What Were You Expecting?

Were you expecting that book to be great?  Or were you expecting it to be terrible and only read it out of obligation?

I’ve frankly been disappointed regularly by highly recommend movies as of late, some of which I dare not even mention by name because I would certainly be considered a heretic.  I just couldn’t understand why I didn’t like them when everyone else in the world thought I should.  And yet, so often, I’ve been surprisingly pleased with movies that honestly looked like they were flat out dumb.
….So, was it my expectations that made the difference?

For example, I’ll use Pixar’s UP and Gnomeo and Juliet.
-EVERYONE told me I would love UP.  I heard that a half a dozen times the day I bought the movie.  But much to my disappointment, I wasn’t the least bit impressed by the time it was over.  In fact, I felt it lacked the cleverness I love about Pixar movies.
-Gnomeo and Juliet, on the other hand, I only watched because my sister begged me too.  I mean, really, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet (a story I already don’t like), through the eyes of garden gnomes?  How could it possibly be good?  Well, I’m here to tell you I loved the movie and it actually had some great lol moments.

I’ve had this experience over and over and I’m seriously starting to wonder if what I expect going in really does make a difference in how much I like a book or movie at the end.

Do you ever find expectations make a difference?

All I know for sure is from now on I’m going to say, “I probably won’t like this movie,” before I sit down to watch it.  ;)

4 thoughts on “What Were You Expecting?

  1. Yes, unfortunately I am more the often not impressed by a movie despite a friend’s “you are going to love this” recommendation.

    As an introvert, I am probably more difficult to assess as far as what I like or dislike.

  2. There are very few movies that appeal to me anymore. In fact, I haven’t been to the theater to see a movie in over 7 years. It’s easier to wait until it comes out on dvd, my mother in law usually buys things I might want to see, so I borrow them from her. :)

    1. I agree with you on that one, Karen. I rarely go to the theater any more. It’s so much nicer to watch a movie in the comfort of my own home and I don’t feel like I’ve wasted as much money. :P

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