Hey everyone. I haven’t done a tag in forever, even though some tags going around YouTube have really caught my eye. This was one of them, so I’m so glad that my friend over at Panda’s Books tagged me. Thanks so much! <3
I want to lead up to the actual tag with just a disclaimer. This post is not meant to offend people who like the books I do not. This is an opinions tag, and all of my answers are my opinions, and I can totally understand why people like/love the books that I may not have! Without further ado, let’s get into it.
1. A popular book or series you didn’t like.
When I first read Divergent by Veronica Roth, I disliked it beyond belief. I couldn’t even power through the entire thing, and I dropped it at the 80% mark or something. When I put it down, I felt like there was something very wrong with me. I don’t hav
e a review on this or anything, but I didn’t think the world was carried out well. The entire division into factions bothered me, and I’ve never wanted to pick up the next books.
Also, another one would be Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Everyone and their mother seems to love this book, and though I didn’t hate it, I didn’t like it either. Oops.
2: A popular book or series that everyone seems to hate, but you love.
I really loved the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, but a lot of people liked the second book the best. I think the second book is my least favorite, and while people absolutely hate the conclusion of this series, I loved it. I think it’s one of the best conclusions to a trilogy out there. I feel like everything was resolved like it was supposed to. I can’t see it going any other way and still remain consistent with the rest of the story and the characters. I shed a few tears, but I was completely satisfied with the ending.
3: A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like
I despise love triangles in the first place, so I’m not sure how to answer this. Many of my OTPs are endgame, and those that are not are usually found in TV shows, not books. So I’m going to go with the Twilight series, and say that I wanted Bella to be with Jacob. I didn’t think Edward and Bella’s relationship was too healthy. I didn’t like Edward as a character, and the only reason I kept reading the series until the end was because I loved Jacob. I loved his personality, I loved his character. And then book four happened, and I was put off, but I still think he was the better choice for Bella.
Also, New Moon was my favorite book and a lot of Twihards absolutely hate it. So bonus.
4: A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I don’t go for sci-fi much. The only science fiction I read revolves around dystopian or utopian societies, but otherwise, I normally stay away from sci-fi. Also, I dislike paranormal romances. There was a time when I adored them, but I’m slightly repulsed by the amount of angst found in most of them. BUT. If you have any recs for either of these genres, let me know, because I always try to keep my mind open.
5: A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Alaska from Looking for Alaska is perhaps one of the most pretentious, most dramatic characters I’ve ever read. She was unlikable from start to finish. She played around with people’s feelings. I absolutely hated her, and this hate led me to hate the actual book too. I know a lot of people really loved her character; they thought she was smart and mysterious and hilarious, but I just… I couldn’t do it. If she showed up in front of me one day, I’d probably bitch-slap her.
6: A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I read Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks a few years ago. I wanted to read it before the movie came out (because I’m in love with Josh Duhamel), and I didn’t like it one bit. I know Nicholas Sparks has a huge fan following, and I totally understand why people love him so much. But from the movies I’ve seen, and the (one) book I’ve read, I don’t think I’ll be giving him another try. 🙁
7: A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
Love triangles. STOP, for the love of GOD, STOP MAKING WOMEN SEEM LIKE HORRIBLE FUCKS WHO PLAY WITH MEN’S FEELINGS FOR NO FUCKING REASON, GOSH. *heavy exhalation*
I’ve been thinking about love triangles a lot. And I mean a lot. I’ve never EVER read a book where a guy is choosing between two girls, constantly going back and forth between one and the other. You know why? Because when a dude does it, he’s a dick. I feel the same way about a girl who does that between two guys; she’s a horrible, horrible person who has no regards for people’s feelings! It bothers me that often in YA fiction, women come across as people who need attention from two different sources. It just makes women seem like they don’t like it when the roles are reversed (who would?!). I’m sorry, but love triangles need to stop. Stop romanticizing juggling with two people’s hearts just because you can’t seem to make up your naive mind. (Rant over.)
8: A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Never say never. I’m not saying I will never read this book, but I don’t see myself picking it up any time soon. After by Anna Todd; I’ve heard this book romanticizes abusive relationships, and I can’t do that. Also, this was a One Direction fan fiction? What the shit?
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 is a tough one. I really love One Day by David Nicholls; it’s one of my favorite books. It’s wonderfully written. The characters felt like friends to me after the turn of the last page, and I bawled my eyes out. But the movie is something out of this world. I feel like a lot of people haven’t read the book OR watched the movie, and I’d just like to say that you’re missing out. I feel like the casting was spot-on. The direction was fantastic, and the movie brought out emotions in me that the book kind of failed to. Either way, the book is great. The movie is fabulous. This was a tough one.
So that’s it for the tag. I’d like to tag: Brittany Marie, Cat, Erika, Josephine, and Maria. 🙂 If you decide to do this tag (or have already done it), please link it down below. I would love to check out your answers. <3