Disclaimers in front of videos or posts about books, movies etc. drive me up the bloody wall. I understand why creators use them – hell, I’ve used disclaimers before! – but I firmly believe that readers/viewers should understand that what they are reading/hearing is strictly the creators opinion. When I share, say, overhyped authors, I don’t mean to discredit your love for these authors, much less ruin your fun or hurt you.
Matter of fact, I disagree with my friends, co-bloggers, blogger-friends, with my own mother about books, and it’s not big deal. So why strangers would get butthurt over a personal opinion I’ll never understand. (Of course, if an opinion is problematic – racist, anti-lgbtq+, sexist etc. – that’s a different story, and please, if you feel comfortable, do point out if we do something problematic on here.) In other cases, however, it is the disagreement that enables us to have a nuanced discussion – sure, it’s fun to gush or rant over the same stuff, but it’s also fun to discuss why we disagree; no matter if we’re friends or strangers on the internet.
When I saw The No Disclaimer Tag, I knew I had to jump on board, because 1) all that I’ve just written, and 2) I do like to rant. So, beware: some salty opinions are coming.
1) Which trope(s) in books annoys you the most?
An answer as old as time – or as old as book-blogging at least, but love triangles. I’m not saying there cannot be enjoyable love triangles, and I’m certainly not including poly-amorous relationships in this category, but the vast majority of love triangles I’ve read? Annoying and unnecessary plot-fillers.
Some extra character tropes I hate: The White Savior™, ‘I’m Not Like Other Girls’ and, my personal favorite, The Borderline Abusive Love Interest… that gets me every time. 😍
2) Which writer(s) do you feel is overrated/overhyped?
There are a lot of cases where I just… I don’t get the hype. Some of these are V.E. Schwab, Jay Kristoff, Mackenzie Lee, Kerri Maniscalco, Christina Lauren and Colleen Hoover. I’m glad if you enjoy them, friends, but for me these authors are either nothing special, or I outright can’t stand their writing.
3) What are your least favorite books you’ve read since becoming a blogger?
I’ve been a blogger for a long time, so there are 100+ I could bring up, BUT at the top of my head I’m thinking Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and Flat-Out-Love by Jessica Park, but, sadly, there are a lot more. These hit me hard, because I expected greatness, and got served shit instead.
4) What is a terrible ending that ruined an otherwise quality book?
I was reading The Queen of the Tearling series earlier this year, and while I didn’t get to the end, as I put down the second book, I do know how it all ends, and oh boy, is it sloppy and sad! But not properly sad rather “didn’t want to give a happy ending… or a truly sad one” sad. Eh, glad I got that spoiled for myself, because I would have been devastated had I sacrificed so much of my time to get that.
5) Which fictional character(s) do you wish was not killed off?
Friends, this section has spoilers for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and the Six of Crows duology, so please, skip ahead to the 6th question if you aren’t comfortable with knowing who dies in the aforementioned titles.
Dobby, Finnick and Matthias are the three I always think of first. Their deaths hit me so hard because I not only loved these characters, but I definitely wasn’t expecting them to die.
6) What are some of your bookish pet peeves?
When people don’t treat the books you lend them with respect – I could give a shit if you treat your own books roughly, I have friends who love when their titles look well-read, and that’s totally valid! But don’t treat what you borrow from others that way unless you have their permission. I once lent a copy to a high school classmate, and she gave back the book a lot worse for wear. I was pissed, but too polite and silly to say anything.
7) What are some books you feel should have more recognition?
Okay, are y’all ready? *cracks fingers*
- Cat Winters, writes Adult & YA Historical Paranormal
- Simone St. James, writes Adult Historical Paranormal and Thriller
- Talia Hibbert, writes Adult Romance
- Jennifer Mathieu, writes YA Contemporary
- S.K. Ali, writes YA Contemporary
- Alyssa Cole, writes Historical and Contemporary Romance
- Lucy Parker, writes Contemporary Romance
- Alex Bell, writes YA Horror
- Courtney Milan, writes Historical and Contemporary Romance (not necessary under-hyped, but she should be even more hyped)
Hop onto these ladies’ books, they are awesome.
I don’t particularly care for question eight, because I believe the topic of censorship and book-banning deserves more than a few lines long answer, so this is a wrap! Not tagging anyone, because god knows who wants to do this, but if you want to, then please come back and share your post in the comments!
Do you agree/disagree with me? What would your answers be to these questions? I’m dying to know, ok? RANTS ARE FUN! Share some of your answers at least. 🙂