Let me start off by saying that I’m a fan of a number of big-name things. Harry Potter, for instance, is a huge love of mine and is quite possibly the biggest franchise in the world. My favorite band, Bon Jovi, has been around for 30 years and had the highest grossing tour last year. So, while I definitely don’t subscribe to fads just because everyone else does, I don’t avoid things just because they’re massively popular.
That being said, there are some things (and people) that make me scratch my head and puzzle their popularity. Here are a few examples whose hype I cannot understand for the life of me.
1. Video games. My brother and I had a GameCube back in the day, and I was known to play the occasional hour or so of FIFA or some WWE thing. But try as I might, I cannot figure out how people spend hours and days and weeks just sitting in front of their TV with a controller in hand. Do you really like shooting people that much? Or do you wish you could play baseball that well? I can understand the desire to beat levels and conquer the game, but to the point where it interferes with real life? Not so much!
2. Twilight. To be fair, I haven’t read much of this series, and haven’t seen any of the movies. Bored at work one day, the only thing I had to occupy myself with was a copy of whichever book it is that starts with Bella griping about the car Edward got her and how much she misses her truck. I got thirty pages in before I couldn’t make myself continue. Seriously, I chose twiddling my thumbs over reading that drek. All it was was Bella whining about EVERYTHING; her car, how she wanted to BE married but not GET married, having to go to her “happy place” to even be able to try on her wedding dress, etc. Barf. Shut up and give me Hermione Granger, kthnx.
3. Lady Gaga. At first, she was a novelty. Her music sounded different than any other pop out there, and her quirky appearance and antics had me intrigued. But now her music sounds interchangeable with everyone else’s, and I don’t buy her bizarreness anymore. I mean, seriously… an egg? A meat dress? Blue pubic hair? I want to like her, I really do. I love her support of the LGBT movement, and I generally like what she tries to say, but I cannot call myself a Little Monster.
4. Angsty high society or teenage dramas on TV. This encompasses most summer TV, and basically anything on ABC Family. My life has enough drama in it, and even when it doesn’t, I most certainly don’t want to watch it on TV! I don’t want to watch annoying, beautiful, rich girls whine about how miserable their lives are. Please, sweetie. I’m lower middle class and not even close to being a supermodel. You want to talk to me about life? And as for things like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, I just can’t get over the complete ludicrousness and bad acting. Up until February, I was a teenager, and none of that junk even came close to happening in my life.
Lovelies, do you sympathize with my confusion, or would you care to stick up for one of these? Is there anything super hyped that YOU don’t understand?