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29 May 2008 @ 02:51 pm
Memesies  
"Meme" is a very odd word.  Is it supposed to be two "me"s in succession?  Wikipedia has failed me.

Sooooooo... I haz two book memes for you.  The first eltea made up eons ago, because she is cool like that, and I came up with all of my answers then and then tweaked them last night, when I acquired another book meme and was like, "HAI, ONCE UPON A TIEM..."

A Book Meme, Because Books Are Just Amazing

Your five favorite books, in order:
Euuughhhh... No order. I revolt against order. REVOLT!  ...So, in no particular order:
The Bartimaeus Trilogy
The Artemis Fowl books
The Nightrunner Series

Um. And stuff. Like. Um. Stuff. BRAIN DEATH.
Um, I like A Tale of Two Cities. And Gone with the Wind. And... stuff...
And Good Omens is win.

A book that you thought you were going to hate and ended up liking:
Emmm... I didn't think I would like Maragaret Atwood quite as much as I did, because my brother had whined his way through his research paper on her, but Oryx and Crake is craziness squared, and The Blind Assassin hit really deep chords.  It helps that I just love the way she writes.  Haven't actually read Handmaid's Tale; I'll have to do that one of these epochs.  I also was surprised how much I liked Mrs. Dalloway, which turned out to be amazing.

A book that you love even though you’re kind of embarrassed to admit it:

I'm not embarrassed about much when it comes to my dorkiness.  I readily admit to writing Harry Potter fanfiction, for starters.  Can't be like, "Oh, and, shame of shames, I like the Time Warp Trio" or whatever after that.

A book you liked without even understanding why you did:
Usually I can figure it out.  Often the tone of a book will salvage the rest for me, and I'll tolerate anything to keep immersing myself in it.

A book you’ve wanted to read for ages but haven’t gotten around to yet:
There is a pile of them in my bookshelf. A large pile. A very large pile. An elephant-sized pile.  A blue whale-sized pile.

A book you were totally obsessed with at some point (or still are!):
I was big on Harry Potter for a while. Really big. Then the fifth book came out, and I didn't really like it, and then the waiting started, and I was just like, "WUT IS THIS >(".

A book that you couldn’t put down, no matter how late it was:
Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling all the way.  Fer realz.  Something about them, whether it was the character dynamics or the settings or the atmosphere or just the fact that Seregil was so freaking hot, glued them to my hands.  Parts of those were read sitting on the counter in the bathroom because my sister had gone to bed. :P

A book that you end up rereading every time you pick it up:
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett, and a fair amount of others... I'm pretty much just too easily distracted.

A book that gave you chills:
Mental chills, at least, were definitely to be found in Captain Corelli's Mandolin.  It was just kind of resonant in a lot of ways.  Though that was in tenth grade.  Resonant may have changed since then.

A book you haven’t reread or thought about in a while but really liked:
An Instance of the Fingerpost.  It was the one I was thinking of when I talked about mood and tone above.  There were some really sketch parts, because it was this sort of gritty whichever-century mystery sort of deal, and there were a bunch of different narrators, and none of them were particularly credible, and it was dark and dank and cold and fantastic.

A book that you’d love to see made into a movie:
I'm going to have to resort to something I've written now.  I just want to see some ridiculously hot guy running around as Nicodemus.  Just want to.  Though there would be a fairly real risk of my drowning in my own drool.

If you could go into any book and live in its world, the one you’d choose:
I like to keep my adventures trapped on the pages, actually, please and thank you. ;)

Your favorite literary character of all time:
Unnnnnhhh.  I love so many... Soooo... many.... I'd be here all night.  Literally.  Probably the most recent hot literary dude I fell madly in love with was Ned Wossface from A Game of Thrones, though.

The character you’d marry, if you could:
There have been many, many, many.  Many.  See above.  HOT GUYS.  AAAAAH I LOVE THEM.

The character that you love to hate more than any other:
Hmmm, delicious villains.  Where is a delicious villain when you need one?  Richard III will suffice.  He is muy evilosa.  And kind of awesome until he loses it completely, which is half the fun, because then you feel bad for cheering him on.

The villain that scares you more than any other:
Anyone who's perfectly sane, calm, and flawed, probably.  Someone who's real enough to seem like they could very coolly wander out of the book and wreak havoc in your life, too... And if "central problem killing characters" counts, the Black Plague in Doomsday Book was pretty awful.  Not so much scary as just... horrible.  Which is to be expected, of course.

The book with your favorite plot of all time:

Uh.  JO MAMA.  She is a book now.

The author you most wish you could meet:
Shakespeare is my homie.  Word up, Bill.

The literary character you think you’re most like:
I don't tend to see too much of myself in characters, to be terribly honest... Pieces, yes, but very rarely do I jump up and point to a book and scream "OMG THAT'S ME WTF!"  (Exactly like that.)  In fact, I can't remember ever doing that, hyperbole aside.  I guess I'm just too cool -- by which I mean boring -- to be immortalized in literature.  :'(

And, finally, what got you hooked on reading:
Once I learned to read, I pretty much read anything I could get my hands on.  Books.  Magazine ads.  Cereal boxes.  Though I would rather die nowadays than subject myself to the kind of literary agony that is the Babysitter's Little Sister series, I read a ridiculous amount of them back in the second and third grade.  I thought I was sooooooo cool, too, better believe it.  Animorphs had me pretty much enraptured, too, though I'd been reading for centuries by then.  Still love those. ^_^  AND TOBIAS IS STILL HOT.


And now for ANOTHER book meme, this one lifted from otterdance, who is the fantasmic Lynn Flewelling mentioned above, and whom I stalk on LJ because I'm creepy like that.

Ten Book-ly Questions

1. One book that changed your life.
The early Harry Potters made fantasy legit for me.  I'd read really varied stuff before then, but HP gave me a focus, and for that, I owe JKR a great deal.

2. One book that you've read more than once.
Lololololol.  When I was in sixth grade, I was utterly enamoured of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.  eltea was, too (*implicates you!!*), and another friend of ours, and I probably read Mossflower a good dozen times.  Though I had nothing on the aforementioned friend, whose last read count was upwards of seventy-five.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare, because I love him, and because it's so intensely massive that it'd take me awhile to get through it.

4. One book that made you laugh.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett is the BESTEST.  Who thought the Apocalypse could be so much fun?

5. One book that made you cry.
Hmm, it's been a while since there were actual, real tears over a work of literature... I was much weepier when I was younger, but my memory's terrible. XD

6. One book that you wish had been written.
A Tale of Two Cities II: Just Kidding, Sydney's Not Dead!, by Charles Dickens.  Hence my first-ever fanfiction. XD

7. One book that you wish had never been written.
Here's where I plead the Fifth. :P

8. One book you're currently reading.
Uhhh... For once in my life, I don't think I'm actually in the middle of anything.

9. One book you've been meaning to read.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, by Peter Cameron, which is the book eltea lent me that I put off reading so that my Script Frenzy wouldn't basically end up being it.  Then after that comes the next book of A Song of Ice and Fire, or maybe The Amber Spyglass, or maybe...

10. What book scared you the most?
Hmm.  It by Stephen King was pretty hardcore, but I think I'm actually going to go with Coraline by Neil Gaiman.  It wasn't even scary so much as deeply unsettling, and it gave me the creeps at three in the afternoon.

There you have it.  You are ALL TAGGED, by virtue of your reading this.  Provided that you feel like it. :P
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Elteaeltea on May 30th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
I think you mean The Subtle Knife; Amber Spyglass is the third one in the trilogy. ;)

I might end up stealing the second meme. :)
Vitamin Ctierfal on May 30th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
LAWL I fail.

And you def should, dahling.
That'ssomandalicious on May 30th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
I might have to steal these memes and do them. But alas, i'm a lazy girl. There's a Trouble in my bed and i have two fics i have to finish and have beta'd by June 30th.

I am Mandapants, Queen of Procrastination. It's a nice queendom to visit, you should stop by. Good eats.

OH! and I swear, when I was an LJ n00b, I read somewhere that meme rhymed with dream. yeah. I still mentally say 'ME ME"
Vitamin Ctierfal on May 30th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Well, considering that I did the first one in probably... December, and now found impetus to post it, there is hope for lazy gals everywhere. :D Memes, fortunately, do not have deadlines. ;)

I'll have to stage a procession from my own queendom, which is strikingly similar...

I think my instinct has always been to pronounce it like "meem," but I honestly can't figure out where that bizarre name came from... o_o?