Cover image from website, artist: Sydney Smith
Stories that Stick
1) You are facing an epic journey. You may choose one companion, one tool and one vehicle from any book or film to accompany you. Or just one of the three. It's up to you. What do you choose?
The Doctor (David Tennant incarnation, please!) and a magic wand and... hmm... Howl's Moving Castle for transport? Or a pirate ship.
2) You can escape to the insides of any book. Where do you go, and why?
All of my cookbooks (haha)? Whoville at Christmas? Christmastown & Halloweentown? Oh wait those two are just a movie. Oooohhhh, the Clayr library in Garth Nix's book Lirael! It's in a glacier. The world of Philip Reeve's Larklight? Hard to say. I'm not sure that the perfect book-world exists for me. I just know it would be styled by Henry Selick and/or Tim Burton. And it may have muppets.
3) You can bring one literary character into your current life. Who do you choose, and why?
My very own dæmon. I wonder what animal it would be?
Or perhaps Captain Jack Sparrow... but I get the impression that he's more fun to watch romping on the screen than he would be to cope with in real life.
4) _________________ is my go-to book. I could read that book fifty-seven times in a row without a break for food or a pee and not be remotely bored. In fact I’ve already done that but it wasn’t fifty-seven times. It was sixty-four.
Do audio books count? It's got to be the Harry Potter series. I can't tell if it's like medicine or candy to me. Maybe candy-coated medicine? It is the literary equivalent of hot cocoa and a cozy sweater. It is perfect company for stressful times. I listen to Stephen Fry reading it over and over and over and ... over some more.
5) Of all the literary or film characters that made an impression on you as a kid, who was the most enviable?
Anne Shirley, I think. What gumption! What moxie! A kindred spirit. And the Pevensies, I suppose, even though a lot about the Narnia books irk me. But imagine living out a whole lifetime (as royalty in a parallel universe no less) and then getting to go back to being a kid again.
6) Of all the literary or film characters that made an impression on you as a kid, who was the most frightening?
I didn't really get scared of literary characters as a kid. I got scared of nature documentaries about freak storms or swarms of biting insects. That shark in Jaws made me think twice about swimming at the lake though... oh and when I was very young I think I was afraid of the Ghost of Christmas Future, that thing is creepy.
7) Every time I read _________________, I see something in it that I haven’t seen before.
Hmmm. Other than HP I don't re-read things that much. Lets say Chronicles of Narnia and the Little House on the Prairies series' because I ate those up as a kid and then re-read them as an adult with completely new eyes. And Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy... that's worth reading more than once to see the hints and details missed the first time around.
8) It is imperative that __The Mortal Engines books__ be made into a movie. Now. I am already picketing Hollywood for this—but if they cast _someone incompetent_ as _art/style director_, I will not be happy. I will, however, be appeased if they cast _Ewan McGregor (I don't know what role... but who doesn't like Ewan McGreggor?)_.
9) _________________ is a book that should never be made (or should have never been made) into a film.
Oh yes, there are lots of these. Let me say instead that Mermaids was a book that was actually better as a film.
10) After all these years, the _________________ scene in the book/movie _________________ still manages to give me the queebs.
Trying to think of a creepy book... erm... I know there's some gross monster stuff in the Abhorsen books, but I forget specifics. I can not stand it in movies OR books when someone vomits. That's gross.
11) After all these years, the _________________ scene in the book/movie _________________ still manages to give me a thrill.
Well, I am a total Christmas movie nerd, so lets say that scene where the Grinch's heart grows three sizes? I love all the Christmas parts of the HP books too (NERD) and um... I always choke up when Anne gets her dress with the puffed sleeves.
12) If I could corner the author _________________, here’s what I’d say to them one minute or less about their book, _________________:
I couldn't. I'd be too shy to approach a famous author in public I think! Or just too conflicted (they need privacy too!) or something... and anyway, in just a MINUTE? No fair. I love Jeanette Wintersons books, but I think she would seriously intimidate me. For most of the authors I love I would probably just say THANK YOU. And also, how do you get that job???
13) The coolest non-fiction book I’ve ever read is _anything by David Sedaris_. Every time I flip through it, it makes me want to _hire him to narrate life, it would make every situation into a quirky little vignette_.