Well, you know what they say: you gotta trust the groundhog. So six more weeks of winter it is. (I just felt myself deflate, literally, as I said that. Oh, well. Moving on!)
So you know that feeling when someone is so highly recommending something that your expectations are way up there, but then, when you experience it yourself, you just don’t get it? This happens to me all the time with movies, to the point that I’d rather not go see something my friends have been really jazzed about, because inevitably it can’t live up to the hype. (Although Garden State was a recent exception to this rule). The worst for me, though, is when it happpens with books. Because I LOVE to read—who doesn’t, right?—and there’s nothing better than someone saying, “Oh, I just read the best book, you’re going to love it!” and being so pumped, and then starting the book and….not really liking it. Or maybe not getting it. Which leads to the inevitable moment when you start thinking, maybe it’s me. Maybe, I’m not intellectual enough to get this book. Maybe, it’s just too deep. (Maybe, you don’t think these things. Maybe, it’s just me.) This happened to me this week, with The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Two of my friends LOVED this book so much, I couldn’t wait to read it, and when I started I was really intrigued by the premise. But then it just kept going…and going…and going. (Over five hundred pages worth of going. ) And I just wasn’t able to stay into it, interested. I finished it, but I just didn’t get blown away (that’s the expectation problem, again) but I really DO think it’s just me, because everyone else I’ve talked to, and most of the people who reviewed it on Amazon, loved it. I wonder if I’d read it knowing nothing at all about it, I would have thought, wow, this book is really interesting and different and cool. I bet I might have. But now, I’ll never know. Oh, well.
Finally, on a totally unrelated note, I turn to you, my livejournal community, with a question: do you know anyone who has had Lasik eye surgery? I have a friend who is considering it, and we don’t know that many people who have had it (okay, one person, but they’re really glad they did it, but we think we might want a little more to go on). Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
have a great day everyone!