Unpopular Opinions Tag

Posted May 20, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Tags & Surveys / 18 Comments



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.

Border Leaf

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

Stitching Snow

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

Unearthly series

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

Adult Romance

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

John Green

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.

Lyn Sig Plant

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!


18 responses to “Unpopular Opinions Tag

  1. Haha, I swear that John Green is on every post that did this tag! Seems like more people dislike him than I’d originally thought, but I have to agree, because he’s definitely not an author I’d consider a favorite. I didn’t find TFiOS to be the masterpiece so many others thought it was. I didn’t hate it, it’s just that I didn’t love it either.

    I didn’t buy the love triangle in Throne of Glass either! To be honest, when I first read it I didn’t see what was so cool about Chaol. I preferred Dorian because at least he had a bit more depth than Chaol did. I haven’t read the sequel though, and apparently it gets better as the books progress, so who knows…

    And noooo, so sorry that you didn’t like Cress as much as everyone else! I felt the same way when I read Scarlet — I didn’t like Scarlet or Wolf much at all, and I felt like such a black sheep because everyone was swooning over their romance while I found it so meh. But I really hope I do end up liking Cress, because I’ve heard such wonderful things about her!

    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMPH — oh boy, that brings back memories! I think I’ve read the book, but it was YEARS AGO and I can’t remember a thing about it at all other than that I really liked it, lol. I think it’s time for a reread if I can find the book anywhere. I didn’t know there was a cartoon but I’ll have to check it out now!

    • At least I am not alone in my JG meh-ness.

      A lot of people tell me that ToG gets better later in the books, but I DNFed the second book, and I decided that it just wasn’t for me. And that is okay. Hopefully people still love me. I liked Chaol – until the CAPTAIN of the GUARD freaked out over causing a death. Like….the hell??

      I loved Scarlet but Wolf was just meh to me. I don’t like his one track mind and his obsession over Scarlet. So I get it. Besides, KAI is my guy!!

      That is a great book to reread. I was really shocked that the novel was so mild!
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  2. So I’ve always felt like I was behind on the greatest YA books that everyone is reading but I eventually got over that fact and went my own pace and found the books on my own.

    Just about every book you listed on here I haven’t read nor have pick it up. EXCEPT for fifty Shade of Grey because I was rather curious since the movie was coming out and I wanted to see how close the book was to the movie. And I do like reading Adult books. More like a mixture of adult and urban fantasy, I just like the flow of it and the realistic aspect of adult problems.

    I have read Cassie Clare The Mortal instrument series except for the last book because A. its the last book B. It took forever for me to read the previous book and C. I just haven’t read her other series Infernal or Mangus Bane chronilces and now with her new plan of bring more books but in a different setting I might be a little lost.
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    • I once had the same issue – I was worried that I wasn’t reading any of the “cool” stuff, and since I read so SLOW, it takes me a while to read a novel, so I can only fit in so much in a year. but, like you said, it is all about pacing and personal choice.

      I really wish I liked adult books more. I started reading SO much more when I got into YA.
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  3. THIS TAG RULES! And seeing as it’s my most recent also, WE ARE TWINNING.

    JOHN GREEN – WHERE DO I START WITH YOU? I hated tfios. It was like NO! But I somehow liked Paper Towns, although I think that if I read Alaska, I’ll hate that one because apparently, they’re pretty much the same. Lel.

    I wanted to read Unearthly! Sucks that the ship didn’t happen 🙁

    That trope is so stupid. I feel like it’s written for girls who are delusional into thinking that they’re better for the guy they’re pining for than the girl that guy is happy with. [Did that make any sense?]

    Hehe Cress. I liked her because she reminded me of Rapunzel in Tangled but I’ve seen quite a few people say that she’s annoying

    • I feel silly for loving TFiOS when I first read it, but I had NO basis of comparison for contemporaries at the time, so my view was very skewed. Also, I tended to “like” any book I could finish at that time, and it helps that I have grown as a reader. Looking For Alaska finally opened my eyes to my true feelings for JG.

      Unearthly is an awesome series, and I hope you like it very much!

      I’m so tired of seeing it. We need to ban together, and “stealing” a guy away from a “bad” girlfriend isn’t touching or sweet or awesome, it is just horrible.

      A lot of people really liked Cress, so I feel like the black sheep here. I’m hoping for an awesome closure with Winter. I am dying for that one!
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    • A lot of people really liked Cress, and I felt really horrible for disliking her. To be fair, I didn’t like Tangled, so that didn’t help.

      This tag was oddly therapeutic, and it was really fun!! I do hope you participate!
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  4. I agree with so many of these! I DNFed Throne of Glass, although I’ve thought about picking it back up. I did not like Celeana or the heavy love triangle. I’m also not a huge fan of adult romances either, especially because I feel like they use all the same cut-outs everytime. I don’t like John Green as a person very much either, but I read Paper Towns and I did enjoy that. I wasn’t a fan of TFiOS though and I was just so-so about Will Grayson. For me, you aren’t missing very much from Cassandra Clare. I read the first five books of TMI and all of TID, but TID was the only one I really enjoyed sometimes. TMI just felt really annoying and it kept going on and on. I’ll have to do this tag sometimes because it looks really fun!
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    • This was a really fun tag, and it got a lot off your chest! I felt a little worried about listing ToG, but I am glad to know that there are others who feel the same. There was just too much that annoyed me to continue that series.
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