What? You Don’t Like That? Are You Weird Or Something?

We all have things we like but probably shouldn’t: cheesy novels, mindless TV, chocolate chip cookies the size of our heads. But what about those things we think we should like but don’t? The books, movies, music, and food we’re embarrassed to admit we don’t enjoy, since everyone else seems to think they’re swell?

Well, never fear. Today is a day of unburdening. A day to own up to the things we don’t like, even if others think we’re nuts.


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  • Life of Pi (too far out there for me)
  • Animal Farm (see above)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth (see above)

I’m a pragmatist, what can I say? That doesn’t mean I can’t suspend disbelief. I enjoy stories with ghosts, witches, wizards, and more, and I understand theme sometimes trounces realism. So if I had to guess, I’d say it’s an animal thing. I prefer bipeds to quadrupeds when it comes to my fiction.



  • The Notebook (sappy, sappy, sappy)
  • Star Wars (zzzzz)
  • The Lord of the Rings (double zzzzz)

Blasphemy, I know. In fact, many of you–including my youngest teen son–probably just unfollowed me. Oh, poop.






  • Bruce Springsteen
  • U2
  • Bob Dylan
  • Sheryl Crow

If I didn’t lose you before, I probably have now. Would it help if I included Taylor Swift? Oh, good. Two of you are still here.



  • Cilantro
  • Pineapple
  • Seafood
  • Wine

Hello? Is anybody still there?


What’s something you feel you should like but don’t? No worries. I won’t judge.

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Rubin4Carrie Rubin is the author of The Seneca Scourgea medical thriller. For full bio, click here.


318 Responses to “What? You Don’t Like That? Are You Weird Or Something?”

  1. Silver in the Barn

    Ha! I often feel in a permanent state of “Is it me?” This happens most often in book club. Count me as one of the three people in the universe who loathed “The Help.”


    • Carrie Rubin

      Same here. Often in book club, I’m sitting back listening to everyone praise a book that I had trouble not slamming shut in boredom or frustration. For me it was ‘The Red Tent.’ Everyone in my book club seemed to love that book, but it just wasn’t my thing.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!


      • Silver in the Barn

        Carrie, I’ve resigned myself to enjoying the wine and the food at book club and slogging my way through most of what is selected. I call it “book club fodder” – the crap sitting in the Costco bins geared specifically to women of a certain age and demographic. The latest that everybody is raving about is “Orphan Train.” Seriously, it reads like Young Adult fiction….not to insult YA.

        Yes, I just found you through one of my favorites, Gerard Oosterman. Interested to read more of your posts. Thanks!


  2. Sammy D.

    Oh good grief – I just discovered you got ‘unfollowed’ from my Reader. Now I wonder who else I’ve lost!!

    You closed comments on your Christmas photo but I just have to say how darling you look, and so happy you got to shuck those painful braces. You look mah elous!! As do your handsome Hubs and sons.

    Have fun. See YA in 2015.

    PS I think that Notebook author is one of the most overrated in the business!!!


  3. Kourtney Heintz

    There are lots of writers I feel like I should like but I don’t. Let’s stick to music though. I never got Bruce Springsteen. I’m also not a fan of Pitbull. Or any of the Jacksons.


  4. earthriderjudyberman

    You and I are in sync on many of the items above … but, but, no to wine? Sacrilege. Next you’ll be saying you hate chocolate.

    Love the photo of your “son.” I’m sure all teens think their parents are weird. Thanks for the chuckles, Carrie. 😉


  5. Jae

    Since this seems to be the confessional, I’ve never actually seen “Titanic”. When people talk about the movie, I just nod knowingly and say “deep.”
    Great post!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Hahaha. That seems like a reasonable response. I saw Titanic. It was okay, but I don’t really get the fuss over it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!


  6. benzeknees

    I dislike parmesan cheese (to me it smells like stinky socks), cooked cabbage & anything spicy (sacrilege!) I do like a sappy movie sometimes because let’s face it, sometimes everyone needs a good cry! I’m almost afraid to say this out loud (since I’m Canadian), but I hate hockey!

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      • benzeknees

        So does my hubby & sometimes I have to ask him to move a few feet away from me while eating because he’s ruining my meal! Yes, I hate hockey but love Canadian football!


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