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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #100 on: 15 Feb 2007, 18:55 »

Personally, I'd submit Steinbeck's first chapter except every character is replaced with an analogous Looney Tune.

i'd give that an A.

i love Austen's plots, i just prefer to watch them. and that is a horrible horrible thing to say, but unbelievably true.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #101 on: 15 Feb 2007, 19:02 »

How about read aloud with a British accent?
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #102 on: 15 Feb 2007, 19:06 »

ooo. anytime.
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« Reply #103 on: 16 Feb 2007, 06:13 »

There's actually quite a lot of 19th century British novels that are a LOT better if they are read aloud and with a British accent.

I also discovered Shakespeare is also quite a lot better when you read it with a British accent.  It's easier to get through, at least to me.  I suppose that's because, you know, it was written to be acted in English, hence, use an English accent.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #104 on: 16 Feb 2007, 11:39 »

shakespeare is just better when read aloud in any accent. when i'd have to read it for class, a few of us would just get together and read aloud, because it's more fun that way.

i can't remember many books i've read that i didn't like, even if we had to read them for school. the only one i really remember as being a bit of a pain was The Bluest Eye, only for the fact that parts of it were increddibly messed up. not to bash toni morrison's work, though, because she is a good writer.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #105 on: 16 Feb 2007, 12:49 »

Indeed, a lot of Shakespeare's poetry hinged on peculiarities in the pronunciation of Elizabethan English that are gone today.
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« Reply #106 on: 21 Feb 2007, 06:21 »

i get epilepctic fits from jane austin.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #107 on: 21 Feb 2007, 06:40 »

I happen to think Pride and Prejudice by Austen is wonderful. I think it's required to have a uterus to like this book. Not saying that every female likes it, but.. I can't think of too many guys that do. I also love Shakespeare, although not his poetry.

A man that I have immense hatred for: Charles Dickens. GOOD CHRIST, he needs to shut up. I have hated everything by this man that I have been forced to read. Although Oliver Twist was okay. But Great Expectations? I wanted to shoot myself. In the face.

I also second (or third? or fourth? I'm not sure...) the hatred of James Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was one of the most painful things I've ever had to read. Also, Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence was pretty fucking awful, in my opinion. It seems I'm not a big fan of BritLit. Except Jane Austen.

I'm sure there are others that I can't think of right now.. honestly, I hate a lot of so-called classic literature.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #108 on: 21 Feb 2007, 17:17 »

I despised the Crucible SO MUCH. SO FUCKING MUCH!

Agh, god, I hated that book. HATEHATEHATEHATEHATEHATEHATE! It was utter crap, and it's even worse when your retarded high school classmates have to read it. They didn't even try to put any emotion in to it
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« Reply #109 on: 21 Feb 2007, 19:58 »

Agreed, Grunty.

Puritans are such a boring subject to write about.  I think Hawthorne had potential to be amazing, but alas, he wrote about something so genuinely uninteresting that I have a strange love/hate relationship with his works.  The Crucible is just doubly bad because it's not actually about Puritans, but it's about COMMUNISM in relation to how Puritans are depicted.  I forgot the writer of the play, isn't that sad?

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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #110 on: 22 Feb 2007, 03:46 »

Ayn Rand.  I couldn't get into her novels.

Ray Bradbury.  He haunted my highschool years.

Zora Neale Hurston.  No thank you.  Very much.

Mark Twain.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #111 on: 22 Feb 2007, 08:32 »

Ooh yes.  Twain.  No like.

War. And. Peace.  Holy crap.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #112 on: 22 Feb 2007, 09:29 »

If you like or dislike 1984 and Brave New World, then you should read We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

Especially if you really, really, really, really love ellipses. I dunno, maybe I just had a bad translation.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #113 on: 24 Feb 2007, 10:03 »

The Catcher in the Rye- I thought it was supposed to be a classic. Dumbest book ever written.
The Scarlet Letter- Normally I did all of the required reading in HS, but I had to use Spark Notes for this one. I couldn't force myself to read it.
Of Mice and Men- Just flat out gag me. Ish.
Nicholas Nickelby- I usually like Dickens. I also liked the movie. But not the book.

That's all for now. I do tend to like the classics, so it's a short list.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #114 on: 24 Feb 2007, 22:06 »

The Glass Menagerie
Things Fall Apart
The Martian Chronicles (not sure if this even counts as a "great" book, but it was required reading in one of my classes way back in HS)
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #115 on: 10 Mar 2007, 04:50 »

Ayn Rand.  I couldn't get into her novels.
I've started reading Atlas Shrugged, but I'm finding the proselytising is laid on a bit too thick. I'm trying to give it a chance, though.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #116 on: 10 Mar 2007, 05:05 »

The Crucible is by Arthur Miller (he of Death of a Salesman fame).
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #117 on: 15 Mar 2007, 23:36 »

i'm so glad i'm not the only one to despise catcher in the rye.
i agree with the classic literature and lord of the rings comments, too.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #118 on: 19 Mar 2007, 03:13 »

"Catcher in the Rye" blows donkey cock.

"Heart of Darkness" put me to sleep within 5 pages literally every time I picked it up.  I think it's the only book that's ever done that.

I understand that "Of Mice and Men" is well-written but I didn't enjoy it at all.  Also, "The Pearl" is the worst strand of tripe I've ever read.  Come to think of it, I'd completely blocked out the memory of reading it until I came across it in this thread.  It is STILL the worst strand of tripe I've ever read.  Criminy, that book was terrible.  TERRIBLE.

I DESPISED "Beloved."  Toni Morrison might be a good writer but I certainly didn't notice.

"Lord of the Flies" is also terrible.

On the other hand, Shakespeare kicks ass and so does 1984, Mark Twain, Tolkien (including the Silmarillion, which granted is not for everyone), The Martian Chronicles, The Sound and the Fury (but only if you have a really good teacher teaching the book to you) and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (ditto).  Reading the last two on your own might ruin them.  I sure needed a little help.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #119 on: 03 Apr 2007, 03:55 »

Of Mice and Men- Just flat out gag me. Ish.

I LOVED Of Mice And Men, even if we did study it for a whole year for English Lit!! What aspects do people dislike, just out of interest?


As much as I've tried, I really can't properly get into Catch-22, everytime I try, I just lose concentration after about 2 apges, which is odd for me as I can generally read anything and everything due to my addiction to books... Did anyone else get that with that book..??
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« Reply #120 on: 03 Apr 2007, 04:38 »

I love Catch-22 yet have never been able to finish the last half of it.  Not due to dislike but more the fact it get's too depressing to me the further into the book I got.  Another book I didn't dislike but had trouble making it through was Naked Lunch.
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« Reply #121 on: 03 Apr 2007, 05:16 »

Ayn Rand.  I couldn't get into her novels.

Ray Bradbury.  He haunted my highschool years.

Zora Neale Hurston.  No thank you.  Very much.

Mark Twain.

Totally agreed on Ayn Rand - her books are just kind of like a hammer banging away at your head while you read.  OKAY OKAY OKAY ALREADY!!!  I get it!  I got it in the first damn sentence!!!

If you hated Bradbury in high school, I'd recommend trying him one more time without all of the forced analyzation (high school SUCKS for making people hate otherwise great books).  Of course, you may just not like him, or you may just not like sci fi, and that's okay too, but he's one of my favorites and I hate seeing him dismissed for a bad HS experience.

I'm really glad this thread seems to have gotten over the whole, "I can't stand books not written in the last 30 years" thing - I'm a literature nerd, so I start to get all twitchy when I hear crap like that (ie, just because you can't read the book in 6 hours doesn't make it BAD).

On to my contribution, which is one I haven't seen mentioned yet, and that is Melville.  I cannot STAND Moby Dick.  It drives me insane with boredom.  I get the allegory and the white whale bit and all that jazz, but I'd rather just know and never ever ever have to read that book again.  Ever.  Also, ditto to whomever said The Old Man and the Sea.  Now, I'm a Hemingway fanatic; I think his style of writing was just brilliant because he knew exactly how to say all sorts of things without ever saying them (and if you think his style was easy, go try and write like him - it's crazy hard), but TOMATS generally bored me to tears.  Thank god it's so short.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #122 on: 08 Apr 2007, 21:20 »

The Scarlett Letter and Heart of Darkness

The Scarlett Letter could have been written in 30 pages and it would have still been a dull story.

Heart of Darkness is just a drag with heaps of boredom on top of it.  Lord of the Flies is a better case study of a group of people going mad plus it is far more entertaining because while there is internal conflict, it manifest itself as external hunting.

Though I wouldn't call it a great book Andromeda Strain is another book I could have gone my entire life without reading.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #123 on: 09 Apr 2007, 00:25 »

Lord of the Flies is a better case study of a group of people going mad plus it is far more entertaining because while there is internal conflict, it manifest itself as external hunting.

And then it ends in a pile of shit.
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« Reply #124 on: 10 Apr 2007, 15:29 »

Of Mice and Men- Just flat out gag me. Ish.

I LOVED Of Mice And Men, even if we did study it for a whole year for English Lit!! What aspects do people dislike, just out of interest?
I think the main point was that I found it dull, and I flat-out dislike Steinbeck's writing style. The Red Pony was also a terrible book for me.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #125 on: 11 Apr 2007, 16:03 »

Do Ayn Rand books count as "classics"?  Because I can't read more than 20 pages of her bullshit.  And I often can't spend more than 20 minutes around people who like her philosophy.
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« Reply #126 on: 12 Apr 2007, 22:01 »

For those that don't enjoy Mark Twain, what are ya'lls thoughts on William Falkner?

I couldn't stand Falkner's stuff the first time I read it but I started reading more of his short stories and thought they were great and more important enjoyable to read.  I really like Mark Twain's writing style and stories overall but I hate how the plot moves in some of his stories particularly Huck Finn.

And I think Futurama said it best when they described it as "a corney slice of Americana"
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« Reply #127 on: 13 Apr 2007, 12:43 »

Thank god someone mentioned Moby Dick... I became a "Nuke the Whales" supporter after reading that book....

Another one is Don Quixote... yeah it is suppose to be all satirical but blah I just hated the main character.

Oh and although everyone recommends the "New Testament" I could not get through the whole thing... its a tough read.
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« Reply #128 on: 19 Apr 2007, 03:32 »

The problem is not with the 'great books', its with mediocre teachers. Instead of presenting these books on their own terms, they choose to load it down with post-colonialism, post-modern, lit crit bullshit that does nothing to explain the philosophy, ideas, or concepts of the book in question. I'd hate Shakespeare to if I had to listen to a post-colonial interpretation of The Tempest.

As for me, Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir is high on my list of terrible great books.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #129 on: 12 May 2007, 17:31 »

The Life Of Pi by Yan Martel seemed to get a ton of praise.  I contend that it was very much not good, and Yan Martel seems a bit of an idiot.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #130 on: 14 May 2007, 13:39 »

Catcher in the Rye - it's about nothing! i finished it and didnt feel that i had even read anything.

1984 - ok, i like this book but it's so draining to read. i had to take a break every 3 or 4 pages because it actually wore me out. it took me twice as long to read 1984 as it would have to read something that was twice as long. great book but what a pain in the ass.
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« Reply #131 on: 31 May 2007, 22:54 »

Wuthering Heights. I had to drop my AP English course just because I couldnt force myself through it.

On the other hand, the same course required me to read "The Importance of Being Earnest", which is what started me on my Oscar Wilde kick that i've been on for a while.

So it was a mixed blessing.
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« Reply #132 on: 01 Jun 2007, 14:26 »

As for me, Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir is high on my list of terrible great books.

A fucking men to that. After 3 years of Uni I've done Beowulf, the decammeron, Henry James and a disertation on Ulysses but goddammit there are lost tribes living in Beauvoir's sentences. "After the third semi-colon we just gave up and ate Barry for nourishment!"

Over-rated poets, anyone? When they made us study William Carlos Williams and listen to people call The Red Wheelbarrow 'genius' I finally snapped. Literary academia is a haven for the truest kind of metnal defectives.

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« Reply #133 on: 01 Jun 2007, 20:26 »

If anyone in here says they can't read Steinbeck I may cut them.

I can't read Steinbeck. Sorry.
People now adays are raving about fucking Eragon. Fuck Them, thank you very much. Lets take the basic point of Star Wars.  Eat a dick, Paolini.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #134 on: 02 Jun 2007, 04:51 »

Of Mice and Men
Wuthering Heights
Anything by Rousseau
Anything by James Hillman - the man is a fucking egomaniacal fuckwit who only writes in buzzwords.
Anything by Annie Proulx but specifically The Shipping News

I actually really like Robin Hobb, I find her style a lot easier to digest then say Tolkien or Eddings.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #136 on: 06 Jun 2007, 15:14 »

The best example for me would be A Tale of Two Cities. Part Three wasn't that bad, but the first two parts just dragged on and on with random stuff that was completely irrelevant to the plot. Dickens seemed to like spending several pages describing a scene followed by about two sentence of something actually happening. It was one of those books where I would read for half an hour without actually digesting any of it.
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« Reply #137 on: 10 Jun 2007, 05:29 »

Oh and Battlefield Earth pissed me off too. The book should have finished halfway through (though for me it did because that's where I stopped reading). I can actually no longer tell if I can't stand L. Ron Hubbard because I hate his books or I hate the religion he started. It's just like how I can't tell if I don't like Tom Cruise because he's a fucking weirdo or because I find the majority of his films to be subpar.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #138 on: 10 Jun 2007, 06:09 »

I can't fucking stand Pride and Prejudice. Most of my friends love it, they'll watch the BBC miniseries and mouth the dialogue, and honest to god, I'm certain they write fan fiction. I just can't stand it. It thinks its so incredibly clever, but in reality its just pretentious drivel.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #139 on: 10 Jun 2007, 07:03 »

Okay let's see...

The DaVinci Code, absolutely awful book, I wouldn't read it again if I was paid to. It was trashy, too obvious, and really poorly written.

Possession by A.S. Byatt. Terrible. So damn boring. Just... don't. Seriously.

Anything by Thomas Hardy, his books bore me to tears. I don't think I even got halfway through The Mayor of Casterbridge.

I'm sure there's more, I just can't think of them at the moment.
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« Reply #140 on: 12 Jun 2007, 00:58 »

Lord of the Flies, Things Fall Apart, and Heart of Darkness. Friggin' hate those books.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #141 on: 12 Jun 2007, 01:22 »

The Scarlet Letter- Normally I did all of the required reading in HS, but I had to use Spark Notes for this one. I couldn't force myself to read it..


I didn't even use Spark notes when we had to read it in HS. The book was so fucking predicable, I just guessed everything that would happen next, and was always right. It was terrible. I read maybe the first chapter, and returned it to the library.



I agree with everyone about Ayn Rand. I'd rather peel my skin off, fry it, and then eat it than read any of her books again. I read both Atlas Shrugged, and the one Rush wrote an album about(Anthem? Was that what the book was called?), and they were so boring. She's way too wordy.
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #142 on: 12 Jun 2007, 08:29 »

Another one is Don Quixote... yeah it is suppose to be all satirical but blah I just hated the main character.

In my channel-flipping days a few years back, I kept seeing this advertisment for a Hallmark-produced Don Quixote with John Lithgow starring as the title role. Now I never saw the movie in the end. Nor did I read the book. However, I have hence pictured Don Quixote as a medieval Dick Solomon and never looked back. I mean, how CAN you go wrong with that?!?

On topic - I could not get through the following two books and am inclined to consider them rubbish:

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Hemingway (fell asleep somewhere halfway)

The Sound and the Fury - Faulkner (got through the whole dislodged-in-time bit only to be met by trite - apparently I can read 'crazy' but not 'boring')
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Re: Great books you don't like??
« Reply #143 on: 13 Jun 2007, 22:38 »

My girlfriend and I have been arguing over Joyce for the passed few days now. I read the first 30 pages of A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man, and the first page of Finnegan's Wake. My girlfriend insists the writing is genius, yet, I strongly disagree.

First of all, we have A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man. I'm not totally sure of the plot, it has some of the most simplistic dialogue I have ever read. It's all "noun verb, noun verb" through-out most of the narrative, with some poetry thrown in occasionally.

Then, Finnegan's Wake is from the exact opposite spectrum. I can't definitively say this is a bad book, because I don't understand a word of it, but I can definitely make thoughts to that conclusion. I don't feel bad at all for not understanding it, because I doubt many people do.

I do love the thought of a recursive novel, though.
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