11 Books People Pretend They’ve Read But Actually Haven’t

While book readers pride themselves on their prowess in reading books every day, there are instances where some of them feel left out from the talks of the reading town. Today, we curate such a list, where some readers claim to have read books that they really haven’t, just so that they could fit in the group. Let’s get started.

1. 1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell

When folks talk about how today’s world is 1984-like, they are talking from what the reading circles talked about, and not by actually the book itself. George Orwell’s writing goes way deeper than what the discussions talk about, which the ones who pretended to read his works largely miss.

2. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

When it comes to The Godfather, one of the most significant differences between the movies and the books is the depiction of racism. The movies leave out this part entirely, focusing only on the characters that they see fit for the anthology. Also, Fabrizio and Calo’s deaths are completely left out of the movies too – which is one satisfying detail from the books. Also, Jack Woltz’s pedophilia is seen nowhere in the movies, which the folks who never read the books won’t know at all.

3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

One thing that the readers of the book would vouch for is how beautifully sound Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is portrayed as compared to the ones in the movies. For those who haven’t read or watched Pride & Prejudice at all, I can tell you that it’s marginally different from one another. Also, for those who haven’t read the book but watched the movie (but say that they’ve read the book), spoiler alert: Mr. Darcy does get wedded to Elizabeth in an official ceremony in the climax.

4. The Harry Potter Series

The Harry Potter Book Collection

This one is pretty easy to pretend to have read if the concerned reader has watched all the Harry Potter movies. What the people would miss though is the fun of knowing who Peeves is, that Ginny Weasley is nothing like how she’s portrayed in the movies, and that Ron Weasley is a real heart-stealer. Also, the books show so much more depth to the characters and the plotlines which the movies have done injustice to!

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5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Ah! The book that effectively started the Science Fiction era also stands tall on the list of the books that people say that they’ve read. Spoiler alert: Frankenstein’s Monster isn’t a monster, Frankenstein is.

Honorable Mentions

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

7. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

9. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

11. Any Books Defining One’s Religion

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