solicitr wrote:portia wrote:Aside from "DUNE", which I have mentioned before, I also disliked "Catcher in the Rye" ....
Nobody actually likes Catcher in the Rye. It's just something the Amalgamated Sisterhood of High-School English Teachers and Related Trades has determined will be imposed on innocent students.
DrendDragonspawn wrote:For the most part, if it has been labeled a 'classic' I've despised it. Frankenstein and Dracula were just plain awful. Same with everything Mark Twain ever wrote, and most of the stuff by his contemporaries. Tell you what else I disliked. Twilight. I read the first one and couldn't for the life of me figure out why people liked it. Bloody sparkly vampires...
Plays: I agree that to get the most out of a play you have to see it performed. In college in Shakespeare class, we got to see two plays at the local Shakespeare theater (in fact the teacher chose for reading the plays that the company was producing that term). We all go SO much more out of it! Myhigh-school freshman English teacher had a bit of that sensibility herself; when we were reading David Copperfield she had us break up into little cast groups and dramatize certain scenes from the book. It was a hoot! Yes, some skits were better than others. (I was Heep [in pants; these were skirts-for-girls days] in the scene where Micawber exposes his villainy, and wrote out the script for the group I was in.
Alasséa wrote:The most recent of these was Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. It honestly took me about 6 months to read, because I couldn't manage more than a few pages at a time. How could such fascinating historical events be made so incredibly boring? Also, I didn't like her way of always calling Thomas Cromwell 'he'. Much of the book is made up of conversations between groups of men, so most of the time you've no idea who's said what!
'The king is angry,' he said.
'Tell him he is doing everything he can,' he snapped.
'But what if he doesn't arrive at Hampton Court before Sunday? He will have no choice but to reveal all to him.'
'And what of my wife and children?' came the cry.
So infuriating. WHY DO PEOPLE GIVE THIS BOOK SUCH ACCLAIM??
IrisBrandybuck wrote:Wuthering Heights annoyed me. I think more because many people tend to see the story of Heathclif and Catherine as some tragic, heart breaking love story. He was a brute, she was an idiot. I've read it twice
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