Friday, March 27, 2009

Literary geek meme.... 

You have received this note because someone thinks you are a literary geek. Copy the questions into your own note, answer the questions, and tag any friends who would appreciate the quiz, including the person who sent you this. Don't bother trying to italicize your book titles. We know you want to.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Harlan Ellison

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Other than many versions of the Christian Bible, probably something by Mark Twain. I had his complete works, and then after the deaths of my mom, grandmother and Dan's uncle, I sorted through and kept much of their book collections and unwittingly ended up with more duplicates than I realized.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Only a little.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Lestat. Maybe love is too strong a word. More like that fascination women have with bad immortal boys, lol.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
I used to pretty much memorize books as a child (with or without pics), so excluding them and only counting times read cover to cover, it would have to be THE STAND.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Nothing that I finished.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Can't decide.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
No clue.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Hmmm. Most of them that come to mind have already had attempts at movies. Not all of them good.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Hate to say it, but as much as I love Ellison's material, I don't think anyone would be able to do it properly. Plus most of his best stories would be too short.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I dreamed that my cousin really was Stephen King. Not so far-fetched as the two of them do look alike.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Not gonna answer as I had to "dumb down" my reading material since I got sick.

The one with the best title:

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Tie between James Joyce and Chaucer (in original Middle English).

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
None of the plays themselves were obscure, but the oddest film version might have been "Prospero's Books".

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
Russians. I guess I prefer depressing to arrogant, lol.

18) Roth or Updike?
Updike is ok, but Vonnegut.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Tough one. I like all three. But Shakespeare has the edge.

21) Austen or Eliot?
I like both, but Twain is better.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Current adult fiction.

23) What is your favorite novel?

24) Play?
Hard to pick one because I like so many, but maybe EQUUS because it really grabs a hold of your psyche and makes you squirm.

25) Poem?
Do the epic poems count as a single poem or a book of them? I'm going to go to the opposite extreme and say Dickinson. Simple stuff not requiring analysis, and she was quite observant for one who never saw much outside her own home. "Hope is the thing with feathers".

26) Essay?
Harlan Ellison's essays. Maybe the best collection was AN EDGE IN MY VOICE.

27) Short story?
Mainly collections - SF, horror and fantasy, various authors.

28) Work of nonfiction?
CHOSEN TO LIVE by Jerry Schimmel. He was a co-worker of mine who survived a horrible plane crash in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989. The book details that experience plus inadvertently having to re-live it when the movie "Fearless" came out. Apparently, no one bothered to tell him they were going to base the Jeff Bridges character on him (at least the part that happened during and immediately following the crash).

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Isn't it obvious? Harlan Ellison.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Does Paris Hilton have a book out yet? LOL

31) What is your desert island book?
The complete works of Shakespeare. It could double as a chair, lol.

32) And... what are you reading right now?
NEW MOON. Deal with it.

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