December 17, 2015

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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I was tagged by Kelly from Belle of the Literati and Rachel from Hello, Chelly forever ago for the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag! Don't judge me for the fact that I'm just now getting around to filling it out...

1. A popular book you didn't like 
I really don't like the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty, even though I read all five books. Before I joined the blogging community, I discovered a number of book blogs that I enjoyed reading for new book recommendations. I kept seeing that series mentioned, so I decided to give them a shot. For some reason, I trudged through and finished the series despite disliking most of it... Thankfully, I've learned to DNF!

2. A book series that everyone hates but you love 
I don't know if people hate The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, but I know it's not highly rated or beloved. I read them before blogging, and it was one of the first Young Adult series I remember reading. It's a little bit like Gossip Girl in the 1800s - a little cheesy, very dramatic and not the most well written - but I love it all the same. They were just so addicting, and I remember looking up the release dates for each book ahead of time!

3. A love triangle where the MC ends up with the person you didn't want them to end up with 
There are a number of series where the character ends up with someone other than the person I was initially rooting for, like the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi or Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, but those changes worked for me in the end! So, I guess I'll go with the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand - a triangle where I genuinely liked both boys but hated the way the triangle was handled. Boundless was a mess!

4. A popular book genre you rarely reach for
If this question asked about a genre I never reach for, I'd have to go with romance. But since it says rarely, I'd say New Adult or Science Fiction would probably be the most accurate answer. I like the idea of New Adult because I love that time period and would probably be able to relate more to the characters. Most of what I've found so far seems too dramatic. As for science fiction, it just bores me (though there are exceptions).

5. A popular beloved character you didn't like
Well, I hate pretty much every character in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë... does that count?  I have no idea if those characters are generally beloved or if it's just that people love the book itself. If that doesn't count, I can also say that I don't like Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games series. I don't hate him (and he did serve a purpose in the series), but I'm so glad he was out of the picture by the end.

6. A popular author you can't seem to get into 
John Green is just not the author for me. I've read two of his books (Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars) and really was not fond of either one. I actually liked Paper Towns a little more, but The Fault in Our Stars drove me absolutely crazy. Green's characters all seem to similar to me - and remind me too much of their author. I definitely won't be reading any more of his books because they're not the right fit for me.

7. Popular trope you're tired of seeing
I initially struggled with my answer to this question because most of the tropes that I hate are ones that most people probably hate (instalove, for example). I was trying to think of one where I dislike something that's a little more loved, and it finally came to me. For the most part, I really can't stand the "bad boy reformed by love" trope. There may be exceptions, but generally I find that storyline makes me eyes roll.

8. Popular series you have no interest in reading 
While there are a number of popular series that I have no desire to read, I think The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is probably the most popular + the one I'm least interested in. I read her The Infernal Devices series and enjoyed them, but I just am not at all interested in her bigger series... and I can't really put my finger on why. Thankfully, there's a book for every reader!

9. The saying goes, "The book is always better than the movie," but what movie do you prefer more than the book? 
There are a number of instances where I like the movie and book equally (or where I absolutely love the movie, even if I believe the book is better)... but there are two movie adaptations that just blew their source material out of the water. Those movies are The Painted Veil (book by W. Somerset Maugham) and North & South (book by Elizabeth Gaskell). I read both books after seeing the movies and wasn't crazy about them.

7 comments:

  1. I agree with most of these. It's funny because I was very happy with The Mortal Instruments books when I read the first trilogy and I loved Clockwork Angel. But then Clockwork Prince made me so mad I gave up on the series. Since then I've realized it is totally possible to outgrow an author.

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  2. Funnily enough, I'm going to actually reread the first three Mortal Instruments novels so that I can finish the series! I'm mostly trusting Macky on that, as he says he likes the last book (the very last one) a whole lot. But we'll see if I wind up sticking with it! ;)

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  3. I think when you read the book after the movie, you're more likely to either like the movie more or at least be less protective of the "sacred text" of the book. My husband and I had very different reactions to the Harry Potter movies when he chose to watch them before reading the books and I chose the opposite. I also found this to be true when I watched Pride and Prejudice (2005) and then read the book after!

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  4. So glad to know that I'm not the only person who just can't get into John Green's books. I just can't seem to get invested in the characters. Oh & The Mortal Instruments series... I read the first two, and I have no desire to continue. Sad face. The first one was... intriguing, but the second one just left me bored. So, I understand your lack of desire to read them. ;)

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  5. I love this tag! Great responses :)

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  6. Don't even feel bad because I haven't done ANY of the amazing tags you tagged me in still. *hides* haha. This is a fun one!! I think I read the first two books in the Luxe series and I enjoyed them! Total 1800s Gossip Girl in the best way. Oh noooo I have Unearthly at home and haven't read it yet! But I'll manage my triangle expectations this way I guess. Bummer! I've been working on searching out New Adult that is most like a sexy romantic comedy for me; minimal drama haha. So far I've found a couple! And I'm not much of a science fiction person either. I have a couple series that I love but that's about it. I prefer sci fi movies. Hahahaha I LOVE Wuthering Heights but I don't think anyone loves the characters. They're generally awful. *whispers* City of Bones was not that good. I read the first book, excited to find a new series to love, and it was so cookie cutter and meh. I wasn't interested in continuing. Interesting!! I still want to read North and South someday but I'm happy sticking with the movie too <3 I felt that way about Lord of the Rings actually, I much prefer the movies. Loved your answers Hannah!

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  7. I feel the same way about new adult books. It just seems like a great part if life that would lend itself well to a story. But I just hate how all the characters are always broken.

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