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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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Renée: House Targaryen.rogueslayer452 on March 24th, 2015 04:34 am (UTC)
I kind of like that the Animorphs covers have become a meme nowadays, lol.

I think whether someone read the book or watched the movie first, also plays a part in which they prefer.

I agree. With me, I find that if I watch something first before reading the source material I'm less likely to be incredibly critical of the adaptation. I may not think it's an accurate portrayal once I have read the material afterwards, but I won't be so quick to nitpick easily at every little glaring detail. I often treat things as separate entities, and it makes things much easier to enjoy the different mediums of which the story is being told. For example, Girl, Interrupted was a wonderful film, but after reading the book I understand why the author herself disliked how the film depicted her life. I still love both despite that, though.

While there are certainly exceptions to this, I often try not to be overly critical or judgmental when it comes to adaptations, because sometimes deviating from the source material can actually improve the flow of the storytelling.