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Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby master_tonberry » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:56 pm UTC

Recently I've realised that there are some series I'm reading that aren't actually very good. But somehow I just can't stop reading them....
e.g. I've read about 6 or 7 books in the dresden files and although I don't think they're that good I really can't put them down.

In other words books that you feel guilty about reading but....you really enjoy reading too.

So I'm wondering if anyone else has any other series that're like that.

okay to start off:
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
and The Sten Series (I forget the author)
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Antimony-120 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:09 pm UTC

Despite being a fairly obvious plot structure and philosophically about as deep as a rain-puddle, I still just about shit myself every time I read John Dies at the End.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Malice » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:05 pm UTC

Antimony-120 wrote:Despite being a fairly obvious plot structure and philosophically about as deep as a rain-puddle, I still just about shit myself every time I read John Dies at the End.


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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Masuri » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:31 pm UTC

Gasp! I love the Dresden books and I'm not sorry! I think they get better with every book and I love them publicly and recommend them to my friends.

A real guilty pleasure set of books is the Queen Betsy novels. Chick-lit vampire romance? Doesn't get more guilty than that, my friends. Honestly, I love the contrast between what is actually kind of dark subject matter and the flighty, vain bimbo of a narrator. The combination works for me. Also, the relationship between Betsy and Jessica is pretty much exactly the relationship I have with my own best friend.

I have bought every book of this series the instant it's available. ;)

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Ceorle » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:46 pm UTC

The 1632 series (which are actually available online) are kind of pointless, and they should've suspended my disbelief and interest long ago, but here I am in 1635. (They're about an American town displaced into the middle of the thirty year war)Also, some of the books are little more than advancement and exposition.

Also I've read, like, twelve of the Stephanie Plum novels (by Janet Evanovich). Now that's a guilty pleasure. They're... almost... repeating themselves.

Also the Robert Jordan ones, which aren't good anymore, but I keep reading like a good little consumer. Because that's what those books are to me. Consumption run rampant.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Memo » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:49 pm UTC

Harry Potter.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby tiny » Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:49 pm UTC

Thomas Mann - The Magic Mountain.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Amarantha » Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:25 am UTC

I shall cop to reading Diana Gabaldon novels. But don't tell anyone.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby steewi » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:11 am UTC

Sookie Stackhouse novels
Traci Harding's Ancient Future (completely Mary Sue, with added typos and poor editing, but I keep coming back for some reason)
Ranger's Apprentice - sure, it's for kids, and it's a completely unoriginal world and plot, but it's just fun.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby master_tonberry » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:22 am UTC

Masuri wrote:Gasp! I love the Dresden books and I'm not sorry! I think they get better with every book and I love them publicly and recommend them to my friends.


yeah they are getting better but I started reading them after reading the first 3 books of the alera codex so maybe my hopes were too high.

Harry Potter though...I actually like the books, but can't stand the movies...
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Kitation » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:12 am UTC

The Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop. It pretty much reads as a sex-ridden romance dressed up in gothic fantasy where everyone is amazing at everything. But I love it. It's fairly easy to read and the sexual scenes aren't explict.

I still break out the Dragonlance collection from time to time. I'm at that weird stage where I've "grown out" of that kind of easy generic fantasy, but I find "adult" fantasy like Song of Ice and Fire horribly boring, I just can't help but love Raistlin, still my favourite bad guy out of any books I've read.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Balalaika Gap » Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:01 pm UTC

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. The books are way better than the movies, but... they're still teen chick-lit and I'm an adult and I feel a little bit goofy about loving them. Whenever I'm at the bookstore buying the latest one, I arm myself with an excuse ("I write teen chick-lit, so this is research!" Which is true, but I really like them for entertainment, not just research.).

I've never been in a situation where someone actually asked me for my excuse, but I always have it ready anyway.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Flying Betty » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:45 pm UTC

Jennifer Cruisie. At least she writes adult chick lit, and the characters tend to be a bit less sane than the standard shoes-in-NYC chick lit, but still.

And then on the opposite end of the (I guess still vaguely chick lit-y) spectrum: Tamora Pierce. Nothing like mindless teenage girl fantasy to take my mind off of real life!
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby master_tonberry » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:03 pm UTC

Balalaika Gap wrote:I've never been in a situation where someone actually asked me for my excuse, but I always have it ready anyway.

I always have an excuse ready too but no-one ever asks for them......except way way after I've forgotten what the excuse actually was, and then I just do my fish impression.

Oh and almost anything written by Tom Clancy. I liked his books at first but I can only ake so much of his underlying theme of "America rules. So there" (I'm a brit). Rainbow Six is an exception though.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby cathrl » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:34 pm UTC

I love the Harry Dresden books!

Also, Harry Potter and Alex Rider. My excuse is always that I'm reading them to see if I think my kids will like them :) I just bought Uglies for the exact same reason, honest :)

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Sarr » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:53 pm UTC

Damn you and your insulting one of my favourite series. I LOVE The Dresden Files.

Guilty Pleasures, huh? Nothing really springs to mind, as HP isn't really a pleasure.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby j'suis tres chic » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:00 pm UTC

Harry Potter, and Agatha Christie/Dorothy Sayers/other mystery books.

I also am rather addicted to horrible, pointless, high-school chick-lit. It's sad.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Nyssa » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:38 pm UTC

Kitation wrote:The Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop. It pretty much reads as a sex-ridden romance dressed up in gothic fantasy where everyone is amazing at everything. But I love it. It's fairly easy to read and the sexual scenes aren't explict.


I actually take mild offense to this. First off, it's not primarily a romance. I'd put that down as a third catergory descriptor if anything. Second, while it is full of sex, the author, to my memory, only describes one sex scene in the entire trilogy and it isn't even completed. The rest of the "sex scenes" in the book are references to things people went on to do or did that don't last more than a sentence along the lines of "Frank and Mary-Jo learned the ways of love that night" or some such euphemism.

Secondly, everyone is not amazing at everything. That is the focus of the book, the keystone to the plot, is the imbalance of power in an incestuous matriarchal society.

They are a set of amazing books that deal with social, government, sex-roles, and sexual issues, flipping everything upsidedown and placing it in a fantasy setting. The author has a way with writing about the dark sides of things that I haven't quite been able to find in other books, she likes to question values and morality as seen by society. To write that set off as "sex ridden romance dressed up in gothic fantasy" and then say that you love the trilogy (yes, I know there are more than three books set in the realm) is insulting.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby spacecase » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:33 am UTC

Tamora Pierce's Tortall books.

Basically, I started reading The Lioness Quartet when I was in seventh grade, and it would seem like a real shame to not keep up to date with them now, since I know the characters so well...and kind-of-still-love-the-books.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby pyroman » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:37 am UTC

a few years back i was rather obsessed with star Wars books... i most have read at least 30 of em. definitely not great works of literature but some how i couldn't stop. I guess its the nerd in me.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby GonzoMcFonzo » Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:16 am UTC

I'm going to second Star Wars, although the pleasure has recently gone out of that series for me. Another of mine is pretty much anyhting written by David Webber (including 1633). It's all predictable, over the top, not very original military SF, with most series being dominated by his Mary-Sue charachters, but I just can't get enough of it!
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Postby joeframbach » Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:54 am UTC

A few years ago I re-read a few books that I haven't read since 4th grade. Goosebumps. Back then I would tear through them during lunch in a few days. Now I tear through them during lunch in one sitting. They're not bad for a quick read.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Deep Thought » Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:14 am UTC

The MythAdventure series. They started out as some of the best whimsical fantasy books in existence. Then Asprin began "co-authoring" with Jody Lynn Nye. And his books began sucking. They're so character driven that not even Jody Lynn Nye can write the books. It has to be him. And yet... I still read them. Even though they're being churned out several times a year.

That and, er, *cough* the Stephanie Meyer books*cough*

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Narsil » Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:45 pm UTC

I think the only books I've read lately that weren't high literature were Neil Gaiman novels. I'm still going back and forth between "fiction god" and "literary Snickers bar" in my opinion of him.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Flying Betty » Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:53 am UTC

Narsil wrote:I think the only books I've read lately that weren't high literature were Neil Gaiman novels. I'm still going back and forth between "fiction god" and "literary Snickers bar" in my opinion of him.


Both. It's what makes the man so very amazing.


(And my latest reading pleasure- Mercedes Lackey. I swear my brain is just going to start oozing out my ears if I keep this up.)
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby karmiclube » Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:15 am UTC

romance novels. i justify this by sticking to a few select authors, and avoiding the harlequin series and other dime a dozen "billionaire who won't take no for an answer finds himself attracted to his extraordinarily hot secretary/vice president/neighbor/childhood friend/etc who's very stubborn and oh look at that after lots of hot sex they get married and it's just great LE SIGH~" types. to my chagrin, though, i've encountered a lamentable tendency to read a book that winds up being the first (or middle, as is usually the case) in a series in which a humongous family/gentleman's club each finds themselves married to their one true love (usually after lots of hot sex, heh)

for all that, though, the dialog is usually amusing, and i'm a sucker for regency england.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby ian » Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:35 am UTC

Although I do read a bit of what I can only call comic fiction, as well as the occasional star wars or sci-fi book (or Potter), I don't really consider any of it a guilty pleasure. Though I do often see it as a reward of kind, for reading something a bit more heavy going.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby watchayakan » Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:43 pm UTC

The Harry Potter series! Not only am I generally not into fantasy, but I'm also not into mediocre writing! However, the plot just captured me beyond belief.

The Ender series is also very much so out of my normal genre, but I find no guilt in that! I cannot wait for Shadows in Flight!

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby cephalopod9 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:45 am UTC

Vampire Hunter D - completely ridiculous, but hawtsome.

Fruits Basket, and to a lesser extent Ranma1/2 -the guilt stemming mainly from introducing my 12 year old brother to them. (No offense to anyone, the pastel colors, and love stories just make them seem really girly to me; feel free to reassure me it is not possible to turn someone gay.)
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Killy_mcgee » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:14 pm UTC

Uhhh...I'd say anything by Sharon Creech. They always seem to be girly and yet...I just can't put them down. Like Absolutely Normal Chaos.I LOVE THAT ONE
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby aeki » Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:07 am UTC

Stephanie Plum books for me. Yeah, there's a lot of discussion about how much eye makeup she's wearing and how many doughnuts she's eating, and she spends way too much time waffling between love interests which is getting old as the series gets longer, but they're funny, damn it. Plus, there are exploding cars, and who doesn't love exploding cars?

I was lukewarm on the Dresden series at first, but they do get better as they go on. I also watched the television series they made out of it, which was mildly entertaining in a cheesy-sci-fi-not-really-much-to-do-with-the-books sort of way.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Anri » Sat May 03, 2008 9:27 am UTC

Everything by Laurell K. Hamilton. Vampires and sex and violence and more sex and orgies and werepeople and more sex and more orgies.

She even named one of her books Guilty Pleasures.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Severus Severance » Sun May 04, 2008 7:16 pm UTC

Maximum Ride.

The books are terrible plot-wise, but I've been in the fandom too long to up and leave.

(All right, all right, I write fanfic for it, so sue me.)

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Awia » Mon May 05, 2008 6:43 pm UTC

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, so obvious and cliché, but I can't help myself.

oh, and The Wheel of Time Series, one of my favourite series of books, even if nothing happens...ever. I swear, those books could be 3 pages long and still have the same plot advancement, but I continue to read, in the hope Rand will go crazy and kill everyone.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Masuri » Tue May 06, 2008 4:09 pm UTC

Anri wrote:Everything by Laurell K. Hamilton. Vampires and sex and violence and more sex and orgies and werepeople and more sex and more orgies.

She even named one of her books Guilty Pleasures.

I used to like this series. Then the sex and orgies chased out pretty much everything else, and I had to stop. It's not even the orgies, so much as the constant cycle of Anita banging the entire free world, then having a freakout, then 'accidentally' banging 3 more guys, then having another freakout. It's like vicariously experiencing a bad relationship with some crazy fundamentalist Christian girl who tears your clothes off for 15 minutes of fun, then agonizes and sobs about what a whore she is for 3 hours afterward.

Pass!

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Clumpy » Thu May 08, 2008 6:23 pm UTC

Junie B. Jones and anything else by Barbara Park. If anything, her books are funnier to me now than they were when I used to read them in elementary school. Throw some Wayside School and other Sachar stuff on the pile as long as we're at it.

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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby Dusty Chalk » Thu May 08, 2008 7:14 pm UTC

Masuri wrote:
Anri wrote:Everything by Laurell K. Hamilton. Vampires and sex and violence and more sex and orgies and werepeople and more sex and more orgies.

She even named one of her books Guilty Pleasures.

I used to like this series. Then the sex and orgies chased out pretty much everything else, and I had to stop. It's not even the orgies, so much as the constant cycle of Anita banging the entire free world, then having a freakout, then 'accidentally' banging 3 more guys, then having another freakout. It's like vicariously experiencing a bad relationship with some crazy fundamentalist Christian girl who tears your clothes off for 15 minutes of fun, then agonizes and sobs about what a whore she is for 3 hours afterward.

Pass!
Yeah, I finished with her a few years ago. When I recommend the series to someone, I tell them to start at the beginning, and read until it gets to be too much, then stop. Because it's progressive, and it just keeps going.

And it's not just that it's basically disguised porn towards the end, it's that it's bad. The characters are never enjoying it. Too many "his eyes were a little too wide", not enough, "I felt a stirring in my loins just from watching".

A nice counterpoint to that is the Southern Vampire series from Charlaine Harris. She put the fun back in sex.
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Re: Books/Series that're a guilty pleasure

Postby JayDee » Sun May 11, 2008 1:37 am UTC

I quite enjoyed the Anita Blake books, borrowed 1-13 off a friend (and was surprised at what she was reading!) and read them all one after another. Haven't had the motivation to read the one or two that have come out since. I do love the blurb for Danse Macarbe, though: 'Now Anita Blake is facing what every single Catholic woman fears the most: pregnancy!' Especially when pretty much none of her dozen or so lovers are human. Well, living human.

Martin Middleton is a guilty pleasure that I'm often tempted to reread. Very trashy fantasy, with a nice amount of detail on the weaponry and the battles.

Pool of Radiance is one of my all time favourite books, and a bit of a guilty pleasure. It's a novelisation of the PC RPG game, and that's exactly what it reads like.
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