I have just started reading Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" after having it on my book shelf for ages, I have read nothing but good stuff about it and so far I am really enjoying it. I was worried that I would start reading it and think it was awful - luckily that's not the case. Have you read any books or seen any movies or listened to any albums which had a lot of hype and you found them to be really disappointing? The most disappointing book for me was "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire, long before the musical or its mass-popularity a friend suggested I give it a read. I liked the descriptions and the settings but I found the book overall to be a real bore. Another book I never got on with was Catch 22. I really wanted to enjoy it but found myself struggling. Movie-wise I really didnt like "Black Hawk Down" - that was a real let down, as was "Gladiator". I watched both of them after everyone had sang their praises and I expected a lot more. I have found with movies that the underrated flicks are the classics, far too many new movies get "oh-my-gawd-this-is-the-best-movie-EVER" status. What about you?