Saturday, 10 September 2011

Woefully Behind - Friday Hop

I'm just going to say, here, at the start, that I will try and post something proper soon. At the moment, I'm reading Emma by Jane Austen and, as it is with classics, it isn't a particularly quick read. I'm about halfway through and I hope to catch up and all but finish it before the end of the weekend.

Anyway, Friday blog day late.

“Many of us primarily read one genre of books, with others sprinkled in. If authors stopped writing that genre, what genre would you start reading? Or would you give up reading completely if you couldn’t read that genre any more?”

I don't think I do read one particular genre of book. Maybe I'm just boring or whatever, but I like books in general and I've probably read at least one book in every genre. I'd never give up reading completely- that would be unthinkable! But, say, every type of book I would like is wiped out, I would still read because no book is all bad and I think that if I really read unforgivably dreadful books, I'd try (badly) to write my own in that genre.

I also get the same thrill from gaming as reading. Role-Playing Games, to me, play out much as a good book would. So whenever all those frightful books get me down, I can turn to games. I claim to be eclectic for a reason, y'know!

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Books to Television: Which books would you love 
to see made in to a TV series? Or movie?

It's hard for me to say because I've had traumatic experiences with books becoming movies (Eragon, for example) so I'm wary. I also don't like the idea of them being TV series because every episode needs to be interesting and sometimes books need to have a break from such things for the readers to get a breather. Also, the disjointedness might ruin the pace. The other issue is that things that are acceptable and amazing in books are cheesy and cringe-worthy on screen. That aside, I can think of a couple.

The Belgariad and the Mallorean by David Eddings would be the first one to come to mind since I've read them so many times and visualised scenes in so many ways that I've convinced myself it would be good to see. However, my better part says that if that this were to made into a film (or a series of films) then I would be disappointed because they would miss things out or cast the wrong people. Even though I try, I don't think any set of actors could play the characters well and have the same chemistry. And the magic/Gods? That would just be cheesy.

The other books I'd like to see would be Divergent by Veronica Roth since that was another books I read and watcher in my head. I had clear images throughout about how everything was done and, to be honest, it worked just as well. Sometimes when we imagine how it would look, we suspend belief for a while, but I didn't have to do that; not once.

Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one?

I can't remember a time I've thought that, but I have on occasion wanted the 'villain' to be cut bit more slack. Such as (sorry to mention it again) in the Belgariad when the 'evil' wizard (I forget his name) faces off with Belgarath. In the nicest way, it wasn't really his fault and what happens to him moves me to compassion. A book where the bad guy actually wins though? Nope, I can't think of one, though I'm sure it's out there. In my more depressing books, you could argue they do win occasionally so I get a fix of disappointment regularly anyhow.


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