This topic came to me last night when I showed my friends this image:
And one of my friends responded with “Lord of the Rings sucks.”
I didn’t say anything, because I like Lord of the Rings. I’ve read the books. But I can understand why someone else might think LOTR sucks: the books are long, the story is tedious, and Elijah Wood has all the sex appeal of a—well—hobbit.
This isn’t a slight at my friend, whom I adore and is one of my BFFs. I’ve just noticed this tendency of automatic dismissal among many people. I had one friend declare himself as a social media expert, and then he said “Twitter sucks.”
Right in front of me.
Just like that.
Cailin (also extremely active on the Twitter) was standing next to me, and we didn’t even know how to respond. Twitter sucks? Twitter SUCKS?
I get the LOTR thing. I mean, I read the books, and I enjoyed them, but for fucksakes Tolkien take it down a notch. The same goes for most classic literature I read… I hate 70% of classic lit, including Jane Austen. I think Charles Dickens was a long-winded old fogey. I feel like many people who read classic literature do so because they feel they have to, but I recognize the literary merit in such writing and acknowledge that my tastes are different from others. Superior, but different.
Use the word with care. Things don’t suck because you think they suck.
Except Twilight. Twilight sucks.