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Postby Cryofdragon on Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:28 am

Books and writers that have a reputation of quality that you disagree with. I'll start with a few of mine:

Ayn Rand: Boring BS, if she wanted to write philosophy just write a damn philosophy book, but she can't do that because her opinions weren't well thought out enough to occupy a book.

Dan Brown: Enough already. He's not a terrible writer, but his stuff is average. I didn't dislike The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons per say, but there are other authors who are much better.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy: I like Tolkien, I really do. He's excellent at constructing a fantisy world and a mythology surrounding it. The Silmarillion was great, as well as the collections of his other legendary-style stories. The Hobbit was a great book. Somewhere, though, he went wrong when writing Lord of the Rings. The books simply aren't that good.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:32 am

The Deltora Quest series. After the first series, it just got plain boring.

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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Moral Minority on Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:33 am

Harry Potter.

Seriously, the seventh book is a travesty.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:26 am

I must have ESP or something... or maybe it was so glaringly obvious. I knew you were going to say that.

Also, I've thought of an author.
Robert Ludlum. All of his books are mediocre, bar the Bourne series. They're pretty good. I've still read better.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Rainswept on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:37 am

Of Human Bondage and Valley of the Dolls.

I dated a girl once who named those two books as her favorites. As is my custom I read both. I wish I had realized right away after reading them that she must be nuts.

I also find the whole Dune series blown way out of proportion. It's not awful like the two books listed above, but the cover claims it's "Science Fiction's Greatest Masterpiece" and whoever thinks that is delusional, or has never read any other science fiction.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard on Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:04 am

Rainswept wrote:I also find the whole Dune series blown way out of proportion. It's not awful like the two books listed above, but the cover claims it's "Science Fiction's Greatest Masterpiece" and whoever thinks that is delusional, or has never read any other science fiction.


I beg to differ. It has the history-building/world-building scope of LotR, but has immense social/political/religious/societal commentary, a marvelous story line, superb character development, murder, mystery, intrigue, romance, fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...

Admittedly, I had to pick it up a second time before I realized how good it was, but my first time was sometime in middle school.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Rainswept on Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:49 am

Rev. Rowan Redbeard wrote:the history-building/world-building scope of LotR, but has immense social/political/religious/societal commentary, a marvelous story line, superb character development, murder, mystery, intrigue, romance, fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...


Don't you quote Princess Bride at me, young man. That's another far better book than Dune =P

In reading this description tho, if you really do look for those listed things, A Song of Ice and Fire blows Dune away.

If I had to pick a favorite sci-fi book it'd be Ender's Game.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Capellini on Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:14 am

Stephen King! Dear god someone stop him! Never have I seen so much crap come out of one person and see so many revere it as if it were gold.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Rainswept on Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:16 am

Capellini wrote:Stephen King! Dear god someone stop him! Never have I seen so much crap come out of one person and see so many revere it as if it were gold.


King does OK when he keeps it short. The longer his novels get the more they tend to suck.

Anyone who wrote Shawshank Redemption can't be all bad tho!
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Capellini on Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:27 am

Rainswept wrote:
Capellini wrote:Stephen King! Dear god someone stop him! Never have I seen so much crap come out of one person and see so many revere it as if it were gold.


King does OK when he keeps it short. The longer his novels get the more they tend to suck.

Anyone who wrote Shawshank Redemption can't be all bad tho!


It's an issue of ratio. I think he wrote maybe 6 good books, out of how many total?
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Rainswept on Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:30 am

Ok that's true.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Taidje Khan on Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:25 pm

Capellini wrote:he wrote X good books


That matters.

Capellini wrote:out of how many total?


That doesn't.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Wawizzle on Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:36 pm

This seems to be a more of a "lets talk shit about authors we don't like" over "most overrated authors".

You know what? I think Dr. Sues is overrated. All he does is rhyme. A fourth grader can do that.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Capellini on Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:52 pm

Wawizzle wrote:This seems to be a more of a "lets talk shit about authors we don't like" over "most overrated authors".

You know what? I think Dr. Sues is overrated. All he does is rhyme. A fourth grader can do that.


I'm pretty sure the nature of the beast is such that you can't think an author you like is overrated.
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Re: Most overrated writers/books

Postby Auntie Blackbeard on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:01 pm

Wawizzle wrote:This seems to be a more of a "lets talk shit about authors we don't like" over "most overrated authors".

You know what? I think Dr. Sues is overrated. All he does is rhyme. A fourth grader can do that.


As oi see it CoD pretty much posted a conflicting / ambiguous OP .

It started out fine wythe thee naming offe two authors , then went offe track by singly out a trilogy .

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