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Old 12-09-2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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How about some guilty pleasures?

I have a few books I read and am not proud of (nor would I necessarily admit to having read them), but secretly enjoyed. Might be fun to get it off your chest, eh?

Here's my list:

Sum of All Fears - Clancy

Jurrassic Park - Crichton

Christine - King

A Christmas Carol - Dickens

A Boy's Life - McCammon

Atlas Shrugged - Rand

WLT - Keillor

Jaws - Benchley

Casino Royal - Fleming

anything by PG Wodehouse [EDIT: I take back this entry, after much re-thinking and some scolding.]

That's 10. I'm sure I have more if I just thought about it.

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Old 12-09-2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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You wouldn't admit you've read Jaws, Christine, Jurassic Park or A Christmas Carol? Why?! I clicked on this figuring I'd see Twilight . What's the reasoning?


Mines the Twilight Series great books, but I'm not the key demographic for them so it doesn't seem quite right.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:13 AM   #3
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I have to admit I quite enjoyed Battlefield: Earth...
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:02 PM   #4
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I have to admit I quite enjoyed Battlefield: Earth...
Me too. I know, I know...laugh at will...

I read the "Aliens" novelization as a teenager and *LOVED* that book. The movie was good too.

I also like Bon Jovi.

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:06 PM   #5
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Awww, I love Jurassic Park by Crichton... and definitely don't feel guilty about loving it!

My guilty pleasure book is Season of Passage by Christopher Pike. I loved his YA books growing up, even though they were predictable (and now they're unreadable, except for his Last Vampire series, which I also love). This book was one of his first "adult" books, and I still LOVE it. I've just about worn out my copy and wish I could find it as an ebook.

I also like Bon Jovi

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Old 12-09-2010, 12:10 PM   #6
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:20 PM   #7
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Oh this is too easy! I'll say almost any John Ringo novel I've read (though his cowritten "March To" series isn't shameful). The very definition of a guilty pleasure, ha ha.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:28 PM   #8
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I've enjoyed a few Crichton (sp?), Clancy and King books, I'm not particularly ashamed of it though. My guilty pleasure is romance, I enjoy the whole spectrum from Jane Austen (definitely NOT ashamed of that one) to the cheap Harlequin stuff. I must admit that I've bought more of the latter lately, now that I can download them and read them in public without anybody knowing about it.

I remember a humiliating scene a long time ago in the bookshop "Shakespeare and Company" in Paris, a used books shop where I bought a Harlequin (in French) and a few English language books, and the cashier looked at me funny and asked if I was a bilingual secretary. I think she was confused by my choice of literature, or maybe she thought only secretaries read romance, and since I obviously could read English I had to be a bilingual one.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:56 PM   #9
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Formerly decent-to-good writers whose works over time have degenerated into repetitive authorial tics and stylistic cliché to the point of near self-parody, whom I nevertheless keep up with out of sheer morbid curiosity about series developments (via the library, though, not out of my own funds anymore).

There's a blog out there with a photoshopped cover of one of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books which replaces the title with "My Little Pony Goes to War" and it is so, so true.

Also the ones who've/whose estates have been farming out the actual writing of the sequels "based on extensive notes and outlines" to their popular works to other writers of varying degrees of skill/ability to replicate the appealing portions of the original author's style.

Cf. Anne/Todd McCaffrey, David Eddings, Marion Zimmer Bradley, etc.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:31 PM   #10
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Twilight Series...need I say more?
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:50 PM   #11
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For me it'd be all those cozy mystery series I read.
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True Crime and teen novels.

I also like Bon Jovi.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:17 PM   #13
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Jodi Picoult. I can't read more than 1 a year, and yes I get the "formula" but I always enjoy them.

Also I'm not much for chick lit but I do like Jennifer Weiner (such as "Good in Bed." There's a book that belongs on your ereader so no one can see the title).

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Old 12-09-2010, 05:07 PM   #14
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I loved Jaws and Jurassic Park. Also got hooked on every single one of Dan Browns books. The embarassing confession would be I am a 31 year old guy who finished reading Twilight: Eclipse about 10 minutes ago and am now logging off because I can't wait to start the fourth book
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Mine are V.C. Andrews novels (although I haven't read one in a few years) and....
Baby-Sitters Club books.

My favourite guilty pleasure t.v. show is "One Tree Hill". It felt good to get that off my chest.
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