If you like it, I won’t

I have this infuriating trait where I tend to dismiss anything popular. Whether it’s a band, a film or a book, if it’s widely liked I’ll refuse to give it a chance.

But why? Surely when lots of people enjoy the same thing, it must be good? Take Game of Thrones for instance, I refused to read the book until a few days ago…and subsequently fell in love with it within a few paragraphs. It’s well written, exciting and completely compelling, but I obviously had to find that out for myself.

It’s not a search for originality or a quest for attention so much, but a distrust and feeling of wariness towards the masses. If a high percentage of the population can enjoy Twilight and the Expendables, then the general public and I must be two very different beasts. I have discovered that  western culture seeks the simple and the accessible, not the quality or the depth that I search for. Well, except for cooking shows and Sixteen and Pregnant – I do have my vices.

Perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that I discover an adoration for some things after they have endured their five minutes of fame, as it means that I will truly enjoy them rather than just follow the crowd. I may dismiss certain trends, but at least I’m not the type of person to boast, “Well, I knew about them before they got big.” That’s about a thousand times more despicable than my stubbornness.

Emily created Dystopic in July 2012 after requiring an outlet for her love of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. Her debut novel 'These Unnatural Men' was published in 2018.


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