5 popular and famous books that are completely overrated

There are some books everybody loves. Books that have basically reached some untouchable cult status. But after reading several of those praised novels, I was disappointed. Read on to find out which books I’d never touch again…
(There are detailed reviews on all of the books, if you want to find out more check out the links!)

 

1. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald):

the great gatsby
I can’t even tell you how many great things I heard about this book – everything from “a classic” to “must read for everybody”. But my excitement started to fade rather quickly.
For some reason all of the characters remained shallow until the end of the story. No way you could bond with any of them. The story didn’t hold any surprises, in fact I never even managed to thrill me. There was no point throughout the whole book where Fitzgerald would have managed to get under my skin. For me Gatsby is not that great. Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: The Hobbit

As those who follow my blog will know, I recently finished the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, as I soon as I was done, I grabbed The Hobbit and basically read it in one go.
It’s been a while since I last saw the movies, but here’s what I think of the LOR prequel!

 

The Plot:
Bilbo Baggins (yes the old Hobbit from Lord of the Rings) is young and happy, until Gandalf (and 13 dwarves) knocks at his door. Turns out Bilbo is to go on an adventure: defeating the dragon Smaug and help the dwarves reclaim their mountain.

 

Book vs. Movie:
Well, before I say anything more detailed, I’d like to point something out: LOR consisted of three books each 300 to 400 pages long which resulted in a trilogy of 3 hour-long movies. The Hobbit on the other hand is one 300 page book, but still they made 3 movies out of it.
I remember when seeing the films (especially the last one) the story felt lengthy and you could clearly tell they were in for the money. However, after I read the book, I changed my opinion (well, not about the money-making, but about the lengthy part). Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers

I finished reading the second installment of The Lord of the Rings. Finding the time to watch the movie was a bit difficult, but I’m done, so here we go =)

 

The Plot:
The Fellowships splits up and the story follows three plotlines: Frodo and Sam who head for Mordor, Merry and Pippin who are captured by Orcs and Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas who try to rescue them.

 

Book vs. Movie: Continue reading