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Member Name: English Lady
Date: 04/09/04, updated on 04/09/04 (82 review reads)
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As often happens with my husband and I, we were chatting. (oh yes we still talk!) And in the course of the conversation hubby mentioned the literary challenge he had d one over here on dooyoo and I thought it sounded quite funky....so here is my attenpt at answering these questions. Blame Mitnik -He made me do it or Blame Malu as these are her questions in the first place!
Q: What is your favourite genre?
Fantasy. Hands down it's got to be fantasy. I love escaping into a completely new world and being caught up in battles with inhuman beasts and evil warlords and such. There's so much romance, love and common sense in fantasy books. I Often read scenes and comments that I find very deep and/ore very practical and applicable to my life.
That might just say something about my life though!
Q: Do you read the classics, i.e., the great authors of the 18th
and 19th century?
I have done and I will do but generally I don't pick them up for a relaxing read. I do enjoy Shakespeare and if you include the Bronte Sisters in with the classics I do enjoy re-reading wonderful books like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights on occasion.
Q: Are you interested in thrillers?
Not immensely but I have read a couple. I read anything that catches my eye really.
Q: What about horror stories?
Not really no, but some of my fantasy books can be very gory and horrific in places. I am just not a big horror fan. I can't handle the images on the screen watching a horror movie so I doubt I could deal with the images my mind would conjure up as I have a very vivid imagination!
Q: Do you read Science Fiction?
Yes I do! I do enjoy Douglas Adams (who I'd place as a fantasy writer but a lot of his works are space orientated!)And I have read other science fiction books as I've seen them.
Fantasy and Sci-fi were listed together in Stockport library and that
is where I would get most of my books from so sci fi and fantasy books we're the main-stay of my teenage years! I think I am more inclined towards Fantasy as they tend to be set in earth-like settings.
Q: How many Harry Potter books have you read?
None and I really don't want to read any of them ever. Watching the films is bad enough! My hubby has read some of them and found them thoroughly uninspiring. I think there are far better children?s books out there for me to be reading as an adult than the overly hyped up Potter sagas! I have tried a few paragraphs here and there and JK Rowling bores me to tears. Sorry all you fans but I'll stick to Narnia and Prydain thank you kindly!
Q: Have you ever read and enjoyed biographies or autobiographies?
Ok here's a confession: I've read all the Cliff Richard biographies and Autobiographies and thoroughly enjoyed them! As a teenager I had the Ryan Giggs Autobiography and although I found it overly simple and not much of a challenge to read I did love the pictures! *chuckles*
Q: Do you remember any of the books you read and loved as a child?
Of course I do! The chronicles of Narnia(CS Lewis) , The BFG, The Twits (Roald Dahl) Meg and Mog books (HelenNicoll, Jan Pienkowski, ) The Prydain Chronicles (Lloyd Alexander) oh and many more :)
Q: Have you re-read these books as a grown-up?
Oh yes all of them and I still think they're fantastic! I re-read the Prydain Chronicles (including the Black Couldron) regularly. They are some of the best written fantasy books I?ve ever read. I just can?t get enough of Gurgi with his ?muching and crunchings? and his ?Poor tender head?
I love to revisit the places I went to and the friends I made in my childhood. Some books are so well written that I consider the characters within their pages as friends. I know them so very well and they always accept me back even if I?ve been away for
a long time.
My daughter has recently discovered one of my old Meg and Mog books and we read it almost every night. So I think I will be re-reading these particular childhood favourites alot in the future!
Q: Is there a book of which you can say it has influenced you?
Just one? Hmm I don't know if I can mention just one. So many books influence me in so many different ways.
I mean the BFG showed me that there were ways to overcome bullies that didn't involve stooping (or growing in BFG's case) to their level.
All the Gemmell Books I have ever read have shown me that you don't have to be super special, sinless and spot free to be a hero. Hero's are ordinary every day people in extraordinary situations.
Q: Which are your favourite authors?
David Gemmell, Terry Pratchett, Piers Anthony, JV Jones and my latest favourite is Adam Nicholls. I read his book "The Paladin" and was immensely impressed by it. All fantasy writers as you can see! I told you I enjoyed my Fantasy!
Q: Which book would you take with you on a desert island?
One book? EEEK! The whole Pratchett collection in one book. I would never, ever, ever get bored of reading them over and over! I love the myriad of characters and places and how they reflect real life so satirically.
Q: What is your attitude towards translations?
Well as I can only really read English and a spattering of French I like translations. You might miss a little not reading the book in it's original language but if you can't read that language at all you'd miss a lot by not reading the translation!
Q: Do you buy your books/get them from the library/borrow them from friends/steal them?
All of the above...though I can't remember stealing per se...but I probably have borrowed a book and forgotten to give it back on occasions. Naughty, Naughty me!
Q: When you buy
books, do you prefer hardcover editions or pocket books?
Paperbacks. I can't handle a big stiff hardback BOOK in bed. I need something smaller and more flexible.
Yes I am still talking about books folks! Although flexibility in bed is a good feature in most things!!!
Q: Have you ever tried Audio Books?
I have a couple of times. I listened to one of Terry Pratchett's books read by Tony Robinson and enjoyed it but I do prefer to read a book as I can hear the right voices in my head for people!
I also listened to Othello on Audio book and found that very helpful for my A-level. It's nice to hear a script read out loud. My younger sister enjoyed listening to it as well and as such now realises she quite likes Shakespeare.
This is Malu?s Literary Challenge! If you fancy having a go accredit the Questions to Malu?they?re all her doing!
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