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Re: Ever been recommended a popular book and hated it?

Post by Rizbi » 12 Aug 2015, 12:25

Yep, all the time. The most recent is the Divergent Series. Friends assume that I will like it, since I like Hunger Games. Unfortunately, I hated it.

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Post by breeeeeanna » 28 Nov 2015, 17:59

hvergaetira wrote:I didn't like Divergent very much. Interesting premise, but I felt the characters were flat. Just my opinion. I did enjoy The Hunger Games, though.
This is interesting because I was about to post the exact opposite opinion when I saw this reply. I rather enjoyed the Divergent series, but could not find the draw in the Hunger Games series. I didn't like the idea of games, I didn't like the characters- I found it all to be rather annoying. I got through the first two books and couldn't bring myself to pick up the third book. With Divergent though, I could not put the books down. So it's interesting to see that varied opinion.

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Post by zumanajim » 28 Nov 2015, 20:21

all the time my best friend is obssesd with mushy romance books and i tried one and it was to ............................ unrealistic and too mushy for me!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by CrescentMoon » 02 Dec 2015, 01:15

Absolutely. The Twilight series. I first read them in high school when it was first starting to get popular and all my girl friends were so hung up on Edward and the story in general. I just didn't get it, everything was so cliche and boring to me. And then the movies came out and people would just not stop talking about it. It never made sense to me.

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Post by B3cca 3ll3r » 02 Dec 2015, 01:24

Yes! Eat, Pray, Love, does everybody remember when that was the most popular book ever? All the ladies I knew were reading that and telling me I had to too. I am not sure what it was in that book that made so many women loose their minds and have life changing thoughts but I didn't get it even a little. The Scarlet Letter. It just wasn't my flavor. Anna Karennina, I don't know why but by the end of the book I hated every character and couldn't even look at the book for years.
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Post by Spontaneo » 08 Sep 2017, 10:15

Definitely yes... Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer.
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Post by IanYanny » 19 Sep 2017, 05:58

CrescentMoon wrote:Absolutely. The Twilight series. I first read them in high school when it was first starting to get popular and all my girl friends were so hung up on Edward and the story in general. I just didn't get it, everything was so cliche and boring to me. And then the movies came out and people would just not stop talking about it. It never made sense to me.
YES! I am not alone. I read the whole series and like you, I also found it cliche and boring. Sadly, my boyfriend is a fan. So. There is that.

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Post by Brandi Noelle » 21 Oct 2017, 17:51

In general, I am not a fan of chick lit. About ten years ago, this was a very popular genre and all my friends were obsessed. They would buy me their favorite books as gifts and I would suffer through them. I'm more of a historical fiction fan, so I'm used to reading stories that have heavy substance behind the plot. I just couldn't get interested in the typical chick lit storylines of 30-something career women with ticking biological clocks who suddenly feel frantic about finding a man. "Something Borrowed" & "Something Blue" by Emily Giffin were two such books that I remember specifically hating.

Another one was "The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks. I had sworn off Sparks after being repeatedly disappointed in his books. A friend recommended this one and I told her I wouldn't read it if it had a typical Sparks-tragic ending. She swore it didn't. She lied. Hated it.

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Post by Buchacha21 » 27 Oct 2017, 10:13

The Girl on the Train. So pointless (in my opinion).

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Post by elinadsy » 19 Apr 2018, 23:04

oh boy, have i EVER. and usually it's whatever "literature" is being toted by newspapers and bookstores; see anything by Tim Winton. if it's being sold as some life changing work, chances are i'll find it excruciatingly boring. the books i've found the most life changing are the ones i read over and over again- and usually they aren't pushing themselves as works of art.

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