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04 August 2011 @ 11:22 am
Book Meme  
Remember the book meme?  LOL, I'm horrible at remembering to finish memes all the way through.  But my life has been v. boring lately, so here goes.

16. Adaptation: What book would you most like to see made into a film? Do you like to read the book first or see the film? Any books you have read after seeing the film version?

I'm torn about wanting the Mars Trilogy turned into movies, and not wanting them to be, because I want to make them myself.  But I know that's never going to happen.  I'm just afraid that whatever is done with them will never match what I have in my head.  Besides those books, I'd love to see Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell on the big screen.  I think it would also work as a miniseries.  Generally, if the movie's about to come out, I'll watch the movie first.  If it's going to be awhile, I might read the book.  It depends.

LOTS of books I've read after watching the movie, or the TV show.  Most recently, the Game of Thrones series.  (So. Good.)

17. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?


Oh, plenty.  As far as "the hardest book to follow," I'd say City of God.  I had to rely heavily on internet summaries and the like.  It was painful.  I kept trying to find the "right" time to read, where my brain would be sharp and I could pay attention.  I never found that time.  It was one of those books where I would read a paragraph and then realize I had absolutely no idea what I'd just read.

18. Your favourite book series & your favourite book out of that series

I've already mentioned several times my favorite series  (Maaaaaars), so to talk about something different: I love the Uplift series by David Brin.  It's set in the future, after we've met with all the other alien races in the galaxy.  We find out that we're basically the only species to achieve sentience on our own; everyone else is "uplifted," or given help by another species (usually by tinkering with their DNA).  The only reason we're not wiped out is because by the time first contact happens, we've uplifted two species ourselves, chimps and dolphins.  My favorite book from that series is The Uplift War, the third in the first trilogy of books.
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yo, i'm hotter than a mithril coat: [the fall] bandeetsstyromgalleries on August 4th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
JS & MN would be such an epic movie/series. Last time I read it, I kept a notebook with me so I could dream-cast characters as I came upon them. I don't think I ever really pinned anyone down, though, and I could never pick anyone for Jonathan Strange. Any ideas?

I've read Confessions by Augustine, but I haven't tackled City of God. Back in my freshman year of college, one of the books I had to read was Summa of the Summa, which contained selections from Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica. I had a really hard time with it. I know it's supposed to be all ~logical and stuff, but my 18 year old brain had a hard time thinking that way. Haha! I hope I would fare a little better now, but..yeah...it was tough.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on August 11th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply - one of those weeks. I think Rupert Grint is getting old enough - and a good enough actor - that he'd be an interesting Strange. I have Tom Hollander in my head for Norrell, though he's probably not old enough; though I'm not too picky about that kind of thing.

Ugh, Aquinas. My History of Medieval Civ class started with Augustine and ended with Aquinas. It was a rough class. I think I ended up skipping a lot of the later readings and just looking at online summaries, LOL.