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Saturday Book Discussion: Highly-rated books that you hated

Hey folks, after a long hiatus, it's another SBD!

I make no promises that I will continue to do these every Saturday, but here goes.

Oh wait, first, a word from your slightly anal moderator:

Baby Jesus smiles when you tag your posts.




Baby Jesus likes tags

Blessed are those who remember the review tag.


That is all.

(Also, I'm still open to adding more genre and subject tags if there is enough demand for them.)


And now, on to the Saturday Book Discussion:

Why does everyone love this book?




No, really, not a 50 Shades fan

Baby Jesus did not love this book.


There is this book that everyone loves, or it's a monumental work of literature, or whatever. All your friends recommended it to you, and you hated it. Or at least, were left with a monumental sense of "Meh." And you ask yourself, Why does everyone love this book?

What book(s) were those for you?

Before I continue, I'd like to arbitrarily impose an unenforceable restriction on the discussion:

No YA books

Yeah, I know, that's so unfair. Look, do we really need the 542,237,918th discussion about Twilight? Or Harry Potter/Hunger Games/Divergent/Cassandra Clare/50 Shades of Grey? (Yeah, for purposes of this discussion I am counting 50 Shades of Grey as "YA.") YA books, especially the ones really popular with a mass audience, seem to spawn such an equal and opposite reaction from those not in the target audience, there's just not much new to be said about them, IMO.

I mean, go ahead and bash Twilight for the 542,237,918th time if you really want to. I won't delete your post or anything. But I'll be rolling my eyes. Can you feel me rolling my eyes at you?


No, really, not a Twilight fan

Yes, yes, I get it, even John Boehner hates Twilight.


So, stretch your critical faculties a bit. Find something besides that YA book everyone is squeeing about to harsh on.

I'm going to go with:

Cormac McCarthy's The Road.



The Road

I have since acquired a taste for Cormac McCarthy (I say Game of Thrones fans should read Cormac McCarthy to find out what real grimdark looks like), but when I read The Road I was just... massively underwhelmed. It's a classic example of a big name literary author "slumming" in genre fiction. It's like Cormac McCarthy had never even heard of sci-fi but he came up with this great idea called The Post-Apocalyptic Novel. It's about the end of the world, see, and there are these survivors, trying to find other people. Surely no one has ever had such an idea before!

Worldbuilding? Suspension of disbelief? What's that? Everything is dead, even the freaking insects, but somehow there are still people surviving? Well, who cares, only sci-fi nerds would care about trivial details like that, and Cormac McCarthy is not writing *sneer* science fiction.

Even the movie was just okay, because really, what is new about a father and son hiking across a post-apocalytic wilderness?

But hey, Oprah liked it.


No, really, not a King fan

Seriously, Oprah, The Stand is better.


So, what are your non-favorite favorites?



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