Unpopular Opinions Tag | Book Tag Thursday

I know this tag has been around a while, so I’m not sure of the original creator. But I came across this tag through Crystal @ Paper Royalty and thought it looked like a fun tag to do! So definitely go check her post and blog out!


A Popular Book/Book Series That You Didn’t Like

Book cover of "Shadow and Bone" by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow & Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Boy did I not like this series. I was most let down by the fact that I really love the Grisha-verse that Bardugo has created! But for me, this series started out okay but just went downhill with each successive book. I didn’t like Alina or Mal and their romance plot-line made me so angry, don’t get me started!


A Popular Book/Series That Everyone Else Seems to Hate But You Love

Book cover of "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I know that it has a high rating on Goodreads, but I’ve met many people who don’t seem to care for this book at all. I really loved it. I found it to be magical and mysterious and full of beautiful imagery.


An OTP That You Don’t Like

Ron & Hermione

I’ll just go ahead and say that I don’t like either of the two main OTP of the Harry Potter series. I absolutely do not get or understand how Ron and Hermione end up together and I do not like them together at all. But it’s hard to say whether I dislike this pairing more than Harry and Ginny…But I’ve decided on this one, for today.


A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For

Romance

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do read romance novels, but it’s not something that I devour on a regular basis. If one sparks my interest, I’ll pick it up, but I don’t go looking for them. When I shelved books for a local library, I was always shelving romance books, so many of them! They’re quite popular.


A Popular/Beloved Character That You Do Not Like

Illustration of the Darkling by PhantomRin
Artist: PhantomRin; Source.

The Darkling

Many people agree that Alina and Mal make a terrible couple. But I know of so many people in this fandom who absolutely love the Darkling and ship him and Alina. And I just have to say…I don’t get it. I don’t get the fascination people have for this character or why he’s so loved. I didn’t care about him really at all while reading this series and I couldn’t care less that he didn’t end up with Alina. So there’s that.


A Popular Author That You Can’t Seem To Get Into

Sarah J. Maas

I’m just not a fan. I read the first book in ACoTaR and I really didn’t think that much of it. Yet I see people going crazy over this series and her Throne of Glass series. I didn’t really find her writing interesting or particularly good. I just didn’t connect with it. It’s definitely an unpopular opinion, but it’s where I’m at.


A Popular Book Trope That You’re Tired of Seeing

The Chosen One

Let’s face it. It happens all the time. There’s some great evil and only one, special person can stop it. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the Harry Potter series. I just don’t need to see this trope in every fantasy book I read. It gets old pretty quick.


A Popular Series That You Have No Interest in Reading

Book cover of "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

Yes, it’s Maas again! I hear so, so much about this series. But as I mentioned earlier in this prompt, I didn’t really care for Maas’ writing and I really don’t have any interest in this series. I am totally fine with it existing and people loving it. It’ll just be one fandom that I’m not going to join.


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

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I was really close to picking The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for this one, but I’m sticking with Princess Bride simply because it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Seriously, it’s the best. I could watch it any day of the week. The cast is brilliant, the script is brilliant, and I prefer it a million times over to the book. I’m not saying the book is bad, by any means, but there’s less of a spark, for me, when I read the story than when I see the movie. I think the characters are much more flat and there’s a lot of extraneous detail that takes away from the adventure and excitement of the story. The movie definitely captures it best.

I will also say that I’m sure this opinion is not unpopular. It’s just the one that I find the most satisfactory for this prompt.


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Have fun with this one, guys! I really enjoyed this prompt and I’d love to see your answers! Make sure to link back to me so I can see them! Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

9 thoughts on “Unpopular Opinions Tag | Book Tag Thursday

  1. I looove The Night Circus!!!
    And I haven’t read Shadow and Bone but I do plan on reading it.. I started with the Six of Crows duology( which I have an obsession over) and now I want to read the Grisha books. Probably should leave Shadow and Bone for last.
    Also, can you believe I only watched The princess bride, for the very first time, this year? I’ve lived 25 years without ever watching this movie until now. I have no idea how.

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    1. I’m so glad you like the Night Circus! I was so blown away by it. Have you listened to the audio? It’s read by Jim Dale (who reads the US version of the Harry Potter audiobooks) and he’s so good!
      I don’t envy you reading the Grisha series, but you might enjoy it. I know many people do. I enjoy really only specific aspect of it, namely the world-building. As far as characters go, I couldn’t care less for them. Which is a shame, since Bardugo is capable of writing brilliant characters (see Six of Crows duology!)
      I introduced one of my friends to the Princess Bride a few years back. They, like you, had not seen it in the 20 or so years they’d been alive. It’s always something I make sure to correct with anyone I come across who has not seen it. At least you’ve now experienced the magic!

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      1. Oooh, seriously? I was planning on reading the Grisha series precisely because I fell in love, over my head, with the characters in the Six Of Crows duology. I just needed more of that in my life and so I thought I could read the Grisha books. Well,, now at least I know to borrow them and not buy them!

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      2. Yes, I would definitely borrow. I don’t want to bias you before you read them, but this is what I’ve found them to be like. They are the first books she’d written, so the Grisha-verse was new and I think she definitely improved by her second series. I would take Six of Crows duology over the Grisha series any day. But who knows, you might like it! It’s not completely terrible, it just wasn’t my cup of tea πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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    1. That’s okay! Like I said, I know many who don’t. Not every book can be enjoyed by everyone. At least we both can love and enjoy the magic that is The Princess Bride! πŸ’œ

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  2. I adore The Night Circus. I re-read it a couple of months ago and it was beautiful, enchanting and all around magical! I can see why it might not be everyone’s cup of tea but the people I know who’ve read it absolutely love it.

    I also do not get the hype with The Darkling. He’s manipulative and self-centred! How is that likeable? All I do know is that I have a bit of an up and down relationship with The Grisha Trilogy and the Grishaverse really. I like them enough to want to re-read them on occasion, I think they are rather overhyped nowadays.

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    1. I agree, The Night Circus is so enchanting! I think the main reason the people I know didn’t like it is that it wasn’t as action-packed as the book synopsis made it out to be. That and the switching back and forth in time. But I thought it was just as magical as it needed to be and I didn’t mind that the magic wasn’t showy and active (like in Harry Potter, for example).

      Totally agree about the Darkling! I really, really did not like him, yet I know so many people who think he’s the living end and really, really wanted Alina to end up with him. I also agree that the series seems overhyped. Bardugo has certainly carved her mark in the YA sphere. While I’ll admit she is a good writer, not everything she’s written is gold. I think her first series was really rather weak, as the Six of Crows has proven, so it’s not something I care to return to. But I do love her world-building and she seems to recognize that it is the really pull to her stories, since she keeps writing within that universe.

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