Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ten questions

Over at the bookworm blog there are ten questions posed to any reader who wants to answer them.

1. What's your favorite book to film adaptation?
These days, the 1995 version of Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, adapted from the Jane Austen novel. (In my thinking here, I'm not including movies that have overshadowed the books they're based on.)

2. What's the last book you read?
Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott. I recommend it, especially if you're struggling, stuck or starting out in writing (come to think of it, when do writers not struggle?). Or read it if you want to laugh; it's both funny and painful. In fact there are many good lessons in it even for people who aren't writers.

3. Describe yourself using just one word.
Wondering.

4. Juice or Soda?
Juice.

5. Do you have any pets?
Not recently. I used to have pet frogs, newts, and fish as a kid. But some people dear to me have just brought a puppy into their home, so I expect I'll be seeing her often and she'll be sort of like a pet to me too. Except I'm not the one paper-training her right now, thankfully.

6. Who is your hero?
At the moment it's Marie Curie: brilliant scientist, innovator, humanitarian, and teacher, and also a wife and mother. She broke ground in many ways, both for humanity as a whole and for women. She was the first scientist to win two Nobel prizes in different disciplines.

7. Give me some blogging advice.
Off the top of my head I can't think of any suggestions; I like your blog as it is. Maybe for people in general - have fun with your blog, instead of seeing it as a ball-and-chain that's dragging you down. If it is, rethink things and change it, or give yourself a break from blogging. It shouldn't bring you misery.

8. When was the last time you laughed out loud?
This morning.

9. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would it be?
I'd like to travel around the US for a few months, do a cross-country trip.

10. If you could meet any author, dead or living, who would it be?
What would you ask them?

George Eliot. I'd want to discuss her books with her, mostly Middlemarch, and hear her thoughts on them.

Edit: Just changed the blog title to reflect the fact that there are ten questions, and that I can in fact count.

6 comments:

naida said...

Great answers HKatz.
I like that version of Persuasion too.
Thats a great hero choice.
And lol about it being 10 questions. I mucked up with my answers, I left out the 10th one when I was originally tagged. I just realized that :P I swear I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached.

Gigi Ann said...

I like all your answers. I think it is fun doing these crazy little memes, so I played along also.

I think I picked the wrong book to movie in my answer, but there are so many to choose from. I love "Emma" by Jane Austen, and have watched it over many times.

Relyn said...

Interesting. For number one I would also have answered Persuasion , but my favorite version stars Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones.

Have you seen that one?

Lucy said...

I like that 'Persuasion' too, apparently it's the adaptation of choice for real serious Austen people (Bee, who worked at the Jane Austen museum where I saw her last year told me that!). Amanda Root is a lovely actress I think, though one doesn't see a lot of her these days. She does quite a bit of radio stuff.

HKatz said...

I swear I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached.
I know how that feels; I make lists of things I need to do each day, and they help save me from chaos :)

I love "Emma" by Jane Austen, and have watched it over many times.
Thanks for the recommendation. There are a few adaptations of it out there, but I haven't seen them yet. I'm interested most in the recent one with Romola Garai.

but my favorite version stars Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones. Have you seen that one?
I haven't seen that one; I'll look into it. Thanks for recommending it.

I like that 'Persuasion' too, apparently it's the adaptation of choice for real serious Austen people (Bee, who worked at the Jane Austen museum where I saw her last year told me that!)
Interesting! I always have thought it's most faithful to Austen in a number of ways, even though none of the movies will ever be substitutes for her books.

Thanks all for stopping by and commenting; I enjoy reading your thoughts.

John Hayes said...

I keep hearing about Ann LaMott--finally started following her on Twitter--must look into her work! Thanks for the heads up, & also about that adaptation of "Persuasion," which I haven't seen.