Overrated Literary Classics

Overrated Classic Novels
Posted on 09/25/2019
Overrated Classic NovelsThree Overrated Classic Novels
Alexis Stakem
Staff Writer
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My articles tend to center around one thing: classic literature. Through my over exaggerations and terrible jokes (too many of which have been based on our emo lord, Hamlet) I try (and fail) to prove that the “classics”, while sometimes so aggravating and mind boggling the reader wishes to set themselves ablaze, or hurl the book at the nearest tree, in hopes of showing that whale obsessed fanatic, Herman Melville that they do not in fact care about whale anatomy and never will, can also be hilarious, enjoyable, or just a fun little tale about betrayal, the Russian monarchy, and murder.

However, there are some novels that just lack the creativity and intrigue of a good classic novel. Come on, Melville you can spend 250 pages describing the anatomy of a whale but cannot dedicate one paragraph to murder dances or crazy women hidden in even crazier places.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Now despite how kind I was to dear old Mellie in the introduction, I have to admit his book did nothing for me. Throughout the novel, we try to follow the story of Ishmael, a sailor on the ship, the Pequod whose captain, Ahab is on an obsessive quest to get revenge on Moby Dick, a giant white sperm whale who bit off Ahab's leg on a previous voyage. Now, the important part of that sentence is the try because while we try follow Ishmael's narrative, it is constantly interrupted by unnecessary whale anatomy facts. They also appear out of nowhere, one second Ahab will be yelling something about missing a leg, or Ishmael will be telling people call him Ishmael, and all of a sudden it has been 250 pages, the plot has gone nowhere, and the reader could locate and identify a whale's liver.

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Again, the main fault of this novel is that the author cares deeply about topics no other person would ever care about. For Hawthorne it was scaffolds. Right before some mildly interesting action occurs, the readers are graced with a complete history of scaffolds. Perhaps, Hawthorne should have written a history of scaffolds, it would have better suited his talents.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Infinite Jest is a 1,079 book, there are also footnotes. Lots of them. Some of the footnotes themselves, a footnote inception, if you will. Safe to say, it is going to be a no from me, but good luck to the next poor soul who tries to decipher where the footnotes end and the story begins.

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