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    First of all, the Linda LaPlante novel you were referring to was probably, GASP, Prime Suspect, which was turned into a tv series, and it was great. Very brutal, but good stuff. The books seemed more violent.
    I LOVE LOTR and Jane Austin. Some of the movies are better-Sense and Sensability anyone? In fact, I just watched Pride and Prejudice tonight wioth Greer Garson and L Olivier.
    And funnily enough, One of my most hated books was a favorite movie- A room with a view. Movie makes me swoon, but the book! I used to travel, and could knock off a Dick Francis novel in a night, [but I was worthless next day...] I threw that book across the room with force, and it landed in the trash where I left it.
    Great Expectations, I have come to realize, most of Dickens was dreary and not short. I HATED the old man and the sea, and I really hated the Scarlet letter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jennywho View Post
    Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenence. I can't tell you how many times I have tried to read that book and have never finished it. My beloved high school lit teacher adored that book and had us read it if we wanted to. I tried a couple of times ad couldn't finish it. She passed away a few years after I graduated and I tried again nada. Every couple of years I pick it up, but I. Just. Can't. Finish. It.
    In the same category: Catcher in the Rye.

    If I wanted a dated, coming-of-age book (known as a bildungsroman) about a utterly average but navel-gazing white guy who mistook his trials and tribulations for those of all people in all times and places, I would have asked for it.

    The f*uckin f*cks. I'm really pissed off.

    Oh, and these were written relatively recently, you know, during the 20th century, a time when Western Cultural had already been forced to acknowledge that there were people elsewhere who, as often as not, had been mistreated and misunderstood. No excuse for these pieces of self-serving garbage steeped in belated stupidity.

    There. Now I think I'm done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tle View Post
    Not a huge reader, but have to say the one "bad" that has stuck with me for over 25 years is ANYTHING written by Steinbeck. BLECH!!!
    California was jonesing for a Writer of (semi) High Culture it could call its own. Please try to understand that motivation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvp View Post
    In the same category: Catcher in the Rye.

    If I wanted a dated, coming-of-age book (known as a bildungsroman) about a utterly average but navel-gazing white guy who mistook his trials and tribulations for those of all people in all times and places, I would have asked for it.
    Thanks for the Cliffs Notes version! I've tried starting that book so many times... at least 4. And never made it through the first chapter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvp View Post
    In the same category: Catcher in the Rye.

    If I wanted a dated, coming-of-age book (known as a bildungsroman) about a utterly average but navel-gazing white guy who mistook his trials and tribulations for those of all people in all times and places, I would have asked for it.

    The f*uckin f*cks. I'm really pissed off.

    Oh, and these were written relatively recently, you know, during the 20th century, a time when Western Cultural had already been forced to acknowledge that there were people elsewhere who, as often as not, had been mistreated and misunderstood. No excuse for these pieces of self-serving garbage steeped in belated stupidity.

    There. Now I think I'm done.
    Bleck. Awful book. Along the same line, A Separate Peace.

    Why do english teachers/departments pick such god awful books? Yes, you can't please everyone (as evidenced by this thread), but some books are despised by almost everyone. Why chose those books, when there are so many great books out there?
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    I actualy liked A Separate Peace. Then again, I read it somewhere around the age of 14, so who knows what I would think of it now.



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    "Twilight" and whatever the hell the second book in that series is called (I've blocked it out). Still not sure why I read the second one when the first killed so many of my brain cells.

    "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer." I might have hated this more than I hated Twilight. I was horrible.

    As far as classics go, I absolutely hated "Grapes of Wrath." That was torture to read in high school.


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    You should see the movie "the Grapes of Wrath" it was excellent. You really get a feel for what the Joad's go through on their way to CA. It is most likely a very accurate picture of a devastating time in our country.

    As far as books I hate:

    Riders - worthless trash.
    Stranger in a Strange Land - confusing sci fi BS
    Flying changes - more worthless trash - A teenager gets the opportunity to ride with a BN trainer and within 2 weeks on her farm is going Intermediate at a recognized. She blows the dressage and is so upset, she quits and runs home to mommy. Right.
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    Madame Bovary. HATED the book. HATED the main character. Hated every character in the book, come to think on it . . . no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and when I put that in my term paper, I got some nasty remarks from the professor. Apparently it's one of his favorites.

    The Swan Thieves is right up there, too . . . 500+ pages of toal pointlessness. What makes me most mad is that there were so many excellent paths that book could have taken, and yet it took none of them.


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    Grapes of Wrath. Had to read it the summer before my jr year. Eventually forced myself to actually read the thing on the plane on my way home from a summer at a riding centre in the UK. Every single word was painful.

    As I Lay Dying. Ugggghhhh. Most. Depressing. Book. EVER.

    Adam of the Road...another summer reading book I couldn't stand. We had to read this the summer before 6th grade and it was like having your teeth pulled out. So many of us complained they took it off the required list for the next year. My sister got to read Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, I was so jealous.
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    Brave New World and Lord of the Flies

    Hey, at least I hate classics....
    Nudging "Almost Heaven" a little closer still...
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    Anything by Dan Brown. Never understood how he was so popular for awhile.

    Loved Anna Karenina and The Stranger.

    Not big on Austen, I prefer the Bronte's.

    Was very disappointed in A God in Ruins, couldn't get past the mistakes in the first chapter, and I usually adore Uris.
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
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    Yarf, the list of HS reading reminded me: I Am The Cheese. Haaaated it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex and Bodie's Mom View Post
    Madame Bovary. HATED the book. HATED the main character. Hated every character in the book, come to think on it . . . no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and when I put that in my term paper, I got some nasty remarks from the.
    One of my favorite racehorses was Ema Bovary so I was excited to read the book that she was named after, so disappointed with it, horrible story



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    The Wideacre series by Phillipa Gregory. Where is the vomit icon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alabama View Post
    I was an English major, too, and have read my share of books that I hated. Since graduating, I have to say Stephen King's "The Long Walk" has to be one of the most depressing. I generally like King's books and I HATE not finishing a book. I finished this one but it was pushing it.
    YES! I forced myself to finish the stupid, stupid thing, and then he didn't answer or clear up a SINGLE D*** THING!

    My most hated would have to be *anything* by James Joyce. Portrait, Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, Dubliners... I hate you ALL! If I wanted stream of flipping consciousness I would listen to my OWN thoughts!

    Whew! Feels good to get that off my chest. ;-)
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    Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. The first half of the book is some guy plotting to deflower her and the second half is her slooooowly dying because of it. Way too much helplessness in the heroine.

    The Tao of Equus. I really just wanted to slap the author when she went into detail justifying her infidelity. I don't care how it made you feel, it is still called cheating when you are in a commited relationship.

    Most of the classic writers from the 1700s-Samuel Johnson, Alexander Pope, John Milton. I still have ink stains on my face from falling asleep on the book pages outside during college trying to wade through Paradise Lost.

    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I know it gave insight into the mind of a depressive. I still remember her going into vivid detail about the first time she ever saw a p****. I still don't understand why that is considered good literature.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Event4Life View Post

    Adam of the Road...another summer reading book I couldn't stand. We had to read this the summer before 6th grade and it was like having your teeth pulled out. So many of us complained they took it off the required list for the next year. My sister got to read Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, I was so jealous.
    Aww.. that's actually one of my favorites. Read it back to back with "A door in the wall." I was pretty big historical fiction nerd back in 5/6th grade. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyGiantPony View Post
    The Wideacre series by Phillipa Gregory. Where is the vomit icon?
    Augh! Ditto! I've read most of her other books and like them. But I only got through the first one in that series.

    I'm now working on 50 Shades of Gray, as I seem to be one of a very small handful of women who have not yet read it. I'm halfway through and alternate between giggling at the cheese and rolling my eyes at the language inconsistencies. FFS, why didn't she just set the damn book in the U.K.? Don't set it in Seattle, with a U.S. native as the narrator, and then come up with gems like "bespoke suit" and "I was quite shaken."

    Oh, and it's 2011, and the main character, a senior in college, doesn't have an email address until her "beautiful, tortured" (more cheese) lover arranges to have one set up for her!? I call bullsh!t.

    So far the most amusing thing about this book is that my female boss loaned me the entire set, and they've already made their way around the rest of the office. I will probably never have another job in which my boss gives me porn to read.
    Full-time bargain hunter.


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    Twilight made my so angry that I stopped reading 50 pages before the end and BURNED IT. I may have wanted to have my dog poop on it first, but my dog heard how bad it was and wouldn't cooperate.

    The Night Circus annoyed me to no end. UGH.
    Catcher in the Rye=eye stabbing death.


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