Everyone has an opinion about EVERYTHING! Books are no exception. Whether it’s a fantasy, action, contemporary, or classic novel, someone either likes or dislikes something about it. And so, I took to social media to ask for your unpopular book opinions. I will list them down below and give my response to these opinions. Here we go!
Opinion: “I hated The Fault in Our Stars with a burning passion.”
Response: I have yet to read The Fault in Our Stars, however this is an opinion that I’ve heard quite a bit. People have a lot of reasons to why they did not enjoy it – from horrible writing style to an inability to connect with the characters. However, there are many who say they abolutely loved the book. Because I haven’t read it yet I can’t really give my opinion on it, but all I can say is that different writing styles or character types appeal to different people. And so while one may not have enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, another person did. It just depends on that person’s interest.
Opinion: “I’m okay with Charlotte marrying Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice.”
Response: I would have to agree with you on that one. Charlotte has a perfectly good reason to why she married Mr. Collins, saying, “I am not romantc you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins’s character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is fair, as most people can boast on entering the marriage state” (Austen, 87). According to the time period, Charlotte is considered to be getting to the age where she would be a spinster. All she wanted was to be happy, and so marrying Mr. Collins was her best option.
Opinion: “Characters being soulmates, destined to fall in love, drawn together by ‘fate’, etc. is literally the least romantic trope ever.”
Response: Being an author, these types of tropes are difficult to escape. However when it comes down to using this trope in particular, it all depends on how you write and communicate it to the readers. If you make it too obvious or cheasy straight off the bat every time, then it can become redundent and unlikable. When that happens, it’s easy to see how this trope can become disliked.
Opinion: “Pride and Prejudice is over hyped.”
Response: I can see where this opinion comes from, in the sense of the film and televison productions. From articles to memes to cosplays, you can find something from these productions everywhere. However when it comes to the book itself, you really don’t hear about people reading or talking about it all the time or quoting the book directly – at least…I haven’t. In my opinion, Pride and Prejudice doesn’t get enough hype.
Opinion: “Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensability have the same basic plot points but Sense and Sensability is better.”
Response: That is a very interesting opinion. Out of the two books, I have only read Pride and Prejudice so far. However, I have seen both film adaptions. I can see how the plot points are very similar in a sense. (Was that a pun? Well, if so…I apologize for my bad, unintentional humor.) Regarding the books, I cannot attest to which one is better since I have only read one of them. 🙁 (I will be getting on that eventually.)
That concludes this post on your unpopular opinions. To those of you who submitted these opinions, remember, my responses are also my opinions. Of course you are allowed to disagree the me, and I do not mean to offend anyone. Thanks for reading!
-S. E. Bussard
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Dover Publications Inc., 1995.