There are many threads for good books but are there any books that humans should not be allowed to touch?
Personally don't have any but i would like to try books that people think are BAD, just to see how bad it can get.
George Orwell's Animal Farm. We had to read it in middleschool. I was totally into it until the end. As I had never before read a book that didn't have a 'happy ending', I was so put-off and disgusted by it that I went into a rage and ripped the book (the school's book) in half and then into tiny shreds.
In class we had to report on the book. I said I hated it. Then we were asked to turn the books in. I said I couldn't turn the book in. When the teacher asked why, I said I hated the injustice of the ending so much that I tore the book to shreds. The teacher just laughed and said - "then you get an A."
Is it really worthy of your ire, just because it wasn't happy?
Animal Farm is far from the worst book ever. :P
Darn, somebody beat me to it...
Is there a e-book version of it? Never heard of it before though.
I don't think as many people hate it as much as they think it is controversial. It's one of the books on my list that I want to read one day.
It's not the high school kids who think it is controversial, it's the teachers and parents who force them to read the book. I have a lot of friends who read the book who say it was amazing and they don't even like reading.
I don't think it's controversial, I think it's pointless. If not for that, it would be good, maybe even great.
I would say that was super ignorant and go on a rant about it, but no. I'm almost ashamed to say I almost agree with you....
Ya see, classic books have to be really old and have crazy language and really long and kinda boring. I admit they follow that rule, most of the time. But there are a few that I really enjoy. Like lord of the flies, or the PRINCESS BRIDE!!!! Thats a classic because it's actually reeeeeeally old. And it's veeeeeery well written. Have you read it? It's great. It's one my favorites. And I adore Rudyard Kipling (his just so stories are very sweet. Thet're classics)
So yeah, that was real ignorant, but I kinda get it. Don't worry, theres a classic for you....
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Oh.....it's from a game....
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I don't really care if a book is classic or not, I can't form an opinion on it until I read it.
The ones with decent sentence structure.
... *shrug* I don't know about many of us, that's a relative phrase. All I can really say is that -I- loved Classical books even as a young child.
yeah it's called Omega Man
Twilight is awful. I had friends who loved it, so I tried to read it once. I never read a book before that kept shoving it in the reader's face how incredibly beautiful the male character is, not to mention the really creepy behavior he did under the name of "love." If I found out a stranger broke into my room to watch me sleep each night, I wouldn't date him. I'd change the locks and call the police...
Worst book? Well, you might not know them, because they're romanian... but here's a list, with names translated and a short summary.
Ion (John) by Liviu Rebreanu.- a farmer is in love with a woman, but marries another only to inherit her lands after her death. Months later, obsessed with getting more lands, he kills his wife and chield and tries to star a relationship with the one he actually loves, but who's another man's wife. John gets killed by the woman's husband.
Ciocoii vechi si noi ( Old kings, new kings) by Nicolae Filimon - A guy named Dinu starts out as a slave for a big-ass archduke, who's the Romanian prince's right hand. In the end, he tricks the archduke, takes all his money, sends him to the madhourse, has 5 chiuldren with his wife.... and gets sacked by another guy only for a stolen pearl necklace.
Baltagul ( The Axe) - by Mihail Sadoveanu - Nechifor, a farmer, dissapears with his sheep . His wife, Vitoria and his son, George, search for him and unvccer the conspiration of two other farmers who killed him for the sheep. t the end, Vitoria kills the two farmers at a wedding, by throwing an axe in each's heads.
O sama de cuvinte ( Some words) by Ion Neculce - despite being in a barely understandable dialect, old Romanian, it talks about both the history of the Kingdom of Moldova in years 1200-1500 and the author's obsession with princess Ruxandra's feet.
O scrisoare pierduta ( A lost letter) - By Ion Luca Caragiale - this one's actually funny, but annoying because it's a bout two political parties who fight for supremacy in the days before the elections, trying dirty tricks such as faking love letters between the members of the other party, or buying the votes of the policemen. Both parties get defeated by a third candidate, that appears only at the end, send by the Government, and the elections are fake, the new guy getting 99% of the votes, when only 28 people voted, none for him.
Maitreyi - by Mircea Eliade : the journey of a romanian guy to India, where he meets Maitreyi, a beatiful indian girl, only 16. He ends up raping her, getting hunted by the police, screwing ugly old ladies on thir way to mount Everest, in Himlaya and when he finnaly meets someone who actually looks good, he's sent back to Romania. The author swears it's the real story, but Maitryi, who actually lived, wrote what actually happened in her book , Dragostea nu moare (Love never dies), where she describes in deatail that Eliade was just a bozo stalking her day and night, and they never did anything romantic, and rape is out of the question since she was still virgin at 89 years old, when she died, in 1988.
Moara cu noroc ( Lucky Windmill ) by Ioan Slavici - the inkeeper of the Lucky Windmill Inn gets into business with Lica, a hunted criminal, and his band. Random murders start occuring near the Inn, and the innkeeper receives lots of money for keeping his mouth shut, When a renegade former soldier, Pintea, appears and revelas that he's got a personal vendetta against Lica, something resembling the Wild West occurs. How does it end? the inkeeper stabs his wife, gets shot by Lica's man, the Inn burns down, Lica rides his horse and end with his head cracked at the base of a tree, Pintea shoots himself and the inkeeper's mother-in-law murders her grandson for money.
Mara - by Ioan Slavici ; Mara, an old woman, is the mother of Persida, a nun wannabe and George, a lazt bum who shot himself in the foot only to not fight in the war. When Persida meets a young german boy, Natzl,she flees with him in Austria, makes him three kids, then gets sold as a slut. Years after, she returns home, onyl to find out her mother, Mara, was now a crazy old woman who sees shiny lights all around and her brother is a serial killer, and she find out she;s got another brother, a step-brother, called Bandi, who's a drug addict. ( yes, these all happen in the 1700 period)
These are only a few of the milder examples.
Thanks for ruining a bunch of potential books for me :)
Also9, there's a Romanian fairytale, talking about rape, cheating your wife, drinking, murder, incest, satanism, aliens and theft.
It's called "Frumoasa Doiana" (Doiana, the beautiful lady)
it's being told to 4 yrs olds.
Did you know that the original ending for Cinderella had the ugly sisters having their eyes picked out by crows and the original ending for Jack and the Bean Stalk had Jack brutally killing the giant?
Back then, endings were insane. Like these:
In original sleeping beauty, Her name is talia and she falls asleep by getting a cursed sliver. Some evil dude comes along and rapes her (in her sleep). She has twins (in her sleep) named Aurora and somth’n else, which means night. The one baby sucks the sliver from her finger. She wakes up. Then it gets reeeeally confusing… somth’n like the evil dude tries to trick her into eating her kids and stuff. But NOPE. They eat him. Happy almost everly after.
In the original goldilocks, she was an ugly mean old lady who, after going into the bears house, was impaled on a church steeple. That was amen for her.
And probably the creepiest, is kids play at pig slaughter. 3 stories by the grim brothers: 1)some kids are playing pig slaughter. 1 boy is the cook, one the pig, one the sausage maker, and one catches the blood. the cook slits the pigs neck. the village elders try to figure out whether to kill him, or let him go free. Flips a coin. He goes free. 2)A family. a mom bathing a baby upstairs. dad is getting wood. 2 kids play pig slaughter. one is the pig, one is the cook. The cook slits the pigs neck. the mom sees and slits the cooks neck. she comes back and the baby drowned in the tub. she slits her own neck. dad is home. he sees his family dead, and hangs himself. Eeeeew. 3)…I forgot, but it’s better that way. The pig stories were from grimm’s book of children tales. like that’s no wrong….
There is a lot more….
I'm getting so tired of books with insecure protagonists!!!
I picked up this book when i was on verge of screaming. "10 things I hate about me" A muslim girl who dyes her hare aussie blonde and wears blue contacts because she doesn't want to get picked on for being ethnic
WHERES YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE, WOOOMAN???!!!
probably lolita as i could not stand how the protagonist is evil and it still wants me to sympathize with him
Bet you would do the same thing if you were her.
if i was her, that would mean I would think like her, and that would mean yeah, I would do the same thing. But I don't think the same, and I am not self conscious to the extreme, so I wouldn't.
Probably a matter of taste, but fucking hell was Charles Dickens BORING when they forced us to read his stories in high school.
The only other book I had to read that was worse than his stuff was Beloved during an english class for college. That was somehow even more mind numbingly duller than Dickens.
I disliked "The Wendigo" by H.G. Wells, there is way too much assumed knowledge, and it is quite badly written, the Magicktaw or whatever the hell they were called was obviously the cheesy-ass binding of the words "magic" and the Native-American-sounding suffix, "taw" and there were just too many obvious tropes used in terrible ways to provide enjoyment in any form, other than complaining to people like you how surprisingly bad this was.
Especially coming from an author who made "War of the Worlds" and "The Invisible Man".
Another Romanian novel is "Povestea cu jucarii" (basicly translated as 'Toy Story').
The main character, Dina, a 13-yrs old schoolgirl , talks to her toys, and her toys teach her a lot of stuff, like cooking, foreign languages, do her homework etc..... make her a drug addict and a pyromaniac, turn her into a slut, give her compulsive nightmares about being raped by a bear, IMPREGNATE HER, murder her unborn child, perform satanic rituals, kill a priest and the girl's parents, rip the heart out of the mayor's chest, rape the girl some more, play video games, starve the girl to death, then revive her for more rape, then they become lifeless during full moon and the girl takes her chance and sets them on fire before they come back to life.
The story was written by a 12-yrs old girl, with advice from her father. The girl is also known for writing an entire novel based on a "zombie-schoolgirls" theme where they end up naked in public and rotting in the sun after a rave party in the cemetery with a serial killer as the DJ.
Seriously like every single story description you've posted so far sounds a lot better than anything and everything they forced us to read in high school and college.
Should I mention the highschool stories?
Quoting from the work itself (translated, of course)
"Be careful where the cum falls, honey, I don't want the carpet to stink again."
Another one is about how a cult of freedom-worhshippers commits a mass suicide during a local traditional old women's gathering. Another one tells the story of a semi-Hungarian baron that wants to become the king of Albania and accidentally discovers the biggest pre-historic flying dinosaur.
Another one is about a sad guy who sees only the bad part of everythnig, only grey, tombs, crypts, dead people, broken mirrors, cemeteries and disasters, and at the end it proves to be just a side-effect of food poisoning.
Another one (the best) is about a girl who falls in love with a star, the star takes human form to marry her, destabilising the universe, and when the star finds her in the arms of another, he returns saddened to his place and sticks his tongue at everyone else ever since.
Another one is the story of a goat (yes, goat) with her three offspring who prepare a last-stand defence against a wolf pack. Only the smallest of the offspring survive after brutally murdering it's brothers, mother, the wolves and a passer-by.
Romanian literature is batshit insane. Murder everywhere, even in child's stories. Massacre, genocide, holocaust and EVEN WORSE are taught to the young of Romania. And you still ask why we are so brutal and senseless. And i'm not even talking about the gypsy books, which are about how gypsies could have turned the tide of many wars throughout history but didn't do it because the gains were bigger if they turned on against their allies. There are also stories of underage incest, slave traffic, smuggling techniques, and books on how to make jews poor.
Well I would expect no less from a country filled with vampires and werewolves. lol.
But seriously, I never really considered Romanians to be any more brutal and senseless than most other nationalities.
I would imagine the type of literature there evolved the way it did due to all the decades of strife, war, occupation and conflict with other nations. Probably teaches and prepares the children immediately that the world is not a friendly place and horror like this really happens. (Minus the more fantastic elements of course)
As a side note it sort explains why I tend to get more praising comments on my stories from that part of the world...
Eh, everyone on the Americas' side of the pond can find almost anyone that far away to be strange and creepy. And they can find the Americas strange and creepy, or even if they're only just across the border, or even if they have lived there forever, but there's one thing for sure...
Romanian and Japanese peoples sure know how to scare (or, in my case, entertain and inspire) the living shit out of kids. Deadhand, for example, and the very dark folk tales they had. (Perhaps that's why I don't get immensely affected in video games by much more than jumpscares.)
worst book ever? shit... hmmm The adventures of Winnie the Pooh, stupid donkeys on opiates.
Uhm, one fot he worst books ever though? Michael Crichton's NEXT was terrible, i mean terrible...
Next was terrible? I don't think we can be friends any more.
It was an amazing book, and very thought provoking. Why didn't you like it?
90% of it was incoherent
The 10% that was actually story telling was just plain dumb and unbelievable
I'm going to miss Crichton, Prey is my favorite BTW
But I loooooved winnie the pooh!
But then again, I was like, 5.....
"The story was written by a 12-yrs old girl, with advice from her father."
How was CPS not banging down this man's door?
I really don't like any books i'm forced to read over summer so currently: a separate peace and the old man and the sea
old man and the sea, is a great metaphorical tale dude....
A separate peace is pretty good for what it's worth. Not exactly my kind of book but it was a good story anyways.
those sound so boring and actionless......
Canadian history books. Everything written by the french, except for Napoleon, who was possibly the only cool french dude ever to exist.
Dictionaries, dictionaries are pretty uninteresting.
What about Urban Dictionaries?
My great uncle is french and is . . . absolutely boring, point Drakilian
That's not a book now is it? It's not even a collection of books. It's a site where people list word defintions.
2 points Drakilian
Oh, I finally thought of a series to put here that wasn't Twilight. Sure, I could say it, the first book made my eyes ache. I was trying really hard to read it through without any bias from others so I could form a good, solid opinion of my own and dammit, it was painful...still, everyone these days says Twilight if they're not in love with it.
But here's a trilogy from another author who loves vampires... yet, surprisingly, it isn't ABOUT vampires: Sleeping Beauty, by A.N. Roquelaure... whose real writing name is actually "Anne Rice."
... It's about sex. Mostly non-consensual S&M... and pony play, because... well, just 'cuz. It claims to have a viable plot and realisticly portrayed characters for three entire novels... and sure, I like love twisted Fairytales, I'm fine with adult stories. I've written adult stories. Even really dark ones. But, well... mine actually had a good plot. :P
I liked the Sleeping Beauty trilogy. It was funny. The first one was best
It was certainly better written than 50 Shades of Gray.
50SG would get my vote, but it was so awful I didn't read most of it, and it may not be fair to vote for a book one didn't entirely read. (WHY is it a best seller? Don't all those people know the internet is full of those kind of stories for free?)
Worst book I had to read for school purposes: I think, from what I can remember, the book I hated most from high school was The Grapes of Wrath. I just didn't care what happened to those people.
Worst book in terms of why did I read this: Santa Steps Out. Santa versus the Tooth Fairy in a slaughterpunk paperback. Also, the Easter Bunny rapes Mrs. Claus. If it was well done, it might have been kind of funny, but overall it was just gore. Not even gorn.
The Catcher in the Rye. Houlden Caulfield is just a whiny little fag.
I loved that book! But what you said was is true! Holden IS a whiny little fag!
Though I suppose there's a whiny little fag in all of us....
Doctor Zhivago. Russians have too many nicknames for each given name. You end up reading an entire chapter before you learn that the new character is the same one you've been reading about all along, only now he is referred to by something that doesn't sound even remotely related.
Maybe Travels with Charley. I remember trying to get through this atrocity during a long summer vacation road trip with my folks and brother. I haven't read it since I was around 12, but still.