The Three Most Overrated Novels
Though this series has built a fan-base of millions, it’s difficult to understand why at times. The main character, Isabella Swan, is constantly beholden to the men in her life, with no voice of her own. As for the love interests; Edward Cullen is cold and controlling, while Jacob Black sulks and pines after Bella for the entire series.
War and Peace
This novel, written by Leo Tolstoy, is known as the longest novel in history. Some have called it the greatest novel of all time, but its 1400 page length leads to a meandering and slow plot that never really picks up all that much. While the philosophy behind the story is sound, it could have and probably should have been half that length.
The Catcher in the Rye
Penned by J.D. Salinger in 1951, this novel is best to read in high school, when adolescence is new and real to the reader, but it is the perpetual and constant adolescent immaturity by the main character, Holden Caulfield, that often leads to a stark disconnect with the reader. Many of the side characters were woefully underdeveloped, which is particularly noticeable when in comparison with Caulfield.