Book Survey! Part 5 of 5

So we’re at the end. More about me and my reading habits. Be sure to click that “Book Survey” tag, so you don’t miss any of the fun.

If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

Never thought of it. Perhaps Italian. It’s got the style of being European without the terrible sounds of the French accent or anger of the German.

Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? To completion?

Perhaps 100 Years of Solitude. Some 500 pages, 19 characters named Aureliano. I think four generations of a family. Magical realism. It was just a headspinner.

Favorite fictional villain?

Define “villain.” My favorite antagonist is Magneto. Because he’s right.

Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Less than Zero Book CoverWhatever is on the stack. But I have read Bret Easton Ellis’ Less than Zero twice, completely while in planes/airports. It’s fitting – the book is about a kid back in LA on Christmas break from his New England college.



The longest I’ve gone without reading.

Like books I want to read? A day? A week? I don’t know.

Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Scott Pilgrim vs The WorldProbably Fight Club for novels and Scott Pilgrim for comics. The Virgin Suicides was too short. The Rules of Attraction was too divergent from the book. Watchmen was … Watchmen. The Unbearable Lightness of Being should have never been a movie.



Most disappointing film adaptation?

Other than Watchmen?

Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

The Perks of Being a WallflowerI going to reread Blankets and The Perks of Being a Wallflower soon. Perks because of the upcoming movie. Blankets just because. (Maybe because Habibi was so disappointing.) I’m afraid they’ll both be too maudlin to enjoy anymore.

If I’m really trying to avoid reading a book, I just don’t read it.


Name a book that made you angry.

Angry? About what? I mean, Keeper made me angry toward the anti-choice characters in the book. But angry because a book was bad? Please. I have real things to be angry about. I don’t need fictional ones as well.

Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

There is no guilt. Only pleasure.


So that’s all! I know a bunch of you have read this. Don’t be afraid to comment. That’s what helps the internet (and everything else) get better – feedback.

I’m about to have a lot of time on my hands, so I hope to talk to you soon.

2 thoughts on “Book Survey! Part 5 of 5

  1. Foreign Language to Read: Probably Norwegian so that I can go back and read everything by Ibsen and make sure nothing’s getting lost in translation.

    Most intimidating book I’ve read: Gonna have to go with Ulysses.

    Favorite Fictional Villain: Yeah really. I think “antagonist” is the more appropriate word here. I mean, how many stories have real “villains”? (Wait a minute. Magneto’s right? About what?)

    Most Likely to Bring on Vacation: Something in paperback so it’s nice and portable. Nothing that’s gonna make me think too hard.

    Longest I’ve Gone Without Reading: I don’t understand the question.

    Favorite Film Adaptation: Bells, didn’t you and I just talk about this? What did I say? I can’t remember. Fight Club is the only one I can think of right now that didn’t disappoint me at least a little.

    Most Disappointing Film Adaption: I don’t think I realized how much you didn’t like Watchmen. Wow.

    Books You’ve Been Avoiding: I don’t want to talk about Perks of Being a Wallflower. That deadline is approaching, isn’t it? Sigh.

    A Book That Made You Angry: I’m currently reading Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy for the second time. I want to punch pretty much all the characters in the face. Hard. Like, REALLY hard.

    Favorite Guilt-Free, Pleasure Reading? “There is no guilt. Only pleasure.” [like]

    • Magneto believes that, as the next step in human evolution, mutants are superior to baseline humans. If I could fly, or walk through walls, or control metal, I’d feel superior too.
      From X-2:
      Pyro: I can only manipulate the fire. I can’t create it.
      Magneto: You are a god among insects. Never let anyone tell you different.

      I don’t remember your favorite adaptation, but I started Perks last night. I’ll probably read a part a night. It’s … exactly what I thought it was. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. We’ll talk. We should organize a book club about this though.

      Regarding Watchmen, there’s just some stuff I resent. I understand the need for the over-the-top violence, but that’s not Watchmen to me. But Zack Snyder has long been known as a master of subtlety.

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