Book Meme Challenge:
Most Overrated Book
Hello! Melpomene here. I want to give a disclaimer: I am in the middle of finals week, and my brain is tied up trying to cram for the exams – which are all on the very first and second days of the week – and might be lacking the ability to use words to make sense of anything other than my class work. So if I go overboard on absolutist statements, chalk it up to the late hours, the coalition of school and work life, and the fact that I do actually try to have a social life.
Silly Muse of Tragedy. It will all be better on Tuesday.
With all that said, I prepare to duck behind my computer as projectiles hurtle towards me after my answer to this challenge. As I mentioned before, I am normally out of the loop when it comes to popular literary hype. but there are several books that have managed to force their way through my protectively phlegmatic approach to culture. And yet when I tried to engage these books, they rebuffed my friendly advances and left me rather befuddled in the Streets of Mediocrity.
And because my decision-making skills left me at about 3am yesterday morning, I will only honor you with the top three. In brief.
By Stephanie Meyers
This is just a duh. Style, scope, creativity, purpose, etc., are all so juvenile that several shots of whiskey could not even make it funny. I kept reading, out sheer perversity and the belief that it could not possibly get worse, pointless-teenage-angsty, or self-destructive. Ooh, was I wrong. Also, it show-cases an incredibly blase heroine. Why do all the guys love her? I don’t know. And while I understand that teenage girls identify with the “normal girl who gets the hot guy without needing to grow or change or be awesome,” most people do have to go through painful experiences that make them mature. Not moon about like sheep. This is not a real fairy tale.
But just in case there are any sparkly vampires hanging about, I now refuse to use strawberry-scented shampoo.
And if you have any doubt about the literary quality of the book, just go check out Reasoning with Vampires.
By J.K. Rowling
I know there are many Potter fans – including Terpsichore – but while I respect these people, I was never able to muster an appreciation for Rowling’s books. The writing was only okay, and the plots were predictable and annoying. Which is sad, but there is so much that can be done with the premise! The main characters were blandly rebellious and clichéd, a combination I hadn’t really thought possible. It is was only the side details of the magical world that I found attractive: the way the wizarding world lives, and the kooky peripheral characters. But compared to Jane Yolen’s book “Wizard’s Hall,” (and it really seems like Rowlings stole Yolen’s idea,) or Dianne Wynne Jones’ wizard books, (which are adorably fun and awesome and magical and creative,) Rowling’s overarching tale feels overblown and at the same time rather silly. Like a bull-dog in a dress.
All that being said I did only read until the third book, when I got bored and gave up. They might get better after that. Also, I do enjoy the movies. Although I think that is mainly because of the beautiful scenery and the cute
Catcher in the Rye
By J. D. Salinger
This was recommended to me by someone whose opinion normally I trust, but I could not, not, not like, admire, or acknowledge any greatness about this book. It was depressing and almost evil in its wallowing in the mediocre life. I could not even notice the style because the story made me nauseated. Maybe I need to go back as a more mature reader, but I really do not want to. Anyway, this book should not be on most high school reading lists. It is not good for the teenage – or any age – soul.
In my ever so humble opinion. What do you think?