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Old August 22nd, 2009, 8:36 pm
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Re: Have you ever got really angry/offended at a book?

the book i'm reading now, Cold Sassy Tree, is really bothering me. I'm so fed up with the sexism in it. I knwo it's talking about a different time period, the south and all, but it's just really getting on my nerves....


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Old August 25th, 2009, 9:55 am
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Like everyone else said, Twilight, or for me it was actually New Moon and Eclipse, made me cringe. Bella's character is everything that I stand against. She is obsessive over Edward who is UNREALISTICALLY perfect, and leads on Jacob. She is all around selfish, and her dependency on men is unhealthy. She is a 17 year old girl who goes out with a man who has been 17 forever. How does such a relationship work? Even if she is supposedly very mature.
I know!! It was so annoying! And when Edward left her, it was oh so obvious he was faking, and thaht is reading everything from her POV, and yet she believed it! And then she's always hurting Jacob, who is such a great guy. I mean, Edward is always lying, keepiing things hidden, running or something and he's so.... agh! And yet, she goes with him because 'she can't live without him', even if she know she loves Jacob. I hate Bella so much! And I really see Edward as such a perfect person, I mean, for someone so old, you'd think he wouldn't make the most obvious mistakes always, and falling for such a plain and selfish girl.

But... I liked them.


I totally loved Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the wind, precisley because she's selfish, and thinks so much of herself is what makes Scarlett, Scarlett. I think Margaret Mitchell did an awesome job, becuase all writers tend to make their protagonists so perfect and even when they make mistakes they miss the humilliating part. Scarlett was selfish, and was always recieving what she deserved. But the way they thought about black people as tehir personal little monkeys made me sick! And the way some of them (Mammy, Prissy,...) played the part so well made me even angrier!


A book that made me so angry that I throw it away... Never.

But when I read Movie Dick I fell asleep every two pages or so. I spent nearly two weeks just reading the first three chapters... honestly!


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Old August 29th, 2009, 12:52 am
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Or the author's experiences of competitive running were different from your own. You enjoy cross-country running, from my experiences I can think of few things more mind-bendingly dull.
The author spends a lot of time describing the main character's thought process while running. I don't have the book with me to quote it, but it seems like a person who's describing something she's never done before.

Although her experiences may be different, shouldn't the feeling of running be the same? I was reading an excerpt of a narrative from a champion runner, and when he said, "He felt the pain, but he loved that could overcome the pain" or something like that I could totally relate to it.

Maybe my feelings are unique while running though... does anybody else have a mild personality dissociation while running? XD And when I'm running, I can't see anything around me, and I can't hear anything, it's like I'm lost in my own little world.


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Old September 1st, 2009, 11:17 am
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Only two texts have made me so mad I've wanted to destroy them, but for opposite reasons.

1. Twilight because it's so incredibly anti-feminist
2. Advertising Femicide: Lethal Violence against Women in Pornography and Gorenography by Jane Caputi.

Now the second one isn't a book, but an article I read for Sociology. It's about how the author thinks violent media and pornography makes people into rapists and murderers basically. It's the most blatantly feminist thing I've ever read. And I mean... super crazy scary feminist. It was insulting and made me embarrassed to be female. Interesting topic, crazy author. She used no real facts to back up her argument, used questionable surveys, obscure references, represented 'one offs' as the majority and... argh was basically just man-bashing, making them all out to be sexual predators. Got me so mad.

And then you have Twilight which just belittles women and makes them out to be pathetic little things that cant live without their 'perfect' stalker, sparkly, creepy vampires.

Found both extremely offensive.


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Their Eyes Were Watching God offended me a bit. The book strongly featured male dominance, which was fine in the beginning because it was painted in a negative light. However, later on in the book, the main character's husband beats her to prove that he's dominating one. He does this in response to his jealousy that another man was suggested to be with the main character, yet when he is interacting with someone who is interested in him, he is excused. Then the said character tells another person how he has such a good wife because she listens to him and follows his orders, blah blah.

I am uncomfortable with the notion that a man has to "take care" of his wife and "put her in her place" so that she's submissive to him.


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Old September 4th, 2009, 3:27 am
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The catcher in the Rye I loved that book, but I hated the way he was with Sally. He was super rude, and super fake whenever he wanted to. I hated that, poor Sally.

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I am uncomfortable with the notion that a man has to "take care" of his wife and "put her in her place" so that she's submissive to him.
Me too! I hate when they do that. I think that when a man loves a woman he should trust in her and in her abilities, don't lock her in a cristal bubble.


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Yeah. There is actually a book with some of the characteristics you mentioned, and its called "Oceans S.O.S". I know it sounds weird, but it had nothing to do with environmental concerns. It was about a 18th year old boy who had supernatural powers with his friend a parrot and wanted to save the world by a villain who lived in the sea. I read it and it was not only boring, but had extreme inappropriate moments though the whole book while it was labeled as teenager book. -.- I was expecting a more serious book which would make one concern about the environment and encourage people to help. That's what I understood by the summary :/


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Their Eyes Were Watching God offended me a bit. The book strongly featured male dominance, which was fine in the beginning because it was painted in a negative light. However, later on in the book, the main character's husband beats her to prove that he's dominating one. He does this in response to his jealousy that another man was suggested to be with the main character, yet when he is interacting with someone who is interested in him, he is excused. Then the said character tells another person how he has such a good wife because she listens to him and follows his orders, blah blah.

I am uncomfortable with the notion that a man has to "take care" of his wife and "put her in her place" so that she's submissive to him.
The only part I didn't like about that book was the dialogue was full of apostrophe's and dialect it was so hard to decipher. O____O;

Wait for the part you're taking about " main character's husband beats her to prove that he's dominating one..." was that the part when Janie is still married to the mayor (forgot the name XD) or was it Tea Cake?


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The only part I didn't like about that book was the dialogue was full of apostrophe's and dialect it was so hard to decipher. O____O;
I had read a book a few months before that got me used to this. In that same book, there was a whole chapter with no punctuation or correct spelling. Imagine that.

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Wait for the part you're taking about " main character's husband beats her to prove that he's dominating one..." was that the part when Janie is still married to the mayor (forgot the name XD) or was it Tea Cake?
Not the mayor because the author was very critical of him. Tea Cake is the one who beat Janie and bragged about what a good wife she was for being submissive to him.


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Twilight absolutely disgusts me. I honestly think it should be banned from public libraries (as if that's ever going to happen).


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Twilight absolutely disgusts me. I honestly think it should be banned from public libraries (as if that's ever going to happen)
Thats a really strong opinion. I am curious to why. I have never read any of the series nor have I any interest in doing so - but I didn't think there was anything controversial in it. (apart from a relationship with the undead)

I can't think of any book that offended me. I think I get offended at very little. Reading any kind of propaganda or untruths and exaggerations presented as fact would deeply anger and offend me - but I keep away from that type of material.


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I don't think we're allowed to have an in-depth Twilight discussion in here (as much as I'd love to). Feel free to PM me.


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'Marked', 1st of the House of Night series by P.C. Kristen Cast.
I couldn't finish it, the stereotypes were so awful. Seriously, the girl's going to a school full of vampires and all she can worry about is if there are emos? What the hell? (No offense to anyone who likes this series).

Also, 'Twilight' for reasons already discussed.


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Twilight, specifically, has left me with nothing but disgust. It's a laborious gasp of traditional gender stereotypes being drawn to their logical extremes.

Also, my blood boils whenever I'm forced to read anything by Ayn Rand. I never liked Anthem, The Fountainhead, or Atlas Shrugged.


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Some books like the works of Ayn Rand and Stephanie Meyer are dreadful IMO, but I don't agree with the earlier post here calling for them to be banned from public libraries.

I prefer to let people make up their own minds and make their own reading decisions.


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Some books like the works of Ayn Rand and Stephanie Meyer are dreadful IMO, but I don't agree with the earlier post here calling for them to be banned from public libraries.

I prefer to let people make up their own minds and make their own reading decisions.
Yeah agreed. Just because a book lacks merit or supports ideas one finds repulsive, it's far better to keep them out in the open. When one bans a book, one generates interest in it. It's a self-defeating prospect, really.


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My aunt is slightly crazy.
She leant me this book, which basicly told me, in so many words, that because I read Harry Potter and occasianly fight with my parents that I'm going to hell.

I don't talk to her much anymore.


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My aunt is slightly crazy.
She leant me this book, which basicly told me, in so many words, that because I read Harry Potter and occasianly fight with my parents that I'm going to hell.
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I don't remember, I burned it.


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I don't remember, I burned it.
Well I don't agree with burning books - but that sounded like propaganda to me. Its scary that things like this exist.


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