Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: What books got a lot of hype but were a disappointment for you?
There’s definitely been some books that were super popular that I really disliked…and I always feel a little weird criticizing them, to be honest! It’s a little harder to say “this is a terribly written book” when the cover says “10 million copies sold” or whatever! But there have still been some that seemed to work for a lot of people but not at all for me.
The first to come to mind was Wicked by Gregory Maguire, which had “massive number of copies sold” on the cover. And I…really disliked it. I found the characters unappealing, the attempt to be shocking kind of bothersome, and the ending especially disappointing. The musical, on the other hand, is a wonderful delight!
I was quite disappointed by Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist. I mean, Carrie Fisher’s memoir of being in Star Wars – that sounded amazing! But it turned out to be more about her affair with Harrison Ford than it was about, well, Star Wars, and that was disappointing. I still think she was awesome, but this was not the book for me.
I heard about Stephen King’s memoir/writing advice book, On Writing, from a lot of people, particularly other writers, before I finally picked it up. I ended up skimming great pieces of it, because it was so much about his writing, which I haven’t read (not being a horror reader). I suppose I should have taken the “memoir” part of the description more seriously. If I was a King fan, I acknowledge that this probably would have gone better.
Three seems like enough books to criticize in one day. 🙂 Have you read a very popular book that you found disappointing? I suspect it’s happened to us all…