A big thank-you to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in this – her post was hilarious, as is this tag, so I am excited to participate! Here goes:
An Over-Hyped Book:
Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?
I’m gonna go with Insurgent and/or Allegiant by Veronica Roth. This series was so big, but I only really liked the first book. Naturally, the hype surrounding the later books was huge because of the series’ success, but I did not like either.
Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?
This might be a controversial answer, but totally Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (sorry, Harper). It’s the prequel that was marketed as a sequel, and therefore a pretty terrible failure. As a book, it did not hold together well, and lord knows there were enough of them printed that using one as an umbrella won’t be much of a loss.
Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?
Oh dear…I don’t think I’d ever stop something from being published (awful things happen to wizards who meddle with time), but I suppose I have to answer the question. I’ll go with Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, because I don’t think erasing that book from existence would have any terrible space-time repercussions; it’s a total waste of space on my bookshelf, even though it isn’t even an inch thick.
A Least Favorite Book:
Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?
I’m definitely stealing The Orangutan’s answer here: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. The fact that so many copies of this book were published and sold and devoured is disguising…not because of its content, but because it is literally the worst-written book I’ve ever had the misfortune to attempt to read (I got about 100 pages in as a pact with a friend but just could not go on).