"Amazon.com Knee-jerk Contrarian Game." Pick a classic on amazon.com, then read the customer reviews starting with "worst reviews first." Watch people miss the point or not know there was a point or accuse Dr. Seuss of satanist tendencies. Or, find ones you agree with and wonder whether you're stupid and tasteless or whether at last we'll all see the naked emperor.
Oh, I can see that you are way ahead of me. I just spent half an hour reading reviews of LoTR that never get to the book - reviewing instead people who like the book. I ranged into people pointing out all the misspellings (flavor, color...), one that gave the series a single star rating because of "too many adverbs" and the expected morons talking about the modern books Tolkien lifted things from.... but, I would not have bothered to share this experience with you, except that this is the review that brought me to a screaming halt. I quote, in its entirety:
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?, November 3, 2002
Reviewer: LP Quagmire (see more about me) from Canada
All I can say is that the guy who wrote this is no Harold Robbins.
OK, I have to quote this one:
"The Lord of the Rings" Book Trilogy, October 24, 2003
Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer
I was going to read "The Lord of the Rings" book trilogy about three years ago. But I have decided not to because of the spectacular "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy. Sure there are some differences in the movie trilogy than what is in the book trilogy. But why read such a long story when there is a movie trilogy based on it that goes by the books fairly well. It is a waste of time if you read these books now, isn't it? But that is just my own opinion. I am sure the author J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" book trilogy is a marvelous story; but I am just sticking with director Peter Jackson's movie trilogy instead. The next two Special Extended DVD Editions of "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy ("The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King") will go by the book trilogy even better than the origional movie versions. The Special Extended DVD Editon of "The Fellowship of the Ring" has many added parts in it that are said to be in "The Lord of the Rings" book trilogy. So now I rest my case: I am a HUGE fan of "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy; but I am not a fan of the book trilogy.