Each week, in addition to a question to answer, one of the previous week’s participants will be randomly selected by each host for an interview (hence the Feature portion of the meme). This week’s featured bloggers are Gone Bookserk and Readiculously Peachy.
Here’s this week’s question:
What is a book you didn’t like that all your friends raved about, or what book did you love that wasn’t popular?
The first book that came to mind that many, or perhaps even most, people loved is the Beautiful Creatures series. I read the first two (the second one, hoping it would get better), but I could not connect with the lead characters at all. The book was full of amazing secondaries, from Link to Amma to Macon to Ridley; these were all well-developed and interesting. They were so great, in fact, that they seemed to suck the personality out of Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes and leave them wanting. Having said that, there were SO many characters populating this story (and I mean as in “isn’t he such a character?”) that it was very overwhelming. That book is three inches thick for a reason.
Another big reason why I didn’t like this series is an old and tired plot mechanism that I’ll call the pull away. I’ve seen this before, especially in young adult fiction. First book? The MCs get together, and it’s damn hard work. Sequel? One of them pulls away, leaving the other trying to a) figure out what happened and b) put the pieces back together and c) try to get the “puller-awayer” back. I really don’t like this, as it makes the work in the first book seem all for naught. It’s as if the feelings the MCs had for each other in book one, the relationship they fought, bit and scratched for, was a fraud. Now, I’m not saying that everything should be completely “happily ever after” and all that, because that wouldn’t be realistic (and would be boring), but when the entire attachment is gutted to its core, it makes me wish that I hadn’t read the story in the first place.