Hmm... Twilight (just the first book) defeated me... twice!
Then the second movie was on cable and my dear son put it on while I was home... because he had a girl around. Bleh.
And later he asked me how I felt about it. My response, I'll never get that time back... staring at a blank wall would have been better.
Did you read Anna Karenina? I was less intimidated by that than War and Peace, but still slightly intimidated it's a generous volume with a reputation of it's own. I read it a few Christmas holidays ago and enjoyed it thoroughly! It was wonderful. War and Peace is still on my list....
I'm working my way through Proust... thus the title of my own Journal. It will NOT defeat me! All 1.5 million or so words will be digested eventually.
Never tried Conan... fell in love with Drizzt Do'Urden as a young lass... still love him.