Have you ever noticed how everyone is a little bit rebellious in some way? Not necessarily in a giant, big, ‘let’s break the law cause we think it’s stupid’ kind of way, but sometimes in small things. Like you might have to touch the wet cement. Or walk on the grass. Or you refuse to do something just because everyone else is doing it, and you want to be different.
I’m sure there’s probably some deep psychological reason for all of this, but we’re not talking about that today. Rather, I’m confessing where I turn into a rebel.
Now to preface this, I’m a giant rule following square. Of course occasionally I mess up, but for the most part, I follow things to the letter. And that’s generally because I can see the value of rules. They are there to keep us safe, or help us be considerate of others. The wet cement thing bothers me even writing it, because it’s rude. I don’t like that kind of rebellion.
There are, however, two times when I buck the trend. (Probably more but this what I can think of right now.) One, is with recipes. I rarely follow them to the letter, and usually change something. Even with this Chocolate Merlot Cake that I made today, I changed things. (Shiraz instead, just because it tastes better.)
The other thing I rebel against, are books that are supposed to be popular.
I don’t know why, because the widely read series’ that I have succumbed to have been great, and otherwise I usually end up reading some rubbish. However my inner rebel (laughed as I wrote that) just refuses to read books because there is hype about them. It makes me want to not read them ever.
I have boycotted many famous books and series of books for this reason.
The Da Vinci Code: Never even picked up a copy.
Fifty Shades of Grey: Not if you paid me. (I have heard that it was terribly written.)
Harry Potter: Never read or seen a movie despite how many times they have appeared on free to air television.
The Twilight Series: yep read that, because my friend Erin went on and on about it, and she has great taste. (She’s my friend after all.)
The Hunger Games: Also loved that, but that was Daisy’s recommendation.
The Fault in Our Stars: I did read that after a blog review.
Gone Girl: I have no idea what the cover even looks like. I wouldn’t mind reading this.
You get the idea.
Which brings me to Game of Thrones.
Somewhere along the line, after I had mentioned that I need to read more books with varied writers, there was a conversation about GOT, wherein I supposedly said I would rather read the books than watch the show. (Which does sound like something that I would say.)
Boatman took this to mean that I was secretly hoping for the entire series for Christmas, and so happily complied, which led to me feeling rather confused on Christmas morning. But you get that. (He has also been confused by me at Christmas so it all evens out.)
Anyway, I’ve since been caught in an internal battle with myself. One part of me compelled to read them with a heart of gratitude, and the other refusing to, on principle of them being popular. It’s hard being neurotic I tell you. 😉
The grateful, nicer Jess has so far won out though, and thus with great trepidation I have begun the first book of A Game of Thrones.
I’m struggling with it.
It’s intriguing, that’s for sure, though not my usual cup of tea. The first few chapters I was really enjoying, but the last one has left me a bit ‘meh.’ And it’s taken me ages to get so little of the way into the book, because I have to keep going back and checking the map, whilst trying not to bend the spine of the book. (It bugs me.) Add to that, that since then, I’ve seen all manner of GOT related memes which lead me to believe that everyone is going die. (Don’t tell me if it’s true.)
Which has led me to seriously questioning if I want to keep going. I mean, there’s a lot of books, and a lot of pages and, I’m assuming, a lot of map searching. Is it worth it? Do I commit to this? Because I am about this close, (holds fingers about an inch apart) to being at the point of, “I now have to finish this whole series,” and that’s a big commitment.
Not like a wedding, but still.
Unless it’s a GOT wedding. The internet tells me even they aren’t safe.
So I have to make a choice: To Game of Thrones or not to Game of Thrones. That is the question
Tell me internet: what do I do????!!
Have you read the series?
Should I keep going?
Am I like the lamest rebel ever?