Let’s be honest, we’ve all lied about something – about how often we floss, how much we weigh, or how our partner really looks in that outfit. But lying about which books we’ve read? Seems like it’s a thing.
A study of 2000 Brits commissioned by the BBC Store found that one in four fibbed about reading a classic when a TV adaptation of it was shown on TV. Why? Because they didn’t want to miss out on the conversation …and because they wanted to appear more intelligent – for 60% of Brits also admitted that a well-read person appeared more attractive.
Children’s favourite Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is the most fibbed about book, followed by George Orwell’s 1984 and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
While the TV series War and Peace might be the UK’s most popular new drama, only 9% of people have read the novel – but plenty more have lied about it. That brings it to number 4 on our most lied about book list.
Here are the BBC Store’s top 20 most lied about books. Which ones have you read?
The Top 20 Lied About Books
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
- 1984 – George Orwell
- The Lord Of The Rings trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
- Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
- To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Bleak House – Charles Dickens
- Harry Potter (series) – J.K. Rowling
- Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
- The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
- Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
- Fifty Shades trilogy – E.L. James
- And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
- The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger
About the Contributor
Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.