This week's question at the Literary Blog Hop, sponsored by the good folks at The Blue Bookcase, asks "What books have you read that have been hyped as literary and, in your opinion, were not?"
Oooh, lots, actually. This should be a fun answer this week! Okay, in no particular order I'll go with:
The Passage by Justin Cronin. This book took the publishing world by storm last year as THE book to rewrite the literary history of vampires. Most reviewers thought this was the literary equivalent to the second coming of Christ. Ugh--I can't think of the last time I read such a piece of overrated crap. (And no, not just because it had vampires in it. I'm generally vampire-friendly when it comes to fiction.)
Anything by Philip Roth. I've not read a lot, so there might be exceptions to this gross generalization, but I got so sick of reading in his books about how hard it is to be an upper middle class white man. Wah, wah, wah.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I liked this book quite a lot, actually, but I didn't think it was particularly literary (unlike most of its early readers).
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I loved these books. Still do, come to that. And I think in the beginning the series was quite clever and had potential to be literary but then that potential fell apart with the fourth book. I think if Rowling (and her editors) had put as much care into books 4-7 as was put into books 1-3, the series would be a milestone in children's literature.
That should be enough to go on for now. I'm sure there are tons I'm just not thinking of at the moment, but I want to head upstairs to read for a while, so y'all just let me know what you would pick...