books, classics, review

Popular Classics I REALLY Didn’t Like

I’ve read a lot in my life. I’ve always loved books, so I have a lot of opinions on books. I tend to not really tell people what books I dislike, because some people get really angry when you don’t like their favourite book. That, and the fact that it doesn’t matter. But I’ve been buying a few books to add to my collection that I have read, but didn’t like. So let’s have a look at the books I didn’t like!

Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I tried to read Jane Austen so many times. One of my favourite series is the BBC Emma adaption, but I just really, really, really, really really, dislike her writing. It’s so incredibly boring, the stories are about 300 pages too long and it’s just B. O. R. I. N. G. I feel really strongly about this, haha! I wanted to like her so badly, that I even started to read Northanger Abbey, it was described to me as a parody on the Gothic fiction,  but gave up 70% in because it was so boring.Alas!

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Talesthe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 
I honestly get really angry when I talk about this book. Like, legit “I want to throw it across the room” angry. This book was horrid. Utterly horrid. It was so incredibly boring and overhyped and I just DON’T get the hype! It’s boring as HECK, the writingstyle is really bad, and the story is just BLEGH. I don’t even know how to explain why I hate it so much. I guess people told me it’d  be scary and it just never was, ever. I’ve read children’s books that were more scary than this.

FrankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley 
My very feminist heart wanted to read this and like it. I mean, first of all, Mary Shelley is amazing, an icon, a GEM, but I just didn’t like this at all. It was so hard to get into the story, nothing happened for almost the entire book and it was just ‘meh’. I wish I loved it as much as I love Mary Shelley, but alas, I don’t.

Jane EyreJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I had to read this for my Victorian Women in Lit course and I jumped into it. I mean, it’s gothic literature, I would love it! But no. I didn’t. I still haven’t finished it because I don’t want to. We all know how the story goes anyways, but honestly??? Please can someone take Jane Eyre and make her look at herself? The guy she’s in love with has his ACTUAL WIFE LOCKED UP LIKE SIS????? I don’t care why, I don’t care it’s better this way, he has heR LOCKED UP and that’s not ok. Thank you.

The Picture of Dorian Graythe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
Oh Oscar Wilde, how I love him. I adore his work, but I thought this one incredibly boring. I really didn’t like it. I wish I did, because I love his other work, but this one just wasn’t it.

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins by P. L. Travers
If you read my 25 facts about me, you’d know I’m an au pair by trade. I loved it, and Mary Poppins was one herself in a way as well, so I really wanted to read it! But I hate her so much. Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins is *chefs kiss* amazing, but the actual one… She’s awfully mean, she treats the kids really badly and I don’t understand why the kids keep loving her????? No, she isn’t for me.

These are just some of the books I really, really, really don’t like! What are some of yours?

4 thoughts on “Popular Classics I REALLY Didn’t Like”

  1. I LOVE the BBC adaptation of Emma! I have read the book which I did enjoy. However, I have tried reading Pride and Prejudice multiple times and I cannot get into it even though I love the 2005 movie. One classic I hate is Heart of Darkness. I remember nothing about this book, only that I hated it.

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    1. I loved the movie as well, the book is just so boring, haha! Heart of Darkness doesn’t pique my interest as well, it’s funny what things get the status of ‘classic’ :’)


      1. I know, right? I only hear people say they hate that book, yet somehow it’s seen as an important piece of literature. To each their own I guess.


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