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Most INTIMIDATING Books...
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Not only is this book a classic, which has a built in intimidation factor, it is long and full of religious references. (Or so I've heard, I haven't mustered the courage to ever read it before.) I'm already gun shy about religion in books due to personal issues, but the heavily descriptive and dressed up language is stressful. I always worry if I'm misinterpreting something or am missing a greater meaning or will get lost in what is happening.
2. Any book written by Stephen King- A big part of my anxiety over Stephen King is his reputation. He's such a monumental writing force as a consistent bestseller who is extremely well known and practically has the words "king of horror" stitched onto his back. I'm scared of what his most devoted fans would do if I disliked a book of his. Next is the fact that he is a master at scaring people. I read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon in high school and I couldn't look at forests for a week. I watched Rose Red when I was little and didn't sleep for days. The guy's writing can terrify you and he knows it. Plus he's written a plethora of books, so if I wanted too read all of his works, the number of books i'd have to read would probably make me faint.
3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling- This is like the big momma of all book intimidation. So many people love it, so many fans are crazy devoted to it, I'm scared to even finish reading the series. I mean I loved the first two books, and I like the portion that I read of the third. But let's face it, those last 4 books could be used as deadly weapons they were so thick. Plus, since everyone and their dog is crazy about it I feel like I can't dislike it and I can't deal with that kind of restriction. Reading the Twilight series also put a pock mark on Harry Potter for me. When I was younger I loved the Twilight books and some strange part of me still likes them. (Though that 4th book ruined everything.) All of the animosity between HP and Twilight fans is absurd. I never wanted to get into a shouting match on the merits of either book with anyone.
4. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning- I love, love, love the fever series. I want to read this book so badly, but I keep finding excuses to put it off. This book is massive to the point where I'd have to find an entire weekend or couple of days free to even contemplate touching it. Not to mention, before the book was out, I would read the sneak peeks of the book at the bottom of every KMM newsletter. I ended up spoiling and finding out much more than I had intended or wanted to. I guess that's making me not want to read it until I can forget what the spoilers were.
5. The Holy Bible- I have nothing against Christians or organized religion or churches. I seriously do not. The simple fact that this book above all else has been used and abused and forced to fit in to so many warped plans, makes me not ever want to read it. The bible has been used as an excuse to commit incredible wrongs that I can't tolerate. I understand that it never has been and never will be the book's fault. From the little bit of it I've read, the bible appears to be a morality book, teaching others how to live. There's noting wrong with that, but don't try to force your ideals warped or not onto me.
6. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri- I want to read this book. It just seems so interesting to me and I can't figure out why. It's intimidating because finding a well translated version is hard and even if you happen to find a well-translated copy the language is very hard to understand. There's many "old world" terms that aren't easy for me to grasp the meaning of. If I can't get a good handle on the language I feel like I can't get the real meaning from the story.
7. Any Jane Austen Book- I sincerely love the idea of Jane Austen's books. They're full of romance, wit and the charm of a bygone era. I want to get to know Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. I crave to hear the lyricism in Sense and Sensibility. However I am extraordinarily intimidated by these books because I'm worried I won't like them or I'll be underwhelmed by them. It's stupid really, to feel this way, but I know myself as a reader. As lovely, pretty and delicate as these books are, I'm almost incapable of finishing novels I find dull. Jane Austen strikes me as something I might find beautiful but intolerably unsuited to my tastes.
8. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- I (despite the ending) really liked the movie. However it made me so incredibly sad. I'm worried if I read the book it'll plummet me into a deep depression. I feel like it's my duty to read it, since I've seen the movie (and the book is almost always better) but I can't handle the sadness.
9 Any middle-grade books- This is going to sound dumb. I am intimidated by books for middle schoolers. This is because I always fear I'll dislike them or not finish them.
10. Any and all textbooks- No matter the subject matter, my level of interest in the subject matter, I'm always intimidated by textbooks. I feel like each time I read them I have to get some sort of knowledge or scholarly message out of it. The same thing happens with required summer reading or anthologies. There's too much pressure to be smart with it.