I'd love to hear your thoughts on my thoughts. I'd also love to see you guys try this fun tag out as well. If you end up doing this tag (or already have), feel free to post a link to it in the comment section below.
I hope I don't offend anyone with my unpopular opinions. Everyone has different tastes, so don't take it personally.
A popular book or series that you didn't like:
The Hunger Games...While I won't go into my usual long rant about why I didn't like this series, I will defend my position as best as I can in a single paragraph. First of all, I see the Hunger Games as a complete rip-off of Battle Royale. Secondly, the author's use of fragmented sentences in a weak and ineffective attempt to be profound made me roll my eyes every other page. Thirdly, Katniss Everdeen is nothing close to the strong female protagonist that the plot and the readers of this series deserve. The way she consistently let her love life get in the way of the actual plot quickly swept away the last remaining bit of respect I had for her.
Shatter Me...I honestly love the writing style. It's unique and beautiful and I've yet to read anything like it. However, it gets a bit tiring after the first 50 pages or so. Therefore I found it somewhat tortuous to read 300+ pages, let alone a whole series.
Angelfall...It's not that this book was bad. It just wasn't for me. I'm not that into anything involving angels and apocalypses. I felt no connection to the characters and their romance was a bit to quick and cliche for my tastes. In the end I was forcing myself to finish it and I don't plan on reading the rest of the series.
A book or series that everyone seems to hate but you love:
No One Else Can Have You...There's been a lot of controversy surrounding this book and its author. However, that hasn't changed my opinion since I first read it over a year ago. I hadn't read many mystery novels before this and so I didn't have much to base my judgments on. Still, I thought it was an exciting and fast-paced thriller capable of getting me out of one of my worst reading slumps.
Icons...I can understand why a lot of people hated this book/series. The female protagonist is admittedly annoying as hell and the romance lacks luster. Nevertheless, I felt that the other characters, the plot and the action made up for this book's many downfalls. I wasn't expecting to love this series and I definitely wasn't planning on crying my eyes out towards the end.
A love triangle that didn't end the way you wanted it to:
Contemporary/Romance...I already have enough drama in my life; therefore, I prefer not to read about similarly depressing or cringe-worthy situations. Additionally, it seems to me that it is more likely that an annoying cliche (love triangle, jerk that turns out to be a softy, all the pretty girls are mean as hell, etc) will show up in a contemporary/romance book than a fantasy/science fiction book. I also find that many books in the contemporary genre tend to romanticize things like suicide, depression and other physical/mental/emotional issues (which I see as very inappropriate because they send the wrong message).
A popular or beloved character that you do not like:
Dobby (Harry Potter)...It's not that I hate Dobby. I just don't love him to the same extent that many Harry Potter fans do. He's cute and sweet, but he isn't cute enough for me to care whether he lives or dies. I actually loved Kreacher more.
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)...Katniss was my biggest issue when reading The Hunger Games series. In my opinion, she was never the strong female role model that everyone claimed she was. She was motivated more by her personal relationships rather the plot itself. If Prim hadn't been chosen I bet she would've never done anything about the games and would've just moved on with her life.
A popular author you just can't seem to enjoy:
Lauren Oliver...I've tried multiple times to read the many books written by Lauren Oliver in the past few years. Only once I've been able to finish one of her books and that was because I had no other books with me during one of my many stays in the hospital last year. Her books have so much potential but every single time the plots and the characters fall flat.
A popular trope you're tired of seeing:
The Pretty Girls Are Always Mean (And Stupid)...You're almost guaranteed to come across this trope in any young adult book with a school and or small town setting. The main character is misfit who seems to think she has the right to judge other girls her age by what they wear. A girl doesn't even have to speak to show you she's a bitch; all she has to do is be wearing lots of makeup and glittery high heels. I hate this trope because it makes fun of girls who like to dress up on a regular basis. I am one of those girls. But just because I love to dress up and look my best every single day doesn't mean I'm out to get you or that I have an IQ in the single digits.
A popular series you have no interest in reading:
Pretty Little Liars...I had had enough of this story in its television adaption form by its second season. That being so, I can not even fathom committing myself to the books from beginning to end. I sometimes wonder what this series contains (other than the obvious mystery of A) in order to take up 16 full lengths novels, but I'm not curious enough to actually waste my time and money on it all.
A movie or TV show that was better than the book:
Flashforward...This was one of my favourite TV shows when I was younger. I was devastated when it got cancelled and I was left with so many unanswered questions. Nevertheless, the television adaptation was much better than the novel. The novel was so confusing I could barely keep up. I also had to continuously google countless scientific terms and concepts mentioned in the book that were much easier to understand when adapted.