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I am so with you on the Nicholas Sparks. He was the first one to come to mind. I would also say Jodi Picoult. I hate to, because I enjoy her stories and her writing somewhat, but she ends EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER on a dramatic note in a way that feels cheap. It began to grate on my nerves after noticing it for a half a book. I even tried a second book, but she did it there, too. Drove me nuts.

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Mitsu-Senpai wrote:
31 Dec 2017, 23:56
Oh god.. P.C. & Kristin Cast. I 100% cannot stand their work. And I've been dared by a friend to read all of their currently published books. I admit I for some reason loved the House of Night series as a kid. Now though I don't understand why I ever liked the books at all because they're so trashy, racist and ... I'm gonna have to stop myself before I go into full on rant mode. I cringe so hard just thinking about their books and how many I still have to read.
I thought it was just me! I read the first couple and thought they were great back then, but now ::shudder::
The same with Stephanie Meyer- though I hate-read the last book. When I saw what they named the baby, all I could think was that we've now gone full trailer park.

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shizuku42 wrote:
05 Jan 2018, 20:20
John Steinbeck F Scott Fitzgerald

I know the symbolism behind their books, I spent a lot of time studying the themes both inside and outside of school, but I still can't stand either author. I just feel so depressed after reading their books. And I've read plenty of writing about misfortune that still felt meaningful...overall it felt like reading pointless tragedy. I do still admire them for their style of writing though.
YES! We had to read both The Pearl and Grapes of Wrath as summer reading. I would rather pull out my eyelashes one by one if it meant I got the time back that I wasted on those.

The Great Gatsby is a sucky story. And who gives a funion about the random sports betting chapter? People love it and have Gatsby parties, but they completely miss the point.

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12 Jan 2018, 14:03
E.L. James...
I get it; men have porn and it's a huge industry. Finally, a form of pornography which is appealing to women comes along, and it is like a second sexual revolution. 50 Shades of Grey was a ground breaking book because it opened that door to the fairer sex.

I guess I'm just old school, though, because I don't think we should celebrate any form of pornography. It's addictive and destructive. Our society is already oversexualized. It's in every form of media. When 50 Shades passed up Harry Potter as the fastest selling book, I have to admit, I was a little worried about society. I've got a son and two daughters, and I don't want my girls thinking that their sexuality is the most important part of their identity. Just like I don't want my son to reduce women to their sexually appealing parts. I feel like porn does just that. And E.L. James found the a way to get women on the same bandwagon as men. Now, there's nobody left to keep society on a higher moral plane.
E L James didn't write porn for women. Its romanticizing abusive relationships. A lot of what goes on is violation of boundaries. Anyone who has any experience with BDSM knows that when the person says the safe word, you stop. Not so for Mr Christian Grey. When you continue after the safe word, that is rape. A sexual act performed on a person without their consent. The safe word renegs consent. E L James is of the stock that agree with "well, she said no, but her eyes meant yes". Any reference to Fifty Shades makes me want to gag on a gag ball. Also, real BDSM is SOOOO much more than some spanking.

I honestly don't know why we Americans make the naked human body a thing of shame in real life but have no problem with videos of people pumping away. If we stopped giggling at naked bodies and realize that yes, everyone has one under all those clothes, we could stop being so perversely fascinated. It would also (hopefully) help to repair our detachment that doesn't register porn actors/actresses and sex workers as real people. Which brings it around to your point about not reducing someone to a sexual object.

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Alright, I've already replied to others with E L James, Stephanie Meyer, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, and The Casts. I'll add Stephen King to that list as well. I don't remember what book I tried to read, but when he went on for 2 pages about how the color yellow of something was the color yellow of a child's raincoat, a child who.....snore.
As well, Nicholas Sparks. All of his books follow the same formula: Girl and Guy meet, don't like each other. Then they fall in love and one of them dies. Every. Flipping. Time.

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Suzanne Collins- The way the Hunger Games was written seemed like a middle school writing assignment. I forced myself to finish them because I did like the underlying ideas and world that was created. I felt like I should have had a red pen out and started editing.

And yes, I'm going to go there: Tolkien. I got through The Hobbit ok, but once I moved on to Lord of the Rings- whew! I quit halfway through Two Towers. 11 pages of descriptions of trees!

And Dickens. Nothing struck a chord with me. I just felt blah.

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JudasFm wrote:
24 Feb 2018, 09:06
Stephanie Meyer. I'm one of those people who tends to avoid popular things for no better reason than they are popular. This is a very daft kink in my nature, and so I thought I'd at least give the books a fair chance before condemning them. After all, I didn't read Harry Potter for a long time until my grandmother nagged me into it and promptly got me hooked on the series, so I thought maybe it would be the same here.

Turned out to be the worst stuff I've ever read. I really hate giving up on a book - I'd rather push through to the bitter end, even if I'm not enjoying it - but in this case I had to admit defeat. I got about three quarters of the way through it, and then just donated it to my local charity shop.
Lol same. some popular books tend to disappoint me so i dont even try buying them except from author who i know will never disappoint me. i tried to read meyer's book and first page i already gave up. lol.
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briellejee wrote:
26 Mar 2018, 07:33
Lol same. some popular books tend to disappoint me so i dont even try buying them except from author who i know will never disappoint me. i tried to read meyer's book and first page i already gave up. lol.
To be completely fair, vampires don't really interest me and I'm not a fan of romance, so any book with those two things is going to have to be phenomenal to hook me ;)

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Stephanie Meyer, Chetan Bhagat. I do not understand why folks go gaga over them.

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Tolkien. Doesn’t leave a single blade of grass to the reader’s imagination and solves all threats with a handy wizard of eagle.
I struggled through all 3 of the LOTRs out of duty, with matchsticks holding my eyes open, just to be sure I wasn’t being unfair.
Then I was told “you read all three? You must have liked them.”

Aaaarrrgghh!
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Dan Brown, bestselling author, yet charity shops are begging ‘please, no more copies of The Da Vinci Code’.
Lots of people read it, very few keep it.
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Proust. I tried to read ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’. It’s very rare that I don’t get to the end of a book, but I recommend this one for insomnia.

A whole chapter about the family walking around the block!

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Bad Macaw wrote:
05 Jan 2017, 10:00
grammy57 wrote:Stephen King
I don't like Stephen King's writing either! I find it so dull! :roll2: I love horror, but I have to roll my eyes when people recommend his books
I do like some of the film adaptations though!
Totally agree, both The Dark Zone and The Shining were much better as a film adaptations. They removed King’s sugary endings.
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moonshoes wrote:
05 Jan 2017, 10:44
To be fair, it's really hard to top Agatha Christie, haha. Also, I hate it when a series of books is continued by another author. It almost never works out and only serves to make you dislike the auhor who continued the series.
I’m right with you there! I’ve hated the non Christie books. They all somehow missed the vibe. In my opinion, Anthony Horowitz did the best follow-up Poirot in Magpie Murders and it wasn’t even a Poirot novel!
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Bad Macaw wrote:
05 Jan 2017, 10:56
ah! So true! I've been trying to find mysteries like Agatha Christie's for years, even posted recently on the recommendations forum, and got nothing! Sure, plenty of mysteries out there, but none like A.C.
Try Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, it’s very Poirotesque and even has a book within a book, so twice the value 👍
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Bandersnatch wrote:
05 Jan 2017, 10:58
I'm embarrassed to say I've never read an Agatha Christie book before. :c
I've wanted to for a long time but for some reason I still haven't which is a travesty, really.
I recommend you start with ‘Death on the Nile’ and avoid ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.
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