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Unpopular Bookish Opinions


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is an absolute BLAST. I am having so much fun reading everyone's thoughts! After reading a few, I also definitely had to trim at least 3 Extra Hot 'N Spicy takes from my original draft, because I'm too hot to handle when it comes to controversy and I have stuff to do besides fight on the internet this week. So if you don't like these, just remember I am secretly WORSE. (no I will not elaborate)

1. If you don't enjoy reading a book (or at least enjoy feeling emotionally affected by it), it's not a good book. You don't have to objectively respect writing "quality." I will straight up tell your Pulitzer-winning author "yes, I can see you've used some very big words and written a complex theme, but it was depressing and boring so generally speaking it is not as good of a book as Twilight."

2. Looking for Alaska is bad and also the single most overrated YA novel of all time.

3. All YA fantasy trilogies look and sound the exact same to me. (I have seen people with this same opinion on realistic YA, so let me have this)

4. I am ready to hear every bit of extracurricular (head)canon J.K. Rowling shares about the Harry Potter series. You are allowed to ignore whatever pieces you dislike, much as I have elected to ignore the existence of The Cursed Child, a.k.a. #FakeCanon and #BadFic. I am just in love with the fact that she gives so much to consider. The author isn't dead until the author is dead and I for one am grateful she's able to share with us.

6. Sex-positive YA is Highly Unpleasant and I don't care for it. You're never gonna convince me that the benefits of naked times outweigh the potential negatives at this age. I have had this opinion for as long as I have known what sex was.

7. I am automatically less interested in reading a book by a man than a woman, regardless of the protagonist's gender, especially in YA. It's not a political grandstand, and it's not that I won't read books by men, it's just a gut reaction formed from thousands of reading experiences. Female authors always outnumber male authors on my reading list by an average of nearly 3 to 1.

8. Secondhand books inscribed by the author are better than simply signed by them. This is definitely an unpopular opinion among booksellers and Fancy Collectors who assign a monetary value to books, but I love when there's a little personalized note in there, or even just the person's name. Adds unique history to it.

9. I don't have an opinion about deckled edges. (I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS THE ACTUAL MOST-DISCUSSED / CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC THIS WEEK. Most people apparently Feel Strongly about them one way or another, who knew.)

So, not quite ten, but the last two topics were so overwhelmingly fun that I had too many options to comb through and never finished. I just want to participate again!

Comments

( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Jun. 13th, 2019 03:44 pm (UTC)
TTT
Love your #9. I toyed with adding that one to my list because I think it is so funny (funny - weird, not funny - ha ha) that people care so much about that. I recently pointed those out on a book I let my mom borrow and even after reading the whole book she said to me "I did not even notice that." This is from a woman who reads pretty much constantly, has done some writing and is a retired English teacher. I don't get the controversy.
rainbowstevie
Jun. 13th, 2019 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: TTT
Yesss, a fellow Neutral! Two, even. Thanks for stopping by.
vegawriters
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:36 pm (UTC)
1. If you don't enjoy reading a book (or at least enjoy feeling emotionally affected by it), it's not a good book. You don't have to objectively respect writing "quality." I will straight up tell your Pulitzer-winning author "yes, I can see you've used some very big words and written a complex theme, but it was depressing and boring so generally speaking it is not as good of a book as Twilight."

We might disagree on the quality of Twilight, but omg, this whole section is SO true. I just returned yet another audiobook early because I was about to set my phone on fire every time I listened to it. When you get to the "I'm hate reading" point, it's time to put it down and walk away.
rainbowstevie
Jun. 15th, 2019 10:51 pm (UTC)
Good decision in ditching a book that's not worth your time. That said, "I was about to set my phone on fire every time I listened to it"</i> sounds like my new favorite 1-star review.
xMikkyMouse
Jun. 13th, 2019 08:58 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
Deckled edges are awesome! I have one trilogy that has them and it looks SO distinguished between all the other books. I read this quote from somewhere years ago and it's stuck with me to this day. It goes something along the lines of if you don't like reading it's because you haven't found the right book/genre yet.

Playing devil's advocate for a second here: Are you sure Twilight isn't in the running for most overrated YA novel of all time? :D
rainbowstevie
Jun. 14th, 2019 03:28 am (UTC)
Re: Awesome!
I am absolutely sure, Ms. Devil's Advocate. :) If only because it has far more and/or more vocal detractors than Looking For Alaska does, with the latter maintaining over a 4.0 rating on Goodreads after nearly a million reviews.

I do, however, appreciate your admiration of your Classy Deckled Edged Trilogy. If I had to pick a side, I'd be more toward the side in favor of them.

Davida Chazan
Jun. 15th, 2019 05:43 am (UTC)
I'm with you on #7, but strangely enough, my favorite author is a man - Michael Ondaatje!
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