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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1695 on: July 10, 2012, 12:14:20 PM »
Ewwwwwww. So glad I skipped that.

Ditto.

Based on the "hot" books of the past couple years, I've decided to write a romance novel. Its gonna be baaaad. I won't stop until it is. I think it might get me published.

I didn't read 50 shades because I was warned by a friend.  Friend loves Twilight.  Friend loves...um...exuberant Scrabble.  Friend told me that she had never read anything so unexciting.

I love the idea of a love story.  I like Scrabble in books.  But romances rarely do anything for me.  I think it has to do with too much talk about how hot the lead is and not so many truly swoon-worthy gestures.

In most books, the leads have no life at all.  Well, unless it's to mention that the leads are involved in an absolutely selfless profession.  (Yawn.) Most of the book is taken up with interactions between the couple which is often petty bickering to make it "intense." They end up making out or Scrabbling over it.  Ugh.  I have to admit that pettiness is just a huge turn-off for me.

Even worse, Ana Steele is even worse than Bella. Bella is an ungrateful brat, while Ana is outright hostile towards anyone who does anything nice for her ever. I'm reading a sporking with quotes directly from the book, and apparently Ana is furious that her roommate (who is incredibly rich, supportive, and kind, and lets her live practically rent-free) is wearing ugly pajamas. She just can't face it.  ???

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« Reply #1696 on: July 10, 2012, 12:18:36 PM »
Ewwwwwww. So glad I skipped that.

Ditto.

Based on the "hot" books of the past couple years, I've decided to write a romance novel. Its gonna be baaaad. I won't stop until it is. I think it might get me published.

I didn't read 50 shades because I was warned by a friend.  Friend loves Twilight.  Friend loves...um...exuberant Scrabble.  Friend told me that she had never read anything so unexciting.

I love the idea of a love story.  I like Scrabble in books.  But romances rarely do anything for me.  I think it has to do with too much talk about how hot the lead is and not so many truly swoon-worthy gestures.

In most books, the leads have no life at all.  Well, unless it's to mention that the leads are involved in an absolutely selfless profession.  (Yawn.) Most of the book is taken up with interactions between the couple which is often petty bickering to make it "intense." They end up making out or Scrabbling over it.  Ugh.  I have to admit that pettiness is just a huge turn-off for me.

Even worse, Ana Steele is even worse than Bella. Bella is an ungrateful brat, while Ana is outright hostile towards anyone who does anything nice for her ever. I'm reading a sporking with quotes directly from the book, and apparently Ana is furious that her roommate (who is incredibly rich, supportive, and kind, and lets her live practically rent-free) is wearing ugly pajamas. She just can't face it.  ???

A sporking you say? And yet you did not let anyone know where to find said sporking?  :D
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« Reply #1697 on: July 10, 2012, 01:34:35 PM »
http://jenniferarmintrout.blogspot.com/p/jen-reads-50-shades-of-grey.html?zx=99389c13f686a8a4 There's quite a bit of adult language, but very little of it comes from the actual book.

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« Reply #1698 on: July 10, 2012, 06:01:33 PM »
http://jenniferarmintrout.blogspot.com/p/jen-reads-50-shades-of-grey.html?zx=99389c13f686a8a4 There's quite a bit of adult language, but very little of it comes from the actual book.

I'm only half way through the first chapter summary and I'm trying to suppress my giggles, this is not suitable to be read in a place with any other people.

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« Reply #1699 on: July 11, 2012, 11:05:12 AM »
It's also being sporked on LJ- profanely and hilariously.

http://das-sporking.livejournal.com/242338.html

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« Reply #1700 on: July 11, 2012, 11:05:57 AM »
I tried reading the synopsis, I couldn't finish it. :-X
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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1701 on: July 11, 2012, 11:06:41 AM »
I just read The Magic Circle by Katherine Neville.  It's not a bad story but...

That final scene?  A breathtaking fight that is made all the more suspenseful because they might go over the horrible, deadly, perilous waterfall!

(spoiler) They do. 

And nothing bad happens to either of them. 

Um, that was pretty lame.

Funny-- before I read this, I was already considering posting about one of her other novels, The Eight, and for a similar reason. The characters spend the whole book tracking down the MacGuffin, and when they finally get hold of it, instead of anything interesting happening, they basically decide: "Yeah, let's go home and not do anything with this."

The odd thing was, I loved the story, and was considering reading more of her books until the ending fell flat. And from what you say, it sounds like a common problem for her.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1702 on: July 11, 2012, 07:04:07 PM »
Ewwwwwww. So glad I skipped that.

Ditto.

Based on the "hot" books of the past couple years, I've decided to write a romance novel. Its gonna be baaaad. I won't stop until it is. I think it might get me published.

I didn't read 50 shades because I was warned by a friend.  Friend loves Twilight.  Friend loves...um...exuberant Scrabble.  Friend told me that she had never read anything so unexciting.

I love the idea of a love story.  I like Scrabble in books.  But romances rarely do anything for me.  I think it has to do with too much talk about how hot the lead is and not so many truly swoon-worthy gestures.

In most books, the leads have no life at all.  Well, unless it's to mention that the leads are involved in an absolutely selfless profession.  (Yawn.) Most of the book is taken up with interactions between the couple which is often petty bickering to make it "intense." They end up making out or Scrabbling over it.  Ugh.  I have to admit that pettiness is just a huge turn-off for me.

Even worse, Ana Steele is even worse than Bella. Bella is an ungrateful brat, while Ana is outright hostile towards anyone who does anything nice for her ever. I'm reading a sporking with quotes directly from the book, and apparently Ana is furious that her roommate (who is incredibly rich, supportive, and kind, and lets her live practically rent-free) is wearing ugly pajamas. She just can't face it.  ???

A sporking you say? And yet you did not let anyone know where to find said sporking?  :D

Agreed. Link please?  Apparently reading comprehension isn't my forte today.
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« Reply #1703 on: July 11, 2012, 08:13:14 PM »
Marrion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon.  I despised that book - it's a female-centric retelling of the Arthurian legend cycle.  I was going to say feminist, but it's really not.  The women aren't empowered, just enamored of their menstrual cycle and having babies.

No argument there. I have had trouble with a lot of MZB's writing, but that one was particularly bad. I kept getting the feeling that she believed it to be true, not fiction.

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Re: well, THAT was the worst book ever!
« Reply #1704 on: July 11, 2012, 08:22:34 PM »
http://jenniferarmintrout.blogspot.com/p/jen-reads-50-shades-of-grey.html?zx=99389c13f686a8a4 There's quite a bit of adult language, but very little of it comes from the actual book.

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« Reply #1705 on: July 11, 2012, 10:37:57 PM »
I agree with those who commented on Wicked, mainly because I feel like it was trying way too hard to make everything about sex. Which really surprised me, considering it's a fanfiction of a children's story, essentially.

This surprises you? ;D Fanfiction seems to be 80% naughty fics about children's fandoms. (not all of it is bad either. I've found some that the authors should seriously devote a little time to something publishable, they had the skillz!) Then there is the 18% that seems to be primarily mary sues. 2% is kinda readable and contains no sex. I tend to hope mine falls into the 2%.



Well, yes, but I wouldn't expect that type of derivative work of a children's book to get permission from owners of the original to publish. That's why I didn't expect it to have that sort of content. If it had been published online, well, anything goes in that case.

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« Reply #1706 on: July 11, 2012, 11:16:11 PM »
I haven't read the book this reviewer is talking about, but the review is utterly hilarious.  And the book sounds awesomely bad.  http://tapeflags.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-so-bad-that-once-you-start.html

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« Reply #1707 on: July 12, 2012, 02:03:21 AM »
I agree with those who commented on Wicked, mainly because I feel like it was trying way too hard to make everything about sex. Which really surprised me, considering it's a fanfiction of a children's story, essentially.

This surprises you? ;D Fanfiction seems to be 80% naughty fics about children's fandoms. (not all of it is bad either. I've found some that the authors should seriously devote a little time to something publishable, they had the skillz!) Then there is the 18% that seems to be primarily mary sues. 2% is kinda readable and contains no sex. I tend to hope mine falls into the 2%.



Well, yes, but I wouldn't expect that type of derivative work of a children's book to get permission from owners of the original to publish. That's why I didn't expect it to have that sort of content. If it had been published online, well, anything goes in that case.

Well, the original books are in the public domain so stopping the book is as easy as stopping abusing Jane Austen with zombies.
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« Reply #1708 on: July 30, 2012, 11:52:53 AM »
For the Twilight haters, I have to mention I haven't even finished the first book (and generally agree with the negative commentary), but I *did* really enjoy this fanfic, Luminosity.  Basically Bella's character is completely different; came to it via Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which again is a retelling with Harry being very, very different.

I've been reading the latter and enjoying it, but I just tried to read Luminosity and I just...can't...do it. The underlying tale is just so insipid, even with the character change. It's just the blow-by-blow description of everything happening in what's such a mundane and ordinary setting, it makes it torturous to read because nothing much out of the ordinary happens, even with Edward's strange behavior upon meeting her and trying to get out of the class they share. That's really just not that interesting to me.

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« Reply #1709 on: July 30, 2012, 11:55:58 AM »
For the Twilight haters, I have to mention I haven't even finished the first book (and generally agree with the negative commentary), but I *did* really enjoy this fanfic, Luminosity.  Basically Bella's character is completely different; came to it via Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which again is a retelling with Harry being very, very different.

I've been reading the latter and enjoying it, but I just tried to read Luminosity and I just...can't...do it. The underlying tale is just so insipid, even with the character change. It's just the blow-by-blow description of everything happening in what's such a mundane and ordinary setting, it makes it torturous to read because nothing much out of the ordinary happens, even with Edward's strange behavior upon meeting her and trying to get out of the class they share. That's really just not that interesting to me.

For what it's worth, I thought the same thing about Luminosity, but I decided to push on a little further and it suddenly got a lot better. It turned into it's own story, instead of just a slightly different retelling.
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