-Top Five Despised Novels-

Okay, so I know that you guys have read books that proved to be disappointing.  I’m going to share with you my top five that were not only terrible but most of which are immense commercial successes.  Beware of spoilers below!

What are your top five?

5.  Under the Dome Written by the infamous Stephen King, I admit that the science fiction element he implemented into this book is what drew me in, and no, I disregarded the relations to the Simpson’s Movie.  The characters were a bit bland, and just when you thought you were gaining an attatchment to a particular one or two, Mr. King would kill that person off. One of the main characters, a reporter, started out strong, but much like the story line, she wound up going nowhere.  To read a mammoth sized story that was over a thousand pages, I expected a stronger ending than simply asking for the Dome to be lifted.  Why didn’t they try that to begin with when they first encountered the box????

4.   The Outer Fleet Written by M. Matzkin is a novel fresh off of the heels of Star Wars that lacked any amount of driving force and dramatic affects of said film.  The story reads like a Scholastic book, but was clearly targeted at adults.  It was cheesy, riddled with misspellings, and ultimately failed beyond comprehension by the climax.  This book, thankfully, happens to be out of print now.

3.    300 Written by Frank Miller.  Although the artwork greatly surpasses that of the feature film, and being carried by a very strong idea, the story simply disappoints.

2.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling.  Wow.  The writing is horrible, the characters are about as mundane as watching grass grow, and it was of course a huge commercial success.  Luckily, I read it before the entire world started dressing like dorky wizards and puking quotes from this miserable mass of garbage.

1.   Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.  The constant, strangely erotic descriptions of how beautiful the glittery little vampire teen is… well, kinda gross.  This book, it’s story, and the way in which it is told, leads to this one conclusion.  FAIL.  Although, it doesn’t really fail, does it?  While novels that are actually well written works of art get trampled by the success of Twilight, it makes me wonder if the reader is simply less intelligent, which would of course result in a severe drought of great novels because, at some point, even great authors would turn towards the almighty dollar by producing mass quantities of purely torturous, poorly written, mind-numbing rubbish.

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11 thoughts on “-Top Five Despised Novels-

  1. I have a King novel to add. Gerald’s Game. Not only does this book lack the ability to pull the reader in from the very beginning and for several chapters later, the book itself is so full of vulgarity that it is difficult to find, let alone follow any sort of actual plot. I will be honest and admit that I never finished reading the book for the simple fact that I could not get interested enough in spite of my persistent determination to overlook the vulgar writing and attempt to find the plot. FAIL!

    I do, however highly recommend The Arm of the Stone, by Victoria Strauss. Not only is this book well written, but the story is amazing. To this day it remains the greatest book I’ve ever read. The only thing I will say is that it does move a bit slow at first because there is a lot of back story for the two main characters, but it is well worth the read and once the back story is explained, the rest of the book moves swiftly. There is also a sequel, The Garden of the Stone, also a great read. It’s not quite as good as The Arm, but I still recommend it, especially if you enjoy the first book.

    I agree that it’s sad that many good books get overlooked because of what’s “popular” or trendy at the moment. Just because they are placed in front at all the book stores doesn’t always mean they are the best reads. Never judge a book by its cover, or its location….. Food for thought.

  2. Yeah, what’s up with Mr. King? He can write a few masterpieces, but then an entire slew of crap! What was that one where the characters would literally poop aliens?? Ugh.

  3. Wow, this post has gotten more hits than my site has seen in two months, yet nobody is commenting. Am I making someone mad? Hell, at least tell me! LoL!

  4. lol not making me mad – I haven’t read most of these books though! Or any of them… I’ve been trying to think of my own list, but my brain is not working so well right now lol

    I have to read Twilight at some stage just to see what all the fuss (good and bad) is about!

  5. I recommend checking it out from your local library. That way, you don’t have to pay a dime to read it… unless you return it in an untimely manner.

    You aren’t missing much.

      1. Sorry, not entirely sure why I put that. Even though it doesn’t appear so here for some reason, it has been changed.

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