A few months ago, I made a post reacting to book twitter’s unpopular opinions.
And I’m so happy you guys liked it!! A few commenters suggested that I make a part two, so here it is. Thank you so much to everyone who sent me their opinions when I asked on Twitter. ❤ (I tried to include everyone’s in this post, but I had to exclude some because I just couldn’t think of anything to say in response or the opinion was really similar to another one I got.)
Yes, I totally agree with this! Ownvoices is super important, but ownvoices books aren’t exempt from being harmful or problematic. I suggest reading Fadwa’s wonderful post about how the ownvoices label has lost it’s way—she clearly explains all the ways that the label is being mishandled, and gives such helpful suggestions about how not to misuse it.
If you know me at all, you know I agree with this tweet. I recommend books I’ve rated 3 stars a lot, and you can’t do anything about it!!! It’s a good rating!!! It means I liked a book but didn’t love it.
I love so few books that a 4 star book could count as a favorite for me, so I completely agree with Ilsa. However, readers rate books differently, which is probably why some people rate something they had a lot of problems with 4 stars. It’s better to focus more on the review and the reviewer’s taste rather than their rating, honestly. Also, I’ve given a book 4 stars only to realize that I actually hated it more than once. 😔
Gonna have to disagree with you, sorry. 🙃 Again, we all rate books differently. I think most people with low average ratings consider 3 stars to be a good rating lmao. But I do understand why you wouldn’t be interested in a book if a lot of people gave it 3 stars, especially friends/people you trust!
Yep! I don’t like it when people use this as an excuse to not acknowledge the problematic aspects in their faves, but I don’t think you need to read every book critically because where’s the fun in that? The point of reading is to enjoy and like books. Some readers read and review more critically, others focus on the emotions they got from the reading experience, etc., and we should just let people be, oh my god.*side eyes certain book twitter drama that occurred months ago*
I feel like, as an enemies to lovers enthusiast, I should hate friends to lovers, but I actually don’t. I haven’t read a lot of books with it (probably because most people regard it as boring), but the romances in the ones I have read were so cute! There’s just something really sweet about two people who are completely comfortable with each other and know each other so well figuring out that they’re capable of viewing each other in a romantic way. It’s more healthy than enemies to lovers, that’s for sure. Also, most authors half-ass their enemies to lovers romances just to ride on the trope’s popularity, so sometimes I think that friends to lovers is done better more often than enemies to lovers is… but that’s a conversation for another day.
I think it’s hard for me to find a friends to lovers romance memorable, but most are pretty cute, the slower burn and the more yearning the better, but that applies to ever romance. I only really have a problem with friends to lovers when it seems like the author forced two friends together just to include a romantic sub-plot in their book.
Really true! I could do so much better at reading literature from all parts of Asia myself, but people need to remember that Asia isn’t just East Asia! In fact, it’s a gigantic continent.
Fanna promotes South Asian books so much. If you’re looking for recommendations, she has a list of 78 South Asian books to read on her blog! But my personal recommendation for a South Asian book that isn’t Indian is The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. :)) Also, I’m so excited for Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan!
I only own a few books and none of them have sprayed edges, but I’m still gonna agree with this one. I think deckled edges are more valuable because you can easily DIY sprayed edges!!
Most of the people I follow read adult fantasy (diverse ones at that), and I feel like The Poppy War and Jade City get their fair share of hype on book twitter, but yes, definitely not as much as YA. I could do better at reading adult fantasy, but I’m worried that I don’t have the brain cells. :”)
Honestly, real-world bigotry just isn’t required for fantasy lmao. I hate that some authors try to justify their inclusion of sexism, homophobia, etc. in the name of being “historically accurate,” never mind that their book is fantasy, not historical fiction, and the presence of magic isn’t historically accurate. I’m definitely not saying that authors shouldn’t include these issues in their worldbuilding, especially if they plan to make valuable statements, but fantasy is a genre where you can imagine away some (or all) of the horrors of the real world. I wish more authors would do that—it makes me feel so happy as a reader.
Lmao this whole tweet is calling out Sarah J. Maas. But I completely agree! I don’t find the concept of mates attractive. Personally, I find it more romantic when people fall in love because of what they see in each other, not because they’re “mates.” And yes! The male/female thing is just cringey and so cisnormative.
I think this is the opinion I agree with the most in this entire post. No romance over an unnecessary romance any day. Authors/publishers/whoever thinks that romances are a requirement, they’re not!! Romances do get a lot of hype, but having a forced romance will leave readers displeased for sure. Also, even if the romance in a book is okay, I often find myself thinking that it would’ve been better if the characters had just stayed friends. I wish more authors would subvert expectations like that. 😭
While I love friendship arcs in books, especially when they aren’t forced into a half-baked romances, I can’t say that I think they’re better than romance arcs? Most aren’t that interesting for me because authors reserve the build-up, betrayal and angst for romances. 😭 (But I can totally see people disagreeing with me about this!)
As for the second opinion, I agree that this could be a sign that a book is loved (and the book community honestly needs to realize that people can do whatever they want with their books). However, some people show their love by taking extra care of their books, and that’s valid too!
Yes!! Readers of color deserve to see themselves in books that don’t center around their pain. While I admire books that make important statements about the hardships that people of color go through because of their race, I find that not writing about those hardships is already a statement. 🤷🏻♀️
Yes!! Saying that you don’t support J.K. Rowling yet still promoting Harry Potter won’t do anything. Promoting her works contributes to her platform and influence. And don’t even get me started on giving her money by buying more copies of the books and licensed merchandise. I don’t know why people are finding it so hard to stop promoting a book series by an author who has proven to be a terrible person time and time again. Trans people are literally dying while you’re out here yelling about your nostalgia and right to keep supporting a bigoted author who has infused her work with her bigotry. Embarrassing.
Honestly, nobody is asking you to stop loving something that brings you joy. But the least you can do is stop posting about it. Also, please get an actual personality that is not your Hogwarts House. ❤