I am, if nothing else, an opinionated person. There are very few things that fall into a purgatory of indecision in my life: I know what I like and I'm even keener at what I do NOT like. The one glaring caveat is that saves me from utter jerk-dom is that I allow myself to change my mind.
At a recent book club, which deserves multiple posts all its own, I brought up the subject of books I had read as a teenager that really affected me and after rereading them as an adult, how much they (and I) had changed. One utterly embarrassing example was The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.
As a young woman, I identified with the protagonist, an architect named Howard Roark, who was true to his vision and creativity. He would never be a part of "the collective" that stole the ideas of these creative few. On the surface, I thought as a teenager, this book was a-maz-ing. Be yourself! Don't follow the crowd! Middle finger to the man! It was only after a reread as an adult, when the subtext of Rand's individualism and objectivism was fully realized by me, the reader.
I was appalled that I had allowed this book into my favorites list as a kid! The xenophobia and disgust with the "weak" in The Fountainhead really scared me. I was utterly embarrassed to admit to my book club that this had been a book that I truly enjoyed the first time I read it. Of course, my perspective and opinion of the book has changed, but it got me wondering: what other books (or movies) did I adore when I was younger only to be embarrassed or bored by now?
Do you have any books that you loved as a kid, but on the second read as an adult they just don't hold up? I'd love to hear your opinions! I promise I don't think all of my opinions are the right ones anymore! (Pinky-swear!)