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Unpopular Opinion #1

So, I’ve been struggling with time lately so my blog has been getting kicked to the curb a lot. But, I’m going to attempt to start doing them more frequently. I’ve come up with an interesting topic idea that I’d like to start doing on a bi-weekly basis. As the title says I’m going to take this time to talk about opinions I have on media, whether movies, books and shows that the general population loves that I don’t. So, without further adieu this weeks topic is…..

Harry Potter

Now, before you go jumping down my throat about how amazing it is and it’s the best series ever, hear me out.

While I applaud J.K Rowling for her success and building a world that millions have come to love, dare I say obsessively love. Like, creepily love. And that brings me to my first point.

There’s way too many “passionate” fans.

It’s crazy, so crazy in fact that you risk having someone jump down your throat with “passion” for the series. Over the years I’ve been verbally attacked by fans simply because I don’t enjoy the series. As a writer (even a new one at that) I’d be ecstatic for a passionate fan base. But, I’d be pretty disappointed with them for being so abrasive towards people that aren’t as passionate about it. This alone has turned me off of ever giving the series a second chance. Which brings me to my second point.

I’ve tried to read the books

I’m not one to just jump on the bandwagon of hating something just because people like it. I’ve tried to read the books, I struggled to get through the first two books. It wasn’t a matter of bad writing, it’s a well written book. I just found it painfully boring. I couldn’t commit to the story, the characters or any of that. It’s taken me years to figure out why I think that is.

When I first started really reading books on my own I skipped the whole YA genre of books. The first novel I read was Magicians Apprentice by Raymond E. Fiest. It was my first introduction to the world of fantasy, magic, swords, elves and all the great things that come with the genre. MA, is a more difficult read, bigger language, more adult and complex situations. It’s because of this introduction that I think I struggled so hard with Harry Potter. I just found it childish, and it really put me off.

And finally my last point.

It’s Everywhere

Seriously, you can’t go anywhere without seeing something Harry Potter. Whether it is digital or in the real world. It’s overbearing for those who are meh about it to begin with. It is rare for me to go about my day without seeing some sort of merchandise, commercial, meme, hashtag or reference in any way.

Look, I get it, I do. It’s just not something I like, or will ever like for the reasons I stated. So please please, stop shoving Harry Potter down my throat.

So, yeah, I guess that’ll wrap up my rant. Thanks for listening to my unpopular opinion. I’ll be back in two weeks with another if this caught your fancy. Take care!

Side note, I did really enjoy Fantastic Beasts.

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