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Ursula
25-01-2009, 02:31 PM
Well we've had the most enjoyed book on here so what is the worst book you've ever read?

Mine has to be: My point and I do have one By Ellen DeGeneres

I thought it would be a witty book but I have to say I was so disappointed and felt it had been very badly fleshed out to just make a sale. Thank goodness I only paid about 90p from a charity shop for it because if I had paid full price I would have been extremely angry at such a waste of money.

Tink
25-01-2009, 02:32 PM
It made an incredible film, but reading Schindler's List was a misery. :( Also, the same holds true for A Beautiful Mind. An amazing and very well done film, but horrible writing crippled the book.

Ursula
25-01-2009, 02:34 PM
Oh how disappointing... usually the books are so much better :(

Tink
25-01-2009, 02:39 PM
I know. I am really overbearing when it comes to books that have been made into films. I never like the films! Those two though, the writing was so very poor, the only way to "enjoy" (if that is something one can say about Schindler's List) the stories are to watch the films.

Dawn
25-01-2009, 03:30 PM
Wuthering Heights. I just could not get into it and eventually threw it across the room in frustration.

I read a ridiculous book on the Cuban missile crisis once. I heavily criticised its premise in a paper I wrote and my professor told me I wasn't hard enough on it. :lol:

Tink
25-01-2009, 03:31 PM
:eek: WUTHERING HEIGHTS???? :lipwobble: I am crushed. Absolutely crushed. :cry1:

Dawn
25-01-2009, 03:52 PM
I did try, honest injun. It's a rare event that I give up on a book but this one was mean to me.

Tink
25-01-2009, 03:53 PM
Awwwww...:hug2: Sorry about that. :sigh: Want me to have a chat with it and tell it to be nice, so you can give it another go? :yes: :unsure:

Dawn
25-01-2009, 03:58 PM
No thank you. It's a period of literature that I tend not to go for anyway but I thought I should give it a go. I don't get on with the language and vernacular of that time.

Tink
25-01-2009, 04:06 PM
Oh see? I love it. :yes: Ok then, I'll leave you both in peace. :D

Dorothy
25-01-2009, 04:27 PM
The worst book for me has to be when I had this honors English class and we were suppose to use the whole semester to read War and Peace. I so could not get into it, I hated the writing style, and I was actually bored to tears with it. I ended up doing my paper using Cliff Notes which is not something I had ever ever done before.

Johnie
25-01-2009, 08:08 PM
Call of the Wild by Jack London. It was the 6th grade and I had to do a report on it. Horribly boring book.

Also The Color Purple was horrid to read. The movie is a million times better.

Britchick
25-01-2009, 10:01 PM
It made an incredible film, but reading Schindler's List was a misery. :( Also, the same holds true for A Beautiful Mind. An amazing and very well done film, but horrible writing crippled the book.

we listened to this book on tape when driving from sc to oklahoma, i did nearly nod off at times but was quite disapointed in the film afterwards. The film didn't go into enough depth and i seem to remember it was factually incorrect too- i can't remember what it was, we heard it about 7 years ago lol

foreverducky
25-01-2009, 10:09 PM
Wuthering Heights. I just could not get into it and eventually threw it across the room in frustration.


:lalala: I will pretend i did not hear that.


Wow, for me it goes back to third grade, as I have totally blacked out these books I can't even remember the titles. But let me tell you they were horrible. That was when I knew that if I didn't enjoy something I was reading I wouldn't take it in (even if I read every stinkin' word).

Figment
25-01-2009, 10:47 PM
I hated every word of Les Miserables.

Mari
26-01-2009, 08:00 PM
it was a book by Pablo Coehlo.... at the banks of the river stone I sat and cried..... well... thats the title in Spanish..

I dont think I was able to read more than 30 pages....

Claire
26-01-2009, 09:15 PM
Spycatcher by Peter Wright was beyond boring.

Ursula
27-01-2009, 01:14 AM
Yep I second that one Claire.

Tink
27-01-2009, 02:13 AM
WHHHHHOOOOOAAAAA!!! Hold on. Back up... no. Back up there. To Figment.

Et tu Brute? Les Mis?! :( :cry: You are killing me! :(

Dawn
27-01-2009, 07:36 AM
Who hated Call of the Wild!!!!!!!! :eek:

Skywatcher
27-01-2009, 08:01 AM
Pride and Predjudice - I appreciate it as an historical document, but as a read I found it agonising - I did however read every word.

Claire
27-01-2009, 08:08 AM
Tarka the Otter bored me rigid as well.

Britchick
27-01-2009, 01:01 PM
Pride and Predjudice - I appreciate it as an historical document, but as a read I found it agonising - I did however read every word.

i did that in school!



The chaucers tale!!!!

Tink
27-01-2009, 01:04 PM
Ya'll are just picking on me now, huh? :(

Ok. I hated Romeo and Juliet. There, does that help? :lol:

Britchick
27-01-2009, 01:11 PM
i think i just got muddled. it was the something tale by chaucer i think anyway :unsure:

Tink
27-01-2009, 01:11 PM
Yes, I know the one. It's about Alyce. :yes: I loved it. :(

Britchick
27-01-2009, 01:18 PM
no it's written in olde english :unsure:

Tink
27-01-2009, 01:35 PM
Yes, I know. :D It's Middle English. :) Old English is pre-Great Vowel Shift. :lol: Sorry you mentioned that, eh? :D

Alyce was the name of the wife in the Tale. :yes:

Skywatcher
27-01-2009, 01:58 PM
Cantabury tales no?

I have to say I don't read a lot of bad books, if I can't get on with the first few pages I rarely progress

the one exception to this is Rebecca which I found tedious until it got to the twist which was excellent.

I took the top100 BBC books from the 'big read' and intend to read them all :yes:

Sorry Tink P&P told me a lot about the time but I did not feel said a great deal about the human condition

Britchick
27-01-2009, 06:28 PM
the millers tale me thinks, it was a long long time ago. Did it for O'level english lit. that was a long long time ago!

Ursula
27-01-2009, 11:38 PM
Lucky you Brit I had to study Shakespeare for my English Literature O'Level :(

josh.p.
27-01-2009, 11:42 PM
I read a 'book' called Hobsons choice in GCSE English, it was actually a play but we read it in book form- awful, awful play.

Dawn
28-01-2009, 07:25 AM
I've only read one Shakespeare - King Lear and I love it. Maybe I'll try another one.

Skywatcher
28-01-2009, 07:54 AM
oo oo Macbeth rocks!

Dawn
28-01-2009, 08:05 AM
I'm going to read Shrodinger's Cat first. :D

Tink
28-01-2009, 10:25 AM
I love Hamlet, Midsummer's Night Dream, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, and Taming of the Shrew as well. :yes: Actually, I like it all but for that stupid Romeo and Juliet nonsense. :shrug:

Skywatcher
28-01-2009, 10:51 AM
*cough* His Dark Materials rocks *cough*:D :wink:

Havent read much other Shakespear - will put that on the todo list - Reading a Stephen Fry book at the moment find him very good indeed, then another crack at Great Expectations looms

Ursula
28-01-2009, 12:42 PM
Great Expectations is another one I had to study. It wasn't so bad. Kinda similar to the Haunted Mansion with all the cobwebs and the Tower of Terror where time stands still.

Ursula
28-01-2009, 12:43 PM
LOVE Charles Dickens though and Oscar Wilde. but but but... we're going off topic....

Tink
28-01-2009, 01:52 PM
Yes, we are... :unsure: But I just wanted to hop in and say I'm with you Helly on Dickens and Wilde. :D

Oooo! Here's one that most folks dislike, "Finnegans Wake." :yes: There. Back on track now, eh?

Skywatcher
28-01-2009, 01:55 PM
Dan Brown books after the first 2 or 3 they are all the same and very formulaic - not very well written either truth be told

Ursula
28-01-2009, 03:08 PM
Gah I struggled with the first one so didn't bother with the second one.

Dawn
28-01-2009, 03:47 PM
Picked up a copy of Macbeth from the school library today. Will give that a whirl.

Skywatcher
28-01-2009, 04:06 PM
:thumbsup:

Out damned spot

Britchick
28-01-2009, 07:46 PM
Lucky you Brit I had to study Shakespeare for my English Literature O'Level :(

we did 3 !!! midsummer nights dream which i love- i think they#re doing it at Tolethorpe again this year. Silas Marner and that chaucer rubbish-ugh don't remind me

Dorothy
28-01-2009, 07:50 PM
I loved Taming of the Shrew, but hated R&J because it was just way too much drama for me!

Johnie
28-01-2009, 09:45 PM
Oh see, I love Romeo and Juliet. I read it when I was 14......it totally clicked for me. I also LOVE Julius Caesar. I can still recite the entire Friends, Romans, Countrymen speech.

Ursula
28-01-2009, 09:59 PM
we did 3 !!! midsummer nights dream which i love- i think they#re doing it at Tolethorpe again this year. Silas Marner and that chaucer rubbish-ugh don't remind me

We also had to do Huckleberry Finn... which was right up my street! I was right there with them on their adventures! :yes:

Dawn
29-01-2009, 07:53 AM
Oooh Silas Marner is an awesome book.