It’s not the book, it’s me

So I recently read a book that I had seen a ton of good reviews for online. I enjoyed the book, but I wasn’t blown away by it, like most folks online seem to be.

And I had to wonder – is it the book or is it me?

The Girl with the Dragon TattooThis isn’t the first time this has happened to me. I remember hearing all the buzz about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson a few years ago. So I read that book. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t see what the fuss was all about. Honestly, those first couple hundred pages of the book were slow. To me, the story didn’t pick up until the two main characters, Lisbeth and Mikael, started working together. At least in my opinion.

Then there are popular books that I’ve never read, like The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown or Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (although I do hope to read that one at some point).

And it’s not just books. Movies, TV shows, music, even characters. There is a lot of pop culture out there that just doesn’t resonate with me. For example, I’ve never understood what all the fuss is about when it comes to Superman. I’ve always thought that Batman was much more interesting – and had better villains to battle.

Of course, everyone has different tastes and likes, but I always think it’s interesting what strikes a chord with some people and not others. I guess if we could figure that out, our books would all be mega-bestsellers like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

What about you guys? Are there any books, movies, or TV shows that you just couldn’t get into? Are there any books, movies, or TV shows that you love that you wish more people would discover?


In honor of Superman and Batman, I’m giving away an e-copy (Kindle or epub) of Karma Girl, the first book in my Bigtime superhero series. The giveaway is open internationally to everyone 18 and older. To enter, use the form below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

  1. Jennifer, I’m the same. There are plenty of books I like a lot, but not nearly as much as the raves I’ve seen about them online. Same goes with some TV series and movies. But that’s okay, there are plenty I love 🙂 . Steig Larsson is a great example. His books were more interesting in concept than execution, I thought. I agree with the ‘slow’ comment, and there seemed to be a lot of unnecessary back story. But I still read all three books :).

  2. Never read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I watched part of the movie. Meh. I might try to read the book someday – when I don’t have anything else I want to read. ;o)

    Me, I never got into watching American Idol or Survivor – both really popular, but not that interesting to me. I’m also missing what people like about Castle. :ducks and hides: To each her own, I guess.
    B.E. Sanderson`s last blog was …Sunday Update – Week 15

  3. Jennifer, I tried reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but didn’t get far. It was just too slow. Same with The Da Vinci Code and Twilight. I couldn’t stand Dan Brown’s clunky writing. As for Twilight, I disliked the heroine. Luckily, there are many great books that I do love.

    Of course, I wish more people would discover my books. lol And I think your Mythos Academy series would make great movies – like the Harry Potter books. Girls need a great YA heroine, too! And adults will like it as well.

  4. Yes, I am the same way. There are even some really good contemporary romance books I enjoy, but not worth all the hype. The author I am thinking of has a huge following but only puts out one book per year. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but is it the hype of that one book? If she put out several books per year, would there be as big of a deal made? As I said, I think her books are very good, but not anymore than several others I have read who don’t have the same “hype.” I feel the same way with movies. One in particular? Frozen. Sure, it was a good movie, but it wasn’t EPIC. It is in the same category to me as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, etc. I don’t see what all the hype is about. But, then I guess all our tastes are different which makes it wonderful to have so many brilliant authors who write a ton of different types of stories. 🙂
    Amy R`s last blog was …Review: KISS OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

  5. I have had a similar experience. There are two books that were raved about (one is an Oprah book) and I disliked both. In fact, one I did not even finish. Recently I read and reviewed a book that I really enjoyed that when I looked at Goodreads and Amazon, got a fair number of awful reviews. I read their reasons and just didn’t see that. I guess that is what makes this world interesting, we are interpret and experience things differently. The only books I’m thinking about giving are to my son and his is 4. However, I am always eagerly awaiting books in series that I love.
    Una`s last blog was …Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger

  6. Hi Jennifer! Books, movies and TV are so subjective, aren’t they? I think sometimes, too, it’s the mood the person reading/watching is in. Watching a heavy drama when maybe stuff in your own life is a little tough, probably isn’t going to make you love that movie as much as say a comedy, where you can laugh and feel lighter for a little bit. The same for books. I’ve heard so much about Gone Girl, but knowing what it’s about, I don’t think it’s something I’ll love. The one big thing I need is to root for the characters. If I’m not rooting for them, then the story – on the page or on a screen – just isn’t going to be something I think about when it’s over.
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Wild About Her Wingman Release Day!

  7. I’m a Batman over Superman gal too 🙂 I have learned to pick books by the writing instead of the ratings because my tastes run more toward urban fantasy than traditional romance. Dragon Tattoo also only picked up for me after Lisbet entered the picture. I guess I also like offbeat characters, lol.

    • There was a lot of setup in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But once the two main characters started working together to solve the mystery, I thought it was much better. I love urban fantasy too because it has a little bit of everything — action, adventure, magic, and romance.
      Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Michelle Diener on fantasy romance …

  8. I totally agree with you, Jenn, about trying to read books that are raved about. (Still trying to figure out why “Fifty Shades of Gray” was even published, much less its popularity). Tastes are soooo subjective. Couldn’t get into reading “The Da Vinci Codes”, yet I enjoyed the movie. Same with “Angles and Demons”.

    What I don’t understand is why there are so many remakes of movies when there are literally thousands of books that would translate into something exciting and original on the screen.

  9. 😉 I look forward to reading your book! And in addition, I think that sometimes books just don’t catch the imagination of those reading. It is not like you are going out of your way to dislike them.