Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Many, many questions

I stole this from The Common Room. As for tagging, go ahead and do it. You know you want to.

1. How many hours a day do you spend reading?
Books, as opposed to internet--probably not more than half an hour, if I'm lucky. And that's in very small snatches. (The internet requires much less concentration and stays open while I try to persuade D2 that he really does want to finish eating. So I'm afraid it gets too much of an edge these days.)
2. How fast do you read?
Very fast, but more slowly than my younger sister. Right now I spend most of my time finding my place, since I can never seem to keep track of a bookmark.
3. What is your favorite book?
Ha, ha, what a silly question.
4. Who is your favorite author?
G. K. Chesterton
5. What is your favorite action/adventure novel?
The Scarlet Pimpernel slightly edges out The Prisoner of Zenda because I adore it when a married couple gets more happily married, and abhor the chaste-adulterous-love sort of plot. But for action and adventure, they are about equal.
6. What is your favorite mystery novel?
For a novel length mystery, I'm sure it's one of the Lord Peters, but I have no idea which one. For short stories, of course it would be Father Brown.
7. What is your favorite romance novel?
Pride and Prejudice
8. What is your favorite character novel?
I think this means a novel centered on character development rather than plot. But I'm still not sure which qualify, as I generally avoid books without character development, and have certianly never read one without a plot.
9. What is your favorite fantasy/sci-fi novel?
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
10. What is your favorite history book?
The Everlasting Man, by Chesterton, to the extent anything Chesterton writes can count as history. He's not much on dates and things.
11. What is your favorite biography?
Witness by Whittaker Chambers.
12. What is your favorite other non-fiction book?
Another silly question.
13. What is your favorite play?
In the Shakespeare category, Much Ado About Nothing. In the Non-Shakespeare category, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.
14. What is your favorite of the genres mentioned in questions 5-12?
I like a book that has some of everything, with lots of philosophizing mixed in.
15. What is your favorite type of character?
Witty, cool-headed, principled.
16. If you could host a party with 7 literary characters, who would they be and why?
Father Brown and George MacDonald's Wise Woman to say profound things. Lord Peter Wimsey and Elizabeth Bennet to say witty things. Mr. Pickwick and Laura Ingalls' Grandmother to be jolly and lively and admire the brilliance of everyone else. I presume this is envisioning an eight-person dinner party, but since I would never give the party without DOB, my seventh person would be Jeeves, to serve the dinner and salvage my kitchen catastrophes.
17. Do you like film adaptations of books? If so, which is your favorite? Which is your least?
They're an irresistible source of pain. My favorite is the A&E Pride and Prejudice. As for least--perhaps those old Shirley Temple vehicles? Except I'm not sure they count as adaptations since they don't borrow anything but the book name.
18. Who is your literary role model?
Sam Gamgee. I admire loyalty and cheerfulness under difficult circumstances.
19. Which literary house would you like most to live in?
Pemberley, of course. If it came with the servants to clean it.
20. Which literary couple would you like most for parents?
Actually my real, live parents strongly resembled the Bennets in personality, though not in principles or intellect.
21. Pick 3 literary characters you would like to have as siblings.
Tom Sawyer to play with; Judah Ben-Hur to do in anyone who withstood us; and Anne Elliott from Persuasion to nobly labor away, carrying out all our grand plans.
22. Who is your favorite literary villain?
Madame Defarge. Click, click, click.
23. Name a character that most people dislike, but that you do not. Why do you like them?
I rather fancy Aunt March, probably because I got cast as her once.
24. Which minor character deserves a book all to themselves, in your opinion?
I wish Tolkien had turned Beren and Luthien into a novel, though perhaps that is not an appropriate answer for this question.
25. Which character do you identify most with in literature?
Anne Shirley and I seem to have grown up together.
26. If you could go into a novel, which one would it be and why?
I should like to go past The Phantom Tollbooth into the Lands Beyond.
27. Do you prefer hardback or paperback?
I don't really care.
28. Do you like dustcovers?
Bother, no. They always get messed up. Especially if a Certain Child has not been sufficiently informed that pouring water on the coffee table is an unacceptable form of experimentation.
29. Do you like introductions, forwards, afterwards, and appendices?
Not really. I tend to dodge them.
30. Do you like reading literary criticism?
Not really. I want to savor a book, not dissect it. Though I certainly try to spit out the bones.
31. Do you like new or used books? What about ex-library?
All of the above.
32. Are you likely to buy new books without having read them, or would you buy a used copy (or check it out from the library) to see if it is good or not?
Unprompted, I never buy a book new. Unprompted, I hardly ever buy anything new but groceries, and even that pains me. Not that used groceries are an option.
33. Name 3 - 7 books that you rarely see on people's favorite book lists, that are high on your own.
The Napoleon of Notting Hill, by G. K. Chesterton
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare
The Lost Princess, by George MacDonald
34. Which is your least favorite book of those that are considered "classics"?
Moby Dick, although I keep thinking I should give it another try.
35. Do you like books read aloud, or do you prefer silent reading?
36. When you read, do you see things in your mind like a movie, or just in vague pictures?
Like a movie, to the extent that I had lengthy arguments with DOB between his seeing The Two Towers and The Return of the King because the division is different in the books and I was sure we had watched certain scenes.
37. Do you like to read in silence, or with backround noise/music?
It really doesn't matter. I don't hear it. If it's an interesting book, not even if it's "Maamaa!" which is why I don't read much these days.
38. Can you read in the car without getting carsick?
Hardly ever. As I have to relearn every six months or so.
39. Do you go to booksales?
How could I stay away?
40. Name one literary quirk of yours.
I cannot, cannot, cannot write in books. Unless I really hate the book, and own it, which is an odd combination limited to textbooks. I don't care if Mortimer Adler says you must, I can't!


spanarch said...

You should read Moby Dick again. Its a reat book. And I love Madame Defarge also, especially the devious knitting needles! Thats the best!

Devona said...

My favorite Shakespeare play is Much Ado About Nothing too. It's always good for a pick me up.

Rose said...

I LOVED reading this, especially the part about Judah Ben-Hur doing in anyone who withstood you.

Deja vu...a couple of my questions I had to consciously not answer the same as you.