Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Worst Book I Ever Read

What's the worst book you've ever read? How can a "worst book" be defined? Does it mean it is badly written or the subject matter was awful? Some of us are lucky enough to be able to stop reading and put the book away but others are forced to read to the end (maybe they're reading it for a book club or class).

According to the Huffington Post and other sources, Moon People by Dale M. Courty (self published in 2008) is the very worst. Here is an excerpt:

"They are two miles long and one mile in diameter. They also have one very big surprise. All three ships split into three independent working sections. In addition, all three sections have lasers and rockets and their own engine. They also have shields that are a liquid that turns into a solid mass as hard as 4 inches of steel. When exposed to the cold of space. They also have a couple of lounges where everyone goes for fun."

In other informal surveys online, and amongst my friends, poor Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series claims that spot. Personally, the only book I didn't like in this series was the final one Breaking Dawn.

"If you think that imprinting could ever make sense of this insanity… Do you really think that just because I might someday imprint on some stranger it would make this right? Tell me what the point was then, Bella! What was the point of me loving you? What was the point of you loving him? When you die, how is that ever right again? What’s the point to all the pain? Mine, yours, his! You’ll kill him, too, not that I care about that. So what was the point of your twisted love story, in the end? If there is any sense, please show me, Bella, because I don’t see it. (Jacob)"

Other books that I would say are my worst is the series that I spent most of my eighties junior high years devouring, Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. If you haven't read this disturbing tale of incest, abuse and general weirdness, really you are better off. “We lived in the attic,Christopher, Cory, Carrie, and me, Now there are only three.”

My final pick for worst books is anything written by Fern Michaels. Sorry Fern, but I simply cannot follow your plots amidst all the badly written dialogue. (Apparently other people can which is why she is a bestselling author).
"It's all about family [jake]. It was always about family. It will always be that way if I have anything to say about it.” ― Fern Michaels, Up Close and Personal

But those are my picks. The great thing about books is that they speak to each person differently. So I am sorry if I just slammed one of your favourites.

What is the worst book you ever read? Feel free to share:)

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