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22 March 2015 @ 04:51 pm
Books, books, books.  
Taken from thefridayfive:

01. What was your favorite book during childhood?
I read Matilda by Roald Dahl in fifth grade, and I wanted so badly to achieve my own telekinetic powers (and still try to do this every so often, to no avail). During my childhood and adolescence I also really liked several book series, including but limited to: Goosebumps by R.L. Stine, The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin, Animorphs by K.A. Applegate, and Fearless by Francine Pascal.

02. What is your favorite book now?
Oh goodness, there's quite a few. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Out by Natsuo Kirino, Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates and Battle Royale by Koushun Takami are ones that have really made an impression on me. Also Flowers in the Attic, which I first read in junior high, still holds up today as one of my favorites. Most earlier works of V.C. Andrews do, in fact. Currently at the moment I'm really enjoying Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, which is a short horror anthology and is brilliantly unnerving.

03. What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
Harry Potter, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I base this on the entertainment value and bringing these universes to life instead of how 100% accurate they were to the source material, if that makes any sense.

4. Do you prefer checking out books from the library or buying them?
It's been a long, long time since I've checked anything out from a library. If I want to get a book I either go into a bookstore, browse, pick up something that peaks my interest, flip through it, and then decide whether it's good enough to buy. Also, searching and looking up things online and buying that way.

05. Have you ever been let down by a book that was highly recommended to you?
I don't think letdown is the right word, more like disappointed that I couldn't get into it. There are some books out there that I'm sure are incredible, but unfortunately I cannot get into or don't like the particular writing style the author has chosen. And I have tried with some of the most widely recommended books (Lord of the Rings, Kushiel's Dart), and I do feel bad because I know the story and the world-building is amazing, but sadly my brain cannot comprehend that style of writing for some reason.
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R.: fairy tales are more than truenemophilist on March 22nd, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
I really want to see Battle Royale! I didn't even know there was a book, though.

The Lord of the Rings will always be a great work and achievement, but holy shit is it dry and dull in places. The film was loads better.
Renée: Thorin Oakenshield.rogueslayer452 on March 23rd, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I remember after watching Battle Royale I wanted to read the book and had to request it specifically since it wasn't available at the local Borders at the time. Now it's practically everywhere, lol.

Yeah, Tolkien was quite remarkable with his world-building and I admire his work, but his writing could become quite complicated if you're not used to reading in that kind of style. I'm just not equipped for it, in truth. I tend to just read the cliffnotes version, if anything. And it's why I enjoy the films because they not only condense the material for better understanding but also make it more enjoyable.