Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)'s Comments
(member since Oct 06, 2009)
Not happy about the casting. I might watch it on satellite. I won't be going to see it at the movies.
I was thinking Sherlock Holmes too. I'd love to watch him work a case.
I don't like a meandering plot that doesn't go anywhere. I'd probably take a fast-moving, simplistic story over one of those endless, nonsensical, unorganized books.
I usually follow reviewers/friend people who have similar tastes to mine. But I will also follow people who write really good reviews that I enjoy reading.
I like reviews that are informative and personal to the reviewer. They tell me why I would want to read a book or why I wouldn't want to read it.
I don't go by the rating systems overly much. I've seen some books I loved lowly rated, and others I didn't like highly rated. I pay more attention to reviews and what the reviewer has to say about the book content.
My pet peeves
1. Overwritten, over-flowery language.
2. Deliberately obscure, over the top symbolism and no linear or recognizable plot. I love imagery and books that make you think and wonder, but when it gets to the point where you have no clue what's going on or what's the point, that's too much.
3. Cliffhangers just to keep the series going. There is a time and place for cliffhangers, but I think they are overused.
3. Overuse of love triangles. Bah!
4. Stereotypical characters.
5. Too perfect or too flawed characters. How about just normal, average folks?
by Charlotte Bronte.
Multiple books at a time, so I can keep my reading momentum if one of them gets slow.
CS Lewis Chronicles of Narnia
Madeleine L'Engle Wrinkle in Time series
Meredith Ann Pierce Darkangel (I don't think she's British)
Diana Wynne Jones is Welsh, I believe. (I read a lot of her as a tween, but I don't remember all the book titles).
I really like Simon R. Green, a modern British writer. He does a little bit of different genres: space opera (Deathstalker), heroic fantasy (Hawk and Fisher), and urban fantasy/horror (Nightside).
I read a lot of fantasy growing up, but kind of fell away from it, until a few years ago.
I haven't read a lot of high fantasy as an adult, but I want to start getting my feet wet again, and I have quite a few classics and newer in the tbr pile.
Thankfully I have Modern Classics of Fantasy at home, Werner.
Perpetua wrote: "Hey everyone!! I'm new was just going through all the posts, ok so my Fave doc is Tom Baker, I also liked Chris Eccleson and of course David Tennent is kinna sexy, which has nothing to do with his ..."
Hi Perpetua. I love the Colin Firth version of P&P. It was wonderful. I admit the one with Kiera Knightley grew on me. I didn't like Matthew MacFadyen until I saw that movie.
I have trouble reading Shakespeare on my own. I read Taming of the Shrew and it wasn't funny because I couldn't understand the language. When we read and discussed Shakespeare as a class, I got something out of it. Having said that, I love watching dramatizations of his plays. But I really like his comedies. I'm not a big fan of his tragedies.
Svetlana wrote: "Has anyone seen Shakespeare Retold? It is beyond amazing. All the best modern British actors in modern retelling of Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer's Night ..."
I loved Shakespeare Retold (Much Ado About Nothing and Taming of the Shrew). Are they going to make any more?
That totally makes sense, Werner. I've learned over the years to not put anyone on pedestals, because they fall off. I try to avoid celebrity gossip as well, because:
1)It may not even be true
2)Hollywood is a very jaded place and people behave in ways that don't always make them look very honorable
3)I have no personal relationship with these people outside of the work they have made or the characters they play (just like you said). So what they do in their personal life should not have an effect on me.
It makes perfect sense. With maturity comes distance. So I'm getting better at that. :)
Thanks, Rick. I liked Ethan Hawke a lot (until he cheated on his then-wife Uma Thurman). I'm still coming to terms with that.
I expect to have shoes thrown at me, but I loved the remake of Great Expectations with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. I liked the use of colors and the narrative style.
I'm a purist when it comes to the A Christmas Carol movies. I only like the Alastair Sim version. I won't watch the newer versions. Horrible of me, isn't it? It's the only one for me.
Yeah it really does affect you when they are not so nice. You never see them the same way after that.
Tom Baker is my all time favorite Doctor. But I also like Colin Baker (very nice guy in real life), David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy, and Peter Davidson (although he isn't that friendly in real life).