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    People Are Sharing The Books They Think Should Be Stripped Of Their "Classic" Status Immediately

    Teachers, take notes.

    Most people have at least one book that was introduced to them as "a classic" but ended up being totally unrelatable and frankly a chore to get through. So we asked the BuzzFeed Community which book they thought didn't deserve its classic status and why. Here is what they said:

    1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    Little, Brown and Company

    "The book is so outdated, it doesn't feel relatable anymore. I had to read it in my junior year of high school and hated every minute of it. It hasn't aged well, and half of the stuff Holden does doesn't work anymore in the modern world. It's also so boring."

    asmithy

    2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    Americans traveling across the country in cars on the cover of The Grapes of Wrath
    The Viking Press

    "Hands down, that book made me want to rip my eyebrows off. It was so long, full of nothing but despair, and really didn’t have much character growth or plot besides being depressed and struggling with life. From someone who generally enjoys reading, that was one of the only 'classics' I absolutely wanted no part of."

    katiek4eb45efca

    3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Silhouettes of people on the cover of The Scarlet Letter
    Signet

    "Not only is it an absolute slog, but there's little about it that is actually worth teaching besides English teachers' obsession with its color symbolism. All it does is promote puritanical thinking, and it's honestly not that well written."

    sforsgren1

    4. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

    A boy holding a lantern with two dogs at his side on the cover of Where the Red Fern Grows
    Random House

    "It's an elementary school staple, but whyyy would you do that to a child? I remember half my fourth grade class sobbing, even the teacher. I don't even know what the book is supposed to teach. Work hard for what you want only to have it die hideous deaths?"

    thegreatcatsby33

    5. The Lord of the Rings trilogy

    Rings on the cover of The Lord of the Rings
    Harper Collins

    "I absolutely hated it and stopped in the middle of the second book. The author kept just breaking into random songs and utter nonsense. Like please move on with the plot already! It reminded me too much of Les Mis with a lot of text dedicated to something that had nothing really to do with the book. I have only given up three times in my life reading a book, and this was one of them."

    monikap6

    6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

    Overlapping ferns on the cover of Wuthering Heights
    Vintage

    "I hate Wuthering Heights. Just a miserable book. No one is happy; everyone dies. Catherine is a ghost? And also has that weird 'person being told by another person about yet another person's personal life' narrative."

    sambro777

    7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    A whale diving into the ocean with a boat in its mouth on the cover of Moby Dick
    Modern Library

    "Moby Dick is the worsttttt. It drags on forever, and half of it reads like a whaling textbook. Weird AF."

    grondinbrittney

    8. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    An emaciated person holding their hand over their heart, standing in front of a heart on the cover of Heart of Darkness
    Penguin Random House

    "Boring, poorly written, and hard to follow. Racist, misogynistic, and the protagonist is constantly trying to defend imperialism."

    sophiehaegele

    9. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

    The book cover for The Merchant of Venice
    Simon & Schuster

    "The play is made up of a lot of Jewish stereotypes and racist undertones. I struggled to see it as a 'masterpiece' because I couldn't help but think about the messages Shakespeare might have intended to project."

    hiitsnicetomeetyou

    10. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    A wide angle of a landscape on the cover of East of Eden
    The Viking Press

    "East of Eden was sooo BORING! Also, the parts where Lee (a Chinese cook) would speak in a stereotypical manner made me wince."

    goosethekitty

    11. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

    A woman in a dress standing in a field on the cover of Tess of the D'Urbervilles
    Open Road Media

    "A heartwarming tale of the trials of a woman that is ultimately raped, left pregnant, and forced to face the judgment of the people closest to her. Of course, her cousin/baby daddy thrives."

    rookiewinger

    12. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    A person wrapped in newspaper set on fire on the cover of Fahrenheit 451
    Ballantine Books

    "Honestly, I feel like the book's depiction of censorship and technology is very outdated and a very 'old man screaming at children from lawn' sort of thing. They act as though technology has no good use. It's supposed to warn of a future without books and constant in-person communication, but they don't realize that now technology is used to bring people together even more."

    maryganey187

    13. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

    A collage with a woman, a beetle, a bird, and flowers on the cover of One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Penguin Books

    "Granted I didn’t finish it, but it just had too much pedophilia and incest in the beginning for me. Couldn’t get past it to see whatever was supposed to be amazing about that book. Not to mention everyone has the same freaking name!"

    laurae4525fb3d9

    14. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

    The cover of The Taming of the Shrew
    Simon & Schuster

    "The sexism, abuse, and gaslighting are absolutely over the top and horrific. I like a lot of Shakespeare, but that play made me cringe when we read it in 10th grade."

    arhy

    15. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

    A man standing on the beach holding an umbrella and a gun on the cover of Robinson Crusoe
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

    "It reads like an agonizingly long shopping list of how this man survived by himself on an island. I found it mind-numbing and struggled to get through it, especially the parts where it gets uber-religious and Crusoe decides that it must be God who has kept him alive thus far. It took my hotel catching on fire and me needing to flee the burning building to make this book interesting, because I wondered for about three days if it was a sign from a deity since I'd read the passage where Crusoe finds God the night before. I eventually decided that I'm still an atheist, and this book still sucks."

    ashtodust

    16. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    Faber and Faber

    "Just couldn’t read it. I was physically sick throughout reading it and had horrendous nightmares. Not a book 12-year-olds should read, plus I just thought it was a terrible story."

    jkn

    17. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    The silhouette of a girl standing under a tree on the cover of To Kill a Mockingbird
    Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group

    "A longer-than-needed story where Harper Lee gets away with tons of racism and a white guy literally does the bare minimum and is now like a hero. Not to mention the second half of the story makes NO SENSE."

    turtles2000

    18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    The book cover for Pride and Prejudice
    Barnes & Noble

    "I get that a lot of people like that book and her as an author, but I DESPISED every second of that unit in my college lit class. I think I made it to Chapter 2 before I gave up and crapped my way through the rest of the unit. From what I can recall from my college lectures and discussions (though it was probably five years ago), it was just, 'Oh look, I can marry this guy. Oh wow, there is another guy. Oh look, it’s time for an elaborate ball! And look, there is another cute guy in the corner!' I just did not find it appealing or interesting in any way shape or form."

    hamhamham4545

    19. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    A pair of eyes looks over city lights on the cover of The Great Gatsby
    Scribner

    "I NEVER understood the appeal or even what half the book was about. Cool, some weird guy with money chases after a girl he used to know who’s with an abusive asshole. Then he ends up dead. There’s partying and alcohol. It’s BORING. I cannot understand why it’s so 'classic' and why people love it so much."

    nishameladyfriend

    20. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    The book cover for Romeo and Juliet
    Simon & Schuster

    "I know it wasn’t a book, but it’s not the classic everyone thinks it is. First of all, she’s like 12 and he’s 18. They knew each other for a few days and got married. He was in love with someone else before his fickle ass wanted Juliet. Just awful."

    kelligraceh

    21. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

    A house on the coast of an island on the cover of And Then There Were None
    William Morrow Paperbacks

    "The original title was very problematic, but although they’ve changed it, the book still contains lots of problematic and racist language inside. It doesn’t do anything to serve the story, which is also not great."

    georgiecozens

    22. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    Two men walking down a path on the cover of Of Mice and Men
    Covici Friede

    "It’s a short book, but it’s terribly boring. There is no main plot, and the message is unclear and confusing. What are we supposed to feel after reading it? It almost seems to want us to hate Lennie’s disability."

    madykatehansen

    23. 1984 by George Orwell

    A blue eye on the cover of 1984
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    "1984 should have been great. The concept is phenomenal! As someone who never had to read it in high school, I looked forward to checking it out as an adult. As an avid reader and lover of classics, I cozied in and started in on it. I have read bad books, but usually you know going in they are going to be subpar. It was dry, without redemption, the plot was full of potential that it never lived up to, and it read like an opinion piece masquerading as a novel. I get why the American education system loves it, but a classic? I think not."

    kirawingrove

    24. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    A trio talking between shrubs on the cover of Gone With the Wind
    Macmillan Publishers

    "First of all, portraying a plantation owner as a sympathetic, down-on-her-luck character is gross. Same goes for its nostalgic depiction of slave-owning Southern culture. Also, people have written entire histories of the Civil War in fewer pages. I think it gets hugely overrated because the movie was so groundbreaking and because of Rhett Butler's delivery of the final line."

    cms479

    25. Anything written by Charles Dickens

    Modern Library / Signet

    "I would say that any novel by Charles Dickens, such as Great Expectations or A Tale of Two Cities, should go. He is indulgent in his description, and yet it’s all incredibly dull — I understand he wrote his books as 'episodes' for magazines, but my lord, please stop taking 20 pages to describe a chair. Not to mention with the way he spells out metaphors, it’s obvious he doesn’t actually expect the reader to understand without his help.

    The Muppet Christmas Carol is a masterpiece, however."

    laurenmhughes27

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.

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