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Book Question Meme Answers, Part 2

This is the second half of the book question meme where I answer the rest of the questions not asked by anyone. I didn't include questions that I felt were repetitive of the ones I'd previously answered or just questions that I didn't really have an answer to.


02. What is the longest book you have ever read? How many pages?
Probably IT by Stephen King, which has over a thousand pages.

05. What book or book series would you like to see turned into a film/ TV series?
I always thought that Fearless by Francine Pascal would've made for an excellent television series, as I imagined it quite clearly when reading them. I know they attempted to make one of an adult Gaia Moore during the early 00s that was never picked up, but I would like them to focus on the actual story of the series from the start with Gaia as a teenager in high school. Although I would not want it to air on the CW or anything like that, or Netflix for that matter, knowing how they operate now I wouldn't trust them. Like, I have a very vivid visual of how I would love for this hypothetical television adaptation to happen, and while fancasting will have to change since I've thought about this since I first read the series, it could be very epic. In my mind, anyway.

And Animorphs by K.A. Applegate. While there was a late 90s/early 00s television adaptation on Nickelodeon that people love to shit on for being bad/cheesy (but idgaf I loved it and still love it even if it wasn't entirely faithful), I do agree that we need an updated version with a bigger budget and that can tell the story proper. I go back and forth whether it would want it to be a movie franchise or a television series, though I think ultimately the latter would be better for storytelling elements especially with the characters. I also think Everworld would be dope to adapt too, perhaps as a limited series as those were a shorter series in comparison to Animorphs. I know many have been wanting there to be good adaptations for both for many years, but the likelihood of that happening might not really come, especially now that the series, despite it being popular for the time, has kind of faded into obscurity since the books are no longer in print. I think if it were to ever happen it would be that little niche part of its online fandom to appreciate it. Oh! Perhaps a webseries then! That would an awesome option, as well!

The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer is something I really want to be seen done right on the big screen. I know that Annihilation was adapted, but it was only loosely based on the first book and it was meant to be more of a stand-alone film, so it's not really connected with the rest trilogy at all which is a shame because I felt like this would be an excellent story to tell. Though to be honest, with how the books are written it can be tricky to translate what is on the page to the screen. With that being said, I would still love there to be a movie trilogy, or a limited/miniseries based on the books, because I think it would be absolutely beautiful of a story to tell.

Seriously, there are so many books and book series that I think should have adaptations made, and I often think about this a lot whenever I read something. But it's one thing to say that you'd love to have a book adapted on the screen, it's another when it happens and you're disappointed, either in the way it was done or if it flops/gets cancelled.

07. What is a book that you feel glad for not reading?
It's obvious to say things like Twilight or Fifty Shades of Gray, since that was a shitshow and a half for both and I feel most would put that in their answers as well, but I'm going to say 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I didn't even know about the existence of this book until buzz went around for an adaptation of it, and knowing what the show is about I have less interest wanting to read it based on the subject matter alone.

08. What is a book that you feel guilty for not not reading?
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. When the movie was coming out this was being recommended and of course I wanted to read it, and I did. And I did like it initially, but then later I heard about all the controversy surrounding the book and its publication and honestly, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The author, who is a white man, interviewed Mineko Iwasaki, a real life geisha, to get information for his book but ended up breaking confidentially. This got her in a lot of trouble, even though he was the one who broke that trust, and it created quite a scandal. Thankfully she came back stronger with a rebuttal book, Geisha of Gion (or Geisha, A Life), an actual autobiography that is a more accurate retelling of the real life of being a geisha, which I do highly recommend because it is a good read. But sadly, even though it was labeled as a best-seller, that book isn't nearly as well-known or recognized as the one written by a white man. Go figure. Secondly, the controversy surrounding the movie also bothers me, the fact that they cast Chinese actors to play Japanese characters (because all Asians are the same, don'tcha know?) and then just having them speak English the entire time. Just, yeah. :/

16. What book made you laugh?
I don't know if I've really laughed at books, perhaps given snort/chuckles if I find them funny but not really booming laughing, if that makes any kind of sense. I think the closest I've ever gotten was reading Hogfather by Terry Pratchett and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

18. Have you read a book with a male protagonist? What is it?
I find this question odd because, of course I have. Most books out there have male protagonists, and a lot of books also have female protagonists too. And sometimes there's an ensemble where the perspectives shift and it's a mixture of genders! Sorry if this sounds a bit snarky, but considering that this is a question about male protagonists but there was no question about female protagonists, it makes me a bit sarcastic.

19. Have you read a book set on another planet? What is it?
Yes, I have. The Dark Crystal by A.C.H. Smith, which is the novelization of the 1982 movie, sets it in the world of Thra, and I plan on reading more books and such that has been released to get deeper into the lore of the world. I have also read the Serenity novelization and the comics connected to that universe. And while I haven't read an extensive amount of scifi/fantasy, I will be reading Dune and The Expanse series in the near future, both which do feature other planets.

22. What famous author have you not read any books by?
I feel like there's a lot of them, since just because an author is famous doesn't mean I have to read them, especially if their work doesn't sound like something I'd be interested in. For a specific answer, I'd have to go with Jane Austen. I feel like I mostly hear about her work or have watched adaptations of her work, but I have never felt compelled to read anything by her, to be honest.

23. Who is your favourite author of all time?
It's a tie between V.C. Andrews and Natsuo Kirino, although lately Jeff VanderMeer is coming quite close to joining in as well.

24. How many bookshelves do you own?
Well, if we're counting the bookshelves I own that I use for holding my own books? Two. If we're counting bookshelves in total regardless if they hold books or not, then it would be four. And that's just in my bedroom, by the way. The rest of the house has at least ten more holding books.

25. How many books do you own?
Not as many as my sister, let me tell you. Her collection can become its own library.

26. What is your favourite non-fiction book?
You're Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. I love Felicia, as an actress and as a creator of her own success, and this was a memoir that I was excited to read when it came out, it's also deeply inspiring because it's a nice look into her life along with her journey. She has a new book coming out soon called, Embrace Your Weird, which will be a guide book on expressing creativity and I'm definitely looking forward to getting that as soon as I can.

29. What book are you currently reading?
Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto. I just needed something lighthearted to read.

30. What book are you planning on buying next?
That really depends, because I don't often plan on which book to buy unless it is something I'm really anxiously wanting to pick up or if it is readily available. I do have a long list of books that I'm interested in purchasing, but it's essentially all about timing and if I'm able to.

33. What is a book you read after seeing the movie/ TV series?
Girl, Interrupted by Susanne Kaysen. It is an autobiography, and the movie obviously took liberties to take moments in the book itself to create a specific storyline to carry the movie along to be entertaining to audiences, which is quite plain to see the major differences when you read the book itself. Another one that I've read, most recently, was Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I'll admit, I think I was spoiled when I watched the movie many years ago because reading the novel it is based on was kind of lackluster in comparison. It wasn't bad, but it just makes sense on why the movie took the liberties it did when adapting it for the big screen because if they had been faithful to the book it would've been quite boring. But that's just me. I also read The Hobbit after watching the trilogy, and honestly? I kind of prefer that to LOTR simply because it's easier to read and to understand, personally speaking. And currently I'm reading Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto, which I have watched the movie plenty of times but never the novel it was based off of.

But in all honesty, yeah, a lot of times I end up reading books based on the media adaptations of them. I've always had this habit of, unless I had already read it before an adaptation was being done, I usually would watch the adaptation first before reading the book it was based off of so I wouldn't be nitpicking everything and appreciate the two mediums separately. The only time that this has backfired is if the source material was actually better than the adaptation.

34. What is the newest book you have bought?
Borne and The Strange Bird, both by Jeff VanderMeer. I bought them after finishing The Southern Reach trilogy because I wanted to consume more of his writing.

37. Have you read a book in a different language? What was it?
No, but I have read books that have been translated from another language.

42. What is your favourite trilogy?
Recently it's The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. After reading Annihilation I was so engrossed with the story that I wanted to find out more, and I continued on with the rest of the trilogy, Authority and Acceptance, and it exceeded my expectations and completely captivated my attention. Not only is VanderMeer a fantastic storyteller and weaves a beautiful and terrifying atmosphere, it's also right up my alley when it comes to creepy and weird fiction. I honestly haven't been this immersed and fascinated by a series, never mind a trilogy, in a long time. So yeah, that is my favorite trilogy as of late.

44. What is a book that you love, but has a terrible cover?
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I have one of the older mass market copies and, while I didn't notice it initially, now that I've paid more attention the cover isn't really the prettiest, it has weird faces on it. I do want to get one of the newer covers.

49. What book has inspired you?
I'm going to answer this with the book that inspired me to want to read more. While I've said in the past that Harry Potter was a series that really rejuvenated my reading and got me excited for something during a dark time in my life, when it comes to just books in general I'd have to say that To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee really did inspire me. I wasn't that big of a reader during my teen years, however when we were reading To Kill A Mockingbird for high school English something about the book captured my interest enough that I actually read ahead of the chapters we were assigned to read because I wanted to know more about what was happening. It was the first time that required reading made me do that, with Lord of the Flies by William Golding being a close second since I did the same thing with that book as well.
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