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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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giallarhorn: Olivia Specs!giallarhorn on March 24th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, Animorphs. I remember being so frustrated when the library would have missing volumes, ie #20-24, 27-30, and being so irritated because I really didn't want to just go out and buy those two missing books because then I'd feel the urge to get all of them.

The LOTR/Hobbit movies are probably one of the best adaptations, mostly just because of how much time and effort they put into those movies. Although, I do wonder what Tolkien would think of the movies. But eh, Tolkien wasn't writing for anyone but himself, and for him there was a lot more in the myth construction and evolution of the world around specific elements than actually making it a good, engaging story.
Renée: Thorin Oakenshield.rogueslayer452 on March 24th, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing them in the school library and there were missing chunks between volumes.

The LOTR/Hobbit movies are probably one of the best adaptations, mostly just because of how much time and effort they put into those movies.

ITA. It's amazing seeing all the hard work PJ and Co. placed in making these films and making sure that Middle-earth was recreated. Watching all the behind the scenes stuff alone from both trilogies makes you realize that it's no simple task. Yeah, people will hem and haw about what wasn't done, but the amount of care placed into the work is quite noticeable, from the costumes to the sets. Never mind that filming in New Zealand is possibly the best location to bring that world to life.