Today I am here with Ava, one of the greatest people ever! We're doing the unpopular opinions book tag (if you cannot read titles). My answer is going to be in blue, Ava's will be in red and our joint opinions will be in purple. I'm sorry if you're colorblind (or if you're reading the mobile version, the colors will not show up, please scroll to the bottom of the page and change the view from mobile to web). Please don't be offended by anything we say, if you are sensitive, go talk to Gazelle.
1. A popular book or series that you did not like:
Throne of Glass. After about 60 pages, I just could not read anymore. Not only was Celaena arrogant, but she couldn't even hit someone with a flower pot, yet they still call her the best assassin in the country?!?!?!?!? Also, instead of practicing knife throwing or something for a battle to the death the next day, she chooses to read and play the piano. Why? *doubt*
The Maze Runner. I made it through about eight pages, and was ready to throw myself out a window. This book came out of the gate at a hundred miles an hour, without making sure that it's passengers were ready for the ride. How rude of you, James Dashner.
2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate, but you love.
The Selection series. I didn't hate the whole series, just America Singer. Usually, you hate a book when you can't stand the MC, but all the other characters (basically Maxon) made this book okay. I also hated Aspen but it's alright. I do like the series and I do care about the characters (except for Aspen, his soul is trash).
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. This book is not often talked about, but many people are not fans because it was very happy, and no one died in the end. This proved to be problematic for John Green fans, but I still think that it is adorable and a fun read all the same.
3. A love triangle where the main character ends up with someone you didn't want them to end up with.
We had a joint answer on this one which is the Harry Potter series. We both wanted Harry and Hermione to end up together. Ava doesn't really like Ginny and we both didn't appreciate the insta-love between them. One day she's too shy to talk to him, next thing you know, they're snogging at Christmas. Ron and Hermione seem like a couple that would get divorced before they hit 40. They have a great friendship dynamic, but that's all it is: friendship. Harry and Hermione on the other hand are seriously cute together. Even J.K. Rowling agreed that she should have put Harry and Hermione together. http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/02/showbiz/rowling-hermione-ron-revelation/
4. A popular book genre that you hardly ever reach for.
Dystopian books. I feel really tired of dystopian because they were all the rage a few years ago, and now it feels like other authors are just trying to repeat the success of really big dystopian series and it gets on my nerves.
Supernatural books. I honestly cannot remember the last time I read a supernatural book, and thinking about it now I realize that it was probably when my age was only one digit. However, since then, werewolves, vampires and other monsters are of no interest to me. I don't find those characters appealing or like, attractive (looking at you, Twilight fans), nor do I find stories about them interesting in the slightest. Also, the main character always seems to be a ditzy girl who falls for (insert your favorite bad-boy- supernatural-creature-heart-throb here) to spice up her boring life in a rural town. And yes, I am still talking about Twilight.
5. A beloved character that you cannot stand.
Simon from the Mortal Instruments. I don't hate him, but I didn't really love him either. The moment he just claimed Clary for his girlfriend and didn't even ask her about it really pissed me off. Then he had the audacity to try and date Maia and Izzy at the same time. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, SIMON LEWIS? Tell me, I would love to know. I do ship Sizzy, but I don't like Simon.
Christina from the Divergent series. She was just really annoying, and always seemed to be around when no one needed her to be. She had a habit of saying cringe-y things, and was overall arrogant and extremely irritating.
6. A popular author that you can't seem to get into.
Marie Lu. I did really like Legend, but I never really got into Prodigy, and I haven't read The Young Elites either. I want to read them eventually but I just can't seem to do it right now.
Cassandra Clare. I've attempted to read City of Bones about three times, and have failed every time. I really wish I was able to, but unfortunately it is extremely difficult to get through the first few pages.
7. A popular book trope that you're tired of seeing.
Insta-love is something I absolutely hate. So often, the MC meets someone that they're convinced is the one for them and blindly fall in 'love' with them without seeing that they're a total dirtbag of trash. I'm going to try and name as many insta-love books as I can: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things (Shage), Twilight (everyone), The Lost Hero (Jasper), If I Stay (Mia and Adam, Madam?), The Hunger Games (6 year old Peeta), Across the Universe (Elder), Paper Towns (Quentin), and Looking for Alaska (Miles).
While there are countless book tropes that irritate me to no end, the one that sets me over the edge doesnt really have a name, so I'm going to try to explain it as best I can. The male character in a relationship is doing all that he wants in life, but when his girlfriend decides to go for what she wants, he gets angry with her for not consulting with him about it first. I saw this most recently in If I Stay, with Mia and Adam. It bothers me to no end.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Lying Game. Everyone has read it but I've already been spoiled for it and I don't really care too much for Sara Shepard books. The characters seem really stuck up and bratty and I have other things on my TBR I'd much rather read.
Throne of Glass. I honestly just have no interest. That's all.
9. What movie or T.V. show adaptation did you like better than the book?
The Help. I really liked the book but it had slow parts where it dragged on and I wasn't super engaged. The movie, on the other hand, was really interesting to watch and they cut out the parts that dragged. The movie is something I can watch over and over again but I don't think I would re-read the book. But I do love the book, don't mistake me.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Hate me all you want, but the characters felt so much more real in the film. This may be because I saw the film before I read the book, but the movie version seemed to have a much bigger impact on me. I felt for the characters more, and was really able to get into their world.
So that's all for this tag, please comment if you want Ava to come back! (You know you do). If we dissed your favorite book...too bad. Just don't get offended.
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