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Halardfan
May 17th, 2003, 10:30 PM
The following is a list of the 100 greatest novels of all time as voted by BBC viewers...forgive all the 'author profile' stuff which follows the titles...the list is taken from the BBC site...

Id like to praise the inclusion of the Brontes...I rather like Pratchett too, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the ultimate childrens book...

But where oh where are...

Dracula?
Frankenstein?
The Picture of Dorian Gray?

ANYTHING by HG Wells, Jules Verne or Victor Hugo???????

Yet there is a book included by Jeffery bloomin Archer.

I say again...people are stupid. There are too many books on the list which I fear are included by people wishing to appear terribly clever, worthy but dull stuff. Too much Harry Potter too.

Anyway, the list...


1984, George Orwell, Author profile
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, Theatre review
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, Author profile
Animal Farm, George Orwell, Author profile
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Author profile
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery, Author profile
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer, Author profile
The BFG, Roald Dahl, Author profile
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks, Author profile
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, Feature on children's fiction
Bleak House, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, Author profile
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh, Interview
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding, Film review
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres, Film review
Catch 22, Joseph Heller, Author profile
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger, Author profile
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, Author profile
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel, Author profile
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons, Film interview
The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett, Author profile
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, Film review
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment site
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson, Author profile
Dune, Frank Herbert, Discussion
Emma, Jane Austen, Author profile
Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy, Author profile
Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson, Author profile
The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy, Author profile
The Godfather, Mario Puzo, Film review
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell, Film review
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Discussion
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast site
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck, Author profile
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald, Author profile
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling, Author profile
His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman, Author profile
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author profile
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien, Author profile
Holes, Louis Sachar, Author profile
I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith, Film review
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, Feature
Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer, Author profile
Katherine, Anya Seton, BBCi History
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis, Author profile
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, Children's fiction
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding, Author profile
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien, Author profile
Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez, Author profile
The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton, Author profile
Magician, Raymond E Feist
The Magus, John Fowles, Author profile
Matilda, Roald Dahl, Author profile
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden, Author profile
Middlemarch, George Eliot, Author profile
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie, Author profile
Mort, Terry Pratchett, Author profile
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett, Author profile
Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck, Author profile
On The Road, Jack Kerouac, Author profile
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez, Author profile
Perfume, Patrick Süskind
Persuasion, Jane Austen, Author profile
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett, Author profile
A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving, Theatre review
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen, Author profile
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot, Author interview
The Ragged Trousered Philantrhopists, Robert Tressell
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier, Book discussion
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Author profile
The Secret History, Donna Tartt, Author profile
The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Stand, Stephen King, Author profile
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson, Author profile
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth, Interview
Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome, Author profile
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy, Author profile
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson, Author profile
The Twits, Roald Dahl, Author profile
Ulysses, James Joyce, Author profile
Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson, Author profile
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy, Author profile
Watership Down, Richard Adams, Discussion
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame, Author profile
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne, Author profile
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, Feature

JoeyWinson3.0
May 17th, 2003, 10:39 PM
Why the hell are are four Harry Potter books in this list?

As per usual when lists like this are compiled, they tend to have entries that are popular around the time, hence thats why we had Robbie Williams in the 100 Greatest Britons and so on.

But yeah I do agree with you about this list, it's difficult to take it seriously with a Jeffery Archer book.

Dahveed
May 17th, 2003, 10:50 PM
1984, George Orwell, Author profile
Animal Farm, George Orwell, Author profile
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding, Film review
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling, Author profile
Perfume, Patrick Süskind


Those are what i read from the list. Perfume is an excellent book btw. And yeah i've read many French books that didn't make the blah BBC list.

Maajken
May 17th, 2003, 10:58 PM
ive only read these:
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, Feature
The Secret History, Donna Tartt, Author profile

there are so much books in that list id love to read but i simply dont have the time for it at the moment :(

i agree with dahveed about some missing leading french novels by camus, flaubert, dumas, sartre and zola...

Barrie_Dude
May 17th, 2003, 11:01 PM
Harry Potter? Popular fiction, yes; great liteture, no.

Nicoleke
May 18th, 2003, 12:13 AM
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Author profile
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding, Film review
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell, Film review :hearts:
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling, Author profile
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, Feature
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, Children's fiction All time favourite
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien, Author profile
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck, Author profile
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne, Author profile


This is the perfect list :) :D :) :D ;) !!!!!

JoeyWinson3.0
May 18th, 2003, 12:18 AM
Bloody hell I never saw that Tracy Beaker got in... ignore the mildly annoying kids tv series... read the book. An absolutely superb childrens book if ever there was one, I read it when I was about 10, and The Suitcase Kid which is another of Jacqueline Wilson's books.

disposablehero
May 18th, 2003, 12:32 AM
Why the hell are are four Harry Potter books in this list?


Don't you mean why the fuck? And with only two Orwell books. It's ridiculous.

Sam L
May 18th, 2003, 01:52 AM
Jezus, Harry Potter? :rolleyes: I like it and all but hello?

Sam L
May 18th, 2003, 01:58 AM
Um.. is it just me or there's no Mark Twain on that list. "Huckleberry Finn" is a pillar of American literature.

Good to see GWTW and Mockingbird on the list :) Oh and The Great Gatsby :)

hitman
May 18th, 2003, 02:03 AM
Yeah putting Rowling and Dickens or Tolstoy in the same list is terrible. Im sure many of those masters are shaking the bones in their tombs disgusted.

Also, Im pretty sure poor souls of Machado de Assis, Jose de Alencar, Eça de Queiroz and some others are really happy to know who represent the portuguese speaking authors. :rolleyes: at Paulo Coelho

Its all about selling books in some cases. Good literature was forgotten in MANY choices.

Rtael
May 18th, 2003, 02:48 AM
War And Peace? Bullshit....speaking of trying to look terribly clever, War And Peace is the dullest book I have ever read and has absolutely no point....I couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to get past one page at a time :rolleyes:

JoeyWinson3.0
May 18th, 2003, 03:09 AM
JK Rowling cannot be listed as one of the great authors, she is a one trick wonder as I have said before on here. Of course this list is about the best books, but people are talking about her being one of the greatest authors of all time. One of the most successful yes.. but one of the greatest?

In my opinion Philip Ridley is a much better childrens author than Rowling (he who wrote Krindlekrax and Dakota of the Flats), I dunno maybe you have to have your name spelt in initials now to crack the market big time today.

CC
May 18th, 2003, 06:27 AM
i agree with dahveed about some missing leading french novels by camus, flaubert, dumas, sartre and zola...

Gustave Flaubert --- I hate Madame Bovary. Twice I have tried to read that book, but I just can't stand her.

Crazy Canuck
May 18th, 2003, 06:34 AM
1984 :hearts: is one of my favourite books ever.

To bad they had to go and try and make a movie out of it :o

decemberlove
May 18th, 2003, 06:36 AM
harry potter? am i missing out on something here?

i keep seeing the books on every list. havent read any of them yet as they seem to me to just be an of-the-moment type thing.

hitman
May 18th, 2003, 06:39 AM
they are so on the moment that they made lists.
Two kinds of book gets on those lists

1. All time greats
2. This-time shit

I wouldnt put them along with the first group

GBFH
May 18th, 2003, 06:41 AM
DUNE!!!!!!!!!! :hearts:
Excellent books. Still need to read "heretics of Dune" and "Chapterhouse". The prequels aren't bad, either.

Mrs. Peel
May 18th, 2003, 06:42 AM
Those are what i read from the list. Perfume is an excellent book btw. And yeah i've read many French books that didn't make the blah BBC list.


I loved Perfume! Had no idea what I was picking up and it is one of my favorite reads....on a long list of many...ahem... :D

decemberlove
May 18th, 2003, 06:43 AM
the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe... used to love that book as a child... second to fahrenheit 451

Halardfan
May 19th, 2003, 04:00 PM
Oh, I forget about Ray Bradbury...The Martian Chronicles would get my vote...

Greta short story writers like Oscar Wilde have much of their best stuff excluded...

Mercury Rising
May 19th, 2003, 04:54 PM
The BFG, Roald Dahl, Author profile
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, Author profile
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien, Author profile
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis, Author profile
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien, Author profile
Magician, Raymond E Feist
Matilda, Roald Dahl, Author profile

These are the books I read of this list. Children books and fantasy lol :o
The three musketeers should be in the list, I love that book, or Huckleberry Finn, Alone in the world (Hector Malot),...

Nicoleke
May 19th, 2003, 06:40 PM
These are the books I read of this list. Children books and fantasy lol :o
The three musketeers should be in the list, I love that book, or Huckleberry Finn, Alone in the world (Hector Malot),...
Do you like " Tom Sawyer " ? ;)

gentenaire
May 20th, 2003, 02:59 PM
I'm glad to see Perfume in that list, it's one of my favourites as well. It's the first book I actually loved (I used to hate reading), then came P&P and I was gone....

I'm currently reading Birdsong.

Mercury Rising
May 20th, 2003, 03:40 PM
Do you like " Tom Sawyer " ? ;)
In what way do you mean "like" ;)
I loved to read about those two, that's for sure.

tazban1
May 20th, 2003, 08:17 PM
But where oh where are...
The Picture of Dorian Gray?

This one's just a novella. Maybe that's why it's never on these lists? It's one of my favorites, though.


1984, George Orwell, Author profile
Animal Farm, George Orwell, Author profile
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, Author profile
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, Author profile
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment site
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling, Author profile
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling, Author profile
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien, Author profile
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis, Author profile
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding, Author profile
Matilda, Roald Dahl, Author profile
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame, Author profile
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, Feature

These are the books I read from the list. I think Charles Dickins is overrated. I've tried several times to read his books and I can't stand them. I don't remember much about "The Hobbit" or "The wind in the llows", which makes me think that I may have just skimmed them - though it was a long time ago.

Anna Karenina is just boring. Sometimes with Tolstoy I wonder if people confuse "long and too many storylines" with good.

Animal Farm was just stupid. I understand the symbolism and everything, but I still think it wasn't all that good. It was one of the few times where I preferred the movie to the book (there was one on TNT)

I have to agree with everyone else on J.K. Rowling. The books are enjoyable, but one of the greatest authors? All her books follow the same pattern.

I enjoyed most of the books I read from the list, though.

decemberlove
May 20th, 2003, 08:37 PM
1984, George Orwell, Author profile
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, Author profile
Animal Farm, George Orwell, Author profile
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery, Author profile
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, Feature on children's fiction
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, Author profile
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding, Film review
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres, Film review
Catch 22, Joseph Heller, Author profile
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger, Author profile
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, Author profile
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, Film review
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment site
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
Dune, Frank Herbert, Discussion
The Godfather, Mario Puzo, Film review
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell, Film review
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck, Author profile
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald, Author profile
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author profile
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien, Author profile
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, Feature
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis, Author profile
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, Children's fiction
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding, Author profile
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien, Author profile
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden, Author profile
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck, Author profile
On The Road, Jack Kerouac, Author profile
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez, Author profile
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett, Author profile
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen, Author profile
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot, Author interview
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Author profile
The Stand, Stephen King, Author profile
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, Dickens site
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson, Author profile
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy, Author profile
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne, Author profile
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, Feature

read those. just got done with pillars of the earth.
1984 & little women are my favorites.
whats sad is i read most of them when i was younger... havent been reading much lately.