Hello all! I recently saw a really cool tag over on The Orangutan Library, so I thought I’d give it a shot! It’s called the Emperor’s New Clothes Book Tag, as you may have guessed from the title of this post! I’m going to tag Ann, Katelyn, Mikaela, Danielle, Maraia, and Diana, but everyone is welcome to take this tag and give it a try!
“YOUR MAJESTY, THIS IS A MAGIC SUIT” – AN OVERHYPED BOOK THAT PROMISED TO BE *SOMETHING MORE*
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I know everyone loves this, so it’s probably an unpopular opinion, but I just found it didn’t pick up the pace properly until very near the end. I might pick up the second book since it got interesting in the last few chapters, but it felt like a very long pilot episode to me. The character and world-building was great though.
“SOMEBODY SEND FOR THE QUEEN” – A LOVE INTEREST THAT WASN’T CALLED FOR
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
I will never be okay with the Peeniss situation. Even their couple name is bad! I would have understood if Katniss ended up with Gale, which I shipped all the way through, but winding up with Peeta as her love interest really wound me up. They don’t mesh. He’s had this lifelong crush on her and wants her affection and attention all the time; she’s never felt the same way about him and isn’t the type to be doling out the hugs and kisses he’s so desperate for. I thought the whole introduction of Peeta as a love interest was pretty uncalled for – I understood why she didn’t see Gale in the same way anymore, but I just don’t feel it added anything to the plot to have her pair off with Peeta and get coaxed into having the kids she’d sworn her whole life she didn’t want.
“THE DOUBLET IS A LOVELY SHADE OF GREEN” – A BOOK THAT SEDUCED YOU WITH ITS COVER (THAT YOU ENDED UP DISLIKING)
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval
Hmm…maybe Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval? Though now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I DNF’d it, so maybe I should give it another chance.
“SUMMON THE COURT TO CONVENE” – A BOOK WHERE YOU WERE SWAYED BY PUBLIC OPINION
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Maybe Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I would never have picked it up in a million years if I hadn’t heard such rave reviews from everyone else. It was one of the few classic books that I saw everyone from YA readers to fantasy fans singing the praises of, so I thought I’d give it a shot, and I wasn’t disappointed.
“LOOK AT THE THE KING! LOOK AT THE KING, THE KING, THE KING!” – A STARK RAVING MAD BOOK THAT JUST BOGGLES THE MIND
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
Basically any Murakami book could fit here, let’s face it! But I’ll go with The Strange Library, because that is exactly what it says on the tin!
“IT’S ALTOGETHER THE VERY LEAST THE KING HAS EVER WORN” – A TROPEY GET UP YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE THAT PROBABLY NEEDS REDRESSING (AKA A TROPE YOU’RE BORED WITH SEEING)
The “angsty asshole with a tragic past” situation
It drives me nuts when a character is angsty and rude, and has a trigger-happy defence mechanism of being an arsehole when someone tries to get close – but it’s okay, because don’t you know they’ve had a tragic past? That obviously means they can treat people like they’d treat dog turd trodden into their cream carpet, right? WRONG!!! It drives me mad!
I recently read Clockwork Angel, and all I could think about was how everyone loves Will Herondale and sings his praises, but to me, he’s just an arrogant kid with commitment issues. I understand the last part and how he might not want to get close for fear of losing someone he cares about, but why be an ass about it? Jem Carstairs, from the same book, is also an orphan living in the Institute with Will, and not only that, he has been shipped over to a completely foreign land from Shanghai, where he has to get used to life without parents, in a new language, new culture etc. all whilst being gravely ill – and is he an ass about it? No, he’s damn nice! Sorry, got a little carried away, but it’s just so irritating! Does anybody else find this annoying?!
“SUMMON THE COURT PHYSICIAN! CALL AN INTERMISSION!” – A BOOK THAT NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION AKA A REWRITE
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This is going to be another very unpopular opinion, but hear me out. I’m not saying it’s a bad book. What I am saying is that when I pick up a fantasy book, I’m not actually looking for Fifty Shades of Faerie. Romance has never been my genre, and the raunchy bits just killed what could have been a halfway decent plotline for me. Plus, the “romance” bits were questionable and a little rapey in my opinion – “Feyre, you must stay in your room because if you don’t, I WILL have my way with you because I simply can’t help myself”?! And the whole “I own you now, so just walk around naked covered in paint so I can tell if someone touches my property”– nonono. Maybe it’s some kink that I don’t get, but I couldn’t bring myself to touch the second one. I know, I know, I’m committing some kind of bookworm treason or whatever, but it’s just not my cup of tea. Rewrite it without the dirty parts and I probably would have quite liked it.
“IT’S ALTOGETHER THE VERY LEAST THE KING HAS EVER WORN” – THERE’S NO HIDING FOR THIS ONE: A BOOK THAT IS JUST NAKEDLY BAD
Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James
I’m going to echo this tag’s lovely creator and say Fifty Shades of Grey. I have to admit, I have barely read any of it at all so it may be a rash judgement (gross phrase to use in the context of this book..!) I have literally read the first chapter, and then skipped around reading passages throughout the book, but it creeped me out so much as it was written in a style that suggested it was aimed at young teens, and the content was definitely NOT what you’d expect to find it a YA novel. The combination of adult content and almost childlike writing made me feel queasy. Plus the bits I read were flat out cringey, and what kind of woman calls her privates “my sex” and says “double crap” when something goes wrong?!
BONUS: “HIS MAJESTY IS WIDE OPEN TO RIDICULE AND SCORN”- SOMETHING (ANYTHING) THAT ASTOUNDS YOU WITH ITS POPULARITY
Well, the above for a start. Why? And also, who do you go and see that at the cinema with? Go on your own and you look creepy, go with your other half and you look like a couple of pervs, go with your friends and it’s just a weird, intimate shared experience…seriously, who is seeing this at the cinema?!
Period dramas. I’ve tried SO many, and they all just blend into one big ball of “oh heavens, she’s pregnant out of wedlock!” or the servant girl is to run away with the rich boy blah blah blah…the only one I’ve liked so far has been ITV’s Victoria, though I haven’t watched the second season that’s on at the mo. And I like The Great Gatsby, and Z: The Beginning of Everything if that counts.
Modern art. I like art that shows talent, skill and passion – I don’t understand all this “I’ve put some empty Dr Pepper cans on a chair but one of them is filled with Fanta and it represents how I appear to the outside world versus who I am inside.” No it doesn’t, you’ve just put your recycling on a chair. I’m all for self-expression, but I don’t understand the line between “that’s for the bin” and “that’s modern art, I’ll give you £1,000,000 for that baby”?!
Super hot weather. I like a bit of sunshine, but I don’t understand the whole “I’m going on holiday to this place specifically because it’s a million degrees”. Why does it have to be THAT hot? If it’s cold, you can layer up – if it’s too hot, there’s only so much you can layer down before it’s public indecency..!
What’s your bookish pet peeve? E.g. love triangles, being “the chosen one”, the guy changing the girl’s life, the girl being a damsel in distress…there’s just so many to choose! Let me know yours in the comments!