I'm the exact same way! I think VII is extremely overrated and VIII was just overly exaggerated. I place the blame on too many damned emo main characters!!! Then again, XIII was a bit full of them. FFX was awesome too. So I take it you've never played the cream of the crop then? By that I mean FFIII, FFIV, and FFVI.
Well FFX was my first FF and then I played them backwards, from X down to VII. And actually, I hated FFIX first, then it grew on me- I think it was the leveling system for abilities that really got me into it. I prefer IX over VIII and VII.