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    who is the most overrated writer ever?

    this is a thread for all the writers that we've been told are great and are in the classics range and constantly appear on 100greatestnovels lists and such like but we hate.

    i say jack kerouac is the most overrated

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    okay not an autor but
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    Kerouac and Steve Allen did a music to reading.
    Quite witty and humorous.
    Kerourac is meant to be read aloud.
    I like it.
    I am not familar with Owens.
    I cannot think of anyone who is overrated, trends are trends and classics are classics.

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    J.K. Rowling anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Aubrey
    J.K. Rowling anyone?
    I haven't read any Harry Potter books, because I try to avoid it. So I can't really say that she is the most overrated. Maybe the books are actually good and I'm missing out? But I just don't see why everyone is so obsessed over it!

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    ah, then read the first one! i felt the same - refused to read them/be part of the crowd. and then found out i liked them! though the 5th is rather dark. forget if there are 5 or 6 now, so if there's a 6th haven't read it, but the first few are just .
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    I read the first one when I was in 5th grade, and decided that I didn't have much interest in Harry's adventures. And also, my teacher at the time told me that I could do better. Aren't complements great?
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    I tried reading one and just couldn't cope with her writing, it's so poor. Aparantly she gets better over the years. I still felt like I was reading a Mister Men book.

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    Oh, and too many people think that Dan Brown is a good writer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderlust_ox
    I haven't read any Harry Potter books, because I try to avoid it. So I can't really say that she is the most overrated. Maybe the books are actually good and I'm missing out? But I just don't see why everyone is so obsessed over it!

    exactly my though! i cant persuade myself to do something that is fashionable to do...like that da vinci thing...the more it gets famous, the less it attracts me...

    i agree on kerouac... and i really cant understand shakespeare but apparently that's my problem...
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    "and mine!" az added.
    shh!!!
    the air and water have been here a long time, and they are telling stories.

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    Thomas Hardy is over rated. On the other hand, J. K. Rowling is a very good writer. I had been hearing about Harry Potter for a few years, so I picked a copy of the first one; it was excellent. The writing was very good; characterization and plot were nicely done, and the theme is clear and worthwhille.

    Kerouac's writing was variable. I don't like On the Road, but the Dharma Bums was very good. Some of his other writing was decent.

    Steinbeck is also overated. He was a good writer, but not great. I would almost say the same of Hemingway, but he wrote a few great books.
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    What a painful thread to read! I realize, however, different people certainly have different tastes . . . sometimes very different tastes.
    I certainly agree with J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown, but also I would like to add James Redfield, Dr. Phil, Gore Vidal, and Billy Collins.

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    I have read only On The Road by Kerouac; I did not enjoy the book (to say the least) and I still don't understand why it is considered a great read even though some of my more learned friends here tried to explain it to me very patiently on more than one occasion. However, I think Kerouac has a good style, which is what kept me reading.

    I can say that the same thing for J.K. Rowling... I have read all the Potter books and even though I don't think that she is very creative with her ideas etc, I believe she is a good story teller and produces good page-turners... And I am glad that her books made many youngsters start reading.

    As some of you might be expecting (*grins at Mono and Jay*) my suggestion is Virginia Woolf... I have read two of her books and left with the same feeling of 'and...?' and I didn't care much for her style either... I can also say the same things for Jeanette Winterson maybe but I have read only one book of hers.
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    ha I'd Forgotten about shakespear then theres Margret Attwood- Shudders at mmomry of HAndmaid's Tale. J K Rowling Well I have read all them so far and will read the next 2 though I think 5 was awful and 6 will probably be worse number 1 was Ok But I m just waiting to see her kill Harry
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