TTT: Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

TTT Top Ten Tuesday The Book Wars

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Steph

  1. The Hunger Games is very good, but it is not as good as I initially thought, I think. I have since read Battle Royale and a consortium of other YA dystopia and, though HG is a thrilling ride through an interesting (if not now, perhaps, a bit stereotypical) POV it is not all it was made out to be *prepares to be shot*.
  2. Alice in Wonderland is not my favourite anymore, now I prefer Through the Looking Glass. I think maybe it’s cleverer, darker and a little less creepy?
  3. The Neverending Story I have only read the book once but it has stayed with me (the book! not the movie, though I liked the movie as a kid) ever since. It is such a work of creativity and wonder, I always recommend it and I think my opinion has become more favourable over time.
  4. James and the Giant Peach is one of those that I don’t think I liked at all as a kid, it’s kind of boring and the characters are all creepy insects, but now as an adult I really really love it. The characters and the fun psychoanalysis that I can do with the story is really engaging and, just the magnificence of flying around in a giant peach pulled by seagulls–how ridiculously creative!
  5. I have come to appreciate the books that I really don’t like, other people might really like. I may damn The Maze Runner or The DaVinci Code because I’m an academic reading snob, but I won’t damn the people who enjoy reading these books because, heck, they’re reading! Over time, I have changed in this way. I don’t judge the people, just the books–if that’s even possible. Haha, I still think this is a step forward!

Nafiza

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    I liked it the first time around but then I tried rereading it and oh my gosh. I disliked it so very much. Blugh.
  2. What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge
    I liked this one too but I didn’t understand the subtext and now that I do…O.O
  3. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    Same reasons as above.
  4. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
    I liked this book on the first reading but didn’t love it. The second reading, however, convinced me of its awesomeness. I can’t wait for the TV show.

Yash

This is about to be a rather negative list. Sorry, you guys. :/

  1. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater: I still think the writing is gorgeous, but I think I like the magic and the characters a teensy bit less now? It’s all very sad.
  2. Eleanor & Park  by Rainbow Rowell: I used to like this one, but now … just, no?
  3. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling: It has been years since I’ve re-read the series. Years! While I still do love that world, it seems something has changed in terms of how much I like Rowling’s writing. I just can’t do that … whole … thing … again? Man. Past!Yash is definitely disappointed in me.
  4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman: I’m planning on re-reading this one and I feel like it has the potential to either go very nicely or very, very badly. I’m scared.
  5. I feel like anything by Enid Blyton wouldn’t pass the test of time.

6 responses to “TTT: Books We Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

  1. Oh, I remember loving What Katy Did! Guess I shouldn’t try rereading it? (Can’t even remember what it was about, so have no idea what the subtext might be!)

  2. Steph – I feel like I would have the same reaction to James and the Giant Peach. I hated that book as a kid because it was creepy, but I feel as an adult I could appreciate it more.
    I also really disliked the Hunger Games the first time I read it, not one and two, but book three was just a huge disappointment – doesn’t happen often but I feel that the films (still trying to figure out how they made two for that one book that barely had any story in it to start with) might have softened my opinion of the book.

    Yash – I’m not the biggest fan of Neil Gaiman, especially American Gods. I was uncertain the first time I read it, and going back to it could have the same effect on me – I’ll either end up loving it or hating it. I’m more familiar with his written work now so perhaps it could be love.
    I also have mixed feelings about Harry Potter – I will always love books 1 to 4, but 5 to 7 disappointed me when I first read them, especially 6. Again like with the Hunger Games though the films might have softened my opinion of the original material.

  3. I have to agree with Yash’s list! The last book of the Raven Cycle cemented the weirdness I feel toward the series. And, yes, Harry Potter is always going to be a nostalgia-favorite, but the last three books were SO LONG. – Jess :(

  4. The only book from this list that I’ve re-read is Little Women. Probably enjoyed it better the second time around myself. One of my favorite novels!

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