Happy Friday! Generally I don’t participate in blogger awards/blog tag/etc., but Tanya from Green Paw-Paw tagged me in a round and asked some fun literary/bookish questions, so I’m making a semi-exception and answering them. Feel free to share your own answers!
1. If you had the power to ban a certain book, or certain kinds of books, however productive the outcome may be (think Twilight or Oliver’s Story), even if you knew a huge majority of readers might thank you for it, would you?
I wouldn’t, even though it would be very tempting. Not everyone has the same taste in books, and I liken books like “Twilight” to gateway drugs. They bring in people who otherwise wouldn’t be picking up a book at all, and then BAM! New readers everywhere!
2. What is one book you wish you had written?
Hmm… a book that already exists, or one that hasn’t been written yet? If we’re going for the latter, I think a story about two characters from parallel worlds or perhaps just two different cultures meeting in virtual reality and learning to understand each other might be fun. One of these days maybe I’ll get the confidence to write it.
3. You have finally achieved world domination and as new king/queen of the world, you need to fashion yourself a crown. But of course, you’re too cool for precious metals and the like. What would your crown be/be made of?
Polished driftwood, and if I’m allowed any gemstones then accents of Baltic amber. Fossilized tree sap is pretty, and I feel like it would give the whole thing a somewhat Elven touch.
4. Have you ever wondered how a doggie biscuit tastes and wanted to try?
That’s one thing that’s never crossed my mind, mostly because they smell kind of gross.
5. Is there a book that you weren’t able to complete for whatever reason, but lied about it and told people you did? Which one?
No, but I will admit that I had to read the Sparknotes after reading Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” before I understood what was going on. Then I re-read it because once I knew what was happening I thought it was genius.
6. Your choice of instant pick-me-up food?
Borscht. With beets. One of my close friends often tries to convince me that beetless Ukrainian borscht is superior, but I disagree. It’s fantastic, but with beets it would be so much better.
7. If there was an appendage you could add to the human anatomy (wings, talons, a tail…), what would it be?
Definitely wings. I did a stint on Second Life back when it first came out, and no matter what other things I did to my character, she was always winged. Bonus points if the wings are sensitive to touch and can flutter a bit in the wind.
8. If you could go back in time and stop a famous event from taking place, what would it be and why?
I’d stop Columbus from coming to America. I’ve always been fascinated by Native American civilizations, and I’d love to see how they’d have developed if Europeans hadn’t decimated their continent and wiped out their populations and cultures. That might also be a neat premise for an alt history book.
9,10,11. All the book characters you’ve ever loved are people in your immediate friend circle. Who would you turn to:
a) to make a bucket list with you and go all over the world fulfilling each item on the list?
This one’s easy enough. Ford Prefect seems like a natural choice. We’d have grand adventures, but wouldn’t quite remember them after all the Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters.
b) to plonk down next to you on that patch of moon land you guys bought, feel awesome, and somehow keep each other from dying of boredom until the next space shuttle comes to pick you up?
Wait, I can afford land on the moon? Holy shit. That must mean that I’ve got a good job, maybe even one with benefits!
c) when the world thinks you’re responsible for the attack on the entire human race by some random scary evil alien monsters and you are the only one who knows what they want but nobody will listen to you and you need somebody to help you save the world?
Kaladin from Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings.” He’s got a knack for surviving situations that he shouldn’t and defeating impossible odds, which could be incredibly useful when trying to save the world from creatures that would make Cthulhu like a fluffy kitten.