I love a good questionnaire.
After watching and reading a view question and answer videos and posts on peoples blogs, I decided to make my own book and film related questionnaire for a bit of fun, I mean, why not? Post your answers in the comments below, or on your blog and send me the link!
BOOK- 1. What is your favorite book? (If you can pick, I know it’s hard…)
Personally my favorite book is either The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald or American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I say they’re my favorites because I can read them again and again and it never get’s old. There’s always something new I discover.
MOVIE- 1. What is your favorite movie genres? (I say movie genre because it’s the hardest thing in the world for me to answer what my favorite movie is. I couldn’t even narrow it down to 10 if I tried.)
My favorite movie genres are psychological thrillers (obviously), crime drama, satire/black comedy and French new wave. Although as a rule, I’ll watch almost anything.
BOOK- 2. Tell me your most loved book character, and why they’re your favorite-
For me, it’s Jay Gatsby. I feel like I relate to him so much, his ‘gift for hope,‘ he’s a romanticist, a dreamer, like me, and yes it is his fatal flaw, but gosh, it’s a damn good fatal flaw to have. I wish I could be his Daisy. I would have never done what she did to him…
MOVIE- 2. How about your most loved movie character and why?
This is another hard one. There are just so many amazing characters that have been in cinema, so many I’ve yet to even discover.
A part of me wants to say Hannibal Lecter (yes I know it was a book first,) because Anthony Hopkins portrayal of him was one of the most terrifying performances of a character I think I’ve ever seen in a film.
As a complete contrast to dear Dr.Lecter, I also love Carey Mulligan’s character in An Education as Jenny Mellor, just because she is incredibly sweet. On the topic of Carey, I also loved her’s and Ryan Goslings characters in Drive. Such unique, dimensional characters, and the chemistry between them was palpable.
Also natrually I adore Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, but then that’s also one of my favorite book characters…Ugh, I really shouldn’t of asked myself this question….I’ll stop while I’m ahead.
BOOK- 3. What’s something that really annoys you that authors commonly do in books? Could be a phrase, a grammar mistake or even a common character trait?
For some strange reason, I always notice when authors write the following-
“It was too-warm,”
“I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding.”
Does anyone else notice these phrases in books or is it just me? It drives me crazy and I’m not even sure why. Maybe it’s because they are overused.
MOVIE-4. Do you have any rules for watching movies? For example, maybe you have to watch films in the darkness, or with the volume turned up to a certain number….or is this just me?!
I have many rules when it comes to watching films. I am neurotic and meticulous, I just can’t help it. I take films seriously, okay?!
Firstly I hate glares on the screen, so I prefer as dark as I can get it. I hate noise disturbing me from the film, like the phone ringing, which infuriates me so much I will pause the film and wait for the phone to stop before I can continue watching. I like to watch films, even English language ones, with subtitles, because I like to know exactly what people are saying. Dialogue is important to me, people. I am a writer.
This is why I can’t watch films with my family. They don’t concentrate enough for my liking…
BOOK-5. Do you smell books?
Yes yes yes and yes. If I could get perfume that smelt like old books, I would. Even the new ones smell good. There’s just somethin’ about them. Even my bookmarks smell like them too.
MOVIE-6. Do you smell DVD’S? (Kidding!!) The real question is, Do you have a film that you could quote from memory if you tried?
We all know I could write the script for Black Swan in it’s entirety, including the stage directions and camera shots…probably.
BOOK- 7. What’s your most loved/most memorable quote from a book and why?
I love quotes. From long, lengthy, meaningful quotes, to simply short catchphrases that sum up a characters personality, like when Holden always calls people ‘phony’ in The Catcher in the Rye. It makes characters real, it makes them alive. When I read The Catcher in the Rye for the first time I found it really amusing because I always say “It killed me,” just like Holden does in the book. I felt connected to him through that, some how.
Another quote I hold dear to my heart is, “Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” From The Great Gatsby, of course. For me this quote sums up my feelings towards life and everything in it. It’s beautiful and also somehow melancholic. There really is no other with a way with words like Fitzgerald did.
Also from The Great Gatsby, I adore, “They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” When I went to see the film, I was worried they were not going to keep that quote in. Naturally they couldn’t put every quote in the film, but when Nick said this one, I cried. It’s probably the only genuinely heartfelt and meaningful thing said to Gatsby by anyone in the whole book. Bastards, the lot of em.
I have lots more I could mention, but I probably shouldn’t ramble on for much longer.
TV SHOW-7. I’m just mixing it up for this last one. TV shows deserve a mention too. What’s the best TV show you’ve watched in the last year, and why?
I don’t watch many TV Shows because I’m lazy and I’m always late. When I see TV show has already 6+ seasons, I don’t bother to watch it, no matter how good it sounds.
I loved American Horror Story. It was just fantastic, I can’t wait for it to start again in October. I loved Fargo, Orange Is the New Black was fabulous…but mostly, I’d like to talk about True Detective.
I love Woody Harrelson. I used to hate Matthew Mcconaughey. Don’t ask why, I just did. With a fiery passion. On my hunt for something to replace my aching need for American Horror Story, I found True Detective, and it had only just started, so I didn’t even have to catch up.
This show was fricking amazing. I actually became obsessed (me?! never!) and I was even going online after I had watched an episode to talk madly to other fans about our theories about the show and the things we’d noticed. Not only was the cinematography amazing, wistful yet dark, dream like, capturing the dry heat of how I imagine South Louisiana to be. And the characters, oh my lord the characters. If you know anything about me by now, you know I love characters more than plot. The plot is secondary, and by the end of True Detective, I’m not ashamed to say, part of me didn’t even care about it. I was infatuated with the characters, especially the dark and haunting, Rust Cohle, portrayed brilliantly by Matthew Mcconaughey (who I now love, who woulda thought!) His dark existentialism, his troubled past, those amazing quotes. Everything that came out of his mouth, I wanted to write down and think about for hours. And that my friends, is damn good writing. Good character writing, anyway, at least. As you can maybe tell, I adored this show.
And I’m still not over it.
So I hope you enjoyed this rather impromptu questionnaire, please answer these questions for yourself, I’d love to hear someone else ramble for a change…
“Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.”