TTT: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  There is a new topic each week for bloggers to join in with their own top ten. If you’re looking for some new or different book blogs to read, hop on over to her site and check out some of the links.

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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”.
  1. 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.

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  1. 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!

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  1. 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.

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About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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6 Responses to TTT: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  1. I was surprised to see so many people say they don’t mind spoilers – I hate them too!

    • Cheri says:

      If my mom doesn’t finish the book for book club she absolutely doesn’t mind the rest of us discussing the story and picking it apart. And she’ll still go on to finish the book! I just don’t get it at all.

  2. lydiaschoch says:

    I totally agree with you on romance novels needing happy endings.

    Davida, I strong dislike spoilers, too. It’s interesting to see how opinions differ on that.

    My TTT.

  3. I think I agree with all of your unpopular opinions, so they’re popular to me. 🙂

  4. Most of the time I don’t care for spoilers although occasionally I seek them out.

    • Cheri says:

      Now you have me curious. Is there a specific type of story that spurs you to seek out spoilers? Or is it if you’re on the fence about reading a certain book?

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