Unpopular opinion type posts are one of my favourites to read – even if their opinions differ from mine, I’m always curious about what it is that the person didn’t like about something! But I have to admit I’m a little afraid to post this because some are really popular. I’m just going to have to suck it up and go for it!
A friend of mine hated The Name of the Wind but I loved it. We have such similar taste in books so when we didn’t agree on it I thought that was interesting. It just goes to show that no matter how close you are in your similarities, there will always be something out there that either works or it doesn’t. The first book I’m going to mention is one of those books, just in reverse!
LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare
When this one was first released the early reviews were glowing. “Best Cassandra Clare book yet!” – “Most in depth and complex Clare book to date!” – NO. Just NO. I fell asleep more times than I could count and it felt like torture. I paid full price for this hefty thing so I was going to finish it. I just kept waiting for it to pick up and show a glimpse of that in depth writing everyone was talking about and it never came. It felt like the same story recycled just in a new time with new characters. The same friend that hated The Name of the Wind loved this one and when she explained Lord of Shadows to me I was rolling my eyes. Of course that happened. Of course they got together. Of course they didn’t get together. It was all just so predictable. Done with shadow hunters. I’m over it.
THE 100 by Kass Morgan
I love the TV show more than I can put into words. And when I found out that the show was based on a book I freaked! This amazing show came from a book – how can that be and how did I miss that? I insisted that I couldn’t start season 2 without reading the first book…….. well I also insist that I get those hours back of wasted time because the book was just awful!! The characters and the story fell flat and there was an emphasis on some characters that I didn’t particularly like (with little to no emphasis on the characters that I actually did like!). I think the show spoiled me. Normally if you like the screen version then the book is always better…. no matter what order I would have taken this one in, the book still wouldn’t have been good.
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
Hate is a strong word. So let me just say that I HATED THIS BOOK WITH A PASSION THAT CANNOT BE EXPLAINED IN WORDS!!! I realize that I have probably made a few of my readers mad by this, so I hope you can let me explain. I can actually see how some people could like this book and I will never take that away from you. This just wasn’t the book for me. AT ALL! The characters were assholes – plain and simple. If the characters had any redeeming qualities in any way then I may have actually enjoyed this. But the ending was the icing on the cake. They deserve everything they got and I hope they are freaking miserable. I tried to read another Gillian Flynn book but it was much of the same. If she didn’t throw in so many twists then the endings wouldn’t be so bad. But I feel like she’s pushing it WAY too far to make you surprised and it’s just too much. She’s just not for me. If you leave my blog now I understand, and I will miss you, but I can’t lie and be nice to this book at all.
PAPER TOWNS by John Green
Meh this just didn’t do it for me. Margo reminded me a lot of the characters from Gone Girl. She was just so freaking selfish! Her “mysterious” personality was all a motive for her own enjoyment and it made me so mad and annoyed. I enjoyed the beginning when she was getting back at all the people who were jerks to her, but after that it all went downhill! She couldn’t care less about the people who actually cared for her. Or maybe she thought no one would care. Wither way I just couldn’t get into this one the way I wanted to.
There they are – and I hope I haven’t made you too angry. If you loved any of these I have to say that I can see why you did like them! But for some reason I couldn’t identify with these books or characters. It’s not my intention to hate on the author and I hope no one thinks that’s what I’m trying to portray. It’s just that there were too many elements that didn’t work for my personality and bookish tastes. Also, I won’t give up on an author after one book. It’s never the author that’s the problem, it’s usually just the story Or characters I don’t connect with. Are there any books that you didn’t like that are popular?
Until next time, happy reading!