And so, over the past year plus that we've been together, I've been told a myriad of times that I need to read The Dark Tower series. In fact, he is one of about a dozen people who have told me that. But here is my problem:
- The more people tell me I HAVE to read something, the most I resist (childish, I know, but it isn't just to be obstinate, it is based on past experience). I usually avoid the next great thing that everyone is buzzing about. Sometimes I'm wrong-- I was a late Harry Potter convert and now a big fan. Other times I am not-- I didn't care for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and do not get me started on the Alex Cross books.
- I am just not sure I can dive into another series right now. Said boyfriend got me into A Song of Ice and Fire, which I thoroughly enjoy(ed), but five months later I am STILL plugging through book five (I did take a Hunger Games break, a psuedo-I-was-wrong instance referenced in number 1)
- There are fans, there are really strong fans, and then there are rabid-in-your-face-you-aren't-a-real-person-until-you've-experience-this fans. The latter drive me crazy. These are the people who ruined Pearl Jam for me, the people who heckle me every single Friday for not wearing Ravens-purple to work even though I don't like football. I am a strong fan about a lot of things. I border on rabid from time to time. But the Dark Tower pushers act as though I have not progressed in a literary sense beyond "See Spot run" since I haven't read these books. It drives me bananas and makes me not want to read the books out of spite (yes, I recognize that this makes me sound 12).
- I like Stephen King a lot, but I am just so skeptical that these books are really the best thing out there...
Consequently, for those of you now worried that I might be in an emotionally abusive relationship, I am not. The boy is actually the mildest in his assertion. From him, I get "Honey, you've got to read these," and not the same "Oh my God! HOW HAVE YOU NEVER READ THIS? I thought you were some kind of writer," that I've gotten from others.