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Ritika2025 Goldie

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Posted: 26 November 2008 at 10:01am | IP Logged
Originally posted by sareeta

Oh , I've come across a few, and the one that springs to mind is those Chetan Bhagat Series !

And Twilight - I havent read it so can't really comment, but a lot of people I know think that it is over-rated , especially calling ti the next Harry Potter phenomena!

I totally agree with you on Chetan Bhagat's books. In my humble opinion , the reasons why Five point someone got so popular is because
1. The English is 6th Grade stuff.
2. It's set in an IIT, something which everyone loves to talk about, but few know anything about.
3. It has a college guy having some nice time (U Got it) with his Prof's daughter and then running away in Prof's car wearing Prof's clothes, which is the story of an ultimate Indian romance/comedy (I am still undecided).
4. It brings alive every (insane) youngster's dream - No Studies, Smoking, Eating, Sleeping in every (sane) youngster's dream - IIT.

other overhyped books , acc to me are The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks , 1984 by George orwell ,
The God of small things by Arundhati Roy , Jane Eyre , Wuthering Heights and Pretty much everything by Isaac Asimov . Will add more later, ifi remember others

As for Twilight, i beg to differ from the general consensus..I have read the series myself and so far it is the only love story series/saga that kept me interested in the character's life beyond 1 book.. I am personally more of an Edward fan simply because despite being too (seemingly ) perfect for existence he istoo damn believable and loveable.That being said, I will have to say the last bookof the series- Breaking Dawn was the yuckiest book i have read in a while. Agreed its no Harry potterand not a literary achievement, its still worth a read if someone is looking for teenage romance. Besides, the hype is more due to the movie than the book.
Comparing JKR and SM is like comparing John Grisham and Meg Cabot

Edited by Ritika2025 - 26 November 2008 at 10:04am

Morgoth IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 27 November 2008 at 9:57am | IP Logged

Twilight: Anne Rice meets Harlequin is not my idea of a good plot. But it is quite obvious why the book was such a huge success in the YA market. Meyer gave young girls what Rowling didn't - a fantasy romance their parents would let them read.

The Inheritance of Loss: Good technique, bits and pieces of the book did resonate with me, but did not deserve the Booker Prize.
Satanic Verses: Perhaps I'm too dumb, but I do not understand what Mr. Rushdie is trying to convey through this book.
Wuthering Heights: I have a serious distaste for brooding alpha-male protagonists who bore the heck out of me.
Morgoth IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 27 November 2008 at 10:03am | IP Logged
Originally posted by suuunshiine

Catcher in the rye is good..but it did not live up to the expectations I had for it.. I mean the book is HUGE. Mark Chapman was mad over it [he killed john lennon].. and I didn't really catch on to what was so enticing about Holden.. I liked holden, he was sweet? [lack of better word] and yet so off.
The book is really more popular because of the writing style which reflected teenage lingo during the day, and because of the use of the F word in a latter chapter.
I really like this book because of the voice used -- it's interesting, engaging. But definitely not enticing - the boy was clinically depressed.
Originally posted by


Also, lovely bones by alice sebold.. the book could've been so amazing.. great setup and a fantastic hook right from the start.. I did cry a couple of times..but the ending was so weird and stupid.. and I hated how in one page is quickly rushed what "happens" to Mr. Harvey [he was the villian].

agree. Lovely Bones had an unsatisfactory ending.
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and Twilight is clearly no Harry Potter..
you said it.  
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Posted: 07 December 2008 at 7:03pm | IP Logged
i was going to buy twilight but since u guys think its over hyped i think i'll reconsider buying it..........
i dont think twilight can b anywhere near harry potter
evn if i havent read twilight
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Posted: 08 December 2008 at 12:49am | IP Logged

I really don't think "Wuthering Heights" is over-rated. I'm probably biased since I based a huge assignment around it but the dynamics of and between the characters, the parallel structure and the lyrical prose present in WH is hard to accomplish nowadays.

I also disagree with the nomination "1984" by G.Orwell as an over-rated book. The diction, imagery, syntax, symbolism and style is top-notch. The human allegory is accentuated throughout the book. The storyline/plot is strong, leaving little room for plotholes. It also highlights on the importance of language in any society and how language can be used to manipulate people or cottonize wounds. What exactly is it about the book that makes it over-rated? Confused
Twilight is most definitely over-rated. It is equivalent to a fanfiction of Anne Rice's better works. The writing contains so much purple prose and has multiple grammatical errors. Also, Meyer abuses her thesaurus like there's no tomorrow; the grand literary rules "Never use a long word where a short one will do" and "If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out" are clearly too inferior for Meyer to follow.
"The House of the Spirits" by I. Allende fits the criteria quite nicely, as well. I really fail to see what is so good about it that the IBO has adopted it as a major part of the cirriculum. It was almost like reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude" from a feminine perspective with socialist commentary added. Difference is Marquez made the magic realism seem interesting yet believable; Allende, on the other hand, failed to create the blase tone regarding the magical elements of the plot.
Furthermore, "Reading Lolita in Tehran" is as over-rated as they come. RLT consists of an extremely boring lecture on numerous books. The writing style is hard to follow with Nafizi jumping to and from one topic to another without providing constant links. I clearly don't see why anyone would want to slog through her ostensible insights (which are scattered around) on the books/authors when one could buy the study guide of said book(s).
I'd say Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" is semi-overated. I was literally screaming at the book for something - anything - to happen. The prose, while eloquent, is not interesting enough to maintain interest; however, the character development of Miss. Havisham and Estella more than covers up for this.
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Posted: 10 December 2008 at 9:39am | IP Logged

A lot of people love Catcher in the Rye but Satanic verses is famous only because of the controversy it created. I am not muslim.

Edited by ricky4242 - 10 December 2008 at 9:42am
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Posted: 10 December 2008 at 7:12pm | IP Logged
Well mostly I never tend to find books over rated...actually that is not true...I find most Shakespeare plays made out to be too much....I  do tend to like the books, after we do analysis on it...Like in our class with Catcher In A Rye.
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Posted: 13 December 2008 at 12:00am | IP Logged
twilight and harry potter...
cant think of anything else

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