Friday, September 14, 2012

Follow Friday #15

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question is...

Q: What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

Hmm... Twilight, obviously. I didn't mind it, but I didn't connect with it. The later books devolved even further. I just couldn't understand why people obsessed over it so much.

What else? The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. He had very long-winded descriptions, and sometimes I mixed up the characters. Pretty good world, thanks to aformentioned descriptions, but thanks to my confusion it didn't catch my spark, and couldn't really understand why it caught so many others'.

Marked by P.C. + Kristin Cast is another. It doesn't recieve quite as much hype as the first two, but is still somewhat known. I felt that that series devolved into a sticky mess, as well. I didn't mind the first book too much, though. It was really the later books and a couple edgy parts in the first that put me off them.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl - this book didn't quite catch my spark, either. There was nothing wrong with it; actually, despite the fact that this is a love story, I kind of liked it. But I see it a bit too often than I think it deserves.

Also, Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck is a big one. The backdrop was pretty interesting - an Indian prince who's been cursed to remain a tiger - but its mistake was that it was told from the POV of a whiny girl instead of the prince. I mean, I remember a love triangle and one of the scenes that involved her whining about staying in the wilderness for "her" tiger and sleeping way more soundly than I ever have. Not a very good combination, to me.

*Now, you should keep in mind that these were difficult to dredge up. I read a lot of obscure books, because something about super-popular books puts me off. When I do venture into the shallow end of the popularity pool (the super-well-known books), I treat it as another book, but it usually ends up feeling mediocre. This is just my reader-bias, so if you like the books I mentioned, then I'm sorry.*

Goodness, it's been a long day. Three AP classes and Honors Spanish 3 - what a tiring combination. I am looking forward to that extra three hours of sleep tomorrow morning. Have a blessed weekend, y'all. :)


  1. Tolkien was famously long winded but I loved his epic story none the less. I've had my eye on Tigers Curse but whiny girls annoy me. Maybe I'll rethink that one. New follower via RSS

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  3. I don't like Twilight so I think that's a good choice. I did like Tolkien but I also remember being VERY frustrated by it at times. I read it in high school so the memories are vague now.

    A lot of these books are ones that I crossed off my TBR list actually.

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  4. I agree on Twilight, and Beautiful creatures. Twilight was just too overblown with publicity from a vampire-romance deprived society and Beautiful Creatures for me was just super hard to read because a) it was super long and some scenes just dragged and b) there wasn't much depth to anything and as hard as I tried, the plot just didn't interest me really. For Marked I actually enjoyed the first in the series but the rest of the series is becoming super apocalyptic and crazy, I mean, remember the days when her only problems were boys? Nevertheless I read it anyway :P Haha.

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  6. Apparently we have very similar tastes in books. :) We disliked the same things about most of those books. LOL. Tiger's Curse was a nightmare for me..

  7. Old follower here!

    Lord of the Rings?! ;_; say it ain't so!
    Even if it wasn't for you, it's absolutely worth the hype... do you know how many epic fantasy novels you read are just based on these stories by Tolkien?! He shaped so many things in the world of fantasy!

    But you're right, there are a lot of characters, and if you're not used to keeping track of many, many different people, it can be confusing.
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