Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I don’t know exactly how unpopular all these bookish opinions are, but the truth is that I often find when an opinion is put out there as unpopular, there are invariably others who share that same opinion. And so it always comes down to how much interaction someone with an opinion they believe is unpopular has with others who share those opinions. For me, these are the ones that, in my experience, I haven’t met many (or any, though that’s rare) people who share the opinion and in fact have met far more who do not.

10. Removing a book from my TBR feels like a failure.

I don’t think I could even begin to fully describe how much I hate removing books from by TBR. It feels so awful to hit that X in the corner and watch the book disappear, even if it wasn’t even one that I feel all that interested in reading anymore anyway. The only time I don’t have trouble removing books is when I learn that the author is problematic in an extreme way and morally can no longer bring myself to support their book by reading it.

9. Audiobooks are a form of reading.

I have no idea why this is such a grand argument. Yes, if you’re looking at the dictionary definition of “reading–” which is basically “to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.) then fine, you got me. Listening to the book is not the same and does not match that specific definition. But honestly? It’s a form of reading. If we can say that the blind, who read via touch, are reading braille, we can also say that it is possible to read via listening to an audiobook.

8. I’ve hated ALL the books I’ve read by Stephen King

Ugh, I cannot understand how this author is popular. I’ve been bored, annoyed, disgusted, and just about everything else meh when it comes to reading with every single one of the books I’ve picked up that were written by this man. It’s really that simple. I do not get it. And, before anyone says it has something to do with his writing or style or just my ability to read his books (which I don’t think any of you would, anyway), I’ve seen the movies, too. And I hate them just as much.

7. I didn’t like To Kill a Mocking Bird because I couldn’t stand Scout.

Yep. I’m pretty sure it’s guaranteed as I write this that someone out there is going to be horrified at this little fact. But dear lord, Scout was so damn annoying. I did not give a single damn about anything that had to do with her and really only wanted to read this book for the trial, which broke my heart anyway. I just didn’t like her as a character, I didn’t like her as a narrator, and I didn’t care for the whole Boo Radley stuff, either.

6. Me Before You was really important in its message that we shouldn’t have the right to FORCE someone to live if they don’t want to.

A lot of people got really upset when the movie came out because it brought to light this idea where they believed that the author was sending the message that people who are disabled shouldn’t want to live. I, personally, disagree with this assessment. I don’t think that’s what the author was trying to say at all. I think it was more that the author was bringing to light the important conversation that needs to be had regarding the fact that we, so often in this life, force people who don’t want to live…to live. And I find that problematic. Now, it’s a much larger discussion and I do believe that it comes down to the individual and that they should be vetted to determine that this is something they truly feel they need and want before they should be permitted to go through with it, but at the end of the day it is inherently and horrifyingly selfish of us to force other people to live when they don’t want to. And that was the conversation, not that people who are disabled shouldn’t want to live.

5. A “problematic” event in a book does not make it a problematic book.

I haven’t read The Black Witch yet, but I know about the controversy that surrounds it. And I did read Emily May’s review discussing some of those issues that many people had with the novel. I cannot say for sure that my opinion will align with hers because, as I said, I have not read the book. But I will say that there is something important to the idea of a person, who is racist, slowly learning that the racism they exhibited was wrong and eventually becoming a better person who is not racist. I don’t know if that’s what happened in the book. But if that is what happened, I genuinely do believe that this is a book that we need. And this is not because people who aren’t racist are going to benefit from it, exactly, but rather that if someone who is racist were to read a book like that and later realize that their own actions were problematic and take forward steps to right the wrongs that they have been part of in the past, the book has served a good purpose. And if these books do not exist, who is to say that someone like that would ever learn the error of their prior ways? Who is to say that it wouldn’t take them longer to realize what they were saying and doing was wrong? I don’t know. But, at the same time, I’d rather have someone learn to not be racist by reading a book like that than for them to continue to be racist.

4. Romeo and Juliet is the WORST love story of all time.

Now, all you Shakespeare fans out there, bear with me. It’s true. Romeo is a pathetic 16-year-old boy who begins the story whining about the fact that the girl he loves wants to become a nun. Within an evening where his cousin takes him out to get drunk, suddenly he sets his eyes on this girl’s 14-year-old cousin and a whole group of people end up dying by the end–in the span of ONE week–because this idiot got horny. I cannot. And the horrible thing is that this could have all been remedied if the time spacing had been spread out (it takes him longer to get over Rosalind, who he says he loved; Juliet and Romeo actually get to know each other before falling in love and it takes longer before they get married; the damn book doesn’t take place in the span of a single bloody week!), but nah. I grew up, as I’m sure many did, being told that Romeo and Juliet was the greatest love story of all time simply by word of mouth from people I’m sure never actually read, or at the very least didn’t understand, the play. Let’s just say, I’m bitter. Fortunately, the template of the story is actually pretty good and there have been some improvements made upon the story in various adaptations that don’t make the entire thing as bloody ludicrous as it actually is.

3. Rating and reviewing a book you DNF is good, important, and necessary.

If you DNF a book for a good and legitimate reason (which most people do), you should rate and review the book. Now, sometimes it does make a difference whether or not you’ve finished the book because perhaps a complaint you had will be taken care of near the end. But, honestly? A big reason why I DNF books comes down to problematic issues. And a lot of the time those don’t get cleared up. Also, if they do, there will be other reviewers around to point out that fact. At the end of the day, I will never not review a book simply because I decided not to finish it. There was a reason for why I put the book down and it’s perfectly fair to share that reason with other readers.

2. It’s pronounced “A–ARE–SEE.”

I honestly wanted to cry the day I learned that most people pronounce ARC as “ark” because it just sounded so ridiculous to me. It’s not like we pronounce YA as “yah!” or ISBN as “izbin.” So, why exactly would you do it to ARC? Why? I cringe every time someone reminds me of this because it just sounds so awful. But apparently it’s more common to turn it into a word that it’s not. Ugh. It bugs me. And I mean, by all means continue to pronounce it however you feel you want to but…you might as well say “yah!” and “izbin” alongside it.

1. Warner is ABUSIVE and the Shatter Me series promotes romanticizing abuse.

I’ve made no secret of this fact. And it is a fact, not an opinion. Abusive behavior doesn’t unbecome abusive behavior when a character has a troubled background. Abusive behavior doesn’t unbecome abusive behavior because the character was apparently doing it for a good reason (because that’s not disingenuous, somewhat unrealistic, or problematic at all, right? -rolls eyes- ). I cannot believe how many people don’t see how abusive Warner is or the fact that this series is literally doing everything it can to promote the romanticism of abuse. All you have to do is a tiny amount of reading into what abuse is to see it. And it kills me to know that there are young readers out there, falling in love with this asshat of a character, genuinely believing that he’s not a bad guy. Ladies, if you ever meet a boy who acts like Warner from Shatter Me, run in the other direction as fast as you can. He is abusive. And you will not be better for caring about his pathetic self.

Are all these opinions unpopular? Do you agree with them? Disagree? Let me know in the comments! And if you agree with that last one, especially drop me a line! I need to know that there are more people out there who see how deeply problematic that series is cause I legit cry a little every time I see someone posting about how much they love this abusive trashcan of a character.

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