I recently saw this tag was done by the lovely Abbie (aka boneseasonofglass) on her blog, so I thought I’d give it ago myself! I’m currently snowed under with masters reading, so a tag seems the perfect thing to keep this blog ticking over.
A popular book you disliked: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I cannot express how much I thoroughly detest this book. The characters are not only unlikeable but act in a way that is completely incomprehensible, the metaphors are ham-fisted and the dialogue so over-dramatic it almost parodies its own genre. I know this is a favourite of so many people, but I just can’t see the appeal (and I’m much more of an Anne Brontë fan, anyhow).
A book that everyone dislikes but you love: Paper Towns by John Green
I know so many people who detest John Green, and this book in particular, but I love his subversion of the manic-pixie-dream-girl trope, and was my first experience with YA books as a whole. I’ve re-read it recently and still found it to be as interesting and funny as I found it when I read it at 15.
A central ship that you dislike: Rowan and Aelin, from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Despite really enjoying the first two books, this series really turned sour for me when Rowan arrived in the books. He is territorial to the point of abusive, a too-perfect fulfilment insert and their romance becomes so intense so quickly where they say they’ll burn down cities for each other when they’ve hardly had time to figure out how the other takes their coffee.
A popular genre you don’t usually read: scifi
A lot of people think it’s strange that I don’t like scifi as they end to lump scifi and fantasy fans in together, but for some reason the jargon and technology-heavy nature of this genre just doesn’t work for me in book form.
A beloved character you dislike: The Darkling from The Grisha Triology by Leigh Bardugo
My reasoning for this ties in with an answer to an upcoming question, but essentially it boils down to not understanding how someone who is rude, manipulative, and downright evil is romanticised to this extent by some readers.
A popular author you can’t get in to: Ernest Hemingway
I don’t care if he’s a genius, I don’t care if this book changed your life. He’s a misogynistic alcoholic with a deliberately pretentious writing style and I will not put myself through his fiction again.
A popular trope you are tired of: ‘dark and brooding’ love interests
Or basically romanticising any male behaviour that is just them being a dick. I’d much rather a Bingley than a Heathcliff, please.
A popular book or series you have no interest in: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Sailsbury
I read the first book in this series back in 2014, and I was hugely unimpressed. Although the premise seemed interesting the world-building was inconsistent, there was a fairly average love triangle and the main character grated on me, so I definitely won’t be picking up any more in this series.
A movie/ TV show that is better than the book: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Although the book was fairly enjoyable, I felt like it dragged on quite a bit. What the film did so brilliantly was use visual storytelling to get through what were some of the more stodgy bits of exposition and description, and the stunning visuals really made the film just a bit more special to me.
Although I’m not tagging anyone directly, let me know if you end up doing this tag yourself!