Most Overrated BooksSome books get a lot more fame and praise than they really deserve. That'a fact. If there are lists with best books ever, there should be this one as well. Feel free to add any book you consider overrated, I know there are lots and lots of them and I chose picking only the ones I've read, which basically means: the ones popular enough in my country for me to try them out. I'm missing the whole world's perspective, so please help me out there and don't get me wrong when you see books you've never heard of.
The Top Ten
Why so low? Well, because I know many people who realise it's a total crap but still enjoy the reading just for fun. Although the number of people claiming it's the best thing they've ever read or it's the most romantic story ever is just hilarious and the commercial success is unbelievable. I wish some good authors would earn as much as Meyer does. - saaarsdej
All 4 (? ) books can be condensed into 1/2 a book.
Girl meets boy. Girl likes boy. Boy likes girl. They have sex! She becomes a sparkly vampire. The end
As someone who is writing a novel and has some experience in writing, I can safely say that this is one of the most overrated, melodramatic pieces of crap I've ever seen, and probably ever will see. What shocked me the most was when I learned people actually liked this garbage.
Twilight is a complicated case. Its got a devoted fandom, but outside of that, nearly everyone either hates it or doesn't care about it in any way. In a sense, its debatable whether it is overrated or not. - CrimsonShark
I find it annoying how woman get mad at men for watching porn, while they are sitting there reading this..
The writing is terrible, which makes the book unreadable (at least in my case).
This book is not overrated. Its genuinely and universally hated by almost everyone and it doesn't even have the decency to have a solid influence (It was based off of a Twilight FanFiction for Pete's Sake! ). - CrimsonShark
The writing is atrocious
This book was well-written but I don't know why this book was overrated. Great Gatsby was published in 1925 and it's like 90 years old. The characters in the book was'nt really likeable that much but the characters personality traits/development was based on the theme such as sexual relationship, upper-class entitlement, etc.
It is well written, but it was one of the most boring books I ever read. I felt no emotion for any of the characters, even after they died, and the ending felt rushed, like the author was tired of writing it and wanted to tie up loose ends.
Boring, complicated and way too many characters like Pride and Prejudice
Bond salesman has mysterious rich neighbour, who has acquired his wealth through dubious means, and lame love triangle, there are no plot twists, come to think of it there no plot or story what so ever, that's about it really.
I think that religious books should not be on this list. You should be respectful to religions even if your an atheist. You all are complaining it being all about morality when that is literally the point. This was not written for just normal reading (although who says who can't read it for entertainment, I mean people read about mythology) it was meant for religion. I am not just talking about Christianity but you should be respectful to all religions. I am a Christian but I would not go up to someone who was Hindu and say "your religion is horrible and I am gonna force you to read a huge book" just please be respectful
Whoa dudes, If this post was the qoran instead of the Bible, people would be shouting you down for racism or prejudice.
This should be #1! It has so many contradictions and plot holes. It has a protagonist-centered morality. The writing style is bland, and worst of all, people actually believe that the stuff in this book happened! It's the best selling book of all time, a honor that this book does not deserve. At least fans of books like Twilight recognize that the books they are reading are not great works of literature, but millions of people revolve their entire lives around the Bible!
Pretty much just trying to say that a so called God is the best thing in the world.
I'm 12and I like it .Sue me. I like kids killing kids it's awesome and I learned a lot about Rome in the last book. Mocking Jay is the best book in the series.
PS: Just so you don't bash me out tin the comments I do like the Harry Potter books better.
This book ruined the Hunger Games for me! Katniss starts a new hunger games and forces the capital children to fight, she doesn't name her kids, take disappears after Katniss loses it on him for accidentally killing Prim, she chooses Peeta whose chemically induced by Snow to kill Katniss! Think about it! She fought to end the Hunger Games and she rebuilt it (albeit for one last time, but still...), and she doesn't name her own kids! That's not just depressing, it's utterly sinister, unrelatable, and sick! Nothing is resolved happily, and the plot holes (such as Gale's disappearance) left me more than dissatisfied!
Oh Lord this franchise is awful. Whatever happened to REAL dystopias like 1984 and Brave New World? Every time the Hunger Games receives praise, a part of me dies inside.
I don't get what is so great about this series. Kids forced to kill each other?! That's just sickening! Maybe it's just me, but this series gave me nightmares
I voted for this, because it's just a book like all the other books that are in hype right now, like the hunger games and the selection trilogy. They all have a tomboy girl as protagonist and live in the future, and have the folk divided into definitive groups. There is also in all three book series a fight to overthrow the government. So I can go on for way more, but it's just to prove the point. You can say what you want about Isabella Swan, but at least she has a different personality from Katniss, America and Beatrice.
This is a horrible, overrated book that should be ranked third behind Twilight and 50 shades. Author Veronica Roth wrote it when she was in college, and it shows in the insane amount of dei ex machina and tropes used. That it is a Hunger Games rip-off isn't even the main problem. None of the characters actually have any personality besides caricatures. Tris is anything but likeable, and I can't see why anyone cares that she died. Four fails to serve the one purpose he's around for, as a compelling love interest.
Ok, so I was told to read the book and it was really boring. Before I read it, I expected it to be a master piece the way every one is talking about it. The characters are boring and don't really stick to me and the only reason why people read this is because of the hot and mysterious four.
Incredibly derivative. I always found it ironic that the movie's selling line was "Diverge," since it doesn't diverge from anything and is basically just copying the already derivative "Hunger Games" series.
Stop, this shouldn't be on here. I'm christian, but seriously, people should have the right to believe and worship whatever they want. It's hideous this is on here.
Really? A holy book?
What were people smoking when they put this on here?
Should be banned.
If my friend ever finds out that I wrote this I am dead because she LOVES this book. I personally am not a fan of either the writing style or the storyline. While it wasn't exactly bad, it was far from being the best thing I've read. If I'm being completely honest (Lauren, please don't kill me) I much preferred reading The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Twilight. - TriSARAtops
I really liked this book, but everyone said that it was the saddest novel they have ever read. Personally, I think that The Book Thief was the saddest. Probably because healthy, happy fourteen year olds are more real to me than teenage cancer patients. Like I said, I like the fault in our stars, it's just not my favorite.
I enjoy reading The Fault In Our Stars, but I don't think it was THAT incredible. It made me teary-eyed, sure, but no more than that. I don't stay up thinking about it (like I did after reading Ender's Game), I don't wonder about Hazel Grace and her life after (spoilers) Gus passed away, I don't pity both Gus and Hazel. It's just an okay book.
I think it was a beautiful story and all but people don't stop talking about it like it was the best book ever it's good but not like crazy good, I mean everyone keeps talking about it and said they cried a lot but it's not that sad
Yeah its stupid
Yet more twilight...take this twilight fans...if you want a good book...read harry potter...
I'm so sick of hearing that Harry Potter's one of the greatest books ever written. Sure, it's one of the most extravagant and creative, but there isn't anything deep, and the part about wizards and magic and dragons is the only realistic part! Almost everyone finds their true love, and I don't think I've heard of anyone there who's divorced. Harry Potter is pretty good but I personally think it got to much fame and praises. And I really hate the fact that to be a wizard, you have to be born into it even when your a muggle, because when you're a muggle, it's because an ancestor was a wizard but the family had forgotten. And probably one of the worst things about it: Harry Potter's parents were very gifted. The only thing that these books taught me is that instead of making this a book where you can realize you can be whoever you want to be regardless of your parents, the only way you'll be good is if you're parents are as well. It makes me sick whenever I think about it. Almost ...more
Harry Potter isn't overrated, Harry Potter is one of the most amazing, beautiful, heart breaking and creative books of all time - Margarida
Whoever put this on here has absolutely no taste!
1) Great plot with TONS of twists and terms that you never see coming.
2) Harry, Ron and Hermione are some of the greatest characters in fiction. They are so complex and emotional but still actually act like normal kids.
3) Harry potter has a huge world with tons of lore and amazing spells and magical stuff.
4) anyone of any age can read this and enjoy it, weather you are in diapers or have started waring diapers again.
5) the lesson is that love is so much more powerful than death, which is not a theme that you see in many other books.
6) did you even read the book?
Maybe they didn't like it or something it's not much big of a deal - Puppytart
The books are for 12 year olds and there are 32 year old fans who don't want to admit it.
Wait! People actually like twilight! No way!
I remember when my teacher in the 6th grade read this book to us and I found the plot so boring. And it wasn't the teacher making it boring, she was actually putting effort into her reading. Like giving the character's voices and using different tones for certain parts of the book. I also remember watching one of the movies (don't remember which one, but it was the one where Katniss got that fire dress) in the 7th grade and it was so boring. Though I couldn't really hear it since kids were talking very loudly, but still.
Bleh, I hate this book. It's just poorly written, unrealistic, unoriginal garbage. All of my friends are just obsessed with it, but really it's just stupid. Why don't we learn anything about the other tributes? I don't care when they die because of this lack of connection. We don't even learn their names, for God's sake. Why all of a sudden, after 74 years of killing kids, are the people of Panem suddenly so disturbed by the death of Rue? And no, some stupid girl singing and placing flowers around the kid just doesn't cut it. Most importantly, Katniss is a horrible character. She's just so selfish and unrelateable. Bella Swan + Athleticism = Katniss. Sorry to anyone who likes The Hunger Games. This is just my opinion.
Oh my jimmies why isn't this at the top? All you ever hear from teenagers today is Hunger Games this, Catching Fire that, Katniss is mah savior swag YOLO! UGH, what happened to the good old days with HP? The writing in this book was lazy, the characters severely underdeveloped, and the premise is not a tenth as original as everybody says! Hasn't anybody ever read The Running Man by Stephen King? Or the Long Walk for that matter? It's all been DONE BEFORE, and MUCH better at that! Why is Twilight number 1? It's definitely horrible, and I will grudgingly admit that even the crappy Hunger Games is better, but it's no secret that those books suck. Some people clearly don't know the meaning of "overrated" - it DOES NOT mean worst.
How could anybody vote this as overrated. If anything this book shouldn't be even on this list! Katniss may be selfish and not follow orders but it just proves she's not perfect because nobody is. The Hunger Games is really well written and some of it might be predictable like Prim being called but who could have predicted that Prim would die and that Finnick would die and that Peeta got hijacked or that Katniss ended up killing President Coin than President Snow. The Hunger Games Trilogy is amazing and everybody should see that. It is beautifully written and and has a great plot. And people complain that you don't even know the peoples real names, but you tell me do you remember every single persons name? No, so I don't see why people are complaining about it. Another thing is that people complained that its stupid that it took the the people of Panem so long to revolt. Well how long did the slaves in the United States to revolt a very long time about the same amount as it took the ...more - thalia_thatsme
If you can't relate to Holden, you'll think it's boring and overrated. If you can, you'll love it. That basically explains the division of opinion.
(I can relate to Holden, for what it's worth.) - PetSounds
Maybe I don't get it because I'm not a sociopathic serial killer, but amounts of praise I hear about this book is just too much compared to the quality of the book. Holden is simply annoying, he doesn't know what he wants, is neither a role model nor an anti-hero. What's so great about it? Many people could write similar thing way better. - saaarsdej
Do you want to know why we think its annoyingly overrated? Because even when we were stupid teenagers, we couldn't relate to the main character at all. Or at least I couldn't. I'm fairly glad this book wasn't shoved down my throat at school.
I can't stand that if you are a teenager, whatever your personality is, you are told that you will relate to Holden. Truth is, he is an unlikeable character that I don't want to read about.
It's quite a shame, because this book does teach important lessons on racism, but there's just one problem with this book that makes it pretty bad. That problem is the plot. For some reason, this book doesn't stay relevant with the plot. Supposedly, the main plot of this book revolves around the trial of a black man named Tom Robinson. However, this book tends to go off topic with the lives of Jem and Scout. Also, the part where Tom Robinsons's trial appears at a very unusual time in the book. I also feel that Atticus is the only character with in depth personality. The pacing of this book also feels slower than it should've been.
This book is excellent; it should absolutely not be in the top ten. It's written beautifully and probably tackles racism better than any other book I've read.
In the 1960s, for certain communities, this book was a groundbreaking. People could read it and feel that they somehow thought critically about race. Now, there are other books that analyze racism and violence in a more authentic way.
This is a masterpiece of literature, those who voted for it have apparently not read the book
I totally disagree with this!
This is actually a great book. - kanray
These YA dystopias make me lose my faith in humanity.
Ew the Hunger Games is incredibly stupid. The premise is a ripoff of Battle Royale and two other novels by Stephen King (TLW And TRM to all you King fans that speak my language (: ** ). And even then, its very poorly executed. I'm so done with these love triangles. So done.
Good grief, was this boring. I'm a fan of world-building but the world of this book was so boring! And why does it have to be so long? I love long books, I generally dislike books if they're below 250 pages, but this book-you could read 50 pages and barely anything would happen! Halfway through book 2, I don't even know the characters. Are Pippin and Merry brave or comic reliefs? Does Aragorn have a personality, or is he just 'I'm a brave king' the whole time? Are Frodo and Sam even friends, because they hardly even tell us anything about them! The plot is so boring. Reading this awful book was honestly one of the most boring things I ever did. 3.5/10. Worst book I've read to date.
This book is so godammed overrated. There is enough plot to fill a book of mabye 1/4 that size, with the rest being pointless filler. It is a mediocre at best book that has a following approaching that of the bible, and is the "gold" standard for all modern fantasy books, leading to an endless parade of the same tired elves, dwarves, and orcs routine. The lore makes zero sense and all of the supposedly "powerful" characters spend the whole book doing jack while the author tells you how awesome they could be if they actually used their powers.
This is possibly my favorite book and is in no way boring - simmonsjen11
This is awful and unreadable. The interesting parts are glossed over in the same monotonous narrative and it just is so boring.
Bro this book is damn amazing. It reflects the dark nature of exponential human progress, and how things will get left behind. If you don't like it, you simply don't understand it well enough. End of story
A great book. Should not be on this list.
This book gets irony all the time. Because the book is about burning books. This book was a legend for trolling people.
This book is very dry, boring, and hard to read.
MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME HOW DARE YOU CHILDREN THIS IS IN NO WAY OVERRATED I THINK YOU MUST HAVE MEANT TO PUT IT ON THE UNDERRATED BOOKS LIST IN WHICH IT WOULD OBVIOUSLY BE NUMBER ONE I SWEAR IF ANYONE LAYS A FINGER ON MY PRECIOUS DEATHLY HALLOWS I WILL MURDER YOU IN YOUR BED WITH MY BARE HANDS YOU ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES SO ASHAMED YOU DIE ALONE IN A HOLE OF SHAME.
Each Harry Potter book + the characters deserve all the glory they get, roll in it until they smell like glory, eat it, become famous for it, break a record for most glory ever, marry glory, have kids with glory, become old with glory, and DIE with GLORY! Harry Potter is friggen' awesome and has taught me that love and friendship is the most powerful thing on earth and can conquer death. Thank you.
I like the series, but I find this final book a bit of a mess.
This is one of the best books ever this list is so wrong - simmonsjen11
The plot is simple - a journey in search of one's true self. But in fact almost nothing that happens to the main character affects him in any way. All the people he meets just pop up and disappear and even if they said something worth listening, they get no mention later in the book. As a pack of quotes suitable for any occasion it works - as a book it fails. - saaarsdej
Simple things written in complex way and for normal English speaking people, with average to slightly above average vocabulary also need to take a dictionary to understand some meanings. Number of times need to reread the paragraph to understand its summary. Weak story line.Was able to complete it once with lot of effort.
Why is this on this list?
The Illuminations film was garbage, but the original Dr. Seuss book was one of the most mature and thought-provoking children's stories I've ever seen.
I actually read the book but it's great to see some Scripture reference but I don't get the plot.
This book is so theologically unsound that it's laughable. Talk to any college theology student, and they will tell you that the Christian concept of "The Rapture", as put forth by these authors, didn't exist in original Christian doctrine
It was invented in the 1830's by a man named Darby, who was sort of a snake-oil salesman and part time preacher. - zooeyhal
Never, ever have I seen a book more overrated. Kids are starting to call it 'The Greatest Book of All Time.' Obviously, they have never read another book, because Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the WORST book of all time! Now, I know what you're thinking: Why is it so bad? I'll list all the reasons:
1. It's so boring. There are no plot twists, no riddles, no action. Nothing.
2. The plot is weak. Almost nothing happens that's worth my time. All the books are exactly the same. I can't even differentiate them.
3. The characters are 3-dimensional. I don't know why, but the characters never stuck with me. Never. They have no goals, traits, or deep backstories.
4. It's just pictures. There are barely any words. I can't believe certain kids find this hard to read!
5. When it tries to be funny, it fails miserably. Sure, Diary of a Wimpy Kid has its funny moments, but there's not too many. Once every two books, actually. It's mostly just mean-spirited humor and ...more
This is such an Overrated piece of trash! Why is it so low on the list.
Boring, unfunny and badly written.
Well, some people says it's the worst book of all time. Just because it's a children's book does'nt mean it's bad. I mean take a look of Dork Diaries series and see it sucked so badly. But this one was great. It does'nt need any tough vocabularies and stuff. It was made for kids. Jeff Kinney worked so hard and he drew all of his characters on paper (nowadays was on Cyntic Tablet just before he connected to his laptop according to his interview). With a style of cartoon illustrations, it follows the story. And people also says the book has no plot. It's a DIARY!
The book focuses on day to day life of our protagonist as he explored to the world where he has so many problems to fix (and sometimes he failed or sucessfully did to fix it in each chapter). Also, the book was the same except Long Haul because it focuses on the trip rather the same on the house. The humors was'nt that bad either the morals were. The book also has too much plot twist (lame plot twist but I don't really care ...more
I'm writing it from a Polish point of view. It's one of the books we have to read at school and every literature teacher seems to love it and the minority who doesn't see it as a masterpiece is getting bashed. It's a bit ironic though, because the book that was basically saying 'f you' to people who criticized Gombrowicz's earlier work and yet it's the one most praised by critics and teachers. - saaarsdej
The plot doesn't make sense sometimes, the tension is too low for a good thriller, the only truly interesting character dies too early, it would take days to list all the parts where Dan Brown did not put enough effort in research. Yet it's a bestseller in many countries of the World, there are almost scientific debates about it, there's a movie adaptation and a PC game... I don't get it. - saaarsdej
I have no idea how popular it is in the rest of the World, but if there's a movie, it has to be, at least at some point. It's really not good though. As much as I usually love Scandinavian crime books in general, I really dislike this one. The plot makes no sense at times and the action is rather boring apart from few plot twists. The main protagonist and the main anthagonist are in fact both bastards, so readers can't really take sides. Actually the only person I symphatized with in a whole book was the one that made a cameo in the first and the last chapter of the book. - saaarsdej
I love and hate these books, the first series was decent and I liked the idea, but it just goes on and on and most of the characters are bad, Firestar, the main character is flawless, most of the main characters are, plus the fans are annoying and have to make everything warrior related
Thank you, it's so annoying when people go on and on about this book series, they're constantly rubbing it in people's faces.
A Vision of Shadows is an improvement from Omen of the Stars. To be honest, I have to say that the first and the newest series are the best, although I like Dawn of the Clans. - IcetailofWishClan
No girls, it is not the greatest book of all time. - Not_A_Weeaboo
(cough, cough, book only existed to create the stupid 42 Is The Meaning Of Life joke, cough) - xandermartin98
Nothing special here.
This book was very underrated. I mean, being overrated does'nt mean it's bad because of how amazing this book was. Smart jokes, great plots, amazing humors, and nice characters. And did you know that this book was a parody of sci-fi stories. The more you know》》》》》》☆.
Many people claimed this story changed their approach to life, made them care more about the others or started living their life different way, but I didn't feel anything like that. It is somewhat touching, but using a little cancer patient has to work that way. Reading this was a disappointing to me. Or maybe I'm just heartless. - saaarsdej
Seeing it as one of the most romantic stories ever is just plain wrong. The main characters basically ruined eachothers' and everyone else's lives because they both were too proud to make a confession or to try to get the situation fixed. Where's anything romantic in that? It has really good dark atmosphere though which makes it readable. - saaarsdej
I used to love this book in my teens. Was more sceptical about it while reading it (obligatory) during my English studies. Now, few more years later, I find this book rather boring and very naive.
Poorly written -- too bad English teachers think it is wonderful.
Very dull and boring text.
Lord of the Flies is so good and so realistic.
It’s dark at times but it has a ring of truth that other books don’t have.
Rip Simon & Piggy :<
Nope. It deserves the perfect amount of attention. - Not_A_Weeaboo
This is the book that comes to mind whenever I think of 'overrated novels'. It's frequently taught to students as an introduction to the idea of allegory, likely because the allegory is extremely blatant in this novel. Combined with very flat ideas of 'good' and 'evil', this book blows ass.
Some stories are great, funny and imaginative, Pilipiuk has many great ideas and isn't scared to try any of them even the silly ones. But after some time reading about an old drunkard hunting all kinds of supernatural stuff gets boring. - saaarsdej
I've heard tons of praise from tons of friends about this book. After I've read it, I was extremely, downright, utterly disappointed. Hannah Baker committed suicide and leaves tapes to blame other people and say that it's their fault that she killed herself. Well, point blank is that it was her choice if she would let other people crush her and she vindicated their success on doing so by killing herself.
Her 13 reasons why seemed too petty to be intertwined with the decision of a person to kill herself. Asher made Hannah seem like a shallow, vengeful character thus making it difficult to relate to her or at least feel sorry for her. I felt like she was the bad guy the whole time I was reading the book.
I don't understand how people consider this "insipirational." I don't think a girl who committed suicide for insubstantial causes then leaves tapes to haunt people's conscience (even if, in my opinion, they didn't deserve so) could in any way serve as an ...more
I found this book really boring and I was barely able to finish it. - pjo
Garbage lol - ShyGuySwag
What a truly cynical marketing con this book turned out to be. Harper Lee wrote one great novel, and that should have been the end of the story, but some literary lowlifes conspired to sully "Mockingbird" with this pathetic epilogue.
I'm still not convinced this book is legit. Things only truly have resonance if you've read Mockingbird first. If it's legit, then it's best forgotten, it's just the first draft of a book that became something else. Either way, it's seriously overrated and incredibly disappointing. Potentially dubious. - truckturner
Lucy Maud Montgomery created many stories about many different young girls Why is she most famous because of the most irritating and the least interesting of them all? That's something I will never understand. - saaarsdej
I actually criefd over this book when matthew dies. READ IT IF YOU LIKE READING!
What was bad about this? - owlro188
This book was absolutely pointless. - francesco
An utterly mundane premise executed in some of the most banal language one encounters in 20th century literature. Easily the most overrated work of the genre.
Sorry, but no. This is one of the top three best of all time. - Caleb9000
This book was so long and tortuous to read. I still don't understand how people think that it was in anyway a good book. I wouldn't wish having to read this book on my worst enemies.
I think this book is good, but not the best. Animal Far is better. - NymeriaWaters
The ending is horrible!
I hate this book. I'll admit it, I absolutely hate this book, and I usually like realistic teenage drama, heck, Catcher in the Rye is probably my favorite book. This was being called The Catcher in the Rye of its time. Lets compare the two. Moral: CitR- growing up is an essential yet unpleasant part of life and it is okay to keep some of your childhood innocence. PoBaW- Hey kids, drugs are good for you, (Yay), abusive relationships are fun (which weirdly contradicts itself), sex is all that matters, and many more messed up morals like that. Characters- CitR-The main character is obnoxious but he is relateable due to his refusal to want to grow up. PoBaW- The characters are complete morons (which is weird because the author intended them to be smart). It also contains the worst character I have ever come across, Charlie's Sister, but I'll leave her alone for now. I almost expected to see all of these characters kill themselves out of sheer stupidity. Setting- CitR- Kind of dirty but ...more
I do enjoy this book, but it's not as relatable as people claim.
It was good, but not as good as people claim it to be. - pjo
Coincidentally, I did not like this book. It wan't the worst book I've ever read, but it was not worth the hype around it. - Rottenboy22
This is an excellent book. I'm guessing whoever put this on the list is a shallow person who prefers action and explosions in comics.
@Visitor-I think the reason it's on here is because the author of it is the same guy who created Garbage Pail Kids. It's unfortunate I know.
Excellent book. - BeatlesFan1964
This should be number one. For all the talk of how this is the "funniest novel ever written", it is completely boring. Reading it was like being constipated. You just wanted it over. There is no "there" there.