Overrated Books

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Toral Delvar, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Lenore Carvoe

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    I liked the "Inkheart" trilogy, but I wouldn't count them as children's books. Probably it differs if you read the original instead of the translation.

    Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast" series - awful, awful, awful. Especially the first book could have easily done with less than half of the pages.
     
  2. Dieda Eriu

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    It may be the translation. The translation was by no means brilliant, and I've seen good book ruined that way :/
     
  3. Miya Kiyoshi

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    I was guessing 50 shades was successful as a book because of our natural desire to know what is drawing other folks to it (especially since it's "naughty" in nature) ... I presume the original readers who picked it up did so because it was Twilight Fan Fiction.
     
  4. Leo Kian

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    I thought 'The Name of the Wind' I think it is by Rothfuss was very over rated. I read the first part and was so bored, the way people talked about it I thought it would be a sure winner but no.
     
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    I liked Gormenghast.. I preferred the tv show though, which might say something..
     
  6. Rijomu Sezain

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    I'll join in the chorus:

    A Song of Ice and Fire. Meh meh meh meh. Might have been good, if it wasn't so long. I made it through two books but couldn't get past the first few chapters of the third. I don't get the love, I really don't.

    Paolo Coelho's Alchemist. Cutesy and trite. Not bad as such, just extremely simplistic and I keep wondering how people can be so deeply affected by this shallow rubbish.

    Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I read the two first books in the trilogy, couldn't be bothered with the last one. Overly long, with extremely unrealistic characters. I just don't get the point.

    Henning Mankell's Wallander books. Yawn, just yawn. There's no humour, it's always raining and the characters are miserable. Now, I only read two, so maybe I shouldn't condemn them all. But there's just too many good books in the world to bother with boring ones.
     
  7. Ciaran al'Trystan

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    A song of Ice and Fire is up there on my "meh" books.

    The Sword of Truth stuff DEFINITELY. The guy is an ass, and it shows in his writing. I'd rather not read fiction than ever support him again.
     
  8. Taika Vinh

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    Totally agree! *shakes head*
     
  9. Lenore Carvoe

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    *thirds Rij*
     
  10. Slynese

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    I think a song of ice and fire is overrated.
    From the praises, I expect the books to be very, very good.
    After reading the books, I find them to be enjoyable, but not very, very good.
     
  11. Jahily al'Karee

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    I'm so glad I'm not alone!!

    I recently read the HP series. When I was done my hubby asked what I thought. I said it was good, but not the greatest thing I ever read - maybe if I was a 15 year old girl! ;)

    Also, he read LOTR and it took him forever. I barely made it through the movies, which I enjoyed but not enough to read it.

    A new book I found disappointing was "The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker. It was okay but I thought it could've been a lot more.
     
  12. Moiraine874

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    Couldn't have said it better. (I was responding to Toral Delvar's comment on The Lord of the Rings).
     
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    The Hunger Games. It was good, but nowhere near as amazing as people say it is.

    Lord of the Rings. I do like the story and the world a lot, but as books, they aren't really that well-written. I actually prefer the films (and I did read the books before the films were made).
     
  14. Ty al'Djinn

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    Twilight, 50 Shades, the gormenghast novels- I have to agree with all of those. I think I'd have to add the Dark Tower series, by Stephen King.
     
  15. Toral Delvar

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    I liked the first couple of Dark Tower, but they got worse. I think I forced myself to finish the fifth, but could not get into the sixth and didn't even bother with the seventh
     
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    I liked the first two, but they didn't live up to hype by any means- after that they got more and more unreadable. I think I stopped at five?
     
  17. Jahily al'Karee

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    There were seven?? I read them when they first came out and got I think through the third or fourth -- then didn't he stop writing them for a long time? At that point I gave up and didn't pick them back up again when there were more.
     
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    The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I did a book trade with my then-boyfriend with Eye of the World for him and Wizard's First Rule for me. I made it through, but it was a struggle. I'm sure it's alright, but he said that it was his favorite book and every time something remotely cool happened, I kept thinking how much better that something cool was in another book. And boy was it awkward when he asked me what I thought of it. But I did read it all. He didn't get past the prologue. I SUFFERED FOR YOU! You could have at least tried! (the second book is called Stone of Tears. LOLWUT?)

    Twilight, of course. I pirated a copy just to read because LIKE HELL Meyer is getting a dime out of me. But reading it made me wish I had a paper copy so I could EDIT the crap out of it. But for simplicity sake, I just reread Vampire Diaries because it's the same book, but with believable characters and plausible horror-romance plotlines. Or maybe I'm just connecting it all to my preteen nostalgia.

    Unfortunately, I have to lump a couple of the middle WoTs in there simply because they felt like they were spinning wheels. I feel like the story kind of drops around book 7-9 or so. The beginnings are cool and the climax are consistently awesome... but I think the harder a certain character became, the harder it was for me to care. But once I got through them the first time, it was better the subsequent reads because I could skim past some of the stuff that bored me. It definitely picked up in the last few books, and Jordan's final was probably the best paced in the series, though at times I felt that loose threads were tied off a little too conveniently, ta'veren or no.

    And, though it's not a book, "Young Goodman Brown". It keeps getting taught in schools and I just want to scream IT'S NOT THAT GREAT, PEOPLE! It's fine for high school American Lit, but don't try to cover it in EVERY SINGLE college course. The points that are taught - the symbolic imagery - are obvious and are great for kids new to studying it, but not for English majors in their junior level courses.
     
  19. Avelina Ermen

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    The His Dark Materials series. The premise sounded so interesting. I struggled through the first book, and gave up about halfway through the second. It was just so dull that I did not care to finish it. In fact, I could not bring myself to care about anything in the book, which was really disappointing.
     
  20. Amaryla Leper

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    :rofl Priceless!

    Anyway, I really enjoyed SoIaF, even far better than WoT. The plots are great, it's not predictable, it has good portions of politics, battle and relationships... it's good. WoT, while dealing with a slightly similar topic - who'll rule the world, is far more centred around eyebrows rising, skirts straightening, sweating and planning and the whole action thread gets so blur it makes me wanna rip pages out.

    When it comes to Alchemist... it has a rather nice central line (If you want something the whole Universe will help you get it), tho fairly unrealistic but optimistic, but it's just way too bragged. I did like Coehlo when I was 12-13, but even then all of his books seemed way to similar to one another. Like, Alchemist got really popular and sold out really well so he figured he'd get some more stuff like that and sell them. And he did. Nice stories, but way too idealistic and repetative.


    Could anyone please enlighten me what's with the 50 Shades? I heard it's an ultra popular book, but what's it about? What's the deal with it?


    And for me, I'd add A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It was okay, but nothing spectacular as I heard it was. And especially not comparing to his first book, The Kite Runner, which was, at least for me, far better. The characters were depicted more closely, the plotline was... I dunno, I just feel like he paid closer attention and put more effort into it, than the Suns.