Stories that stick – a meme

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I don’t normally take part in memes over here but if Kate asks me to do one then you’d better believe I’ll do one! Besides, this one’s literary so it’s different! Besides, I could win an advance copy of her new book and I really want to read it, so here goes!

1) You are facing an epic journey. You may choose one companion, one tool and one vehicle from any book or film to accompany you. Or just one of the three. It’s up to you. What do you choose?

It’s probably just begging for trouble but I’d say a time-turner, such as the one that Hermione Granger uses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. A time-turner can wreak havoc if used incorrectly but if my journey is indeed epic then I want to make sure I have one in case I make a really bad mistake so I can go back and fix it.

2) You can escape to the insides of any book. Where do you go, and why?

This was easy – I apologize for using the same series two answers in a row but I would absolutely put myself into the Harry Potter series. The magic, Hogwarts, the excitement, I’d love to be a part of it all. I never had much interest in the whole concept of wizards really until I read those books and I’m hooked.

3) You can bring one literary character into your current life. Who do you choose, and why?

Severus Snape. *eyebrow wiggle* Okay, I’m kidding. Maybe. Laura Ingalls just because she would be so much fun. Or well, now that I’m a mother maybe she’d be a bit much to handle. If I was still a kid myself though. I always wanted to be friends with her when I read the books as a kid.

4) _________________ is my go-to book. I could read that book fifty-seven times in a row without a break for food or a pee and not be remotely bored. In fact I’ve already done that but it wasn’t fifty-seven times. It was sixty-four.

Ah. My go-to book is The Night Inside. I know vampires are all the rage now thanks to Stephanie Meyer but I’ve had a fascination with vampires for decades now. This particular book is written by a Canadian and it’s not all ooey-gooey vampire stuff like Twilight. I read it so many times I broke the spine and had to buy a new copy.

5) Of all the literary or film characters that made an impression on you as a kid, who was the most enviable?

As a kid it probably would have been Atreyu (did I even spell that right?) in “The Neverending Story”. I watched that movie an embarrassing number of times.

6) Of all the literary or film characters that made an impression on you as a kid, who was the most frightening?

Oh hi there freaky-ass clown in Stephen King’s It. If I hadn’t already been freaked out by clowns that certainly would have sealed it for me, thanks.

7) Every time I read _________________, I see something in it that I haven’t seen before.

Well, I’ve only read it twice actually, but Not Without My Daughter. There’s so much going on in that book as she tries to survive as a hostage to her husband in Iran and makes continuous plans to escape the country and get back home to the U.S. that it’s one of those stories that made me read faster than I should have. In my second run through I found all kinds of little things I missed the first time around.

8 ) It is imperative that _________________ be made into a movie. Now. I am already picketing Hollywood for this—but if they cast _________________ as _________________, I will not be happy. I will, however, be appeased if they cast _________________.

Assuming that they don’t totally fuck it all up, Ender’s Game would be insanely amazing on a big screen. I can’t think of anyone that they could cast since the main character is a kid, so I think the best choice would be to choose someone brand new to the film making world.

I’d also really like to see The Night Inside as a movie (and it would do well since vampires are all the rage). If they cast Jessica Alba as Ardeth I’d have a fit, but wouldn’t mind if it was Katie Holmes just because Katie in a vampire movie would give TOM a fit.

9) _________________ is a book that should never be made (or should have never been made) into a film.

The Other Boleyn Girl was a fabulous book and a mediocre movie. They should have just left it alone.

10) After all these years, the _________________ scene in the book/movie _________________ still manages to give me the queebs.

Oh man. When the guy in the courtroom near the end of Gerald’s Game squeaked out, “I don’t believe you’re real, you’re just made of moonlight” I think every little hair on the back of my neck stood straight up and it still completely freaks me out.

11) After all these years, the _________________ scene in the book/movie _________________ still manages to give me a thrill.

This may make me lame, but even as an adult, I love the scene in “E.T.” when they go flying on Elliot’s bike. I was five when I first saw that movie and it was so excited that I spent a lot of time riding my own bike, pretending I was flying along with a little bug-eyed alien.

12) If I could corner the author _________________, here’s what I’d say to them one minute or less about their book, _________________:

If I bumped into Anne Rice I’d say, “Look Anne. I really wanted to like your books. Honestly. I tried to read several of your books on numerous occasions and I just couldn’t get into a single one of them. I liked the IDEA of your stories but good lord woman, you can go on for pages about a window frame. While I admire detail, there is indeed a time when you can get too damn wordy.”

13) The coolest non-fiction book I’ve ever read is _________________. Every time I flip through it, it makes me want to _________________.

Technically it’s a memoir – Eat, Pray, Love. Each section made me want to do something different. When she was in Italy all I wanted to do was eat delicious pasta. When she was in India I wanted to pack up and fly to India too so I could find an Ashram and learn to do yoga. Then when she was in Indonesia I wanted a quiet little cottage on the beach. Overall, the whole book made me desperately want to travel.

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  1. sweetsalty kate

    Such great answers! Neverending Story came up so many times. Be not ashamed. I loved that movie. Also be not ashamed by the Severus Snape crush. Alan Rickman!

    Thanks for doing this! So much fun to read.

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