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Old September 25th, 2008, 7:34 am
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Have you ever got really angry/offended at a book?

As the title says, have you ever had a moment where you were so offended (reasonably) or angered by a book's contents that you promptly stopped reading, or even threw it across the room? Was it the author's intentions and/or messages that offended you or was it something else? (e.g. sending a message that, for example, women are nothing more than sexual objects that ought to be used to manipulate men).

I have had only one real offensive book-and it was only on my third scan through, where I was mystified as to why I couldn't read such a coveted book, until I realised that the author was basically sending a signal to women that they are nothing more than sexual objects to be used to manipulate men, especially of higher status.


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Old September 25th, 2008, 8:04 am
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Before this discussion sets off, let me remind you all that there will be no author bashing. You're welcome to criticise a literary work and a writer's abilities but please do so respectfully!


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Old September 25th, 2008, 4:25 pm
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Re: Have you ever got really angry/offended at a book?

Thanks for the reminder, but the book I want to say is actually a book that I adore and love. It's called "Song for a Raggy Boy" - some people on the forum might have heard of the film version. It's beautifully written but documents things that anger me and touch me profoundly- namely clerical abuse in Ireland in one particular school. It makes me angry that such things were allowed to happen and I feel offended on behalf of those who lost every ounce of sanity and innocence they had at the hands of people who were contracted to protect them.

I adore the book, it's perfectly written, perfectly documented and unblemished. Patrick Galvin did a wonderful job (it's part of his autobiography)- but the subject matter itself is what angers me.

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Old September 25th, 2008, 5:33 pm
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Yes. But I never threw it across the room. I ripped up every copy of the book I had. The book in question is The Holy Bible.


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This just happened to me! I read Oliver Twist and I was so angry about how Oliver was treated that I seriously cried. I loved the book though. I have a love/hate relationship with books like this that make me uncomfortable. The idea of treating a child that way just had me unbelievably upset, it tugged on my mommy heartstrings in a major way.


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Yes the Twilight Series. There is so many thing wrong with these books especially the recent book Breaking Dawn. To me it glorifies sexism (The men are more powerful then the women example: you got Esme who is just carboard cut out house wife, Bella who has no dreams or goals but and only cares about being with Edward, Alice who is only interested in partying and shopping, and Rosalie heck i don't even remember because meyer lacks character development. It also glorifies pedofillia, abusive relationships, and anti feminism (bella is the biggest mary sue in young adult literature). Don't get me started on meyer's writing. It also bugged me while reading these books that anyone that disliked Bella or did something bad to her was written off as ugly,mean, and or killed. My sympathy goes to poor Jasper Hale who was written off for trying to kill The super special snowflake and then was described as ugly and scarred in Breaking Dawn.

Yes i guess you can say i am an anti of these Books.



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This just happened to me! I read Oliver Twist and I was so angry about how Oliver was treated that I seriously cried. I loved the book though. I have a love/hate relationship with books like this that make me uncomfortable. The idea of treating a child that way just had me unbelievably upset, it tugged on my mommy heartstrings in a major way.
Oliver Twist is a good one. I felt that way after Jane Eyre, and also after Wuthering Heights, where I oddly felt so much pity for Heathcliff. Poor man. I know loads of people disagree with me, but I can't help it!


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Re: Have you ever got really angry/offended at a book?

Jane Eyre - because it was so pointless
The Great Gatsby - because I wanted to scream at Daisy, and torture her husband
Breaking Dawn - because it was just plain bad
The Pearl - what was he thinking?


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I can't say I ever have. If I thought a book was going to be that disagreeable, (especially if political) I wouldn't start reading it, providing the book cover gave a decent clue as to what's inside. I don't read that much fiction though. Usually historical or technical texts.


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Re: Have you ever got really angry/offended at a book?

It's an interesting one, but often the books we have outlined here in the thread, are the ones I honestly loved most. Books that taught me hard lessons, including but not limited to the one I outlined above, American Psycho, Johnny Got His Gun, Flowers for Algernon, Catcher in the Rye, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry... Because they all made wonderful (albeit controversial) books.

Those were the books that taught me what I did and didn't like. I formed many many opinions from them, and I'm happy to say I read them. It's the sign of a good book when it leaves you with something to think about, something to question.


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The play Medea, because she killed her children to make her husband suffer, and the book Things Fall Apart, because the main character killed a child to satisfy his own arrogance. Every time I think of those books I get so annoyed!

Other than that, I got so angry at Harry when he called Remus a coward in DH!


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Old October 3rd, 2008, 10:23 am
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Yeah.."The Wise Woman" by Philippa Gregory-I dont even know why I read that book..it was so senseless and pointless and all the characters in the book were pathetic and despicable.I've never hated a book that much..I just had to blast it in my reviews!!


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Re: Have you ever got really angry/offended at a book?

Well first there's Twilight, which I find irresistible in a love-to-hate-it, 'study this as an example of what not to do with your own fiction' kind of way, but I've voiced most of my problems with it in that thread already. Plus, that's more of a frustration on my part that a piece of work so problematic got published than anger with the story or characters themselves.

However, when I first read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, that made me really angry. It's fantastic writing, and I always love a good 'let's overthrow the established order' fantasy adventure, but let me explain: There's a moment when the nun-turned-scholar character (can't remember her name, can't be bothered to look it up) is talking to Lyra and Jim about why she left the convent. Her argument is that she had this sense that, even if she did something that the convent told her was wrong, who would know, and who would stop her? No one. I have no problem with that idea. But she concludes that, because these rules have no value, God does not exist, and that is an idea that has bugged me for ages about formerly religious folk. The 'if my previous religion is wrong, there is no divinity in the universe' argument. I've heard it so often it makes my teeth ache, and furthermore I don't agree. I won't go too far into why right now, because I don't know how far I'm allowed to stretch the rules in this vein, but that's the only book I read that really, really made me angry.


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Yes the Twilight Series. There is so many thing wrong with these books especially the recent book Breaking Dawn. To me it glorifies sexism (The men are more powerful then the women example: you got Esme who is just carboard cut out house wife, Bella who has no dreams or goals but and only cares about being with Edward, Alice who is only interested in partying and shopping, and Rosalie heck i don't even remember because meyer lacks character development. It also glorifies pedofillia, abusive relationships, and anti feminism (bella is the biggest mary sue in young adult literature). Don't get me started on meyer's writing. It also bugged me while reading these books that anyone that disliked Bella or did something bad to her was written off as ugly,mean, and or killed. My sympathy goes to poor Jasper Hale who was written off for trying to kill The super special snowflake and then was described as ugly and scarred in Breaking Dawn.
I agree, it really bothered me that Bella was always like, "Oh edward this and edward that" i was SHUT UP FOR GODS SAKE! Like in New Moon, when edward left she like went into freaking deprission! i was like get over it already! I actually did chuck New Moon across my room, and then for Breaking Dawn i was like, "Ok i get it... she pregnant now DO SOMETHING!" like through the whole book, "Oh bella's ill, o shes not feeling well, lalalalala" and dont get me started on the whole jacob imprinting on renesme, well actually dont get me started on reneseme ethier.


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I know me too Bella is a selfish ****** to everyone except the Cullens. It bugged me in New Moon that she wanted to go up to those gang rapers just to hear Edward's voice. She's not only putting herself in danger ,but also Jessica. Did she ever think maybe Jessica was harmed before. Then the next day she's wondering why Jessica, and Lauren are mad at her. It bugged me that she was using Jacob to get over Edward then the Moment sparkles is in trouble she leaves Jacob in the dirt. It also bugged me in Twilight how she was complaining about not fitting in , but the moment she goes to school everyone is so nice to her ,and she complains about why are they talking to me "i'm to good to be friends with these people". Jessica, and Lauren are suppose to be the mean girls that we're not suppose to like? I didn't see anything mean about them epic fail. Then Mike is suppose to be this horney teenage boy that wants bella? he seemed pretty nice, i would of liked to get to know him, yet again epic fail Meyer!. Edward is condescending, controlling, creep. I would of dumped him the first moment he showed posessive signs.


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I was never angry with a book, but I wasn't too fond of The Stranger. The main idea of the book went completely against my own philosophy, so I've never been too fond of it.


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I was never angry with a book, but I wasn't too fond of The Stranger. The main idea of the book went completely against my own philosophy, so I've never been too fond of it.
The Stranger is one of my favorite books, but I see why you didn't like it. It does have a rather shocking philosophy.


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I've been angry at many books (though not so angry that I throw the book across the room, books don't like that, and I intend to keep all my books in a good condition, even those I don't like), mostly because they have the wrong ending. It might be the ending that seems best to the author, but in epilouges I want INFORMATION! (Sorry about all the capital letters, but things like that really make me frustrated...) Like in A Series of Unfortunate Events, the last books - The End - explained none of the things I would like an answere to.

When I read Inkdeath, I got angry because I could never read about the person(s) I wanted to read about! That's irritating, but I can't do anything with it, and the way it is written is often the best way to tell it, even though I don't feel like reading about that at the moment.

I have been angry at books because they are so poorly written with grammar and/or spelling and/or sentence building mistakes (which I hate, but I'm not so good in English, so I might do some myself in my posts), but that's mostly badly translated books - which there is far too many of, can't they get any proper translators? - and cheap novels, which I should never read because I get so bad tempered about all the mistakes. Cheap novels I can throw across the room, some of them are so bad that I almost - and just almost, because I'm no book burner and I don't like book burning no matter what book it is (send it to recycling, then it is destroyed and you are kind to the clima!) - burn them, or at least tear them into small tiny microscopic pieces (and then send these small, tiny, microscopic pieces to recycling)!


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The Stranger is one of my favorite books, but I see why you didn't like it. It does have a rather shocking philosophy.
It isn't a bad book, but the philosophy goes against my own. It doesn't fall under the books I dislike.


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I'm not sure if I've ever actually thrown a book across my room but I have dropped one on the ground and jumped on it This book was New Moon. It really frustrated me and was almost unbearable to read. This was also the case with Breaking Dawn, especially from the perspective of Jacob. I neglected BD for so long. I love the Twilight series but I think Bella's character really annoys me, especially in BD.

A book that slightly offended me was Betwixt because there was quite a lot of drug reference and swearing. The book revolved around teenagers and buying alcohol and getting drugged up and this saddened me. I mean, the book was meant to be fantasy!


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