Friday, March 8, 2013
Follow Friday #36
(I love the number 36 -- such a lovely even number. Perfect square; and divides by four. *sigh* I have had a long week. Pardon this little side note on numbers.)
Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.
Q: What is a book you didn't like that all your friends raved about or what book did you love that wasn't popular?
The first part of that question:
I didn't like Twilight.* My sister is absolutely obsessed with it -- though I don't remember if she actually read the book, or if she just watched the movie and heard the hype -- and is Team Edward, apparently.
I read the entire Twilight series. I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did. I wanted to see the hype, I really did; I even bought a copy of New Moon, which sits on my bookshelf right now, with my own money (as opposed to getting it from the library). But it just never flew with me. Bella seemed too stuck in herself, and too obsessed with Edward. Edward might've turned out a cool guy, if he wasn't so stuck in himself, too, moaning about how such a bad guy he is.
The second part:
Can I answer more than one book?
I read a lot of books that other people haven't heard of, for whatever reason. Sometimes it's YA, sometimes it's MG, sometimes fantasy or science fiction or whatever. It's kind of interesting, and a lovely feeling -- it feels like a secret between me and the author; not any of that generic junk you find off any bookshelf, or that's so popular, it seems generic simply because it appeals to so many.
Here are a few titles:
Varjak Paw by SF Said
The Divide by Elizabeth Kay
Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
The Minstrel's Daughter by Linda Smith
(This list is kinda subjective. I don't know the level of popularity these books have, or perhaps have had in the past. But most people I know would look at me funny if I made some reference to the book.)
So, that's my answers. What were yours? Any special love for the unpopular books? Any disdain for popular books you feel shouldn't make the cut?
*I didn't underline Twilight like I underlined the other books, because Twilight is sufficiently popular that you could recognize it as a book or a reference immediately; it seemed a bit extraneous. As I said, I didn't really want to hate the book, and I don't mean any slight against it by not underlining it. Just wanted to make that super-clear.