Most overrated book?

Inspired by Sarah the Bookworm's thread

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05/10/2010 at 12:40

I'd like to nominate "Birdsong" (just couldn't care about the characters) and anything by Hilary Mantel.

05/10/2010 at 12:47

The bible.

 End of thread.

05/10/2010 at 12:49
+1 with Dano

and anything by Dan Brown
05/10/2010 at 12:54

Where the Wild Things Are

 

05/10/2010 at 13:06
+! to Dan Brown.

Harry Potter - not that I've actually read any. Just can't believe the hype.

Emma and Wuthering Heights. Overhyped to the maximum by my English Lit teacher.
Edited: 05/10/2010 at 13:14
Crash Hamster    pirate
05/10/2010 at 13:07

Would have to agree about Birdsong; liked the war bits, but otherwise it was dull and self-indulgent.

Was completely un-moved by The Kite Runner too...

05/10/2010 at 13:17

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

The first of that series of books by the Swedish bloke - Girl with the somethingorother

05/10/2010 at 13:18
Ulysses.
Well not so much overrated, just unreadable.
05/10/2010 at 13:23

Anything by Jane Austen .... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! 

Persevere with the Milleneum trilogy Parky, first 100 pages of the first is confusing and dull, the rest is excellent!

05/10/2010 at 13:25

Ohh! I love Jane Austen.

Overrated: anything by Dickens.  Especially the stupid comedy names he gives people.

05/10/2010 at 13:27

Stangely enough, Dickens was my second choice MF.

Both make a good basis for a telly series though.

05/10/2010 at 13:27

The Da Vinci Code - WTF???  It's a very average book so why did everyone rave about it?  At least in his subsequent books Dan Brown managed to lift his writing from average to terrible.

Millenium Trilogy - Good books but not at all great.  I've no idea why everyone thought they were so good.

Dano, the Bible is actually a number of books.  Is there a particular one you think is over-rated?

05/10/2010 at 13:28

I recently read Breda by Paulo Coelho.

I'd not read any hype about it (I think it's been around a while), but it was, apparently, an international bestseller.

It was, in fact, really rather dull.

05/10/2010 at 13:29
M.ister W wrote (see)
Dano, the Bible is actually a number of books.  Is there a particular one you think is over-rated?
As far as I am concerned, it comes in a singular book form, ergo, its one book.
05/10/2010 at 13:35
You clearly haven't read it then
05/10/2010 at 13:37
I've read enough of it to make a snap judgement on it
05/10/2010 at 13:37

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Had to read that recently for my book club. I didn't finish it though (only one of the group did). Extreme tedium.

I loved Kiterunner. 

05/10/2010 at 13:39
Little Ninja wrote (see)
+! to Dan Brown.

Harry Potter - not that I've actually read any. Just can't believe the hype.

Emma and Wuthering Heights. Overhyped to the maximum by my English Lit teacher.


I love HP!!! I was determined to dislike it because I didn't believe the hype, but now I'm hooked

Dan Brown - urgh. What a bad, bad writer. Terrible writing style, ridiculous plots and absurd characters.

Twilight. I just don't get the appeal. I've tried to read it, but the hyperbole of it all was just nauseating

05/10/2010 at 13:42
Emma. She has to be the most irritating character in literary history. Total bimbo. I actually find myself getting angry at the thought of her....clearly I have issues!

Also I agree on Wuthering Heights - I just don't get it. I know the point is that all the characters are to a degree unlikeable but I just can't bring myself to be remotely interested in any of them.

Da Vinci Code is utter drivel and generally appalling in every way.

Harry Potter is wonderful.
05/10/2010 at 13:43
danowat wrote (see)
I've read enough of it to make a snap judgement on it


The Blind Assassin - apparently it won a bunch of awards but it's rubbish.

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