Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Lied About
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
1. I lied about reading Wuthering Heights... In grade 10 I had to read it for a class assignment but it annoyed me so much that it took me ages to get through it. So about halfway through it I jumped on Sparknotes and watched the film adaptation. I got a good enough overview between these sources to get through my assignment with a decent enough mark. I felt bad though so after it was over I finished the book...Ugh, I should have just left it half finished.
2. I lied about reading Twilight... Last year I had to read it for a popular fictions/popular cultures class I took and in the class discussions I said that I hadn't read it before, however I had actually read the complete series the year before. This actually reminded me of a post I read awhile ago over at Alison Can Read where she said that it wasn't fair that people feel bad for enjoying or loving a book (in both this case and her post - Twilight) because of a particular public opinion. I wasn't embarrassed because I loved the book (in fact I disliked the whole series), but I was worried that people would make snap judgements about me as a person and as a lit student because of this association.
3. I find Sonya Hartnett over-rated... Sonya Hartnett is one of Australia's golden literary daughters and at uni everyone raves about her. She's alright. She puts too much emphasis on description and not enough on plot in my opinion and is a little bit floofy for my taste, but her books are short enough that when they're prescribed reading I can get through them easily enough. However whenever a conversation is started in class and everyone pipes up with how much they worship her I just slump down in my seat and keep quiet.
4. I didn't originally like Harry Potter... I mentioned this in an earlier post but when I first picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone I was soooooo bored. It wasn't until I skipped the first five or six chapters and the action began to pick up that I could settle into it and begin to truly enjoy what I was reading. Once I was hooked I could go back and reread the start of the book without the same issues but it amazes me when I look back and think how close I was to just chucking it in altogether!
5. I couldn't finish Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness... I had to read this for a class at uni but I couldn't get past the first chapter. I'm not even sure what it was exactly but I had absolutely no interest in finishing this book. I've heard people rave about this book and I usually smile and nod and mumble indistinct noises in reply before changing the subject fast. My taste in writing has changed quite a bit since I was supposed to read this so I'm considering giving it another crack but the dislike I had for it originally is holding me back.
6. I lied about reading and liking Janet Evanovich's One for the Money... A friend gave me a copy of One for the Money for my birthday a few years ago knowing that I like books but not knowing any more than that. I read the back cover, flipped it open and read the first line, closed it and pushed it away. It sat neglected in my book shelf until a friend's birthday came up and I wrapped it up and passed it on. It was much better suited to her and she enjoyed it quite a bit! I only had to lie the one time to the original gifter and simply said I'd enjoyed it and that was all she needed, it has never come up again!
And that is all from me. I simply couldn't think of any more literary lies. The only other possible addition would be a blanket holding of my tongue and forced smile when friends discuss books and authors I really dislike but that I don't feel like getting into a debate about. That doesn't happen too often, more often than not I'm placed in that situation about music or films instead. And the reason I don't respond is because they're fair weather readers, they don't care why they should be reading my authors over theirs so it isn't worth the awkward conversation!
How about all of you? Did you find a full 10 literary lies?