What are some popular, hyped books that you would never read?

I hope it isn’t slime monsters next. Please no.


It’s worth the read. :wink:

In my opinion, at least.

Actually, the whole point of the book is about the inheritance. The MC was given billions of dollars and a mansion and so many other things when a rich guy died, and she was no one to him. Everyone was angry at her, but the grandkids knew something more was up and so, the trilogy is about uncovering the mystery of why she was given the inheritance when it didn’t belong to her in the first place.

Same. I want to read them, just to see, and I’ve tried to open it, but as much as I love fantasy, when I tried to read his, it was too much fantasy. Like I couldn’t understand anything. I’m a dumb reader where I need things simplified and not as heavy. Perhaps I may try again later, but his books aren’t at the top of my list.

I own this book, and have for over a year now, and haven’t opened it. I’m curious about it but its length is terrifying. :sweat_smile:

As for me, the popular or hyped books I won’t touch would be:

  • After series by Anna Todd. Nopppe. Can’t stand the history of it being a Harry Styles fan fiction, and with everyone saying how abusive the relationship was makes me gag.

  • 50 Shades by E. L James. I don’t read erotica or anything with a lot of heavy sex.

  • Crave by Tracey Wolff. Heard it’s a rip off from Twilight.

  • Anything by Natasha Preston. She got her big break from Wattpad and I read the Cabin. It’s a one star read and as much as I want to try the Cellar, I can’t bring myself to think she’s just a sucky writer to me. Even my sister who read the Twin and some other book of hers said it was mediocre.

  • Anything by John Green. I hated the Fault in Our Stars (though I love the movie) and I feel like I won’t like any of his other books despite some of the good summaries and ideas. I also hate the title Turtles All the Way Down. Doesn’t make sense to me.


it’s in reference to the World-bearing Turle mytheme! a couple different cultures have myths that the world is carried on the back of a giant turtle. In the book they talk about what the giant turtle is carried on, and obviously the answer is another giant turtle, which is riding on another giant turtle, and so on ad inifinitum.

i think it also relates to the mc’s ocd spirals but it’s been a year since i read it so i can’t recall the exact connection.


I would have never read Twilight, if my YA section librarian aunt didn’t send them to me and recommend them when they first came out. I didn’t know anything about them.

So I read them.

But only the Bella books (with all their depressing glory). Not the new installment. And I didn’t watch the movies because I didn’t like who they casted as Edward Cullen. That was not how I imagined him to look like at all. And it was all so non-smiley and…weird. I did watch clips though because I was curious how they did certain scenes.


Harry Potter. By the time the first book came out I was already too old for them. It looked middle grade to me. I’m probably the only person on earth who hasn’t read Harry Potter! ¯\_(ﭢ)_/¯


I haven’t read it either. I tried to get into the first book, but I couldn’t for some reason. Probably the first novel I didn’t finish. I do own a few of the books and the last book, too. I just…I haven’t read it :stuck_out_tongue:

I did watch all the movies :grin:


lol i didn’t like HP for the same reason. I was too old, and i’d already lived through years of the internet being obsessed with it and it didn’t live up to the impossible hype.

that first line is terrible though, isn’t it?


Oooh, what was the first line? I never even picked up the book. The book cover told me it was too young for me, so I never even bothered. But yessss! The internet brought it to me when I didn’t even want to know anything about it. The fans were freaking nuts back then! ☜(ˆ▿ˆc)


It’s “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

and then it goes on for a few paragraphs describing 4 Privet Drive and Mr. Dursley and Mrs. Dursley and then I think also their kid but idr. Which, out of context, is okay, I guess, just boring. But in context, it’s not introducing the mc, it’s not introducing the main setting, it’s barely a hook, and it’s forcing me to learn all this information about two of the most boring, annoying characters in the whole series (who are barely present outside of a few other book intros.)

i think it’s fine to start your book from a perspective other than your MCs. I don’t think HP did it well.

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Oh yes! That does sound familiar, probably from one of those sites that list first sentences of famous books. You’re right, I never liked it either, but then none of those famous first lines are any good, in my opinion, apart from P&P’s. All it tells me about Harry’s parents is that they’re snobby, but who cares? Is that important to the plot? Probably not. ¯\_(ﭢ)_/¯


Popular, hyped books huh?

Harry Potter, LOTR and GOT are no-gos for me. Fantasy is not my genre, and while it might be slightly more restrained in GOT, why read a series that hasn’t had a literary finale in over 10 years?
Also don’t wanna go anywhere near John Green: again, not my genre. Crash Course is good though.


not as important as anything else she could have started with!

not all first lines are bangers and i don’t think that’s a dealbreaker. but this one in particular annoys me, especially because it carries on for like, half a chapter.


Hey, I haven’t read LOTR and Idk if I ever will :sweat_smile: Because I like the movies so much, I feel like my expectations might be high.

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There is a certain level of depth in the books that the movies couldn’t replicate.

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Possibly find thrm at used book stores that deal with comics?

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Same, but I won’t read Catcher In The Rye either, because everyone wants me to and tells people to read it, lol. But yeah, I’d rather write about a child character, or an adult these days (says the pastry idiot who’s writing one now, only because it’s all canon and has to happen in the Churroverse).

Oh yeah, I won’t read any SJW-heavy books that portray the culture they’re writing about crappily like Olga Dies Dreaming. One of the character’s nicknames is basically a slur, and the author portrays Puerto Rico horribly, according to actual Puerto Ricans.

Any book with trauma porn like A Little Life, where the main character basically gets abused for 800 pages, Sally Rooney, pretentious college students that isn’t satire, dark academia (The Secret History), first world problems that are pointless, victim-abuser romances, kidnapped romances, kidnapped stories like The Cellar, polyamorous romances, cults, and soft boys who are fetishized.

Probably am gonna get flayed alive for this… but most YA “Latinx” stories about coming up from the border, gentrification, sexuality and self entitled characters - those are usually poorly written, somewhat traumatic and preachy, in my experience - why can’t we have a nice fun but impactful without SHOVING POLITICS in our faces and preaching at us ham fistedly around every corner? Movies like Road Dogz, La Mission and Sin Nombre tell stories in less than 2 hours better than most of these whole books can, and it’s sad to me. :confused:

Anyway I’ll be back later to rant add more input :smiley:


Well I’d have to find them first…I might need to ask around, good thing I live in a city for once.

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It’s very funny because:

  1. Many of the things and people they are aiming to preach at had no problem with Freddy Mercury and Elton John, David Bowie and more.

  2. They sound just like preachers down to their cadence.


I know right? :smiley:

They are. I was reading a story and the whole time the character was complaining about people who weren’t like them, instead of being an interesting person.


Honestly, the only time that you should be highly negative of another character’s behavior, is when it serves a story’s purpose.

For example, while expanding MiniMoo, the bestie talks about a guy who talks about “my dick” whose seduction is as smooth as butter. MC doesn’t get it–it’s rattling around in her head and she’s labeling the guy as immature…until she gets her first kiss from the ML, and it clicks into place: her friend was talking about someone experienced enough to where you excuse them being stupid.

The purpose of this is to show how easy it is to be like the friend she doesn’t understand.