Worst books worth reading.

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  1. Koumori_Knight
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    Here is an odd "bile facination" type question.
    What are some terrible books that are worth reading because they are bad(or for teh lulz, if you will)?

    I don't make a point of reading bad books, but I find that like movies made by the asylum, the so called "mockbusters", bad books make me laugh.

    Have at you!
     
  2. Foxi4

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    "Harry Potter" and the "Books of Whatever, he kills Voldemort in the end".
     
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    Due to popular demand:Twilight series.
     
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    There's guilty pleasure and there's suicide due to feeling of guilt.

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    Crap, learn to use spoiler tags. I mean, that spoiler's not a big deal but sheesh.

    Harry Potter is more invaluable than you think. The books, while not necessarily the best, introduced a whole generation to reading. The book's impact on childhood literacy is staggeringly high. The HP series were the first books I read when I was a kid; I moved onto Tolkien shortly after.

    As for actual bad books, I find that Captain Underpants is like that.
     
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    Sadly, I have already started on those books...
    Expect epic reviews later on, if i haven't smashed my fingers with my xbox....
     
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    That might not have been a spoiler. I don't think Foxi read them, but instead was taking a hit at how he thinks the books ending is predictable. Of course, even if he did read them, the point is the same.
     
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    Isn't the ending of Harry Potter kind of obvious.
    Good guy beats bad guy,kind of common knowledge.
     
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    Regardless, it's still a spoiler. It's obvious, but that doesn't mean everyone's sure. Someone who's, say, only read up till the 6th book would probably find it not so obvious.
     
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    Well, it's only a spoiler if someone confirms it. Because it's such a predictable conclusion that one who knew little about the books/series can come to, one who reads a post from said person would find it questionable in most cases. However, if someone who did read the books comes along and confirms it inadvertently, well, that kinda gives it away. It happens pretty often.
     
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    Oh. :sleep: I see your point there....
     
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    Black Echo.
    Its sequels are better.
     
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    The original Anarchist Cookbook. You can get it off Amazon (or find a PDF), but I can't guarantee that you won't be flagged by the FBI :P

    I bought my copy before 9/11 :ninja:

    There have been numerous imitations of the book online springing over the years.

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    It's an interesting read, but I say it's a "bad" book in that there's some debate as to whether some of the chemical recipes even work. I'm not about to find out :unsure:
     
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    I used to read those books as a kid, however I stopped at volume 4 simply because the plot started to be incredibly predictible. The basic framework of all Harry Potter books is what follows:

    Case A: Voldemort is currently alive -

    1. Harry Potter goes to school.
    2. All is well.
    3. A mystery arises.
    4. Harry and his friends research said mystery.
    5. Voldemort was behind it all along!
    6. More or less epic battle.
    7. A likable character dies or is injured.
    8. Voldemort is defeated, Harry narrowly passes the year.
    9. Griffindor gets the cup of houses.
    10. The End.

    CASE B: Voldemort is not currently alive -

    1. Harry goes to school.
    2. All is well.
    3. A mystery arises.
    4. Harry and his friends investigate.
    5. Someone is trying to resurrect Voldemort!
    6. A more or less epic battle.
    7. A likable character dies or is injured.
    8. Harry stops the troublemakers...
    9. ...and narrowly passes the year.
    10. Griffindor recieves the cup of houses.

    The first few books were interesting - they had plot twists, intrigue - they were fresh. From volume 4 onwards though I couldn't possibly stand them anymore. Reading them felt like reading a re-print of the previous books with added characters or more people getting injured or killed. I believe J.K got spoiled by the attention devoted to her... not saying that she's a bad writter, but even she eventually decided that the franchise should be burried despite her original plans to release books revolving around Ginny Weasley.

    The books are predictible, the main villian is quite pathetic, the Deatheaters are the most disorganized bunch of morons you could think of and it really boggles me as to why Harry didn't just die on the very first encounter, seeing that he's not the smartest out of the bunch. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    It's kinda funny that you stopped reading the HP books at their turning point and then bitch about it. After the 4th, they stop being all that kid friendly, and them being at Hogwartz starts to become a very minor detail.
    Your first point doesn't really need to be addressed since it's just opinion, but the second...the Deatheaters couldn't kill Harry, they weren't allowed to. Otherwise, yeah, he would have been dead way earlier. There was a specific reason i'm quite sure, but I forgot it by now.

    I wont pretend to say Harry Potter is the best series ever, but it's quite a good one. The way it goes from light and happy to heavy and dark was pretty interesting, and JK is far from being a terrible writer.
     
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    Any of the books on ThinkGeek.

    Enough said.
     
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    I know this book is revered and whatever, but "Brave New World" was difficult to get through, and all that,.