Here are some "classic" works of literature that I just don't like. So sue me.
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Boring, boring, boring.
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I don't care that he won a Nobel Prize. I read this for high school English class and hated it. I understood it. I just didn't like it. Maybe I'd like it better now, but I don't think so. I'll try to read it again soon.
- Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. Okay, I read this on my own in high school. I don't think I need to explain why I held my nose while reading it. It has nothing to do with literary merit, which is not the point anyway. It certainly isn't boring. I think it is essential reading for trying to understand a madman's psyche.
- Other than A Room of One's Own and also her journals and letters, I just cannot finish any of Virginia Woolf's books. Her novels usually have long run-on sentences and no plot to speak of.
- Shakespeare. I like individual lines of his, but suffering through some of his plays is torture. I like Romeo and Juliet, and some of the comedies, but most of his tragedies are insufferable. I know this is not a popular opinion, especially in England, but I will admit that I have never been able to get past the surface level of Shakespeare. I studied his plays in high school and university (along with Chaucer), but I must admit that I find Shakespeare pretty tedious. It's funny about how some people complain about violence now, but has anyone ever read Titus Andronicus? Talk about blood and gore!