Monday, August 17, 2009

Getting to Know You: Favorite Literature

Coming off a haiku weekend, let's talk about our favorite literature!









Do you have a favorite book or poem? What about a favorite genre or author? What is it about the written word that draws you back, over and over?

Characters and authors can answer!

35 comments:

Nevin said...

I just love poetry, especially Keats and Shelley!

Vic said...

I hate poetry, unless it's a song. And then, it had better be a good song, and not some smarmy love ballad.

Bram Stoker and Anne Rice are pretty good writers. They're wrong about vampires, but who isn't?

Bo said...

I thought you didn't approve of books, Vic.

Vic said...

Most of the time, no. Books give people ideas. Dumb ideas. And don't even get me started on the ideas you get from the sort of books you like to read.

Kaelin said...

I like all kinds of mysteries.

Aidan said...

I don't read much. Reports mostly, and emails. It's pretty boring. Kaelin always is stuck in some book.

Anonymous said...

Hi

I read comic books. Some graphic stuff.

I don't read much. Like Aidan.

Shadow

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Aidan said...

Hi Shadow.

I like comic books sometimes. I like Sandman by Neil Gaiman. But seriously, I don't ever have time to read. I don't know how Kaelin finds the time, between cage fights, working undercover with enemy demon cells, and seducing the ladi--OW! Stop throwing things at me! I'm gonna tell the Council you attacked your Lord Seer with a mechanical pencil and paperclips. You're gonna be in big trouble, Kae!

Ginger said...

I read Jane Austen's novels over and over. I just love the way she writes, and the elegance of the lifestyle she describes. I sometimes feel that modern American culture is too personal and open. We lack refinement, I think, and don't keep enough things to ourselves.

Just the other day, when I was waiting on some women, they started telling me all about one's cancer surgery and how depressed her husband was about it and how she wished he would get over it and support her because she's the one who's sick. And how if he divorced her she would find someone more sympathetic to be with.

I kept thinking, "I can't believe you're telling me all this, and in public, too!" What would Jane Austen think?

Kaelin said...

Tell them whatever you want. Once you untie yourself.

Anonymous said...

Lol.

Laurel said...

Right back at you, Nevin! But John Donne is my all time favorite. "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning" give me a thrill every time.

Too many favorite authors for just one comment.

Oh, and Vic, I bet Bo is and Anne Rice fan, too. I would imagine he prefers her pseudonym works, though.

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I'm not a poetry freak, but I like Browning quite a lot. I like more epic type poetry that tells a story. My Last Duchess comes to mind.

Other than that I like spec fic, epic fantasy, urban fantasy (not crazy about a lot of the first person romances in disguise, though) British mysteries, thrillers, short stories, whatever. I read all the time. :)

Maxwell said...

Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Mechanics, Engineering, Carpentry.

I read Nietzsche. I like Nietzsche.

I read comic books too. Only good ones.

shy said...

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

~Groucho Marx

Christine H said...

I must confess, I read Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings books over and over. I keep trying to figure out how he makes such a complicated fantasy world so compelling. I know Tolkein has received at least as much criticism as praise, but for his fans, he's the Master.

And yet, if he can do it, certainly I can do it too, right? I mean, after all, he was just a human being. A former soldier and college professor who had an idea and put it to paper... without even a word processor!

In the introduction, JRRT mentions that he had to type and re-type the whole manuscript by himself, "the cost of professional typing by the ten-fingered being beyond my means."

I can't help wondering if he could have gotten Frodo to do it with nine fingers for less?

flower said...

I used to read Mallory Blackman's stuff with Chels and the Potter books with Mum - she read and I imagined it better than the films. I didn't bring any of the books with me when I moved here.
Will says there's only a month before the eagle studying is finished - I don't want to go - I might ask if I can stay - I can't do it again.

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

I adored Sherlock Holmes until I met Mycroft.
Can't help but think AC-D's agent should have told him to develop that franchise too.

The first author I'd had to hunt to read everything by was Edgar Wallace. I went straight from those to anything that had ballet dancers in them - go-figure!

I've been holding off on the last Christopher Paolini - not until I finish my book. 748 pages?!

Jason said...

We actually had a talk about books last night, inspired by you all here. I haven't read much in at least thirty five years. Once I got through all the "classics", some of which were new when I was at school, I got rather tired of it.

And Marc is far too hyper.

Marc said...

I'm not hyper. I do all my reading online and on my blackberry. Useful thing, that. Better than carrying a load of hardbacks round.

And I do read. Lately I'm into "urban fantasies." They make me laugh. So exciting, like hunting underworld creatures isn't mostly a hurry-up-and-wait proposition. I have to say, though, I do admire some of those girls on the covers.

Lucy said...

You would.

Marc said...

Only because they remind me of you, darling.

Aidan said...

LMAO.

Jason said...

Oh seven hells, are they on each other again? It's day and night with those two. There's nothing on earth more disgusting than young love.

Kalila said...

I agree, Jason. Love is ridiculous.

I read a lot, but strictly for information. I see no point to filling my mind with made-up human fantasies.

For such a short-lived species, humans seem to waste a lot of time immersing themselves in imaginary worlds.

Ricky said...

Those imaginary worlds are important to us, Kalila. It's how we relieve stress and get new ideas.

Kalila said...

Then why do I so rarely see you with a book, Ricky? You complain all the time about how much stress we give you.

Bo said...

Probably because you do such a good job relieving his stress without the need of a book, djinna.

Reality is sometimes better than what you can dream up, isn't it, Ricky?

Ricky said...

I see we're wandering off topic here. Maybe I'll go read some magic realism or something.

Kalila said...

You'd be better off reading current publications about the music industry. Do I have to do your job for you?

Candy said...

As a kid I loved authors Kipling, Jack London,Mark Twain, the Brontes and as titles "The Secret Garden,""Alice in Wonderland" "The Princess and Curdie", "The Cuckoo clock". "Black Beauty". Oh, so many! Never liked Jane Austin (sorry!) Loved Hamlet and Macbeth (memorized most of them) but never liked Shakespeare's comedies.

So many books that formed the life of an only child.

Your Mother said...

Please stop reading that junk. Read something good for you, or go out and get some fresh air.

Laura Martone said...

Hmm... I like a lot of Candy's ideas, but here are a few more...

Favorite book? Don't have an absolute favorite, but I really like THE SHINING.

Favorite poem? OZYMANDIUS (by Percy Shelley)

Favorite genre? I like lots of genres, though horror, fantasy, mystery, crime, and literary are probably my faves.

Favorite author? Wow, that's tough! I love Anne Rice and Ernie Hemingway and Marky Twain and Carol Goodman and James Lee Burke and, and... man, I love books!

Celeste said...

My author said her favorite author is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and her favorite books are Otoño del Patriarco and Cien Años de Soledad. I think she is a snob.