Unpopular Bookish Opinions



This weeks TTT (hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl ) is unpopular bookish opinions. It's hard to tell which opinions other people will take issue with... but I'll take a good guess.


A Marauders prequel would be a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE idea.



They were horrible, bullying toe-rags remember? There is absolutely no way to justify this behaviour. So they grew up nice. (Apart from that one who became a mass murderer.) Fine. I enjoy them as adults, but whatever kind of arc they have, bullies as protagonists would be wrong. What are we going to do, laugh along as they humiliate Snape and are obnoxious to girls? No. Thank. You.


"Sparkly vampires" are not stupid.

"Vampires don't sparkle" was the most annoying criticism levelled at Twilight. Vampires aren't real. Everyone plays with the mythology in different ways. I actually thought it was an original way to deal with the 'don't go out in sunlight' problem while not limiting the characters' movements so much.


Fanny Price would NOT have had more fun with Henry Crawford.




He would have cheated. Stop kidding yourselves. And he didn't really understand her either - he thought she was the meek and mild type who'd do anything for him once she fell in love, but she's not like that at all. He would've made her unhappy and when Edmund came to his senses it would've been too late for them both.


David Walliams is NOT the new Roald Dahl 

Maybe I'm just an old woman because the kids do love him - but he's just not in the same league.


I actually love the Ella Enchanted film



I liked the book a lot when I read it, and I can perfectly understand the hate because the film completely re-wrote the story. Buuuut it's just so much fun. Hugh Dancy alone is worth watching for.


I was underwhelmed by The Book Thief

It was a bit boring...


I didn't mind the "Dumbledore is gay" reveal



When she said it, I could see it. After all, the first time we meet him he is wearing high-heeled, purple boots. Of course she should have put some openly LGBT characters in the books, but the nineties was still a little backward in that regard. I honestly believe she saw Dumbledore as gay, but since he's single throughout (and old) she didn't think it relevant to mention his love-life. The last few years she's chatted a lot of crap, but I do think gay Dumbledore was genuine.


Crime fiction does nothing for me

I feel like the majority of the books people borrow from the library are Crime. What is it about this genre (crime drama dominates TV schedules too)? James Patterson needs to stop soon or he will be all that is on the shelves. He must be at least twenty people.


I love great big fat books. 



As long as they don't have great big fat boring bits. Short books are over too quick, and I love when you get to follow the characters through years and years of their lives without buying sequels.


I find classics easier to get into than YA

I know. I'm weird. 


What are your un-popular bookish opinions? 


Comments

  1. I'm not a huge fan of big fat books, but it's because most of the ones I've read (or tried to) have had those big fat boring sections you mentioned. Maybe I've just had bad luck in picking my huge books.

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    1. It is annoying when it feels like they needed a good edit (I'm trying to read a Stephen King at the minute and it's a bit of a struggle) but if I'm invested in the characters enough the bigger the better!

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    2. I love a great big doorstopper read too! As long as, yes, they're not boring haha! And James PAtterson must be twenty people- that made me smile. He's EVERYWHERE!!!

      I'm not really a fan of crime either- thrillers yes, but like true crime? That's just depressing or kinda creepy to me.

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    3. I can never work out the difference between thrillers and crime - crime's more grizzly? It has to have a detective? Who knows, haha. I'm not a big fan of true crime either, you're right, it's a bit sinister how much people get into it!

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  2. I have problems with big fat books when they clearly were published in serial form for more money and author didn't have enough ideas in his head so he wrote about Paris sewers, oh oops, that was specific . . .

    I guess Crime is different from Mystery or is it? I seem to be addicted to murder mysteries, but usually old and non-graphic and rather unrealistic, but I can still get scared/scare myself with liking them. Like I usually stay away from action/violence except for mysteries, it's weird.

    Totally agree on the Henry Crawford one. I think he was the worst JA villain. He totally would've cheated. And he wasn't wooing her, he was manipulating her; all in all, rather almost narcissistic/borderline personality or something. Also another issue with Mary Crawford (beyond the big one that Edmund fell for her), is that Mary's persuasion came across as manipulative too.

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    1. I agree, Mary was manipulative too, but I think the thing with both the Crawfords that almost wins me over is that they do genuinely fall for Fanny and Edmund eventually, but I feel like that still wouldn't be enough in the long term! I think I could get into mysteries - like the Agatha Christie kind? I think 'crime' tends to be more modern and violent (yet the old ladies still go mad for it) Haha I've still not read les Mis (or any Dickens, who I think has a similar thing going on) but have been warned by everyone who has read it about the Bishop and the Sewers!

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    2. I was thinking of Dickens, but I have to say that he does long fairly well although you can tell some of his books were serials (others don't always "feel" like "obviously this is a serial"), and he doesn't insert completely random nonsense like Hugo.

      I feel like the Crawfords fall in "love" (infatuation perhaps) in more the modern sense of the word (which doesn't ever seem to be real love) which is probably all they are capable of. There is no evidence to me of the more unselfish true love that Fanny (especially) and Edmund (maybe?) portray.

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    3. I feel like Mary did really fall for Edmund in the end - but I agree about Henry, I think it would've worn off after she started to like him back!

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  3. Yes! Ella Enchanted was an enchanting film. I was a fan. Do people really not like it?

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    1. haha i think the original fans of the book were horrified at what they did with it! I probably would've been too if I'd read the book first. It's...different. But I love them both in their own right :)

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  4. I agree. There definitely should not be a Marauders prequel.

    My TTT.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one - it's bad enough reading that flashback scene in the fifth one!

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  5. ""Vampires don't sparkle" was the most annoying criticism levelled at Twilight." - Hahaha this is brilliant, and so true. I'm also 100% with you on the Marauders prequel - I'm not interested, I'd much rather see a prequel about the Founders. Great list, Catherine!

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    1. haha thanks! A founders prequel would be great. Sad, but epic!

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  6. Team Doorstoppers (I love a giant book!)

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  7. See... now... big fat books are fine. But... when an author writes a series and we see the books getting fatter and fatter as the series progresses, well... I get the feeling that the editors got scared by the popularity of the author and got more and more hands off. That ruins a series, if you ask me.

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  8. I can agree with you on that one - mostly. But sometimes the story just gets bigger I think! Xx

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  9. I feel the same way about crime fiction. That’s the only genre my dad reads, and I can’t make myself care about it. I do like classics, though!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I wish I did like Crime - there's so much much of it to choose from and once you've got an author you like you're set for ages. I think classics will always be my favourite :)

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  10. Some of these are so interesting! I hear your point about the Marauders book. I think everyone has been focusing on the fun group dynamic without stopping to think about how terrible they were to everyone around them. And I honestly didn't know people disliked Ella Enchanted that much! I just assumed that everyone enjoyed that movie as much as I did!

    The only thing on this list that took me by surprise was your opinion about classics. While I like reading classics, I definitely don't find them easy to read. But I'm glad that classics are easy for you!

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    1. Depends on the classic really! Part of it's probably because i've usually seen an adaptation i love before i read the book, so i'm already kind of invested? And I just like the style i guess!

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  11. YESSS About Fanny Price finally someone on my side(trust me I feel I am alone in this and you are probably only the 3rd person I have come across in years who thinks Henry would have still be Henry and cheated left and right). Henry would have cheated most likely on the wedding day. I find some classics I can get into really quick and some not. War and Peace took a bit but The Woman in White was the second I started.

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    1. I think he always would've been sorry afterwards... but it wouldn't have stopped him, ahaha. Yeah some classics are easier - I found the 'peace' bits easy in war and peace but the 'war' bits I struggled so I gave up eventually. I'll go back to it one day!

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