Unpopular Bookish Opinions pt. 1

Hello again honeybees! I’m back with the controversial opinions again and I’m ready to have calm, intellectual conversations with you all about these topics. If you disagree with me, I would love for you to leave a thoughtful comment about it. These are my own opinions and feelings, there is nothing wrong with us disagreeing and I’m happy to have bookish talks with you all.

Okay, onto the tea:

Sarah J. Maas is overrated

I’m starting with the most controversial one since it will drop the most jaws. This is unpopular and I’m confused as to why since A Court of Thorns and Roses is obviously toxic and romanticizes abuse, and Throne of Glass lost potential after the first book. The lack of diversity and abundance of toxic relationships is a big no for me, sorry. I had high hopes for ACOTAR and as a Beauty and the Beast retelling it was pretty solid, but the book dragged and lacked dimension.

Twilight was important

… hey, I didn’t say it was good. Twilight, of the Forks and sparkly vampires, bust the publishing industry and started a fantasy craze. Like Harry Potter and Narnia, Twilight was the book that got non-readers into the bookstores and suffocating beneath their ever growing TBRs. Was it the best piece of literature ever published? Not even close. But it started a craze and an itch for similar stories. According to my research, 100 million copies of Twilight (only the first book in the series) have been sold worldwide. I’m not declaring it’s the best book in the world but it did have crazy effects on the industry. And you know, since I mentioned Harry Potter–

J.K. Rowling is ruining Harry Potter

So this isn’t super unpopular since 90% of the book reading population hates JKR and her “now this character is gay except not in the movie and there was never actually a clear statement on it in the books” and “oh and they’re actually black even though I never explicitly said it in the seven original novels.” But a lot of people keep saying “this isn’t going to ruin my love for Harry Potter.” I’m sorry, but JK’s runaround is completely and totally damaging my love for this story and the characters. How can I love Dumbledore without remembering her stupid publicity stunt where he’s suddenly gay? How can I read Goblet of Fire without getting crazy freaked out that Nagini is an actual person? Ew.

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Writing In Books Won’t End The World

I’m definitely one of those people that takes a deep breath when they see a pretty book page all marked up with pen and highlighter. My books need to be in absolute pristine condition but here’s the thing, they’re my books. If you buy a book and want to throw it against the wall, highlight cool quotes, dog ear pages, or turn pages with dirty fingers, that is totally none of my business because that is not my book. I wish this wasn’t an unpopular opinion and I’d see less daily fights about how one person treats books that they buy with their own money, but we’re just not that evolved yet I guess. If everything listed above is how you show love to your books, then I’m just here happy that other people are reading too.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Movie > Book

I DNF’d this book with less than 50 pages under my belt and there is no shame in my game. The movie, however, flowed much better than the book and it felt so cute! The book didn’t inspire any smiles or cozy feels that I got with the movie. I also really hate bad sister relationships and Lara Jean’s mindset in the beginning didn’t exactly scream “I love my sisters” to me.

If The Series/Book Isn’t Good From the First Book or First Half, It Deserves Every DNF

I’m trying not to be too salty here because I do have mad respect for all the people that went from being a kid with a story in their head to a person with multiple books and awards on their resume. But I don’t see the reason in someone having to “stick it out” or “wait, it gets better!” It’s a mechanical flaw if author’s are relying on stubbornness and determination for readers to continue. A prime example of this is ACTOAR (yes, I really don’t like it.) Everyone told me that the first book is iffy but the next books get way better. ACOTAR put me in a reading slump for months because I was trudging through it with the hopes that it would improve. As a reader, I don’t see why I have to get through 300 something pages of meh to get to the “good books.” Shouldn’t it have been a good book straight from the start?

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Shorter Books Are Superior

Do you pay attention to book size? I never did until big books kept putting me in slumps. I noticed that most were gripping in the beginning, filler in the middle, and sometimes redeeming but other times underwhelming towards the end. I’m thinking particularly of contemporary books when speaking about book length here. Shorter contemporaries like The Sun Is Also A Star, History Is All You Left Me, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda were impactful in less than 400 pages. They brought the characters to life, showed their struggles, and commented on issues of politics, morality, and sexuality. Can we just admire how much talent that takes?

Do you agree with any of my unpopular opinions? Are there any we disagree on? What are some of your unpopular opinions? Let’s talk!

Bye for now honeybees.

20 thoughts on “Unpopular Bookish Opinions pt. 1

  1. Octavia @ Mythical Reads says:

    OMG thank god there’s someone else who thinks SJM is overrated! Both the ACOTAR and TOG series had me appalled– The romantic relationships were all 100% toxic, with glorified abuse and male dominance both being common themes.

    On a happier note, I also agree that the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie was far better than the book. I couldn’t get through the book either, yet somehow seeing the plot on screen had me completely obsessed with the movie!

    Anyways, lovely post! Don’t worry, you’re not alone in many of your opinoins!

    P.S. If you want someone to hate on TOG with, I’ve got you. Here is a link to a post I published that is solely dedicated to my hate for Rowan Whitethorn:

    https://mythicalreads.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/why-i-hate-rowan-whitethorn-galathynius-from-sarah-j-maass-throne-of-glass-series/

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  2. lydia @ pages of verity says:

    I agree with so many of these, ha!

    I’ve never read sjm and, to be completely honest, i don’t plan on it. Not only do her books just not interest me, but I’ve heard they are extremely problematic and a high fantasy with only white people? why would i want to read about a world in which i wouldn’t exist?

    I never read Twilight (i’ve seen like two ? of the movies) but, yes, it really did revolutionize and bring more attention to YA and modern lit! Things would not be the same without those sparkly (and creepy doesn’t edward like watch bella sleep or something?) vampires

    It’s gotten to the point where i just kinda ignore anything that isn’t explicitly stated in the original seven books or eight movies. JKR’s twitter and pottermore? never heard of. cursed child? not canon. fantastic beasts? the first one’s cool but nothing in the second one was real except MAYBE leta lestrange bc she was the best character

    I annotate and dnf books ALL of the time! and short books? i am a sucker for 700 page books but like 300 pgs or less long books are so easy to get through and make me feel more productive since i usually finish them faster. oh oH and short audiobooks are the besttttt

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  3. autumnbookreads says:

    I’m gonna have to disagree on Sarah J. Maas. She is my favorite author and I disagree when people say that there is no diversity. Could there be more? Hell yes. But I can name many diverse characters in the books.

    As far as the toxic relationships go, the one is ACOTAR is resolved in the second book and Tamlin becomes almost a villain. The toxicity was to set the stage for Feyre to realize that her relationship was wrong and to have a big character arc.

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    • Destiny says:

      I completely see where you’re coming from but when I think of the 7 SJM books I’ve read, I can only think of one or two people who are diverse and they usually aren’t main characters in the stories. It’s not just POC, it’s a lack of LGBTQ+ characters as well (even though there were plenty of opportunities for it.) The characters were also very flat and one dimensional in ACOTAR, which has always been my main complaint. As far as toxicity, I suppose we’ll have to agree to disagree. The toxic masculinity, abuse between Rowan and Aelin, and territorial nature of all the male characters is way too much for me. I can’t speak on ACOTAR because I haven’t continued with the series but for ToG, the violent interactions and gross domestic roles between love interests was unnecessary and inexcusable. However, I appreciate your viewpoint and thank you for reading 💛

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      • autumnbookreads says:

        I see where you’re coming from. I’m going to have to disagree on the number of diverse characters. In Tower of Dawn, Chaol & Yrene are the only non POC characters in the book and some LGBTQ+ characters are introduced. In Empire of Storms, it is revealed that Aedion is bi-sexual and was with one of his male generals. In ACOWAR, we meet Helion who is pansexual and in to poly relationships. It is also revealed in ACOWAR that Mor is bisexual (but is currently seeing only women). There are also POC characters that are introduced that come from the different courts.

        There is always room for growth though and I am hoping that Sarah makes some improvements when she comes out with her new Adult fantasy series in January.

        As far as the dominant and territorial male characters goes, we are going to have to disagree. I can see why you wouldn’t like them, but I highly enjoy that aspect of her stories and would be sad if they weren’t included. I love her male characters and how territorial they are!

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  4. El says:

    I agree SO MUCH with the ACOT&R one – I read the first one so hyped and after I was like – what. How does this deserve the credit it gets?
    I really enjoyed this post 😂

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  5. bookandpages says:

    Haha I stopped listening to J.K. Rowling a long time ago. I really think she’s making Harry Potter into a money grab. Also, I completely agree, TOG and ACOTAR are premium examples of toxic masculinity. I literally agreed with all of your opinions!

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  6. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    DESTINY! THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP JK ROWLING! Oh my word, what she’s been doing with the characters and world is so irritating. I really wish she would just leave the series as it is. Aiyah! I personally like shorter books as well! Anything over 400 pages becomes intimidating for me. haha.

    I love this post so much! ❤

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  7. Thya Leger says:

    HONESTLY THIS POST DESERVES A MEDAL

    People hype sjmaas as the pinnacle of fantasy and refuse to accept that jkr isn’t all that great (she’s also severely misrepresented so many minorities)

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