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Hello and welcome back to my corner of the internet! This post is probably a product of me writing a few paragraphs every now and then.
Anyways, so long story short, you know how Goodreads shows you a bunch of recs after you finish reading a book? Yea, most of them are usually very white so I instead stalk May’s blog for some sweet diverse book recs.
Also no shade to anyone who actually likes these books. Some of the books on the list might be your favs and its completely okay if you disagree with my list. This post is my personal opinion only :)
So without any further ado lets get straight into the list-
The Hunger Games
Starting off strong aren’t we? I read the first 50-something pages of the first book and boy was I bored. I am not into dystopian stuff that much so I have absolutely no intention of reading this series sooner or later.
Anything Rainbow Rowell
HOW DO PEOPLE LIKE HER BOOKS? Oh sorry, most of her readers are straight white people who barely know anything about anything other than themselves. After Eleanor and Park, I don’t even wanna touch any of her books with a 9 foot pole. Thank you, next.
Anything Sarah J. Mass
Her books just don’t peak my interest. Like people are screaming about the upcoming release of her book and how they messed up on the cover and made it ugly and all, but the covers were never pretty and that’s the tea. Also she’s problematic. Racism and disrespect toward the LGBTQIA+ community isn’t acceptable at all. I am not really into faerie smut either so yea.
Anything Cassandra Clare
Another boring blurb situation. Simply not interested. I have also heard people say that most of her books are based off the same plot, which if you read my post on as to why I didn’t like The Trials Of Apollo series, I am not very keen on. Apparently the Mortal Instruments began as a Harry Potter fanfic?? Nope. Just nope. The author also is problematic as she allegedly uses LGBTQIA+ characters as ‘tokens’ which is enough to add her every book to my ‘will avoid forever’ shelf :)
Lord Of Rings
Another classic. I watched the movies, and they were okay? Not the best, definitely seen better. And yes, I know that books are almost always better than its screen adaptation but I honestly have no interest in reading this series.
The Red Queen Series
In this house we know better than supporting and reading books by authors who are PROBLEMATIC. I don’t care how good these books may be but I will never support problematic people. Apparently the main character was not explicitly confirmed as a POC until 3rd book. On top of that, the author continued to reblog whitewashed edits on Tumblr of this character, even though they were always a POC.
Nope. JUST NOPE.
The Lunar Chronicles
More problematic books and author. Here are the problematic aspects of her books :
- Horribly executed and offensive Pan-Asian setting that homogenizes Asia and evokes Japanese imperialism
- Racially ambiguous and white-coded main character in an East Asian setting (literally does not know/confirm the ethnicity of her own character and defines her as “mixed ethnicity – Asian/Caucasian?” with the question mark included). Writes “Asian” as an ethnicity.
- Wrong use of honorifics. (Didn’t research enough).
- Blatant ableism in Winter. Scarlet constantly uses the word “crazy” to refer to Winter.
(via your authors are problematic on tumblr)
The Folk Of The Air Series
Sounds pretty boring. Not interested.
Well that was the list. Sorry not sorry if I roasted your problematic white favs. If you still continue to support and promote these problematic books, please read this post. Thank you very much :)
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What are some books which you want to avoid reading forever? Are any of them on my list? Let me know in the comments.
Till Next Time, Stay Safe!