Unpopular Book Opinions

Unpopular Book Opinions

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book post, and I hope to have some reviews up soon, but for now I’m sharing my take on something I saw over on Amanda’s blog that I thought was fun and interesting. So, here are some of my unpopular book opinions, and please leave your thoughts/responses in the comments.

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
I recently read Eligible, which is a modern retelling of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I picked it up because I’d heard rave reviews about it and it had a pretty high rating on Goodreads. However, I didn’t make it to the end because I really didn’t care for the author’s choices in modernizing it. Maybe I’m being a puritanical snob about it, but I don’t care. Liz and Darcy hooking up for hate sex? No thanks.

For a series, I’d say Divergent. I held on through the first two books, but I hated it by the third one.

2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
I’m not sure if this book is hated, but Austen’s Mansfield Park seems to be one of her books that is the least liked, and I love that one. I think it’s because I identified with Fanny Price in many ways, which made the story appealing to me.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with.
I know this isn’t a love triangle, but I thought Harry and Hermione should have been together. DON’T @ ME.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I can’t do YA books, generally. I loved HP and Hunger Games, but in general this genre is hard for me to get into. I started reading the first book in The Selection Series recently and stopped after a few chapters, because I found myself eye-rolling at the main character. This tends to be my response to most YA books – I just can’t connect with the characters.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Katniss Everdeen. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed THG trilogy generally, but I wanted to smack Katniss on more than one occasion.

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6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Stephanie Meyer because see #7.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. 
I’m with Amanda on this one, vampires and werewolves can just go away. It’s way overdone at this point, and I feel like most writers are trying to ride on Stephanie Meyer’s coattails, who was really piggybacking on Anne Rice.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Anything related to a shade of grey.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
 Though I love Austen’s original work, I really love the both the BBC adaptation as well as the Kiera Knightley movie of Pride and Prejudice. And maybe I love them because they do such a good job of bringing that beloved book to life. But also because Colin Firth is so swoon-worthy.
And I think I can say confidently that I liked the Hunger Games movies better than the books – primarily because Katniss was less annoying in the films since you weren’t inside her head so much. And Gale is pretty nice on the eyes. Ahem.
Do you have any unpopular book opinions? Share them in the comments!

Friday Five: 5 Fictional Characters I Wish I Knew in Real Life

fictional characters in real life

5 Fictional Characters I wish I Knew in Real Life

For the first installment of Friday Five, I’ve been inspired by Hilary over at Writings and Worship to share 5 fiction characters I wish I knew in real life. I’ll admit, this list was hard to choose. I kept debating between choosing solely characters from books or TV/movies. In the end, I came up with a mixture of both. However, this list was so difficult to narrow, I might have to do a second one sometime. Anyway, here are 5 fiction characters I wish I knew in real life, in no particular order:

1. Ove – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

If you’ve never read this book, drop everything and go get a copy right now. This book is a heartwarming tale of the profound impact one life can have on others, and the relationships that hold us together when everything seems to be falling apart. Without revealing too much about the plot, Ove is a curmudgeon – he sees the world in black and white, he lives by rigid principles and he doesn’t fit neatly into the world around him. However, there’s more to Ove than his brusque exterior. Ove is such a lovable character, and my life would be better if it had an Ove in it.

2. Rory from Gilmore Girls

First, let me just saw how over the moon excited I am for the reunion season! I grew up with Rory. She and I were about the same age when the show first aired, so I’ve always felt a kinship with her. Her love for books, her nerdy tendencies, her love for writing, her upright, girl-next-door persona — we had much in common. I would love to have her as a friend. I can easily imagine grabbing coffee and discussing politics or the latest book club read with her.

3. Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey

I love some good snark. And who can deny that the Dowager Countess, Lady Violet, has the sharpest wit in all of the English upper class? Her ability to deliver a biting barb is unrivaled, and this video published by Slate Magazine recently of the Dowager Countess’ finest burns is worth your time. How great would it be to have her around to offer regular commentary on my everyday life?

4. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter 

When I decided to make this list, I knew I had to include someone from HP. After all, there aren’t many books I’ll re-read, but the entire Harry Potter series are some that I return to regularly. It was difficult to choose just one character, but in the end I settled on Luna. When it comes to real life, Luna would be such a fun person to know. Her eccentric personality and unique perspective would make the mundane moments of daily life much more enjoyable.

5. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables

Last, I would love to know Anne Shirley. Her free spirit and wide imagination would be a fun addition to my friend circle. Her gregarious nature and forthright honesty are rare qualities. Also, her passionate love for the written word would make us “kindred spirits,” as she would say.

What about you? Do you have any favorite characters from books or movies that you would love to know in real life?