What are some popular and "critically acclaimed" books/movies that you couldn't stand?
The biggest one for me was Catcher in the Rye. Holy crap Holden just SHUT UP and GET OVER IT! Life sucks, we know! But you gotta make the best of it! Wallowing in your sorrows won't make it go by any easier. I got a lot of crap back in high school from classmates because I didn't like it. Maybe it was was because I was one of those weird teens that actually liked my life who didn't hate her parents and have the whole "no body understands me!" phase. So I really couldn't relate to the main character.
Twilight. I mercifully haven't heard much about it except from my DD, who hates all of it. Book, movie, she's equal opportunity.
Classic wise - well Steinbeck, "Red Pony" anyone? Fitzgerald, yes Catcher in the Rye and the newer "angsty" books, Lord of the Flies . . . maybe good for kids to learn about man's inhumaity to man but by gol I'd like something lighter and uplifting.
I know this book wasn't popular in the mainstream but I absolutely loathed "Riders." I wanted to slap that main character for being such an idiot. I started to like one of the other characters and then she told someone at a party that her initial necklace "F" meant she was F**kable. After that I tossed it aside and ended up giving it away to someone here on CoTH.
Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert
...the George RR Martin series. (Fully realizing I am in a small minority here.) Go ahead, bring the ghouls and chop off each others' heads, no worries. The inexcusable preteen "flowering" focus -- the inexorable budding breasts and menstruation and rape and torture of what in real life would be barely teenage girls.....icks me out in the largest way. How is it that we're all uber-happy to read pervy, average writing?
"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"