Overrated Books

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  1. Toral Delvar

    Toral Delvar Archivist Gaidin

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    What works have you found to be overrated? Not necessarily the level of awfulness associated with a "worst book", but just ones where their popular or critical acclaim seems incompatible with their actual merit?
     
  2. Agea Al'Saralonde

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    I think A Song of Ice and Fire series are overrated. :tugIts not awful but its not that great. Its overrated because of the tv series. I cant wait 1 year for 1 season so I'll read them all. :facepalm
     
  3. Lenore Carvoe

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    The other way round: the TV series is overrated and far from the books, the books are great to read.
     
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    A Song of Ice and Fire was a big disappointment for me. I can't say that they are bad books, but from reviews I expected better and the level of main character carnage turned me off.

    Saying that, this series was good enough to keep me reading for a while rather than throwing the book in disgust as normally happens to books that don't prove up to scratch.

    Jane Austen's Emma is another that just didn't live up to it's billing. Supposedly her best work, it just doesn't come up to the standards of "Persuasion" or "Pride and Prejudice". The characters lack that slapability that come with Lydia & Mr Collins or the Elliots of Kellynch.
     
  5. Paxam Leratharn

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    The Bible. Greatest story ever told my arse.
     
  6. Lenore Carvoe

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    Well, that applys to all books somehow handed down from gods and alike.
     
  7. Agea Al'Saralonde

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    and Qur'an. Sorry if I'm being offensive. :\
     
  8. Paxam Leratharn

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    I've not read that one.
     
  9. Sa'areah Britthorn

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    I have to agree with Lenore here. If people want to believe in that, and it makes them happy and tolerant and "better" people - fine. Good for them. But they are overrated books that causes too much hype and not enough of the belief in the bottom line.

    Twilight, 50 Shades.

    Oh.. and for me - Harry Potter. (yes, you may all want to hate me now :p)
     
  10. Paxam Leratharn

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    We all wanted to hate you long before now, but we just... can't.

    We've done this topic before, I think. The main one that comes to mind is Lord of the Rings. It's good; but for too many it's a rite of passage into being a "real fantasy fan", when we've got far more to pick from now in that genre than we did in the 50's.

    But from what I've heard, I'd agree on the 50 shades thing. From what I've read, I'd agree on Twilight.
     
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    I've sorta boycotted 50 Shades so I can't say for sure, but since I HAVE read Twilight (the first book) I have to agree that it was NOT all that good. For that matter neither were the movies; it's only been a sense of morbid curiosity that's kept me coming back to watch them.
     
  12. Toral Delvar

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    Oh yes, Lord of the Rings. I don't hate it like the wife does, but it really needed an editor, to get rid of the endless descriptions of trees and hills, and so that people actually speak to each other rather than give speeches. The dialogue was awful.. Someone should have done a book version of the film,A that would have been fantastic.
     
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    I think Twilight is an obvious one. Also, I could never get into "Great Gatsby" :\

    Oh and "Wuthering Heights" made me want to pluck my eyes out and never read again. Good LORD. :desk
     
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (read it in Swedish, the original language) - it was predictable and not at all as good as everyone around me said it was. I haven't read the other two books; maybe they are better.
     
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    I haven't read it, but I find it depressing that each time I catch the train I see someone reading 50 shades.

    I actually gave up on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which is a chame, because I loved The Yiddish Policeman's Union by the same author (Michael Chabon)
     
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    I have read through LotR while skipping on the trees and hills and surroundings parts. It makes the book so much shorter, and slightly better, to be honest.

    WoT - the last books anyway. Brandon Sanderson's books are brilliant, and the way Jordan wrote the others are equally as good. Putting them together however... hasn't worked. The editing is shoddy, they don't read very well, and I want to get the red pen out and fix everything. It's nothing against Harriet, it's the people at the publishing house for letting them go through.
     
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    Twilight definitely. The films are also equally bad in my opinion.

    Fifty Shades, I got to chapter 14 and haven't been back.
     
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    Yes, yes, I agree about 50 Shades and Harry Potter. I've read both, HP I enjoyed, 50 Shades not at all, but I keep wondering: Why? Why are they so popular. What is it that people see in them that I don't... HP is interesting enough, but I'll never understand why all the hype. 50 Shades I won't even try to analyze. You can google better erotic fiction than that and get it for free :p

    Also I think Paulo Coelho is horribly overrated. To me, it's just repeating the old, well-known, stereotypical pieces of 'wisdom' over and over again... :arch
     
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    Christopher Paolini's works... ugh.
    Twilight for sure, unless you're a pre-teen, but even then it might be pushing it.
     
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    Oh, I've remembered another one! Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Everyone seemed to have such a high opinion on it, but I was bored out of my mind :cheese There are SO much better children's books out there, I've no idea why this one is such a big deal :cheese