So, as you all know I’m pretty terrible at keeping up with book tags. I do have a little notebook where I’ve written them all down, so stick with me and they’ll get done eventually! Today’s tag looks great fun. Thanks to the lovely wonderful Orang utan Librarian for thinking of me to take part.
Here goes! (Warning – may cause controversy. I genuinely don’t want to offend anyone!)
1. An Over-Hyped Book:-
Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?
I’m not so good on the whole hype thing. I tend to shy away from it. I got lucky with Harry Potter because I was riding that wave just as it was getting huge or I dread to think what could have happened!
Nevertheless, a book that was overhyped for me has to be Twilight. I was 17 when this was first published and I was never really into that genre anyway, but it seemed (or felt like) it was all I saw, heard about and all I knew about for ages. The sad thing: I didn’t want to know. At 17 I would have been studying for my A Levels, reading fiction that changed my life. This did not rock my boat at all. And then the films came out… *sigh*
2. A Sequel:-
Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?
Sequels are always a risky business, especially when you love the first so much. Personally, a dodgy sequel for me was The Marvellous Land of Oz. Now, what is wrong with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? Dorothy has gone (no chequered dress – outrageous) and we have Tip as a main character, who wants to overthrow the Scarecrow who has ruled over the Emerald City post The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Excuse me?!
What else could they possibly need to do in the second novel that they failed to achieve in the first. I know – drama that doesn’t really matter.
Also, there was a movie made of this too, where controversially, Dorothy is returned, the plot completely altered and they change the colour of her shoes from red to silver. Why?
3. A Classic:-
Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?
This is quite hard for me because I love my classics and I would happily travel back in time to experience them first hand, especially Victorian times. However, I do really dislike Ulysses. What is the point?! It’s so big and nothing really happens. I remember a description of a toilet scene. Marvellous.
I’m well aware that people LOVE this book. It’s modernist fiction in its prime. It’s just not for me.
4. A Least Favourite Book:-
Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?
I find it really sad that we all have books we just don’t like. But, it’s like everything. For me, my least favourite book of all time (so far because I’ve not read everything and I’m ignoring the obvious 50 Shades of absolute s***!) has to be Paper Towns. The suicide in the park, the selfish Margo and the lovesick follower, Quentin. Not for me today thanks. NB: I didn’t even bother with the film for this one.
Again, I realise that people loved this. It’s clearly advertised as a New York Times best seller. I’m glad someone enjoyed it.
Now, this was quite difficult for me because I’m a positive person and I don’t like to rock the boat. However, I feel better for having a bit of a book based rant. So, I’m nominating some of my favourite, lovely bloggers to take part in the sacrificing so I don’t feel bad on my own!
Claire @ Art and Soul
Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Kim @ By Hook or By Book
Nicola @ Rust and Stardust
Calliope @ The Book Goddess
Lauren @ Driftinglexi
Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature
As ever – use/ignore as you see fit.
Big love! X