You know how some things just get wildly popular? Like a TV show or a band or a book series or whatever? Ever had the experience where something is hugely popular and you just don’t get it, don’t connect with it? This happens to be frequently, makes me kinda wonder what I’m missing. So here are some of my misses…
the Beatles. I know. I know! Some of you are probably crying, or gasping in shock, but listen I can at least claim that I was too young to really appreciate their music and well, it just doesn’t work for me. I remember when I was in high school there was a group of kids who were just Beatle nuts. I tried to get into the music, but it just doesn’t speak to me.
Twilight. The book, the first book…it’s not that I don’t get why the series is popular. She’s a pretty compelling storyteller, but it just fell flat for me. But clearly there are millions of other readers out there proving me wrong. Once I’d read that first book though, I was done and never tried any of the other books.
Seinfeld. This makes The Professor sad, but frankly I think this show is just stupid. None of the characters are likable and it’s just not funny. At all. I mean really, what was so funny? Just the fact that the show was about nothing? That’s an SNL skit, not a 30-minute show that lasts for several seasons. But again, it had great ratings and won tons of awards so what do I know?
The Simpsons. I’m pretty sure my aversion to this show is pretty centered on ironic humor and I’ve never been much of a fan of irony. I’ve seen several episodes and the people around me laugh and laugh and wow, so not funny (exactly how I felt in that movie, There’s Something About Mary – I don’t even think it made me smile…)
So how about you? Do you have any of those things that other people seem to think is great, but you just don’t get?