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Answer for question 4460.

How bad does a book have to be for you to stop reading, or do you always plow through no matter what? What are some examples of books you stopped reading, or forced yourself to keep reading until the end? What made these books so horrible?
I tried to read Gone With the Wind. I couldn't do it. I got, oh, I don't know, a hundred pages in? I kept waiting for it to get good. It didn't. I was big into the Civil War for a while, but... nope.

The only book in school that I was supposed to read that I didn't was Jane Eyre. I think I read, maybe five pages. As soon as it was clear to me that this was more Bronte (I did struggle through Wuthering Heights, probably the most boring book I've ever read - it was like chewing sandpaper bad), I got the Cliff Notes and faked my way through assignments on that one. Got perfectly good marks, but damn. No Bronte.

Sometimes I think I should go back and try Jane Eyre again, because supposedly it's good? But no. Wuthering Heights was so bad that I just can't.


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Jul. 20th, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
Jane Eyre is a great book if you like 19th century prose. It's a major landmark work, if you're interested in tracing the ancestry of the novel as a storytelling format.

If neither of these is a true source of squee for you, don't bother. It would be like watching the Indy 500 when you have no interest in cars, speed, racing, endurance, or oval shapes: pointless, lengthy and miserable.
Jul. 21st, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I'll give it a miss. ;)
Jul. 21st, 2015 04:36 am (UTC)
Don't waste your time on Jane Eyre-head - I have a hunch that it's part of the reason I became so slow on the uptake in my early 20's, because so many perfectly good brain cells had been burnt to oblivion by books like that one. :P
Jul. 21st, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC)
I don't really plan on it. :)
Jul. 22nd, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
I gave it a miss and it was part of my year's Academic ... Um, Decathlon? Octathlon? One of those. Anyway, the 'Notes did me fine that year. I was mostly on the Team to rock the Science anyway ;)
I was fairly dutiful when it came to books I was supposed to read for school or, in that case, school-adjacent, but I honestly rarely enjoyed them. That era, yes same deal for me- had to get through Wuthering first and disliked it so much I Just Couldn't with JE.
The only book that I recall reading in gradeschool that just lit (no pun intended) my ass on fire was The Count of Monte Cristo. I wasn't far in when I decided I needed to go back to the bookstore and read the Unabridged. And I do not know which of us reads more slowly; I know you have said you do so, but I also read very, very slowly, but I wanted to PILE ON THE PAGES on that book.
I think the main reason I read slowly is that I read out loud in my head. I basically read at regular talking speed, I think. Tangentially, I find it is a real fucking bear while trying to learn Irish (I *know* - no reason in the world to, except that I have wanted to for a couple decades) - but so far the sentence structure is weird and idiomatic, so direct translation is really not helpful, and there are minimally 3 conflicting accepted pronunciations for every word out there (and Jaysus in such a tiny country COMEON) and to read the comments the Duolingo chick uses none of them. Too Many Silent Vowels AUGHGU!!!!
Jul. 23rd, 2015 10:47 am (UTC)
I enjoyed lots of books in school, but not those ones.
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