No Accounting for Taste: A Bunch of Over-Educated People Confess Book Hatred

Y U NO see this book is HORRIBLE?

I just asked my group of friends on Facebook to tell me what book they HATE that everyone else seems to love. Well, it has been roughly one hour and we are up to EIGHTY-TWO comments. Now, to look at the list you would think this was NOT a group of people holding approximately one-third of the nation’s student debt. You would not suspect that the lowest degree among these…contributors… is a Master’s. No, to look at this list would be to assume an IQ level hovering around say… Kardashian.

I am here to tell you that even those of us who consider tweed to be sexy and elbow pads to be all-the-rage can admit that there are certain works that we just cannot stand.  Some are classic, some we are forced to teach, some are foisted on to us via book clubs. Whatever the case, you will either take umbrage or comfort in the forthcoming admissions:

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Erudite Explanation: “Ughhh”

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

If there are more than 79 pages, this grad student will never find out. Repeated attempts all stop there.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

“Pulitzer-Schumlitzer. PFFFT.”

Edith Wharton. All of it. 

“Nattering in drawing rooms.” If only WHARTON had been killed by a runaway sled….

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It pains me to put this here but poor ol’ Jay, Nick, Daisy and the rest of the West Egg Gang got at least three thumbs down. A fellow professor gently expresses her reasoning: ” Everyone loves that book, but I hated it. I hated it when we read it in high school, and I hated it when I re-read it in grad school, because I had to teach it.”

Lord of the Flies by William Golding 

Clearly it is a good thing our semesters are over: “Kids don’t just stop being psychotic animals because an adult shows up.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Male friend intones… “OHHHHHH Mr. Darcy!!” (I detect sarcasm.)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

“I wish they would’ve both died in the fire.”

So, this is just a sampling of the long-held vitriol among our kind. What did you hate that you were forced to read? Or who do you think listed here is completely wrong and should not be allowed to instruct Our Nation’s Youth? We really want to know!