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09 April 2014 @ 08:42 am
April Question Meme: Day Nine  
Asked by verdande_mi:

What’s your favourite book in a series?

Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite Harry Potter book, for sure. It's probably because it's the only book in the entire series that doesn't deal with Voldemort directly, not that the other ones weren't good, but I just liked the change of pace from that, and also it was the introduction of Sirius Black, who I absolutely loved.

From V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger series, Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind are the two that I know for certain that I liked the most. I can't remember how I felt about the others, it's been a long while since I've read them. There are other V.C. Andrews books that I have read, like the Casteel series and the Landry series and the Logan series, that I know I enjoyed as a whole and their stories really made an impression on me, but I can't remember which book in those particular series that I preferred. I think this calls for a reread at some point to refresh my memory, or to see whether my perspective on those stories have changed since I last revisited them.

This is not all the book series I have read, obviously, but it's the only ones that are coming into my head that I know I have some favorites from.
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Profiterole: Without Reservations - Chay and Keaton_profiterole_ on April 9th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
I haven't read HP, but Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite movie. Lots of love for Sirius/Remus! ♥
Renée: Hermione. Deathly Hallows.rogueslayer452 on April 10th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Same here, I loved the POA movie so much. I just loved what Alfonso Cuaron did with it which was new and refreshing from the first two films, and it was just visually pleasing.

And ah yes, Sirius/Remus. ♥ One of the ships I sailed, and it was beautiful. :)
thekaiserchiefthekaiserchief on April 10th, 2014 10:25 am (UTC)
I never knew it was Alfonso Cuaron who directed the PoA movie. That's so cool. I like his directing style.
Sylvia: badfic HP Gringottsrheasilvia on April 9th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
Azkaban was my favorite HP book, as well! I loved the way it went to a darker place than any of the previous books, and felt far more real to me in terms of characterization. The threat was far more palpable too, and the overall atmosphere worked very well for me.
Renée: Hermione. Fight & Defend.rogueslayer452 on April 10th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
I'm the same way. I mean, obviously the books went darker and darker as it went on, but there's something about the way it was presented in the third book that kind of changed things from the first two that I really liked. And I highly enjoyed reading it the first time around, and it's what got me very interested in the books.
Allison: mournvapor on April 9th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love POA so hard.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 10th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
I loved the whole series, but POA is the one I enjoyed the most and is easily my favorite. :)
ramasi: Gwenramasi on April 9th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
My favourite HP book is Goblet of Fire (there was so much going on, and so much fun with sports and homework – which, thb, I like more than the fighting evil stuff – and it had Victor Krum, whom I love), but I agree that one book that didn't have Voldemort intervening directly at all was a neat. I loved Sirius, as well as the tension between Snape and Lupin. Actually I guess I like how much things in this book were about personal conflict?
Renée: Deathly Hallows. Trio.rogueslayer452 on April 10th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Actually I guess I like how much things in this book were about personal conflict?

Yeah, I think that's one of the reasons why it appealed to me too. I also liked that this is where Harry gets to know two people who he can consider family that he didn't know he had. Remus and Sirius were wonderful additions and I liked that, even though Harry has his friends, he knows that he has an extended family out there and it just warms my heart. :)
dauntperplexitydauntperplexity on April 9th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
I loved The Prisoner of Azkaban. Sirius Black was my favorite character and I was devastated when he was killed. And I love, love, love werewolves. Also, it was actually the first Harry Potter book I read... so that might have been an odd bias. But yes, I like that it's the only book not about Voldemort. Good choice.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 10th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
Also, it was actually the first Harry Potter book I read... so that might have been an odd bias.

Same here! It was the first HP book I picked up after getting intrigued after the first movie came out, which seems weird because it's like reading out of order (I did the same with reading Petals on the Wind before Flowers in the Attic), but it worked nonetheless and I got hooked on the series.
an idea is bulletproof: Harry Potter - Hufflepuff crestelizalavelle on April 9th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
PoA is my favourite Harry Potter book as well. I'm not quite sure why but I really love it.

The Landry series was always my favourite in the V.C. Andrews library. I did reread the Flowers in the Attic series a lot too though.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 10th, 2014 09:58 am (UTC)
I really need to reread the Landry series. I remember vague things about it, but I know that I liked them. Heh.
˚ * 。●★ skywalker ★● 。* ˚: artwork } smaugdustofempires on April 9th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite as well, pretty much for the same reasons you listed =) Also, I think then ending with the whole time-travel thing is just brilliant!
Renée: Hermione. Fight & Defend.rogueslayer452 on April 10th, 2014 05:13 am (UTC)
I loved the concept of the Time Turner and the way that it was revealed, it was so great. :D
Raprap541 on April 9th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Yay, someone who has read Flowers in the Attic!

I swear, this was like, my generation's Twilight.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 10th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Eh, I don't like that comparison since they're not really on the same level. At least FITA and most of VCA works was well-written with compelling stories, (at least until the ghostwriter started taking over completely.)

But I do like that our generation read something that wasn't originally intended for a younger audience. I mean, I started reading those books when I was in junior high.

Edited at 2014-04-10 12:33 am (UTC)
Raprap541 on April 10th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
Heh I was 10. My sister was reading it and I took it.

I do agree that Flowers and the Casteel series were well written, particularly in comparison to Twilight (which, I will say, I didn't find as offensively poorly written as some of the ghost written VC Andrews books) but I was more alluding to how the books were like a sensation among the teen girl set when I was growing up. If the internets had been around then, it would have had the same sort of buzz
thekaiserchief: pic#122899155thekaiserchief on April 10th, 2014 10:24 am (UTC)
I love PoA too! For my AP Language and Composition class last year, we had a unit where we could pick a book from the Harry Potter series, read it, and analyze its themes. I picked Prisoner of Azkaban because I really loved that book. The time turner, Sirius Black, Buckbeak...lots of things that I liked, plus it was nice to have a book that didn't deal with Voldemort directly for a change.