Today I am going to dip my toes in the fire and talk about some of my unpopular bookish opinions. I know everyone probably has some unpopular opinions when it comes to all things bookish and I am just going to come out and tell you a few of mine.
1. Hype usually turns me off of books
This is a big one and I totally understand that hype is SUPER important for selling books. I mean, hello, advertising is a real thing right? I am totally okay with seeing advertising for a book. I am totally okay with seeing it in Booktube videos and Instagram posts, but when I get to the point that every other instagrammer is posting a picture of it and talking about how amazing it is, I get a little suspicious. That’s not to say that it isn’t a great book, but I always have to wonder where the negative reviews are. I’m also one of those people that reads books lots of people enjoy and then realize I really don’t enjoy it. So, there again, I get nervous when books are so highly praised that all I hear is good reviews and praise for it.
2. I have never and probably will never read Harry Potter
Alright, this is one that I’m sure a lot of book lover will be very upset about, well maybe some of them. It’s true. I have seen all the movies, sacrilege I know. When I was a kid my mom tried to read me the first book, but neither of us really took to it. From then I never had any interest. I enjoyed the movies and saw them all in theaters, but had absolutely no interest in picking up the books. Even today, as a fully grown adult I have no intention of going back and trying to read the books. There’s just nothing about it that interests me.
3. I’m kind of tired of all the book-to-movie adaptations
This comes with a caveat, I don’t hate all book-to-movie adaptations. Most of my favourite movies are book-to-movie adaptations. I am fine with them existing. I am all for superhero movies based on comics, animated movies based on kids books, contemporary movies based on recent releases, but… I just feel over-saturated. I find myself feeling like every other movie is based on a book. I’m sure the books were great, but are there no more original ideas? Do we have to have another YA book turned into a movie with incredibly similar plots all based around a romance? Do we have to have some fantasy novel taken to be turned into a movie and then have huge chunks of it erased because the movie would be too long? How many is too many?
4. I am very picky about the Young Adult books I read. (A.K.A I can’t stand book after book filled with romance and miscommunication)
Alright, I am currently not a huge Young Adult reader. There are not a lot of YA books that I want to read unless they have LGBTQ+ themes, fantasy, or are graphic novels. So, fairly limited interests there, but when I do pick up a YA book one thing seems to always throw me off is that everything is very focused on romance. There are so many good YA fantasy books out there but usually the main character goes on their journey while dealing with the drama of teenage romance and needless miscommunication. I totally understand that teens deal with drama and romance and everything that goes along with it, but I personally find it annoying that so many books have romance in them. It almost feels like YA has to have romance to be YA. I just don’t always want to read about romance.
5. Classic fantasy that is full of heternormative tropes confuse and frustrate me
Alright, my last unpopular opinion of the day. I love fantasy. Like love it. It’s my favourite genre. My favourite books are fantasy, however it confuses me at times. There is a lot of fantasy that follows the classic fantasy format. There is nothing wrong with classic fantasy, but why do those worlds follow our worlds norms and societal values? My main gripe is the heteronormative tropes. If you don’t know what heteronormative is, it is basically the idea that heterosexuality is normal and the norm, whereas anything else is “abnormal”. This I don’t understand. If you have some other world where there are orcs, elves, goblins, humans, wizards, immortals, dragons, etc. why does it make sense that heterosexuality will be the norm? Does it make sense? I don’t know. Personally, it doesn’t make sense to me. Even in our own world, whether people in history and the present want to admit it, there are a large number of people who do not fit the “norm”. I don’t want this section to turn into a rant and get overly long, so I’m going to leave it at that.
What are your bookish unpopular opinions?