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20 September 2014 @ 03:53 pm
Book Meme  
I was tagged by small_monkey:

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends.
01. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlig
02. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews (the entire Dollanganger series really, but the first book definitely; most of her works pre-ghostwriter era have really made a huge impact on me to be honest)
03. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
04. A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin
05. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
06. Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates
07. Out by Natsuo Kirino
08. One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz
09. Fearless by Francine Pascal
10. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell


People I tag: mfirefly10, hamarakissa, icecoldrain, sakuraberries, verdande_mi, wheatear, xfirefly9x, saturnsdaughter, frelling_tralk, and sixphanel, and honestly just anyone else on my flist who wants to do this meme. ♥
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R.: out of the night that covers menemophilist on September 20th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
I keep hearing about the Flowers in the Attic films, should I bother with them or just read the books?

Harry Potter forever ♥
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 20th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know, because while obviously the books are going to be better, it's all about personal preference. The 80s film isn't generally recommended by others because of the stuff that was left out, but I actually liked it because the atmosphere fits wonderfully for how I envisioned the story in my head, especially the soundtrack which is absolutely perfect. The recent Lifetime one is more faithful to the book in certain ways, but it doesn't have that right atmosphere, it lacked and lagged in places and I felt it could have been better. The books themselves are of the gothic horror genre, and Lifetime I felt kind of glossed over a lot of what made it creepy (then again, it's Lifetime, so, and I didn't bother seeing their adaptation of the sequel Petals on the Wind, so you can see my opinion on that matter). So again, personal preference. IMO, I don't think any adaptation of VCA works are ever going to be absolutely right until they get someone who actually understands the genre they are working with, but that's just how I feel.

I think reading the books first would be best, because they are really good. And then if you so desire to watch either (or both) adaptations and make an opinion for yourself on how they did.
Meredith: Melissa & Joey - familyxfirefly9x on September 20th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
I got tagged for this one on facebook. Copying & pasting answers from there.

1. Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate
2. Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine
3. Famous Five series by Enid Blyton
4. Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones
5. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
6. The Resurrectionists by Kim Wilkins
7. Someone to Watch Over Me by Tricia Sullivan
8. Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay
9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
10. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind comics by Zack Whedon
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on September 21st, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
Ah yes, Animorphs, Goosebumps and The Secret Garden. ♥

I still need to physically own Serenity: Leaves On The Wind.
Samarsakuraberries on September 21st, 2014 07:41 am (UTC)
Oh, it's wonderful to see someone else who loved the Dollanganger series! Those books were so formative for me growing up; I read them and re-read them when I was quite young. Most of the time when I mention Flowers in the Attic to folks they write it off as trash. It's nice to see someone else who thinks the books were good.

What did you like most about the series? Or what affected you the most?
Renée: Claire. No ordinary girl.rogueslayer452 on September 22nd, 2014 07:09 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, where do I even start? I started reading them, and getting introduced to VCA in general, when I was in junior high (I find this is a common thread for most, we all got into it at a fairly young age, younger than the intended audience I think). It was in the school library and out of curiosity decided to check it out, and it definitely made a profound impression on me. I just really loved the way she wrote, her manner of storytelling was very poetic, descriptive and eloquent (it's something the ghostwriter has never been able to replicate). I get really defensive whenever someone calls her works trashy. I assume it's because of the ~scandalous content featured which some may associate with soap opera dramas, but her style of writing, the way she weaved an intriguing story, is far from trashy. But perhaps I'm rather biased in that way.

With the Dollanganger series, being it was my first introduction to her works, I just fell in love with the entirety of the story, which is essentially a coming of age story. It's something quite present in all of her works, the main character is always a young girl who grows up way too fast with the harsh truths and realities they are thrown into and having the endure and survive those grim circumstances. With Cathy, I just really liked reading her voice, and it's one of the reasons why VCA was great at writing because it felt like a young girl undergoing something horrific, and learning and maturing along the way. It's also one of the few examples of a first-person narrative that I felt actually worked. I liked how dark and twisted and disturbing the series was, and for someone who picked up the series at a young age, it kind of made an impact on me and sort of influenced the stuff I would be interested in reading today.

What about you? What do you like about the series? Have you seen any of the adaptations and do you have any thoughts about them? What other VCA novels have you read that you have liked?
Samar: [Parks & Rec] Leslie Wafflesakuraberries on September 27th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
I like the vibe of Gothic lit, but it's not too often I find a somewhat modern Gothic lit novel that I like. Of course at the time (I think I was twelve or thirteen when I started reading these?) I didn't realize I liked the series because of its genre; I just loved the tense, gloomy atmosphere, the dramatic family saga, the disturbing and twisted events. I wish I could recall what got me interested in it in the first place, but nothing comes to mind.

The two tropes I am obsessed with to this day are incest and May/December, and I'm pretty certain that is in huge part due to this series.

I haven't re-read the series since I was sixteen or so, so I don't know how it would hold up now. I'm almost afraid to re-read it now; I don't want to wind up disliking it! I'd probably have such a different perspective on the events, though, and I'd most likely understand a lot more.

I have not seen any of the adaptations, which is a damn shame. I have them both downloaded and I've been meaning to watch them for ages and ages, but I just haven't gotten around to it.

I read a lot of VCA after Dollanganger, both pre and post Ghostwriter era. I didn't mind a lot of the Ghostwriter stuff at first, but then the more recent stuff started to feel recycled and hollow, so I quit him. I really, really loved My Sweet Audrina, which I think is equally as disturbing as Dollanganger, if not more. And it's very Southern Gothic, an aesthetic and literary style I really like. Plus it features an unreliable narrator which is one of my favorite things ever in literature, because it almost always results in an incredible twist, and it certainly does in My Sweet Audrina.
Renée: River Tam. Safe.rogueslayer452 on October 6th, 2014 06:42 am (UTC)
The two tropes I am obsessed with to this day are incest and May/December, and I'm pretty certain that is in huge part due to this series.

Same here, especially the incest. I find myself shipping more brother/sister stuff and I think this series is a huge contributor to that.

I haven't re-read the series since I was sixteen or so, so I don't know how it would hold up now. I'm almost afraid to re-read it now; I don't want to wind up disliking it!

That's completely understandable. I haven't revisited the series lately, but I have reread it since first reading it, and I don't think my opinions or impressions changed much other than having a deeper appreciation for the story itself. Like, I understood more of what was happening than I did previously and whatnot. But I do understand the need to preserve that first impression you had and not have anything ruin it. Perhaps one day you'll gather up the courage to reread it and see if it does hold up. :)

When you do get around to watching either adaptation, just keep in mind that they both have their strengths and weaknesses.

Yeah, some of the earlier ghostwriter stuff wasn't that bad. But somewhere the quality just stopped completely, and it was really hollowed and recycled. Like, there was no heart and soul in the storytelling, you know? It was too simplified and it was the same old concepts, just with a different setting.

I love My Sweet Audrina! It's my second favorite of her work, and I contemplated on putting it on my list alongside FITA. I like that it's a stand-alone novel instead part of a series, and I agree it's quite dark and disturbing. I have some of the other books too, though I need a reread of them as well since I only remember vaguely what happens in them.
verdande_miverdande_mi on September 21st, 2014 01:12 pm (UTC)
Harry Potter and A song of ice and fire are on my list as well. I’m steadily making my way through A Dance with dragons now and really loving it. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for book six. I read Harry Potter along with my nephew, he would read a book then I’d read it and we would discuss and talk. He thought Severus was on Voldemort’s side, while I always believed that he was on Dumbledore’s side :)
Renée: House Targaryen.rogueslayer452 on September 22nd, 2014 07:34 am (UTC)
I'm hoping we don't have to wait too long, either. I want to be able to know what happens and how the series is going to end.
chiara: image: so many booksstellicidio on September 22nd, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
Nineteen Eighty-Four is an amazing book, I nearly put it on my list as well.
stephenamell: 5 © <lj user=aws-icons>stephenamell on September 22nd, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlig, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee ♥

I did this thing as well. I knew I forgot to add To Kill A Mockingbird on mine!