Things other people love (that just don’t do it for me)

So, remember a while back when I revealed that I don’t like Pride and Prejudice or Dirty Dancing?  It turns out that a bunch of other people don’t like them either!  After that post, I got to thinking about whether there were other things that the majority of people seem to adore, but which I find overrated. And it turns out that there are.  Here are a couple more things that other people get all excited about, but which just don’t do it for me.

The beach

In theory, the beach is brilliant.  You’ve got beautiful sunshine, the sound of crashing waves, all the gorgeous salty smells and cute people in bathers.  The reality is so much different: sand in freakin’ every place imaginable, sea creatures just waiting to take a chomp out of you, dried dog poop hidden in the sand and old blokes in Speedos.  It’s not for me.


Binge drinking

So often, when I ask people what they’re looking forward to on the weekend, they’ll say something like, “Heading out with my mates, we’re gonna get wasted!”  It baffles me that some people find the mere act of drinking alcohol to be sufficient entertainment for an entire evening.  Or that the success of a night out can balance on whether or not you spewed on your shoes/passed out on a lawn/ lost your top.  I don’t even like the feeling of being drunk.  I do drink, but I’m a Cadbury Girl: a glass and a half and I’m done.  I’ve just never understood the attraction of getting shit-faced.

Lord of the Rings

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Lord of the Rings is fine.  I also understand what an incredible literary work it is, and what a huge achievement the films are.  I’m not questioning that.  I’ve just never been able to get into it the way that so many of my friends have.  At the end of each of the movies, I’m not hanging on the edge of my seat wanting more, I’m desperately waiting for the credits to roll so that I can go home.  In my opinion, three hours is far too long to sit around watching a bunch of guys walk to a mountain.  The thing that baffles me the most is that LOTR has all the hallmarks of something that I would love: fantasy, awesome costumes and effects, magic, Sir Ian McKellan.  I just don’t enjoy it as much as I feel I should.

Seth McFarlane

I just don’t find him funny.  Sometimes one of his jokes will elicit a little half-hearted awkward giggle from me, but that’s as far as it goes.  I don’t really get why he’s such a big deal, or why the shows he’s spearheaded (Family Guy, American Dad) are so popular.  There are way funnier people out there that I’d rather be watching, or who would do a better job of hosting The Oscars.


On some people, a light tanned glow can look gorgeous.  But on me it looks like shit.  I’m naturally very fair, and each time I’ve tried fake tanning, I’ve regretted it.  No matter what I do, it always looks streaky and orange on me.  And to be perfectly honest, I’m not convinced that I need to be tan.  I like being fair.  And I’d rather be pale and mysterious than look like I’ve lost a tandoori-wrestling match with an oompa-loompa.  And don’t even get me started on sunbaking…

Is there anything that everyone else seems to adore, which you think is overrated?


  1. I have never heard of Seth and I’m sure my life is fine without him in it. I hate tanning too, but I caught a bit of sun this summer and I looked quite healthy for a while there, but generally I carry a parasol to protect my head and shoulders. LOTR? Nup. Also over-rated to me? Brand new houses and cars. Hate them. Status symbols of waste and foolishness. Fashion boutiques: “you want how much for that unethically-made piece of shit?”. Great post Ness! xoxo

    • Oh, I agree with you about the new houses and cars. Or new things in general. I don’t think that something has to be brand-spankin’ new to be special. At least half of the things I own are second-hand, and I’m fine with that.

      Oh, and fashion boutiques? No, just no. They’ve never floated my boat.

  2. Wait what!? Oh man, I mean, I could handle the DD & P&P thing, but LotR too! WOW! At least you like Harry Potter, so that’s something!

    I’ve never been a binge drinker, I’ve been very very drunk twice in my life, and found nothing fun about it. If I do drink, I’ll have one or two, that’s in. Wine doesn’t do it for me, I see so many people go on about ‘oh I need a glass of wine’, nope, don’t like wine. I’d much rather some Port!

    I’m not a tanner, though after my holidays, I did pick up a slight tan and I rather liked the way it looked. Mind you, it was like a 1 on the scale of tans, where most people tan to an 8! I’m really fair and usually just burn to a crisp. I’m also not a beach person, sand is just eughk!

    • I don’t dislike LotR. It’s good! I just don’t feel as strongly about it as most of my mates do.
      I’ve tried to tan naturally a couple of times when I was very young, and I massively regret it. Like you, I’m so fair and I just burn really quickly. I go from white to red then straight back to white with no tanning in between.

  3. 1. Miso soup… And don’t generally love Japanese food.
    2. Lord of the rings- am with you.
    3. Mainstream music- JJJ all the way.
    4. Merlot. Not a fan.

    Might do an opposite post- things I like that others don’t.

    • I like the idea of doing a post about things I like that other people don’t. At the top of my list would be Jar Jar Binks. I think he’s hilarious, but I think I’m the only person in the world that doesn’t have a fiery hatred for Jar Jar.

  4. New Years Eve……… It’s just the turn of the year?! It’s still one day into the next…Just before the year has changed doesn’t automaticaly make it any better or worse a year than the previous?! I don’t get the hype about staying up till midnight JUST to see the new year in.

    • I totally agree with you. After Christmas is over I can barely muster the enthusiasm to celebrate new year’s. I’m almost always asleep before midnight. I’ve just never gotten into it.

      • The only reason I stay up is to watch the live streaming of the fireworks from London because it’s normally a really pretty display!

      • I usually try to stay up for the Sydney fireworks, but I never make it. This year Ross had to come and wake me up to watch them.

  5. We naturally fair girls have to stick together! And I don’t get the appeal of drinking as a means of entertainment. I don’t want to get sick or spend the entire next day wishing for death because I’m in the grips of a hangover.

  6. I’m so not a beach person either! I like going to the ones that are somewhat secluded to walk along, but for sun bathing and swimming? Hell no. The ocean is filled with scary creatures AND it’s basically an enormous toilet for not just the critters that live in the ocean, but people too. D:

    • I actually really like the beach in winter. It’s lovely to walk along the sand, all rugged up in a coat when the sea is stormy and the beach is deserted.

  7. I’ve never understood the appeal of binge drinking, either. On top of the ‘why’ they’re usually drinking something that tastes not very good (read: most beer, shots, etc.), so it’s doubly incomprehensible to me. I, too, limit myself to a drink or two, and you can bet it’s going to be something whose flavor I actually enjoy.

    • I know, right? I’d much rather order one delicious cocktail or a glass of nice wine and really savour it. I never got the appeal of shots. You throw them back so fast that you don’t even taste them. It’s like throwing away a whole night’s spending money in rapid, seven-dollar installments.

  8. Also completely not interested in The Lord of the Rings. Or any other sci-fi fantasy series. You’re not alone!

    • Oh, I can’t say the same for sci-fi and fantasy (after all I’m a massive Dr Who and Star Wars nut). But it’s nice to see someone else who isn’t gaga for LOTR. For a while I worried that I was the only one.

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