This tag is originally from booktuber The Book Archer.
- A popular book you didn’t like
- A book series that everyone hates but you love
- 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
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.
I can’t think of any!
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!)