In complete honesty, I love memes and tags from other users. It really gets my mind going. When I saw this one pop up, I was a bit shy to share my thoughts. I trust my blogging friends and the reading community, and when I am the black sheep, I tend to get frustrated with myself. What did I miss? What is wrong with me? Etc etc.
Well, since I spotted some wonderful posts on this issue from Gillian and Christina, I finally decided to throw my hat into the proverbial ring, take a deep breath, and let the skeletons out to breath.
A popular book or series that you didn’t like
Throne of Glass
I just can’t get into the love triangle, and I honestly do not understand the love for Celaena. She really rubs me the wrong way. The storyline is recycled and I couldn’t get over the cheese. *shrugs* I understand that this is going to draw out some angry feelings, but I just can’t get into this one. (If it helps, I LOVE the author and I am a full fledged fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses!)
A book or series that everyone seems to hate but you love
So many reviews reflect similarities between this novel and Cinder and quit the story. I found the novel very charming and oddly dark in certain places. I didn’t see the connection between the two stories.
A love triangle that didn’t end the way you wanted it to
That’s right – I was rooting for the other guy. I knew it wasn’t going to end in my favor but it still murdered me a little inside.
A book genre you hardly reach for
I am so horrible about picking up adult novels. They just don’t have the same appeal to me that YA provide to me. Adult novels have too much sex, too many white whine issues, and too much cheating and first would country problems. I know a lot of my friends read it, but I couldn’t ever get behind it.
A popular or beloved character that you do not like
Yes, that’s right. The beloved character of the All Girls Club annoyed me to no certain end. I didn’t care for the romance between her and her love interest (even though I adored the love interest). She reminded me too much of Rapunzle from Tangled, and I didn’t care of that movie, either. She drives me completely insane, and out of all of them, she is the biggest Mary Sue in the entire SF YA universe.
A popular author you just can’t seem to enjoy
Yes, when I read TFioS, I did enjoy it. But as a I read other contemporaries and sick lit, my opinion of the book waned. Severely.
Also, his holier-than-thou attitude towards social issues steers me away from his work and his social media. If you want to address social issues, such as feminist outrage, take a page from Ruffalo. There is an answer with some class and respect.
A popular trope you’re tired of seeing
The “Mean/Clingy/Not Worth Them” Boy/Girlfriend
The whole “hate the other person setup” comes across as so juvenile. I don’t mind people with history, or for a relationship to not work out between two characters, but making the “rival” into some unstable, cruel, immature person is a petty writing tool, IMHO.
A popular series you have no interest in reading
Anything by Cassandra Clare
Trust me – I can tell I will not get along with this series. There is a tad too much poison that taints this legacy.
A movie or TV show that was better than the book
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH/The Secret of NIMH
The movie is dark, creepy and very intelligent (hooray 80s cartoons!). So imagine my surprise when the book was bubble-gummy and sugary. It wasn’t a terrible novel. I was just in complete shock when I found that the film and the book were like comparing night and day.
I tag: Anyone who has not participated. This tag is very therapeutic! If you do not wish to participate, you are more than welcome to share your own thoughts in the comments below!