It was surprisingly good…
Earlier this week, I was talking with a coworker about the movie, Avatar. She mentioned how she didn’t care for it; felt it was overdone and overhyped. On the other hand, I actually liked it and thought it was… surprisingly good. Do those words ever slip out of your mouth?
Why is it surprising that I enjoyed the movie? Well… before the movie came out, I actually didn’t want to see it. I thought it looked bad, and I was also mad the producer was using the title Avatar since I was a huge fan of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. So I went into the movie (which I agreed to see because my dad wanted to see it) with low expectations. I didn’t expect much from the film, so it surprised me that it was good. On the other hand, my coworker wanted to see the film and felt it didn’t live up to expectations and hype.
The same happens with books that we read. I have had a few titles that have fallen into the “surprisingly good” category. However, since I generally read books that I want to read, I don’t end up surprised with goodness, rather I end up like my coworker: disappointed. You know when you are really looking forward to the next book in a series, and when you are done reading it, you feel like it wasn’t worth the wait. I’d say I’m about 50-50 for books that are my *most anticipated*, with half of them being not as good as I hoped and the other half being spectacular. It’s scary and hard to love books sometimes! 🙂
While it can be disappointing to want to love a book only to end up discouraged and saddened, it doesn’t stop me (generally) from continuing forward with the series. Usually it’s a one book slump (and if it turns into more… well, that’s a different post!). However, I’ve had major disappointments in books that are the end of a series before, as well. That is the worst because there is nothing after to prop me back up and lift my spirits. But the highs and lows are what makes reading so wonderful!
What about you? Have you ever seen a movie or read a book that was surprisingly good? What about a sad disappointment? What factors impact your judgement?
Thank you for stopping by to chat! Happy Reading!