This is a bit of a steal from Mumsnet but it got some interesting responses there and I’d like to know your take. What is the one book you regret reading? Maybe it was just dull and “wasted your precious time” to quote Dylan, didn’t live up to the hype, had a disappointing ending, or left disturbing images in your mind. Mine was a book of short stories by Stephen King I read when I had German Measles at 15. There was one I read at night about a man getting swallowed up by a large printer. Reading it I got more and more scared, then found it hard to breathe. ‘Panic Attacks’ weren’t largely known about at that time, which is what I was having though I didn’t know it. I thought it was a complication of the Measles and I was going to die. Terrifying!
Also there was a book in the school library called something like “Sex and Violence on TV”. Well I was amazed that such a book was in plain sight in our very religious school so I took it out. It turned out to be an extremely boring scientific book of methological studies. I learnt the words “desensitisation” and “catharsis” but little else. Over on Mumsnet American Psycho scored highly as did We Need to Talk About Kevin (upsetting) and The Time Traveller’s Wife (tosh).