Overrated Books?

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  1. Fiesta Red

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    Books that are “classics” or “groundbreaking” that just didn’t do it for you...

    I’ll start...

    The Catcher in the Rye
    A boring, vulgar non-story about a spoiled brat who didn’t learn anything. The guy who shot John Lennon was inspired by this story (somehow). After reading it, I was inspired to shoot JD Salinger for putting out such drivel.
     
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    50 Shades of Gray. Read about 30 pages and couldn’t stand to read another word. Just horrible.
     
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    Moby Dick, couldn't get through it.
     
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    The Catcher in the Rye: That’s the point.

    I’m trying to think of any really overrated books.
     
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    Moby Dick is one of the greatest novels of all time. Try reading it again, but skip all the cytology parts, just read the plot parts.
     
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    Scarlet Letter. Even more so when you’re trying to teach it to a class of teenagers, some of whom are pregnant.
     
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    The Stand

    Couldn't wait to begin reading it
    Couldn't wait to get over the giant chore of reading it, after slogging a good part of the way through and wanting something decent to develop but seeing it was hopeless.
    I felt abused by SK after that. I think he ruined reading for me

    Pretty sure the guy who wrote The Shining died in an auto accident and was replaced by some giant windbag of a wannabe writer
     
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    As I Lay Dying...I really tried but just could never warm up to Faulkner.
     
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    Ok perhaps I'll have another crack when I get through my current reading list.
     
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    I tried it a second time and found it easier but I cannot argue that it's pretty bloated.
     
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    Ender's Game
    Atlas Shrugged
    The Alchemist
    On the Road
     
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    I’ve never been a huge fan of his novels, but his short stories and novellas are amazing. He had a collection called Bazaar of Bad Dreams a few years ago with a short story titled “The Dune” that I loved. My favorite book ever may be “Different Seasons.” The man (or his replacement, if the hypothesis is true) just needs to be kept to a word limit.
     
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    War & Peace. Made myself finish that boring piece of work against all my better judgement.
     
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    I've read the Stand loads of times but I am a huge fan of SK so a little biased. What is interesting is that I love the Charles Dickens stories and watched all I can find. BBC does some excellent period dramas and Dickens stories are there in plenty.
    So I brought a Dickens collection to read. Well, I struggled seriously and I'm a reader. I found them, the style really hard work.
    Probably says more about me than the books mind.
     
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    That and most of the classics that get mentioned here.
     
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    Can't stand Bukowski's work. Reads for the most part like ramblings from a lunatic drunk a**hole - don't get what so many find appealing about that.
     
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    He's definitely my favorite author. He's an amazing storyteller.

    As far as overrated, I'll likely be shot by some here, but "Catch 22." Just can't get into it. I don't find Yossarian's speaking style funny or engaging... it's just very irritating to me. I have a friend who's a huge Heller fan. It doesn't help that when he's had a few too many drinks, he tries to emulate that style of speaking.
     
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    Moby Dick is an excellent novel with horrible editing. Melville wrote a wonderful story and bolted on his biology thesis paper, which somebody should have very quickly lopped off for the good of the narrative.
     
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