Reading around this morning in the Ciao Café I came across a challenge that looked both intellectual and testing (none of this ‘What time did you start this challenge?’ ‘What time did you finish?’ kind of stuff). This was a test that you couldn’t just blag through or cheat in, you had to have an imagination and a will to read.
Oh yes a Literary challenge.THE LITERARY CHALLENGE
1. What is your favourite genre?
I enjoy reading so I go through many genres when doing so ranging from fantasy to crime/thrillers and magical legends I get pleasure from fictional novels rather than non-fiction tales as I like to seep into the book and escape from reality.
2. Do you read the classics i.e. the great authors of the 18th and 19th century?
Unluckily I got seriously traumatised by these books during school years, there is a limit to how many times you read and deconstruct any book, so no I don’t go near them anymore, although I have seen many of the classic novels on TV such as Oliver Twist and of course the fantastic modernised Romeo and Juliet.
3. Are you interested in thrillers?
I haven’t really read enough Thrillers to say that I'm mainly interested in them although I did enjoy Clive Cussler’s novel ‘White Death’. I enjoy Crime/Thrillers as I mentioned in question 1. Robert Crais is a particular favourite at the moment as is Tom Claney, Dan Brown and Michael Crichton.
4. What about Horror stories?
Horror really isn’t a genre I would choose for myself although I have read, or tried to read several books I tend to get bored of the constant tension and gore. I enjoy watching horror as I feel seeing the story makes it an easier subject to understand. Perhaps my imagination is limited to the point that I can’t envision someone’s head rolling through a door or people running around with no arms squirting with blood. I'm so innocent. Ha ha.
5. Do you read science fiction?
Only one book comes to mind is ‘Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams. That’s it I think I have of course read all four of the novels in this trilogy (those of you who have read it will understand this) ‘The Restaurant at the end of the Universe’, ‘Life the Universe and Everything’ and my personal favourite ‘So Long and Thanks for all the Fish’.
6. How many Harry Potter books have you read?
? Do I want to admit this?
In my household we own all five dog-eared novels in the series so far, plus cassette tapes of them all read by Stephen Fry.
Ok that’s a secret don’t go spreading it round!
7. Have you read and enjoyed biographies, autobiographies?
This is one kind of book I'm completely not interested in at all. I hear enough from celebrities out of magazines and the newspaper that I don’t need to know any other personal details about how they felt when their dog ran away or when their hit movie plummeted in the box office? Why? It’s just another way for the rich to get money out of the poor.
8. Do you remember the books you read and loved as a child?
‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. It was my favourite till I was about seven or eight them I enjoy Roald Dahl books I can’t remember all the titles but I can remember reading them in class when I was at primary school, I remember getting deep into The BFG watching the film as well as reading the book.