I found this fun tag over at PAPER-EYED GIRL‘s blog and couldn’t help myself. It does say that the tag is open for anyone who wants to do it, so I’m almost certain I’m not breaking any unspoken rules here!
It seems that this tag doesn’t have any rules (another proof I’m not breaking any by inviting myself), so let’s get straight to the questions!
1.What do you look for most when you pick up a book? A) A beautiful writing style? B) A character driven story? C) A plot driven story?
It depends a lot on the genre and my mood. If it’s a romance book I think I’m looking more for character driven stories. If it’s something paranormal, a beautiful writing style is almost a most, otherwise those magical beings just fall flat. However, if I’m honest I think I like a healthy mixture of A, B & C!
2.What are your pet peeves in books?
Ah this one is easy, because I feel like I’m ranting, whining, complaining and moaning about this constantly! The Mary Sue’s of the book world
are the death of me reading that book. Yeah, it’s not that bad because I have issues DNF’ing books and series. So, even when there’s a Special Snowflake in all her pompous glory, I’ll force myself to continue. But I won’t like or recommend the book.
Another thing I don’t like, though don’t hate as much as the above, is when the main problems are caused by stupid misunderstandings. Like if someone hears half a conversation, and immediately jumps to conclusions that leads to bad choices. I tend to live with it in YA, because well I did that often as a teenager. But in anything else it’s just not acceptable. Often it feels like an easy way out, like the author gets to 60% in the book and thinks “oh no, need to get the drama going”.
3. If you could print one quote on your wall, which one would it be?
Ironic for a book tag, but one of my all time favourite quotes is from the 90’s TV show BUFFY – cheesy, I know.
It is born, and though uninvited, unwelcome,
unwanted…like a cancer it takes root.
It festers. It bleeds. It scabs…
only to rupture and bleed anew.
It grows…it thrives…until it consumes.
It lives, so it must die. It lies in all of us.
Sleeping, waiting, and though unwanted, unbidden,
it will stir open its jaws and howl.
It speaks to us, guides us. Some to despair…
it drives others to murder and others to madness.
Passion rules us all, and we obey.
What other choice do we have?
Passion is the source of our finest moments:
the joy of love, the clarity of hatred,
and the ecstasy of grief.
It hurts sometimes more than we can bare.
Passion is the source of hope and the cause of despair.
It is the source of life and the cause of death.
If we could live without passion,
maybe we’d know some kind of peace.
But we would be hollow.
Empty rooms, shuttered and dank.
Without passion, we’d be truly dead.
So if I had a library, I’d probably print this on one of the wall. Probably in the EMO section!
4. Which genre would you like to explore more?
I think I’d like to give Science Fiction another try, at some point. I keep seeing all these cool covers for new releases, but I usually just skip them. Maybe one day I’ll finally woman up, and give another one a go.
5. Was there ever a movie adaptation you liked better than the book?
I just asked a similar question in another tag/nomination. Whilst writing the question I was thinking what my answer would be, and I honestly can’t think of one. There’s been some where I thought it was okay, but I can’t for the life of me think of one I thought was better, or even equal.
6. If one of your favorite books would be adapted or get a new adaptation, which book would it be and which role would you like to play?
Last year I read all the Sookie Stackhouse books, the series that inspired the hit TV show True Blood (I only found out about the collection when I was like half way through the books). I’ve never actually watched the TV series, why? Because Eric & Sookie looks wrong, compared to my mental images. When I googled the show after finishing the books, and saw the actors & actresses I just couldn’t cope with how different they look. In my head I was imagining Charlie Hunnam as Eric, what can I say, he’s my blonde eye-candy). I wouldn’t actually want a role in the series. But for me to watch it, those two would have to be played by different actors.
7. A hyped book you wouldn’t recommend at all?
I don’t know how hyped this series is outside of Reverse Harem reader groups, but the Dia McLearey series came highly recommended. And I’m sure a lot of work have been put into these books, but wow. Talk about an epic let down and an obnoxious heroine. These books (well the 3rd book) contains cheating, which I HATE. But what’s worse, the leading lady needs to be explained why it was wrong….. need I say more?
8. A book that highly influenced your life and way of thinking?
The Harry Potter books taught me to be nicer to Muggles. But aside from that, I can’t think of any right now.
9. Are you a fan of re-reading books, do you do it often?
I actually think I do it way too often. Sometimes if I’ve just finished a book/series I didn’t like, I’ll read some of my ol’ faithfuls just to keep going. If I don’t know what to read next, I’ll re-read some books. When a new release is close by, and if it’s part of the series, I’ll re-read the previous books prior to the new release, just to prepare and catch up on the world, characters etc. See, I do it way too much!
10. Which book title could easily be the title of your life?
11. Which book should be required reading for everyone?
The Little Prince! I don’t know why, but until a few years ago I was under the impression that everyone and their mother had read it. That was until it randomly came up while I was talking to a friend of mine, and she have never read it. I’m still really surprised by this, because it’s such a special book. So, if you haven’t already read it, you should do yourself the favour of reading it. I know it’s a children’s book, but I still can’t read this classic, without tearing up.
Few books have achieved such deep cultural penetration as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved French classic The Little Prince. The illustrated novella about the scarf-clad child who travels the universe searching for wisdom, has been translated into 250 languages, sells nearly 2 million copies each year, and is a frequent choice in advanced French high school classes.
AND THAT’S A WRAP!