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Initial post: 17 Oct 2011 21:04:07 BDT
Every forum I have entered is crammed with authors shamelessly promoting their own books. Just out of curiousity, what is the ridiculous plot line for a novel you can make up?

Posted on 17 Oct 2011 21:09:35 BDT
Crookedmouth says:
It was a dark and stormy night. At just about quarter past one - the witching hour - I received an email from Amazon stating that, yes, they had decided to reform review voting and remove the negative vote.

Posted on 17 Oct 2011 21:25:58 BDT
A truly chilling tale Crookedmouth...More!

Posted on 18 Oct 2011 07:09:43 BDT
Molly Brown says:
"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense...."

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2011 12:13:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Oct 2011 12:20:27 BDT
NeuroSplicer says:
So when he saw Hagrid barging in, stooping to fit in the regular-sized door, he was convinced he was dreaming. But he had to pinch himself when he heard him utter the words:

"You are a reviewer, Harry!"

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2011 12:21:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Oct 2011 12:27:28 BDT
Molly Brown says:
This could become the new quiz page, name that book!

"According to Wikipedia, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has sold over 80 million copies worldwide. The amount of 1 star reviews on Amazon is phenomenally large for a best-seller. Here is a just a small selection of the funnier comments:

This is a book for people who can't read.

People are hailing it as a masterpiece! I'm sure these people find the absence of pictures almost intolerable.

The plot is weak, the characters thinner than Holy Communion wafer and the writing style like something from a Lego instruction manual......"

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2011 12:50:39 BDT
Damaskcat says:
It's all snobbery! I'm sure Dan Brown is crying all the way to the bank. I read The Da Vinci Code and found it a totally enthralling story. Doesn't nattter whether I believed in the characters or anything else it kept me reading because it is just a good story. it's not meant to be great literature for heavens sake and it probably still sells by the thousand. Charles Dickens was the Dan Bown of his day and look at his work now.

Posted on 18 Oct 2011 12:58:37 BDT
Molly Brown says:
Wait, there's lots more..............

"There is a fine line between stupid and genius, and this book knows firmly which side it's bread is greenest on."

"My excuse for reading it was that I belong to a book club... Everyone in our group loathed it with a passion and we made the woman who suggested it take something back to IKEA as a penance for putting us through the torture."

"It was like removing a wood splinter from beneath my finger-nail - long, painful, bloody and tiresome."

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2011 15:40:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Oct 2011 15:41:07 BDT
Damaskcat says:
All I can say is some people like mocking success. Others feel that unless a book is diffuclt to read then it's only fit for morons. I read for entertainment - as do many people - and I have never bothered what people think of my reading choices. Reading is not IMO a competitive sport.

Posted on 21 Oct 2011 22:02:35 BDT
Flora Cake says:
I would have to nominate another Dan Brown as the most ridiculous storyline - Deception Point. It is such a terrible book, I can totally understand why Brown is said to be one of the worst authors around. Da Vinci Code is a competent thriller, obviously not literature but it was a good read, but Deception Point just got worse and worse!

Posted on 24 Oct 2011 16:55:30 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2011 17:19:17 BDT
Esme Burnett says:
Might be Digital Fortress. Even if that's not the one you're thinking of, it surely merits a mention in this thread. Unbelievably absurd, although I agree The Da Vinci Code was pretty good.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2011 17:57:06 BDT
Flora Cake says:
I think it was Deception Point - he must have coined it in with those terrible books bought on the strength of DaVinci Codes success, I don't suppose they sold that well before. Fortunately I did not buy a copy so I didn't feel robbed.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2011 11:00:35 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2011 07:32:18 GMT
Molly Brown says:
In what way do Wuthering Heights and Moby Dick have ridiculous plotlines?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2011 13:46:41 GMT
NeuroSplicer says:
"...generally [not] regarded as shoddily written" and Moby Dick in the same phrase?

Call me Ishmael! I would like to hear the answer to Red Molly's question as well!

Posted on 9 Nov 2011 07:28:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Nov 2011 07:35:13 GMT
Molly Brown says:
In 1801, Mr. Lockwood, a rich man from the south, rents Thrushcross Grange in the north of England for peace and recuperation. Soon after his arrival, he visits his landlord, Mr. Heathcliff, who lives in the remote moorland farmhouse called "Wuthering Heights". He finds the inhabitants of Wuthering Heights to be a strange group: Mr. Heathcliff appears a gentleman but his mannerisms suggest otherwise; the reserved mistress of the house is in her mid-teens; and a young man appears to be one of the family, although he dresses and talks like a servant.

Being snowed in, Mr. Lockwood stays the night and is shown to an unused chamber, where he finds books and graffiti from a former inhabitant of the farmhouse named Catherine. When he falls asleep, he has a nightmare in which he sees Catherine as a ghost trying to enter through the window. He wakes and is unable to return to sleep. As soon as the sun rises, he is escorted back to Thrushcross Grange by Heathcliff. There, he asks his housekeeper, Ellen Dean, to tell him the story of the family from the Heights...........

Quite a commendable or reasoned "plot" in my humble opinion. Outrageous could and does mean, amongst many things, greatly exceeding bounds of reason?

Posted on 9 Nov 2011 11:59:59 GMT
Flora Cake says:
The classics mentioned have to be considered in cultural context. Modern mores would mean that we would tend to regard such storylines as over the top and implausible (though WH doesn't seem to be that much like that IMO), but the time when they were written peoples expectation of a good read was very different. There was a far greater love of melodrama, and also the practical consideration of being paid by the page so books tended to be very long.
I believe that most MODERN books with ridiculous plots are almost always also badly written books, as a good or great writer is not just eloquent with a massive vocab, they also have the skill to engage the reader by producing something that is plausible within the context of its genre.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2011 19:47:48 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2011 09:50:14 GMT
Molly Brown says:
"Plot is a literary term defined as the events that make up a story, particularly as they relate to one another in a pattern, in a sequence, through cause and effect, or by coincidence. One is generally interested in how well this pattern of events accomplishes some artistic or emotional effect. An intricate, complicated plot is called an imbroglio, but even the simplest statements of plot may include multiple inferences."

"In his Poetics, Aristotle considered plot ("mythos") the most important element of drama-more important than character, for example. A plot must have, Aristotle says, a beginning, a middle, and an end, and the events of the plot must causally relate to one another as being either necessary, or probable."

"Gustav Freytag considered plot a narrative structure that divided a story into five parts, like the five acts of a play. These parts are: exposition (of the situation); rising action (through conflict); climax (or turning point); falling action; and resolution."

So, are we talking plot in Aristotle's sense, the dramatic, into which catergory I would place WH and MB, or as in Fretag's complicated, often unnecessary and/or improbable style......The Da Vinci Code (being a prime example imo), et al?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2011 09:45:52 GMT
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Posted on 6 Dec 2011 05:36:38 GMT
Mr. K. White says:
The News gets my vote, bad stories, no continuity and poor English even for dummies!

Posted on 20 Jan 2012 00:28:17 GMT
sally tarbox says:
One of the weirdest plotlines I've ever come across is Balzac's 'Woman of Thirty'. It starts of innocuous enough- unhappy marriage, infidelity and a mother who rejects her daughter who grows up an outsider in the home. Nothing very startling there. Then wham! one night an escaped murderer bangs on the door seeking sanctuary from the police...and unhappy daughter runs off with him. Years pass...her father is returning home by ship when he's taken hostage by pirates- Pirate Chief is the murderer, and happy in her chamber on board with her children is the daughter, now Pirate Queen. It's not so much the plot as the sudden change in style from one kind of novel to another that makes it so ridiculous.

Posted on 20 Jan 2012 10:45:11 GMT
The Truth says:
There's a Mike Takeshi film called Gozu which has just sprung to mind. It's completely bizarre.

If hot women giving birth to full grown adults, hoteliers serving their guests breast milk, and yakuza overlords with soup ladels up their bum is your thing - you'll love it.

Me - I still haven't a clue what it was all about. It was like and Asian Carlitos Way, mixed with a bit of Benjamin Button and fetishist porn on acid.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012 10:58:57 GMT
Damaskcat says:
The ways of the human imagination never cease to amaze me :-)
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