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04 September 2010 @ 01:11 am
"This head is for the Beast. It is a gift."  
Day 09 - Best scene ever

Really can't say because there are so many scenes from books I've read that I love/are the best. So, yeah.


Day 10 - A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It was required reading in high school and I didn't really think I would enjoy it because come on, nobody really likes required reading anyway. However once I started reading it I got so into it that I read chapters ahead to get to what happens next. In fact I loved the book so much that later, during my senior year, I wrote a compare/contrast paper between it and Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (another book I highly recommend, actually) which had similar themes about kids in dire situations and trying to survive. What I loved about it was the controversial topics it covered, and we actually talked about them in class and did projects and mini assignments, something that not many English classes did. I find it to be more engaging to talk about what happened and do something entertaining for each chapter.

What I loved most about Lord of the Flies was the grotesque look at the darkness of human nature, where there's not civilization, no structure of society rules, just pure and utter chaos and the loss of innocence. I love the allegory and symbolism with the story of these boys and how they interpret the world without adults around them. Needless to say, it's one of my top favorites amongst the classics.
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bold_seer: atonementbold_seer on September 4th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Lord of the Flies

Ahahah, I had to read that book when I was, say, fourteen - required reading or kind-of-required reading, I'm not sure which - and found it rather boring. Actually, I think I picked it for myself from a list. Needless to say, I wrote a very deep analysis on it. IDK what it is with me and books you MUST read; I skimmed through The Diary of Anne Frank (erm, it's a diary), and absolutely loathed this one war novel that's supposed to be quite the classic.
Renée: Sierra. Incognito.rogueslayer452 on September 4th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
At first I thought it was going to be boring, but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't due to it being required reading. It also happened with To Kill A Mockingbird as well, again required reading for class. But I think the subject matter was what intrigued me the most because I kinda like that exploration and controversial topics discussed in the classroom. Something like human nature and what would happen if, etc.

But I think required reading does kind of squash the interest level of some interesting books for some people because of it being assigned.
Tangles: Bookentangled_now on September 4th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
I've always meant to read Lord of the Flies, but I've just never gotten round to it. Since everyone I know says it's good.
Renée: Nicci. Myself alone.rogueslayer452 on September 4th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
It really is good. It might not be for everybody, but I think it bears being read at least once by others just to see how they think about the story and the subject matter discussed within it.
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Renée: Caprica. Zoe Graystone.rogueslayer452 on September 4th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
I find discussions about human nature as described in the book rather fascinating, because there are so many views one can take from it and its message. We had in way back in my English class and I swear, which I wrote again in my essay later in senior year. I think it bears trying to understand that one view of human nature while trying to find other ways of understanding the story and the overall view Golding was trying to communicate with his readers and the arguments that go along with it.

Hahaha, oh the pig's head scene. Gotta love it. XD
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Chrissaodysseedesreves on September 5th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Lord of the Flies! That was also required reading for me that I didn't expect to like but ended up loving.
cheerful_earl: Castielcheerful_earl on September 8th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
Hm, never read this one. There are some classics that I just missed completely. I definitely should.
Renée: Victor/Sierra. Sleeping.rogueslayer452 on September 8th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
Seriously girl, you've been deprived some great literature here. I'm not saying these classics are for everyone, but they're those books that one has to read at least once in their lifetime.