8 Classic Novels It's Not Worth Reading ...


8 Classic Novels It's Not Worth Reading ...
8 Classic Novels It's Not Worth Reading ...

Being a keen bookworm, I’ll read almost anything. Over time, though, I’ve come to realise that there are some books that just aren’t worth reading, many of them being so-called classic novels. Eventually I disposed of many that had been sitting on my shelf for years. The following novels are among those I consider not worthy of their reputation as classics …

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Ulysses Photo Credit: Bibi

This is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever come across. It has a very strange structure and style, and if you can make sense of it you’ve done better than I did!


Anything by Charles Dickens

Anything by Charles Dickens Photo Credit: habkb

In Dickens’ time, writers were paid by the word. And boy, does it show in his novels. On and on he waffles … another 1,000 words, kerching …


Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights Photo Credit: andrew_byrne

Heathcliff! Cathy! Oh for the love of God, will you two just stop faffing about and get on with it? Maybe if they had, it wouldn’t have made much of a drama, but at least we’d have been spared a boring book.


War and Peace

War and Peace Photo Credit: Jill Clardy

Is there anyone alive who has actually worked their way through this mammoth tome? And do they feel guilty about the vast forests that died to print each copy?



Shakespeare Photo Credit: AntyDiluvian

Okay, so he didn’t write novels, but Shakespeare is so overrated. Yet his tedious plays continue to be performed, filmed and televised. It’s about time the whole industry was put to sleep, and some of his (better) contemporaries given a chance instead.



Waverley Photo Credit: cjanebuy

I was forced to study this utterly tedious Walter Scott novel at university, and 10 years later still haven’t woken up properly. It is the literary equivalent of the poisoned needle in ‘Sleeping Beauty’.


Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings Photo Credit: Aqua Libra

At the risk of alienating Tolkien fans, I have to say that I found the first book so incredibly dull that I couldn’t get past the first four or five chapters. This is one case where I much preferred the films to their source material.


Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom! Photo Credit: Mareen Fischinger

I had never heard of William Faulkner before being forced to read this book, during the same course where I had to read Waverley. I can only conclude that the reading list was part of some twisted psychological experiment by the university’s Psychology department. It was that awful.

I’m sure that there will be people who have loved these books. If we all read the same things, it would not only be boring, but there would be huge waiting lists at the library. Do you agree though that some classic novels are overrated? Have you ever abandoned one because you weren’t enjoying it?

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agreed with all the people above. This is your OPINION- these books are classics are for a reason.

You had never heard of Faulkner before you took that course? No wonder why you can't appreciate these classics...Jesus Christ! (Unless your first language isn't English, then maybe that's acceptable.)

Wow, I love Wuthering Heights and Shakespeare is fantastic. Maybe change the title to 8 Classic Novels I didn't enjoy, because most of those are definitely worth reading!

I'd have to disagree with your choice of Shakespeare; I think his works are brilliant. I would have replaced it with To Kill a Mockingbird... the book I absolutely loathe with a passion.

You poor thing. Best stick to comics and magazines with big type and not too many hard words.

I agree with sukaiumi, some of those books are quite decent, although lord of the rings was a little tedious, I still enjoyed it but the movie adaption is easier for people to understand

How about Nine Stories? After about a page and a half I just couldn't take it. I cannot bring myself to attempt another J. D. Salinger novel for fear of needing intensive therapy.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens happens to be one of my favorite novels. The length may be intimidating, but every page of this book is interesting. Shakespeare is a huge part of theatre because his plays show the true, raw emotion and behavior of humans. Sometimes they're jealous, sometimes they have affairs, sometimes their anger blinds their judgment. Macbeth, Othello, and Hamlet were fantastic.

LOL! This list only makes me want to read them! : D

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