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the other day i was stalking booktube videos and came across the unpopular opinions book tag (original video here). i know the tag’s been drifting around but after stalking watching all those, i decided it’s about time i do it myself. i love this tag because people are usually afraid to share their true opinions on a book if their thoughts are unpopular – i know i tend to hold back – so this tag gives us a chance to ~break free~. (i wasn’t tagged by anyone, obviously)

NOTE: i don’t mean to insult anyone with my thoughts. please don’t be offended with my answers; i have my opinions and you have yours. LET’S EMBRACE THEM. but i apologize in advance if i manage to insult you.

a popular book/series you didn’t like

this is probably the easiest question for me. i have THREE books/series that reaaaaally didn’t click with me. the first i’m going to choose is RED QUEEN, by victoria aveyard. it wasn’t so bad when i wrote my review but every time i think back to it, my thoughts get worse. (more on this book later)

next up is the LUX series, by jennifer l. armentrout. i read the first two books, OBSIDIAN and ONYX, and couldn’t bring myself to continue. i heard loads of good things and my friend was constantly urging me to keep reading it but… NO. it is not my cup of tea. the one is the VAMPIRE ACADEMY series, by richelle mead. also lots of praises and book pushing from my friends, and also one i didn’t enjoy. i despised the main character, rose, and found her extremely annoying. i read up to the second book and stopped halfway because it felt like i was torturing myself reading it. :////

a book series everyone hates but you love

this is a bit tougher because i generally wouldn’t pick up the book if there are a lot of bad ratings. my first thought was THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, by j.d. salinger, but i think that’s really a hit or miss. a lot of people didn’t like holden, the main character, but there are also a lot of people (including myself) who call the classic one of their favorites.

my second thought was the WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS series, by maggie stiefvater. i think this was my first YA book – i read it five(?) years ago – and i remember it being my FAVORITE EVER. i haven’t read it since then, so i have a feeling my opinions will change, but for now, i distinctly remember it being spectacular. (and i know a lot of people are not a fan)

a love triangle where the main character ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with

argh this is the most frustrating thing EVER, but i’m definitely going to choose the GRISHA trilogy, by leigh bardugo. (SPOILER FOR THE GRISHA TRILOGY AHEAD) okay, so at the end of the series, alina ends up with MAL. *gags* there were three possible guys she could’ve ended up with – the darkling, mal, or nikolai – and i wanted her to end up with either the darkling or nikolai. not mal. not after that first chapter when he’s being a(n) ass donkey’s butt and openly flirts with that other girl in front of alina. yeah, no.

a popular book genre you rarely reach for

dystopian used to be my favorite genre, but now… not so much. after reading RED QUEEN (yes, it’s back), i realized how horribly predictable and immature the genre will likely end up. out of all the dystopian series/trilogies i’ve read (and there’s A LOT), i’ve only come across one that has ALL THE BOOKS written well. (that’s THE DARKEST MINDS, by alexandra bracken, in case you’re curious!) in most dystopian books, the first is fantastic and the rest aren’t as satisfying. (see: DIVERGENT, THE HUNGER GAMES, DELIRIUM, etc)

popular beloved character you didn’t like

i’m going to reaaaaaally make you hate me when i say i am not a fan of chaol westfall from the THRONE OF GLASS series, by sarah j. maas. everyone loves chaol; everyone thinks he’s a perfect, precious cinnamon bun… except for me. i don’t understand what’s so appealing about him. he bothers me to no end and i just – i can’t. i don’t like chaol, and i don’t think i’ll ever like chaol. as of right now, he’s barely tolerable. (SORRY)

a popular author you can’t seem to get into

i’m going to say richelle mead. i didn’t like the VAMPIRE ACADEMY books, but i’ve heard so many people rave about BLOODLINES. now she has a new book that recently came out, SOUNDLESS, and it’s a chinese folk-retelling and i reaaaaaally want to read it but i have i feeling i won’t like it. i think i’ll give this author another chance.

popular trope you are tired of seeing

love triangles. the only love triangle i will openly accept is the one from THE INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy, by cassandra clare. first of all, when is there ever a chance when there are TWO GUYS who are both pinning for you? um, NEVER. “oh no! i have two guys who like me and i need to choose between the two!” haha stop. why would you create a love triangle when you can create a well-developed relationship? like??

popular series you have no interest in reading

there’s a lot of hype (and negativity) around the TWILIGHT SAGA, by stephanie meyer and i have no intention of picking it up. i wasn’t reading YA when TWILIGHT was at the peak of it’s popularity, and when i actually did start reading YA, there was so much hate around it. i think there are too many expectations around this series for me to actually enjoy it in peace. i have nothing against the books; it’s just too much. thanks, but no thanks.

i tag…

what are your unpopular opinions? let me know in the comments!

Alexandra Ling

alexandra is a twenty-year-old content creator and avid reader. when she's not on the internet or hiding behind pages, you can find her training to be a professional ballet dancer or practicing yoga. she currently resides in los angeles, california.