Most Overrated Books

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21 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

22 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

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

23 Headhunters - Jo Nesbø

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

24 Oscar and the Lady in Pink - Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

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

25 The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien

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 awful and unreadable. The interesting parts are glossed over in the same monotonous narrative and it just is so boring.

One-time-read book; 3rd part - return of king is complete disaster, description of battle is unreadable - dubbelvla

I tried to read the first one really boring and a long 50 pages.

26 Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

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.

27 The Quran

Really? A holy book?

Should be banned.

Life destroyer.

The best book ever!

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28 The Chronicles of Jakub Wędrowycz - Andrzej Pilipiuk

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

29 Warriors - Erin Hunter

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.

More overrated then Harry potter

This is my favorite book series, but I have to admit it is overrated and goes downhill after Midnight. After Midnight everyone is a Mary Sue and many characters are overrated (coughcoughJayfeathercoughcough). The only overrated books are those after The Prophecies Begin and Midnight. I think the original series should be celebrated. Although I am a fan of Harry Potter and think that they deserve to be higher, to whoever said this is more overrated than Harry Potter.

30 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams V 1 Comment
31 Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery

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!

32 The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey
33 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
34 BONE #1: Out from Boneville

This book was absolutely pointless. - francesco

35 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

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.

36 Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
37 Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

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

38 The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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

39 Uglies

I found this book really boring and I was barely able to finish it. - pjo

40 Maus - Art Spiegelman

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.

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