In today’s post, I am going to answer the next 2 questions of this book meme.
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Most Underrated Book
This is a tough one. There are tons of books that are not loved by critics but have mass appeal. So, it’s very difficult to pick just one.
However, one thought that comes to my mind is that in spite of this current vampire craze with so many book series coming out – Twilight, House of Night, Sookie Stackhouse, and so on…people seem to have forgotten some of the classic vampire fiction written by Anne Rice.
Her books straddle nicely the divide between literary and popular fiction and I loved her rich style of writing, which I think captures the southern setting so very well.
Most Overrated Book
Oh! There are so many highly rated books that I just don’t enjoy at all. But, if I had to choose, I would put any novel written by Don DeLillo on top of my most overrated books list. I first read Underworld, struggled through it, and then thought such a highly rated author can’t be this
bad ummm…searching for the right politically correct term here…please help me fill in the blanks. Then, I proceeded to read Mao II, Libra, White Noise, and The Body Artist (which was tolerable only because of its brevity).
After this, I decided Don DeLillo is just not for me at all. Not just that, I went a step further and decided that modern American fiction is not for me at all. Consequently, I have never read any Philip Roth, Bret Easton Ellis, Jonathan Franzen, or David Foster Wallace.
Quite an achievement, that!
How about you? What are the most overrated books you have read? Have you read Don DeLillo? What did you think?