me. And I definitely thought that the Winner’s Kiss was better than Winner’s Crime, but unfortunately by the time I got to the final book, I was kind of over the whole series. So, not my favorite. But I hope you enjoy it!!

  4. Ah, The Mortal Instruments. I actively routed for the bad guys to kill all the heroes, I was that angry with the “good guys.” Definitely not worth the trees they’re printed on. I will admit though, I mostly enjoyed The Infernal Devices. Much better characters there.

    1. I’ve frequently heard that TID is much better than TMI, so maybe I’ll give that a try one day! But with so many other books in the world, I don’t think Cassandra Clare is really an author I want to waste my time on.

  5. You definitely should read the Grisha trilogy soon! I think it’s really as good as Six of Crows, just a bit different in style and characters. I hope you enjoy it! As for TID, I have heard that it’s much better than TMI, so I might give that series a try one day!

  6. I’m going to read the Grishaverse this month, i think. I accidentally read the last book first in September, because the library only had 1 of them. I like Leigh Bardugo so much, and I’m working hard NOT to compare it to SoC.

    So, I don’t really like the Moral Instruments. But I LOVE the Infernal Devices. It almost feels like two different worlds? The characters are richer, and the story is endearing. But I think CC can get redundant, especially with the Dark Artifices.

    1. “But I think CC can get redundant…” YES! Honestly I think her books follow 90% the same script with a bit of difference thrown in there for the different characters. I agree with you that The Infernal Devices was a much better series. The Mortal Instruments should have ended at book three before “I mostly didn’t hate it” turned into “OMG, _____ just kill them all already.”

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