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It's Time To Decide If These Novels Are Actually Classics Or Really Overrated

I honestly might not be able to handle it if people come for my beloved The Great Gatsby.

It's back-to-school season, which means that students all over the country are probably getting long lists of required reading assignments full of classic novels.

I recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share the books they absolutely hated reading in school. In the comments for each of those posts, there were tons of people fighting back and demanding justice for classic novels they actually loved reading in English class.

So to settle this debate once and for all, I pulled some of the most controversial titles to see if you think they're actually worthy of being called a classic or they're simply overrated.

1. Is The Catcher in the Rye classic or overrated?

book cover with a horse

2. Is The Grapes of Wrath classic or overrated?

the book cover with two kids and an adult looking over an empty landscape except for wagons

3. Is Les Misérables classic or overrated?

the book cover with illustrations of the city of Paris

4. Is Fahrenheit 451 classic or overrated?

book cover with a book turned into a matchbox

5. Is Moby-Dick classic or overrated?

whale on the book cover

6. Is The Great Gatsby classic or overrated?

book cover with a drawing of a face

7. Is To Kill a Mockingbird classic or overrated?

Scout looking up at a tree on the book cover

8. Is Hatchet classic or overrated?

Boy on the cover

9. Is The Old Man and the Sea classic or overrated?

A man at sea

10. Is Great Expectations classic or overrated?

A scene from an English village on the cover

11. Is Pride and Prejudice classic or overrated?

Woman reading on the book cover

12. Is East of Eden classic or overrated?

Book cover with drawings of animals, including a snake

13. Is The Hobbit classic or overrated?

Drawing of mountains on the book cover

14. Is The Crucible classic or overrated?

The back of a woman's head on the cover

15. Is Romeo and Juliet classic or overrated?

The book cover

16. Is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn classic or overrated?

The book cover showing an illustration of a boy in overalls walking along the bottom of the ocean with his head above the waves

17. Is Lord of the Flies classic or overrated?

The book cover with an illustration of a boy surrounded by flames

18. Is 1984 classic or overrated?

The book cover showing the illustration of an eye

19. Is The Scarlet Letter classic or overrated?

The book cover

20. Is The Odyssey classic or overrated?

The book cover

21. And finally, is Jane Eyre classic or overrated?

The book cover with flowers