I know the world has had enough “hot takes” to last a lifetime, but don’t worry, I think these are all pretty benign confessions. Mostly just things I’ve seen readers talk about a lot or express a lot of love for that I don’t quite feel the same way about. A post full of things that will make you all judge me! Sounds fun, right? It will be. Trust me. I know what I’m talking about, I’m a book blogger. And if you get angry, I give you permission to express that anger by throwing some books at me, as long as I get to keep them 😉
On to the confessions!
I Don’t Understand the Funko Pop Love
Ok, I started this post a while ago, and I haven’t seen much about Funko Pops lately, so I don’t know if they’re still a thing people are into. But for a while at least, every book blogger seemed to LOVE Funko Pops, and I just didn’t get it! They’re cute, I guess, but I have zero desire to own one. Except maybe the one of Sir Robot IV. I kind of want that one. Anyway, to each their own! I don’t begrudge anyone something harmless that brings them joy. But Funko Pops are just not for me.
I Also Don’t Understand the Love of Maps
They’re pretty, kinda. So I can understand why Bookstagrammers liked them. But I never have any clue how to read them. I barely even know how to read a real map. I also don’t find them useful while reading since I never “zoom out” that far in my mind. I’m always just right there with the characters, so it doesn’t matter which direction they’re walking or how far the distance is.
I Don’t Care About Chapter Length
Chapter length truly makes no difference to me. I don’t even notice how long chapters are, unless there’s something particularly unusual about them, like chapters that are only a few sentences long. It’s less noticeable when I’m listening to books, but even when I read with my eyes, I don’t care. I assume the reason people care must be because they like to stop at the end of chapters? I don’t have that problem. I actually prefer stopping in the middle of chapters because then I can stop during lull and not be left on a cliffhanger.
I Often Find Myself Making the Faces that Characters are Making
I suppose this confession isn’t like the others. It’s less of an unpopular opinion and more of an embarrassing thing I do. Though I’m usually just at home where no one can see me when I’m reading or listening to books, so it’s fine. Anyway, I don’t make the faces on purpose. It just happens. I think it helps me understand the facial expressions better or something. Or maybe it just happens when I’m really immersed and putting myself in their minds. I’ve noticed I do this when I’m drawing too.
I Don’t Mind the Lack of Communication Trope
People in real life are terrible at communicating. I’m including myself in that assessment, because even I can have a hard time talking about certain things in certain situations. I know the trope annoys a lot of readers, and occasionally it might annoy me, depending on context, but I usually find it realistic, especially when they’re worried what the other person will think or have reason to believe the other person doesn’t feel the same, etc.
I Don’t Sniff Books
I feel like I must be the only bookworm in the entire world who’s not a book-sniffer. Every time someone mentions the smell of books, everyone gets so hyped—liking, commenting on how they love the smell too, etc. But I just don’t get it! I mean, I got rid of a bunch of old books from 10+ years ago, ones that were from a used bookstore to begin with, because they had such a strong smell. Is that the old book smell everyone loves? Did these just happen to get musty or something? Is mustiness the smell people like? I literally don’t even know. Strong smells just give me headaches.
I Don’t Watch Movie Adaptations
But I’ve talked about this before. (I’m linking to an old post without rereading it, risky move on my part. Don’t judge me too harshly if it’s terrible.) They ruin the picture I have in my head, and most of the time I can never get that picture back after seeing the movie. So I’ve just started avoiding movies that are based on books I love. If I didn’t care about the book or I haven’t read it though, I may watch an adaptation. Sometimes I’ll even end up reading the book after, since at least there’s no image of my own to ruin at that point.