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    Quote Originally Posted by vxf111 View Post
    Me too. Catcher in the Rye, Beloved, and American Psycho are in my top 10. I think there needs to be two lists, books where you didn't enjoy the subject matter (I guess some people's reaction to American Psycho, etc.) and once where you didn't enjoy the writing (Wicked, etc.)
    There needs to be a third list - books where you don't like the people who like the book I like some of, say, Neal Gaimen's books/short stories, but the whole panting, turgid fanboy passion of his fans makes me want to break his typewriter.



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    Ok-ok, I am most certainly a literature snob, so I can freely admit that I dislike many American classics, mainly *anything* by Hemmingway and I HATEHATEHATE Huck Finn. Yes-yes, I *appreciate* it on various levels, but I can't stand the vast majority of it. I do loff Catcher in the Rye, Great Gatsby, and A Separate Piece.

    I LUV most Brit lit, especially Sir A C Doyle, M Shelley's Frankenstein, and Dickens. However, I hate anything by Jane Austen, which is easy because she just kept repeating the same stuff over and over.

    Oh, I do love The Life of Pi.

    Finally, (talk about stream of consciousness!) I hated A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by Joyce. Yes, brilliant. Yes, whinning taken to its greatest level of egotism.
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    Default Ayn Rand-- The Fountain Head

    No offense if you adore this book. But I have some concerns.

    At my HS, they did a fun survey of favorite books among the teachers and staff. The Fountain Head came up several times, beloved by many people who, at least in their professional lives, had appeared to have done exactly nothing of note. Is there a correlation? The people who want to *read* about an a-hole, unrealistic "Overman" are precisely those who can't be Howard Roark?

    Some kind of Ayn Rand foundation offered a $10K essay prize/scholarship for a paper on that book. Of course, Ayn Rand pulled over in that story (or Atlas Shrugged?) to make fun of middle-class-wannabe-intellectuals who formed book groups. Any irony there? Of course, I didn't care. Behaving as Rand would have it, I competed for what was a huge prize not giving a rat's a$$ about the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littleum View Post
    Heart of Darkness. /puke.
    One of my all time favorites. While I have a degree in English Lit, and my 'speciality' if we call it that was modernist poetry - I have a great love of 19th century literature (even if Conrad was slightly after) - especially that which deals with the theme of imperialism. But I realize that my type of literature isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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    To those who love Life of Pi:
    Why?

    I slogged through on the recommendation of a friend. I didnt find it engaging - too preachy at times and then lost me with the island and the "what do you think?" ending.

    What was your attraction to it?



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    wicked, smillas sense of snow, life of pi---couldn't get past the first chapters.

    but my all time worst book has to be the bible.
    now don't freak out---i was raised roman catholic, had all the sacremants and dutifully attended bible studies, etc until i was 17.

    not once did i ever think it was anything but a misogynistic bunch of fairy tales designed to scare the heathens out of their wits.

    sorry, i know some here will be outraged--but that's been my experience with the bible. (please do not pm me about why or how i'm wrong about the bible, ok?)
    i do believe that jesus walked the earth and was a great man btw. the lore surrounding him is just too much for me though.


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    Another Wicked-hater here. HORRENDOUS book. I just could not figure out why people liked it. It made me think it was one of those things were someone smart or famous really liked it (or said they did), and then everyone else felt like they better like it too (or say they like it, even if deep down they hated it) or else they would not appear smart.

    Well I'm going to own it. I think it totally, completely, utterly, sucked.

    The other book that immediately sprang into my mind when I saw the thread title is The Celestine Prophecy. Again- I think it totally, completely, utterly, sucked. complete drivel. A few hours of my life I will never recover.
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    Wicked - I read it - have no desire to read another book by this author.

    I still think The Horse Whisperer was one of the stupidest books ever written.

    The Celestine Prophecy read like a High School essay - not bad for a sixteen year old


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    Twilight - I felt 20 IQ points dumber by the end. I'm curious to see how the last book is translated to the big screen though...

    Beloved - Read it in high school. Thought it was horrible.

    Anything by Nicholas Sparks. - He draws me in with interesting story lines and then crushes my dreams with his god awful writing.
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    The Red Pony.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SaturdayNightLive View Post
    Twilight - I felt 20 IQ points dumber by the end. I'm curious to see how the last book is translated to the big screen though....
    You'll lose another 20 IQ pts. If you're determined, I'd recommend watching at home with like minded females, a large bottle of wine, keg of beer, or fully supplied margarita machine, some light fuzzy things to throw at the TV. Then be prepared to laugh like crazy and throw the light fuzzy things at the TV.



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    I hated Outlander. Also thought Twilight was one of the worst-written books I'd ever read. ::shudder::

    And, Da Vinci Code. LOL "Harrison Ford in tweed." Author dude, did you not WATCH the beginning and end of the first Indiana Jones movies? With, y'know, Harrison Ford in TWEED? I snorkled* so hard at that book.

    Never could manage Finnegan's Wake. And finished Confederacy of Dunces but wondered why I'd put in the effort. Faulkner is another whose novels I've never been able to "get into." And I wasn't fond of Hemingway either -- why do they think making 12-year-olds read "The Old Man and the Sea" is a good idea?

    Dickens -- never much liked him either. OMG, Little Nell. Why, I ask you. Why? Unrecognized female suffering carried to the nth power.

    And Wuthering Heights, ugh. Heathcliff was a dick. Didn't love Jane Eyre either, possibly because I randomly had read Wide Sargasso Sea before I read Eyre and yeah... Madwoman in the attic trope didn't work for me in the same way. Also, overkill, what with the evil aunt/uncle/cousins and the Orphanage of Doom!

    I did like, however:
    100 Years of Solitude
    Great Gatsby
    Heart of Darkness
    Wicked

    Anything by Austen
    Anything by JD Salinger

    OMG - how could I forget Atlas Shrugged. Read it as a teenager and loathed it.

    To the OP: Watch the 1995 version of Persuasion, then try reading the novel. See if it changes your mind ;-) One of my all-time favorite movies...

    Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds.

    *Snorkled: not a reference to diving, intended to convey a combination of snickering and cackling, and possibly inhaling water
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcm View Post
    You'll lose another 20 IQ pts. If you're determined, I'd recommend watching at home with like minded females, a large bottle of wine, keg of beer, or fully supplied margarita machine, some light fuzzy things to throw at the TV. Then be prepared to laugh like crazy and throw the light fuzzy things at the TV.
    My husband and I watched it at home as a "comedy" on the advice of one of his coworkers. We got to the scene where he carries what'sherface up the mountain, legs spinning like Roadrunner, and we both almost died laughing. It was the dumbest thing I have ever seen, and the fact that it was a "serious" scene made it all the more silly.
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    The Red Tent.

    OMG they were having sex with the sheep. I quit reading after that. And tossed the book. Heck, 2 people GAVE me that book. Tossed one and gave the other back.

    Not my kind of reading.

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    I qualify a bad book if I cannot read all of it. And, I'm a voracious reader so I consider it losing when I have to put a book down. When I was younger, I wouldn't stop reading a book for the principle of it. Now, I'm older and I find it easier.

    In school, had I not been forced, I would not have finished Hamlet or Handmaiden's Tale. UGH.

    And, now, only a few books have I had to put down:

    Interview with a Vampire - got to chapter 5 and never went back

    Tom Clancy and to a degree Robert Ludlum - too technical or something. I'd read pages over again not even realizing I was actually a few chapters ahead

    Hobbit/LOTR - just couldn't get thru them either

    Game of Thrones - why are there SO many people?? To be fair, I tried to read this after a concussion so maybe I should revisit.

    And, I'm actually very ashamed to say this one...b/c it means I tried. My friend gave me a copy of 50 SoG and told me it was AMAZING. Omg, seriously??? I couldn't stomach more than a bit of it. I actually threw that one across the room. Terrible on SO many levels!

    Whoever said Faith of the Fallen - agreed. Tha series is one of my all time faves, but that book did not move the storyline along at all.

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    Made the NYT Top Ten Books of The Year in 2006 -

    Special Topics In Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl. UGH. The main character was such a lame drag, and the author never used one word where she could fit 20.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixie0304 View Post
    oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, worst book ever " Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert ( french i believe?) they might have it translate.
    I was forced to read it for school, and never did! I just could not get thru the first chapter !! I just could not, it was awful and boring.... ( I obviously failed the exam on that book) but I dont care, no one, ever, will make me go back to this book! eurk! my friends kind of summed up the story for me few years later while on the subject and I was so happy I did not went further than the first chapter. i couldnt have anyway
    depressing , pointless story ever
    Drat. I had managed to block this twaddle-called-literature from my mind until you brought it up! There was nothing, absolutely nothing, to make me sympathetic with any of the characters. Sexy? I think not. Well-written? No. I read it, because I had to, and I think I failed the paper for mentioning several times how much better the book would have been had Emma Bovary died on Page 1.



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    Quote Originally Posted by littleum View Post
    (let me preface this with I my BA is in English/Humanities and my minor was in medieval History)

    I'm not sure this qualifies, but...

    Romeo and Juliet.

    When I was a sophomore in HS it was on the reading list. I was SO excited because I had heard it was the "greatest love story ever" and I had never read it nor seen a production of it before that time. I loved a good love story (still do) so I was all about that.

    I read it. I read it eagerly. I turned each page waiting for "the greatest love story ever" part to emerge. I was patient.

    Then... it ended.

    WORST BOOK/STORY/PLAY EVER. EVER! EVER!

    What a piece of CRAP!

    My husband (also an English major, we took a lot of classes together) and I argue about R&J all the time. HE thinks greatest love story ever, must have lips firmly on its ass. Me? Can you sense my bitterness and disappointment and resentment? Greatest love story ever my fat ass.

    At least it (and some other works) provide my husband and I lots of material for debates.
    I absolutely agree with you on this one. YES, I understand the historical context and all that, but really, who can get behind two 13-year-olds who kill themselves for "love?" I've read a lot of Shakespeare, but I despise this play, mostly because I think someone should have pointed out somewhere that if Juliet had just married the old geezer, they could have offed him,she'd have inherited, and they'd have lived happily ever after. A much more satisfying ending, IMO.



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    Anything by Nicholas Sparks - sappy, poorly written drivel.

    The Anita Blake series by Laurel K Hamilton...starts out as a light read about a vampire hunter...then after the first few books it does a 180 abruptly and turns into soft porn bearing no resemblance to the original premise of the series. Bizarre and increasingly horribly written.

    I started A Confederacy of Dunces but could not get though it. Same with A Tale of Two Cities (although I have read and enjoyed some other Dickens).

    I wouldn't say The Red Pony is a bad book, just that it kind of traumatized me when I read it as a horse-crazy young girl having no idea what fate awaited said pony in the book.

    Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. We read it for book club and I could not finish it. The writing is outstanding, but I just did not care whatsoever what happened to the characters so did not feel invested enough in the story to read the whole thing.



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    In college, had to read Absolam, Absolam, can you say SNORE!!! I hope I spelled that right.
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