I am crashing this party and also breaking the rules and not doing a video because, I don’t know, something about fuck the system? Mostly just because I hate videos.
A Popular Book/Series You Didn’t Like:
I’m sorry guys, but I kind of hate the Vampire Academy series. Rose was awesome but everything else? Not so much. I thought the writing was awkward, the side characters were forgettable (literally, I can’t even remember their names) (Lisa?) and I never totally got into the ship (mentor/mentee ships are super hit or miss for me). Then the whole thing in whatever book happened and NOPE. Hard pass. I really need to be into a ship to get past that. The series had a cracked out readable quality and I don’t regret having read it, but when I think about it I’m just like ugh, no.
A Book Series Everyone Hates But You Love:
I genuinely do not get why everyone hates The Queen of the Tearling so much. Like, I agree that it’s not the best of all series but I don’t understand the level of actual outrage I’ve seen people direct towards it. Whatever, okay, I’m super excited for The Fate of the Tearling and I know there’s a small but dedicated group of you that are looking forward to it as well.
A Love Triangle Where the MC Ends Up With The Person You Didn’t Want Them To End Up With:
A Popular Book Genre You Rarely Reach For:
This doesn’t really count as a genre but I’m a pretty broad reader so this is all I’ve got. I don’t read suicide books. Ever. I generally hate how they’re handled and it’s even worse if they’re handled well because reasons. I don’t read about suicide, I don’t talk about suicide. Just, no all around.
Oh, also, New Adult. If it wasn’t written by Elliot Wake (writing as Leah Raeder), fuck New Adult.
A Popular Beloved Character You Didn’t Like:
As much as I love Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, I don’t love Kai. To be fair, it’s not that I dislike Kai as much as I give literally zero shits about Kai. Kai is like tasteful upscale hotel wallpaper; lovely but specifically designed to be unobtrusive and therefore ultimately unmemorable. Sorry Kai.
(actual portrait of Kai)
A Popular Author You Can’t Seem to Get Into:
I feel like saying John Green is the unpopular opinions book tag version of shooting fish in a barrel, so I’m going to go with Gayle Forman. Idk what is is but I just can’t get into her books. I enjoyed If I Stay but the rest were anywhere on the scale of meh to nah for me. Serious contemporary is probably the genre I’m the most picky about, I need to be engaged in the writing to deal with angst and for reasons I can’t fully explain, I just don’t engage with Gayle Forman.
Second runner up: Katie McGarry. Her books are waaaaaaaaay too sincerely dramatic and emotional for me (which, ha) and after the whole underlying you have to be a good girl to be worthy of love and happiness theme in Dare You To, she went on my hard pass for life list.
Popular Trope You’re Tired of Seeing:
Idk if this is a specifically labeled trope but I’m super over mean girls type stuff. Blah blah blah realism blah blah blah high school, whatever, let’s promote lady friendships and girls supporting each other for no reason at all, yes? I don’t hate tropey-ness across the board, sometimes I’m totally okay with it (especially if the thing is fully aware it’s tropey and playing with it). I’m also super excited at the number of books coming up that hint at bisexual love triangles. I am ALL FUCKING OVER that. If we’re going in that direction, I am here for it.
Popular Series You Have No Interest In Reading:
This isn’t even really all that unpopular of an opinion anymore because I’ve been seeing more and more people get on the nope train but A Court of Thorns and Roses. If I’m being entirely honest, I don’t think Sarah J. Maas is all that strong of a writer (SORRY. I LIKE HER A LOT AND IT HURTS ME TO SAY IT BUT I REALLY DON’T). Obviously she taps into some kind of magical something or other from time to time as far as I’m concerned because I love Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows A LOT. But. Look, Throne of Glass was super meh and I didn’t really get into Crown of Midnight until the last half/few chapters (The Assassin’s Blade falls somewhere in between CoM and HoF on my personal scale of SJM) and I think I should’ve gone with my gut on ACoTaR because nah.
The saying goes, ‘The book is always better than the movie’ but what movie (tv show) do you prefer more than the book?
Obviously the answer is The 100. I’ve only read the first book (though I own the whole trilogy because I am thorough in my obsessions) but I can whole-heartedly say the show is so far on a different level it’s basically in a different universe and not like a similar but not really sort of parallel universe, I’m talking totally different rules of physics universe.