Top Ten Most Intimidating Books/Authors
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- Russian Lit (Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Nabokov) - Anna Karenina and War and Peace both are massive! And there is the equally massive Lolita. As for Dostoyevsky, I started Crime and Punishment but found my brain unable to cope.
- Shakespearean Lit - All the thees and doths and thous is enough to make me crazy. I am thinking of getting one of those No Fear Shakespear books though.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - I love love the songs in the movie musical. The story is gripping and haunting. But the movie is what, 2 hours long? While the book is HUGE, and it might take me years to plow through.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I started this last February but ended up stopping after a few pages. The old enlish language is tough, plus, I couldn't keep track of the characters and their relationships to each other.
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville - This book is about whaling. Whaling lore and legend. Just hearing my cousin talk about this book made me feel sleepy. Although Captain Ahab sounds brilliantly mad.
3. Kurt Vonnegaut's Slaughter House 5 - This book appeared or has been quoted in countless movies that got me intrigued but there are two words attached to this novel that drove me to run and hide: postmodern and non-linear narrative. In short, they say it's kinda weird.
4. David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas - I watched the movie adaptation and I did not quite get it. A lot of people at the online reading community I am in seems to love this book to pieces. (Hi TFG Peeps!) And I fear that I just won't get it.
5. J.R.R Tolkien's Silmarillion - I love The Hobbit and LOTR but they were never easy reads. But I am even more wary of The Silmarillion because it's less adventure and magic and more straight up, no-nonsense LOTR lore.
7. Haruki Murakami - Murakami was described as "among the world's greatest living novelists" by The Guardian. And a lot of people seem to really love this guy. So I read Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman and I did not jump up and down over it. I liked one of the short stories, maybe two. Ever since then, I have been afraid of trying another because what if I don't like it still? And not liking the work of "one of the world's greatest novelists" makes me a complete noob. Hee.
8. Salman Rushdie - Okay, I am very proud to say that I finished Midnight's Children! If you haven't seen it, it's a massive book. But honestly, reading it was a strain, most of the time. It was an arduous task. And in the end, the whole story was lost on me. I did not get it. I have a feeling that all Rushdies are just too big for me to comprehend. Still, I finished Midnight's Children! Just don't ask me what it's about because I have no clue. Haha.
9. Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Started with One Hundred Years of Solitude and I felt like I aged a hundred and I still did not make a dent on the book. I don't know if i have it in me to pick it up again or any of his other works.
10. Stephen King - I am not a big fan of the horror genre in general, and also mostly because of the movie IT, which I happen to catch a glimpse of when I was about 5 years old. I did not even finish the whole thing. and yet IT gave me nightmares and became the reason why I do not like clowns. (I also had our wind-up clown toys removed from our room after that. Hihi.) Then there was Children of the Corn! Aieeee!