Thursday, November 05, 2009
I know people who go out of their way to never conform. Some are downright ornery. My friends "J" and "S" are often loners and do what they want no matter how weird or unpopular. Sometimes they go overboard to intentionally piss off people just for the fun of it.
I know others who want to be part of the crowd so badly they'd sell their soul. In junior high my friend "C" wanted to be part of the in crowd so badly she schemed and worked to get befriended by the cool kids. She even started smoking pot with them.
Blech! Both are pretty annoying.
Do you read popular books or watch popular movies just because everyone else is? So you can join the conversation? Or so you can say "I read that, too?" Or just so you have a frame of reference?
I've done it. Not always, but sometimes. There are some very popular authors I have yet to read.
A few years ago it seemed everybody at work was reading the "Left Behind" series. They talked about it a lot. They even read it on breaks at work so had the books sitting on their desks.
Curious, I asked about them. They sounded interesting. Honestly, I wanted to know what everybody was talking about. Ditto with "The Da Vinci Code". I really enjoyed the first several books of the "Left Behind" series and the first movie (not the second or third movie, however.) "The Da Vince Code" was pretty good.
I also picked up "Harry Potter" because of all the buzz. I'm not sure I would have bought it for myself but since my daughter had it in the house, I read it, too. I enjoyed it.
However, I haven't read "Twilight". My daughter-in-law loves the story and has it memorized. I only saw the movie because my daughter-in-law played it at her birthday party. It was...okay. Frankly, I was disappointed. After all the hoopla, I thought it would be at least pretty good. I thought Edward's and Bella's romance would be as classic as Rhett and Scarlett's. My son and daughter-in-law have already purchased tickets to see "New Moon" on the first showing at midnight. They've already booked my daughters to babysit my grandchildren.
I like vampire romances well enough. I've written at least four. But this time, I feel obstinate. I don't feel like being part of the crowd. I'll get around to it in my own sweet time - if I get around to it. There are other books, other movies, other things I'd rather do first. Or maybe I don't care what the rest of the crowd is doing any more. If they go my way, fine. If they don't, fine.
What about you?
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