10: Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
I’m not actually sure - so I guess the answer is ‘no’, since I feel like if a book influenced me ‘greatly’ it wouldn’t be something I’d have to sit around thinking about. I think just about every book I’ve ever read has influenced me somehow (including those trashy romance novels), but nothing sticks out to me has having given me some sort of EPIPHANY or anything.
13: What’s your favorite book?
YOU KNOW that I don’t really pick favourites, I have a REALLY hard time with it because it’s hard to compare things that are so different. Nothing’s perfect, by any means, but I spend a lot of my time while reading picking things apart. How things could be worded better, how nonsensical the events transpiring are, a better way to do x thing - so books that make me forget all that shit tend to wind up as my ‘favourites.’ Sure, I can look at their flaws in retrospect, but it’s pretty rare that while reading I won’t be criticizing at least something. Then there are some books that sort of resonated with my personally so I have a SPECIAL FONDNESS for them despite them not having that effect.
The last book to sweep me up like that was The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scotty Lynch (which was almost a year ago now).
14: What’s your least favorite book?
I’m honestly not sure. The most recent book I read that was immensely disappointing was Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. That book was a mess - Characters doing things for no real reason, making zero intelligent decisions, has references that seem to be insulting certain authors (only to have our protagonists be those authors at the end of the novel), clumsy foreshadowing or set-ups where there those things were even present (which they largely weren’t), and fumbled attempts at being clever, witty, and wise.
Apparently a lot of people really like it though, if Goodreads is anything to go by, so maybe I read a different book than everyone else did.
17: What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
Does Hamlet count? No?
So, honestly, I was a horrible student and failed to read most of my books for school (or, not on time, anyway, school actually crushed my will to read things as it so happens, only really started reading again in earnest once I was done with that business). Of the ones I did read… Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood would probably be my favourite - though that was for an ISU so maybe that doesn’t count either.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel, if we’re strictly going by curriculum books (but, I mean, that was the only curriculum book I actually read).
28: Which movie has done a book justice?
Well. The Twilight movies are pretty spot-on, aren’t they?
I’m actually okay with movie versions of books changing things, books play like movies in my head - sometimes I think it’d be neat to see how someone else envisioned something I think would look awesome in motion, but otherwise if I wanted something exactly like the book… I could just read the book.
So that said the first thing that came to mind was Cloud Atlas (book’s by David Mitchell), the movie’s a lot of fun, I don’t think it sets out to say the same things the book does, but there’s a lot of room for interpretation for both. The movie is definitely a lot more accessible than the book is.
Thanks for asking, Steph!