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Old October 7th, 2008, 2:38 am
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Breaking Dawn. The messages conveyed in that book, and the rest of the series to a lesser extent, and slightly disturbing and just plain wrong as people above have pointed out.


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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)!
I loved that series until the last book. After the way that book end, it ruined the whole series for me. I read all the books to find out what happened to the children and in the end the author never told us, or even hinted anything.


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Old October 7th, 2008, 3:02 am
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I loved that series until the last book. After the way that book end, it ruined the whole series for me. I read all the books to find out what happened to the children and in the end the author never told us, or even hinted anything.
Exactly. What was the point of giving us all these clues, mysteries and stories if none of the loose ends is tied up in the end?


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I agree with others about the Twilight series. It offends me because it's anti-feminist. I know Stephenie Meyer has said she never wanted that to be the case and doesn't think that is the case, I can't help but feel that it is. The relationship between Edward and Bella is really unhealthy, IMO, and I find it offensive that it is romanticized.


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I agree with others about the Twilight series. It offends me because it's anti-feminist. I know Stephenie Meyer has said she never wanted that to be the case and doesn't think that is the case, I can't help but feel that it is. The relationship between Edward and Bella is really unhealthy, IMO, and I find it offensive that it is romanticized.
It's a fantastic point, most definitely, and I do have to say that, at more than one point, I wished Bella would get up and do something for herself. It did sting a bit that she was deemed incapable on so many levels, when I'm positive she had every possibility of proving herself.

, though really it more irked me than offended or angered me!


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Today I found a Bartimaeus Trilogy Thread, and I remembered how i felt when I read the end of the last book, Ptolemy's Gate. I almost tore the whole book apart, page for page, but I had just enough self-controll to slam the book shut, clear some space for it in the book shelf (good days back then, having more space in my book shelf), and sit glaring angrily at it for some minutes. The trilogy is really good, and is well worth a read, but for me that wasn't the right end. I seriously considered writing a letter to Jonathan Stroud with my complaints, and an end I would be satisfied with. Yes, that's me, everything must be as I like it...


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

I did get angry at a book. It was "Eclipse." The ending was very upset, it broke my heart. I literally threw the book across the room. I think it might still be there. "Breaking Dawn" angered me too, it wasn't anything offensive, but it did drive me up the wall. :angry:


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Today I found a Bartimaeus Trilogy Thread, and I remembered how i felt when I read the end of the last book, Ptolemy's Gate. I almost tore the whole book apart, page for page, but I had just enough self-controll to slam the book shut, clear some space for it in the book shelf (good days back then, having more space in my book shelf), and sit glaring angrily at it for some minutes. The trilogy is really good, and is well worth a read, but for me that wasn't the right end. I seriously considered writing a letter to Jonathan Stroud with my complaints, and an end I would be satisfied with. Yes, that's me, everything must be as I like it...
I also hated the ending! I was all,
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"How could Nate do that, how dare he lie to poor Kitty!"
I remember yelling, glaring, and smaking the book against the wall. My family thought i was insane!


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The other day I was looking in a book store for books for my Christmas wish list, and I found a book. Guess what it said on the back? Something like this: "This trilogy is better than both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter." I got angry, I almost threw the book I read on across the store (not a good idea, it cost pretty much, and the people who worked there would probably throw me out), wrote down the title of the book, and walked out of the store and home with angry steps. I wrote it down on my wish list immidiately. I have still not read the books (each of them cost a lot, and I cannot aford spending that much money so close to Christmas), but I am sure it cannot beat LotR or HP. At least not LotR, my all-time favourite book.


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When I read the Uglies series, each book made me more angry at the end, and each and every time when I finished one, I wanted to throw it across my room and hope it could actually feel my anger. I hate it when books don't end the way you want them too, or you can't keep reading on about the character to find out what happened to them.....


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The other day I was looking in a book store for books for my Christmas wish list, and I found a book. Guess what it said on the back? Something like this: "This trilogy is better than both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter." I got angry, I almost threw the book I read on across the store (not a good idea, it cost pretty much, and the people who worked there would probably throw me out), wrote down the title of the book, and walked out of the store and home with angry steps. I wrote it down on my wish list immidiately. I have still not read the books (each of them cost a lot, and I cannot aford spending that much money so close to Christmas), but I am sure it cannot beat LotR or HP. At least not LotR, my all-time favourite book.
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So what was it?
Sorry, I forgot to tell the name of the trilogy/author... My dad meant I was on the computer far too late (9.29 pm ). It is written by a Norwegian, Hans Fredrik Follestad, a debutant. The trilogy is called De Fire og Han Som GjÝr Galt Verre (direct translation: The Four and He Who Does Wrong Worse), and the first book is named Begynnelsen (The Beginning), the second Fortsettelsen (The Continuation (I don't remember a better word for it right now, but you get the idea)), and the third and last Slutten (The End). It makes it very easy to remember the names of the books...

It is not translated to English (yet), but if it is as good as it said on the back of Begynnelsen ( see my last post), then maybe it will be in not too long.


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

There was a book that I had to read for my Women's Lit course - Waking Beauty. I hate that book, I hate that book, I hate that book. I understand that the author was probably trying to make a point about how internal beauty and external beauty really aren't equal, but her character didn't seem to be anyone I'd want to know - before or after her change.

If you've never read the book, then I'd recommend that you don't.


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Well I have to say I DID get really angry near the end of Eclipse. But NOT for all the reasons that everyone else has mentioned!! I personally realy enjoyed reading the books, but yes I agree they aren't the greatest written books ever, but are still fun to read. The bit that annoyed me though, actually made me shut the book and put it donw, and then shout to my friends at work who were in the lounge area at work that I didn't want to read any more. It was the bit where Bella lets Jacob kiss her after he actually threatened her. And at the point I just though it was dumb that she would sacrifice her relationship with the most perfect guy on earth who she is aparently in love with, over a stupid threat by some jumped up spoiled brat who can't get what he wants and has to bribe her to get her! Yes I do find the character of Bella annoying, and I did actually pick it back up and I found that it sort of redeemed itself..the whole point of that bit was so that Edward could just proe he was worth 100 of jacob, for figiving her for kissing him.

At the end of the day it's just a book! It's good we get frustrated, I'd rather get frustrated or annoyed at a plot or at the characters than have to stop reading the books cause I was bored. I mean, all you people who hated it all the way through still carried on reading!! Haha. I think that sometimes with books you have to remove yourself from your expectations of it and from your emotions if they are starting to become negative... because books aren't always going to go the way we want. I get annoyed at the endings of soooo many books but I just have to think that I didn't write it therefore it's bound to come out differently to what I expected, and I soon get over it


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Its not that i'm angry with the book, its beautiful in every way, but Atonement by Ian McEwan will haunt me forever. It is just soo sad and unfair what happens to the characters.

And I agree with everything you all have said about Twilight


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Anyone ever read the book "Night Journeys" and its sequal "Encounter at Easton" by AVI? Well if you have, I'm sorry, and if you haven't, praise the powers that be.

It's the WORST series ever and I say that as one who absolutely loved the first book and 99% of the second book. It was literally the last paragraph that brought this fuming hatred down upon me.

Basically, it's about these two servants (white kids of about 13 or 14-- orphans who are forced to work as slaves in a pre-revolutionary America) who run away from their super cruel masters together. The first book is all about that, them trying to escape as these people hunt after them. Finally in the second book they make it somewhat to safety in this town, but the girl gets shot in the leg during the process and they end up finding this old woman in the forest who helps keep them secret and safe. Anyway, the old masters are still hunting them, and the girl's wound gets infected, she goes into a coma. Right? So everything's all set up for a big climax, and you wonder if they're going to make it even though in the back of your mind you know they will--because it's a book right? There's lots of bad stuff, but justice is always served--right?

Last paragraph: they're found. The evil men and their horses are racing up the hill in the forest to the old lady's hut, the old lady grabs the unconcious girl who's finally healing, the boy leads them out the back door and they start running down the backside of the hill, the bad guys spot them, someone shoots the old lady and she dies instantly, drops the girl who falls, still unconcious and hits her head against a boulder, also dying instantly, the boy--overcome with grief lies on the forest floor crying out to God "Whhy??" and then the bad guys surround him and we're left with the parting notion that he'll now be sent back to his evil master to endure the rest of his life in misery, and now also, alone.

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The Bitterbynde Trilogy by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.

Apart from Tolkien, I really don't read much high fantasy. This series begins extremely well, and then ... it's downhill all the way from there.

The first book in the trilogy, The Ill-Made Mute, is terrific. I found it a very original, gripping, utterly absorbing read and the heroine was terrific too. I thought the author had an absolutely wonderful imagination and this first instalment promised much.

Half way through the second book, The Lady of Sorrows, I began to get irritated with the heroine, whom I was beginning to find too perfect. The plot still held me, though.

The third book, The Battle of Evernight, was a crashing disappointment. What does the Battle of Evernight suggest to you? -- it suggests a great big apocalyptic battle, akin to the Battle of Pelennor Fields, does it not? Well, we slog through most of the book, and an increasingly pointless quest/journey by the heroine, to get to this point, and the big battle is just one big damp squib. The author simply doesn't deliver on the menace of the villains she set up in the first book: neither does she ever follow through on tantalising sub-plots and intriguing characters she threw up in the first and second books. And she virtually abandons (as the heroine and her mega-perfect Faeran husband do) the imaginary world she set up with such care in the first book. The Faeran are this imaginary world's equivalent of the Elves, and ... well, I will never call Tolkien's Elves selfish again after encountering this smug, arrogant lot! The immortal Faeran don't give a damn about humanity and strike me as a pretty repugnant race, to be honest.

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One of my favorite authors, wrote a couple of books that made me angry, it was romance stuff, and the guy really did not deserve the girl, and it made me mad, now I went and bought her new book and haven't read it yet because i'm afraid it might be another book I hate, which is sad, because she writes some really good stuff.


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Yes, I stopped reading Ken Folletīs Pillars of the Earth

I really donīt know why, I have read worse books, usually horror books are quite raw and unmoral, Stephen King is raw... but I like Stephen King and some horror story so brutality, can handle that.. ehhh
But maybe I was more tolerant when I was young, at that age I used to watch and read quite aweful things.

I read "The Godfather", love it in all the way, but now I guess if can tolerate "The Godfather" book... I remember it has very strong issues..
I wonder how could I read that book

But I really dislike many things from that book, Pillars of the Earth, many...

I stopped reading it, definitely, for that reason.
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