Good morning everyone and welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post! I know I haven’t been participating consistently in this meme, but this week, I couldn’t resist! I think all of us bloggers have some solid opinions about what we do and don’t like, and sometimes it’s difficult to express those opinions for fear of backlash.
But I am always one for a salty post… so I’m totally here for this. Y’all ready? I’ve got some unpopular bookish opinions for y’all.
This may be one of my new favorite GIFs, by the way. I’ve used it twice in the last few weeks and I don’t even care. 🙂
#1 – Treat your books however you want!
I know! Blasphemy!
But listen, I actually did a whole post about this earlier this year. I am so tired of us bookish sorts snubbing our noses about the way one another treats their books. If you like pristine books – awesome, more power to you. If you like to dog-ear and write in the margins? Brilliant – have at it!
#2 – It’s okay to DNF an ARC.
Okay, while I fundamentally believe in everyone’s right to stop reading anything anytime they want… for most people, this won’t include ARCs. I say, if the book is a bad fit and you don’t like it and you are feeling an uncomfortable urge to watch it sink to the depths of the ocean, DNF it.
Obviously there are some whys and wherefores to doing this and still being courteous about it. For ARCs, I do believe we owe the publishers an explanation of why we’ve DNF’d it, even if it’s just a simple, “I was expecting romance and got explosions, I am not a good fit for this.”
#3 – The Grishaverse isn’t actually THAT good.
Yeah, I’m expecting some backlash on this one.
I really wanted to be 100% in love with Shadow and Bone… I even talked myself into a four-star review when honestly I think it was a little closer to three stars for me. I still haven’t read Siege and Storm because I am just in no hurry to get to it. I did read Six of Crows last year and I thought it was really good… but… this still isn’t a “merch in every box!” “sixteen gazillion candles!” “I am suffering from Grishaverse withdrawwwwwlllls” level good for me.
Like, okay, it’s good? But not as mind-blowing as the community makes it.
#4 – The Lord of the Rings trilogy is boring.
This has been a recent conversation on the blog, because while I have so much respect for this series and for J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing and I think everyone ought to read these books… I find them really dry. I actually just finished my personal re-read of the trilogy, and it was… it was rough. Even in audiobook form (and, honestly, the narrator was quite good). I finished The Fellowship of the Ring and figured it would get better from there… then I had the book two blues with The Two Towers and shrugged it off because, book two! Book two is usually filler, right? But then I rolled around to The Return of the King and it was just… so slow paced and I felt like I was missing all the good stuff.
Don’t get me wrong. They’re still actually brilliant! But so are Paradise Lost and Little Women and those are both a bit tedious as well.
Movies are still good, though!
#5 – I will never read Twilight.
I’m not even sorry about this one?
My friends were reading this in high school and I took a hard pass back then because I was reading Anne Rice and feeling very full of myself and I couldn’t get past the idea that the vampires sparkled. As I’ve gotten older and learned more about the series, I am less and less inclined to pick it up. Ever.
#6 – I can’t get into Cassandra Clare
Ugh, this one actually really REALLY bothers me.
I want to love the Shadowhunters and the Magisterium and everything she writes because conceptually they are so cool and she has the most gorgeous covers and seems like a really lovely person. But there’s something about her writing style that just doesn’t work for me. And I really want it to. I will keep trying and maybe someday I will persevere.
#7 – I don’t hate J.K. Rowling
Um, yeah, you read that right. I don’t know if it’s as rampant in the blogging community, but Book Twitter is ALL OVER THIS. It’s been pretty loud with the Fantastic Beasts movies, in particular The Crimes of Grindelwald. First it was Johnny Depp’s casting, then it was Nagini’s storyline.
On the one hand, I do respect the people who have chosen to boycott based on these things, but it genuinely bothers me that everyone is blaming Rowling like she is championing these choices. There are a lot of people involved with casting and script-writing and even if she did speak out against anything, she is not the final authority. Of course, she spoke out in support, so … yeah, Twitter exploded.
(EDIT: It has been pointed out that Rowling was the sole scriptwriter for CoG, which I didn’t realize… and is VERY rare in Hollywood, so I can see how Nagini’s storyline is her fault. Most of the hate I personally saw on Twitter was casting-related.)
In regard to Johnny Depp’s casting? I do believe in forgiveness. And this unpopular opinion could be a post on its own. Some would call my opinions on this matter naive or ignorant or enabling, I guess? But I think that once a person has been brought to justice on their crimes, it needs to end. For the sake of both parties.
Also I remember trying to talk to one of my best friends who I’ve known for years about the casting and the ethics of bystander-blaming and cancel culture and holding people responsible, and I understand that it’s very complicated. Even with someone I can comfortably bouncing any idea off of, we were both dancing around this topic.
Gonna stop that conversation there.
Do I have issues with the evolution of the Potterverse? Yes. But I don’t hate Rowling for it.
#8 – Paranormal romance is the worst.
Haha, okay, so I actually used to love paranormal romance. It was high school and I was besotted with the Anita Blake series. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve definitely grown out of this genre. Like… way, way out of it. Paranormal romance is cheesy to the max and even reputable books like Guilty Pleasures and Magic Bites feel like they’re asking for one level of suspension of disbelief too many.
More power to the people who really love this genre! I honestly want to enjoy it the way I did when I was younger, but I guess I’ve gotten too old and jaded, haha.
#9 – Not all movie adaptations are bad.
I’ve already mentioned the Lord of the Rings movies in this post, so this shouldn’t be a big surprise, but… I actually enjoy a lot of the book-to-film adaptations. There was a Top Ten Tuesday about this recently, and what it really comes down to is: does the movie have the same spirit as the book? If yes, then I’m totally in.
Do some absolutely fail? Yes, yes, yes. Please, if you haven’t already, check out my Eragon and The Dark Tower movie reviews to witness my heart shattering into a million little pieces. But there are easily just as many wonderful film adaptations as there are disappointing ones.
#10 – Throne of Glass is overhyped.
And another very specific dig. After all, I promised this post would get a little salty!
Before I re-submerged myself into the book blogging community, I had a work friend tell me I needed to read Throne of Glass. It was urgent and it was the best book ever. A “stop everything and read this” book. So… I did? And it was… okay? Listen, I liked some of it. I liked some of it enough that some day, I’m going to read book two. But, like the Grishaverse, I’m not really sure why this one is Harry Potter-level loved.
Maybe I just need to read the rest of the series. 🙂
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asked:
Unpopular Bookish Opinions
My thoughts: I could go on forever about opinions I have on books, book habits, authors, book merch… so much! Honestly each one of these bulletpoints could have been fleshed out to make its own post. For some of them, maybe I will. Unpopular opinions can be scary – nobody wants to be perceived as a bad person for their opinions.
Do you share any of my unpopular opinions? Or, ack, do you deeply disagree and are you preparing to give me a piece of your mind? I have my forcefield set to maximum – hit me with your best shot in the comments and lets chat!