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Famous books you never cared for/understood the appeal of?

Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Lemex, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. GeorgiaMasonIII

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    I loved the Divergent series, but I can see why the first book would be a turn-off. It starts out as a paint-by-numbers YA dystopia, and then the second and third books start subverting tropes and expectations all over the place.
     
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    THANK you.
     
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    I actually can usually only stomach Garcia Marquez's work in the original Spanish.
     
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    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
    I found it so boring. I read The Hours, so I couldn't wait to read this. But I wish I hadn't. What a waste of time.

    Orlando by Virginia Woolf.
    Boring. Weird. Didn't make sense at all. I read that it was this beautiful book, and I couldn't wait to read it. But I just didn't get the appeal. At all.

    The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp.
    A man complaining about everything and everyone. I don't get why people like it. Yes, I get it, he's different. Big deal. That does not give him the right to be such a ...
     
  5. socialleper

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    Anything by Hemingway.
     
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    I couldn't get into them either. Because of the buzz around them I tried reading the first book once, but couldn't make it through the first chapter. The writing style made me want to throw the book through a window.
    The movies were interesting as visual achievements, but the plot left me cold. I hate the "children can be equal with adults" trope common to YA fiction and anime\manga.
     
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    I think part of their appeal is sentimentality and age appropriateness. They aren't particularly good pieces of fiction, they just work for a certain age group of younger readers.
     
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    The Catcher in the Rye... I didn't understand the appeal when I was 12 or when I read it again at 30 or so.
     
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    I wasn't forced to read it like so many are, but I've started and been unable to finish it several times as an adult. No appeal at all.
     
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    I wasn't forced to read it either. I think I picked it off my mother's shelf. Not a bad book, but a once in a generation masterpiece? Barf-o-rama. Now they did make me read "A Separate Peace" when I was probably 13 and I remember thinking it was the worst book I'd ever read at the time, though i don't remember anything about it now. I wrote a scorched earth report on it and I remember my English teacher having a good chuckle.
     
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    I did that for GCSE English - pile of...
     
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    The old man and the sea is a good read.
     
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    Ugh. It's only redeeming feature is that it is short.
    "I caught a big fish once, but sharks ate it, so no one else knows I did it."
    The End.
     
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    Fifty Shades of Grey: Just not my cup of tea, java or anything else
    Hunger Games: Not sure why, but just could not get into it. I did enjoy the movies though, go figure
    Divergent: Once again, just couldn't get into it, but loved the movies
    Loved, Loved, Loved; To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, Of Mice and Men, The Cider House Rules, and Grapes of Wrath, also Game of Thrones and The Wheel of Time.
     
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    Not a particular work, but Dickens in general. I love most of the Victorian classics and the way the authors use 20 words where 2 would do, but I just don't enjoy Dickens.
     
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    I was skimming your post and i only just got up, so somehow instead of "The Cider House Rules and the Grapes of Wrath", I thought you wrote: "The House of Grapes." :D and I was like, what kinda book is that??
     
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    I didn't mind Catcher in the Rye but it wasn't necessarily amazing. I started reading twilight once and hated it immmediately. Oh and the Hunger Games movies are better than the books. Divergent is a piece of shit.
     
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    HaHaHaHa
     
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    The Grapes of Wrath is an excellent novel with many of its core themes just as relevant today, unfortunately.
     
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    All too sadly,
    All too sadly, it is relevant today.
     
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    It is a great story, but I can see how someone might have trouble with the narrative style. It also doesn't have a firm ending. Some people hate that.
     
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    But that is how life is too. No exact ending
     
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    Haha, well I suppose like any other art form it is subjective if you like it or not. I really mliked the simple story, the story telling and also the rule breaking throughout.
    But each to their own.
     
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    Loved the movies, but never could get into The Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed The Hobbit, though.

    I've had to read The Great Gatsby twice for English classes and hated it.

    I read the first Divergent and thought it was ok enough to pick up the second, but I never finished the second one.

    Hated To Kill A Mockingbird, too.

    Oh, and I loathe Twilight. All of them. I read all of them, but it was like a car wreck, it was so bad I couldn't look away. I was like, "they've gotta get better somewhere" but they just kept getting worse!
     
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    I thought the Hunger Games trilogy got progressively weaker, but it seems most people disagree with me. I enjoyed the first one despite the tense. Thought the second was disappointing. The third was unreadable. I read that Suzanne Collins only intended to write one book, then decided at the end of it there was more to say. Mistake, IMO!
     
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