Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.
Day 9: A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving
The good old “you ate your words” question. (I love those, don’t you)? Thank goodness my senior English teacher doesn’t follow my blog because she sure would get a kick out of tonight’s post. That’s right, a book I was determined to hate but ending up being hopelessly fascinated with was a book that was an english assignment.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Reasons why I felt like I wasn’t going to like the book:
- Grapes of Wrath experience– To be fair to Grapes of Wrath I was assigned this book as a sophomore in high school, so I wasn’t really interested in reading literature pieces by Steinbeck and Dickens. I was more into things written by the likes of J.K. Rowling and Phillip Pullman. I barely read Grapes of Wrath and was bored to death by the class discussion of it so I assumed Steinbeck’s purpose was to torture high school students; therefore East of Eden surely couldn’t be good. (Please note– now that my reading taste has evolved and there’s not a teacher saying “you have too” I plan on giving Grapes of Wrath another shot.)
- It was a summer reading assignment— I am absolutely against summer reading assignments! It simply isn’t fair to make a student feel obligated to do work during a DESIGNATED break period. Plus it doesn’t help that I’m a natural-born procrastinator (not a rare breed from what I hear) so my last week of summer was completely ruined as I tried to learn as much as I could from a book without actually reading it. (I was stupid).
With East of Eden I decided I wouldn’t let the book win. It was not going to ruin my summer by hanging over me and making me feel guilty so I tackled it the first week of summer…and was pleasantly surprised.
I think not feeling rushed certainly helped as I could stop and analyze what I read. And what I read was like a literary soap opera. Literally. You had the character that was evil to the core and the poor guy who was in love with her but would never understand her twisted nature. Then you had the overexaggerated scenes that only soap operas (and apparently literature) could deliver.
There wasn’t really a character that I liked as none of them were truly redeeming but it was the outcomes of these characters that keeps you watching even though you know there is a train wreck ahead. (JUST LIKE A SOAP OPERA).
The novel is absolutely fascinating, I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t help but talk about it. I was actually excited for school to start so I could discuss all the questions I had for my teacher to see if I was right about connections I made. Steinbeck beat me. He got me good.
What about you? Is there a book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving? Share it below and happy reading!
- Steven Spielberg Will Produce a ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Remake (slashfilm.com)
- DreamWorks, Steven Spielberg Plan To Bring Back Tom Joad With New Version Of John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ (m.deadline.com)