I know there is a place in literary hell reserved just for me because I thought One Of The Greatest Books Of All Time was a total snore, but honestly, it sucked.
I feel this way about many so-called "great works". I honestly think that people only tout them so they can be seen as "intellectual". Frankly, I don't care if (general) you think I'm a total Philistine; I'm not going to read cr*p just because it's supposed to be "great literature". Some "great literature" that I think sucks:Sons and Lovers
by D. H. Lawrence. Now there's a book filled with unredeemable, boring, bored characters. Not to mention a bored audience. Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller. Yikes. I wasn't even halfway through that book and I was wishing the guy would hurry up and die already so the torture (mine!) could be over.Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton should really be called, "Cry, the Bored Sh*tless Audience". Yes, it's an anti-apartheid novel ("Amandla" and all that) but it's BORING. It's sooooo boring. The guy didn't even use proper inverted commas (quotation marks) - he just indented all the speech. I know it's because he wanted to get a kind of 'Biblical' feel, but it doesn't work. I've never seen the old black and white version with Sidney Poitier, but not even James Earl Jones and Richard Harris could make the modern version un-boring. When the reader has to be TOLD what is going on in a novel, that is NOT a good sign. The nature of forgiveness, yadda. Yeah, whatever. At least let JEJ threaten someone in Darth Vader's voice or something!!
OTOH, I do like a lot of stuff that so-called intellectuals sneer at: Pretty Woman, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Dancing, Titanic, Speed, etc. I should start a thread about that. In fact, I will.