The gauntlet has been thrown! The Presurfer has challenged me to the latest “meme” that’s been going around, the Literary Meme. I usually don’t do these because so many are incredibly dumb, but this one has promise:
You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451; which book do you want to be?
I’m assuming you mean that I’m one of the volunteers who dedicate themselves to memorizing books and passing them on to future generations, since dead tree editions are banned and being destroyed. (I never read the book, having always lacked the ability to get into Bradbury, but I saw part of the movie on TV when I was in high school. Ironic, huh? Or whatever the correct word is for what I’m going for here, the concept of relying on a TV broadcast of a book-burning movie to answer a question in a quiz that obviously treasures reading as a pastime — yeah, that one’s plumb dragging the ground with dramatic tension and paradox.)
SO ANYWAY: What book would I “be”, hmm … ? How about … Treasure Island! Ha! I bet the volunteers get into fistfights, even duels to the death, over gems like that one. The people coming late to the party probably get told, “Sorry, Turtleboy, all the good ones are taken … you get to be some Robert Ludlum piece of crap!”
The Hobbit or Robinson Crusoe would also be acceptable, as would some nice H.G. Wells.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Is “a crush on” the same as “the hots for”? If so, then how about Ayla from Clan of the Cave Bear?
NO BUT SERIOUSLY: Eowyn from the Lord of the Rings books. I was sweet on her and her formidable strength of character long before she was played by the seriously slobber-worthy Miranda Otto.
What are you currently reading?
Just magazines. Oh, and a downloaded Creative Commons Snow Crash ripoff piece of crap called Accelerando.
I’ll try to find the link for y’all soon …
The last book you bought is:
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. At Half-Price Books, just last Sunday. Sure, I’ve got the text version on CD-ROM, along with about 700 other classics, but it’s too hard to read something like that on the computer. Sometimes ya just gotta have real to get away from the bits for a while …
The last book you read is:
Probably it was half of the ninth book in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey and Maturin (“Master and Commander”) series. I need to get back to the whole 20-book series one of these days, but I just had to take a break in about April of last year because I wasn’t getting anything else done.
People, they are JUST. THAT. GOOD.
Don’t tell me “Oh, I wouldn’t be interested in books about sailing.” My answer to that: Just shut up and read it. Read the first one — it’ll be a piece of cake if you’ve seen the Russell Crowe movie — and just try to tell me you’re not hooked.
Five books you would take to a desert island:
Trick question. The books I would take would be:
1) An encyclopedia of local edible plants.
2) A book on surviving on a desert island.
3) A different book on survinging on a desert island.
4) See #3.
5) See #4.
My first impulse, of course, is to pick books I would want to read and re-read for a long time, but once I got there I’d feel pretty freakin’ stupid with nothing to eat but the complete works of Mark Twain.
Screw reading. If can just keep myself fed and alive in a situation like that, I’ll find enough things on the island to keep my mind occupied.
But if the question is: What books what you take if you were going away for an indefinite period of time with zero input from the outside world but plenty of time to read, that’s totally different. Hmm … How about:
1) Can I get the O’Brian series in one volume?
2) Ditto the complete works of Twain?
3) Yeah, complete works all around: Verne!
Who are you going to pass this stick to?
To Yay Kim, of course, and to The Wife and The Spook, if they’ll just write them up and give them to me to post.
And I should point out: Most people that do this meme don’t rattle as much as I do in the course of the writing, so it’s not as much work as I make it look like.