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OberHerr
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12/13/2012 1:41:42 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I just finished Jurassic Park.....and its just a big downer. All the people I liked except for two died.....of course.....the stupid Hammond idiot somehow survived....and the freaking girl....

But, the worst part was, it was like the author was looking for some dumb excuse to kill them. They were all horrible deaths. All the deaths were staff who thought that the dino's could be controlled. And they all happened the EXACT FREAKING SAME WAY.

*insert dangerous sounding dino here* sneaks up on them, they ru, maybe manage to hide, think their safe, and then *BOOM*, their dino chow.

It got lame.....

And it reminded me of all those other depressing books.....like say, the entire friggin Hunger Games series "Oh, you liked that guy? Yeah, his face just melted. But, hey, you still have Edwa-I mean Peeta, Bel-I mean Katniss(now new and insane!) and that hot guy that takes his shirt off-I mean.....wait nvm.

Seriously.

Thats why I always like it when the author keeps a healthy array of the main/main support characters alive. Keeps mostly everyone happy.

But if you just keep the main characters alive(who, 90% of the time I hate with a passion), it just becomes the Ugly Barnacle.

And that concludes my rant.
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12/13/2012 1:53:45 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
It was depressing reading To Kill a Mockingbird because it was awful.
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12/13/2012 1:56:29 AM
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At 12/13/2012 1:53:45 AM, bossyburrito wrote:
It was depressing reading To Kill a Mockingbird because it was awful.

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12/13/2012 1:59:55 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 1:56:29 AM, OberHerr wrote:
At 12/13/2012 1:53:45 AM, bossyburrito wrote:
It was depressing reading To Kill a Mockingbird because it was awful.

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12/13/2012 8:01:37 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 1:53:45 AM, bossyburrito wrote:
It was depressing reading To Kill a Mockingbird because it was awful.

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12/13/2012 9:22:19 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
http://www.amazon.com...

Jude the Obscure.

It's making me a little depressed just thinking about it.

Oh, and http://www.amazon.com... A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. That was... lol... it was pretty damned depressing.

Well, since we're going that far down the hole, let's get darker... THIS http://www.amazon.com... -- Requiem for a Dream -- is really for those cold, grey, suicidal, eat your feelings kind of days.

Lol, actually, speaking of Hubert Selby Jr., I think he's actually written the most depressing book I've ever read. Yep! http://www.amazon.com... Last Exit to Brooklyn. Now this book will take a great, sun-shiny, ebullient day, and turn it into a suicidal one. This book was hard to read. Like, a sincere challenge. It hurt to read it. That, and Hubert Selby Jr. has a very unique style. You have to get used to it, I fancy it's something like reading Hebrew.
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12/13/2012 9:25:16 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
The Stranger by Camus comes to mind, but there are a bunch. The "best" books/movies seem to be those which don't have happy endings. Is it because there is beauty in tragedy? (At the very least, it's artistic) ... Or is it because we're just so used to the feel-good ending that a deviance from the expected is a much welcomed surprise? I think it's because people know things doesn't always work out, and life is painful, so seeing that reflected in art is an important albeit sometimes sad depiction of reality.
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12/13/2012 10:17:50 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Umm To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the greatest novels of all time :/

A Child Called It was a very depressing book. It's just about this kid getting abused, what makes it depressing is it's an autobiography.

Song of Solomon (by Toni Morrison) was a depressing book, just because it made me aware of a different "black culture".

My Sister's Keeper was a depressing book because the ending wouldn't have happened if the beginning hadn't happened (I know that probably doesn't make sense, but I don't want to ruin the book for those who haven't read it).
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12/13/2012 10:19:39 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 9:26:53 AM, darkkermit wrote:
books where a bunch of main characters dies are awesome.

A lot of the time I feel like it's a cop-out. It's so much better when the author comes up with an incredible solution to the main character's problem. I think it takes more skill than just killing everyone off.
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TheAntidoter
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12/13/2012 10:59:55 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
To just throw the name out there....

I think that a series of unfortunate events is a pretty depressing book series, but since I read it almost 3 years ago I wouldn't remember.
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12/13/2012 11:02:18 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 10:19:39 AM, tulle wrote:
At 12/13/2012 9:26:53 AM, darkkermit wrote:
books where a bunch of main characters dies are awesome.

A lot of the time I feel like it's a cop-out. It's so much better when the author comes up with an incredible solution to the main character's problem. I think it takes more skill than just killing everyone off.

Except the idea that main characters are immune to death eliminates some of the drama. No matter what situation they are placed in, you know they are going to make it, so there is no suspense.
GeoLaureate8
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12/13/2012 11:02:40 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I'm not a fan of fiction, but it's sad to see an effort to banish fiction books.

"Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of 'informational texts'. American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014. A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace.'"

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12/13/2012 11:32:32 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 11:09:47 AM, drafterman wrote:
The Bible, but only in light of the fact that people take it seriously.

The Bible does need to be taken seriously, MORE seriously than the Christians take it. The Atheists dismiss the whole thing, Christians look at its surface, the deep researchers go into its context, its relation to other ancient texts, what the language is truly describing.
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12/13/2012 11:38:32 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 11:32:32 AM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
At 12/13/2012 11:09:47 AM, drafterman wrote:
The Bible, but only in light of the fact that people take it seriously.

The Bible does need to be taken seriously, MORE seriously than the Christians take it. The Atheists dismiss the whole thing, Christians look at its surface, the deep researchers go into its context, its relation to other ancient texts, what the language is truly describing.

Like I said, depressing.
tulle
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12/13/2012 2:05:06 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 11:02:18 AM, drafterman wrote:

Except the idea that main characters are immune to death eliminates some of the drama. No matter what situation they are placed in, you know they are going to make it, so there is no suspense.

There is still drama and suspense in "How are they going to get out of this one? How are they going to make it?" Though I see what you're saying. I guess it depends on how the book is written. The example in the OP is just terrible and a cop out. My Sister's Keeper, on the other hand, the ending was necessary (albeit depressing).
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12/13/2012 3:07:28 PM
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At 12/13/2012 1:53:45 AM, bossyburrito wrote:
It was depressing reading To Kill a Mockingbird because it was awful.

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12/13/2012 3:10:57 PM
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At 12/13/2012 1:41:42 AM, OberHerr wrote:
I just finished Jurassic Park.....and its just a big downer. All the people I liked except for two died.....of course.....the stupid Hammond idiot somehow survived....and the freaking girl....


Wait, what? Jurassic Park was great! More than 2 characters survived and all the deaths were story-related, intense, and furthered the plot. It's the one action novel I enjoyed lol.

Beloved is both my favorite novel and the most depressing I've read. The movie should be ignored completely, though.
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12/13/2012 5:55:48 PM
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LOL, did I rustle your jimmies?
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12/13/2012 5:59:58 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 5:55:48 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
LOL, did I rustle your jimmies?

Everybody wants to murder you now. Don't worry. You're not going down alone.

I tried to read To Kill a Mockingbird once.
I almost died of boredom.
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12/13/2012 6:07:03 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 5:59:58 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 12/13/2012 5:55:48 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
LOL, did I rustle your jimmies?

Everybody wants to murder you now. Don't worry. You're not going down alone.

I tried to read To Kill a Mockingbird once.
I almost died of boredom.

Nobody's perfect.
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12/13/2012 6:19:29 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 6:07:03 PM, Maikuru wrote:
At 12/13/2012 5:59:58 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 12/13/2012 5:55:48 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
LOL, did I rustle your jimmies?

Everybody wants to murder you now. Don't worry. You're not going down alone.

I tried to read To Kill a Mockingbird once.
I almost died of boredom.

Nobody's perfect.

I dislike most books I've tried to read which were written before ca. 1980.
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12/13/2012 6:21:49 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 5:59:58 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 12/13/2012 5:55:48 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
LOL, did I rustle your jimmies?

Everybody wants to murder you now. Don't worry. You're not going down alone.

I tried to read To Kill a Mockingbird once.
I almost died of boredom.

Count me in too. I rarely find a book I don't like, but this was one of them.

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12/13/2012 6:22:07 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 6:19:29 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 12/13/2012 6:07:03 PM, Maikuru wrote:
At 12/13/2012 5:59:58 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 12/13/2012 5:55:48 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
LOL, did I rustle your jimmies?

Everybody wants to murder you now. Don't worry. You're not going down alone.

I tried to read To Kill a Mockingbird once.
I almost died of boredom.

Nobody's perfect.

I dislike most books I've tried to read which were written before ca. 1980.
I'm actually the opposite. I generally dislike newer books.
#UnbanTheMadman

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Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
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12/13/2012 6:23:18 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/13/2012 6:19:29 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 12/13/2012 6:07:03 PM, Maikuru wrote:
At 12/13/2012 5:59:58 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 12/13/2012 5:55:48 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
LOL, did I rustle your jimmies?

Everybody wants to murder you now. Don't worry. You're not going down alone.

I tried to read To Kill a Mockingbird once.
I almost died of boredom.

Nobody's perfect.

I dislike most books I've tried to read which were written before ca. 1980.

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