Do I dare disclose books where I am a black sheep? Why yes! So here they are!

I wasn’t also tagged just like Mel from Daily Prophecy where I got it from. But the questions are interesting and while reading her answers I was unconsciously formulating my own & since I didn’t get to finish the book I was reading I decided to do this instead.

A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

Stormdamncer/Lotus War by Jay Kristoff with fiery passion!  😡 It was a big slap on the face along with my love for the Japanese culture and language (yeah, yeah call me a weaboo now, I don’t care but this is a culture we’re talking about not some fictional thing you can bend as you please.) I found it disrespectful how inadequate the research of this book. For example, “sama” 様 「さま」is an honorific and should be used as such, not a standalone label: sama ≠ master (at least with the suffix alone). *smh* It feels to me since (not all) readers would know therefore not necessary to portray accurately. Give your readers some credits please (we’re not some gullible consumers that may not know the real thing).

A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

The closest thing would be Twilight by Stephanie Meyer; as much as it has hoards of followers it also has—if not—equal numbers of haters. But I’m team “I liked it.” 😉

A love triangle where the MC ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. Oh my, reminiscing about it sends shivers to spine (as well as anger taking its head). I hate how the heroine kept on leading the two guys, flirted with them, made out of them and chose the other guy unconvincingly. But you know what’s worst? The author *killed him*(highlight the text if you want to get spoiled).

A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.

Erotica. I did read some, totally out of curiosity, but I was continuously rolling my eyes on how absurd the plot (or the lack of thereof) of these novels. Not my thing! Also, why is it the woman who always ends up begging?

A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Ooooh goodie, let see: John Green, Cassandra Claire, Sarah Dessen, Rainbow Rowell. I think I might have said my piece about it here.

A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

I love “love triangle” so I will never be sick of it. And I’m quite tolerant with the whole “insta-love” thingie so upon pondering my bet would be: one dimensional best friend and inactive parents. While I’m not into large cast, I also don’t want that people surrounding the main character/s to be completely bland. I want them to have personalities aside from their default function to the story: supporting. I know they shouldn’t overpower the MCs but give them some life not just to say yes to the MCs whims.

Also what’s up with YA and their indifference to their parents? Parents can help you kid, they can be aggravating sometimes, but they can aid you. They will understand if you let them. There’s too much angst against parents I read nowadays. *sighs*

The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I couldn’t think of any movies/TV shows (<- I hardly watch TV series anyways) that is better than the original material so I’m going to my other passion which is anime/manga, I think Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April). I enjoyed the anime better than the manga; everything had come to life with visuals and music elevating it further. Plus, the animation studio adapted it very close to the material so as a fan of the series I’m quite pleased.

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13 Responses to Unpopular Opinion Book Tag!

  1. Yeay, great to see you participating in the tag too 😀 This is the first time I hear something negative about Stormdancer. To be honest, I’ve tried to read it and I put it down, because it was too slow for me.. I want to pick it up again though, but it’s a shame you was so let down by it. I wasn’t planning on reading Nightshade, so I looked at the spoiler and that is cruel.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Really, I think I saw couple of negative reviews on GR & I totally agree with most of what they said. It was really painfully slow becasue nothing but info-dumping happened on the first half of the story. 🙁

      Yes, it was quite cruel! T^T

  2. Annie says:

    john green is definitely a popular author who isn’t super for me. i liked tfios enough but his other books, i absolutely loathed. rainbow rowell is another author who – i dont want to say i dont get they hype for but who i’ve just never got into – i’m conflicted about. like i enjoyed all of the books ive read by her enough and fangirl was great but i dont know why, i just never felt this intense love for her the way some others do like how they ride and die by her books. i like her work a lot and can see all these qualities of her writing that mirror some qualities of authors i actually do love but for some reason, its never clicked for me. and sarah dessen is a special one for me. ive probably only really enjoyed maybe 3 out of the 10 books ive read by her so it isnt exactly an amazing record but because those 3 books i loved soooo much, i give sarah dessen a pass in my book.

    anyway really fun tag! enjoyed reading your answers 🙂

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I think I have something against popular contemporary authors & I’m absolutely don’t know why. At least I managed to get pass 20 pages for both Rowell & Dessen. But it’s just…nothing…haha, I’m being weird again. :,D

  3. Ahh… I read Stormdancer before I got into anime, so I’m afraid to re-read it now in case my opinion of it changes! >< I really liked it when I first read it because it was so gritty and action-packed and different, vut I didn’t have as good an understanding of Japanese culture as I do now (though of course I’m not an expert, haha), so it’s likely that I’ll feel the same way as you do. It’s disappointing to see the author making such amateur mistakes!

    And I didn’t expect Rainbow Rowell to be on your list of authors you can’t seem to get into! That’s kind of sad. Her books sound so good and have the prettiest covers. I hope I end up enjoying them when I read them. I’m with you on John Green, though. Have you read Paper Towns? I’m wondering if I should, since the movie’s coming out soon.

    Haha, I wish I was as tolerant as you when it comes to romance. Instalove and most love triangles annoy the hell out of me, but I totally agree that one-dimensional best friends and absent family members are pretty horrible as well. I mean, a book isn’t good only because of a protagonist, but because of the entire cast of characters. It’s particularly irritating when the BFF vanishes after the MC goes on his/her quest to save the world. People don’t just disappear when something exciting happens, c’mon. *rant over* 😛

    Same here — I liked Shigatsu’s manga, but the anime did a stellar job and brought the entire story to life!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Oh you will, you will definitely changed your mind; but for most parts I liked the ambitious idea it was just the execution was so, so sub-par. You don’t have to be an expert to spot the glaring mistakes that had been used in this book. The very basic was improperly used. Basic! *smh*

      Yeah, most of these popular contemporary authors for some reason I’m repelled to read their works. T^T Ditto with friends of MCs; they should also have personalities and don’t disappear into background after everything. *sighs*

      And yes, Shigatsu~ 君だよ 君なんだよ 教えてくれた~ *drops mic* /singing ends

  4. Yay for this tag!

    I haven’t read the first book but to be honest, the writer seems really cool on twitter. I’m not really into Japanese culture and I don’t really care unless it flat out DISRESPECTS and makes fun of it. I guess I’ll have to try it out myself to see!

    Twilight. *haha* That was a phase I went through.

    Burst out laughing about the erotica thing. I have no interest in reading it because I would either laugh like you did or turn red and not leave my room for an hour.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It was fun to answer! I always separate the author from the his/her works, it was just the book was aggravating to read. But do try it, you might like it. 😀

      Most of us did go through that phase. LOL And the lack of plot is what drive me bonkers but then again it is erotica, so what do I expect? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  5. Kezia says:

    I haven’t read Stormdancer but the things you mentioned above are basically the reasons why I’ve been strictly avoiding the series. I know that I will get annoyed because of those incorrect terms and I’d better not waste my time on a book that I’m bound to dislike *sigh*

    I’m like you on erotica. My friend actually spoiled me the story for Fifty Shades of Grey and I don’t think I’m missing much hahaha.

    Wow, I’m quite surprised that you’re able to tolerate insta-love! I thought most bloggers would complain on its appearance and tbh you didn’t sound like the type that would tolerate it lol xD I guess I’m wrong haha xD I do like love triangle when it’s done right though! The emotion and feels it evokes are so incredible and it gets me so pumped to know who’s gonna win in the end ^^

    Totally agree with you on the parent thing! I can’t believe how easy it is for those teenagers — usually in fantasy books — to get permission to do stuff or go somewhere far. Or sometimes they don’t even tell their parents or ask their friends to lie for them about it and when they return their parents don’t seem as worried as I expect as well ><

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Kezia, don’t read this hon desu, sama. Because this how they talked, hai? *laced with overflowing sarcasm*

      I’m ok with insta-love, I don’t like it but I don’t hate it with such passion. Inactive parents what bugs me the most, same goes to one-denominational best friends. xD

  6. Chri says:

    Oh, this tag looks like so much fun – do you mind if I do it too?

    I saw Stormdancer at an airport once and tried a couple pages out of morbid curiosity. Let’s just say it didn’t end well. And apparently the author’s sources of information were Wikipedia and Manga? This book gave me Very Strong Feelings and not in a good way >.>

    NIGHTSHADE’S ENDING MADE ME SO MAD. I stopped reading after that scene.

    When done right, I like love triangles, too^^ I know a lot of bloggers complain about it, but my inner hopeless romantic loves that stuff. One-dimensional best friends and inactive parents bother me too. I mean, I get that the main character’s tough and independent and all, but we all still need people to rely on, right? There’s still some things that you can’t do alone, and there’s no shame in relying on others in times of need.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Please do! Would love to read your answers.

      I know, I don’t think wiki & some manga were enough to pull it off. What’s really upsetting was the author was proud of how little research he’d done. *smh* Nightshade…Ren…*sobs* I always like love triangle, I even like harem so I don’t really mind. I don’t like selfless MCs! We all need help in one form or another.

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