Shannon Stacey

Literary Meme

This came from Charlene Teglia’s blog. You should do it, too, even though I won’t tag anybody.

1) What author do you own the most books by? Karen Templeton

2) What book do you own the most copies of? Probably Under the Dome by Stephen King because I have the hardcover, plus I have a Kindle copy and a whatever’s on the nook copy. I have more pairs (the paperback’s boxed away somewhere, so I bought a digital copy) than I care to admit.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? They did?

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Ranger, even though I’m behind on the series because Stephanie’s stagnation started boring me.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)? The Little House on the Prairie series

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old? The Little House on the Prairie series

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? I’m not saying, but let’s just say opening—and then continuing on and on and on—with a woman masturbating doesn’t do a damn thing for me.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be? Ummm…my next one? :lol:

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature? I don’t know. Who won the last one?

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie? Hey, I’ll be honest. I think Exclusively Yours would make for a fun summer movie!

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie? The Outlander series. I don’t think it’s going to translate well.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. Umm…can’t think of one. Sorry.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult? Lowbrow? Really? Did a literary snob write this meme? Moving on…

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? Technically difficult? Tolkien. Just can’t read his style even though, yes, people keep telling me it’s juvenile fiction so I must be stupid. Emotionally? A book about the Holocaust I read when I was a teen. I thought the title was Survivors, but I’ve scoured the ‘net and can’t find any hint of it. And Angela’s Ashes.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen? I’m not really a play kind of person, obscure or otherwise.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians? Russians! Dostoyevsky. Tolstoy. Solzhenitsyn. Versus…who? Dumas? Plus, Russians are way better at hockey.

18) Roth or Updike? Isn’t the question Roth or Hagar?

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? Who? What? Who wrote this thing? Oh yeah, the highbrow crowd.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? Shakespeare.

21) Austen or Eliot? Haven’t read either. Oops.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? I haven’t read Austen or Heyer. And I apparently haven’t read some people the meme’s author feel are important.

23) What is your favorite novel? Needful Things by Stephen King

24) Play? Umm…*crickets*

25) Poem? I don’t really get into poetry, although there’s one that starts There was an old man from Nantucket…

26) Essay? Seriously? I think I must have been forced to read at least one in High School English but, if I did, I forgot it by study hall.

27) Short story? “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry. (I’m taking two to make up for the lack elsewhere.)

28) Work of nonfiction? On Writing by Stephen King

29) Who is your favorite writer? I have way too many favorite writers to pick one, but the writer I’ve been reading the most consistently over the most years of my life would be Linda Lael Miller. I would have said Stephen King, but he lost me for a while in the 90’s, after Needful Things.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today? Not even going there.

31) What is your desert island book? I’d take one of those Lifesaver books you get in your stocking at Christmas.

32) And … what are you reading right now? Under the Dome by Stephen King

5 comments to “Literary Meme”

  1. library addict
      · July 14th, 2010 at 12:36 am · Link

    Exclusively Yours would make a fun movie ;-)

  2. Charlene Teglia
      · July 14th, 2010 at 10:26 am · Link

    I forgot about those Lifesaver books!

  3. Jaci Burton
      · July 14th, 2010 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Well I was going to do this mememe but then I saw all the questions I didn’t have answers for…..

    Lowbrow? Highbrow?

    Geez, I just read regular books.

  4. Susanna Fraser
      · July 14th, 2010 at 3:27 pm · Link

    I did the meme, too, not without a certain amount of eyerolling at the lowbrow/highbrow parts.

  5. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · July 14th, 2010 at 11:48 pm · Link

    I agree about EY, and I had to drag myself through Tolkien, too. His language is incredibly dense and he puts in a LOT of boring narrative. I did better when I switched to audio.

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