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Bad Classics: Classic Books We Think Are Overrated

First Posted: 07/19/11 09:40 AM ET   Updated: 09/18/11 06:12 AM ET

Ever read a classic and asked yourself, "What’s the big deal?" There are thousands of books the world considers classics, from Shakespeare to Salinger. But while some classics deserve their esteemed place in literary history, others might have left you wondering what all the hype was about. Here are some of the classics you might want to skip out on reading.

What classic book did you hate? Or perhaps you're extremely appalled that we abhor any classics at all? Let us know in the comments!

"Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett
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Samuel Beckett's classic plays out just as the title implies: a whole lot of waiting. While waiting everlastingly for a man the reader is never actually introduced to, the story's only four characters kill time by bickering with one another, talking incessantly about seemingly deep topics of conversation and wondering whether or not Godot will ever actually reveal himself. The only part that is actually worth the read is Lucky's famous monologue, which is by far the most riveting part of the entire play. If reading two acts of repetition is what you are looking for, you've found your new favorite classic. If not: move along.
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