Note: The following may contain unpopular opinions. To clarify, feeling that a book is overrated and disliking a book are two very different terms.
Just as I was thinking of a topic to post about, I saw a picture of The Twilight book series. An idea was born.
Justin Bieber is overrated and so are the following books-
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I read the first book when I was ten years old and at that time it was a sign of defiance. Both my cousins were immersed into this novel series and I was slowly liking it too. The more my parents tried to restrict me from reading books that weren’t meant for my age group, the more rebellious I became. My real opinions of this book were formed when I read the last two books years later (I didn’t read New Moon, even the pre-teen me didn’t like it). The only part of the books that I enjoyed was Jacob’s POV. I finished the books only for the joy of laughing at the character’s stupidity and the lack of substance.
This is GORGEOUS. Just take your fingers and cover Bella’s face, you shall understand.
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
This book series didn’t change my life or mould my childhood or blow my mind. I never planned on reading the books and possessed preconceived hatred for it until exactly two years ago. Me reading Harry Potter is best described as an accident. Dear reader, before you jump into the trampoline of conclusions, let me tell you how much I loved the books. I loved the books so much that I read the last book on the train and spent the next two days having a terrible headache and a reading-induced motion sickness. However, I have loved many other books with the same intensity. The book is primarily flawed but it does its work of catering to the fantasy of young adults and kids alike. I sincerely wish that I could be more excited about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child but the wizarding world is over for me. I got what I wanted- a good story, a happy ending and an enjoyable reading experience. I can’t make sense of all the hype.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
I rarely ever say this but when I do, I mean it. The movie was way better than the book. I kept searching every single page for an incentive to keep reading. Finding the Holy Grail would have been easier. The book put me to sleep more quickly than anything else could have (it surpasses my biology teacher in that one aspect). I love dragons, my username would have provided you with that insight but the dragon in the book was not very alluring. The pacing was slow and I kept turning to the last page fantasizing about the time when I would finish reading those dreary pages.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I hate it when people talk about how teenagers with a good vocabulary are nonexistent. I hate it when people go on about how tfios is unrealistic. Books are supposed to be unreal, they are meant to take you on a journey that you, with that mundane body of yours, would never find yourself in and they exist to relieve you from the repetitive schedule that you follow everyday. And I would have never met a guy as cheesy, pretentious and adorable( especially hot) as Augustus Waters and shed tears for him if not for the existence of ‘unreal books‘( I wouldn’t have met three fourths of my teenage crushes either). I feel that tfios is overrated because I don’t think people would have talked about it as much if Augustus hadn’t *spoilers* died. Personally, I wouldn’t have connected with the book so much if that one unfortunate incident hadn’t occurred. I don’t wish Gus’s death, a world with a living-breathing Augustus Waters would be a great place( frankly, even a world that contained a person like him would be wonderful). Let’s talk about the movie, it was honestly one of the best book to movie adaptations and the cast was perfect *cough cough* Ansel Elgort. My mom, although, refused to take me for movies because of the mental distress it inflicted upon her- she cried(an understatement- she weeped enough to keep the Nile flowing for a lifetime).
I have so many more to add to this list that I may even return with a part two. This list contains a certain few books that I loved despite their flaws. Listing them as overrated doesn’t, in any way, make me disloyal to the fandom.
What do you think of this list? Did I miss out on a particular book?