America, This Is Why Your Kids Are Dumb [Pic]

Submitted by: orange_panty 6 years ago Funny

Hey Mom & Dad, guess what your dumb kid"s school tuition is going towards. This class should help "em in the real world.
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Female 129
I get that having Twilight required for a class course is so incredibliy stupid and terrible but don`t be get all pissy and bitter toward Stephenie Myer just because people become obsessed. She wrote the goddamn book, get the f*ck over it.
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Male 3
Or maybe its a class comparing good writers to people who were told in middle school their short story was really good, because, you know, they`re 12, and that`s what you tell 12 year olds.. So she decided to go on and be a writer without ever taking a reality check...ever...
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Female 321
Maybe it`s for a sociology class that investigates modern influences and its affect on the society? No one can say that those books haven`t done something to kids these days and the rebound in popularity for vampires and such. Even if its scary how crazy and obsessed people can get over this series.
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Female 335
That`s book 2 of the literature required for the course, not of the series.
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Male 1,918
At first I thought it was dumb because says book 2 when that`s book one
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Male 531
Seriously dude?
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Male 71
Maybe he`s going to teach how to make bad literature, but make millions of dollars by exploiting the simple mindedness and idiocity of young girls and women in general in the generations to come!
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Male 3,894
There`s a class in my college based around vampire literature
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Male 224
As much as I hate Twilight, this is actually a good choice considering the syllabus and the need to study what literary elements in the book makes Twilight so popular (future fiction writers need to know how to strike the heart of the populus, no?). Also, a good comparative analysis exists in understanding the historical and cultural shifts in taste by comparing American classics with contemporary craft.
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Female 155
What is the world coming to? :(
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Female 19
tyger, thankyou for the concern, and yea, i was merely commenting with a general sense of sarcasm in mind :-)
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Male 7
Here is a link to the syllabus the instructor is using for this class. Although his choice in this title is questionable at best (it is the most horridly written tomeever puked on page), he has others which make up for it A BIT. I just can`t believe an honors class could stoop so low in literary selection.
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Male 297
@bluesnow: Reading your comment made me head hurt, I am sincerely hoping you were being ironic, because if not you don`t have to worry about brain damage because you can`t damage what is clearly not there.
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Male 955
I would have liked to see the price, I bet the book is like 50 bucks there too.
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Male 191
It`s probably not what it seems. There are such things as state mandated class. I know here everyone has to take English 1 and 2, and some of the classes are themed around a certain topic: poe, british lit., gays and lesbians, zombies, etc. It`s just the professors trying to make the class fun. You still do normal essays and everything.

This class is probably a normal English class themed around the rise of vampires in American culture.
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Male 794
damn you professor Argentine penis, no wonder alcoholism is on the rise on campus
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Female 43
HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA PROF GARCHA
In Argentina Garcha means penis!
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Female 19
twilight came up in the christian studies class i went to last week. as much as i wanted to be tuned out completely, the prof made some neato remarks about how the religious meyer wanted to construct some sexy aura around the concept of a christian relationship where you wait to consummate ya love. and all the kids are eatin` it up, thanks to sparkling skin or some other miraculous phenomena. i would probs drop this class after seeing this on the readin` list, providing i read the list.
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Male 405
Ok, I like twilight.
I take A-level English, and it`s only me and one girl who like it.
But even we would say that it is NOT something that should be taught in schools. It`s a nice story to read, but the writing itself isn`t exactly good.
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Female 2,674
Also, this is one of my fav Twilight-bashing websites.Enjoy :)
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Male 6,694
Im not reading that.
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Female 2,674
Oh no no no NO!!

I love Twilight as much as the next hornball adolescent, but there is a time and a place for sh*tty teen fiction, and this isn`t it.
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Male 1,548
@xavroche
[quote]Studying a work academically and writing a critical essay means logically analyzing it, making comparisons, stating arguments and supporting them.[/quote]

right, qualitative.
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Male 38
It does not surprise me that there would be "students" willing take this course. It also does not surprise me - but it deeply disturbs me - that there are faculty members who thought that including this crap in a literature course was a good idea and that there were tenured faculty in charge of the department that approved it. I don`t care how popular these books were - as far as the quality of the writing goes they were crap. This is simply pandering to students to get warm bodies into an increasingly unpopular department at school. Calling this a college-level literature course is like slicing spam and calling it steak.
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Male 3,076
that would realy drat me up because on every book raport I`ve always watched the film version :P, but I will NEVER WATCH/READ/TOUCH or even come close to this poo
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Male 559
Marketing and no pants makes lady gaga popular.

It`s not really all that impressive. That talentless hack "Vanilla Ice" still hold s the record for highest selling rap single of all time.

Another marketing phenomenon. Nothing more.
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Female 85
This is clearly a book that is required for a college course. My best guess is that the class description would be something like: Popular Adolescent Literature.
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Male 337
I actually think this was at my school....but I did magical realism for special area study, so I don`t have to deal with that poo.
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Male 819
"I figured I`d link this since posting would take forever,can`t decide which is worse"

From Wikipedia:
"Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including two Grammy Awards, amongst twelve nominations; two Guinness World Records; and the estimated sale of fifteen million albums and fifty-one million singles worldwide. Billboard named her as the Artist of the Year in 2010 and ranked her as the 73rd Artist of the 2000s decade. Gaga has been included in Time magazine`s annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world as well as Forbes` list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world. Forbes also placed her at number seven on their annual list of the World`s 100 Most Powerful Women."

Really? You can`t understand why a sociology course would want to take a look at what makes Lady Gaga popular? I`m not at all a fan of Lady Gaga, but as a subject that`s pretty interesting im
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Male 819
"@xavroche
Numbers don`t mean sh*t for academic interest unless you are studying business. As a business venture, Twilight was an absolute success, but Critical analysis of literature is qualitative, not quantitative."

Qualitative? Hardly.... If you wrote an analytical English Lit essay on whether or not a piece of literature was good or not (hence if you tried to put it in qualitative terms) you would get a failing grade... Studying a work academically and writing a critical essay means logically analyzing it, making comparisons, stating arguments and supporting them.

Look people the average person who majors in English Lit will end up taking around two dozen courses in the subject. They`ll have plenty of courses where they read Shakespeare, Conrad, Hemingway or Nabokov. So what if in a part of one of their courses they also critically analyzed Twilight. It doesn`t mean that their degree is worthless or that our educational system is going downhill...
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Male 58
Introduction to Fiction with Honors, Ohio State University. I don`t know what I`m missing here, but why would a fiction book series selling more than 100,000,000 copies not be relevant for a course like this?
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Male 493
Oh my god. My kids will be home-schooled if this is the next "Classic" kids will learn about in school.
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Female 2,927
oh..dear god... i think this just triggered a stroke.
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Male 171
all I can say is.. wow...
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Female 126
What`s it for? Crappy Lit 101? How Not to Write 101?
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Male 359
I figured I`d link this since posting would take forever,can`t decide which is worse
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Female 33
I am taking a vampires in culture lit class, but we are reading Dracula, various handouts and having guest speaker...nothing about Twilight in the syllabus....
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Male 16
i`m taking a vamp[ire lit right now to meet a requirement, and thankfully this poo is only on there briefly at the end and i don`t have to read it.
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Male 772
Aw, all we got was Mein Kampf.

Seriously people, if you want to study literature, you can`t just study the `good` parts.
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Female 582
I took one of those Vampire Lit classes just because the Harry Potter lit class was moved (*non-nice individuals*). We had one class where we got to talk about Twilight. I think 2/e the people in that room took the class just for that discussion.

The funny thing was that after reading all these real vampire books, they realized Twilight was just romantic trash. Entertaining, but not good.
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Male 110
PTA meeting - "if we cant beat them, join them"
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Male 12
It was beatniks, then hippies, then punks, then goths, and then emo -- always about being socially fourteen, desperate to "be ones own self" by being different while still fitting in, and being mysterious rather than bold.

We all do it. Professors know and use it, for good or ill. Hopefully the prof has grown out of it herself. I`m picturing a middle aged punk rocker not coping with mid-life crisis as leading this class...

...but I`m cynical (and mysterious, and wear a lot of black!).
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Female 1,008
Everyone just shut up. We had this course offered at my university in the honors program last year. It`s like an exploration of vampires in fiction.
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Male 1,548
@xavroche
Numbers don`t mean sh*t for academic interest unless you are studying business. As a business venture, Twilight was an absolute success, but Critical analysis of literature is qualitative, not quantitative.
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Male 819
"Tom Clancy sells a lot of books too, and I`d drop an English class if one of his books were part of the curriculum."

Dropping the class is one thing. I personally would not enjoy studying either Clancy or Meyers, and if I got the syllabus for a class and it icluded either I would drop the class. But to say that it`s stupid to study either in an academic way is snobbish.

I`ve actually read part of Twilight because it was laying around my girlfriend at the time`s place and I didn`t enjoy it... I didn`t finish it and it`s extremely rare for me to start a book and not finish it.

At the same time, I admit that I understand the interest in studying the book. The way it mixes genres is something that would have been unheard of 50 or 100 years ago. Studying a book has nothing to do with the book being bad or good. If my prof in an English Lit class ever said "this book is good" or "this book is bad" that`s when I would know he was a po
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Male 670
xavroche, twilight is mostly read by teenage girls who can relate to the inescure and unpopular main character. Numbers mean nothing when you have a fanbase like that.
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Female 1,743
Twilight is pretty bad literature, but I`d take the class if it meant reading something 6th graders enjoy... Easy A :)
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Male 2,868
"The book spent 91 days on the NYT best seller list and sold 17 million copies worldwide. If you can`t find any academic interest in studying the book based on those numbers alone then you have no understanding of what modern academia is."

Tom Clancy sells a lot of books too, and I`d drop an English class if one of his books were part of the curriculum.
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Male 639
I PHUKING WON MOTHERPHUKERS!!! THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!!!
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Male 2,506
They should be teaching legit Catcher in the Rye
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Male 819
God people on here are such snobs....

I did a quick google search and found the syllabus for the course. The other three authors are Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and Henry James. Pretty respectable in my opinion.

Twilight is under the header "Youth, Fiction, Fantasy." Where it belongs.

The book spent 91 days on the NYT best seller list and sold 17 million copies worldwide. If you can`t find any academic interest in studying the book based on those numbers alone then you have no understanding of what modern academia is.
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Male 1,054
maybe these are presented as a bad example of fiction: what not to write, ever, ever, or else.
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Male 25,416
Twilight is so last year
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Male 798
Looks like student won`t have trouble finding a good deal on Amazon then.
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Female 198
haha i noticed the twilight book at the bookstore at my university too. pretty sad.
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Male 74
Tsuroyu, the course is Intro To Fiction(Honors).

Either the professor wants them to waste a weekend reading 500 pages to show them what poorly developed characters and plot holes look like he is a bad teacher. If he thinks it is a great example of quality fiction he is a bad writer and a bad teacher.

Either way, the students are not learning what makes good fiction.
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Male 307
I bet those books cost $150 each.
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Male 12
It`s probably for critique calm down
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Male 2,868
yougottabefcukingkiddingme!
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Male 5,194
Professor Garcha at Ohio State University
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Female 138
No. Just... no.
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Female 1,798
amen, Tsuroyu, amen!
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Male 323
i would shoot my head, as many times as i could before the gun fell.
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Male 37,890
Perhaps they are discussing the downfall of western literature?
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Male 55
How is it sad to have a class that studies popular trends in reading? The best way to educate kids so they don`t grow up to be total dolts is to have them study the garbage that thousands and thousands of people are making popular, and to come to understand firsthand why it is popular and what legitimate elements of literature it either does or doesn`t possess. The title of the course is notably not visible in the photo, guys. Use your brains before you assume that the teacher of the class is having students read this book because they think it`s awesome and they like sparkly vampires.
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Female 399
OHMYdratING GOD ARE YOU KIDDING ME
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Female 96
I GET IT! It`s the final project. Must be turned in at the end of the semester with no less than 100,000 mistakes corrected.
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Male 11,740
Wow. That is just sad. That is literature like Land of the Lost is history.
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Male 159
And it`s an Honors class to boot....
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Male 3,061
must be a liberal arts university
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Male 2,988
what class is this? English 261H: The fall of American Lit.?
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Female 322
Ha thank you Rick S
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Male 1,548
looks like kingpong is a successful troll.
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Male 3,314
And just because I`m "teaching" here:

There->Referring to a different place, as in "over there."

They`re->A contraction of "they" and "are", as in "they`re the enemy."

Their->belonging to them, as in "their weapons."

"They`re the enemy. They keep their weapons over there."

"You`re right. Where do you keep your weapons?"
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Male 3,314
Kingpong:

You`re is a contraction of You and Are. "You are going to read this post," becomes "you`re going to read this post."

Your means belonging to you. Like "I am replying to your post."
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Male 226
"Maybe it is a study on how pathetic common literature has become" LOLOLOLOL
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Male 2,372
OMG! They spelled "book" wrong.
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Male 12,138
[quote]Shouldn`t it be you`re?[/quote]
Are you in that class by any chance?
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Male 10,440
I haven`t read this book so I can`t really judge how bad it is. :( I`m trying to stay unbiased this week.
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Male 2,033
Maybe it is a study on how pathetic common literature has become.
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Male 490
Hey, reading is reading. =/ Kids today need to read more in my opinion, so the book doesnt matter.
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Female 1,894
HAHHAHAH seriously trutenr
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Male 17,512
I believe I`d find a better college to go too.
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Male 271
i would hope that the class is "books that should be in the desert buried next to the old E.T. atari cartridges"
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Male 37,890
It`s not Henry James but I guess it`ll do
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Male 639
Shouldn`t it be you`re?
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Male 88
I was gonna take a young adult lit class this year. Before i signed up for the class i emailed the teacher asking if this would be a required reading, luckily it wasn`t. But she says maybe next semester...God Help Us All...
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Male 321
That would be the hardest class ever. That book would put me to sleep faster than any text book.
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Female 91
that is truly saddening.
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Male 2,402
If it gets them to read then so be it.
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Female 18
I`m taking English lit. honors this year and we had to read a classic novel, when the teacher told us to read Bram Stoker`s Dracula, all of the other girls (I have no idea how the hell they got into an honors they are some of the most air headed people I have ever met) asked if they could read Twilight instead. I was really hopping the teacher would kick them out, but she didn`t, and told them absolutely not.
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Male 289
@SarahOfBorg

It could be used as an example af poor writing style and horrible storyline.
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Female 1,356
well, ye can just watch the movie, wing it on the essay, and pass with a 90.
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Male 2,552
That class better be called "ANALYSIS OF AMERICA`S WORST FICTION"
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Male 407
back in 1st grade they made us read Harry Potter and its just as horrible as this
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Female 3,562
There`s just no excuse for this. I tried to think of one, there just isn`t. The book isn`t nearly culturally significant enough for that, it`s not even remarkable for a young adult book, and it completely fails the horror genre. At best it`s a romantic fantasy book.
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Male 1,451
goaliejerry, yes, we do know the writing is VERY poorly done.
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Female 470
Professors will often times force their students to read books that they like personally. For instance, my favorite professor is obsessed with Jane Eyre, and thus makes all of her students read it at some point, unless it isn`t relevant to the subject she`s teaching.
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Male 1,548
@goaliejerry
on youth, maybe. On literature, hell no. The writing is not good. The protagonist is a Mary Sue with no character traits. Every conflict is solved through Deus Ex Machina. All descriptions are adjective lists. The cause of it`s success is because it`s a sexless porno meant to cater to the emotions of teenage girls with low self-esteem by degrading them instead of empowering.
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Male 53
:( this is very sad..
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Male 7,585
i would boycott that class
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Female 1,077
@goaliejerry

I did read it so I can say for certain that it`s absolutely terrible. The writer has no mastery whatsoever of writing skills, doesn`t understand basic dialogue, and has barely any sense of plot. Quite literally half the book is plotless. If kids can`t stand anything more cerebral than twatlight they should be sterilized or euthanized.
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Female 22
Wow...just...wow...

::shoots face::
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Male 15,510

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Female 3,598
let me go get my gun... cuz i need to shoot myself now...
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Male 4,014
This is stupid. The book may be retarded, but it DID have a major impact on American youth and modern literature in general. I haven`t read it - nor will I ever - but aside from the lame story, which incidentally made hundreds of millions of dollars, do we know the writing is poor?

Maybe the writing is good, and anyone here who hates on this reflexively has to admit that they have NEVER ACTUALLY READ IT.
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Male 1,548
According to Google:

Ohio State University

Here`s the syllabus

It`s given equal time with Dracula and Frankenstein...

Worst part of all, this is an honors course...
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Male 179
How I hope that this is a comparative literature class that picks apart terrible books for what they really are, terrible books.
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Male 1,931
I would shoot Garcha in the face with a silver bullet, to teach her a lesson.
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Male 1,929
After much thinking I have deduced that I`m looking at a Required Reading note for someone`s "English 261H" class. I shall reward myself with a sip of tea.
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Female 30
Hey America, this is what a library fee looks like.
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Female 282
WHAT....

WHAT....

WHAT....

UNLESS THIS IS FOR A CLASS ON "WHAT YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER WRITE", THIS PROFESSOR NEEDS TO BE FIRED.
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Female 142
shveet
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Female 1,077
Yuck.
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Female 596
Link: America, This Is Why Your Kids Are Dumb [Pic] [Rate Link] - Hey Mom & Dad, guess what your dumb kid`s school tuition is going towards. This class should help `em in the real world.
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