I can’t remember when and how I came across this tag but I knew I really wanted to answer these questions. I like having other opinions on popular or unpopular books but voicing them can be scary as well.
In today’s Tag article I’ll tell you all about an extremely popular book that I didn’t like, a book genre I hardly ever read and many more subjects.
A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like
A lot of you probably want to strangle me for this but… the Cruel Prince by Holly Black is a book I really didn’t like – understatement. I just don’t have anything nice to say about it, lol. I thought the development of everything – world building, characters and writing – was lacking and especially the characters were just plain-right awful in my opinion. Not in a way of ‘you hate em because they’re bad but you still love em at the same time’ but just really awful.
I normally really love characters who are not your typical good girl/good guy kind of character, but who live and thrive on ‘the dark side’. But these characters were over the top for me. The main character was so frigging annoying and the rest of the characters had me feeling such hatred, lol.
Add in the lack of proper world building and a writing style that just really wasn’t my thing… yeah, not my cup of tea unfortunately. Safe to say, I won’t be reading the second book or any other Holly Black book – since this isn’t the first faerie book by her I picked up – in the future.
A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love
Tough one, because I don’t think there’s a book/series out there that Everyone else hates persé haha. I did come across some books/authors that you either really Love or Hate, without there being much middle ground. One of those books, that I really LOVED for example and a lot of other people really didn’t like, is Wintersong by S. Jae Jones.
I really loved Everything about this book; the re-telling parts regarding the Goblin King, the fantasy/magical elements, the settings, the intriguing set of characters and the writing. The way music is a huge part of the story, is so well written down as well. I feel that Especially the musical and writing elements are something a lot of readers actually didn’t like about this book whilst it were the elements I particularly ended up loving haha. So it’s funny to see how everyone experiences a book differently, right?
an OTP that you don’t like
I had to think about this for a while and came up empty, lol. Usually, I just luck out on the OTP department *shrugs* and have characters ending up together that I was rooting for since the beginning haha. I’m sure, I’ve come across characters that I felt like they maybe didn’t belong together perfectly, but I forgot about them if that’s the case, lol.
A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for
This is an easy one haha: Thriller. When I was a teenager, I devoured them all, but somehow I hardly ever pick up a thriller anymore. Don’t know why haha. When I read a book that has some thriller elements written into it, I like it. But a story focused mostly on thriller elements is just not something that interests me anymore I guess.
A popular or beloved character that you do not like
Cardan from the Cruel Prince. I just don’t understand what people see in this character… At all. I know why people are attracted to him in some ways, seeing how he’s a character who’s finally not a ‘I’m bad but secretly good’ kind of character but a really F’ed up character which is refreshing. As I said earlier, I like those characters too, normally.
But Cardan… mehh, I really couldn’t get on board the hype train with this dude. I hate him so intensely, lol. I hate how he acted – too forced, too much.. just too Anything, lol – and I am so not interested in reading more about him anymore, brrr…
A popular author that you can’t seem to get into
Some authors I’ve read stuff from but then decided to skip them from now on are:
– Holly Black
Read 2 books by her and both weren’t my thing despite me being a huge fan of faerie/fae books, so I’m really sad about this. Thankfully, there are a lot of other authors who I love who write about faeries/fae’s.
– Rainbow Rowell
Read 2 books and her writing just doesn’t do it for me unfortunately
– Morgan Matson
Haven’t even finished 1 book, yikes. But just couldn’t get into her writing.
– Pittacus Lore
I haven’t read a single book by this author but I did own some of them in the past. Some years ago, after having just watched the movie of I am number four, I was really excited to dive into this series. Somehow, I really don’t feel like starting the series anymore *shrugs.
A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing
(examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
That’s the thing. I don’t think there’s really a popular trope/cliché that I don’t like persé. If it fits the story, it fits. If the writing is good, if the characters are well developed… I can get on board with clichés, every now and then.
I do end up not liking love triangles most of the time and are quite skittish about them beforehand if I know there’s one in a book. But that’s mostly because I don’t think – seeing the books I’ve read so far – every author is capable of writing a good one. There have been triangles I loved to read because they were just really well written down, but most always end up lacking in the development department.
But this goes for every popular trope really. It all depends on the author’s writing and the combination of it all regarding the development and depth of the story-lines and characters, etc. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I wish it was being left out.
A popular series that you have no interest in reading
I think the House of Night series by P.C. Cast is one of them. I don’t see them being talked about that much anymore, but this has been a very popular series in the past to my understanding.
At one point, I was still quite interested in reading them, but there have been so many releases of other interesting books throughout the years that I gave up on this series, especially seeing I don’t read Vampire books that often anymore anyway.
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?
I think I’ll go with the Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. I just don’t get aligned with how it all ended in the book. I think the screen writers for the movie did a better job on ‘finishing it all up’ than how it went down in the book. One particular thing regarding the Tom character, gutted me and it felt completely unnecessary.
I remgember very well that when I read the book for the first time – I was really young then still and it was my first adult novel that I’ve read – and felt completely overwhelmed when reading the ending of the book. I fell in love with the movie and up until that point, I never considered the book to have a different ending. So it gutted my 11 year old ME and I’m still not over it, lol.
What are some of your unpopular opinions?
Do we have any of the same?
Let’s discuss in the comments below!