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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby errol says on Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:57 am

Zankou 2.0 wrote:Twilight is good, but it's far from literature.


Wholeheartedly agree. Good, but not worth the craze. No substantial meaning, either. I also agree that 1984 should be considered literature, though i don't share this groups' views on Fahrenheit 451. Fabulous book.

Who knows how many people here have even read this, but House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski remains the greatest book ever written (in my opinion).

Also, i feel as if Finnegans Wake would be an incredible read, if it were actually "readable".
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby FaithfulPirate42 on Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:21 pm

I've never read Finnegan's, but may have to. I do love good gibberish. I never cared much for the Iliad. It really just seemed like a list of fights during a big war. Boring.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby ~NoodleDemon~ on Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:08 am

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Thank you for being about the only other goddamned person here to mention Lovecraft.

Lovecraft's dystopic, hellish visions are a constant inspiration for my own burgeoning madness (i hope... do i seem somewhat mad yet?).

For worst book, I nominate anything written by that stupid douche Dembski.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby Jessica on Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:39 am

To Kill A Mockingbird, Twilight, and some other book I was forced to read in school a couple of years ago. I am a person who loves to read, but it was HORRIBLE. I would have died of boredom right there.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby Zankou 2.0 on Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:43 am

Jessica wrote:To Kill A Mockingbird, Twilight, and some other book I was forced to read in school a couple of years ago. I am a person who loves to read, but it was HORRIBLE. I would have died of boredom right there.

Mockingbird is one of the BEST books. School just ruins it.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby Roy Hunter on Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:48 am

Zankou 2.0 wrote:Mockingbird is one of the BEST books. School just ruins it.

I don't know if it has improved any since I was at school, but I think the teaching of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' would have been greatly improved by giving it a bit of context. We were just taught it as a stand-alone piece, and it wasn't until a few years later when I was discussing the film with my mum that she put it in context: segregation in the south; all the hangovers from the Civil War; the perceived role of women; and when she told me all that, the penny dropped and the book made sense.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby ke_mikiao on Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:02 pm

Forcing anyone to read any book will ruin the book imo.


but the worst book ever written is "Sandworms of Dune" by Brian Herbert


not only did he absolutly murder the Dune universe, but the ending itself seemed like something he threw together because it was due the next day.

that book made me cry in pity
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby zinc alloy on Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:13 pm

By far the worst book ever written is 'Catcher in the Rye'. What a pile of pointless shit.

Poor story, poorly written.

If that passes for classic American literature then heaven help us all.

There's a few hours of my life I'll never get back.

And while we're at it, 'Chariots of the Gods'. Jeez, if you're gonna make outlandish stuff up at least try and make interesting nonsense up. Dull dull dull. I believe this was the book that other curse upon literature, Dan whatisname based the Da Vinci Code on.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby daftbeaker on Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:03 am

Pride and Prejudice.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby Capellini on Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:18 pm

daftbeaker wrote:Pride and Prejudice.


LOVED IT!
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby daftbeaker on Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:21 pm

Capellini wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:Pride and Prejudice.


LOVED IT!

Loved the book? Why? It's the Regency equivalent of todays celebrity autobiography.

In fact I think this clip sums up pretty much how I feel about that whole genre.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby Rainswept on Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:11 pm

Know what else I hated with a firey passion?


Of Human Bondage just an unforgivably awful story.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby Capellini on Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:19 pm

daftbeaker wrote:
Capellini wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:Pride and Prejudice.


LOVED IT!

Loved the book? Why? It's the Regency equivalent of todays celebrity autobiography.

In fact I think this clip sums up pretty much how I feel about that whole genre.


Because the wordplay is sharp and witty, the characters are flawed and endearing, it is an excellent snapshot of a fascinating period in history, and it has a happy ending.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby Rainswept on Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:24 pm

I just don't get how flawed = endearing. I mean characters don't need to be perfect for me to like them, but some of the books I've read (usually at the suggestion of some girlfriend or other) have protagonists I want to just slap for sheer stupidity. Of Human Bondage and Valley of the Dolls leap to mind as classic examples.

Romeo and Juliette were both morons.
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Re: Worst book ever written..

Postby daftbeaker on Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:45 pm

Capellini wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:Pride and Prejudice.

Because the wordplay is sharp and witty, the characters are flawed and endearing, it is an excellent snapshot of a fascinating period in history, and it has a happy ending.

I found it dull, vapid and pointless. I'm willing to bet if I was stupid enough to read Twilight they would seem remarkably similar. Anyway, time to agree to disagree :wink:

Oh, and Shakespeare. Not for the quality of the works (I admit the ones I've read were pretty good once I got the hang of the language and style) but the sort of people who claim to read Shakespeare for fun. I suspect that they're just doing it to try and appear more intelligent.

In case you're thinking I'm a cultural void, I'm not. I've read Plato, Nietzsche, Dickens, Stoker etc. Just can't stand Austen et. al.
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