I've got a mostly popular opinion when it comes to books- well except for Romance which I just loathe.
But there are a few exceptions of famous books I've read that I've either never been able to finish or just finished and was like ".. this is shit"
(some spoilers) obviously)
BOOK 1: The Mortal Instruments (First Volume)
The book looked great, the synopsis made it seem as another YA story, kinda like the Percy Jackson books, the cover was breathtaking and it simply looked like a fun ride. I never mad it past the first five chapters tho.
The action is great, the moment you read a sentence of those you're just sucked in and before you know it, you've read three full chapters of action. But it's the characters that turned me away. From what I remember there is a main girl and a main guy, then there's a guy that sings bad poetry, a demon with blue hair and a girl and a guy shadow hunter (they're like demon hunters). But that's basically it. Because the problem with these characters is that they've all got the same traits- they're sarcastic, and they're witty, and they always have great comebacks. That's literally it. None of them has any distinctive trait, none of them talks or speaks or acts or holds themselves in a distinctive way, and so in the end you just get bored of them. It might seem fun, eighty characters that are all sarcastic, but it gets boring really fast and you never care for any of them. So yeah, pretty terrible characters.
BOOK 2: Gone
Not sure if it's that famous of a book, but this one MUST be on this list. I fricking loved the idea, it looked fun, it looked terrifying and it looked absolutely great! The problem here is again the characters tho.
Main girl is nerdy, likes reading books, is smart
Main dude has the BEST power, the STRONGEST power as well, (he has the power of light btw) he becomes the leader for no reason other than the bad guy tried to kill him and he survived, he saves everyone, he survives death, he's athletic, everyone says he's good-looking, aaaand that's it.
These main characters are basically summed up to : a Mary Sue (or a Gary Sue, I think that's the male equivalent) and a walking cliche.
The bad guys are even worse,
Main bad guy, can't remember his name but he's the MC's brother,
so his deal is that he manipulates his school, takes control of another and forces people to serve him, strips them of their powers and just does all these terrible things- for no reason. Literally. I think the author tried saying he was that way since birth that's why her mother gave up on him.. but that's bullshit. If you can't come up with a reasonable backstory or reason for being evil enough to TAKE CONTROL OF AN ISLAND and basically become a dictator, then I'm never gonna take him seriously.
There's a lot more bad guys, but the one I want to talk about is Drake. Yeah he's the only name I remembered lol.
He's the best thing in his book, he's like the reincarnation of evil. He's a psychopath, he kills people for fun, he loves just seeing people suffer, but he hasn't got a power which makes him a bit.. relatable I guess..? He's actually the only character I genuinely liked since he seemed more humane, and had reasons for his actions unlike cardboard cutting no1 and cardboard cutting no2. But I'm almost 100% certain of what will happen to him further into the books. Gone readers tell me if I'm wrong, but he's gonna become a vessel of evil after the person he works for rejects him or something, and he's gonna let the big evil thingy (it's not given a name in the first volume) take control of his body with the promise of him becoming the most powerful person alive. I'm almost certain that's what's going to happen. I mean I might be wrong, but it's what seems to most logical seeing how cliched this book is.
LAST BOOK (I know people are going to come murder me for this one but..
HARRY POTTER, ALL of the books
I'm SO tired of people saying it's a masterpiece. Yes it was, when we were eight years old and didn't know any better, and people who have never read fiction before might think it's the greatest book ever as well- but it's not.
So why do people love it ?
Because of the characters ? There's nothing original to them. Harry is literally a Mary Sue, he's unkillable and just survives the most unlikely things. Hermions is the cliched nerdy girl that gets a makeover- and since even the author said Hermione was based off of herself, it's kinda logical that nearing the end of the series she just becomes perfect. And Ron is the upbeat, comic relief.
Because of the plot? Dark forces that want to take over the world, for no reason I might add, and a prophecy about a boy is what defeats it ? Wow. So original.
Because of the subtle messages ? Yeah put a cape to Hitler and call him Voldemort, don't call them Nazis but Death Eaters and change the Jews to Muggles ? So subtle, I never would've noticed.
There's literally nothing creative about Harry Potter, it's a good child's book, but it's not a masterpiece. People liked these books because they were an introduction to the world of fantasy, and to those who have never read any fantasy before will probably think these books are incredible.
I'm not trying to sound edgy by saying how a book everyone loves is bad, but people who have read books after books will know that it is nowhere near what a good book can be. You can love it, but don't sound so shocked when people say they don't like it- it's premise has been overused, and not everyone stayed stuck in their eight years old mind of loving eight years old worthy books.