Friday, July 27, 2007

Weekend Book-Meme

Bub and Pie tagged me for this meme.

1. If you could host a party with 7 literary characters, who would they be and why?

Jeeves - he would be an immense help with the hosting (since I'm a lousy hostess)
Mma Ramotswe - Conversation and wise words
Elizabeth Bennet - Conversation and wit
Roxane Coss - She could sing beautiful arias for us
Lord Peter Wimsey - A Lord who has taken up crime solving? I'm sure he would have tons of entertaining stories to share with us!
Gaspode - Everyone should have a clever talking dog at their party.

2. Who is your literary role model?

I'm not able to answer this one. I admire many characters for a variety of reasons.

3. Which literary house would you like most to live in?

I'm not sure I can really pick a particular house, but I can pick a type. I'm actually more interested in the surroundings than in the house. I would like to live in an adorable cottage (with a garden and a rose arbor) in a small English village. I can't remember if Miss Marple's house is described this way in the books, but in the BBC productions she has a charming cottage in St. Mary's Mead.

4. Which literary couple would you like most for parents?

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert

5. Pick 3 literary characters you would like to have as siblings.

Jane Bennet - a good hearted and loyal confidante
Sophie (of Sophie's World) - she would make a wonderfully curious younger sister
I need a brother but am not sure who to pick. Suggestions?

6. Who is your favorite literary villain?


7. Name a character that most people dislike, but that you do not. Why do you like them?

Professor Moriarty. Holmes deserves to have a nemesis and Moriarty has the genius to pull it off. As you can tell, I'm not at all convinced that Holmes is a hero worthy of my adoration.

8. Which minor character deserves a book all to themselves, in your opinion?

Dr. Watson.

9. Which character do you identify most with in literature?

Anne Shirley. Had way too much imagination for most adults to handle.

10. If you could go into a novel, which one would it be and why?

Any Raymond Chandler novel. Since it is a novel I could be something I'm not - femme fatale wearing red lipstick, great 40s clothes, and able to pull off wonderful verbal comebacks as I look out from beneath the hair slanting across my face. Yeah, total fantasy stuff.

11. Name 3-7 books that you rarely see on people's favorite book lists, that are high on your own.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
The River by Rumer Godden
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

12. Which is your least favorite book of those that are considered "classics"?

Anything by Henry James. It has more to do with his writing style than his content. Any author who repeatedly takes an entire page to write 2 sentences is low on my list of reads.

Should they choose to accept, I tag Mary-LUE, Janssen, and Chloe.


  1. You will have my answers Sunday!

  2. I'll get my answers up next week! This will give me plenty of time to think about my answers.

  3. Mma Ramotswe! Me too.
    And I agree with you about Sherlock Holmes.

  4. Oh! Now I want Jeeves and Mma Ramotswe at MY dinner party!

    And Iago - brilliant choice.

    Thanks for doing this one - I enjoyed reading your answers!

  5. Good answers! I'd have a hard time doing this one...

    I just wanted to let you know that Book Dragon was moving over to - I know I hate it when I link to someone, and they change their URL without letting me know, so I thought I'd drop you a line.

  6. I'm still working on this. I'm finding it hard because I apparently have a horrible memory of books I've read AND it seems like everything will be answered with something from To Kill a Mockingbird or A Wrinkle in Time!

    I thought of a way to wrap my head around it all but just haven't had time yet. In the next day or two I imagine.

  7. Can I attend your party? You've got a great guest list there. And yes, Dr. Watson does deserve his own book. He does most of the work anyway!

    I responded to your question about Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series on my blog, but just in case: I really enjoy the series. I haven't yet read the latest one, but I plan to within the next six months or so.