Always another quiz

Occasionally I play “link tag” where I visit one of my reciprocal links (tonights visitee was Mal) then I follow a link of his that I don’t know, and then follow a link of theirs too! This goes on till I am lost or bored.
Tonight I ended up at Lara’s page. She had an interesting quiz on books, so I couldn’t help but give it a crack!
If you could be any character from a book, who would you be and why?
I feel bad about having to mention Lord of the Rings these days, because they movies have made the books such a cliche to love. I have loved the books since I was 9 though. Sam was always the go-to guy for me. Totally the hero of the books! He was often seen as simple, but he had a wisdom which expressed itself most often through his actions & when pressed through well thought out, deliberate words.
Which book do you wish you had written and why?
It would be nice to have written the book “Compelling Reason” by C.S. Lewis. It is actually a collection of essays. I wish I could have written it just so I could have the clarity of thought that Lewis displays.
What book(s) have you wanted to change the ending of?
A couple of Stephen King’s books. I never read his Horror stuff, but many of his other books rock, EXCEPT for the fact that he often likes to leave the ending very open. I usually like to have some kind of closure after investing my time.
The ending of “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Doestoevsky was also a bit of a letdown. The book tended to be a bit of a slog & the ending didn’ really feel like an appropriate pay-off.
What is most important to you in a book and why?
Story/Plot? Character? Language? Ideas? Other?

I would probably go with Characters. I have read books that don’t go that far with the plot, but it is all good if the characters draw you in. Language is also great. Part of the power of the Narnia series is lewis’ ability to use such simple, but elegant language.
In your opinion, who is the writer who is best at:
Story/Plot? Character? Language? Ideas? Other?

I did think that Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” was a great story. I don’t know if it was the best. Maybe I am just saying that so I appear well read.
Tolkien’s Characters have real meat on their bones. The land itself becomes a character. You know you are reading a good book when you feel like you can smell the grass under the feet of the characters.
Lewis has an elequence that amazes.
C.S. Lewis also has an amazing mind for ideas. A unique way of looking at things. You often have to read his books of essays to get a true feeling for the guy though. Don’t get daunted, they read like stories anyway!
Which book(s) have you most wanted to burn/obliterate the memory of off the face of the planet?
The Viscount Herbert Samuel said “Libraries are thought in cold storage”. I have never really wanted to obliterate anything, because whether it bores, frusrates, or excites me, in every book you pick up, you have hundreds, if not thousands of hours of thoughts, ideas and efforts from people. You’ll never be them, but that book can be a window to their mind.
Describe your favourite place to read (plus essential accompaniments, etc. tea).
Bed is a good place. I long for the day (which will never come) when I can have a room which has wall to floor shelves and a big brushed leather seat with footstool, big arms & headreests, just like “Alistair Cookie” in Seasame Street’s “Monsterpiece Theatre”.
I also miss the old days when the “Allens” company made chocolate bullets. They were an awesome reading snack.
Which books are your “comfort” books? (ie. the ones you keep coming back to to read over and over again because you enjoy them so much each time.)
Lord of the Rings
the Narnia Series
Compelling Reason
Calvin and Hobbes comic books
Where the Wild Things Are. The greatest storybook ever, by Maurice Sendak.
What attracts you about your favourite genre?
Good question. I guess Fantasy books are the ones I read most often. I guess I don’t really care about the dragons & stuff like that, but often people can go somewhere you can’t in real life & express things in ways that we can’t usually. I am not ever sure that the modern conception of Fantasy is what I am all about. I think it is just “fantastic” situations that draw me. It could be sci-fi, it could be Lewis’ stuff like “The Great Divorce”, which is (loosly) about getting to the doorstep of heaven.
Which book has had the biggest impact on you/completely changed your life? (apart from the Bible)
LOTR was the first book I read where I felt like crying at the end, cause I just wanted it to keep going on & on. Really though, I guess I need to tip my hat to my th grade Librarian who got me to read “The Hobbit”. That really turned me into a Bibliophile.
Which book do you most want to see as a movie done well which has not been turned into a movie already?
It is hard to do a book into a movie well. Often things I like just wouldn’t translate. Maybe Stephen King’s “The Long Walk”.
Well there you go. It was a long slog, but if you made it, then I am proud of you. make sure to leave a comment if you decide to do this quiz on your blog!

3 thoughts on “Always another quiz

  1. I also would like to have “that” room one day… wall to wall books would be a dream come true… if I won the lottery the first thing I would buy is a house and the second would be the books to fill it with!
    Good stuff.

  2. Thanks for the visit to my blog! Nice work on the quiz. Yes, a room dedicated to reading and books would be fabulous in any house. My bedroom is nearly like that. There’s no available wall space – it’s all bookshelves, and I’ve run out of room for more books. I don’t think that will stop me buying more, though…

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