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BOOKS THAT EVERYONE LOVES BUT I DON’T

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 inThese 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.

Love,

Sidra.

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30 thoughts on “BOOKS THAT EVERYONE LOVES BUT I DON’T

  1. I haven’t tried Sarah Maas, but I’m with you on Catcher in the Rye. I kept thinking I was missing something significant, but . . . I don’t think so! Also, I tried Outlander since everyone raves about it and I bailed about 15% in.

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  2. I am the odd ball here but I enjoy post like this because it’s not the popular opinion but a discussion worthy topic. It shows how books are an experience that will be different for everyone. I have not read any of the books you listed (although Catcher in the Rye is a classic and I’ve considered it) – I’m not a person who reads fantasy/magic genre and so I know that I would read them although the rest of the world adores them. But I respect everyone’s right to love what they love in reading but also I enjoyed hearing WHY you didn’t enjoy these. Great post

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  3. With ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ it seems you either love it or hate it. I’m on the love side but I completely understand why you didn’t get the feel for it. It all really comes down to whether you enjoy a narrator’s rambling and digressions☺. I agree with ‘Divergent’ though, Tris is so annoying.

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  4. I really love how you just tackle such controversial subjects and how you aren’t afraid to state your opinion clearly. I often fear to write about ‘touchy’ topics, but you give me such courage! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. HALLELUJAH, someone else who also hates Sarah J. Maas’ books! I’ve been working on an ACOTAR review for more than 6 months because I can’t seem to write a civil review without ranting lol. Oh, and I haven’t read the other series, but I do agree Catcher in the Rye is a bit aimless when you read it at first; I had to re-read it a few times before I started to “get it,” but yeah, it’s a love or hate it book I think. Great post!

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    1. Oh my God, I never cared to write a proper review. My thoughts were scattered and I just couldn’t get to it. I agree with you about Catcher In The Rye but I hardly think I’ll be giving it another chance. And Thank you!

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  6. I completely agree with your thoughts on Divergent. I haven’t read the other books, so I don’t really have an opinion on them but you make some good points. I like that you’re so open & honest about your opinions!

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  7. Loved this! So, fun fact about me, the only book by SJM I like is A Court of Thorns and Roses, and that’s because it features fae in all their powerful, cruel, problematic glory, and that’s what I signed up for. I went into the book HOPING for that, in fact, and that’s what I got. But ACOMAF was such a divergent from that, and it was awful in so many ways. Everyone’s characters were changed to fit a ship, and I loathed that because I was here for Rhys the villain. I was not here for Rhys the “Perfect Feminist™” or any of her other “Perfect and Good and Totally Not Sexist” characters. (Also, Tamlin and Lucien didn’t deserve that but whatever.) It was cheap author manipulation and laziness, but it seems like just about everyone fell for it. ACOWAR was pretty much unreadable, too, and one day I’ll write a full rant and review about them all. It’s the same with her Throne of Glass series, which I’m still sloughing through because I have to know how bad it gets, but God, at what cost?

    I never read past Divergent, and ever since I heard about how the series ends, I’m not going to. Red Queen was okay, but Lord, Glass Sword made me hate Mare and Aveyard’s over-the-top, “so quotable” writing style. And yeah, no sign at all that Mare’s Latina from what I read lol. Sounds like she was trying to cover herself on the diversity front like SJM tries to do.

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  8. The Catcher in the Rye – maybe you have to be part of an older generation to enjoy this book. He fights all the battles against authority and the establishment that were the focus of the sixties social revolution. But the book was written in 1951!! Prescient.

    It was also revolutionary at the time for a serious, literary book, to use the voice of a teenager. In fact the book contributed to some extent to the creation of the concept of the teenager. In many ways it’s Huckleberry Finn for the 20th century. I love them both but know many who hate them both, probably for the same reason – the narrator’s voice is annoying – I get that. But I’ve heard people say it’s not literature. Those people are wrong.

    The cynicism, disillusion and mental instability of the narrator is the reason it’s confusing. But that’s all contrasted with the search for and reverence of innocence and that is central to American literature.

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  9. I like the ACOTAR series, but it is difficult for me to get into the Throne of Glass series. I loved Divergent, but I really hated the way that the series ended, and haven’t had an urge to reread it at all. I liked the first book of the Red Queen series, but then I felt as if the plot took a turn for the worse.

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  10. I am so with you on both the Divergent series and Catcher in the Rye…I just don’t get what all the fuss is about. But I did really like Catch-22, which I’d always grouped kind of in the same category of “books guys are supposed to like.”

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  11. I liked ACOTAR but I can see the problematic aspects. I also liked Divergent at the time (I read it when I was 14) but if I read it now, I would probably have a different opinion. I actually enjoyed the first book of Red Queen but the second book turned me off from the rest and I lost interest. I haven’t started Throne of Glass but I know there are problematic aspects. And my friend hates The Catcher in the Rye so I’m not even going to bother picking it up.

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