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I won't have the time to do it in the upcoming week so this is where the meme ends.

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Day 15 – Favorite male character

This one is difficult because that is not the way I read books. I have favourite characters in films and tv shows, but in books? Not so much. Actually my favourite books don't necessarily have characters I would call favourites, or even likable, and my favourite books are not necessarily novels (this meme seems to be mostly about novels btw).

Among the most intriguing and poignant literary characters, there's Lorenzo de Médicis in the play Lorenzaccio by Alfred de Musset.

Of course I also love my damaged cops from my crime novels, especially the Harrys! Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole is a character I love to bits, just like I love Connelly's Harry Bosch. One fo the appeals of reading a new crime story is to see again those characters.

Also Paul Atreides from Dune, obviously.

And there's Victor Hugues from the wonderful El Siglo de Las Luces by Alejo Carpentier (known as Explosion in a Cathedral in English). I remember that I was very impressed by the character when I first read the novel. The neat thing is that Victor Hugues did exist, but it was one of those people that were involved in French Revolution but whom we know very little about, so Alejo Carpentier could do as he pleased when he "created" him. I was drawn to Victor Hugues much more than to Esteban who is presumably, along Sofia, the main character.

Day 16 – Favorite female character

Same problem. I don't think I have a favorite literary female character. Unfortunately my favourite writers tend to be males and they mostly write male characters, or rather they write male characters better than female ones.

The protagonist in Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd, Hope Clearwater, is a good character but I don't see myself calling her my favourite female character ever!

Of course there's Jane Eyre...or the Austen heroines (Elizabeth Benett mostly), but as strong as they are there's something about those English girls that turn me off. I guess it's the time they live in and the necessary romantic happy ending they get.  If I should go British I'd rather pick Alison, the Wife of Bath, created by Chaucer for The Canterbury Tales!

If I should go French I'd choose either Phèdre from Phèdre by Racine or Camille from Horace by Pierre Corneille, strong-willed and yet tragic heroines. I have a soft spot for Mathilde de La Mole from Le Rouge et Le Noir by Stendhal.

Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book


Well it's one of my favourite books anyway. The quote is from Mendelsohn's The Lost, which I already posted it on here, years ago. Before this extract, Daniel Mendelsohn recalls Rashi's and Rabbi Friedman's exegesis of the Sodom and Gomorrah tale from Genesis, or rather of the meaning of the transformation of Lot's wife, and then he offers his own explanation here:

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And here is a quote from Les Faux Monnayeurs by André Gide :

"Dans le domaine des sentiments, le réel ne se distingue pas de l'imaginaire. Et, s'il suffit d'imaginer qu'on aime, pour aimer, ainsi suffit-il de se dire qu'on imagine aimer, quand on aime, pour aussitôt aimer un peu moins, et même pour se détacher un peu de ce qu'on aime - ou en détacher quelques cristaux."


Day 18 – A book that disappointed you

I tend to forget those. But as of late, I gave a try to G. R. R Martin's series (A Song of Ice and Fire) on kindle, out of curiosity since I watch the tv show Game of Thrones, and found the books poorly written.

Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie


Turning a book into a movie is some tricky business, and, actually, most of the time I fear that my favourite books might be turned into movies. I remember hating what David Lynch did with Dune for instance.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos is a good book, although not a favourite book of mine, and one my favourite movie adaptations is Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons (or to be fair it's rather an adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play). Neither Glenn Close nor John Malkovich looked the part, and both were too old to play Merteuil and Valmont (who are supposed to be in their 20's!), but it worked beautifully (and Malkovich is hot as hell in it). Sometimes a good adaptation needs to betray a little for it's more about the spirit than about the letter.

I also love what the Coen brothers did with Cormac MacCarthy's No Country for Old Men (while the film based on The Road wasn't very good, in spite of Viggo Mortensen's performance) or what Debra Granik did with Winter's Bone (but in that case I saw the film before I read the book).

 
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...except [personal profile] kazzy_cee !


Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

It has to be Daniel Mendelsohn 's The Lost. A Search for Six Of Six Millions. I remember that I was wary as it was advertised, in bookshops, as the new Les Bienveillantes, and I was not a fan of Les Bienveillantes. It also won one of the Literature awards in France (Prix Medicis, that goes to non-French books) in 2007 and I thought it was just a trendy book. Actually I thought it was going to be one of those Holocaust books (what we call in French "littérature des camps"). I was so wrong. I adored the book and fell in love with Mendelsohn. It was as if I had found a living soul mate! Since then I have read everything he's written.



Day 10 – Favorite classic book

Oh this is difficult. I'm tempted to say The Aeneid because it made me fall in love with Virgil – I know it sounds weird and nerdish but I had a blast translating pices from The Aeneid for my Latin class when I was in highschool!–, but I have a soft spot for Sophocles' Antigone as well, and some parts of The Odyssey are just soooo wonderful...

I just love my Classics.
Day 11 – A book you hated

I remember disliking Madame Bovary by Flaubert, when I had to read it in school.
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore

Probably something I was very fond of when I was a pre-teen or a young teenager...

Maybe Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon or Pauline Gedge's Child of The Morning.
Day 13 – Your favorite writer

This one is almost easy.

Among the dead writers, Jorge Luis Borges.

Among the living ones, Richard Powers.

I know, it's weird , I'm a European and my two choices are men from the New World...

Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer

I love many books of his (the short stories from El Aleph are brilliant and I adore his Inquisiciones) but Fictions probably encapsulates what is the best about Borges' writing.

As for Richard Powers, it's his Galatea 2.2.
 
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Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed yo
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you ow
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people have read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

Day 2

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Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times

There are many books I have read more than three times! I re-read my favourite books all the time. Let's say Gide's Les Faux Monnayeurs since I read it every year.
 
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I'm super busy but also losing the "habit" of posting on LJ (or of tweeting). I need to post more to keep in touch with flist.

So here's a book meme:


Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people have read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time


So this is Day One:

The best book I read last year was Augustus, A Novel by John Williams. I'm so glad that Daniel Mendelsohn convinced me to read it!
Williams' Stoner was good too (all credits to [personal profile] herself_nyc  for recommending it), but I prefered Augustus. It is so well written, so touching, and so good at reviving historical moments.
 

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I have finished Alan Sepinwall's book and shall review it some day...when I'm on holidays, next week.

In the meantime, I nicked this 2012 TV Fandom meme from falafel_musing

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I'm catching up with my tv shows.

But since I'm back online, here's a meme nicked from flist:


So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious but you have no idea about, or something obscure you just have to know. Ask away. All topics, within reason, are open for discussion.
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thanks to frelling_talk I've seen this youtube tribute to Jesse/Walt


I love the pair so much. Their relationship has become the core of the show as much as Walter's journey is.

Sometimes I think that I'm more into non sexual relationships than into romantic ones, yet I used to be a Spuffy 'shipper!

So here is a list of my 10 favourite non sexual relationships on tv.

1. Jesse Pinkman/Walter White in Breaking Bad

2. Sam Tyler/Gene Hunt in Life On Mars

3. Titus Pullo/Lucius Vorenus in Rome

4. Sherlock/John in Sherlock

5. Seth Bullock/Sol Star in Deadwood

6. Bill Adama/Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica

7.  Raylan Givens/Boyd Crowder in Justified

8.  Will Gardner/ Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife

9.   Daniel Graystone/Joseph Adama in Caprica

10. Vinnie Terranova/Sonny Steelgrave in Wiseguy

I know, almost all my choices are about male relationships, and there are no female friendship in my list. I blame my taste for bromance but the tv writers for not creating more strong relationships between female characters.


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As you have probably guessed, I have decided to take a break from my thesis this weekend, especially given that I wasn't feeling very well. A lot of people around me seem to have the same symptoms so there must be something in the air...

A cut to spare the readership, given that, while I answer the meme, I'm sorta digressing on romance novels and genres...

Another book meme that is around )
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It's been around for a while on flist. Some questions seem to have been written by some 12 year old, but it's often that way with memes, so let's give it a try.


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This is for old times sake...

1 - Which Whedon series is your favorite?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
 
More depth and style than the other Whedon series.
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29 - If you could tell Joss Whedon one thing, Buffy related or not, what would it be?


Well done, man, I owe you, but forget the comics, and watch out...there are other gods on the tv Olympus. For instance, there's that British writer named Stephen Moffat, he is brilliant...

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Which TV shows did you start watching in 2011?
 
The Wire (I watched it in January!) Justified, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, The Killing, Deadwood, Boardwalk Empire, The Shadow Line, The Hour and lately Downton Abbey and Hell on Wheels. And perhaps Misfits, can't remember when I started actually.

Phew, that's a lot! I guess you can tell I didn't teach from November 2010 to September 2011!

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2011?

 I watched the first episode of Misfits' season 3 but didn't bother to see the next episodes; I let go of Hell on Wheels two weeks ago I'm letting go of Dexter too.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2011? Why?
 
Treme. Not enough time, and I also have the feeling that it might not be for me.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2012?


 Homeland.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2011?
 
Hell on Wheels. It never took off. It's very cartoonish, the writing is average at best , without any depth below a seemingly sophisticated surface, and I was just bored when watching it. The Killing had a terrific pilot but it went downhill after that to become quite bad towards the end. As for old shows, Dexter.

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2012 unless things significantly improve?

 House. And I don't think things will improve. Probably True Blood.

Which TV show impressed you the most in 2011? Why?

Justified is a favourite and I loved The Wire and I've even come to be hooked to Boardwalk Empire too, but Deadwood was the show that impressed me the most. The two first seasons just blew me away. It's simply brilliant and there's something quite unique about it.

Which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
 
I'm rather loyal but I have little patience for crap. Maybe Justified, because I so like my Raylan Givens and his pal/nemesis Boyd Crowder that I could turn a blind eye if the writing became poor. Merlin is crappy, but a bit less silly than in season 1, and despite Tony Head being no longer in the cast I am willing to go on for the actors. Bradley James is beautiful beyond words and it's rare to see such slashy subtext in a kid show! The writers must have a contest or something...

Shows I watched and loved that aren't mentioned on this list because I started them in another year

Breaking Bad which might be the best tv show I have EVER seen. Close to perfection in every department that matters to me, that is writing, cinematography, acting, dark humour, creativity.

The Good Wife that I really like.
Fringe that I still like.
Doctor Who that is like nothing else, especially when Moffat runs the show!

PS: Don't leave me alone on DW, please!
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This one was inspired by an internet friend who isn't on LJ so I don't think it's going on around here, but I might be wrong.


Suggest up to five books that would help define you; that is, by reading them you would get a sense about the member who chose them. What books would you suggest, that tell something about you? Explain a little about why you picked the book.

I think it's an interesting meme because it isn't your usual "5 favourite somethings" , it's about picking books you think that they would define yourself, so it's as much about your tastes and books you love as about the way you see yourself or the way you'd like to be...

So it's probably way too much revealing but hell, here we go!

My 5 choices )
Now tell me, what are your five books?

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I'm pretty sure I already did that meme years ago, but it's been a long time so here we go again, although it's more about the tv shows themselves than about the fandoms in the way I see it for I have never been that involved in fandoms (apart from the Buffy one in the old days):

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Nicked from almost everyone on my reading list. I haven't done a meme for ages so here we go, even though those lists are always a problem and I am not very happy with the mixing of Science Fiction and Fantasy, especially since the definition of Fantasy seems to include fables (Animal Farm?).


Bold for books I have read, underlined if I loved them

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LJ is very quiet in my corner these days but I'm totally stealing [livejournal.com profile] stormwreath's idea of music meme !

Can you guess 20 of songs(in English) that I often play on my computer, from the first two lines (or the first two lines of the chorus if the title appears int he first two lines of the song)? Gimme the title, the artist and if possible, the album.

Turns out that four of them are Buffy-related and one is Dollhouse-related!

1. When the wind blows and the rain feels cold /With a head full of snow
2. There's always a party on a funeral row, where the cross flashes red to the street.
3. The dance of the puppets /The rusted chains of prison moons
5. Maybe I didn't love you quite as good as I should have, maybe I didn't hold you quite as often as I could have,
6. It's a god-awful small affair/to the girl with a mousy hair
7. Before you slip into unconsciousness/I'd like to have another kiss
8. Oh, Mario,/Sit here by the window;
9. Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go/just put me in a wheelchair, get me on a plane

10. I bruise you, you bruise me/we both bruise too easily
11. Out on the wiley, windy moors/Wed roll and fall in green.
12. this is what you get/ this is what you get,
13. Every man has a place, in his heart theres a space/And the world cant erase his fantasies
14. A stoness throw from Jerusalem/ I walked a lonely mile in the moonlight
15. Waking to these sounds again / I wonder how I'll sleep
16. Holding hands/Skipping like a stone/On our way/To see what we have done
17. I'm coming up only to hold you under/ I'm coming up only to show you wrong
18. Well you can bump and grind/ If it's good for your mind
19. No one knows what its like/To be the bad man
20. When I look up from my pillow/ I dream you are there with me


ETA - songs already guessed are in italics.




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There was a big party in the building in fornt of mine last night...so I slept in and got up only at 11 am.

Let's start the day, that will soon turn into Marking hell again, with a tv poll nicked from [personal profile] st_salieri :

I'll choose characters from recent tv shows that I talk about on my LJ...

The top 10 TV fictional characters I wouldn't sleep with, even if you paid me:

Top 10 fictional TV characters that I've probably already sexed up, in my head:
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I've been on a low-Internet diet this week. Too much work, too little time...and to be honest I kind of suffered from an indigestion of all things Internet. It happens.

So instead I actually worked and in the evenings I started reading the new Mankell's crime novel I had bought. As I'm downloading Lost, I think it's time for a meme.

Nicked from both [profile] mary5958 and [personal profile] alwaysjbj.

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Nicked from [profile] chrissie_linnit :

First of all, write down six shows that you like. They don't need to be in order of preference, just put down six shows.


1. BtVS
2. OZ
3. Farscape
4. The Shield
5. Battlestar Galactica
6. Nip/Tuck

Now, answer the following questions:

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