Today, I thought it would be fun to do a book tag. I saw Regan from Peruse Project do a similar video on her Youtube page, so I thought I’d try it out. I will leave a link to her video here if you would like to check it out. Instead of asking you all for questions as Regan did, I wanted to share with you four of my unpopular book opinions. This doesn’t relate to YA or any specific genre, but book etiquette as a whole. Some of these are quite controversial, so stay with me.
1. It’s okay to dog-ear pages. I know many of you probably have strong feelings about this one, but I’m totally guilty. I never understood the attraction to bookmarks. I have a few that I keep on my bookshelves for decoration, but they’re all ones that someone gave me or were included in bookish unboxings. Not only is dog-earing more convenient, but I like that the book looks ‘read.’ I feel proud when my books appear to be well-loved. This means I’ve read that book a lot. When I re-read a book, it’s kind of fun to go back and see the folded edges. If you like to keep your books in pristine condition, I get it, but I’m going to continue dog-earing my pages.
2. Classic novels need to be reevaluated. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a classic novel every once in a while, but as a whole, I don’t enjoy them. Many of the themes don’t apply to today’s society as much as literary professors would like to imagine. The writing style is what I think is the worst. So many times, in American and British literature, I’ve read books with chapter long descriptions. I mean come on, writers would never get away with that today. Honestly, those books need to stop being forced upon us just because they’re ‘classics.’ Even some writers have this air about them because they say that classic novels are their favorites when I’m pretty sure a large percentage of the people that claim that are lying.
3. Standalone novels are better than series. If the last two didn’t get you heated up, then this one might. I know this is a very unpopular opinion. Many series are great. Most of the time though, I prefer to move on and read about new characters. This is probably why it takes me so long to finish a complete series because I don’t want to read about the same characters for that long of a time, depending on the length of the series. Another reason I prefer a standalone is that sequels, like movies, often don’t live up to the first novel. In some rare cases, such as A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass, the sequel is better than the first, but this is very rare.
4. Audiobooks are still a form of reading. I often say that I’ve read a certain book even if I listened to the audiobook. Most of the time, I do this because its a lot easier than diving into a long conversation about how I listened to the audiobook. I would also like to thank Emma from EmmmaBooks, another Youtube, for contributing to this conversation. She stated in one of her videos that our brain processes words on a page in the exact same way it does audio; therefore, it is appropriate to consider audiobooks a form of reading. Maybe you’re the type of person to always clarify the exact medium in which you consumed a book, but I usually will just say I ‘read’ that book and move on with my life.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of these unpopular opinions. Do you have an unpopular opinion that I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below so we can discuss it together.