Thursday, September 16, 2010

Don't have a Heart Attack...but I'm Back!

If ANYONE has been paying attention, it's been over a month since I sent out a new blog post here. I think about all my blogs and my followers every day, and wonder who is out there hanging on my every post and waiting, hoping, praying, for more bits of wisdom.

Then I wake up lol. :)

But, seriously, I haven't felt the inspiration needed to post for so long. It's frustrating, but I don't want to post just for the sake of doing so--I want to actually have something to say.

So, here it is: I have never read The Hunger Games series. There, I said it. And now, I will explain why.

I'm unearthly, unreasonably, unseasonably stubborn.

I'm going to take you back in time. It's 1987, and the movie The Princess Bride is in theaters. My friend calls me up to tell me she just saw the movie, and I HAVE to go see it. It's my kind of movie--sword fighting, princesses, etc. And so FUNNY! And we hang up.

My first thought--why? Why should I go see a movie just because someone tells me to? Sure, it's pretty popular and she just loved it, but so what? I hate doing things just because other people do them. So I didn't. I wasn't mean or anything about it. I just never went to see the movie.

Then one day I saw it on video. Yeah, that was before DVD. And, of course, I loved it.

But that didn't really teach me anything. A few years ago, a friend brought me Twilight. I think the third book had just come out, and I was barely reading the first. Why? Because every one else was. Same with Harry Potter, but I did jump on that band wagon way sooner than with any others, simply because my little (at least she was at the time) stepdaughter was loving them.

And now, it's Hunger Games. I still wouldn't be reading them except my new book club has chosen Mockingjay for their book next month, and I hate reading a series out of order.

Someday I'll figure out what this stubborn-refusal-to-follow-the-crowd makes me. Aside from the obvious. Am I a maverick? I like the sound of that. Trailblazer? Well, maybe not so much. Original? Definitely. Frustrating? I'm sure, to some. :) Fortunately, they love me anyway.

5 comments:

Palace of Twelve Pillars said...

No I don't feel so alone. I held out on Harry Potter, Twilight and now the Hunger Games. I still have yet to read one of those. It is interesting that all the series's that I held out on I later fell in love with them.

Laura B said...

I'm the same way at times. I didn't ever get into a lot of the series that everyone was bragging up because sometimes they fall short of my expectations. For example, I'm reading a series that is 4 books, and so many have claimed it is wonderful and awesome and creative, etc....... and I hate it and I'm trudging through them. I've been able to read other books the same size or bigger in less than a day because they capture my attention, but I'm hating this one, but since I've gotten so far into it, I can't make myself stop reading it. Lame I know, but thats me.
I do plan to read Hunger Games, and I did Twilight, and Harry Potter, but I'm telling myself its to learn how other authors did it and see what I can learn from them.

BTW is that the new cover of your book? Either way, its a beautiful picture.

Karen said...

I'm glad we're not LETTING you hold off on The Hunger Games...it's too good not to read...really. Plus, I love a book 10 times as much when I know I get to discuss it with yummy food and friends at the end of the month!

Cheri Chesley said...

:) Yes, I can see how sharing it has it's rewards!

Ben Spendlove said...

Yeah, me too. It's irrational. I actually felt a little upset when the new Star Trek movie proved to be so popular. I almost didn't go see it. Then I did. And I loved it. At least my stubborn streak kept me from seeing Titanic. And it's saved from every popular TV show in the last ten years, many of which are quite embarrassing.