Suzanne Collins

Bookish Unpopular Opinions Tag

I don’t think I’ve done a tag before, or at least not on this blog, but then I saw BFTReviews do the Unpopular Opinions Tag and I just knew it was the sort of thing I wanted to do. So without further ado here’s my unpopular opinions.

1. A popular book or series that you did not like.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I thought it was predictable (it had characters with cancer in it – someone was bound to die), it didn’t make me cry (it didn’t make me feel any strong emotion really) and I didn’t particularly like any of the characters – I liked Hazel’s parents but that was about it.

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I really didn’t hate this book like everyone else seems to. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t incredibly invested in the characters but I really liked the ending, it was surprising and unusual to see the hero not get the usual happy ending and I liked that. (more…)

Y is for: YA and my problems with it

YA or Young Adult literature is incredibly popular right now. Like any type of literature it covers many genres including contemporary, dystopian, fantasy, romance and many more. All YA books put a big focus on the plot, which is often fast moving, and the characters rather on the language.

This is great and sometimes a plot driven book is just what I want and need to get me reading in amongst my university work.

However I’ve sometimes been a little annoyed with the way some YA books are written. Now this is a bit of a generalisation though I will draw on two specific examples, one from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth so spoilers for those two books.

The main thing is that some plot points or potential plot twists seem to be blatantly obvious to me. I don’t know if this is because I am 22 (so in some ways you could say I am a young adult) when the target audiences are teenagers, so theoretically I have read more and am used to the typical genre tropes or narrative arcs so can see where something is going. But at the same time it sometimes feels like the author is being slightly insulting to its audiences (and sometimes its characters) by making something so obvious.