Trisha over at eclectic/eccentric recently tagged me to answer 11 of her questions. Her questions were so interesting that I couldn’t resist. Of course, doing this comes laden with all sorts of rules.
- You must post the rules. (Done.)
- Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged. (Done.)
- Tag eleven people and link to them on your post. (OK.)
- Let them know you’ve tagged them. (Out of laziness, I shall skip this last part.)
So, here are the 11 questions that Trisha came up with.
1. What is your favorite piece of art?
I’m very partial to Vincent Van Gogh. I love how his paintings are just thick with paint. I love the colors. I love the way the paint strokes seem to move around the canvas. I came very close to getting removed from the Philadelphia Museum of Art after I got way too close to one of his sunflower paintings. I guess I’d choose The Starry Night as my favorite.
2. What literary character do you think would make an awesome world leader?
This might sound weird, but I’d nominate Hazel from Watership Down. Yes, he is a rabbit, but he was a wise rabbit and an excellent leader. If we could translate those qualities into a world leader, I think we’d all be better off.
3. What color do you think should be outlawed from clothing?
White. I look horrible in white. Most people do. You could use it for your wedding day (if you had to) but that is it.
4. Hats. Yes or no?
No … unless it is quite cold or your hair is a mess and you need to hide it.
5. What contemporary novel should be added to the high school curriculum?
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. (I actually hope it is already added to the high school curriculum. Do any of your teachers out there know if it is?)
6. What book featuring real people do you think could work if the characters were switched to animals?
This cracks me up since I have a fictional rabbit becoming a world leader in question 2! Let’s see, this is a tough one. How about Twilight and the vampires are vampire bats, Bella is a slug and the Jacob and his ilk are wolves? (Hey … it’s too early for creativity.)
7. Genetically designed humans. Hell yes or absolutely not?
Probably not. It just seems like it could lead to all sorts of problems. Isn’t this what is at the center of multiple dystopias?
8. What book would you like to see get parodied a la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?
Anything that would make The Brothers Karamazov more readable would get my vote. Still, I think you could parody the hell out of the Brothers K and it would still be a miserable reading experience.
9. What book would you absolutely hate to see get parodied?
Nothing is coming to mind right now. Perhaps something that really touched me emotionally that I would hate to see get mocked? Still Alice by Lisa Genova perhaps. (How you parody such a book, I have no idea.)
10. TV. Awesome source of entertainment or horrifying time suck?
Occasionally an awesome source of entertainment but usually a horrifying time suck. I’m not a TV snob but I still don’t have many shows I think are worth watching. Exceptions are The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Dexter (though it might have jumped the shark) and The Amazing Race. I used to add The Office and 30 Rock to this list, but I think they’ve been going downhill lately.
11. What literary character should immediately jump off the page and into your bed?
Although I’m burning with shame, I still haven’t quite gotten over my Edward Cullen crush. But after listening to Divergent recently, I might replace him with Four. Or Prince Po from Graceling!
Now for my 11 questions for the poor hapless souls who choose to answer them.
- What’s the most played song on your iPod? (or CD collection if you’re old school)
- What do you miss most about your childhood?
- What is your favorite poem?
- Without thinking too much, what are 5 of your favorite books of all time? (Just list them as they come to you … don’t think!!!!!)
- What was the last book you read? Tell me about it in 5 words or less.
- Can you define irony and give an example? (This is self-serving as I’m struggling to do this with my son. I will so steal your answers if appropriate.)
- If you were forced to change your name, what would you change it to?
- What author/TV show/movie/book/celebrity, do you have absolutely despise and avoid at all costs?
- What movie was actually better than the book is was based on?
- Beatles or the Stones?
- What is your favorite quote?
I hope anyone who is interested in answering these questions will do so (and let me know so I can see your answers). I hate tagging people in posts but I will go out on a limb and tag the following people (and hope they don’t resent me for it):
- Trisha at eclectic/eccentric (just because she’ll get trapped in an endless loop of tags — insert evil laugh)
- Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This (who I think is a hoot)
- Caitlin at It’s Spelled C.A.I.T.L.I.N. (who doesn’t blog nearly enough for my tastes)
- Jill at Rhapsody in Books (because she rarely talks about herself)
- Caite at …a lovely shore breeze (who I think might get annoyed at being tagged and will probably ignore this but who I’d love to see answer these questions)
- Michael5000 at the poorly renamed Infinite Art Tournament: The Life and Times of Michael5000
- Cath at Constance Reader’s Guide to Throwing Books with Great Force (got too tired typing out the blog name to say why)
- Kelly at My Voice, My View (if she can get more than 5 minutes peace from her kids to write a blog post!)
- K at We Be Reading (because I had a very weird dream that I met her last night … remind me to tell you about it, K!)
- Alyce at At Home With Books (because I feel we might actually be related at some level)
- Jeanne at Necromancy Never Pays (because she’d have some interesting replies)