If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading Amazon or Goodreads pages for classic novels, you know that the best part is the pile of angry, incoherent, and/or contradictory one-star reviews. If you don’t want to spend your time trawling through these, check out Tumblr One-Star Book Reviews. I’ve reposted some of the best (i.e., worst) here:
“First of all, the whole thing is almost all dialogue.”
“I found the messages about racism to be quite one-sided.”
“I believe reading is about relaxing and not straining your mind to understand what’s going on”
“If written today this would be seen as fan fiction.”
“You may have seen the movie ‘Troy’ with Brad Pitt as Achilles, but it is quite different than the book.”
“Way too much information about yams”
“Reminded me of Hemingway’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ which I also didn’t like”
“Do you have any feelings, or are you just TOO FUCKING COOL?”
“Ever since women (deservedly) got the vote, feminists have had to scrounge for stuff to gripe about. Take Ally McBeal, for example.”
“Mr. Beowulf should be required to repeat his nighttime writer’s class at the learning annex.”
“the language is too rich and poetic for my liking”
“i had to read this book for class, so i didn’t really enjoy it at all, however it is a good book.”
Lincoln Michel is the former editor-in-chief of Electric Literature and a founding editor of Gigantic. He is the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds and Tiny Crimes and the author of Upright Beasts. He teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
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