I hope I’m never popular

If you’re Australian, you’ll be aware that some of us, if not all of us, suffer, in varying degree’s, from ‘tall poppy syndrome’. If you’re not Australian and reading this, here’s the definition of ‘tall poppy syndrome’, courtesy of this site:

In 1931 J.T. Lang, Premier of New South Wales gave the term tall poppy to all those on government salaries above £10 per week (a princely sum in those days).

Today the tall poppy is usually someone who is very successful in their field.

Unfortunately, Australia has developed what we call the Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS). This is the action of eagerly pulling down the more successful people in our society should they show the slightest imperfection.

Is this done to everyone who is successful? Actually no. It tends to be aimed at those people the public perceives as being arrogant or not deserving the amount of success they’ve achieved.

While I’m not sure I actively eagerly pull people down, I do have my own passive aggressive version going on. I simply refuse to watch or listen or read those things that are deemed popular.

Here’s a list of things I have not watched or read or worn, without having to think too much:

the Harry Potter series

Forrest Gump

Dances with Wolves

The Titanic

Breaking Bad series

Finding Nemo

Fifty Shades of Grey (if I ever do read this, please, someone lock me up)

Any of the Batman movies

Game of Thrones – series or books

I dislike just about every famous person except Jennifer Lawrence and Jamie Oliver and Sting

I’ve never bought a ‘label’ piece of clothing. I think I do have some but they were either given to me or bought at op shops

If I thought about it a bit harder, I could bore you even further, but luckily for you, I need to write this fast so I can finish cooking tea.

I’m not sure why I’m like this, except that I have always had a strong aversion to doing what everyone else is doing, watching, reading. I remember even waaaaaay back in school, I never bothered with the soapies that everyone else was watching (I never watch Twin Peaks, for example), or cared what the latest trend of fashion was, or was enamoured with that new ‘cool’ boy. I have just always preferred to cut my own path.

Sometimes, that comes back to bite me. For instance, I’m a terrible person to have on your trivia team, I won’t be able to talk to you about the latest TV show,  I’m not much fun to take clothes shopping unless it’s to the op shops, and I certainly won’t be able to swap celebrity gossip stories with you. I may also stare blankly at you if you quote a ‘popular’ movie or book.

And, I have just realised, as I tap away every day at my keyboard adding words to the book I’m trying to write – what if one day I’m popular and sell millions and millions of books and JK Rowling asks me to tea and Oprah wants to re-launch her talk show just so she can interview me?  What then???

I’ll have to not like myself! I’ll have to not read my own books and not go see all three movies from my own trilogy!

Luckily, I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. And if it did, I would most certainly have to change my tune and wouldn’t I have an awful lot of ‘popular’ movies and books to catch up on!

8 thoughts on “I hope I’m never popular

  1. I dont do what others are doing as well, but if I happen to stumble upon something I would give it a go. If a popular book/film/series catches my attention because of the hype, I give it a chance and taste a little of it. If I like it, I continue, if I don’t, I drop it.

    Some of them are good materials, popularity aside, and I always give them a shot.


  2. The ‘shades of gray’ series, I have no interest in. There are a few on your list I have watched/read, because I was curious or simply interested, and some I tried because others recommended them. I don’t follow the crowd, I try to be more a leader. I make my own fads and my own fashion. Though I did wear the bell-bottoms the first go-round because I looked so darn good in them!


  3. Well, when you get popular, I’LL like you!

    But that will be no change, because I like you now.

    I’m really trendy, and very hip, though with a bit of a time-delay. Barbara says that I am one of the finest minds of the seventeenth century.

    Seriously, I don’t want to be popular either. I don’t want to be recognized, don’t want to have a heart-to-heart with Oprah, and would prefer not to be the guest of honor at anything I can think of.

    I like my life; I like my dogs, my work, my house, my wife. If people buy the books, great, but they can’t have me.


    • LOL 🙂 I hate it when whatever style I’m wearing is suddenly popular and trendy as then I have to change to something different! So I can relate to you and your time-delay 🙂

      Thing is, I don’t mind if I do become popular (I’m happy to be in the limelight, which is weird because I’m actually a very private person!) but will that mean I have to like everyone and everything else that’s popular too??? As I said, I’m pretty confident I’m not the next JK Rowling, so I don’t think I’m ever going to have to nut out this particular foible on a doctors couch 😉


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