Credit goes to The Chronicles of Radiya for creating this challenge.
Day 8: Most overrated book
I dislike writing bad reviews about books, because I hate it when people disagree and you’re like ”ooops” because it turns out to be their favourite book. I like the majority of the books I read, because most of the books I’ve read have been on my TBR list for ages and I’ve heard a fair bit about them. I can normally tell by the author and era if I’ll enjoy a book as well, and I’ll admit this particular book did shock me as I thought I’d enjoy it. It’s a classic to say the least, but classic or no classic; the only class this book falls in for me, is a very low one.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I’m sure many of you will strongly disagree. However I did give this book a chance and it really wasn’t for me. I think the fact that the main character simply irritated me with his arrogance was a big factor in my dislike for this book. I think the main character of a book is better when they are likeable, otherwise you just want to tell them to be quiet the whole time. I was really looking forward to this book, and asked for it for Christmas but when I got round to reading it, I was so disappointed. I read so many reviews before and after reading this book, and the vast majority made it sound like the pages were laced with gold.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole concept of the novel. The story itself is wonderful and very imaginative, it’s just the fashion of the writing and the characters that irritated me. I found it really hard to sympathise with the characters, and that’s never a good sign. If you can’t have a relationship with the characters then you will not feel the depth that you are supposed to with a book. I’m one of the those people who uses the Marmite analogy a lot when it comes to books, you either love it or hate it. I never say ”Yeah, that book was ok” because what’s the point in reading an average book when you could be reading a brilliant book instead.
I think to take the Marmite analogy further we should use the new advert as a bit of advice as well. Brilliant books should not be forgotten about, and neither should Marmite. In fact, Marmite on toast whilst reading a brilliant book sounds fantastic. With a cup of tea, of course. God I mention tea a lot. But yes, sometimes those books talked about the most are the worst to read. As you get your expectations way too high!
And for those of you who haven’t got a clue what Marmite advert I’m on about, I’ve linked it below because otherwise this post makes little sense!
Thank you for reading.