Favorite Polarizing Books
Everyone has opinions. That is, obviously, a given. Some books though are universally thought of as good. Others are collectively thought of as bad. Those are the books for which we are all in agreement. Then there are the books for which it seems that there is simply no agreement. Those we love to hate or hate to love. Those for which there are is no in between. For all the polarizing books I’ve read, these are my favorites.
These are in no particular order
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
We all know about Twilight. We either hate it or love it Sometimes we love to hate it, sometimes we hate to love it. Still, we all have something to say about this book and it usually falls into extremes. For me, this is a book that I love. It is a book, that despite its many, many flaws, will forever hold a place in my list of favorites. It is the book that sparked my love for reading, it is the reason I have this blog today.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.
For some odd reason everyone either hates or loves this book. I only see five-star reviews or one star reviews. Either rants or long gushes explaining why this is the best book ever. I fall into the latter category. The characters in this book are horrible people. They are cruel, vengeful, rude, and just plain hateful. And you know what? I love them!
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.
This is a book that has gained much controversy in recent years due to some things that the author has apparently said. As controversial as it may be, there is no doubt that this book is actually pretty darn good.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover’s affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight, his relatives demand the blood of his killer. Because of the feud, if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family, he will be killed. Once Romeo is banished, the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her, so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives.
This book is instalove at it’s finest. It was from here that authors got the terrible idea that have your characters meet, fall in love and marry, all within the span of a week was a good idea. I promise you, they were wrong. But hey, if Shakespeare did it then I guess that means you can do it too. Admittedly, this play is not a favorite of mine. I am more a Hamlet type of girl, but no one can deny that there is something quite beautiful, and also kind of irrationally stupid, about Romeo and Juliet’s love affair.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
He was in love with the golden girl of a gilded era. He was Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire who gave wild and lavish parties attended by strangers.
“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
She was Daisy Buchanan, a young rich beauty with bright eyes and a passionate mouth.
“High in a white palace, the King’s daughter, the Golden Girl.” Even her voice was “full of money.”
As an English major I have heard it say that there are two types of people; those who like The Great Gatsby, and those who like The Catcher in the Rye. Since I have not yet read The Catcher in the Rye, I guess I have to fall no choice but to fall into the former category. Now I’m afraid to read Catcher.