Hiii! It's Katherine back with another tag blog post. I love doing these so much, and I haven't finished a book that deserved a review these days, and by that I mean that I read books like Anna and the French Kiss and Fangirl, which were obviously perfect and reviewed by everyone and their mother, so yeah.
Here's the unpopular opinions tag!
1. A Popular Book or series that you didn't like.
Uh now here's the thing. The Divergent series. *hides from your gunshots and arrows and screams*
And this has to do with the fact that 1) I'm more of a contemporary and classics reader, so dystopian/sci-fi are very hard for me to get into, and 2) I did not like the writing AT ALL! Veronica Roth writes well in my opinion, but there were moments in the books (there's a moment where she uses a comparison but with a raisin?) that left me kind of cringing because I found it just... Poorly written, kinda?
2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan. I've seen many people on booktube or bloggers saying that they weren't able to get into the story and they've tried but couldn't do it, and I just didn't understand how! I really enjoyed the story, the two narrators and the LGBT characters. It was a light, fast read with a good amount of love and friendship. However, I did find that it ended really quickly, and it could've been more developed.
3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don't like.
Bella and Edward, from the Twilight series. I didn't enjoy the book that much but didn't hate it. However, I just did NOT understand the love. When did it start? He was a stalker, and she was basically nothing without him. I didn't feel the chemistry and I definitely feel like it could've been a better love story if some parts were altered.
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
Easy one : Sci-Fi, dystopian. These two genres seem to be a lot of people's favourites, especially with so many books in these two genres, but I just have no interest in reading them for some reason. I always hear about how amazing Diana Gabaldon, or Sarah J. Maas are, but somehow can't get myself to pick up any of their books...
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Four/Tobias from the Divergent series. And Tris, for that matter. I found both rather arrogant, annoying, and apparently Four gets really pathetic in the end? I don't know, haven't read Allegiant, but honestly, I just didn't love them as much as I thought I would. Theo James, however...
7. A popular book trope that you're tired of seeing. (examples "lost princess", corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
Dystopian worlds where the government controls everything and everyone has a duty to fulfill blablabla. I love the idea, but now that every book revolves around this, it kinda lost its uniqueness.
6. A popular author that you can't seem to get into.
Again, Sarah J. Maas. I know how good she is, but I picked up Throne of Glass at the bookstore the other day and flipped through a few pages, and could not get myself into reading it. It was probably because of the genre, because I do feel like if Maas wrote contemporary, I'd read her books!
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Anything that's sci-fi/dystopian. Again, I feel like I answered this in every question but it's true. So Throne of Glass, the Legend series, the Delirium series... Not for me anytime soon, although I'm kinda excited to read the Lunar Chronicles.
9. The saying goes "The book is always better than the movie", but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
The Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella. The movie was great, but I just could not finish the book for some reason...
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Have a great day,
I actually know that 90% of the population will hate me for this, but I will not be finishing the Divergent series.
I finished Insurgent this morning, and it was enjoyable. But that's all I can say about this book. I rarely read fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian, unless the reviews are very very good. Harry Potter is another story though... I mean you can't dislike Harry Potter. However, the feeling I had after reading Insurgent was the same I had after I finished Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. I loved the first book in both series, and was actually excited to read the second one. And it left me disappointed, to the point where I was actually scared to read the rest of the series, in case I was even more disappointed. I was less and less attracted to the characters, and felt less compelled to read their stories or to know whether or not they would survive. The attachment I had for them in Divergent just went away in Insurgent, and I know that I will literally not care if I read Allegiant.
Also, someone spoiled Allegiant for me, which totally sucks because now that I know what happens (and I'm not sure I want to read about it now), I have even less motivation to finish the series...
I gave Divergent a 4/5 stars on Goodreads, and 3/5 stars for Insurgent.
This is my opinion only, and honestly, Roth is an amazing writer with incredible ideas. Those ideas just don't fit my taste in books I guess.
I'm currently reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and AAAHH!!!!!
Bye guys, hope you enjoyed this random blog post!