Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
I will say that I did not hate the book, it just got really really drawn out and overly dramatic for my taste. I think the biggest problem I had reading it, is it is from one persons perspective and that perspective unfortunately is not the most spirited of one. I really liked bits and pieces of it, especially the beginning at that wretched school, but not my cup of tea. I seem to be in the minority on this one as I know a ton of people who cite this as there favorite book.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain
Oddly enough I really love Adventures of Tom Swayer, but I never got the appeal of Huck Finn. Maybe I just like the character of Tom, and cannot relate as well to Huck, maybe the pacing was off, maybe I felt it was a bit too preachy for my liking. This is one of those books I can't really put a finger on why I don't like it...I just don't.
War and Peace-Leo Tolstoy
Here is a book that is EPIC just to be EPIC. There is a good story in here somewhere and Tolstoy is an exquisite writer, but when it takes you 12 pages to describe a meadow...well that makes for a tough read. I am kinda proud that I actually made it all the way through this one, I feel like I deserve a plaque commemorating the event.
The Golden Compass-Philip Pullman
Ok so this is one of the only books I actually contemplated throwing away. This book really got to me in a not good way. The writing is beautiful, the world very well laid out, everything I could hope for in a book. Unfortunately the content was too much for me. This idea of essentially ripping an essential part of children away from them, leaving them permanently scarred and emotionally broken for experimental/power grubbing purposes was horrifying to me (and I love the Hunger Games) I think it was the cold cruelty was the factor that really did it for me. Again, I have read and enjoyed many a twisted, sadistic, torturous, stories and this one I just couldn't stomach, I think it is because it is touted as a young adult book and shelved in the younger readers section that I really hated. I know many people love this book, so I may be missing something here (and yes I read the whole thing).
Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte
I really do not get the appeal of this one. I know so many people, authors, artists, who claim it as their favorite book but I do not get it. The writing itself was very hard for me to get through, long emotional rambles that never went anywhere. The sheer self-destructiveness and willful selfishness was just crazy. I understand a quick glance surface appeal of the "romance" of Heathcliff and Catherine, but as soon as you actually get into the story it is just so unhealthy and appalling. I hate the idea that anybody would model any sort of relationship off of these characters. Also if I want to hear semi-coherent rants about what a person is doing, or has been doing, or is being done to them I can always turn on a Real Housewives episode and get the same level of psychosis
Already folks, let er rip, why do you love/hate any of these books? What book do you hate that everybody else loves? What actually makes a classic? What book do you think gets overlooked as a classic?