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. :)