5 Books That Don't Deserve the Amount of Hate They Get

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5 Books That Don't Deserve the Amount of Hate They Get

Postby Qinglong » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:35 pm

Only Chris Bucholz could make shameless self-promotion so entertaining.
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Re: 5 Books That Don't Deserve the Amount of Hate They Get

Postby Aquila89 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:05 am

Lesson: do not force kids to read classic literature. As I've said before, if I was a teacher, I wouldn't force kids to read something I like. No, I'd force them to read stuff I hate, so they'll hate it too.

Since I'm not American, I wasn't forced to read Catcher in the Rye I've read it on my own, and I liked it. (By the way, another thing haters seem to miss is that Holden has a nervous breakdown at the end and ends up in a sanatorium). Lord of the Flies was required reading, but luckily, I read it before that.
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Re: 5 Books That Don't Deserve the Amount of Hate They Get

Postby Qinglong » Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:09 am

Somehow, I missed most of those required reading "classics". Except The Great Gatsby, and yes, I was horribly bored by it. I think I'd just discovered The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings a few years before. They were the first fantasy I'd ever read, and they burned in my brain like a white-hot flame. I began reading voraciously after that, but pretty much just fantasy and SF. The Great Gatsby just can't compare to that.
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Re: 5 Books That Don't Deserve the Amount of Hate They Get

Postby DashaBlade » Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:01 am

I wasn't forced to read any of the books on the list (not even Bucholz's book!) and I thought they were all at least okay. I loved Lord of the Flies and The Catcher in the Rye, because they only reinforced my belief that kids are assholes (And since I was a kid at the time, I was an asshole by default).

Gatsby and Great Expectations were also about assholes, but I didn't like them as much as other great classics of assholery, like Brave New World, MacBeth, or Of Mice and Men - all of which I was "forced" to read in high school and still liked enough to read again and again, so I guess the forcing wasn't a twist of the arm as much as it was a "here, add this to your pile of books, there'll be a quiz later." I mean, I was also "forced" to read Poe, and Eddie Poe is the bomb, and his stories are all about assholes. Murdering assholes, in many cases.

Let's face it, people with no problems and no conflicts don't make for very good story protagonists. :twisted:
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Re: 5 Books That Don't Deserve the Amount of Hate They Get

Postby Jack Road » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:06 pm

My mom just bought all of the recommended books for my age group every year and shelved them. Eventually I'd read them. If I liked it I liked it, if I didn't I put it back.

In my house though, the library card was one of your most prized possessions. Getting one was proof you could read, and the sooner you got it, the cooler you were.

So I think maybe being raised in a family that loves reading has a big impact on whether you like these books or not.

I was 4, I know you were dying to know that. I would have been the coolest kid too, if it wasn't for my genius sister.
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Re: 5 Books That Don't Deserve the Amount of Hate They Get

Postby julyjack73 » Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:57 am

I've found that even if I like a book, being forced to read it immediately makes me loathe it.

That said, Great Gatsby is awesome.
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