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which classic literature you were forced to read in high school did you hate the most

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    Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    The worst book I had to read for school didn't come until college.

    The Confessions of St. Augustine is the worst thing I have ever had to read.

    Same, except instead of reading it, I just didn't

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    (I thought it was "Stay gold"?)

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    AuralynxAuralynx Darkness is a perspective Watching the ego workRegistered User regular
    The Great Gatsby
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    A Separate Peace

    God yes. I hated Great Gatsby too, so I'm okay with the vote, but you've got mine in any re-do.

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    GustavGustav Friend of Goats Somewhere in the OzarksRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    (I thought it was "Stay gold"?)


    uhhhh

    it's elementary my dear watson??

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    PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    The Geat Gratsby, a Viking's Tale

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    pookapooka Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
    The Scarlet Letter

    oh, hm, maybe actually

    Heart of Darkness

    they were both dry, dry, dry to me

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    Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    This reminds me of the time I decided to look up 1-star Amazon reviews of classic novels

    My favorite was one for Gatsby that read "There's a green light, Nick is gay, and Gatsby dies. So what?"

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    Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    All Quiet in the Western Front. Specifically the end. Our copies had strange formatting so the part where he is killed was printed on the back of the very last page, centered, in a different font, and looked like the Author’s Notes. I was the only one in the class who happened to read it.

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    ASimPersonASimPerson Cold... and hard.Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
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    In high school the thing I hated the most was some sort of Hemingway excerpt. I don't even remember what it was from.

    I didn't take AP English, but I was in all the honors courses and we did a pretty good bit of reading. One of my summer reading assignments one year was East of Eden. I remember doing three Shakespeare plays, too: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. I think we did one my sophomore year too but I don't remember which; my memories of high school are starting to get a bit hazy.

    I only had to take a couple of literature classes in college. The main thing I remember is having to read Uncle Tom's Cabin, which is historically but has very little literary merit.

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    godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
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    The Sound and the Fury. I recall clearly that I never finished it so I’m pretty sure I just CliffNotes’d it to complete that particular assignment.

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    DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    A Separate Piece

    I have no idea why we read it.

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    MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    The Great Gatsby
    I voted for Great Gatsby out of what's available but my true answer is Wuthering Heights.

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    Desert LeviathanDesert Leviathan Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
    I forget what grade made us read the Canterbury Tales, but I remember being pretty disgruntled with it.

    And then I read Moby Dick not because it was assigned, but because I was the kind of precocious twerp who wanted to be able to brag that I'd read Moby Dick. I spent the whole book furious with Ishmael. You useless jackass, stop observing things in excruciating detail and try for once, just once, being an active force in the narrative!

    Also I think I've ranted here at length about my adventures with John Steinbeck, who I think hates me personally and wants me to be sad and angry for the rest of my life, so I won't go into all that again.

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    PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Yeah ZestRegistered User regular
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    Scarlet Letter, Pride and Prejudice, and A Tale of Two Cities are all the most banal books I've ever opened and they should all be Fahrenheit 451'd.

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    Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
    Madican wrote: »
    I voted for Great Gatsby out of what's available but my true answer is Wuthering Heights.

    Wuthering Heights was the last book we were assigned in AP English senior year. I never opened that book. I just paid enough attention to inclass discussions and added pithy comments here and there. I got an A on that book. I’m pretty sure my teacher knew and probably thought I’d done a good job faking it.

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    OmnipotentBagelOmnipotentBagel floof Registered User regular
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    All I know of Wuthering Heights is a handful of Kate Beaton comics and that one Monty Python sketch

    And I'm okay with that.

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    L Ron HowardL Ron Howard The duck MinnesotaRegistered User regular
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    All I know of Wuthering Heights is a handful of Kate Beaton comics and that one Monty Python sketch

    And I'm okay with that.

    And a song by Kate Bush

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
    The Catcher in the Rye
    I enjoyed both while reading them in high school, but I turned on Catcher in the Rye a few years after.

    I despise everything by Dickens, though.

    EDIT: I also imagine that the english cirriculum in my district wasn't planned out very well, because we read Moby Dick 3 times from grades 8-12

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    The worst book I had to read for school didn't come until college.

    The Confessions of St. Augustine is the worst thing I have ever had to read.

    Same, except instead of reading it, I just didn't

    I read like, half of it. Or maybe a quarter.

    It was required reading in the course I took freshman year that was a requirement of the liberal arts minor I was seeking.

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    PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    I hated The Stranger, but I don't know if I still would today

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I hated The Stranger, but I don't know if I still would today

    Really? Cause it seems like the kinda thing that would be right up your ally.

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    Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    The Catcher in the Rye
    Pride and Prejudice and Heart of Darkness were the only assigned books I've ever just skipped and read the SparkNotes for

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    I hated every book I was forced to read in school. They were all so fucking boring

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    The Great Gatsby
    Catcher is a bad book about nothing but the Great Gatsby is a war crime.

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    MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    The Great Gatsby
    Madican wrote: »
    I voted for Great Gatsby out of what's available but my true answer is Wuthering Heights.

    Wuthering Heights was the last book we were assigned in AP English senior year. I never opened that book. I just paid enough attention to inclass discussions and added pithy comments here and there. I got an A on that book. I’m pretty sure my teacher knew and probably thought I’d done a good job faking it.

    I never faked liking a book. If I disliked what we were reading I made sure the teacher knew why.

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    PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    I hated The Stranger, but I don't know if I still would today

    Really? Cause it seems like the kinda thing that would be right up your ally.

    I bounce pretty hard off of works that explore detachment/lack of empathy. Stuff like The Stranger, Clockwork Orange, basically anything by Bret Easton Ellis. I recognize the utility it has to some folks, and I get that it's portraying mindsets that actually exist, but I find enough of the world to be defined by sociopaths that I don't really need to spend any time in their heads.

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    The Catcher in the Rye
    Darmak wrote: »
    I hated every book I was forced to read in school. They were all so fucking boring

    I remember reading Hamlet in the 6th grade and being bored as shit, then reading it again in grade 10 and actually being able to actually understand all the completely fucked up shit that goes down. Denmark was straight up nuts.

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Javen wrote: »
    Darmak wrote: »
    I hated every book I was forced to read in school. They were all so fucking boring

    I remember reading Hamlet in the 6th grade and being bored as shit, then reading it again in grade 10 and actually being able to actually understand all the completely fucked up shit that goes down. Denmark was straight up nuts.

    I understood it, I just thought it all sucked. Give me wizards and spaceships or else I'm not interested

    Also give me something that doesn't read like a mummy's fart

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    MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    The Great Gatsby
    In the line of required reading books that I was surprised to enjoy, I'm naming Where the Red Fern Grows.

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    The Great Gatsby
    I enjoyed All The King's Men and it was weird because that was not and continues to not be my style of book at all.

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    ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    A Separate Peace is the book that sticks out to me. I think it's the only book I really hated.

    I mostly enjoyed Romeo and Juliet while we were reading it, but then hated it afterward because we had to watch the Baz Luhrmann movie.

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    Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    The Catcher in the Rye
    Being made to read something for school can ruin stuff you might love later, or even before

    I read Catch 22 for fun and loved it and then my senior year had to read it again for class and somehow hated it when I had my nose pushed in it and told I had to explain symbolism

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    PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    I seem to have repressed all memories of books I had to read in school, other than not liking any of them.

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    Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    Madican wrote: »
    Madican wrote: »
    I voted for Great Gatsby out of what's available but my true answer is Wuthering Heights.

    Wuthering Heights was the last book we were assigned in AP English senior year. I never opened that book. I just paid enough attention to inclass discussions and added pithy comments here and there. I got an A on that book. I’m pretty sure my teacher knew and probably thought I’d done a good job faking it.

    I never faked liking a book. If I disliked what we were reading I made sure the teacher knew why.

    Oh i did not fake liking it. I faked reading it at all. I just said stuff here and there to make it seem that I had totally done the assigned reading.

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    honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
    All f wennollowing are from German coursework:

    Joseph Conrad's Typhoon in a translated version in German. In hindsight I don't know how the teacher managed to get that into that year's curriculum. I think he did it only because he was a former seaman himself.

    At the time I also was really bored by Effie Briest. I blame myself party for that for being a dumb teenager but also the teacher who was so caught up in miniscule details that she didn't help to get across the larger theme of the book.

    On the other hand we also read Das Parfüm (The Perfume) and Der Richter und sein Henker (The Judge and his Hangman) which are both quite good reads.

    The rest was a lot of Goethe, Lessing, Schiller.

    Generally I thought the texts in Latin and philosophy more interesting to work with.

    I can't even remember what we read in English. The was some Shakespeare excerpts, I'm sure.
    Edit: some memories of moby dick and about a boy. The latter was with the same teacher who also showed us lock, stock, and two smoking barrels. To teach English?

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    miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    All I know of Wuthering Heights is a handful of Kate Beaton comics and that one Monty Python sketch

    And I'm okay with that.

    please educate yourself lexi

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    bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
    *takes notes*

    this year so far i've set animal farm, pratchett's mort and the year 12 kids were programmed for m.t. anderson's feed. kids didn't like feed that much, which surprised me. it's basically futurama: the book

    i do teach gatsby when i get a chance because it's technically excellent, particularly in its characterisation, and is useful to refer back to when moving on to creative writing

    i really liked teaching catch-22 in a satire unit. it is such a brilliant book, and the students were g&t so they appreciated it. i built them a gamified website: they worked very hard on quizzes, activities and context research to rank up and ultimately unlock a 'bombing run' game, which just arbitrarily awarded or removed vast sums of points in humorous vignettes. i'm not sure they got the point.

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    Desert LeviathanDesert Leviathan Registered User regular
    Madican wrote: »
    In the line of required reading books that I was surprised to enjoy, I'm naming Where the Red Fern Grows.

    For real, that book managed to make raccoon hunting genuinely fascinating. And then kicks a hole right through your heart.

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    DaypigeonDaypigeon Registered User regular
    I have a soft spot for All Quiet on the Western Front, because I wrote a motif analysis paper on that book all about its use of stench and uncleanliness, which meant I ended up writing a paper that extensively quotes the scenes in that book where everyone was having poop troubles

    the english teacher liked it enough to save it as an example for his future students, and sometimes i think about whole new classes getting excerpts from my work highlighting diarrhea as a throughline of Erich Maria Remarque's work and it gives me a moment of peace

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