Okay, so, this post is a liiiittle bit saltier than usual? I was IN A MOOD, apparently. Like, don’t let all the pink fool you, I was kinda mean here, BUT I did make sure to not step on anyone’s opinion (I hope??) so it should be okay. I mean, you’re all awesome and if we disagree, all the better! Would love to hear your thoughts. 🥰
Anyhow, as the title suggests, I came to share seven unpopular bookish opinions with you today – some specific, some not – and I can’t wait to discuss these (+ your own) with you in the comments. 💜
(1) I don’t understand the hype over “uncorrect * enter book title*” twitter accounts.
I know, I’m a monster! Everyone loves these accounts, while I keep muting them. 🙈 I’m sorry!! I know their creators put a lot of work and effort into them, so I don’t want this to seem like I’m here to shit on all that, because I’m not. All I’m saying is, they don’t work for me personally, mostly because I don’t find them funny. 😅
(2) I don’t use half star ratings.
Everyone is always going on about wanting half star ratings on goodreads, and believe me, I’m all: “GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!” on that topic, but I’ve never felt compelled to use half stars. The thing is, even with full stars, I can be pretty indecisive, so adding half ratings to the already existing five would be a mess. I have encountered a couple of books that made me want to clarify my rating a bit; but in these cases I usually say something like “that’s a weak 4-star-read” and leave it at that.
(3) When people tell me, “just get to page *** and you’ll start liking it” I lose all interest in a book.
Not only do I not have the time to read things I dislike, but the idea that I have to cross the 100+ page marker for a book to get good is pretty annoying to me. To clarify, I’m not saying books with slow-starts or lots of build-up are bad – I love those – rather, I’m talking about books where many readers (including fans!) have to say “it gets better later on!” to encourage others to not give up. For me, these titles are not worth it. 😩
(4) Why does everyone love Stephen King?
Okay, this is a specific one compared to the others, but boy, is it an unpopular opinion! (Although, lately, with him airing his piss-poor opinions it may be becoming popular. 🤷♀️) Either way, King is regarded as one of the best (horror) writers of our era (or ever), and I just don’t agree with that? His books feel overly unrealistic and way too wordy; the latter aspect coming off as pretentious, rather than “wow, WHAT A WRITER!” which I’m preeetty sure is his goal.
(5) First person point of view is superior to third person point of view.
There’s little to explain here – for me, first person is simply better. I love reading from the character(s)’s point of view, because it feels more personal somehow. That said, there are EXCELLENT third person novels that feel as smooth as first person, so I’m not against the former, nor do I avoid it. I just usually prefer first person.
(6) Exclusive editions of a book which contain an additional story are unfair to internation and poor readers.
I get the motivation to publish an exclusive edition with additional content inside – I’m sure exclusive content helps sell copies, which is great – but these are so unfair to international readers, who may not be able to buy a, say, Barnes and Noble exclusive edition. On top of that, these also exclude those who are unable to purchase a new copy of a book.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way saying “don’t publish exclusive content editions.” They aren’t evil, lol, and they do help authors sell more copies, plus I’m sure they have made many readers happy. But they are not entirely fair. 🤷♀️
(7) Bookstagram is the worst.
Listen, I tried and tried to get into it, but it’s just not for me. I have a friend who studied photography and we always had a lot of fun taking pictures together – lots of what is unpublished because I grew too annoyed with bookstagram – but the actual bookstagramming? I hated that. I don’t care about pretty pictures – I’m so sorry, bookstagrammers are so talented, istg, I just don’t like going through my feed? 🙈 Uploading and captioning my photos was my literal worst nightmare, and don’t even get me started on stories.
Do y’all agree with my unpopular opinions? Do you even think they count as unpopular?? What are your most unpopular opinions?