I haven’t been tagged but love this book tag! It was originally created by TheBookArcher on YouTube.
1. A popular book/series that you didn’t like:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
DON’T HATE ME.
I’m exaggerating a little – I didn’t dislike this book at all. However, I did find it a disappointment after all the hype and that’s why I chose it for this question. Everyone who’s read this book thinks it’s amazing and I just don’t get it! I just never felt “the feels” that everyone talks about. I disliked the character of Augustus so maybe that’s part of it. It is well-written, though, and maybe on a reread I’ll learn to love it.
2. A popular book/series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
A lot of Harry Potter fans were disappointed with the first post-Potter book and honestly, I get it. It took resilience to get through the first hundred pages. After that point, I was hooked, but it’s understandable why a lot of readers abandoned it.
This book needed some serious editing (but who’s going to edit JKR?!). She used up a lot of unnecessary words building up characters but the bulk is hiding a very simple, tragic story. I think most people hated this book because of those first chapters, but anyone I know who actually finished it thinks it’s stunning.
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with / an OTP (one true pairing) that you don’t like.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Some more J. K. action, and another controversial answer (I suppose that’s the point of this book tag, isn’t it?) – Ron and Hermione weren’t right for each other.
I always found Ron quite undeserving of Hermione. He treats her badly throughout the series, and his sulks and mood swings (let’s not kid ourselves that they didn’t happen prior to Slytherin’s locket) were normally taken out on her and not Harry. As well as this, they are not each other’s equals in terms of intelligence. I think their relationship would be very, VERY rocky. (Maybe we’ll find out in The Cursed Child!)
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
It’s not that I won’t EVER read romance but it’s rare that I’ll read something where the romance is the main conflict of the story. (Funnily enough, David Nicholls is one of my favourite authors, but that’s an ironic exception.)
5. A popular/beloved character that you do not like.
This is such a hard question! This must be hard for most people to answer because if you don’t like the character, you tend not to read the book.
In the end I went with Peeta from The Hunger Games series. Bleurgh, Peeta.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I wish I could get into Discworld because it sounds like something I’d love. I’ve attempted The Colour of Magic, which people quickly told me was a mistake, and they recommended Mort and Equal Rites instead. I’ve tried both of these and wrinkled my nose. I did download a sample of The Hogfather and felt like it kept my attention for longer so I’m going to try to read that one.
I’ve also tried to get into Dickens and have found him kind of tedious, although I do like A Christmas Carol (probably because I’m imagining the Muppets saying all the lines).
Also John Green. Sorry sorry sorry!
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Love triangles suck.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
At first my mind jumped to Twilight and the Fifty Shades of Grey series, but then I realised that I actually am interested in reading those at some point in my life (I just have a lot of other books I’d rather read first). I’m pretty sure I’ll dislike both series but I’d like to give them a go just so that my opinion on them can be valid.
However, The Host is like Twilight’s ugly cousin. I’ve not heard many people, even Twilight fans, rave about it, and as far as I’m aware the movie flopped.
9. The saying goes, ‘The book is always better than the movie,’ but what movie/TV show adaptation do you prefer to the book?
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The PHAAAAAAAAAANTOM OF THE OPERA IS THERE… INSIIIIDE YOUR MIND.
Love the musical and loved a film version of this as a child (sadly I can’t find it as an adult – boo hoo!). The film of the musical isn’t terrific but the stage version is spectacular. The book, on the other hand, is pretty badly written.
I tag anyone who reads this! 🙂