Do you go with the neutral, “oh, it simply isn’t my ‘thing’” to keep from being verbally set upon or assumed as having no taste? Or do you actually say you hated it? Or, do you really kick up the risk factor and go into the reasons why you didn’t like it?
I’m difficult to please with books, increasingly so nowadays, yet have this constant fear that one day all of the authors whose books I didn’t like will trash my books because of that, as opposed to based off the book itself. (Is this a silly fear? I’m a notoriously paranoid person, so it very well may be. Though stranger things have happened.) Still, this doesn’t stop me from being verbal about it. I have just as much of a right to my opinion as does anyone else, – fan or not.
There’s a decent number of popular books I don’t care for, from The Fault in Our Stars to Of Mice and Men to The Knife of Never Letting Go. I have absolutely zero against the authors or anyone who enjoys said books, but I just didn’t “click” with it. And I really wish I had.
Which popular books can you not stand, despite only hearing its praise sung? What is your common response to them, especially when talking to a fan?
I look forward to hearing what you have to say!