The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Okay, so. Today I’m here with a tag that is simultaneously loved and hated within the bookish community: the unpopular opinions tag. For some reason, people get super offended when other people don’t like their favourite books, or share their opinions about various things. But y’know what? I don’t care. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and if you don’t agree with mine, that’s fine. But don’t be a dick about it! 😂

Anyway. The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag has been around for years, and was created by The Book Archer. It’s kind of a staple at this point, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Just as a side note, there may be minor spoilers in this post. Let’s do this!

1. A POPULAR BOOK/SERIES YOU DIDN’T LIKE

Man, this tag throws you right in at the deep end, doesn’t it 😂 I’ve read Nevernight by Jay Kristoff twice now, and objectively, I can understand why people love it. The assassin’s school plot itself is just fantastic, and if I was rating it on that alone, it would easily have been 5/5 stars. But holy cow, does Kristoff overuse metaphors and similes (and I say this as someone who absolutely adores Erin Morgenstern’s writing 😂). Not only that, but the footnotes were pointless and irritating, and don’t even get me started on the issue of a 16-year-old girl being written by a 40-something-year-old man in such a sexualised way. It was kind of creepy and I just couldn’t get on board 😬

2. AN UNPOPULAR BOOK THAT YOU ENJOYED

So The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern isn’t necessarily an unpopular book, but it’s one that I see a lot of mixed reviews about. However, I absolutely loved it. It made zero sense and I was confused AF on more than one occasion, but the world-building and atmosphere is just beautiful. I can’t really explain my feelings for this book, but I was honestly just blown away by the writing, despite my many moments of confusion 😂

3. AN OTP YOU DIDN’T LIKE

I have a lot of problems with The Folk Of The Air series by Holly Black, but the main one? The relationship between Jude and Cardan. Though I do believe that these two deserve each other, it’s not something I needed to read about. Their relationship is toxic and destructive, and though it is an enemies-to-lovers story (which I generally enjoy), it wasn’t a good one. Don’t get me wrong, separately, I think they’re great characters (I definitely love to hate them), but their relationship was just… bad 🤪

4. A POPULAR GENRE YOU HARDLY REACH FOR

I tend to stick to my little fantasy bubble for the most part, but occasionally I’ll venture out into the wild and pick up something I don’t usually gravitate towards. Saying that, thrillers are still something I rarely pick up. I tend to be left feeling super underwhelmed in the end, and that’s never fun 😂 It’s not a genre I’m opposed to (unlike horror which I won’t touch), but I definitely have to be in the right mood for it.

5. A POPULAR CHARACTER YOU DIDN’T LIKE

The Darkling. I’ll just go hide in a corner now. Seriously, I don’t understand the love for this guy. Sure, he’s dark, and mysterious, and oh so powerful, but he’s also incredibly arrogant and more than a little bit abusive. Do I think he’s a great villain? Sure. But there’s no redemption arc there, folks. I just genuinely don’t understand the love for him 😅

6. AN AUTHOR YOU CAN’T SEEM TO LOVE

I think the only answer I have for this question right now is Holly Black. I’ve tried really, really hard to love her writing, but there’s something about it that just doesn’t jive with me. For clarification, I’ve read 6 books by her, one of which I’ve read 3 separate times 😅 Though her books are marketed as young adult, there’s something about her writing that just screams middle grade at me. I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing in and of itself, but it’s not something I’m particularly partial to 🤷‍♀️

7. A POPULAR TROPE YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

Honestly, I’m kind of sick of the “chosen one” trope. I’m not saying it doesn’t work for a lot of stories, but it gets extremely tiresome seeing it used in the same way all the dang time. Not everyone has some big, epic destiny. Not every magical world  needs to have prophecies and a character who is meant to save said world. Enough is enough 😂

8. A POPULAR BOOK/SERIES YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN

Literally anything by Rainbow Rowell. I know she’s a super popular author, but I’ve heard some hella problematic things about (at least some of) her books. Contemporary isn’t something I tend to reach for anyway, but she’s an author whom I just have no interest in 😬 Also, I’m not particularly drawn to the To All The Boys series by Jenny Han. If I’d picked it up a few years ago, I would probably have loved it. Now, I’m just not fussed. Maybe I’ll watch the movies some day 😂

9. AN ADAPTATION THAT WAS BETTER THAN THE BOOK

I don’t actually watch a lot of movies or TV adaptations, but the one I’ll never get over is The Vampire Diaries, originally written by L.J. Smith. The books were absolutely terrible in my opinion, but the show changed so much that it basically became its own entity. I think I ended up reading about 7 of the books before I gave up, and while the show did start dragging a bit towards the end, it was still infinitely better than the original story 😅 Also, Breaking Dawn. The end of the book was such a gigantic letdown, but what they did with the second movie? I actually loved it 😂

So there you have my answers to the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag! Do you agree with any of my unpopular opinions? If you want to give it a go, consider yourself tagged 😎 Until next time, happy reading! 😘

5 thoughts on “The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

  1. Abby @ Beyond the Read

    I totally agree about the Darkling. He’s a fascinating villain, but the things he does in the books are inexcusable and a redemption arc is out of the question.

    I haven’t read any of Holly Black’s books yet, but I’ve seen people say that her Folk of the Air trilogy is pretty problematic? So I’m not really sure if I should start it 🤷‍♀️

    I loved reading this post, Beks! I’m in love with your blog’s aesthetic ❤️

    1. Beks @ The Little Fiction Fox

      Yeah I’d say Folk Of The Air is pretty dang problematic. It glamorizes abuse in so many ways, and the characters are just so toxic 😬 Also, the last book took a turn that just made me roll my eyes and wonder how the heck we got to that point 😅

      Aw Abby, thank you so much! That really means the world to me 🥰😘

  2. Eleanor J.

    I really enjoyed reading your answers, your writing style is so nice! I think that with the Chosen One trope, there are a lot of ways to do it right, but also a lot of ways to make it annoying haha. EXACTLY why are so many books about saving the entire world? How are we in danger all the time?! It’s so much nicer if it’s more personal to the character, although sure I’ll take some saving the world books every now and then. I don’t read a lot of contemporary, but there are some I’m interested in, which I’ll probably read after finishing a particularly heavy science fiction or fantasy read (my go to genres!). Don’t read a lot of thriller either (and horror is a big NO) but maybe in future? We’ll see. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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