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The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
I can't remember the title of the only book that ever ticked me off to the point that I almost ripped in up without reading the last few pages. It was a romance/mystery featuring a soldier and an army nurse who fall in love on an army base only days before a major war takes place. The base gets bombed and in the confusion they split up, swearing to find each other afterward. The jeep tje woman is riding in with other nurses headed for the intial bombing suddenly blows up. Everyone dies except one woman. The female character is actually this woman, but as she is severly burnt, somehow a mistake is made and she is announced dead.

Upon hearing the news, the man goes on a nearly suicidal mission to get revenge for his lost love. Meanwhile, she recovers and searches for him. She finally finds him listed dead as well. He actually was in a plane crash... The female character is devastated and eventually begins a romance with the doctor who reconstructs her face after the accident. Then one day a few years later, she randomly comes across the man and finds out he is married with kids. They still love each other, and almost reunite until he decides to stay with his wife because of his running for senator, not wanting any bad publicity. He offers her to be his mistress, but she naturally refuses. She loves him too much to be only his mistress. They eventually see each other one last time when they are much older and visiting a memorial with their grandchildren. They each find their own names etched in the stone. They look sadly at each other, mourning what could have been, and the book ends...

The thing that made me so mad? Well, first the story gets you all into the romance and you want them to be together as it obviously true love. Then, with the accidents, you are anxious for them to reunite. Everytime they come across each other, you get you hopes up that they will finally be reunited. And they see each other quite often, the opportunity slipping by and becoming more impossible each time. Then, they are stuck spending their lives with someone they don't truly love. This story really, really irked me. In novels, particularly romances, you want a happy ending. You want to read books that display a happier life or better circumstances than your own. If I wanted to read a book that tears people apart or has people stuck in relationships without love, I wouldn't need a book. I would just have to replay my own life; I was unhappily married for nearly 8 years. I dunno, maybe it just hit too close to home, but I found the book pointless and irritating. Make a half a book showing these people falling a love, then searching for each other for the rest you expected them to be reunited and were sorely dissappointed.

Have any of you ever had a book effect you this way?

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Twilight, maybe? A cliche response, but not untrue. Yeah, I'm sure I must've read something worse... but barring the worst games on here and the worst fanfictions I've run across, I cannot think of a story or book (one that I've physically held) that I thought was more inane or annoying.

Mind you, I did eventually laugh my ass off at it once it dawned on me just how funny it was, but ... dammit, I love vampires. I have always loved vampires. -_- Seeing more glitter on them than a pride parade float caused me to die just a little inside.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
Ohhh, I have a question? What is your favorite vampire book? I used to love all Anne Rice's books.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

The only Anne Rice books I've read are the Sleeping Beauty ones.

I used to read those Anita Blake books.  Before they turned into porn-without-plot.

What exactly counts as a vampire book anyway?

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

There are always the classics like Dracula and Nosferatu. Back when vampires were still firmly rooted in the genre of Horror, not...the very different kind of horror that results from reading the entire Twilight Saga.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Sleeping bea--oh, God, do you mean that never ending parade of smut and fetish fuel that begins with rape and ends with, like, two guys doing public pony play? I've never actually read it, but the review I read of it was more than enough for me to be sufficiently creeped out.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Don't judge me! XD   I was bored, they were there.

Yeah, I don't really get what's erotic about the whole pony thing.  And as I recall the books had way too much focus on delayed orgasm.  Still better than 50 shades of gray. 

(Not my favorite erotic retelling of fairy tales, but I'm not saying what is.)

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Um. I don't actually have a favorite vampire book, tbh. I've read a lot of fictional works with vampires in them, I really like the various legends and takes on the creature, and I've written more than a couple of pieces involve them.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Any Werrier Keatz book.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Arrgh.  Can't find the name of the book now. 

It was a mystery, one of a number of books by the same female author.  Almost all her stories had the setup of 'mysterious present-day thing with its roots in a past mystery, intercutting between the two time periods.'

This one was about someone whose sister disappeared when they were kids.  They thought fairies lived in the woods behind their house, and the sister left on her own to be with the fairy king.

Then as an adult they moved back there for some reason?  I don't really remember the middle part, but the stupid ending was that the housekeeper? was part of a weird cult and had some kind of deformed son? and he was the "fairy king" & for 20 years he'd been keeping the sister drugged up in a secret basement? and then the cult killed everyone?

I mean, I guess as a metaphor for how the mundane world kills everything magical, it was. . . still the stupidest shaggy dog ending ever.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
Lol, isn't it funny we can't remember the titles... like our subconscious is protecting us from stupidity... XD

And that does sound really bad. My OCD self would have still finished it, though. I always have to finish everything.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

It reminded me of that Roger Ebert quote about The Village.  "To call it an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes. . . . It's so witless, in fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the film so we don't know the secret anymore."

 

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
An American Childhood.

I went on a rant about it on a thread the other month. But I just cannot stand to think about the accursed thing for that long again. Let's just say, I literally set it on fire.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
I read that rant when you first posted. The book does seem dumb, but I haven't read it. I couldn't hurt a book myself, but the one I described made me want to tear it up, chew up the pages, and bury it where no would could be disappointed again lol.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

I don't remember the rant.  What was it about?

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
It was in the self-procrastination thread, but I can't remember which forum it was under.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
Here is the important part...

For An American Childhood - *Ahem, an aside. This is the absolute worst thing ever written. If you ever have the sad misfortune of coming across this steaming pile of cow-dung, do yourself and everyone around you a favor and burn it with fire. Yes, fire. This is preferable to burning it with embers, coals or sheer loathing, as all of these take far too long to do the job, even if they provide greater torment and satisfaction.* Since this... thing is so unspeakably awful, there was no online summary or plot synopsis. So I was going to actually read this one... Until it bored me to sleep on page 30, and I woke up hours later drooling on the page. I proceeded to read the first and last page of each chapter to determine if I needed to read the entire chapter to answer anything important. Once I no longer had a use for the book, I burnt it... with fire.

For anyone wants to know what made An American Childhood so awful... If you had a childhood in America and posses a lack of writing skills and plot knowledge, congratulations you are qualified to write the book. It spent several chapters, SEVERAL, describing a rock the author found. No, there was nothing special about the rock. It was just an ordinary rock, and it had no relevance to anything else. Another chapter was spent covering, in painfully exquisite detail, the makings of a peanut butter and banana sandwich during a thunderstorm. Yet another chapter covered how the author tossed a snowball at a man, who allegedly proceeded to chase her throughout the city on foot. Does this last bit sound interesting? Sorry, no such luck. T'was drier than sand in a kiln in the middle of the Sahara on the hottest day of the century.

Ugh. Rant complete.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Oh come on, Bucky!

Nothing so perfectly encapsulates America, and American childhood young adulthood, as the fervent, steadfast belief that total strangers are enraptured by the inane minutia of your existence.

 

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Ominvore's Dilemma is what I think it was called.

It was a book about what to eat that basically was written by some guy who could afford tons of organic foods and lots of supplements of high priced other things, so he basically said everyone could eat exactly like him and should. 

 

I read it for a high school reading competition thing.

I was extremely pissed when another team member was found out to have not read the books that he said he would cover.

 

 

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

At the risk of making another very cliché response: Fifty Shades of Grey. I read it solely because I didn't think I was allowed to complain about books I hadn't read, and no amount of brain bleach can undo the damage.

It was...I didn't know whether to be more offended at: the terrible writing, or the blatant misinformation. The fact that it became a bestseller makes my soul die a little inside every time I hear about it.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

You wanna know what kills me about 50SOG? Its origins. Not only is Twilight directly to blame for its existence, but I could not and did not want to believe a FANFIC WRITER FINALLY MADE IT BIG with one of their works and THAT is what we got.

I've read countless funny, original, beautiful, truly worthwhile pieces of literature that just happened to be fanfiction and I would've absolutely been thrilled to see any one of them be made into an original (if with air-quotes around it) novel and movie. Hollywood dove into the pile known as fandom and from its depths, instead of any number of harmless trinkets to priceless jewels, it picked that crap and put it on display. And that day, fanfic writers were made into even more of a joke than we already were.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
What's funny is the book doing so well is half because women actually enjoyed it, and half it was so bad most people bought it just to see how bad it was.

Really, it's popularity can be blamed on everyone who bought it to see how bad it was.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Unfortunately true. (Reminds me of Trump's campaign for presidency, now that I think about it. The more you bash it, the more powerful it becomes, but even knowing that, it's so hard to quell the anger.)

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
And someday, there will be an equally cringe-worthy movie adaptation of the entire fiasco.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

George Orwell's Animal Farm. :P

I mentioned this in a similar thread years ago, but I had to read Animal Farm in seventh grade. I really got into the book and with a naive belief that good always triumphs over evil, due to that being the case in every form of entertainment I had ever been exposed to up to that point in my life.

When I got to the end of the book, I was so disappointed and outraged that Orwell would ruin it like that, I ripped the book to shreds and tossed it in the trash.

Then I was like 'oh shit... I just destroyed a school library book...'

Back in class, when the teacher had all the students pass their books back up, I had to sit there and say "I can't".

When the teacher asked why, I told him about ripping the book up, due to how much it had offended me after reading it. I thought I was going to be in big trouble, but the teacher was so impressed with my story, he launched into a hearty discussion with the class about the impact of writing on society and how Animal Farm was really an analogy of Russian Revolution/WWII, etc.

I was just glad to get out of being disciplined for destroying school property haha!

(Farking Animal Farm...)

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
Lmao. That's great! I'm still too much a book lover to rip one, but that is totally what I wanted to do to the one I read. (And maybe set it on fire as well, lol.) I haven't read Animal Farm myself, though.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

XD that's great.  I guess that was probably the reaction Orwell intended. 

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

I have a friend who recently got a job as a proofreader, and they've been telling me about this one book that is apparently absolute garbage. I haven't actually read it myself, but just hearing about it made me cringe.

It's about a boy who goes around solving mysteries in London, which on its own doesn't sound too bad, until you factor in that its written by an American woman who has quite obviously never actually been to London and seems to be basing all of her research on horribly out of date stereotypes.

Everyone is either rich land owners that live in mansions with butlers, valets and scullery maids, and have names like Lord Fumblesnatch; or poor orphan boys taken straight out of Oliver that all go around picking pockets and saying things like "'Ello guv'na."

I sort of want to read it to see just how hilariously ridiculous it is, although according to my friend its incredibly infuriating, so I might have to give it a miss.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Depends on how much fun you can personally have with bad writing in the moment. As I said above, Twilight was an awful experience, but in retrospect, it's hilarious.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago
So, is this actually bought by a publisher (I think that's who buys them), or are they a freelancer proofreader?

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

I hated Warriors and Hunger Games, but that doesn't come nearly as close to my hatred for Island of the Blue Dolphins, which I was forced to read for 5th grade. Fucking made me sick with boredom, but at least there were some action sequences. The book I hate the most, whose name fills me with angst, was Warhorse, which I was forced to read in middle school.

It was suggested to the teachers because, y'know, they were making a movie. It was a shitty movie, for much the same reason that it was a shitty book. It's full of action scenes in which nothing badass happens, pisses and moans about "the horrors of war" in a cliched, uninteresting way, and it follows a fucking horse around as he traipses over trenches and pulls machine guns around. The war was bad? Boo fucking hoo, try getting me to empathize with the PTSD of a goddamn horse. You know what other books talked about how shitty the war was? The Great Gatsby, and that was not only published when the subject still mattered, but it portrayed it in an interesting way that wasn't shoved down your throat at every corner, through the eyes of a stupid animal who probably had no idea what the fuck was going on the whole damn time.

Fuck. That. Book.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

The stupid thing about Island of the Blue Dolphins was that they wrote a sequel about the girl getting off the island.

Modern life sucks, she wishes she was back on the island, and she gets sick and dies. wtf?

 

The Great Gatsby is about the war?

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

It's a Modernist story, so it touches on that theme. The war is, essentially, the Big Bad of the story in the sense that all of Gatsby's problems, (and Daisy's by extension) essentially come from the fact that he was thrown into the trenches and kicked out of her life for years.

It's every point Warhorse managed to make, except it wasn't boring as shit, they didn't force it on you every time you turned the damn page, and it was very quick to get that shit out of the way by gently implying it, then moving on to all the other reasons why humanity sucks and you should just buy a farm somewhere and live life the good old-fashioned way.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Oh man, Islamd of Blue Dolphins was so bad. So bad. Ugh. Hated it. 

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Islamd?

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Yeah what else would it be, dipshit

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Yeah, Islambda is the sorority she joined when they took her back to the mainland and enrolled her in the White Mans' college.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

I read Island of the Blue Dolphins once, and I honestly tried to burn it. Unfortunately it was a school book so I stopped once I got the lighter.

Yet I did manage to burn a dreadful book once I finished one of the Warriors books ("The Darkest Hour," was it called?). I just threw it in a bonfire.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

A gift for Caillou.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Terribly slow paced, is horrible at trying to convey a positive message/ moral, and half of the book is filled with empty garbage of the protagonist trying to get to some place while there is no backstory or anything interesting to keep you hooked. Worst book I've had to read for school.

Edit: Fuck! I just necroed this. Didn't realize it was an old thread. @Kiel_Farren, @Sethaniel can one of you delete this? Lol.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

I think it'll be okay.

The Dumbest or Most Irritating Book You Ever Read?

one year ago

I couldn't resist the urge to necro because I need to say that "Their Eyes were Watching God" is the most most pointless and hard to read trash I have ever been forced to deal with in my life. The protagonist is a fucking whore and none of the characters can speak proper English. The author tries so hard to put in symbolism, but it is so incredibly forced that the plot has no logical drive behind it and you're left with a growing resentment towards the main character. It's going to be hard to forget that one.