I’ve been letting some unpopular opinions bottle up inside me for too long, so I need to let them out! Most of these are negative opinions, so be warned.
I’m never going to read anything in the Shadowhunters world.
At this point, I just feel like I am too behind with anything Shadowhunters to even bother catching up. There are just so many books and series and short stories that I don’t even know where I would start. It’s just all so confusing to me. If Cassandra Clare ever wrote anything outside of the Shadowhunters world, I would be happy to read it (and if it interested me, obviously).
I don’t love The Book Thief.
I couldn’t even finish it, to be honest. I had heard great things, so I was expecting a lot. So many people have said that it is their favorite book or that it is super influential to them, but I really hated it. I thought the concept of it being from Death’s perspective was cooler than how it actually played out. There was one line about someone’s “Jewish eyes” and that was the final straw for me. It just absolutely rubbed me the wrong way.
Beautiful writing doesn’t mean a book is good.
I suppose I have a specific example for this: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I freaking hated this book. I thought it was so boring and pointless, but I see so many people recommend it for it’s beautiful writing. I didn’t even notice the writing when I was reading it because I just disliked it so much. To me, it’s not worth it to read a 600+ page book that you don’t like just for the apparently beautiful writing.
The Shades of Magic series did not get better as it continued.
I read A Darker Shade of Magic and I thought it was fine, but I continued with the series because I had heard SO MANY people say that each book gets better and better. The second one was also fine, so I picked up the third. I barely made it through that book and to be honest, I can’t tell you a single thing that happened in it. I don’t think that they are bad books, they just aren’t for me, but I also don’t think they get noticeably better as the series continues. They stayed consistently fine.
Leaving lots of hints for a plot twist isn’t a bad thing.
I feel like a lot of plot twists end up coming out of nowhere because if too many hints are left, the reader could figure it out and spoil the shocking moment. I really don’t like this way of doing plot twists. I think that it is way more satisfying to have one of two things happen:
- You don’t figure out the twist, but you can look back and see that it makes sense and that there were hints all along.
- You do figure it out the twist, but you had a good time putting the clues together in order to get to that conclusion, plus you get the satisfaction of being right.
To me, having a satisfying twist is way more important than having a super shocking twist. It seems like many books (and other forms of storytelling as well) have started relying on a shock factors, even if it doesn’t make sense at all with the story.
Do you agree with any of these? What are some unpopular opinions of yours?