I’m not a fan of constantly bashing a book that isn’t for me. However, I do like to be a part of the minority and put across my opinions regarding much-beloved books. This list is very, very likely to include your favourite book or series. This does not mean that I have got anything to do with you. I am not policing your thoughts or affection for a certain book. It is entirely your choice to enjoy a book as much as it is mine to not. With this, I shall dive into this list heavily dosed with unpopular opinions.
1. A Court Of Thorns And Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas: This series is crowned with some major issues. Whether it be the basic world-building or unhealthy relationships, I could not get into terms with this series. I do not enjoy Maas’ way of writing. The repetition of adjectives and ellipses seem unnecessary to me. The mating bond is an epitome of heteronormativity, Rhysand and Feyre’s relationship is unhealthy and problematic, a bisexual male character is introduced with the fact that he prefers threesomes which is outright biphobic, and there’s a dumb protagonist who notices every blink of every eye in the place she’s in. These are some examples off the top of my head and there is a LOT I could add on to this. Overall, I just did not enjoy this series as much as the others (and I don’t get the hype).
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth: I read this book last year when people were raving about Carve The Mark and how brilliant an author Roth is. It took me a lot of time to finish the first book and I couldn’t get to the rest. Least to say, I did not enjoy it. I could guess most of what was going to happen in the book but I blame this upon how late I read the series. I mean to say that if I read a book meant for sixteen-year-olds when I’m nineteen, I’m most likely to be disappointed. Beyond that, I couldn’t place any originality in the story. It seemed quite derived. A plain looking girl turned brave and bold wearing leather jackets and spewing sarcasm every time she opened her mouth. Tris was such an annoying protagonist. I think I would’ve enjoyed this series if I would’ve read it at the right time.
3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: The end of this was great. I have seen people say that they were able to guess the plot twist but I admit that I didn’t see it coming. Despite that, I didn’t enjoy the book. The concept, again, was unoriginal. A girl who is not supposed to have any magical powers, one day discovers that she does possess them. She is taken hostage by the upper class of the society. Unoriginal ideas are good. I’m not questioning the creative credibility of an author. But there’s a way of presenting an unoriginal idea which can make it look…newer. Also, Aveyard pointed out that the protagonist is a Latina and I couldn’t find that lineage in the first book. A few reviewers say that it is mentioned in the third book which is just ridiculous. How can the author not know the ethnicity of their protagonist up until the third book?
4. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Yeah. Well. Both of them. The reasons are more or less the same. Unhealthy relationships are a huge problem in Maas’ books. Rowan and Aelin are NOT couple goals. Not to forget, the killing of PoC characters to further the plot for the white MC. Manon was such a great character who could’ve been a lesbian, (*cough* Elide *cough*) but nope. Not happening. Aelin is just…so bad. You piss her off, she burns you. And this is not being badass. Royalties are supposed to be diplomatic but I suppose fire comes handy. The female characters are all supposed to be deadly beautiful and the male characters are confined to the ideas of masculinity with eyes you could get lost in forever. The use of ‘male’ and ‘female’ in both series is the blatant erasure of trans, genderqueer, genderfluid people.
5. The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger: I read this book back in January and I still fail to understand it. By ‘it’ I mean every single thing about this book. Whether it be the protagonist, the plot or the writing. I don’t know what is happening in there. I don’t know the direction in which the story was supposed to lead us or the message is trying to convey. I haven’t closed myself from opinions. In fact, I would love it if someone could explain this book to me because I cannot. The writing is lazy. It seems it is just written for the sake of being written? I’m pretty sure I don’t make sense here but it is just so casual. Ideas, thoughts, and words are repeated. Words like ‘phony’ and ‘and all’ are overused. They’re everywhere. I couldn’t enjoy it at all.
That was all, I guess. I have seen SO MANY people love these books but I really don’t get the hype of most of these. Bookstagram is filled with Sarah J. Maas’s books, which is okay if you enjoy them. Everyone is entitled to their likes and dislikes and opinions whether popular or unpopular.
Anyway, I would love to know your thoughts on these books if you’ve read them. Or if there is any other popular book/series you don’t particularly enjoy, I would love to know about them.