We have been having a discussion on Goodreads The Catcher in the Rye group. This is the original question:
Which books do you think are overrated?
Here's a quick sampling from various internet sites that recommend skipping these:
The Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby
Waiting for Godot
The Da Vinci Code
The question is complex because there are classics on the list which have stood the test of time and genre fiction that is presently popular. Some people respond that classics are just bunk imposed on helpless high school students by Nazi teachers, some are ambivalent about them, and some love the books. The discussion can get lively, and sometimes people feel that the group is trying to suppress all people who don't like classics. This is a response I wrote.