April Literary Questions:
1) What are your reading right now? Tell us about it.
I am currently reading "The Pink Hotel" - it is about a 17 year old girl who was raised by her dad in England, she never knew her mom, who has lived in Los Angeles, CA the girl's whole life. The mom dies and the girl runs away to L.A. to find out about her mom's life. This book is taking me a long time to read because I kind of lost interest in it. I want to finish it though. The main character is never named, which I have no idea why - she is a bit promiscuous and not all that interesting. She meets a variety of her mom's friends and acquaintances but it isn't like she is really on some kind of big mystery hunt or anything. I have thought about just giving up on it but I hate to pay for a book and then give up on it so I will probably get around to finishing it up.
2) Divergent, Hunger Games or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you've never read them, which do you think you'd prefer?)
Twilight - I read all the books and enjoyed the vampire plot line and the love story. I read the first Hunger Games but it didn't entice me enough to read the other books and the plot of Divergent just didn't sound interesting to me.
3) TV Series Based on Books - they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are your thoughts on this?
While I think movies need to stick pretty close to the book, I like that TV shows kind of stretch out beyond the books - they sort of have to after a while because often the show goes on for many years and run out of the book ideas (Little House on the Prairie, M*A*S*H and Friday Night Lights are good examples). I also like that if you read the book(s), you get a bit of a surprise when you are watching the TV shows - new characters and story lines - often make the show more interesting than the books (True Blood and Game of Thrones are good examples)
4) You've just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your a book to the big screen. What's the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?
This is pretty easy for me. Luckily most of my favorite books have already been made into movies but one book I read that I would like to see made into a movie is "Between, Georgia". I just think it would make a really good movie. I would like Emma Stone to play the lead of Nonny Frett and Teddy Geiger to play her hometown boyfriend. I'd like Lily Tomlin to play Stacia Frett.
5) Going back to question #4, do you keep it word for word the same, or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I wouldn't want it to be "word-for-word" but I would want it to stick pretty close to the book. There wasn't anything in the book that I think I would change.
6) After you finish a physical copy of a book, do you keep it for a re-read, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate to Goodwill or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?
Most of the time, I give them to someone else to read or give them to Goodwill. The exceptions are John Grisham books and the Harry Potter series because I like to re-read those.