Day 05 – A book or series you hate
I’m pretty confident in saying that no one begins reading a book with the intentions of hating it. That being said, certain factors or circumstances that arise while reading the book can definitely take a toll on the readers opinion. At least, that’s what happened to me my junior year of high school when, as a class we were forced to read the classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
I’m assuming this will be a controversial post because this book is a classic and Mark Twain is so dear to many readers, so I’ll simply state my reasons for dislike and be done with it.
Let me set the scene… I’m a fairly happy, slightly tired, and grumpy high school junior, walking into my 1st period English III class at 7:15am. Our teacher arrives and hands us our copies of “Huck Finn”, as we affectionately called it. After she hands everyone the book she gives us a handout about the book, proceeds to read through the ENTIRE handout, and she then continues on to tell us how the book ends…at that point, my motivation for reading this book had completely evaporated. Who wants to read a book, after you’ve just been told how it ends? Isn’t that the point of reading it…to get to the ending?! Needless to say, that spoiled my mood for the rest of the book, starting on page one. It only got worse from then on out. We had set a pretty normal pace, 10 chapters a week, and then out of no where, our teacher tells us we have to read the whole novel, write an analysis paper, and take an exam on the book the following Monday…she told us that on a Friday. I think the book was doomed from the start. Maybe one day, once I can get over this ‘small’ grudge, I’ll go back and reread the book on my terms. So I guess I can’t blame the book, it was more the scenario, but whenever I hear mention of Huck Fin, I get a bad taste in my mouth.
Mark Twain is a legend, no doubt about it, and I still quote him from time to time. I guess I should give him the benefit of the doubt right?