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Book Blogger Hop: Oct. 25th-31st

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A weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!



October 25th - 31st: Halloween Edition: What is your favorite horror novel and why? 
I have to go with a tie, because it is a tough choice. It is a tie between two classics: Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 
 Here are some reasons for my choices. First, they are the original scary stories and though there have been many imitations, they are one of a kind. Also, they have inspired countless wonderful works and adaptations. Second, one cannot judge these books by the movies that have been made. There are some sucky adaptations out there and with the vampire trend there are inaccurate  dare I say blasphemous, sparkly vampires out in the world. Not cool. Finally, the novels are scary but well-written. They are beautiful at times. I believe that adds to the horror of the novel. You have a grotesque scene being described with beautiful words. Here are some quotes from some spine-tingling parts of the novels…

Book Blogger Hop: Oct. 11-17th

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Halloween edition! 
What scary book would you like turned into a movie? 
Being a wimp, it is hard for me to conjure up scary books I've read (and my idea of scary is probably not the same as other people's idea). Also, many scary books have been made into movies already. 

   I would really like a legit version of Frankensteinthat sticks with the original book. All of the versions I've seen take liberties with the story and the book itself is scary because of its rawness and the fact that it tries to define what humanity is.     It is a poem, but Der Erlk├Ânig (The Erlking) by Wolfgang von Goethe would be scary as a film if someone could stretch it out long enough.
Flowers in the Atticis scary, not Halloween-monster scary, but a good movie adaptation would intense.
   Not a very good list, but like I said earlier I am a total wimp and why away from scary things. "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!" is more my …

Wishlist Wednesday:10/16

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This a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper. This meme highlights one book per week that is on your wishlist that you want to own!

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham


Above are various covers (the first is the movie tie-in cover). I have read some of his short stories and I have seen the movie The Painted Veil and loved it. I usually make it my point to read the book before I see the movie, but the movie came out when I was in middle school and I didn't know there was a book. I've been meaning to read it for years and want to actually get around to it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-offs

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A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is about the things we encounter while we are reading and it totally turns you off. 
Trying overly-hard to be bizarre/edgy/unique: As a sci-fi and fantasy lover I enjoy books that are interesting and weird. But when an author hits you over the head with it like "Look at me! I'm strange and different!!!" it gets old. Monsters that aren't monsters: If you are going to have vampires, werewolves, or monsters in your book do it right. If you are going to copy the traditions set down by Bram Stoker and other great authors at least follow their guidelines. Monsters are not the heroes of a story. They can have redemption, but generally the monster is there to cause problems (like Dracula or Dr. Frankenstein's monster). It's interesting to explore the lines of hero vs. monster, but do it in an intelligent and realistic way. Not using punctuation or writing in verse: There is a trend of experimen…