Thursday, 4 June 2015

The Unpopular Opinions Tag!

Today I'm here with the Unpopular Opinions Tag. This was originally created over on YouTube by TheBookArcher, and you can find the original video here!

A Popular Book or Series You Didn't Like

I feel like there have been quite a few, but I'm going to go with Divergent by Veronica Roth, which I ended up DNFing. Me and that book just didn't click. I thought the protagonist had zero personality and the world was entirely unbelievable; I haven't gone near any dystopia for a while because with the whole hype around it I just got sick to the back teeth of looking at it, but for me a good dystopia has to be threatening. I have to believe that the events in the book are possible - that's why The Hunger Games works so well, because we are obsessed with violence and reality TV and celebrity culture. Sadly the society that Roth created just didn't do it for me, but props to her for finishing the trilogy the way she did - that takes guts!

See? Even Tris doesn't believe it.

A Popular Book or Series You Love but Everyone Else Hates

I'm not sure if there is one. I tend to be the grumpy person who doesn't like the popular book/series, so I have no idea.

A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with

I'm still really mad that Katniss ended up with Peeta. I didn't want her to end up with Gale, either, I just wanted everyone to leave the poor girl alone. I wrote a post about My Problem with Peeta if you're interested in hearing my thoughts!

A Popular Genre that You Rarely Reach For

Contemporary I guess? I mean I think the genre I read the least of is horror, but I don't think horror is hugely popular amongst the other readers I know anyway. I don't mind contemporary, but it's not my first choice.

A Popular/Beloved Character You Do NOT Like

I was going to say Peeta again here, until I remember how much I hate Snape. I know Snape is a favourite amongst quite a few Harry Potter fans, but I hate the guy. I hate that he's a teacher who bullies his pupils (seriously what kind of adult bullies children?) I hate that Neville hates him so much that Snape is his boggart (really think about that for a moment; Neville's living during an incredibly dangerous time of wizarding history and he's seen what the cruciatus curse can do firsthand, but what terrifies him most in the world is one of his teachers) and I hate that everyone dismisses his horrific behaviour as okay because he was in love with someone who didn't love him back. Boo-fucking-hoo. I'm glad he died.

A Popular Author You Can't Seem to Get Into

I tried reading Throne of Glass and just couldn't get into it, and A Court of Thorns and Roses doesn't interest me in the slightest. I know she's hugely popular, but I'm sadly not a fan.

A Popular Book Trope You're Tired of Seeing

I loathe love triangles with a passion. I really, really, really hate them.

A Popular Series You have No Interest in Reading

The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. There's another love triangle in this trilogy, and I know everyone loves Warner but I hate it when a character's shitty behaviour is excused by daddy issues.

What movie or TV adaptation do you prefer to the book?

For the most part I do think books are better than their movies, but I also like to look at the two mediums separately and I'll always find adaptations fascinating, but one film I liked more than the book would have to be Henry Selick's adaptation of Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

The book is wonderful, but the film just adds more and it's marvellous. Plus Henry Selick also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas so he's always going to be one of my favourite directors.

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this tag!


  1. LOL. That asparagus gif XD I don't like Snape either, I mean secretely being on the right side doesn't excuse how cruel he was or what a bully he was to students. I'm sorry but it just doesn't. And I finished the Divergent series despite my issues with the second book, but I really didn't care for the third book. Like, at all. To me the ending didn't make any sense but more than that, the plot for it throughout was a hot mess. Good for you for giving up on it! Awesome post^^ xx

    1. Hehe, I couldn't resist using it!

      I've heard a lot of people who were fans of Divergent say they didn't like Allegiant, so I suppose it's probably best that I gave up when I did!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Micheline. ^_^

  2. Ooh I think I'd have to agree with you on contemporary - I don't tend to read it much, and I'm generally kind of underwhelmed by a lot of contemporaries people seem to truly adore! I finished Divergent but like Micheline, I thought the third book was just all over the place - you probably did yourself a favour DNFing that series if you weren't convinced by Roth's world in the first book, I found it got less plausible the more we learnt!

    1. I've heard that a lot about Allegiant - sounds like it really was a good job I gave up when I did!

      To be honest most of the contemporary I read I do end up enjoying because I turn to it so rarely, but I agree with you that I'm also often underwhelmed by many contemporary books. I was fairly underwhelmed by Rainbow Rowell, but I've only read one of her books so far so I'll definitely be giving her another chance.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! ^_^

  3. OMG DANCE WITH ME, BECAUSE I HATE SNAPE TOO!! I can't understand him. Nope. Okay, I've only read the first 4 books, but I already know his tragic backstory (the internet is not kind on people who are late to popular series, hehe. spoilers eeeverywhere) BUT ZOMG. I hate him. There is NOTHING that can convince me that Snape is rightful to absolutely abuse his students. In fact, I partially hate Dumbledore for letting a teacher like Snape teach kids. He torments and abuses and that's psychologically damaging. So how is that okay?! GAH. As you can see, I'm very passionate about my Snape-hate. lol

    1. HUZZAH! I accept your offer to dance. You don't need to have read all the books to know that Snape is a tosser! ;) I'm not Dumbledore's biggest fan either - in fact Hogwarts really needs to employ some better teachers. Thank God it has McGonagall, who is an absolute babe.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! :D