October 11, 2004

The Scarlet Letter is (still) Boring and Stupid

I read this book in 10th grade AP English, and it was stupid then and it's stupid now. Amanda Cochran said that she thought this book was easier to read the second time. I, on the other hand, felt that I would rather tear out my own spleen (and that of the person next to me) than read another page.

During the second reading, not only was the book long winded and boring, but now i already knew exactly what was going to happen next. It was like watching a bad foreign film where the subtitles are mistakenly put in ahead of the words.
This book had a good premise, and might have been interesting if it hadn't had pointless three page descriptions and ridiculous dialouge that didn't advance the plot at all. Everyone praises Hawthorne as a literary genius, but in truth he just suscribed to the all to common method of "throw as much random shit onto a page as you can, and hope a plot will show through somewhere." Literary my ass.

Posted by PaulCrossman at October 11, 2004 12:29 PM
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