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Name a widely loved work that you do not care for!

I am going to go for a whole beloved genre: jerk-ass geniuses who spend most of each episode or volume abusing those around them before pulling a solution out their ass.
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Date: 2017-06-12 07:50 pm (UTC)
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"The Wheel of Time" . . .

Date: 2017-06-12 08:36 pm (UTC)
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::shudder:: you are not the only one...

Date: 2017-06-12 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Hahah. See, I unashamedly adore TPB, even the terrible parts of it, and the framing story was something that really worked for me.

Yes, the 'unabridged' book is tedious as all get-out, but hilariously so to me - even worse than the worst heraldry porn parts of A Song of Ice and Fire from the glimpses that we see.

The revelation also reveals that the kid's dad had somehow managed to make it through this monolith of political garbage that almost nobody cares about, had somehow managed to cobble together a good story out of the chunks of it that were, somehow, pretty good (probably to the consternation of the sorts of people who like the monotonous political garbage of tiny European nations) - and then he shared it with his son, figuring that this sick kid with pneumonia might find it enjoyable when he couldn't enjoy much else. (And apparently it worked well enough that it fired up a passion for literacy in the kid when he'd never been very bookish before.) All of that just really spoke to me.

...Thinking on it, it probably helps that my dad would often bring me home books when I was sick as a kid, too, and it was one of the few things that we ever really bonded over. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Date: 2017-06-12 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Ancillary Justice. No ill feeling towards Leckie, just not my cup of tea.

Date: 2017-06-13 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] felila
Tea. Hehe, she said tea.

Date: 2017-06-12 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] martianmooncrab
I am done with time travel, dystopian, and Highlander centered books... and sand, tired of sand.

Date: 2017-06-13 09:43 am (UTC)
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Hmm.

My new challenge is to write you a novel about a time traveling immortal swordsman sent back in time to overthrow the dystopian autocracy presiding over the desertification of Mars ... and to make it fun. Kind of a Leninist take on John Carter, perhaps?

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Date: 2017-06-12 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I've never liked it: it's stacked with unsympathetic characters, some of whom are really odious, including the protagonist himself. Your description of the main character's habits seem tailor made to describe Ferris.

Date: 2017-06-12 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Dune (and also everything else Frank Herbert wrote). In addition to being tedious, I remain shocked at how few people notice the deeply embedded misogyny. I've heard people exclaim at how empowering and feminist the Bene Gesserit are despite the fact that their entire breeding program is all about breeding the perfect man who will be their messiah. Pretty much everything Herbert ever wrote drips with misogyny, and Dune is no exception.

Date: 2017-06-13 01:34 am (UTC)
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Right alongside the misogyny is the homophobia. I love me a good training sequence and Dune is like 800 pages of training sequence, but Frank Herbert is nearly Card-class in his descriptions of grotesque evil incestuous pederast Baron Harkonnen and sneaky slimy boy-toy Feyd-Rautha.

Date: 2017-06-12 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Dresden Files!

Date: 2017-06-12 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell.

Date: 2017-06-12 11:42 pm (UTC)
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THANK YOU.

I was going to post this. So I can move on to my other one: Forrest Gump.

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Date: 2017-06-12 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Terms of Freaking Endearment.

I like all the actors in it. I hate it a lot. Button-pushing drivel.

Date: 2017-06-12 09:11 pm (UTC)
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A Song of Ice and Fire, in print and video.

Date: 2017-06-12 09:42 pm (UTC)
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At my age, I've sworn off anything I am unlikely to see finished . . .

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Date: 2017-06-12 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Virtue arising from conquest. (includes romances modelled on conquest.)

Date: 2017-06-12 09:16 pm (UTC)
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I bogged down in the middle of the second book of Lord of the Rings about 20 years ago and so far nothing has made me want to pick it back up. I don't know; perhaps reading all the derivatives made the original suck, or perhaps it just sucks all by itself. Whatever.

Date: 2017-06-12 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I hear you on this one. I've never made it past the third chapter of Fellowship, even through multiple attempts over the years. I don't think there's any other book out there that I've failed to read so badly.

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Date: 2017-06-12 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Forrest Gump

Date: 2017-06-12 09:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] supergee
Watership Down. Even before we had pet rabbits who pissed on their own food.

Date: 2017-06-12 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Anything by Dan Brown.

Date: 2017-06-12 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moira_j_moore1
The Matrix. I found the first movie incredibly boring and couldn't get through it.

Date: 2017-06-13 10:38 am (UTC)
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Good thing you didn't see the other two then because they make the first one look exciting. One of my friends went to sleep in the orgy scene in #2.

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Date: 2017-06-12 11:02 pm (UTC)
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The Handmaid's Tale. I grew up with Fundamentalist Christians, and she got them wrong. I mean, she's right that at their core is a deep well of sexual dysfunction and misogyny, but man it just doesn't work like that. Their perversions are different.

Date: 2017-06-14 07:37 am (UTC)
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I'd like to hear more about that sometime if you write it.

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Date: 2017-06-12 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Jane Austin.

"The Magicians" - I was so glad to finish that book and felt spiteful joy at declining to read the rest of the series. Though I've considered watching the TV show just to see if I hate it equally.

"Sex and the City."

And I feel bad for saying so, but "All the Birds in the Sky" got more and more tedious to me as I read it. I don't understand the love.

Date: 2017-06-13 01:37 am (UTC)
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You will hate The Magicians equally as a TV show, almost guaranteed.

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Date: 2017-06-13 12:41 am (UTC)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Date: 2017-06-13 01:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davidgoldfarb
Just about anything by Philip K. Dick. There's just something about his worlds that I find offputting – they're really bleak, and it doesn't help that they're populated almost wholly by annoying losers.

Just about anything by C.J. Cherryh. In her case, it's something about the prose that grinds against my mental gears and gives it negative I-want-to-read-it-osity.

Date: 2017-06-13 01:42 am (UTC)
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Anything Heinlein. His female characters are so unbelievable/unrealistic it throws me completely out of the story. A Stranger in a Strange Land was particularly bad.

Date: 2017-06-13 04:22 pm (UTC)
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I think the problem is that RAH thinks that women are a specific all-alike category which he understands perfectly. Even in my late teens I got very angry with 'I Will Fear No Evil'

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Date: 2017-06-13 01:50 am (UTC)
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I bounced hard off Ancillary Justice because my expectations were mis-set; I thought it was going to be a book that did interesting things with gender, and it isn't.

Also, even when I was the sort of Heinlein fan who had a copy of every single Heinlein novel and sometimes kind of wanted people to call me Maureen, I hated Job: A Comedy of Justice. H A T E D.
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Date: 2017-06-13 05:36 am (UTC)
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Ha - I bought Job for my grandfather after his first stroke, when I was buying him SF/F novels at the grocery store thinking he might enjoy some reading, and I thought "well this says it's a comedy, and it seems Biblical, and he likes both the Bible and church...." He never did read it, I think, due to stroke #2 but I spent a lot of bored hours at my grandparents' house between then and his death a couple of years later and it got re-read several times to pass the tedium. I thought at the time I rather liked it (ages 11-13 or so). Later I realized the Suck Fairy had paid a visit, boy howdy.

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Date: 2017-06-13 02:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] julian
WOT, ASOIF... I enjoy Seanan McGuire's work in small doses, but not in the "read them all at once forever" sense.

Any of the recent DC movies, though Wonder Woman has a lot of strengths.

Date: 2017-06-13 04:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sethsellis
I tried McGuire's writing several times a few years ago, and very much didn't get the appeal. Maybe she's better now, I don't know.

Date: 2017-06-13 02:31 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Star Wars.

Great special effects, crappy plot and aristocratic Chosen-One political systems…

Date: 2017-06-13 03:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mmegaera
The Liaden books. I suspect this has at least as much to do with the neverending chorus of "you loved the Vorkosiverse, you'll love these!" on the Bujold list as it does with the books themselves. But they're not cohesive as a series, the characters are boring, and I never got a sense of place from them at all.

Oh, and Dorothy Dunnett. Anything by Dorothy Dunnett. She's like trying to read the literary equivalent of quicksand.
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