Some Bandwagons Are Worth Jumping On

I’m not a bandwagon girl.

I’m not sure exactly why; it’s nothing that’s been planned. But for some reason, the more accolades a movie, or book, or TV show receives, the less interested I become.

Need some examples? Okay, let’s see . . .

  • Titanic? Never saw it. (And no desire to.)
  • On a related note, I’d rather do almost anything than listen to a Celine Dion song in its entirety.
  • The Bachelor (or The Bachelorette, or The Bachelor Dog, or any other offshoot of The Bachelor) have never been on in our house. I would choose a documentary about the production of string over The Bachelor. I can’t even stand to sit through a commercial.
  • I’ve also never watched Dancing with the Stars. I have nothing against the show; I just have no desire to see it. Ditto with Glee.
  • Oprah doesn’t do it for my either. I think she is very generous, but I don’t agree with other aspects of her platform, and I just don’t get into her talk show. And it’s a rare Oprah Book Club pick that I will read and enjoy. Most of the time, the Oprah endorsement on a book cover acts as a repellent for me. Just not my kind of read. (An exception: To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m with her all the way on that one.)
  • I didn’t know who Jon & Kate (or their eight) were until they were getting divorced.
  • I can’t think of anything that could get me to read Twilight or see any of the movies. Sorry, people.

I’m not trying to be some sort of snob, I’m really not. It’s just that my tastes usually do not resemble those of the status quo.

In other words, I’m just weird.

There are, however, exceptions to my bandwagon ban. I have read all of the Harry Potter books and loved them, I like to watch American Idol, and I recently began watching the first season of Lost. (I will never, ever catch up, though!)

And, this week, I finally read The Shack.

My mom read it and then ordered it for my two sisters and I because she liked it so much. And it was actually a book I’d been wanting to read, but just hadn’t gotten around to yet. After finishing it in record-breaking time for this slow meticulous reader, I have to say, I’m very glad I read it.

Being an English major and an editor by trade, I had to send the literary critic in my head on vacation while I was reading so I didn’t get bogged down in the quality of the writing itself and could instead focus on the message and the story. Because based on literary merit alone, The Shack is not a great book. Transitions, dialogue, sentence structure—they aren’t going to earn this novel a Pulitzer Prize. But the message and story are so amazing that it doesn’t matter.

There’s no question in my mind that the story was divinely inspired. Coincidentally (or not), I’m in the midst of Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Love study through my church, and I’m reading the book that accompanies the study, The Relationship Principles of Jesus by Tom Holladay. It was as if The Shack brought to life the descriptions and explanations of God’s love that are the focus of the study. They naturally go together. Just like peas n’ carrots.

If you’ve read The Shack, what did you think? And if you haven’t, are you planning on reading it, or are you bandwagon avoider as well?

Photo by Ted Kerwin


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