Namo Namaha friends. It’s been a long time since I did a book tag. In fact, I haven’t ever written a blog post about the book tags that I so like to participate in.
So, in this post, I’ll be doing the Unpopular opinions book tag. It was originally created by booktuber theBookArcher and I can’t wait to jump right into this super popular & fun book tag. Shall we?
1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Honestly, I cannot understand the hype for this book. It was meh at best, for me. I had written a review for the same in GoodReads, so do check that out.
2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
Why I Assassinated Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse and Gopal Godse
I am not sure if people hate this book or not, it has a GoodReads rating of 4.06, but it’s a controversial one for sure. I can’t say I loved this book because the subject matter is quite grim and not meant for entertainment. But, I can say that I was quite surprised by this book. It shocked me like no other book in recent times. Everybody in India now knows how we have been systemically fed a bunch of lies over generations about the independence struggle and our early leaders, post-independence. This book was an icy-water splash on the face.
I have given a detailed review of the same in Goodreads, do check it out.
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with or an OTP (One True Pair/Pairing) that you don’t like.
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Interesting question. There are many pairings that am not a great fan of. But, two pairs that immediately come to my mind are:
1. Ron + Hermione and Harry + Ginny from the Harry Potter series
I simply do not understand the choices J.K.Rowling made in pairing up these youngsters. I found them most unsuitable for each other. If they were a real couple, I would bet my money on them breaking up for sure. (Am not the betting type 😀 don’t worry!)
2. Katniss + Peeta from the Hunger Games series
If there is a couple that I felt had zero chemistry, it has to be this one. By god, this was a completely forced (on the readers) relationship if there ever was one. It looked like, throughout the series, Katniss preferred to be single but due to some unwritten rule of having some kind of romance in YA (Young Adult), the author included this ship. The pairing didn’t make any sense to me but clearly, I am in the minority on this one.
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4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for
This is one genre that I find hard getting into. Audiobooks are the only way I can get through such books. But, I listen to audiobooks when I am doing my chores and I can’t give the attention such books deserve, so I generally steer clear of this genre.
5. A popular or beloved character that you don’t like
Ok, this might ruffle some feathers (or maybe not, since the author has been canceled recently anyway!)
Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series
He’s the definition of a non-hero for me. He reminds me a lot of Rahul Gandhi (the “politician” from India). Somebody who happens to be born into a situation that kind of makes him famous but disappoints whenever he faces something that’s worth standing up for.
He doesn’t deserve the adulation of his fans or the loyalty/support of his friends and supporters. But, he gets it anyway. Has he done anything to merit such an adulation or support? Nope. But, but, but… He’s the chosen one!! Ah! So that entails automatic support.🙄
As a young reader, I hadn’t spotted the flaws the character Harry potter had. But, now after reading so many classy, solid fantasy reads, I realize he can’t hold a candle to any of the amazing characters from other books. Heck, he can’t even outshine Neville, one of the stronger characters in the series.
6. A popular author/s that you can’t seem to get into
I am trying to read her Circe. It’s also on my Year-end challenge TBR. But, I just don’t seem to enjoy the book. I am not sure if I’ll ever pick up her other book, The Song of Achilles (Though it’s supposed to be excellent and is better loved than Circe).
Had tried to listen to the audiobook of The Starless Sea with very little success. I am not sure if I even completed 10% of that book. Guess I am not much into magical realism and whimsical writing. Her books do have the reputation of amazing whimsical writing. I am also not interested in reading The Night Circus (Not a huge fan of circuses!)
7. A popular book trope that you are tired of seeing
The prince/princess and the commoner trope
Frankly, I am quite tired of it. Not only the royalty/commoner but even the rich/poor trope. I am eager to see stories where it’s not all about class struggles.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading
I had written a post last year on the top 5 series I wanted to start. Sad to say that I did dismally on that goal. Not only did I not start any of the series. I also find myself absolutely disinterested in starting any of them except The Folk of the Air series (I own those series so I probably will have to cave in and just read it, let’s see…) and The Six of Crows series (Hoping to read it in January 2021).
I also do not intend to continue with the following series:
This Mortal Coil series by Emily Suvada – I read the first book This Mortal Coil and enjoyed it a lot, but the second book was such a drag that I had to DNF it mid-way. Unless I get superlative reviews on this series by reviewers I trust I am not reading it any further.
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?
Do I even have to say this aloud? Without a doubt The Lord of Rings trilogy (movie). I am not sure if this is an unpopular opinion or a popular one, but all I can say is that, though I am obsessed with the Lord of the Rings book it’s the movies that will grab my attention any time. I especially love it more because I can watch them with my family. I haven’t yet been able to enjoy the company of my family while reading the book, but the movies make my family time all the more precious and memorable!
So folks that’s the end of the book tag. Hope you had fun reading it. What are your unpopular opinions? Do reach out to me via my SM channels @twitter, @instagram, or @goodreads if you would like to chat about these/your unpopular opinions with me. I would be more than glad to have a bookish conversation going.
That’s all from my end. Stay safe and blessed. Om Shanti.