Unpopular Opinions of 2019

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

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Though Mooncakes was one of the year’s most anticipated graphic novels, I was disappointed by an unoriginal plot and insta-romance. Also, there aren’t really any mooncakes, even though many assumed this story would combine baking and magic.

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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Pumpkinheads

The artwork by Hicks is fantastic, but the storyline is overly simple and relies on surprising the reader at the end, meaning that the book has no re-readability for me.  It is very atmospheric, but it’s not exactly plot-driven.

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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I did not find Good Omens funny or profound.  Actually, I found the middle bits with Adam and his friends to be insufferable. It may be a cult classic, but it’s not for me.

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White Bird by R. J. Palacio

This is a gentle introduction to the Holocaust for children, but I don’t agree that it ought to have been written as a graphic novel.  The illustrations are static and add little to the story.  It feels like readers got a graphic novel just because graphic novels are trendy right now.

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They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker

Takei introduces readers to a little-discussed period of U.S. history, the internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII.  It is important to shine light on this part of history.  However, a chopping narrative structure and a sense of emotional distance prevent the book from being a stand-out graphic novel.

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How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet

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Sweet’s illustrations are an odd choice since they make How to Read a Book exceedingly difficult to read.  The collage style is very busy and the text is difficult-to-read font in unusual colors that blend in with the pictures.  Maybe Alexander wrote a great poem, but I literally can’t read it to find out.

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The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

The Okay Witch

Dare I say The Okay Witch was just okay? The Salem Witch Trials thing feels overdone and this adds nothing to make the story feel new.

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Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

This is the third installment in a popular middle-grade graphic novel series, but I still do not like the vignette style of writing.

12 thoughts on “Unpopular Opinions of 2019

  1. Grab the Lapels says:

    I tried reading a bunch of graphic novel and comics at the end of the year and was surprised how insufferable or confusing many were, including Cannonball, which is everywhere right now.

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  2. Michael J. Miller says:

    I’m with you on ‘Good Omens’ too, which seems to be a trend in these comments XD. I muddled through it when I first read it years ago. I reread it before the Amazon series and I found it more engaging from a theological perspective this time around (Pratchett and Gaiman offer a few brilliant bits to ponder) but I still didn’t love it. In fact, this is a rare occasion where I’d say the show is better. Neil Gaiman has to streamline the story a lot to make it fit into six episodes and, in so doing, it focuses it in a way that makes it (at last as far as I’m concerned) funnier, more interesting, and easier to digest. And the casting is brilliant! A friend of mine was struggling to get through it and I told her she’d be better off just watching the show if she really wanted to know the story.

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    • Krysta says:

      I can imagine the story would be better if streamlined for TV! And, of course, David Tennant is a brilliant actor (and my favorite Doctor), so I’d love to see him in Good Omens!

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  3. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    I’m sorry to see that these were all such disappointments! I haven’t read any of yet, but I was under the impression that mooncakes would in fact, include a large surplus of mooncakes within the plot! It’s a bummer to see that isn’t the case.

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