Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Lorddread
    Offline

    Lorddread Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Australia, Northern Territory

    Books you think are overated.

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Lorddread, Apr 6, 2011.

    Any books everyone else love's but you dislike or go "meh" at? For me it's Eragon and it's follow up's.

    Register to remove this ad

     
  2. KillianRussell
    Offline

    KillianRussell New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    619
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Glasshouse
    Everything I read by Salman Rushdie, Anne Rice, Stephen King or James Michener was grossly overated.
     
  3. Louis Farizee
    Offline

    Louis Farizee New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2011
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    New Jersey
    The Da Vinci Code.
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. Lorddread
    Offline

    Lorddread Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Australia, Northern Territory
    Magic realism as a genre annoys me, it seems like it was invented by people to snobby to say their work was fantasy.
     
  5. Elgaisma
    Offline

    Elgaisma New Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,343
    Likes Received:
    89
    I am going to agree with Salman Rushdie and Anne Rice, also going to add Agatha Raisin, Catcher in the Rye and Anita Brookner's Hotel Du Lac.
     
  6. art
    Offline

    art Senior Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,267
    Likes Received:
    114
    That's who first came to my mind.
    :eek: Not much love for Rushdie it seems.
     
  7. 霊Ray霊
    Offline

    霊Ray霊 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2011
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Nowhere
    Twilight. I honestly liked them but, I really can´t say that they´re brilliant books as many describe them.
     
  8. Trish
    Offline

    Trish I've been deleted.. again Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2011
    Messages:
    2,017
    Likes Received:
    225
    Location:
    New York
    I'm gonna agree on the Anne Rice and Stephen King.
     
  9. ProwerGirl
    Offline

    ProwerGirl New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2011
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    California
    Twilight for sure. Harry Potter, a bit also. And the Magic Tree House books.
     
  10. funkybassmannick
    Offline

    funkybassmannick New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Messages:
    901
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Twilight, Twilight: New Moon, Twilight: Eclipse, Twilight: Breaking Down. (I wanted to clarify)

    Eat, Pray Love.
     
    1 person likes this.
  11. KillianRussell
    Offline

    KillianRussell New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    619
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Glasshouse
    In my attempt to read the last 30 Pulitzer Prize winning fiction I have completed only half. Of the one's I did finish I only loved five Empire Falls, The Executioner's Song, The Color Purple,Confederacy of Dunces, Lonesome Dove...Not sure i got thru chapter one in any of the 10 I never finished.
     
  12. hiddennovelist
    Offline

    hiddennovelist New Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,539
    Likes Received:
    165
    Location:
    Fabulous Sin City
    That hurts my soul a little bit.

    I think I've talked to maybe one other person who feels the way I do about these books, but the effing Chronicles of Narnia. I just don't get it, man...I had to force myself to finish reading.
     
  13. Tesoro
    Offline

    Tesoro Senior Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,527
    Likes Received:
    133
    Location:
    A place with no future
    Agree. Especially after two-three pages of praises of it...

    I would say the Stieg Larsson triologi, but I actually haven't read it...I didn't get through more than maybe 40 pages of the first book before it put it away, I didn't like his way of writing, but that is a problem I have with most of the swedish writers I have read. anyone else having opinions about these books?
     
  14. hiddennovelist
    Offline

    hiddennovelist New Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,539
    Likes Received:
    165
    Location:
    Fabulous Sin City
    I loved them, but I can definitely see where you're coming from. It was really hard for me to get into the first one, his writing took some getting used to for me before I really started to enjoy it.
     
  15. Ellipse
    Offline

    Ellipse New Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2010
    Messages:
    768
    Likes Received:
    33
    I have to go with Anne Rice's novels and the Twilight series.

    Why is it so many vampire novels are done in a first person POV? Does the author want to be one or in love with a vampire?
     
  16. ProwerGirl
    Offline

    ProwerGirl New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2011
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    California
    One Twilight fan I know said that it's because the reader apparrntly feels the character's emotions better through first person POV.
     
  17. Lorddread
    Offline

    Lorddread Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Australia, Northern Territory
    Jodie Picoult is annoying, seriously, especially that cheap cop out ending in My Sister's Keeper.
     
  18. Earphone
    Offline

    Earphone New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Messages:
    512
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Room
    Twilight definitely, but pretty much anything that involves teenage angst, or vampires. I'm not much of a book connoisseur, and tend to only read books that I know I like, so I've never really encountered a book so bad I had to walk out on it. I don't have to read Twilight to know it sucks though. I saw an excerpt online on a funny blog (something about "vampire baseball"), and holy crap the grammar was terrible.
     
  19. Speedy
    Offline

    Speedy Senior Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Messages:
    5,297
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    Australia
    Anything by, Jodie Picoult.

    Anne Rice. The first few books were fine, but they just dragged on.

    Almost every Stephen King novel.

    Neil Gaiman - Liked him once, but i just don't enjoy the experience on second reading, which is pretty bad as i like to read almost everything a second time.
     
  20. MidnightPhoenix
    Offline

    MidnightPhoenix New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    285
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    England
    Vampire Diaries- Stefan's Diaries
    Warm Bodies
     
  21. Lorddread
    Offline

    Lorddread Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Australia, Northern Territory
    Most things to do with vampires. Werewolves I find more tolerable. Unless their at war with vampires.
     
  22. Melzaar the Almighty
    Offline

    Melzaar the Almighty New Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,792
    Likes Received:
    54
    Location:
    UK
    Urgh, Phillip Pullman. Everyone got so excited and begged and begged me to read Northern Lights and as a kid I never got past the opening chapters even though everyone said it got better. Had to read it for my course this year, and it did get better but I still think that my first assessment was right and no one should hype a book that's so awful in the first half just based on the ending. :/
     
    1 person likes this.
  23. Elgaisma
    Offline

    Elgaisma New Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,343
    Likes Received:
    89
    Did you like Beloved (Toni Morrison) - I haven't read that one but loved Paradise and Song of Solomon

    I feel the same about Booker Prize winners - I have tried to read them every so often one appeals but they are few and far between. The Bone People, The Remains of the Day, The Sea, the Sea and The Sea.

    2004 was a good year I actually enjoyed the winner and most of the shortlist - that is the first time that has ever happened. Bitter Fruit, Cloud Atlas, The Master and The Electric Michaelangelo are all intriguing and have good plots.
     
  24. K.S.A.
    Offline

    K.S.A. New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2010
    Messages:
    82
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    On a little lost island called Atlantis
    Can't stand Paolo Coelho's books - don't understand what all the fuss is about.

    I'm not a big fan of Jeeves either...a bit too dry for my liking. Oh and Twilight is a definite miss & so are the million other teen vampire novels that spawned off it. V.C. Andrews is just plain creepy & depraved.

    And (don't kill me for this) I barely made it through 'Wheel of Time' in one piece.
     
  25. NateSean
    Offline

    NateSean Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Messages:
    261
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Salem, Mass
    Jodi Piccoult's House Rules. Everyone outside the Autistic Spectrum was on about how much I'm like the character, Jacob. But anyone with Asperger's Syndrome would become quickly offended by the comparrison three pages in. Reading this book is like reading a three hundred page ad for Autism Speaks.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page