Saturday, February 20, 2016

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I subscribe to a few booktubers and, every now and then, they do a Book Tag video. They have been tagged, or are starting a tag, with a theme. Aria Mia Loberti did a video on the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag and it sounded like fun. Not to mention, she and I have similar dislikes and I want to assure her she's not getting only hate from people who watch her video.

1) A popular book or series that you just don't like.

I can honestly say that I've never understood the appeal of Twilight. The first book was loaned to me by a friend in grad school who was certain that I would love it and want to immediately read the next book. After I read the first one I gave it back to her and said "no thanks" to the rest of the series. I seriously do not get why people like it.

2) A book/series that you love that others seem to hate.

This one is going to require a bit of a cheat because I've never really read anything that people really hated. I'm going to go with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter because I feel the movie generated a lot of negativity towards the story itself and it is a little embarrassing to say "I really liked Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!"

3) A love triangle where the person didn't end up with who you wanted.

Again, I'm gonna cheat a little. I really did not care for Faramir and Eowyn. I didn't necessarily want her to be with Aragorn, but I still feel that Faramir deserved better than to be someone's second choice. I get that they were happy together and all that, but the way I read Eowyn's realization that Faramir was a better fit, made it really seem like Faramir was her "silver medal" and Faramir is too good of a character to be treated like that.

4) A popular genre that you never reach for.

Romance. If you know me, you know I like my love stories to be secondary or tertiary to other aspects of the story. I also don't generally read Historical Fiction, but I don't know how popular a genre that is.

5) A popular/beloved character that you just don't like.

Mare Barrow from Red Queen. This is another series that I just didn't care enough about to read past the first book and Mare was a big reason for it. I have never before felt so strongly the need to smack some common sense into a character. I consistently felt like she was overconfident in her plan and her overconfidence was definitely her undoing.

6) A popular author you just can't get into.

In line with the previous tag, I have to say, Victoria Aveyard. I really don't understand the draw to her series, but I also don't understand the draw to Twilight. To me it was impossible to become emotionally invested in her characters. I really didn't get a good picture of the world she was creating (apparently she was going for a bit of an Ancient Rome theme). If you enjoy her writing, continue reading, but I will not pick up any of her books. I just can't.

7) A trope that you are tired of reading about.

I'll admit, I'm a bit burnt out on dystopian future settings. It seems like so many books are based on a relatively near future where things have clearly gone wrong or are about to go very wrong. It's getting old and is making me look at every book and think "how is this going to all go wrong?"

8) A series you have no interest in ever picking up.

Game of Thrones. I know, I love the fantasy genre. I love adventure. But I'm not at all interested in the Game of Thrones series. I think it's because the entire thing feels more like a soap opera than a fantasy story and I have no interest in that much drama.

9) A movie or TV show you enjoyed better than the book.

There's gonna be a lot of hate from this one, but The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I have often admitted that The Silmarillion is the only Middle Earth book that I didn't have to force myself to read. The trilogy just goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and it killed my reading speed. Now that I think about it, maybe that's also why I have no interest in Game of Thrones, I have trouble with 500-600 page books, regardless of topic.

So, how many of these do you agree or disagree with? How much hate have I generated with this post? Please feel free to leave comments. I will make sure I respond to all of them.

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