I’ve had a couple of tiring days and no post scheduled. And, while I’m working on some reviews as we speak, I decided to do a tag, as it’s low effort and fun (I love being asked questions! And I love to pretend people care!).
This is a tag that has been circulating for years now, and I honestly don’t know, at this point, who created it (if you do, comment down below!). I found it on several blogs I follow.
Now let’s get into it, shall we.
1. A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE
I don’t believe there’s any series people really love that I specifically don’t like. I do think that there’s some series that are overrated, which I liked, but didn’t find them that life-changing. I’m glad there’s no such questions, because I’d have some pretty controversial picks for it.
But while we’re on this one… After I read Painted Man by Peter V. Brett (review here), I went through a lot of reviews on Goodreads and on various other blogs and everyone seemed to agree it was fantasy genius. It…wasn’t? I don’t even know where to start and I’ll try to keep it short because I have a whole post on it, but there’s something about the misogyny, lack of chemistry between characters, and a meh world building that really made me wonder how other people didn’t point them out.
2. A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE
I actually loved Eragon when I was younger. Granted, I read it at 14, so love is a strong word given that I don’t remember anything about it. But I remember it being really entertaining. Fast-forward 6 years and now I hear people saying it was quite trashy and cliché, a copy-cat of many other books in the genre. I don’t have a strong opinion on it, and my 14-year-old self couldn’t detect these issues, so it was fine for what it was.
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 YOU DON’T LIKE
I can’t think of any other love triangles besides the ones in Cassandra Clare’s novels, and they all unfold beautifully. I’ll put Jem/Will/Tessa from Infernal Devices. I read it a looooong time ago, but I remember loving both boys so much, I just couldn’t decide which side I was on. The resolution was quite satisfying, but throughout the novels, it was quite clear who her main pick was, and I felt sorry for the other one.
4. A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR
I love romance in books, but actual romance books are usually too sappy and often times trashy.
So I’ll stick to books of other genres which incorporate love in them and call it a day. I find those more compelling anyway.
5. A POPULAR OR BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE
I never really liked Daenerys from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.
I’m expecting a hitman at my door any second now.
It’s a good underdog story, don’t get me wrong. And I didn’t hate her. At times I rooted for her and was even charmed by her…
And then there would be two full pages of just her, shouting her entire fucking name.
6. A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO
J. R. R. Tolkien.
Hitman #2: incoming!
I read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and I really forced myself to see the good in them, past the heavy writing style specific to classic fantasy. I’m not planning to finish the series, however much I try, it’s not my cup of tea.
7. A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING
I absolutely hate the “badass” female-warrior type that seemed to be taking over literature (especially YA) a few years ago. She’s pretty, but unaware of it; petite and thin, yet can maneuver heavy-gear left and right, sword in one hand, AK-47 in the other. She’s emotionally unavailable, yet vulnerable (for the right man 😉 ). Always witty. Always ready for a fight. You’ll find her throwing daggers in some sci-fi-esque training room and she will always win against the bad guy, who’s described as twice her size. No, thanks.
I’m actually thinking of exploring this in a later article, tell me what you think.
8. A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING
Anything YA from the 2014 era that people still talk about. I’m over that.
9. THE SAYING GOES, “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?
Lord of the Rings!
Mostly because I couldn’t get through the books and the movies were more manageable.
Although it did take me 3 tries to watch the first one.
Hope you enjoyed the tag!
I’ve just started this book blog affair, so I don’t have any friends to tag yet. Feel free to take it and, if you want to be my online friendo, drop a message.
Till next time, please cancel those hitmen on their way to mine!