Follow Friday (19) & TGIF (12): Breaking Up with Characters & Reading Slumps

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

At least at this time of morning, I can't really think of a character that I fell in love with only to end up hating them later for something they did. Normally when that happens, I feel like the author has done something out of character, which makes me dislike the book itself, not so much the character. I'm far more inclined to hate a character and then find them changing into something I love. That happened with Snow White in the Fables comics or Cassia in the Matched series. Strangely enough it also happened with Castiel from Supernatural and anyone who has visited a few times knows how I feel about him now.

Though I have a feeling that's going to change as I get through A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. Right now I'm only half way through A Clash of Kings and all my favorite characters are still my favorite. I just have this itching in the back of my head that at least one of them will turn evil or do something as stupid as everything Theon does.

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Follow Friday (18) & TGIF (11): Book Fights & Blogger Recs

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

Hmm... I would want it to be two people who have absolutely no experience fighting being matched up in what would inevitably be hysterically inept. I'm thinking Bela from Twilight (pre-vampire turning) against Nora from Hush, Hush. I think Bela would probably crumple into a heap of soggy tears first, and then I'd have to have Batwoman or Katniss or even Cinder come in and take them both out.

It would also be fun to see Alexia Tarabotti for The Parasol Protectorate series and Pamela from Dearly, Departed fight each other. It would involve corsets, inappropriate language and lots of hitting each other with parasols. I think Alexia would win of course because she's older, has more experience beating up things with parasols and has all those hidden weapons stashed inside. Pamela would definitely be able to hold her own though.

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Follow Friday (17) & TGIF (10): Movie Adaptations & Musical Books

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

If someone attempts to film any of the Sandman comics, it's going to be a total disaster unless they keep Neil Gaiman intimately involved and find someone magical to direct/cast/write it. Even then I'd stay nervous about the final project.

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Follow Friday (16) & TGIF (9): Bad Reviews and Series Endings

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

I can honestly say I've never picked up a book because of a bad review, though I can also confidently say that I haven't been prevented from picking up a book I was previously interested in because of a bad review either. I use other people's reviews to help me get off the fence about a book I'm unsure about and normally ignore bad reviews unless they have a comprehensible explanation on why that person disliked the book they're reviewing. I'm highly aware that there are many books that I've hated that other people have loved and vice versa.

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Follow Friday (15) & TGIF (8): Author Pimping & Being All Judgey About Covers Again

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Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q. Have you ever looked at book's cover and thought, "This is going to be horrible", but was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.

Is it weird that once again my mind turned to City of Lost Souls, a cover that I mentioned during Waiting on Wednesday? That cover is horrible and I really hope the book isn't near as Harlequin romance as it looks on the surface.

I'm an admitted cover snob. It takes a lot in a book's description or an absolutely glowing review from someone I really trust to get me past an awful cover. Exceptions come in the form of books I agree to review before ever seeing their covers, which was the case with Nephilim by Mary Ann Loesch. I mean, look at that cover. When I finally saw it, I was dreading having to read what looked like a bodice ripping beefcake show.

But I promised a review, so I read it. And it was pretty awesome. It was way more urban fantasy adventure than bodice ripping romance and the author even told me that she wasn't too thrilled with the chosen cover. But I still can't see that cover imagine without wondering what the heck the editors were thinking. It doesn't tell you anything about the story and makes it seem like something it's not. Urgh...

Most of the other books I can think of with bad covers ended up being bad books, so...

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Follow Friday (14) & TGIF (7): Casting My Favorite Books and My Favorite Scenes of 2012

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Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q. What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

The first thing that comes to mind is Locke & Key, but they already tried to turn that into a television show and the network was silly and didn't pick it up. Another book that I've always wanted to see a film version of - Ender's Game - is finally getting made, so that doesn't work either.

The other book that immediately comes to mind is Robopocalypse, but that's already being turned into a movie. Of course I'd want Matt Bomer to play Cormac because everything needs more Bomer in it though I don't think that will ever happen. They haven't casted it yet, so I'll just put that thought out into the universe.

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Follow Friday (13) & TGIF (6): Cozy Reading Spots & Influential School Day Reads

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Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q: Activity!!! Take a picture or describe where you love to read the most...

Since I'm currently not at home, that would prevent a picture being taken and I don't really have a favorite place to read. I guess I spend most of my reading time either on the couch beside the window or in my moon chair by the bed depending on the time of the day. As long as there's good lighting and a spot squishy enough for me to curl up, I'll be happy to read there.

 

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Greadsbooks.com, where we answer a book-related question and recap our weekly blogging.

Q. Required Reading: Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?

I remember Lois Lowry's The Giver being read to us in elementary school and, despite already being an advid reader, it really changing the way I looked at books and how stories could be told. I also have a soft spot for Shel Silverstein poetry. It was my favorite go-to book during reading time and I think it should be required reading for kids to experience poetry that isn't "boring". 

As for later school years, I was really influenced by The Outsiders by SE Hinton and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in junior high while high school brought me The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Though to be completely honest, the most influential read from my school days was Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. It led me to writing two term papers on Sylvia Plath and her husband, Ted Hughes. I got a little obsessed, but in a good way.

As far as more recent books that I think would do well within school curriculum, I think The Hunger Games would be a good choice to lead a discussion in politics, war and poverty. I know there are a lot of YA "issue" books out these days, but I haven't read any of them. I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky would be another great choice.

What about you? What books in school had a lasting impact on you?

 

Weekly Wrapup:

- Due to some site rennovations, Monday's review got pushed to Tuesday, when I talked about Illuminate by Aimee Agresti.

- In the third installment of the "I Do Not Read Books" series, Fernando finally wrote about The Hunger Games yesterday.

- I'm impatiently waiting on Oppression by Jessica Therrien.

- Random Tuesday found me with a day off and some time to watch cartoons. I discovered The Super Hero Squad and instantly became obsessed.

 

That's all for the week. What have you guys been up to? Any fun weekend plans? What do you think of the redesign? I think we're done messing with it for a little while.