Another Sunday, so time for another book tag! Ariel Bissett created the Book Sacrifice tag! You have to choose one book you’d sacrifice in each scenario!
Be careful: I have some really unpopular opinions! I also tried to come up with answers I don’t use all the time. By no means am I saying that the books I talk about are terrible, but I just did not enjoy them. Anyway, let’s start sacrificing some books!
1) An Over-Hyped book:
Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated do you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!
I think I have to go with Colleen Hoover’s books. Which is strange, because the books I finished by her (Ugly Love and the Never Never series), I enjoyed. But I couldn’t finish Confess and I don’t want to read any more books by her. I don’t like the tropes she uses and how some serious topics (abuse, rape…) are used for shock value. It’s not just Hoover though. I want to stay away from all romance novels similar to hers. The majority of the portrayed relationships aren’t healthy, yet heavily romanticized. A lot of readers manage to enjoy those, but I just can’t.
2) A Sequel:
Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?
Obviously, I have to go with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I hate that book so much and wish I hadn’t spent all that money on it. My expectations were very low to begin with (due to the spoilers I had read), but somehow, it managed to be even worse than I had anticipated. I refuse to accept anything that happened as canon. To me, there are only seven books in the Harry Potter series.
3) A Classic:
Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?
Honestly, I never read classics. The ones I had to read in college, I didn’t finish.
But a mandatory read I absolutely hated was A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. And it seemed as if I was the only one who disliked it. Just thinking about it makes me angry again, even though I read it almost a year ago. I rated it two stars, but I’m going to go change that now; it doesn’t deserve my mercy.
4) Your least favourite book of life!:
Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?
This is so difficult, because most of the books I hate, I have already mentioned before. So I’m going for least favourite book series instead. And that is possibly Sarah J. Maas’ books. Granted I haven’t read them all yet so I can’t judge them completely, but some fans are horrible. I’ve practically been bullied by them, so whenever I think about this series, I think about how those people treated me.
Honestly, the books I have read by her weren’t bad. But based on spoilers, I know I won’t like where her series are going. I’m not even going to mention the lack of diversity and sexist writing (“a male smile”, female characters who are referred to as bitches…). I think her series have a lot of issues and I don’t like it when stans refuse to admit that. You can still be a fan and be critical at the same time!
Sorry, SJM’s fans 😦 I really don’t want to offend anyone and it’s completely okay if you do like her books. But some parts of the fandom are really nasty and I don’t want to go near it anymore.
You should probably not consider this my answer to ‘least favourite book’, but ‘least favourite book fandom’ instead.