My friend Mitch Mitchell of the Syracuse Wiki (among other blogs) tagged me in one of those blogger challenges. This one was about reading–so I jumped on it!
I’m supposed to tag other bloggers–although several of the folks I read regularly already seem to have been tagged. So, if you want to do this–feel free!
Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?
I would much rather read stand-alone books than trilogies. The best part of having read a good piece of fiction is to speculate on what happened to the characters. Oftentimes the official sequels are quite disappointing. Interesting question given the fact that we are on the cusp of the publication of Harper Lee’s alternative take on “To Kill A Mockingbird.” 50+ years after the original. Even though this book was written before—it deals with the same characters 20 years later. Apparently it takes Atticus Finch to some dark places.
Would you rather only read male or female authors?
I refuse to choose.
Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?
Actually I like to shop at local used book stores—and if I have to go online, I prefer the progressive site Powell’s Books. I will go to B & N on occasion though.
Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?
I remember taking an English course in high school Good Movie, Better Book. The whole idea, after reading the book and then seeing the movie, was to understand how much of the book had to be cut to fit into a Hollywood production. Wuthering Heights had about a quarter of the content!
That has not changed significantly. However, things have changed drastically in television.
Non-commercial TV such as HBO has given directors the ability to stretch out and really get the most out of a production. Even shows that are episodic and written for television become more novelistic once you see them as a long-form series. I definitely fall into the camp that believes that The Wire was the greatest show in the history of the medium. Is it any wonder that it attracted so many great novelists to write episodes—Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos. The creator of the show, David Simon, referred to The Wire as a 62 chapter novel.
Would you rather read only five pages per day or five books per week?
I could never only read five pages a day. I have read five books in a week, but I do not recommend that for clarity’s sake. The sweet spot would probably be 2-3 books a week.
Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?
I would rather be a professional author—get in the game rather than stand on the sidelines. However, I always have strong opinions on things—and if someone wanted to pay me for them . . . .
Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?
Librarian, because being a bookseller means actually having to care about business. I just want to read, write and think—and share that with others.
Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?
I don’t have a favorite genre, I read across wide swaths of styles. What I challenge about this question is who would be able to enforce any kind of ban of genre on me? I’d love to meet the person who would even try such a stunt!
Would you rather only read e-books or physical books?
I read e-books on occasion—and my Kindle certainly makes it easier to travel. But I could go without using an e-reader. I could never give up on physical books—or as I like to say—REAL books.