“I was ninty-nine point nine percent sure I was dreaming.”First line in New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Today I’m dealing with a hot topic: unpopular opinions. I stumbled upon some glorious Buzzfeed articles about unpopular opinions people have about YA books, and there were just too much gold in those to not make a post about them. So this is it. I’ve picked out ten of these opinions and I’m going to tell you whether I agree with them or not. Some of these opinions are about the endings to certain books so please be aware that this post includes SPOILERS for The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Twilight. Also, since the opinions have been taken from different articles (links at the bottom), there’s a difference to how they were formatted and how fleshed out the opinions were. Just thought you should know. Let’s get started.
Unpopular Opinions About The Hunger Games
The first Hunger Games book isn’t good. At all. Catching Fire is way better.
“The first Hunger Games is not a good book. Katniss spends half the book sleeping in a tree. And it is just not good.”
“Catching Fire is better than the original Hunger Games book and Mockingjay — both books and movies. Of course, the original is good, but Catching Fire is A LOT better, in my opinion.”
My opinion: I kind of agree, but only because Catching Fire is perfect in every way possible (that includes the movie), so it’s really not fair to expect other books to live up to that impossibly high standard. So yes, Catching Fire is better than The Hunger Games and Mockingjay, but that doesn’t mean that those are bad. I think ps123hdb gets it.
There’s nothing wrong with the “career” tributes — the ones from districts 1 and 2. It ensures glory and riches for them and their families, so they shouldn’t be shamed for volunteering.
My opinion: Initially, I was willing to agree with this because when you HAVE to send someone, you might as well send someone who wants to go. However, that isn’t actually the problem with career tributes, is it? The problem is privilege because people from districts 1 and 2 have way better lives than people from other districts, especially 12, so of course they have the resources and the time to prepare themselves properly for the Hunger Games. And volunteering for glory makes them seem very oblivious to this privilege. Or they just don’t care, so they should be shamed.
Katniss and Peeta shouldn’t have had kids at the end because Katniss spent the entire series saying she didn’t want them.
My opinion: I hear so many people say this and it’s bothering me so much. Katniss didn’t “spend the entire series saying she didn’t want children”. She said it once in the first book. Then a whole lot of stuff happens and years pass and have you guys ever heard of character development?? It means that a character changes and so it is not that hard to believe that years and years after her initial statement about children, she changed her mind!
Unpopular Opinions About Harry Potter
Percy Jackson is better than Harry Potter
“The Percy Jackson books are waaaaay better than the Harry Potter books. No one can tell me otherwise. There is just a better storyline, better characterization, and more diverse characters. And #Percabeth is the best couple in all books ever. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.”
My opinion: I have read both and can say for certain that that is just not true, Candycat124. I’ll give you the more diverse characters, but with everything else, Harry Potter is far superior, I’m sorry. Not that Percy Jackson isn’t good, but there is so much more depth in Harry Potter and the world-building alone is unreal for a YA series. Also, I just rarely see any adults enjoying Percy Jackson when they haven’t grown up with them while that isn’t the case with Harry Potter which I personally think is a good quality indicator.
Quidditch doesn’t make sense
“Quidditch is a baaad sport. It makes no sense because none of the players matter except the seeker! The snitch is worth 150 points and the quaffel is only 10, so 99% of the time, whoever catches the snitch wins (unless the other team is more than 150 points ahead, which never happens unless J.K. Rowling realizes her point system sucks), so what’s even the point of any of the other balls or players?? Also, it’s a nonstop action game. WHY ARE YOU ALLOWED TO CALL A TIMEOUT?”
My opinion: This is fair. As someone who’s a big sports fan, I agree that the point system in quidditch is ridiculous. Like, thank god our protagonist is good at that one position that matters because just imagine how boring those matches would be to read if Harry was a beater. Being able to call a timeout seems realistic enough, though. I kind of assume there are some rules about when you’re allowed to call it like in any other sport with timeouts.
The movies are better than the books
“I know they removed things that were in the books, changed some plots, blah blah blah. But when you take the books on their own and the movies on their own, the movies are just better.”
My opinion:…I’m sorry, what? Nobody actually believes that, do they? Because even if we ignore all the adaptation flaws (blah blah), the movies heavily depend upon viewers having read the books. Otherwise, they just don’t make sense! I’ll never get over how they just forgot to explain why Harry survived in the last book after meeting Dumbledore. He’s just sent back to the world of the living like it’s the most natural thing to happen. I’m also gonna say that the acting from the child actors wasn’t that great, and there was only so much Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman could do to save those movies, so this opinion is just plain wrong.
Miscellaneous Unpopular Opinions
Bella should have moved on from Edward when he left her, and ended up with Jacob
“Bella should have forgotten Edward and moved on after he left in New Moon. It’s clear that she started developing feelings for Jacob, and he’s so much better on every level. All my girl needed was some therapy to get rid of those weird Edward visions, and she could have lived her best vampire-free life. Think of all the mess and crap she could have avoided! Also, I never would have had to read the name ‘Renesmee’ with my own eyes.”
My opinion: I’m almost willing to agree with this because of that last argument about Renesmee alone. I would love to erase that whole thing from my memory. BUT Jacob was horrible and way too needy. Not that Edward was a perfect choice by any means, but if she had to choose any of them, she made the right call (can you tell I was Team Edward?). I also don’t think picking Jacob would have given Bella a life that was “mess and crap”-free. I’m thinking vampires and werewolves bring an equal amount of “mess and crap”.
Paper Towns is 100% overrated
“Paper Towns was so frustrating and annoying. He didn’t even know the girl, so why was he so obsessed with trying to find her? I only kept reading because I was convinced the ending would make up for the rest of the book, but it was even worse! She was so ungrateful and selfish.”
My opinion: Is that an unpopular opinion? I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen anyone gush about this book. A lot of people were reading it because of John Green’s popularity, and obviously, it isn’t going to work for everyone which is why popular books tend to get the stamp of overrated. I’ve read the book and thought it was fine, but I do see the points deliciousasteroid30 is making.
The Maze Runner movies > the books
“I feel like this might be unpopular: The Maze Runner films were better than the books.”
My opinion: Well, obviously that is true since I get to look at both Dylan O’Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster while watching the movie but not while reading the books. Kidding, but I actually still agree. The first movie and the first book are pretty equal in quality, I think, but the next two books are such a mess that I’m really glad the movies changed a lot. They weren’t perfect and I had hoped they had come up with a better ending, but I still think they’re good movies.
The trope where the main character LOVES reading is annoying
“The trope where the main character randomly loves to read books is so annoying to me. It’s such an obvious way to have the reader relate to the protagonist. Like Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass, Kelsea from The Queen of the Tearling, Alaska from Looking for Alaska, Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars…like, it’s just so unnecessary for book characters to have this trait. The only time it seemed to make sense was for Cath in Fangirl, since she was an actual writer.”
My opinion: I get that, but I don’t think I have a strong opinion on the matter. It is the easy solution, but I’ve also read a few books recently where the MC was interested in something I wasn’t interested in, and it almost made me hate them because I had to listen to them go on and on about that one thing in what I felt were too many details. I don’t think I would have minded if they were into reading because fantasy characters are so unlikely to be into any of my other interests (sports, languages). So I guess I can see both sides to this.
I think I shared a few unpopular opinions of my own in this post, so I hope I haven’t offended anyone. But do you agree or disagree with these opinions about popular YA books? Do you have an unpopular opinion of your own? Feel free to share!