What’s one genre you used to avoid, but now love?
Have you ever liked a movie adaptation better than the book? Which book? Why?
*snorts* Have I ever . . . ALL THE TIME. I've actually watched adaptations before reading the original material more often than I've done the reverse. Often I end up liking the book and the movie about equally, but for different reasons.
Currently, however, I probably like my favorite movie versions of all of Jane Austen's works better than the books, simply because I grew up on Austen adaptations and they're my preferred way of experiencing her stories.
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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell would be another example, probably because it's one of my favorite movies ever and it actually, y'know, has a conclusive ending. (Not that the non-ending in Gaskell's novel was her fault, of course. The poor woman could hardly be held responsible. But still.) And Jane Eyre. While I enjoy the book, a lot of things in it translate better to the screen, in my personal opinion. (Such as the entire character of Edward Fairfax Rochester. *ahem*)
(Also, like, I do like Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell. I just like the movies more.)
I think . . . I think my favorite genre is probably fantasy, because when I find a fantasy specimen that speaks to me, it speaks to me in a way that other genres simply don't. (That said, I don't tend to read a whole lot of new-to-me fantasy, as I'm sure I've mentioned before. There are a few different reasons for that, and that's a post for another time.)
One trend I've noticed in the current YA fantasy market, that, as Katie so obligingly worded it, I absolutely can't stand, is tHE RIDICULOUSLY DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF STORIES CENTERING AROUND ASSASSIN "PROTAGONISTS" (or assassin "love interests").
Mmm. *facepalms forever*
[ATTENTION ALL LOVERS OF THE ASSASSIN PROTAGONISTS TRADITION: I am now going to spew spontaneous hate at this concept. You are not obligated to read it. You are also not obligated to agree with me, obviously. Just my personal opinion, this.]
I KIND OF HATE THIS TROPE SO MUCH I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN IT.
Because, see, look.
If somebody wanted to write a character who was an assassin and actually delve semi-deeply or with even a semblance of accuracy into the moral ramifications of making your living killing people, I'd say, fine and dandy. Go for it.
But people don't do that. Instead, people try to push this "morally grey" garbage at me, trying to convince me that a bunch of hypothetical adolescents choking on their own angst are somehow made "cooler" by being able to kill a bunch of strangers with indifference.
When was the last time you shipped a non-canon book couple?
How often do you write ‘rant reviews’? Or do you prefer to keep quiet if you didn’t like a book?
I try not to talk too much about stories I don't like; unless they elicit some uber-strong reaction in me that, like, Existentially Shakes me with the depth of my aversion to the story in question (*cough* Rebecca *cough*). Or if I feel like I just have to "get it out of my system." Then I'll indulge occasionally. :-P
Thoughts on Charles Dickens? Love him, hate him, in-between him?
In-between him. His stories are too sprawling for my taste, but I've greatly enjoyed Bleak House and especially Little Dorrit.
In general I've also found him a bit depressing/borderline nihilistic. I wish he incorporated more humor into his books, because when it does appear, it displays a bit of a Knack, doesn't it?
Ooh. *rubs hands together*
I guess, usually, matte? But a glossy cover, if well-executed, can be quite nice indeed. :)
- What is your favorite genre to read?
- What was the best book you read for the first time last year?
- Do you remember when you first began to read? What drew you to it?
- How do you arrange your books? By color? By title? By author? By series? By something else altogether?
- New books or used books?
- What tends to send you into a reading slump?
- What tends to pull you out of a reading slump?
- Anyone who ate fruit with their breakfast today. :-P