Giant Literary List 1
Worst Books Ever, or Five Hours of My Life I'll Never Get Back
About three years ago, I identified the worst book I had ever read. It was a Harlequin romance from the early 1980s, featuring a white chick raised in the Indonesian Islands somewhere whose daddy complex transfered itself perfectly onto the only other white man available. Happily, he was rich.
Books I Have Lied About Reading
I lied about having read Wordsworth's Prelude. After my 16-hour delirious days reading the poem and correcting the papers, my supervising professor got a good laugh out of the idea that I wasn't intimately familiar with the poem.
Books I Have Lied About Liking
Finnegan's Wake. Educated French people can be really annoying about Joyce.
Book-to-Movie Adaptations Where, Frankly, the Movie Was Better
Maybe the Neverending Tale?
Books I Used to Love, of Which I Am Now Ashamed
Anything by Peres-Reverte. In 6th grade I thought Anne McCaffrey was awesome.
Best Book Titles of All Time
I'll go with Joy in the Morning, by Wodehouse, because that's a phrase now associated with a plot which always makes me happy.
Books That I Expected to Be Dirtier
Everything by Lawrence
My Real Guilty-Pleasure Reads, and Not the Decoys I Talk About Openly
a) my continuing quest to find single-volume fantasy, leading me into weird paths,
b) my continual amusement with workaday Regency Romances.
Books You Must Read Before You Die, but Would Rather Die Than Read
I swear, I am going to be mature enough to read through Faulkner one of these days.
Books I Refused to Read for a Long Time Because too Many (or the Wrong) People Recommended Them
This is so typical of me--to refuse to read a recommended book--and it's also telling that I can't come up with an instance. Ok. My sister kept recommending A Turn of the Screw for almost a decade before I was willing to read it. I still haven't read The Shipping News, despite all the personal recommendations.
Books I Read Only After Seeing the Movie
Pride and Prejudice. I was pretty young when I saw the Greer Garson version: maybe 10.
Books I Most Often Try to Persuade Other People to Read
I'm drawing a blank here. Empirically, the answer might be Wordsworth, Baudelaire, or Shelley.
Authors I Wish Had Written More Books Already
Well, among the living authors, I wish George R. R. Martin would finish up his epic already. Among the dead authors, I wish for just one or two more from Austen and Eliot, a whole second career for Brocken Brown, and a hundred years more life for Flaubert.
Overused Plot Points That Drive Me Nuts
I am tired of two-page prologues that pretend to set the scene for the rest of the novel. These tableaux and flashbacks have simply become another tiresome paranthetical. I have also begun to loathe novels that intersplice page-long POVs of the psycho-killer.