Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMA Answers #3

The final answers to questions y'all asked on my "Ask Me Anything" post.  If anyone asks questions on it from here on out, I'll just answer them in the comments on that post, okay?

Elizabeth Grace Foley

Do you keep a pen-and-paper record of books read?

In a way.  I keep a more-or-less-daily journal, and in that, I record when I start and finish reading a book.  I also record watching movies and TV show eps in it.  I also still have the written record of all the books I read from about 4th through 12th grade, which is cool to read through sometimes.  Gives me good ideas of books to get for my kids, too.

What do you think is the best/most accurate book-to-movie adaptation you've seen?

Oh my.  Um.  Well, hmm.  I'm not a huge stickler for accuracy in my adaptations because if it's just lifting the words off the page and sticking them in actors' mouths, it's kind of pointless -- I want an adaptation to bring something new to the experience, to make it richer somehow instead of just showing me the exact things I get from reading the book myself.

That being said, I don't know if any adaptation has ever captured a book's spirit quite so well as Anne of Green Gables (1985).

Have you seen Cranford?

Not yet!  My library has it, so I'm hoping to see it soon.

Heidi Peterson

How about your favorite western book? 

Oooooh, good question!  Um, the one I've read most often is probably The Virginian by Owen Wister.  I really love Hondo by Louis L'Amour too, though.

And how many states have you traveled in total?

Forty-eight!  Still haven't hit Alaska or Hawaii.


Well, what is your favorite Pixar movie?

Toy Story (1995).  Just posted my list of my 10 favorite animated movies here yesterday :-)

Also, are you a Star Wars fan?

I am!  I love Han Solo the mostest, but also Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Marvel or DC?

Marvel.  There's only one DC hero I love, namely Robin, but I love ever so many Marvel characters!  Especially Wolverine.  And Thor and Spidey and Professor X and Captain America and and and and...

Have you ever been to an amusement park?

I have been to lots of them!  (Okay, six.)  I'm very fond of amusement parks.  Especially roller coasters.  I could ride roller coasters all day.  Which is why my favorite amusement park is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, which has lots and lots and lots of roller coasters!  In fact, it's called the Roller Coaster Capital of the World :-)

If you couldn't live in the state where you live now, where would you live?

If I could pick any state, you mean?  I really loved living in North Carolina and Wisconsin, so either of those.


What is your favorite Austen novel?

Persuasion.  And Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth are also my favorite Austen heroine and hero.

What is your favorite film adaptation?

The Man from Snowy River (1982), which is inspired by a poem of the same name, by A. B. "Banjo" Paterson.  It's also my favorite movie of all time :-)

If you were on an isolated island, which books would you want to have with you?

The Bible, complete works of Shakespeare, and the complete Sherlock Holmes canon.  I'd do pretty well with those!

What was the book that made you fall in love with literature?

If you mean what book made me realize I could love classic literature, then it was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, which I first read when I was 11.

Why did you start blogging?

Initially, way back in 2002, I started Hamlette's Soliloquy because I wanted to see if anyone would be interested in reading my rambly thoughts.  I liked the idea of having a place online where strangers could connect with me and we could discuss whatever I was interested in.

I started The Edge of the Precipice ten years later because I wanted to have all my book reviews together in one place where I could link them together with labels and make them easy for people to find.  I had written book reviews on several earlier blogs which I have since abandoned, then wrote some on Hamlette's Soliloquy too, but I really wanted one place for all my book-related thoughts that was self-contained.

I've also had a writing-focused blog, a crafting-focused blog, and a homeschooling-focused blog, but like I said, I've abandoned them for various reasons, mostly because I didn't have as much to say on those subjects as I'd thought.  I do have a recipe blog still, called We Cook Too Much, which I started because my sister-in-law wanted a searchable archive of the recipes Cowboy and I have tried and found tasty.  I update it sporadically.

Do you like white, milk, or dark chocolate?

Yes!  I even like white chocolate even though it isn't really chocolate.

Elizabeth Anne D.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

I prefer dark if I have a choice, but milk is tasty too :-9  And thanks to all these questions about chocolate, I just ate a Lindt truffle.

Have you seen 'Merlin'? If so, what did you think of it?

Nope, never have.  Sorry!


Thanks for all the awesome questions, everyone!  This has been a ton of fun.  I think when I hit 900 posts on Hamlette's Soliloquy sometime this summer, I'll done one of these over there too.


  1. I too keep a list of books I've read! Ever since I was about....10...I think. :/
    And yes, isn't the Anne movie SO good?
    Ah, Han Solo. He is one of my absolutely very favorite Star Wars characters too. :) I can never understand when people don't like him!

    1. Natalie, isn't it fun to read back over the list of books you read and remember how good they were? Or sometimes try to remember what they were about, lol.

      I can never understand people who like Luke better than Han. I know Luke's the hero and main character and all, but... Han!!!

    2. Yes, it is fun-and handy. It's great to have a list of books to re-read, and as you mentioned in your post, to have a list of books for kids (any future kids, in my case haha).

      I do love Luke, but Han is definitely more of a favorite. :) I'm so excited/nervous for the new movie.....they'll probably ruin the characters and story I know and love but I still can't wait to see it. :)

    3. Natalie, I know! After the Star Wars prequels were both exhilarating and disappointing, I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high about these new films, but... Han's in it. Hard not to get excited.

    4. :D Yes. Han makes anything exciting. ;)

  2. Ahem. M'dear gel! Did you just say that you first read The Count of Monte Cristo when you were 11?! As in, the real unabridged monstrous intimidation that I daren't even start yet?!

    The fact that some people prefer Luke to Han is something around which I cannot wrap my brain. Truth be told, I can scarce believe it's an actual thing. What in the name of all that is good possesses them?

    I like Anne and Wentworth too:D Do you have favorite movie version of that book?

    1. Yes, Olivia, I read the unabridged, monstrous chunk of marvelousness that is The Count of Monte Cristo when I was 11. It was my first "grown-up classic" and I loooooooooooooved it. Didn't understand all of it (all the stuff about taking drugs and illicit love affairs kind of swooshed over my head, happily), but I got the story very well and just adored it.

      I don't have a favorite movie version of Persuasion, but I do like the Ciaran Hinds version well enough to have bought a copy. I don't find it perfect, though. Still waiting for a really, truly excellent movie version to be made.


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