"So how was that," my brother-in-law asked as the trailer for "The Hunger Games" played on TV. "Is it really about kids hunting other kids?"
"Basically," I replied. "But it was really good."
"Very good," Vyelit said. "We'll go watch it with you if you want to go. Like tonight."
I smiled. I can't decide if Vye wants to go watch it again because a.) she fell asleep through parts of it or because b.) the parts she did see were just that good.
"Didn't... you... already see it?" Cheese asked.
CheeseCream shook his head at us and walked away.
I've read a few blog posts recently talking about strikes against reading or watching The Hunger Games because of all the hype. I'm not gonna lie: it upset me.
Refusing to like something just because it's popular is essentially letting the masses dictate what you do. It doesn't make sense to me to make any decision that way, even if you consider yourself a contrary type of person. I mean, everyone else eats and breathes, you know what I mean?
Granted, that reaction may be because I like the Hunger Games. If I were reading about people protesting, I don't know, Cheez-its because they were popular, I'd probably be all, "hell yeah. Those things taste like the devil." I mean, maybe I would be? Or it would be easier to react that way with something I didn't like.
I'm always really late with popular things, anyhow. I didn't read or watch one Harry Potter related thing until all the movies were out. I only read HG last year.
I just downloaded Draw Something.
See? Super late. If you are all recalling my amazing Paint skillz and assuming that I rock Draw Something, well thank you. You are absolutely wrong.
I swear I sent out something like this recently:
(*UPDATE:* After I innocently posted this here, a few commenters were all, "UH. THAT'S GROSS AND/OR A PENIS." Guys. I didn't even think that my bad drawing was phallic. It is in fact pepper.
I don't actually think I have amazing Paint skillz. I realize that I cannot draw, at all. Things get more complicated in this game because it's all touch screen nonsense. I'm curious about how you guys who play use it. Do you draw with one finger? Which finger? That might be a weird question, but I draw primarily with my right hand middle finger and I'm scared something is wrong with my brain.
Also, at first, I was creating games and didn't realize that people could see your entire drawing process. And then my little sister was all, "oh, just trash it and it starts over," and I thought that was true. So the first handful of people I played got like 8 trashes before I produced a masterpiece like the above.
Also, also I'm pretty sure there are no rules and there is no winning? Which is fine. I've been known to employ a few words in my drawings. It happens. I mentioned on Twitter that I have encountered some players, however, that are playing some cousin of Draw Something called, "Screw it. I'm Writing Something." It isn't fun when you get something like this:
SERIOUSLY? Fine. Jesus. It's Jenga. (I swear this happened to me.)
As I was thinking about all of this, about hype and prejudice and, uh, Jenga, I thought that maybe I might read the Twilight books. I've always refused, not because they were popular per se, but because so many people say they are badly written. At least, I think that's the reason. I've seen things all around the Internet for years and years about people giving "Twilight" a chance in an effort to justify their negative opinions. It isn't a novel concept but maybe it is the right thing to do.
It's a good thing, though, that I'm not always concerned with doing the right thing.
So. How abou you lot? Do you ever avoid things because they are popular? Be honest.
Finally, I promised to highlight a few of my favorite blogs and it seems fitting to start doing that on a post ultimately about how we receieve reccomendations. Or something. Anyways, I'd like to start with "Things I Like to Eat and Other Nonsense."
There are about 2 blogs that could be considered "food" blogs in all of my reader. It's not generally my thing. And though TILTE does talk about recipes she makes and places she eats, 1.) she's hilarious b.) she talks about other stuff too and cat.) she ends food posts with "boner'ppetite."
Her most recent post starts with, "My birthday is coming up this weekend and I'm pretty sure it's going to be a bust. This is why: It's on a Sunday, which means A) It will get overlooked by coworkers and B) People are either hungover or doing dumb family shit."
Yeah. Click her link. Follow. Love.
Now, I have to go back to watching kids and stuff. Gailey-bird just shouted, "TIA I'M IN THE BATHROOM AND I'M NAKED."
Wish me luck.
I like all of your faces, even if they are popular.