Tag // Unpopular Opinions – Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen

Happy Tag Tuesday everybody!

I’ve seen the unpopular opinions tag everywhere. From blogs to booktube, it seems like everyone has taken part… except me. Today is the day we change that with the help of RuPaul’s Drag Race because I will use any excuses to use drag race gifs.

Credit goes to the OG poster TheBookArcher.

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What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like?

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acotar a court of thorns and roses.jpgSPOILER ALERT
NO SERIOUSLY, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK AND DON’T WANT SPOILERS, SKIP THIS ONE.

I was going to use Throne of Glass here but now I’m using another ToG book for a different question and thought I should switch it up a little.

Okay, hear me out. I love A Court of Mist and Fury. That shit is better than drugs and that is coming from a reliable source, okay? Don’t ask.

I love that book, its everything I hoped it would be.
But A Court of Thorns and Roses? Trash. Absolute trash. I hated it so much. It’s the worst of Maas’s writing in one book. Honestly.

You’ve got Tamlin who we’re meant to love and see him as anything but the abusive fuck that he turns out to be (fucking saw that a mile away). This first book is basically just used as a set up for angsty and complicated relationships for the rest of the series because she goes and decimates the love interest in the second book.

I feel like she started off with Tamlin and all the fucking nonsense, purely so that there was some kind of strain on Feyre’s and Rhy’s relationship because otherwise there wouldn’t be any and that’s boring. Maas if you didn’t want us to like Tamlin just make that clear from the beginning. He still could have been an abusive fuck, Feyre didn’t have to love him. I just really hated it.

It cemented my belief that Maas messes around with the romantic relationships in her books just to fuck with her readers. It’s never about character development. It’s pure shock value and it’s a cheap trick. I mean, I still love ACOMAF though and I hold high hopes for ACOWAR

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What is a popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

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genuine fraudGenuine Fraud seems to be a book that you either love her hate and quite a lot of people seem to hate it but I absolutely loved it. From the jumping timeline, the unreliable narrator, the twists, and turns, the humor. I loved it all.

I can’t see how people who loved We Were Liars can then hate this? I don’t know, everyone’s got a right to their opinion, and normally I’m pretty good at understanding where others are coming from but I just don’t get how a person can not like this.

I won’t come for you though, because ya know, I’m a grown up…

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What is a love triangle in a book or series where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with?

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the assassins blade.jpgSPOILER ALERT
AGAIN, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE SERIES IN IT’S ENTIRETY MOVE ALONG.

I haven’t either but I’ve been spoiled because this shit is everywhere so I know a few things I wouldn’t have based on just the books I read.

Sam Cortland stole my heart and I want it back.

I mean this is less a love triangle and more a pentagon and I mean…. it fits.

I was very much a Chaol shipper throughout Throne of Glass but a friend kind of spoiled it for me. I did ask for the spoilers so it’s my fault, really. So then I knew there was going to be something would happen and make me hate him so I tried to distance myself from him to protect my heart.

Then I picked up The Assassin’s Blade and GUYS, THIS CAN’T BE IT. The whole time I knew I was signing myself up for disaster and I just couldn’t stop. Seriously, if anyone who still reads the series (I checked out during book 3), and Sam comes back somehow, tell me.

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What is a popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

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Probably crime. It just has so many overused troops, to be honest probably more than YA, and can be super offensive so it’s just better for me to steer clear. I’m open to picking up ones that have been recommended to me and it’s checked certain boxes but other than that I will happily sit out.

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What is a popular or beloved character that you do not like?

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city of bones TMI.jpgWhispers: Clary is kind of a bitch.”

Listen, I just can’t get on board with the girl on girl hate and she’s just really not very smart either. I’m an emotional person, but Clary is overruled by hers, constantly throwing logic out the window.

red queen.jpgHonourable mention: Mal from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.

I’ve seen a lot of people love this character (mostly on Tumblr) and not in the oh, he’s so complex way.

But in the, genuinely thinks he’s who Mare should be with, way and like???? He’s an abusive fuck???? NO.

Y’all need Jesus.

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Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

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I don’t really feel comfortable putting anyone here because a lot of authors can have me love one book and then have me throwing another book out. I feel like I haven’t read enough books to have a definitive answer yet.

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What is a popular book trope that you are tired of seeing?

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☁️ Insta-love.
☁️ Abusive fuck’s behaviour being romanticized.
☁️ Love triangles.
☁️ Using book one purely to set up for the rest of the series.
☁️ Strong women can’t be feminine.

The list goes on and on and on.

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What is a popular book or series that you have no interest in reading?

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fifty shades of grey.jpgMy mum, sister and aunt have all read Fifty Shades. My Mum and aunt both loved it have tried to convince me to give it a go. My sister, who also loved it, told me No, you’ll hate it. You’ll scream the entire time. It’s not for you.. I’ll take her word for it.

I’ve read enough articles about this book to know its problematic and borderline dangerous, as hell.

But, as with Twilight, I can also recognize that Fifty Shades also accomplished a lot of good.

Without it, a lot of women, especially ones from older generations, never would have embraced their sexuality. They read this book in full view for all to see on the train to and from work.

It also got loads of people who don’t normally read, reading. My sister likes to read but she doesn’t do it very often, however, she’s read all of the Fifty Shades books, where without them, she might not have read any books in their place.

I’ll never pick it up, I’m not even curious about what all the fuss is about. But I can appreciate the positives Fifty Shades bought to the world… even though the negatives probably outweigh them.

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What is a movie or TV show adaption of a book or series that you like more than the book/s?

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thirteen reasons why.jpgTRIGGER WARNING
Suicide, depression, rape all mentioned but nothing explicit or detailed.
I really enjoyed the Netflix TV show. I know a lot of people hated it and it was extremely triggering for many people.

They should have had trigger warnings for all episodes from the start but hear me out: Thirteen Reasons Why the Netflix series isn’t for the survivors of suicide, depression, or rape. It’s for everyone else. It’s for the bullies and the people who enable them by being quiet, it’s for the kids who don’t realise that they’ve done some really shitty things to people, it’s for the parents of kids. It’s a massive warning sign that we need to change because our actions are killing people.

I’ve dealt with my fair share of depression and suicidal thoughts, rape is a topic I’m extremely passionate about because it has deeply affected many women around me, but I’m lucky in that I don’t get triggered easily.

Was the content horrifying and hard to watch? Yes. Absolutely. Did I still love it and think it was even more important because of that? Again, yes.

Most people know what they can, and can’t handle and so if they knew the basic synopsis it’s pretty obvious whether this was a good choice or not. I don’t know, I’m all for trigger warnings. I am. I think they’re important and should be used and I get really pissed off when people make fun of them. But I think there’s a point where you can go too far.

If you see a trigger warning, and yes, they were there in the last and most traumatic episodes that included explicit scenes, and you know that you are easily triggered, don’t fucking watch it. If you read a synopsis that sounds dangerous to you, don’t fucking watch it.

You can’t demand trigger warnings and then lose your shit when they’re included but you proceed anyway. It’s counterproductive and makes it even harder to get the movement taken seriously.

I don’t know, I just thought it was a really great representation. It was true to my experiences and to the experiences of others who I have spoken to and I don’t think the show deserved the shit it got after it’s release and in my opinion was loads better than the book.

The series made many of the single dimensional characters in the book complex and multi-layered. It didn’t let off Clay easy like Asher did in the book. It acknowledged that sure, Hannah probably could have done more to save herself but that’s the thing with depression, it doesn’t give a shit when in the darkest of headspaces, logic doesn’t exist anymore.

I may get hate for this one but I do stand by my thoughts, however, I’m also open to being educated as well.

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Hey, this is current Grey (October 2018) here, I just wanted to note that I no longer hold these opinions about Thirteen Reasons Why AT ALL.

I now see that Thirteen Reasons Why, especially the Netflix series, is dangerous and shouldn’t have been made.

I’m really sorry if my earlier opinion negatively affected anyone. I probably should have kept those thoughts to myself as I can now see how much they might be hurtful.

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What are your unpopular opinions?
Have you had ones that changed over time as I did?

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