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Your Unpopular Book/Literature Opinions

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Inc.' started by Juliko, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Juliko

    Juliko The #1 Deerling Fan!

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    So...I figured that since there's a film/TV version and Pokemon version of this thread, why can't there be one about books, manga, poetry, or literature? Discuss your unpopular book/poetry/manga/literature opinions here.

    I have a few I feel compelled to share:

    1. I think the Lord of the Rings is kinda overrated.
    2. Unlike the majority of the world, I absolutely DESPISE The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas with every fiber of my being. The characters are all unlikeable and annoying, the writing is bogged down by constant gangster slang in every single page, the serious issues are poorly written, and all without any attempt at substance or nuance, and it's supposed anti-racism message is completely shot because every single character is either racist or makes some unnecessary racist comment about whites at every opportunity. One character feels he has to apologize on behalf of all whites for...being white, for Pete's sake! So yeah, I hate this book and I don't expect to watch the movie.
    3. I can't stand Naruto, Bleach, or One Piece. Sorry, Big Three fans! I'm just not into them, and their sheer length turns me off to the idea of reading them.
    4. A Wrinkle In Time's ending sucked because it didn't resolve the issue with IT and Camazotz in any way whatsoever.
    5. I cannot seem to get into any manga by Yu Watase. I know her manga are super popular, but I can't see why. I stopped reading Fushigi Yuugi after three volumes because Miaka is a moron, Imadoki's melodrama and having some characters easily forgive an unlikeable jerkass who not only sexually assaulted the main lead but nearly killed everyone with his so-called "innocent prank" seriously rubbed me the wrong way, and it seems like Watase has this weird obsession with panty shots and putting her female characters in sexually compromising situations without really getting into why those things just don't work. Plus, I don't like her brand of humor. Seriously, there's only TWO manga of hers that I like: Fukugaeru, a two-chapter short manga, and Sakura Gari, a yaoi, and even that's a personal guilty pleasure!
    6. Bambi: A Life In The Woods is an awesome book that seriously deserves more attention and love than it gets!
     
  2. Tactician Karina

    Tactician Karina TDIZ

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    The Twilight book series isn't all that bad, it's most definitely not the worst I've read like a lot make it out to be (I'm not sure how unpopular this is nowadays though). In fact I like quite a few YA novels, and adults can enjoy them as much as teens/tweens.

    For manga I never thought Hunter x Hunter was all that great, I thought I'd like it since I generally read/don't mind shounen series but this one never caught my interest no matter how many chances I give it. I also never liked the characters and don't find their designs appealing to me at all.
     
  3. Beth Pavell

    Beth Pavell Thesaurus rex

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    I think The Lord of the Rings is under-rated (Not an attack on you, Juliko), at least as often as it is overrated. Certainly I am a big Tolkien fan, and while I recognise some especially big pacing problems in The Fellowship of the Ring, I don't think Tolkien is given credit for the plot of the trilogy, not just the worldbuilding.

    I don't think 1984 is anything like as relevant or applicable as it's cracked up to be. I suspect that those who reference it most fervently - as many journalists have done in the not-too-distant past - haven't read it since school, if they read it at all.
     
  4. Juliko

    Juliko The #1 Deerling Fan!

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    That's fine. If you like it, that's totally cool. I have a bunch of friends who adore Harry Potter but I barely read it myself, nor do I really want to.
     
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    Cutiefly Kawaii desu ne

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    - I actually like both the Mortal Instruments book series and the Shadowhunters tv series based on it. I think it's possible to like both instead of fighting over which one is an healthier depiction. (Although I also think that TMI lost its charm after the original trilogy. The next three books are almost plotless and drag on forever.)

    - Blood of Olympus was the worst book in the Riordan-verse. And this isn't just me being salty about Percy and Annabeth not getting enough pagetime (although I think they definitely deserved better) but even the fight scene at the end was poorly written. And heck, even Hazel and Frank didn't got enough pagetime.

    - Only the first series in The 39 Clues was interesting and excellent enough. The second series had shown a lot of potential but the sixth book (Day of Doom) just turned out to be really bad imo. And then I lost interest in the third and fourth series. I still read them, but my interest was already lost.

    - Extremely sorry but, I hate the Cursed Child book a lot. Almost as much as I love the earlier seven HP books.
    I especially hate what was done with Harry's characterization in the book. Harry was literally shown saying to his own son that he wished he wasn't his son. Like okay, Albus made fun of his childhood abuse. In that case I support Harry over here. But then he threatens McGonagall that he would attack Hogwarts (his first home!!!). That's ooc for him. And he believes the rumors about Scorpius.
    Like, did they really wanted readers to believe that the boy who saved Draco from the Fiendfyre and even suggested attempting remorse to Voldemort would believe stupid rumors about an innocent child?
    And they also turned Ron into a joke (much like his movie version) which was another thing I disliked.

    - Artemis Fowl is a severely underrated series that deserves better.

    - I like Agatha Christie's novels more than the Sherlock Holmes series. Although the later is good too.
     
  6. henrymidfields

    henrymidfields Prime Minister of Shoyo 昇陽国内閣総理大臣

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    1. I just cannot bring myself to read anything beyond Book 3 of Harry Potter. I mean, what is with the sudden jump in word count and length??
    2. Where there seem to be a lot of alternate history literature regarding an Axis victory (Man in the High Castle etc), I'd like to see one where Germany or Japan revolts against their respective dictatorships instead of Italy.
    3. Generally speaking, I prefer nonfiction reading over fiction.
     
  7. Juliko

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    1. Amal Unbound is an absolutely amazing book, and I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more love. Yeah, it's writing is very simple, what with it being a middle grade novel and all, but I think the simple writing works in making the serious issues it tackles more accessible to kids. Seriously, more people should read it!
    2. To Kill a Mockingbird didn't really grab me. I mean, I liked it well enough, but I didn't really love it.
    3. The novelization The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms by Meredith Rusu is really, really good. It deserves so much more love, and I already wanted to see the movie long before reading it.
     
  8. Tactician Karina

    Tactician Karina TDIZ

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    I didn't like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I never got the appeal of it and all the praise it gets in most discussions about literature.

    The Zasha books need more love, I've seen most people shrug it off because it's YA but I think more people should give it a chance, especially if you like stories about dogs and the bond about man's best friend.
     
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    Ryoma Maser Slayer of Rangers

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    1. I can't stand Harry Potter for the life of me, and my older sister is a huge Harry Potter fan.
    2. I hate Catcher in the Rye a burning passion. None of the characters were interesting and little attempt at a story, hate how it's hail as a classic and it is read in schools.
    3. The same can be said about Fahrenheit 451, especially since my class wanted to burn my books after we read it in class that year.
    4. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest alternate history stories I have seen, and I'm surprise it's not talk about more.
    5. I can't get into Non-fiction or Memoirs at all.
    6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was horrible, it lost itself half-way through and pulled the Duke and King out of nowhere.
    7. I actually slightly like adult Scout more in Go Set a Watchmen than her as a child in To Kill a MockingBird.
    8. I wish there were more re-tellings of fairy tales like Cinder or Hunted.
     
  10. Juliko

    Juliko The #1 Deerling Fan!

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    I actually did try to read that in a library once, but I dropped it after about ten pages. I had NO idea what was going on at all.
     
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