Some of the most controversial book opinions

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Boring book reviews are all the same; every controversial book opinion is controversial in its own way. Or something like that, whatever. I don’t know, ask Tolstoy if I have captured the essence of his famous quote. But actually I don’t believe it.

The truth is, there’s a fine line between a controversial book review and a boring one. Your “catcher in the rye is boring and whining” fits my “actually, The Catcher in the Rye is a wonderful meditation on grief”, right in the middle, and no one can stand up to scrutiny; maybe both are true, maybe we’re both fake. For reasons I can’t fathom, things like “everything but a graphic novel Opinions like “it’s okay to not read” and “listen to audiobooks count as reading” are still considered controversial and incredibly boring at the same time.

Any opinion is controversial if someone holds the opposite opinion and both refuses to budge. But opinions may actually be inconsistent and not wrong! It’s wild, isn’t it?

This is a controversial opinion of mine, and I admit it’s unpopular, but stand by the truth: Vera shouldn’t have stopped Nabokov from burning Lolita. It’s not that I think the book has no literary value, it’s that I think the book has no literary value. It’s more that readers prove time and time again that they simply can’t come to the obvious conclusion that the book isn’t a love story and doesn’t endorse Humbert Humbert’s actions. On the one hand, if readers cannot identify unreliable narrators, they deserve what they get.But on the other hand, when they see a book about a seductive 12-year-old girl, it helps that we live in a rape culture that allows government officials to say she’s pregnant children Fertility should be forced, so. Sorry, Vlad. I think Vera should let you burn it.

Another great way to be controversial is to claim a book is queer when cis readers don’t see it that way. “what are you meaning is, Harriet Spy is a strange book? ! Her sexuality is not mentioned in the novel!You are sexualized children? “Baby, I don’t know what to tell you. If queer people see themselves clearly on pages written by lesbians, it’s probably a queer book.

One of the biggest controversies in books today, as you know it has been since books, are the various efforts to ban them. One of the problems with these efforts (as I see it) is that they approach the situation from the wrong angle. If the groups behind the ban really wanted to reduce harm, they would take a completely different approach.

That doesn’t mean every book is worth reading. For example, I fully support removing To Kill a Mockingbird (a book I personally liked but no longer liked) from the high school curriculum and replacing it with books written in black like Thunder, Listen to Me cry”. But that doesn’t ban TKAM, it just replaces it with a book that gives a different perspective. This shouldn’t be as controversial as it is now.

Do you know what a well-deserved controversy is? When publishers try to trim sizes in the middle of a series. Stop doing this, omg. Come to think of it, people usually have such strong opinions about the size and format of books that it’s almost silly. As I’m writing this, I’ve checked my group texting and two of them are ranting about hating mass-market paperbacks, which I find totally harmless.

I’ll be honest with you. I’m going to write a semi-serious article on controversial points, encounters in the middle, personal boundaries that people don’t or can’t cross, etc. But the truth is, when I sit down and write about it, it all seems silly, and things that don’t seem silly (like banning books and banning abortion, and honestly, anything with the word “ban” in it ) all seem insurmountable, so here’s what I wrote. Here, please, my last effort:

Closed-door sex scene: I don’t like them. Give me sweaty body parts or give me… uh… unrealistic non-sweaty body parts.

There. Enjoy controversy.

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