Book Meme!

Dec. 18th, 2010 04:00 pm
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A book meme gacked from [livejournal.com profile] lilly_rose

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.



1) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2) The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4) Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6) The Bible

7) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8) Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9) His Dark Materials-Phillip Pullman

10) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11) Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12) Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13) Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14) Complete Works of Shakespeare

15) Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17) Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18) Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19) The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20) Middlemarch - George Eliot

21) Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22) The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23) The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

24) War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26) Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27) Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28) Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29) Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30) The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31) Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32) David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33) Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34) Emma -Jane Austen

35) Persuasion - Jane Austen

36) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38) Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39) Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40) Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne

41) Animal Farm - George Orwell

42) The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44) A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45) The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46) Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47) Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48) The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

49) Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50) Atonement - Ian McEwan

51) Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52) Dune - Frank Herbert

53) Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55) A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56) The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57) A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60) Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61) Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63) The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64) The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65) Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66) On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68) Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

69) Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

70) Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71) Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72) Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74) Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75) Ulysses - James Joyce

76) The Inferno - Dante

77) Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78) Germinal - Emile Zola

79) Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80) Possession - AS Byatt

81) A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82) Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83) The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84) The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85) Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86) A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87) Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

88) The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90) The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91) Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92) The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93) The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94) Watership Down - Richard Adams

95) A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96) A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97) The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98) Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100) Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


Looks like I read 39 of them and started on a good number as well. One thing I noticed with some of these works is that if you didn't read it in a classroom setting, it can be really hard to pick up the book and figure it out on your own.

*Snerking*

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Day 30: Saddest character death

Can't believe I've been posting for thirty days straight--I don't think my LJ has gotten this much use since I got it.

Character death is, I think, often abused on TV shows. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's feeling as though the writers are trying to jerk my emotions around. Sure, to an extent, that's their job, to get me emotionally involved with the story, but heavy-handedness in doing this turns me right off.

For example, the "death" of the 10th Dr. Who. Ugh. That should have been one of the saddest deaths ever, and instead, I found myself involuntarily making jerk-off motions at the television and wondering out loud if someone had shoved a stick up David Tennant's... nevermind. I already discussed this and won't bore everyone to tears...

Contrast this with Colonel Henry Blake's death in M*A*S*H, which was genuinely heart-rending. The difference, I think, is that Blake's death fit into the larger story of the war, in which pointless, stupid deaths are unhappily commonplace. Despite the death happening because of the departure of the actor, it was handled well and was a real tear-jerker.

I would have rated Spock's death pretty high if he hadn't come back to life, which kind of put the whole thing in the category of "jerking me around", and the same goes for the twin John Crichtons of Farscape and Rose from Dr. Who.

Kosh's death in Babylon Five was horribly sad, as was Marcus Cole's, although with Marcus, it was not as much of a surprise, given as his characters had many correspondences to Perceval of the Holy Grail.

The saddest character death for me was Dorothy in Big O. I want to say up front that while yes, she was resurrected at the very end, I did not find it distracting because it was consistent with that universe. Because she was an android, the removal of her memories was at least potentially repairable. (In contrast, I note that if it had been common knowledge in the Star Trek series that Vulcans could transfer their minds to others and said minds could be put into new bodies that could easily be made without needing a special planet machine, I wouldn't have felt Spock's death was contrived)

I think what made Dorothy's death so sad was Roger's reaction. It quickly became clear that he had lost his heart when he lost her, and that he was fighting the good fight out of habit, that the joy had gone from his life. I found that not only did I miss Dorothy terribly, but that also I was grieving for Roger trying to go on without her.

Even if you felt Roger viewed Dorothy more as a sister than a romantic interest, I think we all can agree that her death was a crushing blow to him, and to me, that was the saddest and most realistic portrayal of death I had seen in a long time.

In the end, it's the living who must go on, and very, very VERY few shows do much with the grief of those who remain once the episode is over.

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Day 29: Current TV show obsession

I'm still pretty obsessed with Big O, but the likelihood of getting any new episodes is slim to none.

Ny current obsession has been Bleach, I've been enjoying it very much. That being said, I haven't been participating in Bleach fandom like I did with Big O because there are just too darn many spoilers out there because of fansubs, and I would just as soon not be spoiled--it's a lot of fun to discuss a show and anticipate it without someone telling you how it went.


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Day 28: First TV show obsession

I had a couple of show obsessions when I was younger. I adored HR Pufenstuf, but I was more obsessed with Jack Wild, who probably qualifies as my first TV crush. Sounds funny, but you have to figure I was only seven or eight at the time.

But the show that I really made an effort to try to see (and I might add that I was so young that I wasn't quite sure if the characters were live actors), is Thunderbirds. It was on Channel 6 really, really early in the morning and I would try to get up to catch it. It broke my heart when they stopped showing it, and that's when I started actually paying attention to the TV guide, to try to find out if it was on anywhere.

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Day 27: Best pilot episode

While of course Star Trek TOS came to mind, I didn't see the actual "pilot" per se until years later. As far as a pilot that I heard about and actually sat down, watched, and ended up eager to see the next episode because of it, my vote goes to The X-Files.

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Day 26: OMG WTF? Season finale

LOL Definitely Big O.

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Day 24: Best quote

...I used to think that it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. --Marcus Cole, Babylon V


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Day 23: Most annoying character

From a personal viewpoint, I could name quite a few characters that annoyed the hell out of me. Both Angel from Big O and Angel from BTVS. Xander, often. Anya, even more often. Reginald Barclay. Wesley Crusher.

However, I'm going to look at this more from the perspective of "deliberately annoying characters", as a class, often used to provide comic relief to the series or as a foil to make the main character look good.

Reginald Barclay (TNG) and Anya(BTVS) both fit into that category, as do Beck, T-bone and Dove (Big O), just to give a few examples.

From this perspective, my vote, don't-even-have-to-THINK-about-it-annoying is

Joxer the Mighty.


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Day 22: Favorite series finale

A lot of the stuff I enjoy seems to be ended via cancellation rather than a proper finale, but there have been a few. Cowboy Bebop, for example, was very well done, and even done under the gun, Babylon V did a good job.

My final answer:
"All Good Things", Star Trek TNG

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Day 21: Favorite 'ship

Roger and Dorothy! Roger and Dorothy! Oh, did I mention? Roger and Dorothy! :)

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Day 20: Favorite kiss

BTVS, the ending of Wrecked. They're fighting and then... amazing emotion in that scene.


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Day 19: Best TV show cast

Buffy did of course come to mind, as did a number of other shows that have been mentioned repeatedly for varying reasons, but I think that my ultimate vote goes to the cast of Babylon 5. One of the things I really liked about the writing is that all of the people were normal people who had ordinary lives above and beyond their duties on the Babylon V station, and the actors portrayed them very well.


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Day 18: Favorite title sequence

LOL I never was a big one for television opening sequences. Generally, I only really notice awful opening sequences, such as the one for Big O.

That being said, I gave it a little thought, and this is what I have come up with.

I very much liked the opening for Angel because of the music.
I liked the opening to Buffy.
I liked the openings to Star Trek TOS, TNG, and DS9
I liked the opening to Babylon Five.
I still think the opening to Batman (the live sixties series) is classic, as were the openings to Brady Bunch (cleverly done) and Gilligan's Island.

Anime-wise, Cowboy Bebop has a good title sequence, and I am very fond of seasons 5,3, and 2 of Bleach.

Here's Season 5: (giving you the French one due to very good sound quality)





Season 3:



Season 2




But old as it may be, I think this next one is my all time favorite :)



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Day 17: Favorite mini series

Well, this one is easy because I'm not a big fan of mini-series and haven't watched all that many of them.

Pride and Prejudice.

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Day 16: Your guilty pleasure show

This answer is probably going to be the last one you expected.

Old Musicals.

I love them. I will watch almost any of them no matter how awful. A couple of favorites: Show Boat and Finian's Rainbow.

Since no one else seems to like them I try to watch them in secret. ;)

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30 Days of TV-Day 15: Favorite female character

My favorite female character is...

One...
Two...
Three...

Sing it, f-list! ;)


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Day 14: Favorite male character

I don't think the answer to this question requires any thought on anyone's part, so, I'm going to leave it to you guys.

Okay, on the count of three, f-list!

One...
Two...
Three...


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Day 13: Favorite childhood show

In answering this question, I am considering shows that I liked well enough as a child that I made an effort to see them.

Some of them:
Captain Kangaroo
The Banana Splits
HR Pufenstuf
Underdog
The Bugaloos
Thunderbirds

As I got a bit older there was the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family, and *shudder* the Love Boat... which I adored as a 'tween... Star Trek TOS which was on in the afternoon just after I got home from school... Fantasy Island, which someday I will own on DVD... but the show I caught every chance I could was... *drumroll*

Speed Racer!

My anime habit started at an early age. ;)



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Day 12: An episode you've watched more than 5 times

Any Big O episode
Any Star Trek Episode (TOS, TNG, DS9)
Any Babylon V Episode
Any Buffy the Vampire Slayer until the "Seeing Red" episode, at which point I stopped watching in disgust and have never watched again.
Almost all of the Bleach episodes
Most of the CSI episodes

I could name many more thanks to the magic of syndication, wherein you see the same five episodes twenty times and give up on catching all of them...

But my final answer is Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos, Hands of Fate, because any Manos virgin is forced to watch the episode if they make the mistake of visiting me. :)

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