Hey there, paper baby, I saw you twice at the bookstore… books, books, books, we love them! Books, books, books, we love them!
Now that I have that out of my system… I have been waiting a long time (*cough… months… cough*) to write about my bookish opinions and after finally writing my Unpopular Opinions post, I decided to push this up my blogging schedule queue because why not get my opinions out of my system all at once?
- I love books and I love reading but it’s not the be-all and end-all for me. If I went on a holiday, my eyes would not be glued to a book. In my free time, I would rather not be lazing about in bed to just read. As horrible as it sounds, I will read if I have nothing else to do. That doesn’t mean you are wrong and that doesn’t mean I love books any less. I would ultimately prefer to write, talk to my loved ones, live in the moment and have fun (not that books aren’t fun). I want to live, most importantly, which is why I don’t spend most of my free time on reading. I want to live my own life more than the lives inhabited in books. If it was a sunny day and I was cooped up reading a book by myself with no other possibilities of entertainment, then I would feel suffocated. I’ve had anxiety attacks because of this. My preference is the external world, always.
- I have no interest in reading more than one book at a time. I just do not have the attention span for it despite being a decent multi-tasker in other things. If I’m going to read a book, I’d rather give that one single book my attention instead of drifting off reading several books at once.
- I will always love reading across different genres and reading one genre twice in a row would tire me. Recently, I’ve started to realise there are a couple of genres that don’t seem to capture my interest such as romance and I’m still not sure how I feel about fantasy.
- Fantasy worlds don’t seem to interest me. I would hate to live in Westeros, but I am still intrigued by this world because it is something completely fresh and so intricately built. Dare I say it? The world-building in Six of Crows was a bit of a yawn. The characters were interesting but the world? Gosh, no.
- What is up with YA and their stupid 2-page POV’s? How am I supposed to empathise and sympathise with characters whom I barely know because of their very brief POV’s? Take The Sun is Also a Star, I didn’t care for Natasha and the guy who’s name I don’t even remember because I barely got to know them. The pair seemed like a potential Robin and Ted from How I Met Your Mother, but they were so under-developed and it’s down to whoever created this ridiculous idea of short POV’s which is insulting to the intelligence of teen and adult readers. We need more depth.
- MR DARCY IS A BORE, MR KNIGHTLEY IS THE ONE TO SCORE. Mr Knightley is a gentleman, he is considerate and kind. Do you remember when he told Emma off for being rude to Miss Bates (I definitely need that in my life, I’ll say anything)? When he offered his hand to Harriet for the dance because she looked so desolate sat by herself when no one had asked her to dance with them? And please don’t say anyone would have done that and fancy yourself to be righteous, a lot of people would leave the person who is sat alone by themselves. He is courageous, intelligent without the arrogance (unlike Mr Darcy), and completely likeable. Swipe right!
- Continuing in the same vein, Pride and Prejudice is over-rated. The writing was difficult to read compared to other works of Jane Austen, and both Elizabeth and Darcy are arrogant know-it-all’s who do not really know much at all. Out of all Jane Austen heroines, Elizabeth and Fanny (Mansfield Park) are my least favourites. I can barely understand the latter’s decision to marry a man to whom she is clearly a leftover piece.
- Amy March from Little Women is highly underrated because of how well-loved Jo, Beth and Meg are. Amy is the Sansa Stark of Little Women and I often find her ostracised both online and in real life where, in reality, she is intelligent, practical, efficient, warm and resilient. It takes a lot of strength and class to be kind to those who insulted her at the fair (I would have been horribly rowdy) and it clearly stumped them, and she learnt to quickly move on when only one person came to her party and even during it she remained in high spirits. She is a social success and makes the most of the opportunities that come her way and yes, so what if she marries Laurie who is rich? She does not marry for riches alone, in her case it is an added bonus because Amy and Laurie work so well together. Amy ends up in a position that is right for her and that and her warmth is all that matters. Being materialistic does not mean that you aren’t good, only unkindness is unkindness.
- YA Fantasy’s have the worst covers. Of course, a cover is not a book but the majority look like they arrived from the same factory that specialises in only one specific design. Get creative and do something different! Do the covers always need to look as if there’s been major special effects added or have a girl with flowing hair in it? *sigh* It’s tacky.
- MATTHIAS OVER KAZ (Six of Crows)! Isn’t Matthias the fantasy version of Mr Knightley and Kaz basically Mr Darcy? Okay, maybe that’s a little far-fetched. Sure, Kaz is a criminal mastermind but is this really what we want in a boyfriend? You do realise that unless you’re an Inej that Kaz would not be treating you like royalty? Plus, Kaz is overly complicated and yes, I know, he has a horrific past, blah, blah, blah, I could not care less because I don’t see it’s relation to his romantic capabilities. Matthias is a decent, practical, straightforward and principled man. He is a man of reason and free of a maze full of complications. I’m just not into dark and edgy criminal ‘lords.’ *sigh again*
- Female redheads are winning in literature because they always seem to have the best personalities. Examples include Ygritte and Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones and Ginny Weasley who is the bom-diggidy. I am Muslim, so I’d rather not be getting ‘randomly searched’ by completing that word.
- Do we really need an abundance of sensory descriptions in books? Do we really need to know the exact shade of the walls, the curtains, or anything the author wishes to remark upon? Do I really need to know which way the wind is blowing? I will exclude descriptions of food for obvious reasons. It’s refreshing when the author keeps the sensory descriptions to a minimum as you see in Gone with The Wind, and just tells the story. Better yet, provide more details about the characters * cough YA authors. *
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower is problematic. The novel reads well, and Charlie is a highly talented writer, but there is one perspective of his which is both troubling and should definitely not be appearing in a book for teens. Charlie excuses his aunt for her actions. I do not care about giving away spoilers when it contains a disturbing narrative so for any young readers who read this and are thinking about reading the book, please inform your parents or guardian(s) before you read this book. Charlie’s Aunt Helen’s actions are inexcusable even if she had previously been on the receiving end of molestation at a young age. Charlie is wrong to excuse his Aunt for molesting him. That is a dangerous message to spread to abusers, that victims do not deserve justice and that molesters do not deserve to be brought to justice. To excuse an abuser is to continue this vicious cycle that creates more victims and more trauma. I cannot tell you how thoroughly disgusting, ridiculous and twisted this perspective is. Sure, he is traumatised, but I’m not blaming Charlie because he is a victim. I’m blaming Stephen Chbosky for putting this dangerous message out into the world. It’s okay to be a wallflower but don’t be such a wallflower that you no longer live in the external world and stop seeing the world for how it truly is.
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