I should begin by saying that this is just meant to be a bit of fun, and I’m not saying that you’re wrong and I’m right if we happen to differ in opinion. We’re all right! The great thing about reading books is that it’s such an individual experience, and each person will take something different away from the text and may be moved to different emotions. And I think that’s brilliant! And I think it’s even better if we can talk about our different bookish thoughts and opinions because the power of books to generate discussions is amazing, even when we’re completely disagreeing with each other. We don’t have to be saying the same things, but as long as we’re talking about books, I’m happy!
With that in mind, I thought I’d make this post for a bit of fun, as I said, and because I find these things interesting. I was inspired by a conversation I had recently where the other party was really surprised at one of these opinions. I’m playfully dubbing this ‘controversial’ because I know these opinions contradict more popularly held opinions, at least according to the people I’ve discussed them with, but that doesn’t really mean it is controversial. In a way, I don’t really think any book opinions can be controversial, and of course all are valid. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to dislike a book without having to explain what it is you dislike, and the same goes for the books you enjoy. I’m really interested to hear what your ‘controversial’ book opinions include though, so feel free to leave them in a comment and let’s continue the discussion.
- I hate Shakespeare.
- I loved Catch-22.
- I didn’t mind the epilogue at the end of Harry Potter.
- I think the films of The Lord of the Rings are better than the book.
- I don’t think there is anything romantic about Wuthering Heights in the slightest.
Do you agree? Do you disagree? Tell me your own controversial book opinions in the comments below.
Edit: Also I think it’s worth saying that just because I don’t like certain books/authors, it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate their skill and recognise that it is a ‘good’ or ‘worthy’ piece of writing, it’s just not one that I personally enjoy reading.