More Kids Hating Classic Books On Twitter at #worstbookever

Gabe Habash -- May 2nd, 2012

Back in December, we featured some tweets from teenagers–ranging from annoyed to furious–all directed at classic books at the hashtag #worstbookever. If you thought the blood feud between required reading and teenagers was a 2011 phenomenon, I’ve got news for you. Here are the latest attacks by kids on books.

@hkrachhhy:

Gonna be up all night because of adventures of huckleberry Finn #worstbookever

@JessieGream:

I just wasted 10 minutes of my life reading spark notes for The Stranger. #worstbookever

@ohheyimjazzy:

I strongly dislike with a passion Frankenstein. End of story. No pun intended #worstbookever

@raychgreenwood:

I am not even kidding I will pay somebody large sums of cash if they read The Chrysalids and do my assignment for me #worstbookever

@miranduhhh3:

I would rather shoot myself in the face than read siddhartha. #worstbookever#torture

@NessieeD:

I’m only on page 12 of to kill a mocking bird … I’m suppose to be on chapter 11 . #worstbookever !

@kcdismukes:

Sheldon and Penny just quoted Heart of Darkness. #notcool#worstbookever

@juliakathleeeen:

Thank god Gatsby is finally over!  #worstbookever

@AnnieeElmerr:

I don’t want to read Jane Eyre, so I’m cleaning the house. #itscometothis #worstbookever

@JuliaHeartsYou_:

I am surprised that I actually wrote this pearl essay on time #ThePearl is the #WorstBookEver

@callibarta:

S/O to Mark Twain for writing the most pointless piece of literature out there!! #worstbookever#huckfinncankissmyass

@lexiorch:

romeo romeo- why art so f***ing stupideth? #worstbookever @_yvonnel

 

15 thoughts on “More Kids Hating Classic Books On Twitter at #worstbookever

  1. Rob

    I’ve always loved reading, but the books that were required in school always turned me off. The reason? When we reviewed a book in class, the teacher would dissect and over-analyze the thing to death! Almost every paragraph would be read aloud and then the teacher would say, “now what do you think the author meant by that?” I don’t know, why can’t I just enjoy the story without having to get into the author’s head? And then when you answered, the teacher would tell you that you were wrong…”no, I think the author meant this instead.” How can my opinion be wrong? Dumb-ass teacher!

  2. justannesopinion

    I understand that there’s a perceived imperative to introduce students to the heritage of the written English language, but high school exposure probably produces more haters than lovers of works from earlier generations. Novels, plays, and poems were written, in addition to providing revenue to their authors, to give pleasure, entertainment and with luck some thought provocation and vicarious emotional experiences. It seems perverse to force them on readers who will experience only exasperation
    .
    I have always liked reading fiction and have no objection to decoding the obscure and oblique, but even I have un-fond memories of books that were forced on me in high school. It makes me a little sad to think how authors would react if reanimated and told that their work was foisted on hostile teenagers many generations later.

  3. Erin O'Riordan

    In that last one’s defense, Romeo’s behavior is rather irrational, as a hormone-crazed sixteen-year-old’s is wont to be.

    But ‘To Kill a Mockingbird?’ I’ve never heard of a person not liking TKAM. Must be a boy going through an acute phase of hating girl-narrated books.

  4. Weatherford

    Oh, come one – the REASON kids hate certain books is those books are REQUIRED!!! If kids were given a list (and the teacher was “cool” ;) ). then told to read from the list, they might not have such a hard time.

    Or at least that was the case for me some 40 years ago AND I have always been a voracious reader… Just always rebelled when anyone told me I HAD to read something… I assume kids today are much the same… :lol:

  5. Andrea

    Come on, kids have always hated reading classics for school. When I was 15, I HATED Pride and Prejudice and could barely finish it, but I still became an English major and now work in publishing! The only difference is that now hashtags allow us to actually quantify how many kids hate how many books… Back when I was in high school, I had to tell people individually or by AOL Instant Messenger how much I hated Jane Austen…

    (I re-read Pride and Prejudice at age 21, and my opinion significantly changed… I get the whole “Mr. Darcy” thing now!)

  6. Kevin A. Lewis

    It’s true that a lot of kids have highly underdeveloped powers of focus these days because of Twitter and social media, but I have to take their side about Frankenstein… I’ve tried twice to read this damn thing all the way through and failed both times-it ends up on every school reading list like clockwork because it’s “literature”, and although the old black and white movies they spun off it in the 30′s and 40′s are great fun, it just doesn’t hold up. A couple of years back I heard a possibly apocryphal story about a teacher who gave his students the choice of reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula instead; a highly popular choice until the schoolboard was quietly leaned on by a group of parents to remove it…It was too Catholic for the fundamentalists, too Satanic for the Catholics, and too Godly for the small group of atheists who joined in. So now the kids have to slog through Frankenstein and student suicides are up 50%…

    1. Christina

      If it isn’t “Frankenstein” it’ll be some other classic one or another hates, and that’s OK of course…at least the kids who tackle it can say why they hated it! We didn’t have to read that back in HS, I’ve never attempted it. I know we had to read “Moby Dick” and I slogged through it and hated it. Yet years later I attempted it again and found much to my surprise that I liked it–a lot–it really resonated after I’d been through history and religion-in-literature in college.

      Plus our high school teacher, bless him, worked so hard to get us to “get” this classic even if we didn’t love it–even took us to a theatrical production of it at a small Long Island theater started up by Harry Chapin.

  7. Christina

    So what if some of them hate it? They can learn to discuss things and employ critical thinking and say why they dislike something. If any of them go on to college they’re going to have to read a lot of stuff they might not enjoy reading in the sciences, math, history and other topic areas besides literature.

    As the parent of a teen, let me tell you, 9 times out of 10 the reason they dislike a book so heartily is that it is interfering with watching Youtube videos, texting, playing with makeup, texting, dyeing hair, texting, watching tv, and texting. The book is disliked because it is a school assignment. And half the kids would never pick up a book if not assigned.

  8. Amanda D.

    Don’t you think there’s something counterproductive about forcing a diverse group of 20-30 teenagers to read and discuss the same book, even if it is a classic? You’re pretty much guaranteed that someone will hate it. Forcing someone to dwell on a book they dislike is going to turn dislike into hate.

    1. smegma

      Nothing counter -productive at all; often these classic works are classic because they pioneer a particular plot device or exemplify a genera,things that are important to literature. At the very least they can teach focus. It’s very easy for anyone to focus on what they like, but to focus on something you find even mildly displeasing requires a measure of discipline which will serve anyone well in any endeavor. There is nothing useful in reading-as-such, rather, the benefit (outside of any personal enjoyment) comes in comprehension and the concentration of ones faculties.

      1. Amanda D.

        I agree with you in general but thought it was worth putting the other side of the argument out there.

        Example from my life: I like Shakespeare in general, but I can still barely tolerate Hamlet. If I’d read it once and put it away I doubt that I would have such a strong negative reaction to it today.

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