Overrated Books

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

  1. Deiria Sha'Veer

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    The name of the Rose by Eco is great, I highly recommend it. The movie isn't that great, it's kind of boring and it simplifies a lot.
     
  2. Caliden Al'Waes

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    The Perks of being a Wallflower. Complete Meh for me.
     
  3. Syera Faelron

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    Dan Brown is defiantly icky, i gave all mine away.
     
  4. Caliden Al'Waes

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    See I didn't like anything other than Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. The rest sucked.
     
  5. Ilverin Matriam

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    phew, I hope I was alone there :look I do want to reread it though, I may like it this time :p
     
  6. Dart Marouvin

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    :lol I definitely only skimmed LotR the first time, but I was 12 soooo....:look
     
  7. AnAnonymousWOTFan

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    Surprised I haven't seen The Hunger Games here.... it was terrible. Movie was bad too. Blehhhhhh :$

    I dunno about all the LotR hate here. I love it. Second only to the WoT imo.
     
  8. Taika Vinh

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    I was about that age too when I read it the first time. But I only skimmed the poems. :look
    (I still don't get most poetry. :( Guess I'm just a very prosaic person. :p)

    I guess many people find it boring because it's so idealistic, black-and-white (I mean good is good, bad is bad, and most characters are quite clearly either good or bad. Not all, but most.), and slow-paced compared to more contemporary fantasy. The writing style is not very dynamic compared to fantasy written today. I've always loved it, but then again I read a lot of literature classics, and thoroughly enjoy (most of) them, too.
     
  9. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    I hated the Hunger Games too. Gave up after a bit and read the Wiki to find out whether it was worth reading the rest of the book. Decided that no, it wasn't, and haven't bothered to open the file on my Kindle again :giggle

    I find Dan Brown to be fairly easily-readable fluff. It doesn't require a lot of brain power to get through, and the books are entertaining enough. I'll definitely look up this guy Eco's books though, they sound good :)
     
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    I think with the 50 Shades books, it was more the STORY than the writing. The writing was absolutely horrible. There were several times I actually cringed. But, the point I'm trying to make is what woman wouldn't want an unbelievably gorgeous, rich, and apparently quite well hung man to be so obsessed and in love with her that he changes his whole being. That would be awesome. That being said, yeah they were really bad books.
     
  12. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    Oh I've thought of another series I found really overrated - the Shannara books by Terry Brooks. Particularly the first one. I cannot see what all the fuss is about; to me it reads like such "cookie-cutter fantasy" that it's laughable.
     
  13. Laniaden Ailoy

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    Agreed! Terry Goodkind is so cookie cutter to me that it makes it boring. Could not even make it past a few chapters.

     
  14. Agwenia Al'Sehrar

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    But it would be boring if everyone liked and disliked the same thing :)
     
  15. Laurelin Allendra

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    In a past life (sometimes referred to as high school), TG was my favorite author of ALL TIME and, being the good little Rand-loving young Objectivist I was, couldn't get enough of the series.

    I like to think I've matured since then :p His writing isn't all bad, it's just so repetitive. One of his more recent ones, The Omen Machine I think it was called, was absolutely atrocious. I wouldn't ever recommend it to anyone ever.
     
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    THIS!!!! The series is okay but pretty Over rated!! the BOOKS are awesome!!!! WHEN they frikin ACTUALLY come out!
     
  17. Lok Sionn

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    Twilight and 50 shades are essentially just self insertion fantasy. That's all it is to it. It just makes me sad that suck things are popular.

    One book I loathed, was Catcher in the Rye. I honestly cannot understand why people thought it was so profound. It was essentially about some self important little prat running away from boarding school (because he felt like it) and then bitching and moaning about the world. And then at the very end winds up in the hospital with turburculosis (forgive my spelling), which is only mentioned right near the end, and comes out of nowhere. It doesn't make you think of the world, it just makes you roll your eyes at the main character and go "quit crying emo kid"
     
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    The Sword of truth Blows!!!!!!! :) sorry but it does. I have ZERO idea why people like this!!!!! I read the first book and was just floored by how crap it was! hahah people spoke highly of it but it was cliché after cliché and horribly written! :p
     
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    I've only read DaVinci Code but I loved it. I considered it fiction and didn't pay all that attention to historical parts and took them for granted, but I enjoyed the story for itself and I liked the general idea. I do plan on reading some of his other works just for comparison.

    Good, so I'm not the only one! I've read The Pyramids and it wasn't all that bad, but I didn't actually enjoy it per se. It was just okay for me. The Colour of Magic I have tried for like 3 times but never managed to get over 100ish pages. Now I'm almost halfway through Interesting times, but had to put it on hold due to class assigned stuff. I do plan on finishing it. Both my father and my boyfriend are huuuge fans, but I just don't find it all that brilliant as they say it is :look

    That's a book? :blink I saw the movie and it was meh.

    On the other hand I loved The Hunger games, so yeah, call me weird :p
    I've heard of Umberto Eco and The Name of the Rose, we mentioned him both on literature and Italian classes, but I never got a chance to read anything by him :\ Would definitely give it a go, though.
     
  20. Lenore Carvoe

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    Probably start with the film with Sean Connery in the leading part? It's a good one and not as far from the book as other film adaptions.

    Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code as a book was more like meh than really bad. But he copied a lot from at least since the 1980ies even publicly very well known fantoric* theories. Nevertheless no reason to read more by him.

    *a word made up from fantastic and historic