You know when you’re standing around with friends/acquaintances, and everyone starts talking about a book or a movie that “everyone” has seen? Something so integral to the history of pop culture or literature or whatever that it’s a given?

I usually haven’t seen or read those.

Okay, sometimes I have, but you’d be surprised.

For example…

TV/Movies I Still Haven’t Seen:

The Godfather.
The Godfather.

I’m just gonna be real with you guys: I kind of hate mafia movies/TV. It’s just not a genre that appeals to me. I’ve seen Goodfellas like, 37 times because my mom is obsessed with it, and I don’t mind that one, but aside from that, I just can’t get into them. I’m the same way with war movies.

So basically what I’m saying is I don’t really care about film depictions of the mafia or the army. Okay? I’m sorry. (I’m not that sorry.)

Lord of the Rings.
Lord of the Rings.

That being said, I would definitely watch a mafia movie before I would watch certain kinds of fantasy movies. And Lord of the Rings has no appeal to me whatsoever. When I was growing up, my brother was super into fantasy and sci-fi, and I hated both. I’m still pretty lukewarm on them. Certain books or films will get me, but for the most part, I could not be less interested.

Also, I tried to read The Hobbit in grade six and I thought it was ridiculous. So when Lord of the Rings came out, I was like, “….nah, I’m good.”

Also, it’s like three hours long. So….

Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey.

Period drama is very hit or miss for me. Now, I’m not saying that Downton Abbey – or anything I’m talking about today – is a hit or miss, I’m just saying. I haven’t seen Downton Abbey because I simply haven’t gotten around to it, but by this point, people are talking about it SO MUCH that I feel like I have to wait. It will never live up to the hype.

Now…

As a girl with two degrees in English Lit. and/or writing, people assume I’ve read everything. Here’s the thing: I’ve read many, many books, but I also spent many, many years in university classes that had me reading 8-15 novels per semester, per class. So what I’m saying is that if it wasn’t on my syllabus, I didn’t read it. There was no time for leisure reading during my degrees. I’m trying my best to catch up on that now.

Books I Still Haven’t Read:

Pride and Prejudice.
Pride and Prejudice.

In fact, I have only ever read ONE book by Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey. I liked it very much, but I haven’t had time to read any of her others.

(I also haven’t seen most of the movie versions of her books, because I’m sure the books are better.)

War and Peace.
War and Peace.

I really want to. I know it’s good. But it’s huge, and like I said, if it wasn’t on a syllabus…

Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens.

That’s right, everyone. I have never read a novel by Charles Dickens. I’ve read bit and pieces, and I think his writing is phenomenal, but I’ve never had the pleasure of reading a whole book. I need to get on that. I’ve heard he’s pretty popular.

Harry Potter.
Harry Potter.

Okay, that’s not 100% true. I read the first one for a children’s lit. class. It was okay – it had its moments – but for the most part, I just thought it was trying to do what Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (one of the greatest books EVER written) already did, only not as well.

(Also see above about fantasy and sci-fi. They just don’t grip me.)

Lesson learned: There just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes. But I’m working on it.*

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P.S. Just because I haven’t seen or read something doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s good. Hell, even if I don’t like something, that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s good. Unless we’re talking about 50 Shades of Grey – those are absolutely not good. And I’ve read them all.

*Except I’m not working on seeing/reading stuff I don’t care about.

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