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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Hello! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday and this week we are chatting about unpopular bookish opinions. I found this one quite hard because it’s difficult to know if my opinion is unpopular when everyone has so many differing views on books! So here are ten of my bookish opinions which I think might be unpopular! These are just my personal views and of course anyone is entitled to disagree!
1. Hermione Granger
Okay so this one is tricky to explain because I really like Hermione. I think she’s strong, intelligent and vital to the whole Harry Potter canon. However, I don’t love her as much as everyone else seems to. I feel like anytime I read opinions on Harry Potter people think she is the real star of the story and that she can do no wrong which I just don’t think is true. I think she can be patronising, stubborn and dismissive of people who don’t fit into her idea of the rational and academic. She’s a great female role model, don’t get me wrong, but do I think she’s always right? No I don’t. Also on the subject of Hermione – I totally don’t get the Harry/Hermione ship! To me it makes so little sense and Ron is her perfect partner right from the beginning! But that’s a whole other argument….
2. The Harry Potter Movies
I don’t like the movies – there, I said it! I think they’re pretty rubbish if I’m being brutally honest. To be fair, I think I had such a set idea in my head whilst reading it as a child then a teenager that I was never going to appreciate someone else’s interpretation of a series so close to my heart. I just hated when they missed out important plot points or cast actors who were completely the wrong age for the character they played! But like I say I don’t think I would ever have been happy with an adaptation so it’s not really the movie’s fault!
3. Charles Dickens
I just don’t really get the love for Dickens. I know so many people love his books but I’ve never really been able to get into them. I quite like some of the movie and tv adaptations like Oliver and A Christmas Carol but the books just feel a little overblown and dense. However, I did recently buy Oliver as it’s one of his I haven’t actually tried to read so maybe it will change my mind!
4. Lincoln in the Bardo
I bought the audiobook version of this Man Booker Prize winning book to see if it lived up to it’s rave reviews and for me it really didn’t. Personally I found it strange and the hundreds of different voices felt overwhelming and off putting. I can only judge the audio version and maybe I’m just missing the point of it but I simply don’t get the acclaim it has received!
5. ‘Women’s Fiction’
I’m 100% not insulting anyone who reads what is classified as ‘women’s fiction’ here! I feel that everyone should read whatever they like! What I do have an issue with is the genre itself being called ‘women’s fiction’ – I genuinely find it pretty offensive to imply that only women enjoy books like these. Also why is there no corresponding ‘men’s fiction’? I feel it’s pigeonholing women and is stereotypical and dated. Just to reiterate though – I’m not insulting the books themselves or their readers in any way!
6. Young Adult
I enjoy reading young adult books quite often and I would say that, being in my mid-twenties, I am a young adult. My problem with this genre is that in most bookshops, young adult books are often in the children’s section! Some of the young adult books I have read are, to be frank, in no way suitable for children so I just don’t understand why they can’t be separate in shops and in the publishing industry. I have no idea if this is an unpopular opinion but I’d love to know what you all think.
7. Pride & Prejudice / Keira Knightley
I feel like a lot of people really don’t like the movie adaptation of Pride & Prejudice – just from a lot of comments I’ve read, I get the sense that there is a real dislike of Keira Knightley in the role of Elizabeth Bennet. Now, I love the tv version with Colin Firth as much as anyone but I actually think Keira does a really good job in the role and I love the movie version just as much, if not more, than the tv series!
8. Go Set A Watchman
I love To Kill A Mockingbird and I’ve read a couple of books about Harper Lee herself but I refuse to read Go Set A Watchman. When it was being published and there was some controversy surrounding it, I just got the sense that she didn’t actually want the book published and therefore I don’t really want to read it. Reading Furious Hours by Casey Cep (which I highly recommend) recently just reinforced my view on this matter. She wrote the book before To Kill A Mockingbird and it was suggested to her by her publisher that she write about Scout’s childhood instead which ended up being her masterpiece. Something about reading a book that she originally decided not to publish doesn’t sit right with me, but that’s just me! I’m not judging anyone for reading it!
9. Posthumous Publication
This is kind of on a similar theme to number 8 but concerns posthumously publishing an author’s work. The issue I have with it is when they don’t have the author’s express permission but merely the permission of a family member or agent. I just feel that an author has every right to write pieces of work that they don’t want read by the general public and trust that that work will stay private after their deaths unless they have previously stated otherwise!
10. Lord of the Rings
Tolkien fans please don’t hate me but I prefer the movies to the books which is something I almost never say! I’ve read the Fellowship of the Ring and I just didn’t love it if I’m being honest. I really like the films (not the Hobbit ones) and I feel they are really well made so I decided not to read the two other books in the series and just stick with rewatching the movies! Please don’t take away my bookworm status! 😅
Well that’s it! Ten bookish opinions that I think might be unpopular in some way! I’d love to know what you think of them, whether you agree or not and I can’t wait to read about all of your bookish opinions!