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PostSubject: Least Favorite Books   Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:56 am

What are some of your least favorite books?

For me, I completely suffered through Hemingway. I wanted to die, honestly, when I was reading Old Man and The Sea. I felt that he dragged his sentences on forever, used way too many 'and's', not to mention the plot was awful.
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:35 am

I had to resist the urge to BURN my copy of Dicken's A Christmas Carol after I was forced to read it in 6th grade. It was so...ugh. I'm also not a fan of Oedipus Rex. Anthem by Ayn Rand was interesting, and I really only hated it because I had the most horrible English teacher EVER last year when we read it.
Surprisingly, I was a fan of A Tale of Two Cities (which I read on my own time) and Beowulf (which we read in my English class earlier this year).

Aside from the "classics," I really didn't like The Giver by Lois Lowry. I actually enjoyed the first bit, but once I got far enough that they explained the word "release" I freaked out. It's one of those books that I like because the story is interesting but I hate because it just doesn't sit right with me. Ditto with Pretties, Specials and Extras by Scott Westerfeld. I LOVED Uglies, though. It was the sequels that bugged me a little bit.

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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:03 am

I know there are fans here but i didn't like libby bray's 'great and terrible beauty' book at all - i've voiced my dislike before but i think it was the fact that i'm history buff and the inaccuracies booked me and the writing style. I guess i'll be sticking to a little princess Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:37 pm

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What are some of your least favorite books?

For me, I completely suffered through Hemingway. I wanted to die, honestly, when I was reading Old Man and The Sea. I felt that he dragged his sentences on forever, used way too many 'and's', not to mention the plot was awful.


ACK! I loooove Hemingway. Well, we all have our likes and dislkes. Smile

Would I be stoned here if I said I hated the Twilight series? Because I kinda did. They were entertaining, but just not well written. I'm a literary snob, though, so don't trust my opinion. Smile I love the classics!
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:58 pm

You would not be stoned. You would be hugged very warmly. I'm tired of crazy, idiot fangirls. Twilight was pretty awesome, New Moon kind of sucked, Eclipse was kind of okay, and Breaking Dawn was barely adequate.

So no, no stoning from us. Or at least, not from me.

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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:35 pm

Oh, good. Glad to know I'm not completely alone on that! Breaking Dawn was what ruined it for me. Completely. Oh, well, who am I to judge? The woman's rich. *shrug*
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:41 am

'Kay, so this is my first post here. (Hi everyone!) The almost only book I regretted I have read was The Orphan's Disguise. I randomly took it from a shelf in our high school library. I read it in one sitting. Everything's so predictable, and the plot wasn't planned well. It didn't even harmonize with the the title's impact to the first impression. Observing the title, readers may have expected something dramatic like, for example, star-crossed lovers or something similar. Or maybe some kind of suspense, being an orphan pretending to be rich, until she met this rich guy, and so on, and so forth. The story was rather disappointing, with unbelievable coincidences and too much archetypes. Inconsistency can also be easily spotted.

By the way, same here with Lady Glamis. Didn't like Twilight that much either. I find it redundant. And moreover, I see things in a "relative's viewpoint"; not quite approve with Bella's headstrong love-mad attitude. I don't think it's a good influence for girls like me either. Not that I'm being too negative about it, though. I appreciate it's sensuality and general appeal to one's feelings. There, for that part, I find it quite good. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:18 am

aresity -

Sure is nice to know that the audience the book was written for thinks Twilight was a bit off in the "moral" department. Being twice your age, I'm concerned that my own daughter will read these books one day and get the wrong message about love. Thank you for sharing your opinion!

And welcome to the forum. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:07 am

argh - my post got deleted!

ok here i go again Laughing

Lady Glamis & Aresity: No stoning here! although i loved twilight (the first book) i knew that i was reading a fantasy romance ala disney with a 'prince charming' and 'damsel in distress'. Basically a modern fairytale. It does scare me to see how obsessive some fans are though, and especially if young girls think that they should act 'vulnerable' 'be hunted' 'weak' etc to be protected and loved.

Like i said i do enjoy twilight, but the rest of the series Neutral

The last book well - Stephenie seemed to put too mcuh of her own personal/theology into it for my liking - even breaking the rules of her own universe to do it. I won't go into how disappointed (and angry) i was with this book - alot of people liked it i know.

I just couldn't believe that she went in that direction (baby-pregnancy) when there was so much potential to go in other directions. . . but apart from that - nothing in it appealed to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:16 am

emily-

I agree with you all the way. For what Twilight is, it is great. I haven't read Meyer's other book. What direction did she go in?
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:19 am

I started a thread just for the Twilight series, if you guys want to take the discussion over there. Smile

Another book I just didn't like was Son of a Witch. Wicked was awesome -- although I had to read it several times before I understood it all -- but the sequel kind of bugged me. Probably because I didn't understand parts of it...I don't know. I'll have to reread it.

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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:26 am

Fantastic! I'll go look. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:33 am

Do novellas count? Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad made me feel like I was dragging a limbless torso through the pages by my teeth. I'm generally not very hard to please... I honestly can't think of book that has given me as much trouble.
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:36 am

Lapillus - i was supposed to read that for part of my course work - it is woeful!!!!

I can't understand how people RAVE about it!!

Another classic i have never finished (and always stop after two pages) is Dracula.

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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:29 am

Exactly Emily. I had to read it for one of my lit classes and write an essay on it. Otherwise I would have never finished it. Sure the hidden symbolism is, er, impressive, I suppose. But, but really? I just didn't see the greatness...
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:52 am

Okay, I loved Heart of Darkness. For me, it was about questioning the way you see other people and how that is a reflection of the way you see yourself. I thought it was a great book.


I also liked Breaking Dawn. I'm one of the ones that don't think Stephenie Meyer broke her own cannon.

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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:09 pm

No not at al - give me jane austen/bronte any day - it just did nothing for me at all. I had when i read something with high expectations and am disappoingted.

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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:21 am

iHeart: I like Breaking Dawn too. I was a little surprised but not disappointed at all. And you're totally allowed to like Heart of Darkness, of course.

Emily: I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. Yay!
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:28 am

Iheart - whoops i musn't have read your comment when i posted, i was reply to Laps before that. You know i LOVE ya! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:01 pm

I really did not like The Diary of Bridgette Jones, I think that was the only book that I preferred the movie over the book. Even then I didn't like the movie. I thought she was incredibly annoying, along with all the other characters.

Breaking Dawn, was not a favorite the first time I read it, but I actually came to like it a little more the second read. But even then it took me a long time to get through it the second time, I mean a really long time. I could only read it in small segments and it usually ended up being a before bed read when I needed something to put me to sleep. I still don't care for the ending too, I wish it had more action.
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:25 pm

The Clique series. I couldn't stand those dreadful books! I'm in high school and everyone's reading about these idiotic, rich, bratty girls in MIDDLE school!?!? I don't understand the popularity of them. I read the first one and I was disgusted. It was so unbearably immature. I think it wouldn't have annoyed me so much if I weren't surrounded by people like the girls in the book every day. And if I can't stand that type of people in real life, why would I want to read about them?

Anyway, I actually liked Breaking Dawn. It was different, but I didn't think it was too different. Surprise for me is good in books, as long as it makes sense.
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:08 am

Well though it's not fiction, I'm going to say The Secret. People just rave about how it's affecting their lives and such, but it's basically just The Power of Positive Thinking redone in metaphysical mumbo-jumbo. I got it as a gift from my mom (what was she thinking?) and returned it to Chapters after reading the first few chapters.
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PostSubject: Re: Least Favorite Books   Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:37 am

Oh Psyche - do not getting me STARTED on the secret Laughing

*shakes head in despair*

Sorry to anyone who liked that book but definitly wasn't one for me

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