Karen: Are there certain things that become popular, and you say to yourself, "I just don't get it?" It could be a movie, a song, a comic -whatever. Everyone seems to think it's the greatest thing since Lee and Kirby, or the day chocolate and peanut butter discovered each other, but it just doesn't click for you.
I'll throw out a few of those, genre-related, here. Number one, I don't get Big Bang Theory. There, I said it. When the show first came on, friends and family urged me and my husband to watch it. "You'll love it!" I was told. "It's all the stuff you guys like!" I suppose theoretically, I should be the perfect viewer for it: science background, huge SF/comics geek. But we struggled through three episodes -it just didn't make us laugh. If anything, I found the show alternately boring and annoying. Every once in a while I check out an episode to see if anything's changed, but nope, it just does nothing for me.
I have a similar reaction to the Harry Potter films and books. I have friends who adore both. When the books came out, I tried reading them. Actually, I got through the first two. But they left me cold. I grew up reading Tolkien, Norton, and later, Zelazny and Farmer. This stuff just wasn't doing anything for me. And the films? Never felt pulled in or involved in the story, and couldn't keep half the characters straight. But I know I'm in the minority. With both of these, I sometimes wonder if there's something I haven't clued in to, but then I feel just fine without them in my life.
So what popular entertainment, past or present, makes you shake your head with bafflement?