Most Overrated Books

Some 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

1 Twilight - Stephenie Meyer

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.

This book is so stupid she should obviously go for jacob, edward to too pale and gross

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2 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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.

Beautifully written but no strong or likeable characters. Some readers think this novel is romantic?! It's like watching a Pepe Le Pew cartoon without the humor.

The book is well written, but you cannot sympathize with any of the characters.

This book is amazing who the heck voted for this to come second jezuz

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3 Fifty Shades of Grey - E. L. James

The writing is terrible, which makes the book unreadable (at least in my case).

I find it annoying how woman get mad at men for watching porn, while they are sitting there reading this..

The writing is atrocious

Writing is horrible, so that makes the book horrible too

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4 Divergent - Veronica Roth

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.

Overrated, boring and just like a lot of other books that came out earlier

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5 Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

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

What on earth man?!?!? Seriously ridiculous. We don't have time in our life to ponder over imaginary people's hardships in a truly undesirable country - vrfmlyanne

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6 The Bible

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

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!

Aside from the content of the book, the community that surrounds it is a force to be reckoned with. Fans often build there knowledge format off this book and are known to strike back venomously against any contradictions using heavy reference to the book despite its fidelity of having been translated and revised multiple times. Kinda sounds familiar to other books but there are exceptions to a portion of the fan base. Given that this book is the core of several branches of a religion, the numerous and hard core portion of the of the followers drive it up the wall.

I love that this is on here.

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7 Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer

Yeah its stupid

Yet more twilight...take this twilight fans...if you want a good harry potter...

8 The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

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

Possibly one of the most boring, awful books I've ever read. I know a girl who has had cancer and she said that having cancer was nothing like this at all. I found a lot of the book disrespectful and it was honestly the most boring thing I've ever read - pjo

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9 New Moon - Stephenie Meyer V 1 Comment
10 Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer

Wait! People actually like twilight! No way!

The Newcomers

? Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes - Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley
? Tears of a Tiger - Sharon Draper

So expected, and where he Kills himself, he mentiones both a rifle and a shotgun. What, Did he get up and go get another gun? Total crap

The Contenders

11 The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

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 grew up in the late 60's, and never could understand why some of my generation idolized this book so much. The ones who thought this was "the greatest" were usually the kids of upper-middle class wealthy parents. I guess being the child of working stiffs that I was, I found it hard to identify with a character that was a snooty rich boy, whining about how hard the world was. "Poor little rich boy", was what kept passing through my mind reading this book.

And from things I've read elsewhere, it seems the author himself was a rather strange character with a huge ego. - zooeyhal

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12 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

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.

I read the first 3 parts and then I couldn't read another word for the following reasons :

1. Its terribly written.

2. you always see everything coming

3. its boring

After that I was like "forget it. I'll just go read the summery" and it was exactly what I predicted. The same thing for catching fire and mockingjay. And the worst part is that so many people actually like it. It's #3 on the greatest books of all time list on this website. And a book like "A Game Of Thrones" which is so well written, creatively plotted and exciting is no where to be seen? What? - 12cc

I wish I could vote for this and the fault in our stars...
Actually, I enjoyed the Hunger Games. But it is still horribly overrated. The whole lists on the site are made by 14-17 year old girls who obviously don't read anything beside YA.
Also- This is definitively WORS THAN THE GREAT GASTBY.
The Great Gatsby one of the best American novels of the 20th Century, with 1984 and other masterpieces.

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13 Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

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.

14 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

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 is very dry, boring, and hard to read.

15 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

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.

The exposition is way too long and rather plain.

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16 Left Behind - Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

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

17 Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

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

Boring, unfunny and badly written.

This is way worse than Twilight - natalily

It's Number 7 on the best books list sooo... - DCfnaf

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18 The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

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.

19 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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

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

I really disliked this one and people like to say I'm a stupid Muggle with no friends because I preferred books like warrior cats over this ONE book. My friends don't even like ANY of the books. I just don't like this one because I read it so many times and I was forced to reread it a very large amount of times. In my opinion it's a horrible book. At first it was amazing, then after a couple times I got sick of it, and now I don't want to read it ever again. - Puppytart

If this wasn't on this list I would have put it on. I saw all the movies and they're ok and so I decided to give the books a try. This book is the most boring thing

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20 Ferdydurke - Witold Gombrowicz

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

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