isfjmel-phleg said: 1, 9, 10, 13, 14, 20, 38, 39, 44, 45, 51, 53, 54, 55
1. Favorite childhood book?
My favorite book from the period before I could read was The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. But I also loved Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
I really wasn’t impressed with The Glorious Ones, which is about the Comedia Del Arte. Maybe I was too excited to read it, but I still don’t think I would have enjoyed it otherwise.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
It’s hard for me to remember which books I read this year as opposed to last (maybe I should start keeping some sort of book calendar), but I’m going to say Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. It’s like vintage X-Men. :-D
13. Can you read on the bus?
Not really. I feel like I need to be alert to what people are saying around me when I ride the bus. I usually turn my iPod off, too.
14. Favorite place to read?
Laying across the entire loveseat, reading aloud to my sister on the other couch. ^_^
20. What makes you love a book?
Well, things like setting, plot and narrative voice can make me respect a book, remember a book, even enjoy a book. But if I’m going to LOVE a book, I’ve got to love the characters.
38. Favorite fictional character?
I can’t pick a favorite, so I’ll just pick one of my fictional besties and say Bastian Balthazar Bux from Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story.
39. Favorite fictional villain?
Oh, this I know! Gehn, from Myst: the Book of Atrus. He’s equal parts lordly and dangerous, elegant and messed up, and you realize it along with Atrus his son.
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Ah, this I also know. To Kill a Mocking Bird. I’ve always held that up as an excellent example of a book-to-movie scenario. Besides that, I agree with Allieinarden about Holes, and I’ve also been quite impressed with the Hunger Games adaptations so far.
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Ohhh boy. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Hands down. >_< I followed that movie so closely through every stage of production. Everything looked like it was going to be so good! I even brought a towel to opening night. Hhhh. What a train wreck of an adaptation it turned out to be (even if we’re considering that the book came after the radio play and that none of the various versions of the story were entirely the same)!
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
I don’t want to get anywhere near 50 Shades of Gray, thank you very much.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Host, by Stephanie Meyer. I know, right? I should probably preface the following by saying that the movie stinks to high heaven so please don’t judge the book based on that mess (ha ha, I guess this could apply to number 45 as well). Long story short, I fully expected to laugh my way through the book after everything I’d heard about Twilight, but was pleasantly surprised to find that actually it was a compelling story with interesting characters and a mercifully fresh take on the parasitic-aliens-take-over-the-world story (practically its own sub-genre by now). There were certainly parts that made me roll my eyes and groan (she couldn’t get away from the Harlequin Romancy stuff, though it’s not QUITE as bad as the movie makes it seem), but I’d say that the good elements outweigh those parts admirably. I even remember bawling at one point.
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake. It’s the end of the Gormenghast trilogy and I started off really, really enjoying it! Peake just writes such weird, weeird, weeeird settings and characters! And I do realize that this book was not quite complete at the time of his death, so much of it had to be assembled from scraps and what we have is sort of a first-draft really, but I just found myself disliking Titus so much. It started as a mild “Hm, I wish I knew more what’s going on in this kid’s head through all of this, :-I” to “Gosh Titus, you’re not really contributing a whole lot to this story, ‘:-T” to “Titus you JERK! I watched you grow up kid, but now I don’t even care what happens to you! >:-(“
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
The immortal MacDonald Hall series by Gordon Korman. :-D