I saw the Twitter thread going around a month ago where a Twitter user by the name of Ryan Boyd asked for our spiciest book opinions. I really enjoyed the responses I saw. There was a great variety in the responses, and I think it was nice to see the conversations that happened in the thread. For the most party, they were civil. That’s a rare treat on Twitter, so I decided to dig through most of the tweets.
Give me your spiciest, maddest, most sacrilegious Book Opinion.
— Ryan “No. 1 Rams Fan” Boyd (@ryanaboyd) December 20, 2018
I don’t think that unpopular opinions exist these days. I remember back in the day on booktube where it would be sacrilege to say you didn’t enjoy the works of certain authors. Now, it’s become just as popular to say that you despise those very same popular works. I think this has more to do with the fact that readers with different tastes are joining in on the conversations. With that in mind, I decided to scroll through as many responses to the original. I picked out the ones that I agreed with most to share them with you today.
Young Adult is a point of view, not a reading level.
— vale 👍🏾 (@jstncrwfrd) December 24, 2018
I really agree with this tweet. Some of the books we label as classics today are technically young adult. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is young adult. Most of Jane Austen’s work is young adult. I think it’s important to remember that young adult is also not a genre. Once we get past all of this, we can stop the stigma behind it. One of the many reasons young adult faces such ferocious backlash is because it’s target demographic is teen girls. Anything that is marketed for teen girls is seen as superficial, which I think is incredibly destructive.
It’s ok to not enjoy reading books. Some people are visual learners and shouldn’t be shamed for not reading books in years. There are multiple ways to intake information and, while literature is wonderful, it’s not necessarily for everyone and that’s totally fine.
— Colin Kennedy (@Belt4President) December 24, 2018
Yes, I love reading. However, I understand that it isn’t for everyone. There are different ways to enjoy storytelling, and reading isn’t the end all-be all solution. It isn’t a crime not to like books, and it certainly doesn’t make you a bad person if you don’t like reading just as it doesn’t make you a good person if you do like reading.
I always read the end of a book first to see if it’s worth reading.
— Klara Piechocki-Brown (@KlaraPiechockiB) December 23, 2018
If I’m reading a physical copy of a book, I will do this. I can only think of two books where I didn’t read the end first. The first one is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, and the second one is Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.
Stop feeling bad about getting rid of books if they don’t grab you or if you seem to never read them. Keep the ones you love. You can get the others again if you need to. Don’t lug ‘em around for 20 years unless they’re a part of you.
— fat zap? nice. (@captainfez) December 24, 2018
This nicely ties into the conversation book lovers had on Twitter about Marie Condo’s 30 book rule. I’m not saying you should only have 30 books. I’m saying you should only own the books that bring you joy. If you’re like me and owning too many unread books brings you stress, get rid of those books. You’ll feel so much better. Of course, there are some people who enjoy owning books for the sake of owning books. This doesn’t apply to them.
Everything Shakespeare is maddeningly overrated.
— Interpreter of Malad East (@dire_nair) December 24, 2018
When I tell people that I don’t like Shakespeare’s work, they all stare at me as if I’m crazy. As an English major, I can see where they’re coming from. They remind me of how much he’s inspired English literature. That’s cool. I still don’t like his work.
Always watch the movie first. Seriously.
— Bryce Bachelder (@bryce_bachelder) December 24, 2018
I will amend this to, “watch the movie first if you can.” I know that I’ve ended up enjoying wildly unpopular movies simply because I hadn’t read the book first. I think the most prominent example I can think of is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I read it right after I watched the movie on a plane. I genuinely enjoyed the movie and the book.
Apparently my real spiciest book opinion is that negative, 1-star reviews are perfectly fine.
Don’t tag the author and give reasons for your hatred, thassit, that’s my only conditions. https://t.co/HXHJ1miKNM
— Jenia (@schenior) December 24, 2018
Simply put, reviews aren’t intended for the author. They’re for other readers. These reviews are meant to let readers know what other people liked and didn’t like about the book. If an author wants to look at their reviews, that’s on them. However, no one under any circumstances should send an author a negative review directly. I do think negative reviews can be helpful and shouldn’t be eradicated.
I want to know what your spiciest, maddest, most sacrilegious book opinions are. Let me know in the comment section down below, so we can discuss!