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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Literary Geek Tag-Meme Quiz Thingy

I got tagged on facebook with the following note:
You have received this note because someone thinks you are a literary geek. Copy the questions into your own note, answer the questions, and tag any friends who would appreciate the quiz, including the person who sent you this.

Don't bother trying to italicize your book titles. We know you want to...

I was tagged by a classmate from a college poetry-writing seminar who now runs the Slurve literary mag. You should all go visit it and submit! In the meantime, since I don't do facebook "notes" here's my answer to the questions.

1) What author do you own the most books by? I'm going to have to go with LM Montgomery: 7 Anne books, 3 Emily books, 2 Pat books, 2 Story Girl books, The Blue Castle, Jane of Lantern Hill, Kilmeny of the Orchard and many short stories and other books as well.

2) What book do you own the most copies of? Jane Eyre. By far.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? I didn't notice. Grammar FAIL.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? See this previous post.

4a) What fictional character would you most like to be?
Lizzy Bennet, OBVIOUSLY!

4b) What fictional character do you think most resembles you? I think of myself as a cross between Lizzy Bennet and Bridget Jones. But don't we all?

5) What book have you read the most times in your life? Pride and Prejudice and Emily of New Moon. By far.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old? Emily of New Moon and Little Women and A Little Princess and maybe Jane Eyre (yep, read it at 10, booyah).

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year? BREAKING DOWN DAWN.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year? On opposite ends of the spectrum I'd have to say, Little Dorrit & the first Twilight.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be? Pride and Prejudice, and no I'm not a broken record.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature? Hmm, give it to Toni Morrison again? I = ignorant.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie? My readers already know: Middlemarch and The Hobbit.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie? The Emperor's Children. Yuck.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. I prefer having anxiety dreams about HS calc tests in which I can't do math and soccer games in which I can't kick the ball, thank you very much.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult? I don't believe there is such a thing as lowbrow (for the most part). That's why this blog exists.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read? Ulysses, but so worth it! Also Bleak House 'cause like Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, it was just. so. long.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen? "The Winter's Tale" I spose. But I've READ "Coriolanus," "Pericles" and "Cymbeline."

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians? Hmm, the literary tradition that produced Anna K or that which produced Emma B? I like em both, haven't read enough of either to definitively say, but of course the British are supreme.

18) Roth or Updike? BOOOOOO to this category. WASPy ahole vs. Ahole Jew. It's a lose, lose, but I'd prolly go with Roth just for the sake of ethnic solidarity.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? Sedaris, by a hair. I've enjoyed what I've read by both and fear I would tire of each if I read too much more of their oeuvres.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Will Shakes is the one. Silly question.

21) Austen or Eliot? When we say Eliot, do we refer to George (aka Mary Ann Evans) or TS? I'd still go with Jane, but that's because 1-Jane is supreme and 2-TS Eliot is overrated. George Eliot is a big favorite, but no Jane.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? Moby Dick. Planning to change that this summer. Also Native Son and The Grapes of Wrath.

23) What is your favorite novel? Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, Emily of New Moon, Persuasion, LOTR, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

24) Play? "Twelfth Night."

25) Poem?
Want to get cliched? Frost's "Stopping by the Woods," Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, Yeats' "Easter, 1916" + "The Second Coming," and Edna St. Vincent Millay's, "Travel."

26) Essay? Freud's Unheimlich.

27) Short story? "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. LeGuin

28) Work of non-fiction? "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer

29) Who is your favorite writer? JANE FREAKING AUSTEN in case you haven't noticed.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today? I'm going to ape the person who tagged me and say Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow.

31) What is your desert island book?
Middlemarch, fo' sho, because it basically replicates human society.

32) And ... what are you reading right now?
A shitload of feminist books for an article I'm writing, The Joy Luck Club which I pick up whenever I visit my parents' apt, then soon I'll snag Angels and Demons for fun I hope.

People I'm tagging with this meme (no obligation AT ALL, but it's kind of a fun quiz):
JaneFan @Bookworm's hideout
Gettsr@Reading List of a Book-Pusher
K@South in the Winter
Debbie@Write on Target
Wendy@Writes in The City
Judith@ Shortcut to Mushrooms
Sandara Leigh @ Sandara's travel journal
Sonia Michaels
Catherine E
Sarah O
And anyone else who reads and wants to join the fun timez.


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  2. This was very interesting and enlightening. I think I might give the meme a go. I'm enjoying your blog. Have a good week.

  3. I did it. I filled out the questionnaire over at my blog. That was fun - thank you. Now I'm going to go visit Slurve.

  4. All right I did it. Look for the post over at my blog soon. Quite interesting.

  5. Good idea--I'll get on this!