I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve participated in Top 5 Wednesdays, but the month of April had some topics that I didn’t feel I could really contribute to. However, most of the topics in the month of May look really fun and I’m super excited to get involved again! Top 5 Wednesdays comes from a Goodreads group that creates topics for bloggers to write about. This week, as you can see, the topic is “Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About”. The moderator elaborated by saying, “This can cover any bookish topic you want: tropes, characters, TBRs, genres, anything!”
This probably seems like such a silly thing for me to say but my view on vampires has really changed since I was a preteen. I’ve talked before about how obsessed with Twilight I once was… and after reading the series several times, I was on the lookout for other vampire-related reads. I tried out The Vampire Diaries and even the books that True Blood is based on. Nothing ever did it for me the way that Bella and Edward did, so I eventually just went back to the series and read it a few more times. Basically, what I’m saying is, I was obsessed with reading books about vampires, much like every other preteen I knew at the time. However, though I don’t have something against them on principle, I find myself quite a bit less pulled to those types of stories these days. Novels or series about vampires are pretty much always about romance and have a lot of sexual scenes in them and even though I’m a full grown adult, reading about stuff like that makes me so uncomfortable that I can’t even fully explain it to you. Also, I don’t really like romance books (even though if you look at my Review by Genre page, it looks like that’s practically all I read).
Boy Saves Girl Trope
I don’t know that I ever even realized that I was reading a lot of these books, but now that I’ve noticed it, I can’t unnotice it. As ashamed as I am to admit it, I’m a sucker for the manic-pixie-dream-girl trope (mostly because I, too, am entranced by them) and I think that tends to pull me towards stories where some random lanky, hipster boy is “saving” the girl, usually on some emotional level. I know that this is just an expected part of some romance novels but I can really back a story about a girl who meets a boy or girl who she falls for but doesn’t have to lean on for stability, ya know? That’s what I’m looking for.
Before anyone gets offended, my change in opinion on this has been positive. Though I still shy away from this genre a lot, I’ve also grown to appreciate it. When I was reading a ton in high school, I was all about contemporaries. I mean, I still am, honestly. But I was entirely uninterested in the sci-fi genre and I don’t think that really changed for me until I started this blog. I’ve read a lot of sci-fi and dystopian books for authors who’ve sent me review requests and I’ve also come across some great sci-fi series that I’ve largely enjoyed (Uglies, The Hunger Games, etc.). So, although you won’t catch me claiming that this is a favorite genre of mine, I’ve stopped disregarding books solely because they exist in that genre (though I still disregard a lot of them for additional reasons as well).
I was never the biggest fan of this book. I remember reading it for the first time and recommending it to my mother and saying, “Hannah blames everyone for her suicide” and thinking that it was really not the best message to be sending out. But, nonetheless, I rated it 4 stars… and now I have no idea why? Like many of you, I’ve seen the show, but I don’t even really associate the book and the series adaption at this point because the show has gone quite… rogue. But watching the show had me wanting to reread the story and I… hated it. I don’t even want to get into the disclaimers about how I know that some people are heavily bullied and abused and that it of course can lead to what Hannah did. But Hannah’s story… could’ve been a lot different. Also, the writing really isn’t all that great.
In high school, I loved finding a good contemporary series at my library. More to read, right? Now, my tastes have changed a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good series. But, usually, that tends to be a fantasy or sci-fi series. I think contemporaries are usually good with one book. Forcing the story into a trilogy, or even a sequel, often ruins it for me. Even though this might be an unpopular opinion, I’m going to use To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before as my example. I loved the first book. I enjoyed the second well enough. The third book was not my cup of tea and I was a little upset that I even read it, if I’m being entirely honest. There are of course some contemporary stories that can be told across several books, but I most often find that the best ones being and end all in one novel. That’s just my opinion, and it might be an unpopular one, but oh well.
What bookish things have you changed your mind about? Talk to me (: