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Any person who's studied literature for more than a year can tell you that the bible is incredibly important to British and American literature. Try reading a book that doesn't make an allusion to the bible, or contain some sort of biblical imagery. The Bible may be overrated but it's not so much a novel as it is the basis (and perhaps a substantial reference) to all of modern literature.
Also I definitely support Mocking Bird over The Scarlet Letter.
The most overrated books probably include Secret Life of Bees, The Da Vinci Code, and Wurthering Heights. These are all critically revered books that I just think are so fucking awful, cliche for the first two and if you think Mocking Bird and Scarlet Letter are boring, Wurthering heights would make you tear your eyes out
Mushroomn. 6 years later it's kind of a dumbass name. Sorry about that
Yes I do like cheese..... incase you couldnt tell from my name....
At 9/24/11 01:46 PM, Coop wrote:At 9/24/11 12:32 PM, MetalBox wrote: I agree on this 100%. All that book has is just really good fictionIt's not even that - you present it to a literary critic and ask them to give it a review, they won't rate it that highly. It's a half decent story, but not as good as comparable works of fantasy, such as Discworld or Lord of the Rings.
You gotta hand it to them though that it's probably the most influential book that has ever been written.
Personally I don't know much about the bible myself other than that it has a few very good stories.
At 9/24/11 12:32 PM, EDylan wrote: Why must people keep talking about Harry Potter books?
We get the books are better than the movie.
I prefer the movies to the books GASP
While I love the books, fuck yeah they're overrated.
Life is a performance, and the world is full of critics. Give it your all like it's your last show.
You don't even want to know
At 9/24/11 02:02 PM, Auz wrote:At 9/24/11 01:46 PM, Coop wrote:At 9/24/11 12:32 PM, MetalBox wrote: I agree on this 100%. All that book has is just really good fictionCoop and Auz
Or I could be quoting something said in a similiar thread, but altering it so that it fits this one
Harry Potter, without a doubt. It does not deserve all the praise it's gotten.
At 9/24/11 12:42 PM, Rivergrey wrote: Hester Prynne blah blah Pearl blah blah Chillingworth being a huge fucking creeper blah blah blah blah blah... that pretty much sums up the borderline nonexistent, yet still pleasant plot.
The Scarlet Letter's plot is largely about the symbolic significance of Christianity, i.e. Hell is guilt and Heaven is freedom for it; I actually liked it because it calls to mind the fact that guilt (and the pain from it) in a religion is usually created by the religion, not cured by it.
My vote goes to Grapes of Wrath (cornerstone of a Nobel Prize in Literature). It might as well have come out and said "Communism--it's as American as apple pie!"
At 9/24/11 02:35 PM, ohbombuh wrote: Grapes of Wrath
Oddly enough, I was just just getting started on that as I type for English after T.S.L.
Sweet coincidence is sweet. o_o
At 9/24/11 12:31 PM, daethdrain wrote: I liked it. The scarlet letter was impossible to read, but I don't know if anyone actually liked that book.
I did because I am not retarded
At 9/24/11 01:46 PM, Coop wrote:At 9/24/11 12:32 PM, MetalBox wrote:It's not even that - you present it to a literary critic and ask them to give it a review, they won't rate it that highly. It's a half decent story, but not as good as comparable works of fantasy, such as Discworld or Lord of the Rings.At 9/24/11 12:30 PM, i-am-ghey wrote:
LOTR doesn't even come about without the Bible
In fact, the vast majority of fantasy itself bases its foundation on the Bible so I would say that the Bible is a pretty big fucking deal when it comes to literature.
Maybe you don't like the story but calling it overrated is completely idiotic because it's influence on literature cannot be overstated.
At 9/24/11 03:07 PM, daethdrain wrote:At 9/24/11 02:56 PM, Gobblemeister wrote:To bad you're a fucking piece of shit.At 9/24/11 12:31 PM, daethdrain wrote: I liked it. The scarlet letter was impossible to read, but I don't know if anyone actually liked that book.I did because I am not retarded
Hey man you can assert your pseudo intellect all you want that's cool you know just remember that you're not fooling anyone.......
At 9/24/11 12:35 PM, daethdrain wrote: But..... The books are the originals....... Hmmmm. Wait so you love the movies but hate the books or what?
I love the books, but I'm willing to admit they're shit, it's a guilty pleasure. Movies are worse.