Time to get controversial, y’all.
Last summer, I posted the original unpopular opinions post, and today I’m reviving a classic Annie Likes Words favorite to talk about things that boil my blood. I love a good rant and that’s what I’ve got in store for you today. Here are some unpopular opinions and pet peeves.
I prefer used copies. When I have a brand-new book, I’m so afraid of water damage (read: damage from tears) and dog-earing the pages and screwing the copy up that I don’t take it out of my house for fear of ruining it. With used books, I don’t have this anxiety. Plus used books are much cheaper, especially if they’re a few years old. I buy used books here and have been known to scour a Goodwill or two in search of their 99 cent paperbacks. Last week, I found practically new hardcover copies of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire at my local Goodwill for $1.39 each. If that’s not reason enough to convert to used copies, I don’t know what is.
Rainbow shelves stress me out. They’re aesthetically pleasing, don’t get me wrong, but what if you need to find a certain book in a pinch? My bookshelves are alphabetized by the author’s last name because I’m weirdly good at remembering author names and the concept of not having my books alphabetized makes me super uncomfortable.
I write in Microsoft Word. This is so strange, but I feel like someone’s watching over my shoulder when I write in Google Docs because you can share documents on Docs. I know how weird and unfounded this is (unless you’re one of those who believes FBI agents are watching us through our computer cameras) but I feel like Word provides a sense of solitude.
I hate unhauling books. This is another weird and unfounded tendency, but I dream of having a library in my future house and building a collection large enough to fill an entire room takes years of commitment.
I don’t like the enemies-to-lovers trope. Probably one of my most controversial opinions, but I can’t hide the truth anymore. I know so many people would cut off their thumbs for enemies-to-lovers romance, but I find it quite overdone. The only good thing that comes from enemies-to-lovers is banter; all the mushy-gushy stuff that replaces wittiness bores me.
Cassandra Clare’s writing isn’t for me. I tried to phrase that as nicely as possible, but I don’t like The Mortal Instruments or any of its subsequent series. I think her writing style is forced and the character interactions feel almost stiff and unnatural. Her ability to worldbuild is second to none, but everything about the characters and stories doesn’t appeal to me. I still plan to finish The Mortal Instruments because I think I’ll enjoy The Dark Artifices, but I’m not eager to read any of her work at the moment.
I don’t mind spoilers. Sometimes when reading a book I don’t really care about, I’ll read spoilers online so I know what happens and can get through the book faster. If I’m invested in a book though, I wouldn’t be caught dead reading a spoiler.
I will never write a fantasy book. I know writing fantasy and reading fantasy and literally anything involving fantasy is so popular on this platform, but my strengths as a writer and the strengths required to write a good fantasy novel don’t match up. I work well with character development and description and while these things are necessary for a successful fantasy, the genre requires more worldbuilding and plot than I’m willing to give.
I’m totally cool with instalove. As long as it makes sense why the characters fell in love so quickly, I’m down with it. It’s a story, not real life, and who says people can’t fall in love with a glance?
I hate when characters have conflicting traits. Props to you for trying to make your character ~special~ but I have a hard time believing your angsty female protagonist, who owns a closet full of black leather, also loves painting her nails and doing her makeup.
I have no qualms about DNFing a book. If I know that I’m not going to remotely enjoy anything about a book, I’m totally fine putting it back on the shelf and never picking it up again. Sometimes I’ll keep reading if I want to think about how I would write it better so I can learn about writing as a craft, but if I know I’m not going to get anything but irritated from reading a book, I sleep just fine at night knowing that I quit.
Frustrating books are my favorite. Is a character in love with someone who’s in love with someone else? Is a character facing certain death with no hope of salvation? Does someone know a vital, life-saving piece of information only to die before that information is delivered? That’s the good stuff.
What are your unpopular opinions and pet peeves? Do you agree/disagree with any of my opinions?
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