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.
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.
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.
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?