Today I’m in the mood to get SALTY, so I’m going to discuss my ‘unpopular’ SFF opinions (I’m not really sure how unpopular these opinions are, but there are definitely a large number of people who don’t agree with me).
These are my personal opinions, and as much as I love having a rant I’m not trying to be mean. If you don’t agree with something I say here, that’s cool, I’m not attacking you. We all like what we like, that’s what makes the book blogging world such a fun place!
Note: This post contains spoilers for the Grisha trilogy and The Hunger Games trilogy
The Darkling isn’t hot
For years I’ve seen what’s felt like the whole book community wax lyrical about how hot and misunderstood the Darkling is and how Mal is the worst, and I honestly couldn’t disagree more. Much like I wished for Katniss Everdeen, I actually would have loved Alina to have ended up alone, but while Mal is a pain in the backside he’s by far the healthier choice than the Darkling.
Mal at least has the excuse of being a teenager, like Alina herself, which accounts for the pair of them making bad decisions and saying bad things – after all, Alina isn’t perfect with all her Zoya girl hate – but the Darkling is apparently some ancient powerful force. So why the hell does he act like an angsty teenager? He’s a literal murderer and shady AF which is fine – I don’t expect my villains to be good people – but dear lord the fandom could maybe idolise him a little less and maybe stop acting like he’s somehow better than a teenage boy who doesn’t murder an entire village just because he can.
Katniss Everdeen should have ended up alone
Speaking of Katniss, I think I’ve mentioned quite a few times by now that I despised the epilogue of Mockingjay. It honestly felt to me that Katniss had children solely because Peeta wanted them – and why wouldn’t she when she spent three books with people telling her she ‘doesn’t deserve him’ when she had bigger things going on like, y’know, a REVOLUTION – and while she does clearly love her children, it was really upsetting to hear her talking about how horrifying it was when she felt them growing inside her.
I don’t dislike Peeta and I do understand their relationship – no one else can understand what they went through like the other can – but I would have found this ending so much more realistic if Katniss had ended up alone considering she couldn’t end up living with Prim. I don’t want Katniss to be miserable, but she had to sacrifice so much to lead a revolution that she didn’t mean to start, it would have been nice if she could have spent the remainder of her years in a quiet house in the woods with her memories and the peace and tranquillity the outdoors brings her.
Luke Skywalker is The Worst™
First of all, why the hell isn’t Leia the hero of these damn movies? She literally watched her entire planet get blown up and not once was she tempted by the Dark Side.
Luke Skywalker is one of those characters I just can’t stand. I’ve said this before and people have been horrified because they think I don’t like Mark Hamill, and that’s not true at all. I love Mark Hamill – Hello? His voice acting is amazing – and it is possible to love an actor without loving one of their characters. Luke Skywalker is just a huge pain in the ass.
What really sealed the deal for me, though, were the newer Star Wars films (which I’ve been loving, apart from Rogue One which I found super boring and Solo which I haven’t seen) when it was revealed that Luke thought his nephew, the new kind-of-villain Kylo Ren, was evil. Without any evidence of this, he almost murdered him and then fucked off and left his poor sister to deal with the mess. In that time Leia lost her son, her brother and then her marriage broke down. Seriously, what a dick. Take responsibility for your actions, you douche!
The real villain of these movies is bad parenting.
Daenerys Targaryen is kind of boring
BEFORE YOU ALL COME FOR ME I like Daenerys, okay? I really do! The poor woman suffers through a hell of a lot and I’m all for her wanting to become queen and create a better world and get rid of slavery. She totally has my allegiance there.
But with the new season of Game of Thrones starting very soon I’ve been thinking about the finale of this series and the fates of my favourite characters, and I have to be honest: Daenerys isn’t one of them.
Like I said I love what Daenerys stands for, but she’s been whistling the same tune for the past seven series now and I just don’t find her that compelling. Yes she has dragons, good for her, but would she have achieved everything she’s achieved without them? I’d like to think so, but I’m not sure; she’s been using them to threaten her enemies with for so long that I’m not sure who she is without them anymore. She’s definitely not my least favourite character by any means and I really admire how far she’s come, but I don’t find her as compelling as characters like Sansa and Cersei.
Pirate books shouldn’t always be jolly adventures
I’ve yet to read it (though I’m hoping to read it soon!) but some of the bad reviews on Goodreads for Sarah Raasch’s These Rebel Waves basically sum up why I get so frustrated when I see people say they want a ‘piratey book’.
Now I’m all for pirates. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise essentially reignited our interest in pirate stories, but I saw one too many reviews of These Rebel Waves complaining about the lack of a fast-moving, pirate adventure when the book also claims to be inspired by the Spanish Inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition wasn’t a fun time guys, so I don’t really understand why people were surprised to find a political book about religious upheaval?
Also, historically, pirates weren’t fun. Elizabeth Swann might have a great time as Pirate King, but real pirates were murderers, thieves and rapists.
There’s nothing ‘jolly’ about them, and even when we read fantasy rather than historical fiction we still can’t expect to completely escape the real world implications of what piracy is. Not only that but pirates did have their own kind of democracy, so it makes sense that a pirate book should be political. Does this mean that every pirate book should be depressing and slow-moving? No, of course not, and I can understand the disappointment – especially if it was marketed as a pirate romp – but don’t expect a lot of laughs from a book that’s inspired by the persecution of anyone who wasn’t a Catholic.
The Beauty and the Beast remake is rubbish
The 1991 Beauty and the Beast is my favourite film, so I’m sure you can imagine I was already nervous when Disney announced it would be their next live action remake. I was prepared to love it, though; the early teaser trailers with that gorgeous soundtrack and the glimpses of the sumptuous set had me so excited.
And then I saw the film. What a let down.
It didn’t help that everyone at the time was praising it on social media as an amazing remake. Maybe I watched a different film because I just didn’t see it. There were parts of it I did enjoy – I loved how the Prince at the beginning, for example, looked like a pompous 18th century French prince – but for the most part it tried too hard to just be the original film without any of that film’s substance, and it was a spectacular failure for me.
For example, why the hell did the Beast have some random book that could take him anywhere in the world? Just… what? Why did there need to be some tragic storyline that implied the Beast was the way he was because his dad was mean to him? Boohoo, plenty of people have horrible fathers and don’t end up like that. And why the hell did the Enchantress punish Lumière and the others for failing to prevent the Beast from growing so selfish under his father’s care? They’re the household staff, for goodness sake, if they questioned the king about how he was raising his son they’d be sent to the gallows!
It just completely missed the mark for me, and this review by the Nostalgia Critic (who I don’t always agree with) summed up my feelings exactly.