I don’t really have much to say in this intro!
Earlier, someone on book twitter asked people to share their unpopular bookish opinions, and I thought it’d be fun to react to them!
“i’m so tired of straight romance society has progressed past the need for straight romance”
I don’t know if this person means m/f couples when they say straight couples, but if they do, that is erasure of queer people in straight-passing relationships. Additionally, some straight couples have PoC, disability, neurodiverse, etc. rep, and the world hasn’t progressed past the need for those.
“i feel like some of ya’ll get way too carried away with recommending diverse books and some of them ain’t that good. I want well written and diverse !”
Yes!! Diversity, especially #ownvoices rep, is always a good thing, but we read books to enjoy them… Just because a book is diverse doesn’t mean you have to recommend it. 😕 And recommending a badly written diverse book could harm it more than help it, because negative reviews will start rolling in lmao.
“do you really read to enjoy or to reach the goodreads dumb challenge”
This tweet was a personal ATTACK. Lately, it feels like I’ve only been reading books to finish them and add them to my Goodreads goal. I honestly think that the pressure I put on myself to finish books as quickly as possible is a big reason why I’ve been finding it harder and harder to enjoy the books I read.
“All fantasy book titles sound the S A M E”
YES. I swear, they all have a royal title in them. I also bet you $5 that a random fantasy book title has one of these words in it: sword, star, crown, throne, gold, song, blade, blood, bone, dark, dream, kingdom, fire, sky, earth. And the format!! It’s always “[blank] of [blank]”, “[blank] of [blank] and [blank]”, or some variation of those.
That being said, I think that these titles are effective for the most part. 🤷🏻♀️ Even though they sound the same, most sound mysterious/epic to me, and that’s all you can ask for in a fantasy book title. I don’t put much weight into book titles anyway. 😅
“Men who are immortal and have lived 100+ years shouldn’t be attracted to a teenage human without at least a long convo about it”
I wholeheartedly agree with this tweet, especially the “without at least a long convo about it” part. I think that these romances can maybe be done well, but only if authors address the age gap properly. It’s disturbing to me that most people are okay with a 100+ year old dating a teenager when it’s basically the same as a senior citizen dating a toddler, if not worse. Like, is it acceptable because the immortal still looks young?
“a 3 star does not a bad book make”
!!! I have been saying this since the dawn of time: 3 stars is not a bad rating!! Since I don’t use half stars anymore, some of my 3-star ratings do lean more toward the negative side, but a good chunk of them have positive connotations. I even made a list of books I rated 3 stars that I still recommend with my whole heart and soul. 😌
“Some of ya’ll bought a bunch of books written by Black people for clout and are not really going to read them.”
Also, I want to experience this level of wealth. Buying books with no intention of reading them? I could never. 😭
“enemies to lovers trope is recycled and boring give us something new”
Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope, but there are so many ways to handle it wrong, and I feel like everyone has different preferences when it comes to it. Also, I think some authors try to force enemies to lovers into their books just because they know it’s popular? Not every couple needs to be enemies to lovers!!
“WILDER GIRLS is a perfectly written novel that too many people hyped up for its cover. It has very niche appeal, leaving them ‘disappointed’ by something that they never would’ve enjoyed in the first place or paid any attention to had it not been for the cover.”
I think I’m one of the people they’re talking about lmao. I didn’t hype Wilder Girls up for its cover, but I was the wrong audience for it. Having read and rated it 2 stars, I can see how the story isn’t for everyone, but it could work for the right people.
“almost every recent (2018-now) YA fantasy release has the same plot elements and characters but written in slightly different settings”
I can’t really agree or disagree with this, because I’m very particular about which YA fantasies I choose to read… but I am precisely because most of them are the same!!! Lately, most YA fantasy synopses have been unappealing to me. From them, you can just predict how the story is gonna go and that the book is going to be mediocre at best. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯