I’m here today with another Lit Chat. This series was inspired by Lauren from Lauren and the Books over on YouTube and the Lit Chat cards created by BookRiot.
Today’s card is Things Fall Apart
Is there a book or series you feel is highly overrared? Defend your choice!
Animal Farm by George Well. Now I will say I did enjoy studying the allegory and symbolism behind the work but to read it purely for enjoyment it was not for me. Writing style is really important aspect of my reading experience and my favourite classics are gothic fiction full with lush descriptions and lyrical phrases. In comparison Animal Farm writing style is filled is short sentences and plain language—somewhat of Orwell’s signature. For a book that is just over a 100 pages it took me days to read because I couldn’t sink into the world, character or the story.
What about authors? Are there any authors beloved by critics that you just can’t stand?
There was only one author I could think of and I’m sure my family are sick of me saying it … buuut I don’t get the fuss over Ernest Hemingway. This might be partly due to one lady in my writing class at uni who wouldn’t stop brining him up in relation to every concept we learnt or, similar to Orwell, that his writing style isn’t filled with the flowery language I adore. It’s not to say that I don’t like 20th century American Novels as Hemingway’s contemporaries F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck are two of my all time favourite authors.
Please know that these are my personal opinions and a reflection of my reading experience not towards any readers who enjoy this book or authors work
That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what books, series or authors that you think are overrated?
Until next time, happy reading!