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Required Reading in Schools
Old 08-12-2015, 03:49 AM
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Let's talk about how boring the stuff we had to read in school is.

Which ones did you hate the most?

Did you actually like any of the novels, plays, or short stories that you had to read?

What kind of stories would you prefer to be taught in class?

Most of it is just forgettable. I did have a particular hatred for Old Man and the Sea along with Great Expectations.

Frankenstein is one of my all-time favorites but I read that one long before I was ever assigned to read it.
Old 08-12-2015, 03:52 AM
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Catcher in the Rye really resounded with me. Went out and bought a copy of it just so I could always read it.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:05 AM
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I liked most of them, especially my junior and senior year where the discussions were more involved. Favorite book was Heart of Darkness; really liked the bleak mood and questioning of humanity.

My least favorite was probably The Great Gatsby. It's not bad but I feel it's overrated.

For me the short stories were even better than the novels we read. James Joyce's Dubliners really sticks out.

Though it isn't my favorite, I hope To Kill a Mockingbird stays required for a long time because it sparks an interest in reading for a lot of high schoolers.
Old 08-12-2015, 04:14 AM
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I have a feeling I inspired this thread.

My least favorite was assigned summer of my Freshman year. It was for history and entitled "A brief history of medicine." that sucked.

My favorite was either Beowulf, Ender's Game, or Much Ado About Nothing. I loved all three of those. I hate catcher in the rye btw

as a side edit. I LOVED great expectations. my favorite story from freshman year lol
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:17 AM
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Brave New World is interesting and worth a read if you even remotely liked 1984
Old 08-12-2015, 04:26 AM
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My favorite was either Beowulf, Ender's Game, or Much Ado About Nothing. I loved all three of those. I hate catcher in the rye btwyear lol
Ender's Game is required now? I guess it's kind of a modern classic.
Old 08-12-2015, 04:28 AM
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Ender's Game is required now? I guess it's kind of a modern classic.
it was our english summer reading freshman year. dunno if its required for anyone else.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:18 AM
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I enjoyed much of my literature I had/have to read for school.

I really liked All Quiet on the Western Front and Ragtime for example.

What I disliked were Ralph Waldo Emerson's "The Oversoul" and "Self-Reliance" for being boring contradictory messes.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:21 AM
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it was our english summer reading freshman year. dunno if its required for anyone else.
In our school we had both a typical dry english class book everyone in the class had to read and a secondary book chosen from a list that was a bit more engaging and interesting.
Ender's Game often showed up in the latter.

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Old 08-12-2015, 07:10 PM
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I like lord of the flies and alas babylon and hate everything else
Old 08-13-2015, 04:49 AM
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required reading put me off of reading as a whole, I haven't read a book just for fun since 4th grade, and I haven't read the required reading since the middle of 10th grade
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:34 AM
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My favorite required reading things would be Hamlet and The Hunger Games, there really weren't any that I particularly hated aside from Frankenstein, very dull and boring in my eyes
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i remember in early secondary school (like year 9 maybe) we were reading the shorter version of war of the worlds (HG wells), and i found a full length copy my dad had, so i was like ill read this one instead
i never got round to finishing it in time
i also never got round to finishing to kill a mockingbird in time

also in 6th form we had to read this long and weird poem called rime of the ancient mariner, that was a weird trip
and we read the great gatsby, i liked that but i doubt id be able to read it again without remembering everything we analysed about it

i like reading but not really good at reading books within time limits and analysing and writing essays about them, i found i was better at analysing poetry than books
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:39 AM
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Rime of the Ancient Mariner was pretty cool when we read it, then I heard the Iron Maiden song and realized how metal it is. My favorite line is
"One after one, by the star-dogged Moon,
Too quick for groan or sigh,
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang,
And cursed me with his eye."
Old 08-13-2015, 12:25 PM
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Every novel I've had to read for school has been good in my opinion. I've never once been bored by them.

I've read Z for Zachariah, Worldshaker, Animal Farm and, most recently, After January.

I've also had my fair share of plays too, which I also really enjoyed. (Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The One Day of the Year)

Basically, I'm quite content with English. Whatever assessment I write, I'm practically guaranteed an A at this point. It's quite nice to be able to chill in English when you have somewhat difficult subjects like Chemistry and Maths C (and to a degree, French) to devote your time to.

If you are wondering, half of that literature is from Australian authors, so that's probably why you've never heard of some of them!
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Old 08-13-2015, 12:32 PM
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I'm not really much of a novel reader. I can't recall most of the novels I had to read when I was in school, but some of them were Storm Boy, Blue Fin, Deadly Unna and Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. All Australian novels, so most of you have probably never heard of them.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:30 AM
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I'm not really much of a novel reader. I can't recall most of the novels I had to read when I was in school, but some of them were Storm Boy, Blue Fin, Deadly Unna and Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence. All Australian novels, so most of you have probably never heard of them.
Dear me. I have only heard of Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, and only because of the movie. Australian novels aren't even known well by their own residents apparently! >_<

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