The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag


This tag is originally from booktuber The Book Archer.

  1. A popular book you didn’t like
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
    I’m glad it seems to have touched so many other people, but it did nothing for me! All I got out of it was a bunch of vague, vapid platitudes, with little nuance. Call me a cynic, but I especially hate this quote:


    The universe doesn’t conspire to help fulfill everyone’s dreams – otherwise, most people around the world would be employed as rock stars and pro sports players.

  3. A book series that everyone hates but you love
  4. I can’t think of any!

  5. A love triangle where the MC ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with
  6. I loved the way that Leigh Bardugo’s the Grisha trilogy ended… but I think it would have made for a more interesting (albeit less happy) story if Alina had ended up with one of her other romantic options instead.

  7. A popular book genre you rarely reach for
    • Romance. Romantic plots can add a lot to a novel, but I’ll probably get bored if the romance is supposed to be the most interesting part of the story.
    • Mystery and crime thrillers. Much as I enjoy watching the occasional Law & Order: SVU, I’m drawn to different kinds of stories in print.
  8. A popular beloved character you didn’t like
  9. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.
    I know he’s a quintessential literary love interest, but dear lord do I find him boring! What makes him attractive to Regency-era girls? As far as I can tell, the attraction is mostly to his wealth and social standing – certainly not his arrogant, aloof public persona.

    Mr. Darcy

  10. A popular author you can’t seem to get into
  11. Haruki Murakami.
    This one’s pretty strange, since given my interests he seems like the kind of author I should really love. Surreal happenings? Check. Whimsical characters? Check. I’ve slogged through one and a half Murakami books, but something is just missing for me. The characters don’t feel human. Everything feels far too random, in a way that feels like it would be a chore to decipher.

  12. Popular trope you’re tired of seeing
  13. This traditional YA fiction setup:
    The main character is an “average” teenage girl who is traditionally beautiful, but whines about hating her physical features. Her physical “flaws” all fit traditional beauty ideals: she’s most likely thin, with pale skin and brown hair she describes as “mousy”. Then a love triangle appears, smacking of pure wish fulfillment: this totally average girl now has not one but TWO heartthrobs vying for her heart!

  14. Popular series you have no interest in reading
  15. Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.
    The whole idea of a society dividing people into lifelong factions based on a single personality trait strikes me as really silly.

  16. The saying goes, ‘The book is always better than the movie’ but what movie do you prefer more than the book?
  17. The Harry Potter series.


    I suspect that this is the most heretical thing I’ve said in this whole post. Sure, I liked the books as a kid, but the movie adaptation added so many things that I loved: that tinkling theme song in a minor key, Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, and all those whimsical magical happenings brought to life on the big screen with CGI.

Feel free to vehemently disagree with me in the comments!

In the event they’d like to participate, I’m tagging two fellow new book bloggers: Claire at BlankSlaters & Liselle at the Lunch-Time Librarian. (It also looks like Claire at Bitches with Books is cackling with glee at the idea of sharing her unpopular opinions with us, so I’m retroactively tagging her, too!)

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  • Reply Claire November 3, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I’m doing this. I am FILLLED with mirth on how I seem to like all the unpopular shit.
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      Reply Paloma November 3, 2015 at 9:08 am

      I look forward to your mirth!

  • Reply Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian November 3, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I sooooo agree about the YA novel girl that thinks “she not special or pretty” that ends up torn between two hunky guys. Is it so hard to imagine a teenage girl with average to high self-esteem?

    I will absolutely be doing this by the way!
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  • Reply Tash November 6, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Fistbump on The Alchemist, bruh. That book was stitched up from all the motivational posters ever made. Same with Mr. Darcy, I do not get the appeal at all.

  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage November 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    The Harry Potter movies are pretty amazing, so I don’t blame you there! 😉 And I’m not much of a romance reader either. It seems like so many books have romance that don’t completely need it, which is annoying. :/ And yeah – the premise of the Divergent series is a little bit nonsensical (how can people only have one personality trait). Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ♥
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