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Overrated Books

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Dahlia, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Dahlia

    Dahlia Member

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    What is the most overrated book you have read ?

    For me, it was The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I couldn't even finish the book and found it so overhyped.

    There's also The Bridges of Madison County, one of the rare books I want to throw at the wall while struggling to finish.


    How about you ?
     
  2. Fantasy Moon

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    Loved The Thirteenth Tale. Hated Memoirs of a Geisha.
     
  3. Landslide

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    Also loved The Thirteenth Tale. The most overrated book I've ever read is Wuthering Heights...
     
  4. anu

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    I simply loved Wuthering Heights. Enjoyed its little mysteries and an altogether different treatment of a love triangle. I personally found Paulo Coelho and Steig Larsson a bit too over rated.
     
  5. Dahlia

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    Anu, I agree. I loved Wuthering Heights and found Coelho to be so overrated.

    Haven't read Steig Larsson yet :whistling:

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  6. anu

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    I did read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest and though I liked the first book in parts, the plot of missing girl kept me on heels. But, I simply could not endure the violence of Hornet's Nest. I simply do not understand why the books were bestsellers:confused:

    @Dahlia, I like your signature.
     
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    'The great gatsby' is the most overrated book that I have read...I dont hate the book,but it wasnt as good as i thought it would be..
     
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    I'm reading Hornet's Nest right now(I'm loving it).

    I can take almost any amount of violence as long as there's a good story in it :).

    Form ost overrated books I'd have to go with Harry Potter. Than again, I'm not really big on fantasy to begin with.
     
  9. Anamnesis

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    I used to loathe the Harry Potter series. Then Stephenie Meyer became famous and now I don't mind The Boy who Lived (still not a fan, granted).

    Regarding classic books: I thought both Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey were only okay. I really doubt I'll read more Jane Austen books. Also, I tried slogging through David Copperfield until I realized I really didn't care about the characters or story.
     
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    The Book Thief - Markus Zuzak. Set in the general context of the Holocaust, its once-over-lightly treatment completely loses the repugnance of that horrific era. Yet the book routinely makes best-of lists -- but I hope not for newcomers looking for historical fact.
     
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    I've got to agree on both the Stieg Larsson and Paulo Coelho comments. Larsson I found over-violent, and yet still a decent yarn. Coelho I found completely vapid and devoid of the spiritual insight it supposedly offers.
     
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    I'm glad most of you at least see that the Millenium Trilogy is decent. It's certainly not the worst books ever written.

    I personally think they are very good books, and I'll agree that it is a bit too violent, but Salander really helps me to keep reading.
     
  14. anu

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    I am reading The Great Gatsby presently, and you almost voiced my sentiments. Though, I am in awe with Scott Fitzgerald's poetic language, the story is a big let down.
     
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    Mystery field, at least, she defines longwindedness. (If thats not a word, it should be)
     
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    Scareltt and The Mermaid's Chair
     
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    I thought Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was merely okay. I also didn't like The Help or The Corrections.

    I also don't care for Jane Austen. 0.O
     
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    I'm sure there's a lot of contemporary novels that don't live up to the hype (eg. The Hunger Games)

    Just limiting myself to the "classics":

    Pride and Prejudice
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Catcher in the Rye
     
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    Dude, they are amazing books. Like *awesome*. You may have long held this belief after being bullied into reading them at school a long time ago. Read them again sometime, and you may get a pleasant surprise. Mockingbird is a sublime piece of work.

    My most overrated book of all time is The Alchemist, by Coelho.
     
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    I would suggest The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak as immensely disappointing, but which hangs in there year after year on "Best" lists.

    And a second for Alchemist, just mentioned, also.
     

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