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Who hated To Kill a Mockingbird?

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the_brown_bunny From: the_brown_bunny Date: April 8th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
i don't know. i was into it. that was like 13 years ago but the boo radley reference is still in use today.
the_brown_bunny From: the_brown_bunny Date: April 8th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
i think the only book i really hated in high school was 'i know why the caged bird sings.' but i think i'd be into it these days. just, weird issues i couldn't relate to, sympathize with, understand, etc. too real, too intense for my scope of experience. but i was def down with harper lee; enjoyed scouts adventures. so who hated to kill a mockingbird? did you?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 8th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe my dislike was having to read it as part of summer homework in a particularly harsh summer. I remember it being dreadfully slow. I did rather like the movie, though; Gregory Peck is a good egg.
melissa_maples From: melissa_maples Date: April 8th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, I can't really remember it, so that probably means I didn't hate it, because I generally remember things I hate in great detail hahahaaa.

Seriously though, it just blends into everything else I was forced to read in school. Perhaps if I read it now I might actually be inclined to pay attention.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 8th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Point. My dislike did lead to good recall of certain details. Excellent for tests.

My Number 2 is King Lear but that's because I had to read the damn play every year for four years between High School and College. Ugh. Great play but not that great.

What books did you dislike having to read?
melissa_maples From: melissa_maples Date: April 8th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I didn't really hate this one, but I wish someone had told me ahead of time that Catcher in the Rye was a character study rather than plot-driven. I spent the whole book wondering if something was going to start happening soon... and then nothing ever did happen, which I found disappointing at the time.
nidea From: nidea Date: April 8th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
This. Mostly, it's just been so many years... Also at the time I read it, I think I didn't know that it was okay to dislike a book. "Books = good" was kind of the rule in our house!
lipsoflove From: lipsoflove Date: April 8th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
You don't like To Kill a Mockingbird?
My heart just broke into a thousand little Scout-pieces.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 8th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope. I think it's a little slow to read. I think the story is excellent, though.
lipsoflove From: lipsoflove Date: April 8th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is a slow read, but I somehow find that it fits the story and setting well. All of the subtle reveals and small, shocking moments work so well because it's slow. In my head anyway.

But to each his own coffee pot.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 8th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't really care too much either way.

A Farewell to Arms, however? Loathed.

Also, The Great Gatsby. Hate.
nidea From: nidea Date: April 8th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I rather enjoyed reading The Great Gatsby, mostly because I read "Reading Lolita in Tehran" first. It made me want to read GG. Not that I liked any of the characters in it, but I liked the writing style.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 8th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah... See, I probably wouldn't have hated it quite as much as I do had I not been forced to read it for classes for three years in a row... including my freshman year of college, in a class that was more remedial than my freshman HIGH SCHOOL English class....
nidea From: nidea Date: April 8th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of the books we had to read in school, I hated "A Separate Peace". Blech.
tandu From: tandu Date: April 8th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked _To Kill a Mockingbird_. Of course, I read it for the first time a few weeks ago.

I'm currently trying to read _Disgrace_ by J. M. Coetzee, and am mostly done with _Anathem_ by Neal Stephenson. I favor Anathem. Disgrace I've been working on for a lot longer, and it's a lot smaller book. It's also a lot harder of a read. Anathem is entertaining as well as interesting.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 9th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Why dd you read it recently? Just 'cuz?

What is Disgrace?
ayrynkat From: ayrynkat Date: April 9th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Guilty. Also hated Heart of Darkness and everything Cynthia McGowan taught in British Lit at Beloit. Probably best I can't remember much of it . . .

Might be more into To Kill now, though not enough to actually re-read it.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 9th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I have reached the same conclusion! I don't think it's worth the effort to re-read; especially since I respect the story.

I never had the McGowan issue though. I hear she s a little crazy.
ayrynkat From: ayrynkat Date: April 9th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
If by "crazy" you mean utterly boring, then yes. The stuff we read wasn't terrible, but she didn't excite us with it either. Plus, she didn't seem to mind me drawing on my arm in highlighter during class. Nice person, completely useless "teacher."
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