But do you have any guilty displeasures? Whereas guilty pleasures make you feel pleasure despite your guilt, guilty displeasures don't even give you pleasure! They just make you feel plain bad about yourself, but they're so bad you can't look away no matter how hard you try. I have quite a few of these:
Fifty Shades of Grey: Ugh. Don't even get me started on this embarrassment of a series. I swore I wouldn't pick up the second book when I was about halfway through the first, but then I found myself placing a hold at the library for Fifty Shades Darker. I will proudly say that I refused to spend any money on these books, and it took me a good five months to finish the third one. So it was obviously riveting. I wish I could abandon books (and/or series).
Speaking of which, I can tell ttyl is probably going to another series like Fifty Shades for me. I really didn't enjoy the first book, but there are three in the series and they will all count toward the Banned Book Challenge I'm participating in, so I'll probably read them all.... At least these are quick reads that won't take up more than a few hours of my total lifetime.
One Tree Hill: I watched nine. freaking. seasons. of this show. And I didn't even enjoy it. I'll admit I enjoyed Haley and Nathan a little bit. But just a little. And not even during every season.
Pretty Little Liars: The jury is still out on this one. To be completely honest, I can't tell if this is a guilty displeasure or just a guilty pleasure I'm really ashamed of. Sometimes I can't wait to click "next episode" on Netflix, but most of the time I'm just left thinking, "I didn't even learn anything new. Why did I watch that?"
So what prompted this post, you might ask? I recently said goodbye to one of my guilty displeasures: 90210.
After finishing up season three of PLL on Netflix while I was lounging around last week recovering from my oral surgery, I started watching season four of 90210 because it was in my queue. But then I said: No more! I don't even like this show! Why am I going to keep watching it, hoping it gets cancelled (like I did with OTH) when I could just walk away now? So I did. I deleted it from my instant queue. Take that, 90210! (Applause welcome.) Oh, and I watched bad Mandy Moore movies instead. :) Guilty pleasure.
Considering I finally finished Fifty Shades and will be done with ttyl soon, and OTH is no longer on air, I think I can safely eradicate all my guilty displeasures from my life and focus on wasting time with my guilty pleasures, as long as I don't get sucked into starting another crappy television show on Netflix. And like I said, the jury is still out on PLL.
So spill: What are your guilty displeasures? Feel free to share your guilty pleasures, as well! This is a judgement-free zone. :)