The discussion thread on Rating Other Peoples' Work gave me an idea for a just for fun ratings exercise. Think of a well known published book that most other people will have probably read or be familiar with , either from English lit courses or popular culture, and say how you would rate it based on the WFG scale:
It will be fun to see how other people rate.
I'll start it off with what I consider to be a couple of interesting cases:
1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien: 5. Because it's epic, unforgettable, and at it's time was original, though it wouldn't be today because basically the whole sword and sorcery genre is deriviative of it. This is an interesting case because it doesn't aspire to be great literature in terms of saying something deep and philosophic (although you can find that in it), and for me it has some major flaws - some of the writing is way longwinded and I personally find a tough slog. But at its best - its LOTR, is has to be a 5 right? Do you think so? Would you rate different books within the trilogy differently?
2. In the Skin of a Lion by Micheal Ondatje. 2! This may not work because I don't know how well this book is known outside Canada, but it's won some major literary awards. So maybe my 2 is going to be controversial but I seriously cannot get into this book although I've tried twice. Not because it's too deep and heavy, but basically because imo the plot, charactors, dialogue are stilted and unconvincing. Only the setting is of interest and that would mainly be if you are familiar with the city of Toronto. I think Ondatje is way over-rated and his other major work The English Patient is one of the few cases of the movie being better than the book.
3. Any Harlequin romance: Basically all of these are 1's or 2's. If you've read one you've read them all. So here's some examples of what I would give a 1 or 2 to which I have almost never done on WFG. Yet it's not so much that they are "unreadable" or even "a tough slog" ; you could skim them fairly quickly if you were extremely bored but you'd just end up saying "boy that was lame" (or I would; I guess some people enjoy them because they do sell)
So now it's your turn. If you're familiar with these books, what would you give for a rating (say why briefly if you want). Then suggest another well known work and what you would give it.