Do you all ever hear about a really hyped up book, get super stoked to read it, and then find yourself underwhelmed?
("I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever be just 'whelmed'?"/"I think you can in Europe." NAME THAT MOVIE.)
That happened awhile ago, and thanks to the Blog Rule that you never, ever rip on a book on the blogosphere (unless it's like The Grapes of Wrath or something and Steinbeck is too old, dead, rich, and not on the Internet enough to get his feelings hurt) if you want to someday exchange your mere Writey Pants for a Ballgown or Tuxedo of Author Awesome, I'm not going to say which one. (Thanks, Paranoia Penguins!)
But, gosh, that book had such promise. I tore through the first half, completely engrossed, and then somewhere in the middle I started thinking ...
Is this really happening?
Did ____________ (character name) really just ___________ (action) with ___________ (character name) without so much as ________________ (action) first? Son of a ______________ (expletive).
I can see the ending coming from a mile away. Is it really ...? Yup, it is.
There's going to be a sequel, right? Because this is a lot of back story. And I mean A LOT. We're setting up the sequel here, right?
Why did so many people recommend this to me? Did they not finish it?
Am I off-base? Am I the only one who thinks this went off the rails at the 2/3 mark?
IF EVERYONE LOVES IT, WHO WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT IT WITH ME??
Am I being too harsh? I mean, I did absolutely love the beginning. Am I really moderately satisfied, but just disappointed that the level of awesome was not maintained, and mistaking that feeling for irritation?
Was the bar just set too high from the get-go?
The problem is, now that I'm looking back on it, a lot of those things don't bother me anymore. I mostly just remember how awesome the first half was and that, yes I didn't love the ending--but I don't think I actually hated the ending. I just didn't like it. And with a book that hyped, I expected total adoration from cover-to-cover.
This happens to me all the time with movies, but rarely with a book--probably because books don't get as much hype as movies period, unless their titles kind of sound like Larry Cotter or Shirl with the Wagon Igloo. (For the record, Shirl also disappointed me.)
Anyone else in the same boat (with a book they may or may not choose to name specifically)?