The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is unpopular bookish opinions, submitted by Kaitlin Galvan at the blog Somehow I Manage (I couldn’t find a link to her blog, but if I do I’ll update this). I’ve been thinking about this one since I saw the prompt about a month ago. I just don’t know if any of my bookish opinions are necessarily unpopular. Maybe I’m looking at it from the wrong angle. So I’m going to list some of my bookish opinions whether or not they’re unpopular.
- If a book is marketed as romance, no matter the sub-genre, it needs to have an HEA or an HFN. (Happily Ever After/Happy For Now) I don’t strictly read romance, but the majority of my reading would fall under that umbrella. In most cases, I read as an escape and I like that no matter what happens in a story, things will work out in the end. Go ahead and market your book as chick lit or contemporary fiction if you don’t have an HEA, but don’t use the tag romance.
- HEA and HFN does not have to mean a wedding and/or babies. We all have different wants and needs, that’s what makes the world so interesting. I am not here to judge those that don’t want kids just because I wanted (and had) kids. How long have Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell been together (by all accounts, happily) without getting married? That’s okay, that’s what works for them. The key word, in my mind, of HEA and HFN is “HAPPY”.
- Just because I want an HEA/HFN doesn’t mean there can’t or shouldn’t be conflict in the story. I have read some stories in which the characters meet, fall in love, and don’t have much strife along the way that have kept me turning pages and interested. But more often than not, these stories have a hard time keeping my interest. The writing has to be impeccable and the characters extremely charismatic in order for a story without conflict to stay engaging.
- I hate unexpected spoilers! As a reviewer, I try my hardest to not post spoilers without being too vague in my opinions on a story. If I feel it’s necessary to have spoilers in order to properly review a book, I post warnings that there will be spoilers. For me, there’s nothing worse than realizing I’ve just read a spoiler. Worse still is when it’s in the blurb for the book. Not cool!
- That being said, I have no problem with authors, publishers, or reviewers giving trigger warnings. I may be against spoilers and it can be argued that by giving a trigger warning you’re spoiling the story, but some things are more important than my dislike of spoilers. In most cases, I have found trigger warnings to be thoughtful and as non-spoilerish as possible. Regardless, my dislike of spoilers is much less important than warning someone that a story could have an adverse effect on their mental well-being.