Saturday 27 June 2015

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

The super awesome Cait of Paper Fury has tagged me to take part in the Unpopular Opinions book tag - created by The Book Archer. This makes me happy! I hardly ever get tagged in these things, and who doesn't like having the odd moan? This sounds like fun!

1. A popular book or series you didn't like.

Matched by Ally Condie The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Masked by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Matched series by Ally Condie. Couldn't get past the first book, really unbelievable characters. The same with both The Demon's Lexicon and The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan. I found the characters so annoying. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Really don't understand why people like it. And don't get me started on the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. Just not my bag.

2. A popular book/series everyone hates but you love.

Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman

So I find this question confusing. If everyone hates this book/series, how is it popular? I don't get that. So instead, just books I love that don't seem to get much love from anyone else.

Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman; I really liked this LGBTQ YA story about an intersex character, but some feel there are some issues with how it seems that Alex may have a mental illness, as she thinks of there being a male self inside her as well as her female self, rather than her just being female. As there aren't many intersex books, and so little know much about intersex people, it's not a great image because intersex people don't have a mental illness as a rule - as in being intersex does not cause you to have a mental illness. But I really loved it. I didn't see this when I was reading it, and so only have fond memories of the book. I can't seem to think of anything else.

3. A love triangle where the protagonist ended up with the person you didn't want them to be with.

Someone please explain to me why Katniss chose Peeta? Because I really don't understand. Gale is better! It was fake with Peeta! And Peeta is boring. It's all about Gale!

4. Popular genre you hardly read.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner Liberty's Fire by Lydia Syson Poppy in the Field by Mary Hooper Fool's Gold by Philippa Gregory

I'm really not a fan of historical fiction or sci-fi. There are so many sci-fi books lately, They tend to have the most beautiful starry covers, but it's just not my bag. (For the record, although there are aliens, I don't really consider Jennifer L. Armetrout's Lux series to be sci-fi, but paranormal romance/urban fantasy.) And with Lydia Syson, Mary Hooper and Philippa Gregory, there's so much historical. Give me contemporary or a wonderful urban fantasy!

5. Popular beloved character you dislike.

I'm coming up with a blank here... Ok, going for a classic. Can I say Alice from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll? Really not my favourite story. Really don't like Alice. Oh my god, that girl.

6. Popular author you can't seem to get into.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff Hollow Pike by James Dawson

Maggie Stiefvater. Francesca Lia Block. Meg Rosoff. James Dawson.Yes, I know. I know. But just the thought of picking up one of their books has me wanting to climb back into bed and not get up. I just have no interest in Maggie Stiefvater. I didn't like Shiver, I don't want to read anything else. And what the hell is up with the Dangerous Angels books by Francesca Lia Block, huh? Weetzie Bat is insane. Meg Rosoff bores me to tears, and How I Live Now made me really uncomfortable. And James Dawson... his writing and I simply do not gel. These authors? Nope. No, thank you.

7. A popular trope you're tired of reading.

Instalove. No. No more. I am DONE. I am firmly of the opinion that it does not exist, so please stop writing it. Stop making your stories unbelievable and eye-rolly, and having me wanting to throw them across the room, because their eyes met across (a very likely crowded) room, and that was it. NO! Where is the romantic development?! THERE IS NONE! How am I supposed to root for a couple when I don't feel it?! I'm not going to believe it if there's nothing their feelings are based on. JUST STOP!

Not that it bothers me that much.

8. A popular series you have no interest in reading.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Splintered by A.G. Howard

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot - too much girliness for me. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - no explanation required due to above. Splintered by A.G. Howard - Alice in Wonderland, ugh. But I don't know. Persuade me, and maybe.

9. A show/movie adaptation you liked better than the book.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Ok, so I saw the movie before I read the book. BUT THE BOOK MISSES OUT HALF THE STORY! How are we supposed to root for them when we don't see the beginning of the romance. And it was just so boring. The movie is my favourite movie, so the book was such a let down. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It was good, but I was expecting more because of the buzz. But the movie, I loved. LOVED!

I'm not actually going to tag anyone,  because the people I would tag don't do tags, so that seems pointless. But if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged!

Any books I've mentioned you disagree with? Or agree? Because that would be nice. What would your answers be instead?


  1. I'm Team Gale, too. I never understood the appeal of Peeta. So I was really not happy with the way that whole situation turned out.

    1. RIGHT?! Pfft to Peeta. The ending was a bit iffy, but I really enjoyed it overall :)

  2. House of Night series... It was not my cup of tea at all, and it's such a long series that I have no interest whatsoever in waiting to see if it gets better. Also yes at Instalove! That trope needs to disappear from fiction. It's so annoying and a lot of the time it doesn't even make sense and it feels forced.

    1. Oh myyyy god, the House of Night series causes me so much uggggh. I really didn't like it.

      Yes to all you just said on instalove!

      Thanks for stopping bu! :)