Posts Tagged ‘overanalyzation’

So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I got to see the Book of Mormon in Chicago while at ALA. I had been dying to see it since it hit the stage in 2011 and got universally good reviews. I’m a huge fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, particularly for their dedication to story and their stubbornness to do exactly what they want to do, which is very rare in Hollywood. So much of their creative output is solid that I’d have a hard time picking my top ten, or even top twenty, favorite South Park episodes (though this last season was pretty meh.) I have the Book of Mormon soundtrack, and I was familiar with the storyline from watching a number of interviews with the duo on YouTube. It’s safe to say I went in with high expectations.

Spoilers ahoy (and warnings for language – this is a Parker and Stone production, after all). (more…)

Between this post and my post yesterday, I’m beginning to feel a little like a cranky lady. That sentence might alert the reader that SPOILERS this isn’t a favorable review.

I started to read Legend by Marie Lu, let’s see – last weekend now. I haven’t been able to finish it yet because I’ve found it to be so disappointing and dull. In fact, I haven’t touched it since I dropped it on my dresser after just giving up and moving on to another task. I found the plot predictable and unexciting, and the characters indistinguishable and flat. I kept drifting off in the middle of sentences and thinking about my to-do list, what happened that day, what I would have for breakfast – in short, it didn’t grip me.

The concept sounded good, and certainly vogue, so I went in with full expectations to like it. I had heard that Legend was being made into a movie, and as I read I could just see in my mind’s eye the over-Hollywoodized, over-dramatic movies the movie industry churns out to capitalize on the hot item of the moment.

I do understand that the book industry is a lot like the movie industry in that once something becomes popular, publishers rush to get knock-offs on the shelves. Authors who pour in all the ingredients of the latest hit into their manuscript have a higher likelihood of selling to a ready-made buying audience, and so these paint-by-numbers flood the market. And people who like the original are usually happy to buy the knockoffs, or the works similar to it.

And that’s partly what makes me feel particularly like a cranky lady: Legend has overwhelmingly good reviews from publications and readers. That, combined with the disappointment of not enjoying a book I thought I would explains the harsh review. Is there any let down quite like anticipation disappointed?

I’ll skim through the rest so I can book-talk it, because I think a lot of teens will enjoy it. It has action, a love story-angle, and the dark futuristic society, all of which are crowd-pleasers.

As a random side note, this book has some of the most pages available in  Amazon’s Look Inside than I think I’ve seen before.

The Journal of Cartoon Overanalyzations

I’ve just discovered this important academic journal and wanted to share it. Childhood: Get ready to be ruined.