With the recent success of Divergent and now the movie release of The Fault in Our Stars, I think a lot of people are now aware (or much aware) of the existence of the books. If you didn’t know, I don’t have fondness towards the books (the latter, well, I have no interest to read it). I know that the fanbase of these two are massive so it’s probably one of the reasons why it did well (or will do well in TFIOS case) in the box office. And I also liked the approach of the producers to the films, I think they like to cater the movie to both fans and I think that wisest method when it comes to adaptation. You’re not only pleasing the fans but also the moviegoers.

But I digress, I did watch Divergent and still loathed it. Why did I watch it when I hated it? Just called it morbid curiosity. I, for one, seem to like torturing myself by exposing to a material I hated. But hating what most of the population like or love even, sucks big time. Do I want to be in this position? Hell to the no (and back and forth). I don’t want to be in this side of the town. It sucks because I want to enjoy something like the others do. Do I read to critique? Nope. I read for fun and that’s always my goal whenever I open a brand new book.

But here I am hating the one they love. And it’s not really good position to be in but at the same time it just shows how diverse reader’s taste which is actually good for everyone. How’s me hating the book or someone disliking the book has good effect on everyone? For me it just gives dimension and variety to our reading. Because it’s going to be boring if we end up liking the same thing. And if they are producing the same damn thing. I’m pretty sure that there are people who hate the book that I love and that’s ok, I don’t fault them for that. Some things work and some things don’t. It just the way it works.

I don’t judge people based on their reading preference or their opinions on the book (yes, if you’re an adult reading YA that’s ok. I’m one of those people that will not judge you!). I believe every opinion is valid (but how you handle that is very important, too) because the reader interpreted it in his/her own way. I always believe that reading is something very personal. I think an author said (which once again I forgot) that once your book is out there it’s no longer yours.

So how about you, have you read a book that you ended up disliking but everyone seemed to love? Care to share it with me?


35 Responses to You disliked the one they loved.

  1. Daniela says:

    Everyone has their own preference I guess; I haven’t read these books yet but I’m still looking forward to reading them. I’m reading We Need To Talk About Kevin at the moment and although everyone seems to love it, I’m finding it such a difficult read. I feel like the author is dragging things on and I want to know more about Kevin, not the other characters. Just my opinion, though!
    Daniela | danielascribbles blog xo

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m glad you’re still positive despite my negative reception towards the books because as you said everyone has their own preference. 🙂

  2. I recently had a book everyone was raving about. They told me in my Goodreads status that ‘it was one of their favorite books ever’ and I was expecting to love it too. Until I didn’t.. I was bored and I still can’t figure out what everyone loves about it (not that I judge them for loving it!) It was Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I read Melina Marchetta’s Piper’s Son and liked it, but I didn’t try–won’t try Finnikin of the Rock. I’m not the biggest High Fantasy fan out there and based on the blurb, chances are I won’t like it. :/

  3. Leigh (Little Book Star) says:

    Like what you said, I don’t like it when I end up disliking a book “everyone” loved. This is my situation with John Green’s TFIOS. I didn’t hate it, but I thought it was an ordinary book…I didn’t see myself fangirling and I even thought “that’s it?” after reading the last page of the book. I’m not excited to watch the movie either. I think I’m fine waiting it on DVD or Netflix. Also, while it sucks to be in the minority, it would be boring if we loved the same things.

  4. Annie says:

    It happens to me all the time! And seriously, I think it’s totally okay to not like a book others loved and I really don’t like it when people say things that insinuate that you have to like it because it is SO GOOD. Like even with Harry Potter which a lot of people consider fantastic (and I do too), I don’t like saying something like that “You haven’t read it yet? Oh but you should! It’s so good! Seriously if you don’t like it I think I may have to stop being friends with you!” because I just feel like that could so totally come off in the wrong way too.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      If it was said as a joke, I don’t take offend but if they continually became insistence, than that’s where the problem starts. Different opinions is ok, forcing the opinion is not, and worst if they’re insinuating that you’re wrong.

  5. Thao says:

    I don’t know if this totally counts but I didn’t like the Gone series by Michael Grant. This series ended up being 6-7 books?! I really disliked it after book two and I will say I tried really hard to read it but I couldn’t. Same with the book The Host. I couldn’t bring myself to read the book or watch the movie. It is often times hard to believe that someone would dislike a book so many people not only like but LOVE. It’s like when someone says they don’t like chocolate or peanut butter, it’s SHOCKING.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Haha, I know, it’s like you’re an anomaly or something since you don’t like what they love. But that’s how it goes; are tastes are different.

  6. Finley Jayne says:

    I disliked/hated lots of popular books and I’m cool with that, lol. Off the top of my head-The Selection, Raven Boys, The Book Thief, Beautiful Disaster (ugh, don’t get me started on this one), and the list goes on! I also dislike several of the big authors out there, like Libba Bray and Katie MacAlister. We all have different preferences and likes/dislikes. If we all liked the same thing, our reviews/blogs would be pretty boring 🙂

    • Mitchii G. says:

      See? I liked Beautiful Disaster and you don’t.And I know a lot of people hated it, too. But if we liked everything we read the options will be too few or too standardized and that as you said would be pretty boring.

    • Erin O'Riordan says:

      I’m kinda shocked there’s a person who didn’t like The Book Thief! But even a masterpiece must have its critics.

  7. I actually really loved Divergent but in the case of TFIOS, not so much. I mean, I liked the book but I didn’t LOOOVVEE it. I feel like most people who’ve read these kinds of books are not avid readers which is why they might like it more than we do. I guess it just takes a lot more to impress us!

  8. Wesley says:

    I don’t understand all the fuss about Fault in Our Stars. I havent read Divergent yet…

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Mine too and didn’t bother to know why. Well, Divergent…I have massive disliked towards this book but hope you try; you might like it. ;D

  9. Megz says:

    Don’t worry, lol. I’m totally with you here. I mean, I read TFiOS and didn’t dislike it, but I definitely didn’t love it as much as those fangirls did. To me it was just any ordinary contemporary with just the cancer twist. I do want to watch the movie though!

    But I love the whole point of this post! Diversity is great, and so is having differing opinions. You’re right: differences is what makes the world an interesting place. Just don’t don’t DON’T force your ideas on other people because that’s just not cool.

  10. I think we all have books like that we don’t love even though the majority do. I personally like TFioS and Divergent (but didn’t like Insurgent and Allegiant at all), but I have to admit I get put off by the randoms that surround it. I guess it’s one of those things that once something gets cool it gets uncool? haha. But still, I don’t look at those who squeal and cry over that stuff any different than I do people like you who hate them – to each their own! Whether you love it or hate it, that’s okay.

    I’m trying to think if there are any books that I’m the complete opposite of everyone else. I guess the last major release that I was totally turned off with when seeing all these five star reviews is Clockwork Princess. There are some major fans behind that series (and Cassandra Clare) which is great, but I just can’t get into those books anymore. I’ve even read all the books prior to City of Heavenly Fire but just can’t gather the energy to get the last book and read it. Meh!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Sometimes it’s too popular that it tends to take away the novelty of the book (no pun intended!) and makes some people a little bit indifferent about it.

      I tried City of Bones and really didn’t like it. I’m also wondering why people like it because, for me, the ideas were all over the place. But that’s how it works. 😉

  11. Kezia D says:

    We all have been in that position, Mitchii, because everyone can’t love every book they read. I enjoyed TFIOS but I don’t actually love it (heck, I didn’t even cry!) so it wasn’t a memorable read to me either — I think my overall positive feelings has disintegrated over time… I’m not even excited to see the movie.

    I think diverse opinions help me to choose which books to read better since I can see what people think from both point of views and decide the outcome myself. Raving reviews usually make my expectation shoot through the roof and I usually end up disappointed with those hyped books (like Cinder and Scarlet).

    I’m cool with being the black sheep. But honestly, deep down inside I feel sad whenever people hate the thing I like and they completely disregard my opinion. Like, with my classmates I usually try to be polite whenever I state my differing opinion so that the other person wouldn’t feel hurt but meh, they never really do that.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes, and I’m thankful that we’re all not liking the same thing. It’ll be a pretty boring world of literature, haha. I feel sad as well but I respect people’s evaluation on the books they read even though we don’t share the sentiments most of the time; they interpreted it on their own way. :3

  12. Misha says:

    I enjoyed TFIOS but I think if it hadn’t been for all the perpetual talk of it on social media, it wouldn’t have been particularly memorable for me. I literally do not understand the hype at all, it’s good, but why is it that one book that every teenager feels they have to read? I’ve read much better books! I think the massive hype around it has induced a kind of negative opinion about it for me tbh, which is sad. I am going to see the film though!

    Misha |

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Mine as well, there’s so much hype surrounds TFIOS that I’m pretty sure if (that’s a very big if) I read it, I wouldn’t be blown away. I haven’t even read it but I think already know what’s the story is all about and I’m not exactly impressed. :/

  13. Delaney says:

    I know what you mean! I have read Eleanor and Park and everyone loved it but I just was okay about it. And there were probably some other overhyped books that I just didn’t enjoy. I feel happy to know more people loved the book better than I did at least.:/ Gosh about The Fault in Our Stars I remember never being interested in reading it at all–same with Divergent. I still haven’t read them, nor do I want to–and I know too much of TFiOS to read it and enjoy it…is it bad that I practically know everything without reading any of it? >___< But I really prefer finding hidden gems or just books that I find interesting enough to read.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Exactly, I already know what TFIOS is about, spoilers and all. It’s probably why it put me off. Like you, I prefer looking for books that are under the radar. Sometimes loving the books without the hoards of followers swaying your pre-notion of the book is good.

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  17. Erin O'Riordan says:

    I loved TFIOS. It’s not really YA, it’s literary fiction that happens to have teen protagonists. I was hoping for the same experience with another book that everybody seems to love: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.’ I really did not care for the writing in that one. It truly seems like a book you’d have to be 15 to appreciate, in this reader’s personal opinion.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’m not really interested to read either of the books. I don’t have huge inclination to these types for some reason. And genre is not an exemption for me. ;D

  18. ChristineOhChrys says:

    Oooo, I am so used to being in the minority when it comes to these ‘bigtime’ books, especially those that end up getting adapted to the silver screen. One that I really loathed was The Hunger Games. Ick! As they say, “different strokes for different folks”, I may hate the books you mentioned, but if people are reading them, I do not judge them either. We need more people like you and me who do not judge people when they read books we have no esteem for. 😉

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I really don’t judge people based on their preference, it’s their thing, who am I to judge them. There shouldn’t be rule on what people needs to read. They can read whether they think they can enjoy. xD

  19. I really dislike Divergent as well. I think part of it had to do with how much positive attention this book was getting. By the time I read it, every blogger praised it, it had won a book of the year award from Goodreads, and it had just been announced that it was being turned into a movie. That book was put so high on a pedestal that it had further to fall. I should have put it down, but I kept thinking there must be some redeeming aspect of this book that made everyone love it…alas, there was not.

    I’m kind of weary of reading the Fault in Our Stars as well for similar reasons. Also, I tried reading An Abundance of Katherines, also by John Green, and just…no. I stopped about 30 pages in. I’m really reluctant to pick up any of his others novels because of this one experience. It’s unfortunate because I bet the Fault in Our Stars is pretty good.

    It’s frustrating when I don’t like the same books as everyone else because I don’t get to participate in the glee-fest with everyone else.

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