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6 Great Novels That Were Hated in Their Time

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message 1: by Christopher, Swanny (new)

Christopher Swann (christopherswann) | 189 comments Mod
Now this is pretty damn funny:

http://www.cracked.com/article_18645_...

But I also thought it might start some discussion on how our perceptions of literature change over time. Or you could just laugh.


message 2: by R.a. (new)

R.a. (brasidas1) | 79 comments Boy, was this great fun!

I loved the line: ". . . when it actually meant something . . ."

Yikes!


message 3: by Patty, free birdeaucrat (new)

Patty | 896 comments Mod
yup, pretty funny!


message 4: by Adrian (new)

Adrian | 253 comments Hoo-ha. They even cited my favorite Lord of the Rings anecdote, which I use when speaking at grade school assemblies:

Hell, not even Tolkien's friends were all that big on it. Tolkien had to stop reading samples of the book to them on account of negative feedback/hurt feelings. One member of Tolkien's circle, Hugo Dyson (H.V.D. Dyson in geek) once famously moaned from a sofa during one reading: "Oh, fuck! Not another elf!"

I suspect that's an exaggeration about the other friends not liking it.


message 5: by Robert (new)

Robert Corbett (robcrowe00) | 169 comments "oh fuck~not another elf!" is as good a tag line as one can imagine.


message 6: by Adrian (new)

Adrian | 253 comments Robert wrote: ""oh fuck~not another elf!" is as good a tag line as one can imagine."

People, you need to sell those T-shirts, mugs, and bumper stickers before the Hugo Dyson estate gets an injunction.


message 7: by Robert (new)

Robert Corbett (robcrowe00) | 169 comments Afraid I felt similar to HVD Dyson in my one reading of LOTR.


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