The Bookworm Tag

Thank you, Belle, for these bookwormy questions! Not only were they fun to answer, but it was good to stop and think about what makes a story enjoyable.

  1. Who are your favorite parent characters in a book?  I’m limiting my answers to exclude history, graphic novels, and children’s picture books.   Otherwise, this section might be too long.  Anne and Gilbert Blyth are excellent parents!  I noticed that in my re-reading of the Anne books.  Anne, remembering well her own childhood, carefully coaches her children, but also gives them enough free rein to learn things themselves.  I’ve also found that N.D. Wilson has good parents/parental figures in his books.  But this answer would be incomplete without mentioning Nia and Esben Wingfeather, the brave and bittersweet parents from the Wingfeather Saga.  Not only are two-parent families possible in fiction, but I think they are best for giving their children the tools needed to be heroes.
  2. What book really should have had a sequel?  I get the sense you mean books with authors long dead and therefore unable to give us a sequel.  (Otherwise, I’d like a sequel to Wayfarer.)  So, if we are talking about the classics, I think they are generally complete in their endings, and don’t really need sequels.  There are, however, quite a few sequels that aren’t as wide-read as their famous predecessors.   Kidnapped has a sequel, as does The Prisoner of Zenda and 2000 Leagues Under the Sea.  More on that below…
  3. What book should never have had a sequel in a million years? (I expect a hefty answer for this one.)  I can’t remember reading any book sequels that made me think, ‘wow, this is rubbish’.  Although there are some sequels to the old classics that I have some trepidation about.  The Mysterious Island books can, apparently, be counted as the sequel to 2000 Leagues Under the Sea.  I remember thinking that one needed a sequel, just to figure out who Nemo was and what he was doing.  But what will I do if the big reveal isn’t worth it?  After all, part of what made Nemo Nemo was his mysteriousness, even if it was frustrating.  I’m also afraid to read the sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda.  I think I read somewhere that it was tragic.  I loved the first book for its high adventure, and I don’t want to end the story on a downer.  
  4. What is the best book-to-movie production you’ve seen (it can also be book-to-play or book-to-musical)?  Aside from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings?  I thought the musical production of Through the Looking-glass was a very good play.  Granted, I didn’t care much for the book and so anything was an improvement, and I’m biased since my brother played a lead role
  5. What is the worst book-to-movie production you’ve seen (same as above)?  Aside from a good chunk of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit?  I remember watching a low-budget rendition of Pilgrim’s Progress.  It was very sad.  They tried to make it in a modern setting, and it just didn’t fit.  On top of that, the effects were more in line with a highschooler project. 
  6. What’s one book that you would like to see rewritten?  Yes, there are books that would be so much better if they just had a certain element taken away or added.  But to do it ourselves would be dishonest.  If the author can’t/won’t rewrite the book himself, then I say let the book be.  I do think, however, that a little bit of re-writing has to be done to transition the story to a different format, say graphic novel or stage play. 
  7. What’s one character in literature that could use their own book?  I wish James Thurber had another book with the Golux!  There may be only one Golux in the world, but that doesn’t mean there has to be only one Golux book.  I’m not asking for a backstory, since part of the fun in the Golux was how he would randomly drop curious hints about his history.  What I’d like is a story, any story, with his narration. 
  8. Hardback or softcover notebooks for writing? (It’s an important question!)  I tend to like something in between.  Not solid plastic, nor wimpy paper.  Something soft in the hands, yet firm enough to work on. 
  9. Number one song to write to right now?  I’m not doing a lot of writing at the moment, but if I were I would probably listen to the Band of Brothers soundtrack.
  10. Fantasy or sci-fi? I like something in between.  For Sci-Fi I don’t want too much science.  I want space wizards with swords made out of weird light.  On the flip side, I don’t like Fantasy with too much magic.  Dragons and elves are fine, but in place of spells I want early machinery and chemistry.

2 thoughts on “The Bookworm Tag

  1. Putting the LOTR as best movie adaption and The Hobbit as worst movie adaption is sadly accurate. The Hobbit movies frustrated me so much because there was more than one (already a red flag) among other things, but I really like Martin Freeman’s Bilbo. Another movie adaption that is horrendous is the Percy Jackson movies. The Sea of Monsters managed to have zero scenes from the book in it.

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