Top Ten Tuesday – Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Oh my. Do I have many? Yes. Hold on because I’ll probably upset you with at least one of them.

  • Schwab is a pretty sub-par author.

First unpopular opinion and I’m playing with the big boys now.

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If you don’t get this gif, we can’t be friends.

But, seriously. When I look back on when Chantel and I read A Darker Shade of Magic (our joint review is here), I rated it higher than I should have. It was fine, but it wasn’t that great. Then, I finished that series and hated it. I’ve also read City of Ghosts and, well, hated it.

The thing is, she had great ideas, but I hate how she carries them out.

  • JKR is a horrible person.

I’ve majorly had to separate myself from her as a person and an author. I will not read anything new she comes out with. Those Harry Potter “textbooks” she’s doing? Not buying them. I won’t read another Cormoran Strike novel. I won’t go see her damned pointless movies, Broadway show, or anything else.

I think she’s a horrible person, one I can’t endorse. She’s not a human rights advocate when she blocks and lets her rabid fans attack people from cultures outside her own for not representing them correctly. Not to mention queerbaiting and transphobia.

  • Authors can ship whatever the hell they want to.

For a while, Chantel (who does our Twitter) was lurking and reading the threads that popped up about authors and slamming them for shipping incest in books or TV shows. I’m pretty sure this was more around Game of Thrones (which is 100000% incest last I checked).

But, I don’t give a shit what authors ship. Whatever they want to ship is fine. Shipping doesn’t denote what they really believe about the issues at hand. I’m chill with incest ships, but that doesn’t mean I advocate for people to have incestuous relationships.

  • I don’t like Six of Crows.

I just can’t with it. I think it’s the YA aspect of it because I love adult books that have heists and a gang of unlikely people teaming up. But, it just was so boring and I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

  • The Illuminae Files series is pretty meh.

I swear I’m going to go back one day and re-rate this series on Goodreads. I gave all of the books four stars but, when I think back at them, I’m like “they were just okay, not really good”. The plots are basically the same in all the books. The characters are all the same. I honestly don’t remember much of them and I have no plans to read them again or read anything else those two authors colab on.

  • Lila Bard is insufferable.

Yeah, I hate her. I think she’s just dumb. I know I’ve seen arguments about if male characters did what she did we wouldn’t feel that way about them. But, no. Stupid is stupid.

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I don’t care if the person is man, woman, or another identity. If they’re doing stupid, impulsive things I’m going to think they’re dumb.

  • Same with Sirius Black.

I hate Sirius. Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far. I just don’t like him. When he died in the books, I never felt sorry for him. I felt for Harry. But Sirius was a shitty person. I know it’s because he was emotionally stunted at the age of 20ish from spending years in jail. He never had a chance to mature. But, I still don’t like him. He’s as bad as Snape.

  • I have major side-eye for people who think Snape is a redeemable character.

I just don’t get it??? He bullied children. He physically harmed them. He tried to kill people. He was a Death Eater.

But, suddenly, when he’s ~~in looooveee~~ with Harry’s mom and was a double agent the whole time, that’s forgiven???? Sorry, but no. I think Snape is a shitty person. And his love? Jesus Christ that’s not love. Imagine you have a friend who was best friends with someone else. This person hangs out with the wrong crowd, insults them, and bullies people. Would you tell your friend to get with them and that they’re just some misunderstood creature? I sure as hell wouldn’t. I’d be telling my friend to watch their back.

  • I’m tired of forced romances (i.e. The Gilded Wolves, Spin the Dawn, Six of Crows, etc.) rather than keep characters friends.

Ugh. Romance is so overrated. It gets in the way of epic fantasies/heists/gang of people. I love books like IT where romance is kinda there but it’s literally not that important. All of those books I listed had forced romances and they just made no sense to me.

  • Overall, I wish there was less romance in YA period.

I know that relationships and fitting in is a huge part of the teen years. I know Erikson’s theory about identity v. role confusion. And, for a lot of people, testing identity goes hand in hand with relationships. However, I think most romance is pointless in YA. I’m fine with it when it’s done well, but most of the time it destroys the plot and then there’s love triangles (when I’ve never seen one IRL). Also, I start skimming and miss things in the book because I don’t want romance.

Talk to me!
What are your unpopular opinions??
Do we share any?

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Unpopular Bookish Opinions

    • Okay, good, we can be friends. And I did the same! I loved that movie as a kid. And, tbh, it still holds up.

      Thanks! I am nothing but honest and honesty isn’t always fun. Forced romance annoys me so much. Like, where’s the chemistry?? I have more books coming to mind than I listed because it’s so common in YA. Just because there are two (or more) people, it doesn’t mean there needs to be a romance.


  1. Caidyn, I loved your honest opinion about books and authors. I too never understood how people could go gaga over Snape – he might have saved Harry or whatever, but he was being rude in the first six books.🙄
    Forced romance is so ugh! I stay away from such books.

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    • Thank you, Rekha! And Snape is just so bad?? Like, I don’t understand the infatuation. He’s a dick. I hate hearing about books that have amazing romances but getting to it and it feels super forced.


      • I agree. I read a couple of books after seeing the amazing reviews on Amazon. And I was like, do you call this romance? The main character doesn’t know if they are in love or not and yet they pursue/don’t pursue and it’s a total mess!
        I wish Snape was always a bad guy, even till the end.

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  2. Some big opinions! But yeah, books need less romance. In so many books, it does nothing for the plot. I’ve seen it carried out really well, but in so many books it is done badly. There is nothing wrong with a good friendship!

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  3. I agree with your opinion about Snape! He was mean to Harry and countless other students throughout the entire series and just because he was in love with Lily doesn’t mean he’s a good person. Yes, he might have tried to protect Harry, but he did a lot of wrong things and this can’t be excused. Did I feel sorry for him? Yes, I did. But he’s still a bad person.

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  4. I looooved The Prince of Egypt as a kid!

    I am so with you on your opinion about Snape. I’ve always said that what Snape felt for Lily was not love. It was obsession. And regardless, that “love” does not give him the right to treat people – especially children – around him with such malice at every given turn. It’s so weird that his redemption arc in the 11th hour has made so many people love him.

    JK is seriously pressing my buttons with the amount of queer-baiting she engages in. It’s one thing to tell everyone your characters are gay in interviews, but you need to actually show it in your work too.

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    • Such a good movie! The music for it was gorgeous.

      Yes! Even when I was a kid and got to that part, I appreciated Snape’s backstory but I was like “…no?” Many villains or people who do bad things have unresolved trauma in their background. That doesn’t give a pass to their actions. It explains it, but it doesn’t make it okay.

      Yeah, definitely. First Dumbledore, then Albus and Scorpio in the play I will never accept as canon. Then you have the cultural appropriation and misrepresenting minorities, while blocking people who are trying to engage her in dialogue about that. And then she tweeted something transphobic (and was transphobic in a Cormoran Strike book). I just hate that people say she’s a human rights advocate. She’s not.

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  5. Oh wow you really do have some unpopular opinions hahah. On many other lists I keep seeing the same ones, so they are not really that unpopular haha.
    I loved reading your list 🙂


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