Let’s Spill Some Tea with the (Very Old) Unpopular Bookish Opinions Tag

I, like many other people (some of whom freely admit that, and some of whom who don’t, no shade intended), highly enjoy tea and it being spilled, especially when it comes to controversial opinions.

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I know that quite a few of you enjoy tea being spilled too – content with people expressing their unpopular opinions are more popular than content where tea isn’t there, so I know I’m not the only one, hehe.

I personally love these kinds of posts, so I decided to do this tag even though it’s officially dead and quite old, especially in this community’s standards.

Let’s get into me spilling the tea, hope I can find some solace and come out of the comments section alive.

Yes, I’m switching in between graphics because I’m in a graphics crisis and I’m not sure which one I like more?

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A Popular Book or Series You Don’t Like


Oooo boy, I know everyone is going to hate me for this. But I don’t understand the hype with the Cruel Prince? Yeah, it was enjoyable, and it was solid, but I just don’t get it. Jude is a fine main character, with some interesting aspects, but why does everyone love Cardan the way they do? Cardan is just really rude, cruel, and a jerk, in my eyes. I don’t even know whether I’ll read the Wicked King or not.

What is a popular book or series that everyone seems to hate but you love?

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Definitely 99 Days by Katie Cotugno. I went into this book thinking I would hate it, but I ended up enjoying it more than I anticipated. There’s a lot of problems, especially with the cheating aspect, which I was quite uncomfortable with myself, but I liked the characters as individuals well enough and found the writing readable.

What is a love triangle in a book or series where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with?

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I just want to make clear that I hate love triangles, and I just want to roll my eyes whenever I come across one (except for the Infernal Devices one, we stan that.)

Spoilers for the Matched trilogy, but my answer for this is Cassia and Ky (was that his name? I don’t even know.) I wanted Cassia and Xander to be together so badly, and I was so salty that it was so obvious that they weren’t going to be. I felt like Xander, like many characters “rejected” from the love triangle, if you will, was done so dirty. It was part of why I couldn’t finish the Matched Trilogy (along with how boring Reached was, not gonna lie.)

What is a popular book genre you hardly reach for?

Horror for sure. I’m just such a chicken, and I can’t handle large amounts of horror at once, I guess? (I did finish Sawkill Girls though, go me.) So no Stephen King, Frankenstein will have to wait, and the Exorcist? Next.

What is a popular or beloved character you do not like?

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I know there’s other characters better for this answer, that I hate more, but since I can’t think of that right now, I’m putting down Jace and Clary from the Mortal Instruments. I did enjoy them somewhat in my first read of the Mortal Instruments, but now they’re just so boring, bland and cardboard cut-outs of typical main characters in a 2000s paranormal series. Thank you, next.


me shading clace while simultaneously dodging the clace stans uwu

Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

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I cannot, for the life in me, understand the hype around John Green’s books. I do like the stuff he does on YouTube, but I tried, you guys. I two-starred the Fault in Our Stars, three-starred Looking for Alaska, and couldn’t finish Paper Towns. I’ll try Will Grayson, Will Grayson, as it was gifted to me by one of my best friends, and MAYBE (very unlikely) Turtles All the Way Down?? So yeah, the tea.

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What is a popular book trope you hate seeing?

I talked about my wariness around love triangles, but another trope I dislike more than that? The special snowflake trope. I think the biggest issues I have with it is that 1) it’s extremely overdone, 2) it allows this character to be able to get out of any situation, 3) it’s very lazy writing. Why do I still read YA SFF, I don’t know.

What is a popular book or series you have no interest in reading?

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Twilight, the whole saga, the movies, and just anything to do with Twilight. I have absolutely no interest in paranormal romance anymore, this gets very mixed reviews (though it is very famous) and I’d rather not waste my time. I’m not changing my opinion for this one.

What is a movie/TV adaptation you liked more than the book?

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Hmmmmm … I’d probably have to say If I Stay – it is one of my favorite books though. I got into this book by watching the movie with some friends and absolutely bawling my eyes out, then proceeding to read the book and love it too. I dunno … I just had such a strong emotional attachment to the film and to Mia’s character, I guess? Now I want to rewatch this before school begins (and make myself sad lmao.)

Also, honorable mention to Love, Simon. How could I not. Both the book and the movie are masterpieces, thank you for coming to my TED talk.

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Are there any unpopular opinions you agree with here? (Please let me know whether I’m alone or not). Anything here that you disagree with? What are some of YOUR unpopular bookish opinions?

I would love to see more tea being spilled to know.

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8 thoughts on “Let’s Spill Some Tea with the (Very Old) Unpopular Bookish Opinions Tag

  1. I’m actually happy to see you didn’t love The Cruel Prince. I haven’t read that one at all and, to be honest, I don’t really have an interest in it at the moment (or maybe ever) so it’s good to see not everyone loves it 🙂
    Lovely answers for this tag! 😀

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  2. I totally relate to If I Stay too! When I read the book, I was seriously questioning whether or not I had a heart. Everyone I know said they cried their hearts out when reading it, but I didn’t feel a single thing and ended up giving it two stars. The movie, on the other hand, was so much more engaging. I actually felt for the characters and even shed a few tears, which proved I’m not totally heartless! Yay!
    The same goes for Love Simon – I loved and felt all things for adaptation, probably watched it more times than I should’ve. The book on the other hand felt very flat and mediocre for me. The movie was a very pleasant surprise!
    (Also, do Clace fans even exists? Lol. I DNF-ed the first book because I just couldn’t stand another bad-boy/snowflake-girl storyline. I think an unpopular opinion for me would be not carrying at all for any Cassandra Clare book.)
    Anyway, I love this post! Unpopular opinions are always so much fun to read!

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    1. It’s so good to see that we have similar opinions, and I’m so happy that you enjoyed this post! I’m glad that you enjoyed If I Stay and Love Simon, I loved both of the book counterparts. Wish they’d worked out for you, but hey, what can you do? Also, about Love Simon, did you cry over the 5 iced coffees? I did, lol.

      I have no idea why I found what you said about Clace so funny, but lmao, the tea! TMI is very trope heavy and a product of its time, so I get why you couldn’t get into City of Bones. I read TMI at a much earlier age and was able to tolerate the tropes better, but when I reread City of Bones last year, I was rolling my eyes at all the tropes. The Infernal Devices and the Dark Artifices are far better, both objectively and enjoyment-wise, so there’s that?

      I 100% agree that unpopular opinions are just so fun to read, ngl, I scour the Internet for them sometimes, because I do enjoy the occasional tea, haha! Happy reading!


      1. Who didn’t cry at the 5 iced coffees? Honestly.
        I totally understand the tropes from back in the day. I mean, if I re-read half of my old favorites, like Divergent or The Hunger Games, I believe my reaction would be the same. I think I was just in the wrong moment to read TMI – after I had already devoured half of the popular YA of the time -, so I couldn’t tolerate it as much. I do think I’d probably like The Infernal Devices, but I also don’t know if I’ll ever be able to understand the immense and complex Shadowhunters world by reading only one of the series.

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      2. The first statement is so relatable because valid – how can you not? I totally get you – I’m now scared to reread my old favourites as I’m scared that they’ll be tarnished. TMI really isn’t that great though? Yeah, I totally feel you – if you want, you can just read up the Wiki and synopses for the TMI books? Oh, heads up – City of Heavenly Fire spoils Clockwork Princess, so. Hope this helps, happy reading!

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  3. I love me some unpopular opinions!! im really wary of 99 days bc I’ve heard a lot of polarizing things about it and some of the tropes sound like yikes but I still wanna give it a try one day and im so glad to hear you enjoyed it

    john green is A TOTAL hit or miss author and I can DEFINITELY see why you aren’t a fan of his books. his characters are so over the top genius sometimes and I just,,,,,,,cant relate you know lol

    i wasn’t a fan of ‘if I stay’ (the book) and I haven’t seen the movie but If you preferred the movie I’m definitely going to have to check it out bc we all need movies that make us sob

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    1. let’s all admit that we love hearing tea and knowing about unpopular opinions, hehe. i totally get the wariness around 99 days, because i experienced it myself but ended up being very pleasantly surprised. it isn’t without its problems, though.

      i completely agree with what you said about john green – literally 99% of people who likes john green are complete john green stans, and the hype can be a little overwhelming at times. and his characters come across as so pretentious and occasionally condescending sometimes ugh

      i wish if i stay worked for you! i did watch the movie quite some years ago (i watched it three times, and was sobbing all three times lmao). do you have any other tearjerkers because YES we all need things that make us feel things 🙂 Happy reading, May!


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