I have been following the series since the past 1.5 years and I am crazy about it.
I must confess that the last time any series had so much of an impact on me was 15 years ago – and it was the Harry Potter series. But I had read the books first and then saw the movies during my Harry Potter stage. This time, it is completely different. I have NOT read the books of ASOIAF or A Song Of Ice And Fire series.
I know, I know. I can see some raised eyebrows there. I do have my reasons though.
I can visualize everything just the way the HBO series has made me visualisze. Lack of imagination makes every line a tad bit lengthy.
The pace. The pace. The series shows time passing in a whiff. But the books…not so much. This forms the base of my next point.
GRRM writes slow. I respect him and I understand it is not easy. However, it doesn’t help my cause. I can’t wait that long. When I start a series, I want to wrap it up soonish. This is not going to happen with ASIOAF.
If I purchase the books – physical books, I need to have the whole set. Buying five books in some edition and then the other two in “I Don’t Know What Happened To Good Cover Designers” is not something I am keen on.
The books and the series have major differences. I don’t want to cringe and get shocks every other day!
Every time I open the book, some or the other work comes up. I mean it. It is jinxed – the book. I have borrowed the first one from a friend.
If I do start reading the book, I bet I will not stop. It happened with Harry Potter. I stayed up all night with a torch and a blanket and completed 3 books in a row for 3 days straight. Eating was out of question as well. But that was student life. Now I have to juggle so many things such as a full-time job and this blog. I rarely have spare time.
I constantly keep comparing GOT to other fantasy series. I have called Ned Stark Boromir for a long long time. Walder Frey will always be Mr. Filch.
I know it in my bones that I will like a character immensely only to find that he/she is dead in the HBO series. (Alive and kicking in the books though)
Because of this guy –http://patricksponaugle.com/. He writes some freaking awesome GOT posts and I need no books for it. He is going to write posts on – Defense of Olly. AM EXCITED!
I am not affected by Spoilers so I have read a lot about the series and have at least some kind of knowledge.
Is there a famous book you have not read but want to read it desperately?
I am currently engrossed in Marley and Me. I am reading it since a week…and I have managed to reach page number 172/400+ (the fonts are HUGE). This is sort of my resolution…to read at least a couple of pages each day so that I can finish of a number of unread books on my shelf and get started with those suggested here on my blog 😀
Which book have you buried your nose into of late?
That would be all those crappy work by authors I refuse to name. Especially the one about an Indian Vampire…it is the author’s first work and it might have a sequel to it. Gulp. It was gleefully donated away. With no trace of sorrow or longing on my face
Day 26: A Book That Was A Breeze
The Animal Farm. Short, simple and so much to learn from. Loved it to the core. 🙂
I have literally grown up on fairytales. In Bengali, they are known as Roop Kotha. The kings and queens, the prince and princesses and so on…were so real that I started believing that they actually existed sometime in the recent past! Again, it is challenging to name just one of the fairytales that I have come across.
Thakumar Jhuli , which is a collection of folk and fairy tales in Bengali is my all-time favourite. I lost the original copy though … 😦 I just love, love, love the book. Feeling nostalgic already 😀
I am not marketing it…but the English translation is available on Amazon 😀
Day 23: Best book that has been recommended to you
Almost a decade and two years ago, I was recommended a book.
It was by someone who was four years my junior and she was as nerdy/geeky as I was. We often discussed books, lived in the make believe world of Enid Blyton. As we lazed in an idyllic summer holiday, she mentioned that she is reading about this book, where they live in a completely different world. That of Magic. That they play this weird game called Quidditch. That they drink Butterbeer and get sorted into Houses.
As you might have guessed by now, I was recommended Harry Potter. 🙂
I know it is a bad thing to break a promise, but I think now that it is a worse thing to let a promise break you. – Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light
Neighbours bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbour. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
There are few people whom I really love and still fewer of whom I think well. –Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Always. -J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam. – Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Day 18: Which book do you believe can be quite a challenge to read?
That would be LOTR – Lord Of The Rings for me. The language might not be a constraint, but the names in the movies have baffled me. I still do not know who is called what 😦 This is why when I will read the series, I will read The Hobbit before anything else and at a slow pace so as to know which character is what. Taking notes will be helpful I guess! 🙂
Well, as much as I try to find variations in my reading patterns, it often boils down to works by authors who infuse culture (from any part of the world) in their fiction based book. Want me to cite some examples?
The title of a book is always alluring, at least to me. It is the title that makes me notice the blurb of the book and decide to put in in the shopping cart ! 😛 Some books have simple title, some have complex ones and others have quirky ones. There are ghastly titles as well, which literally chokes me on the spot with horror.
Anyway, the point here is to share my favourite book title with you. That would be – Chokher Bali. It is a book by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, written in Bengali (my mother tongue). It translates to – Grit of sand in the eye. It is an allegory to the friction between its characters, just like a tiny grain of sand in our eyes causing constant irritation. This is all I can reveal without giving away the plot. The book is also translated in English, in case you want to have a go through historical fiction set in India.
P.S. I would also love to mention – And Then Like My Dreams which is by a fellow blogger MR. Isn’t it an apt title for a memoir? Warm and inviting 🙂
Day 15: A book character you want to know more about?
In Harry Potter:
Severus Snape. Period.
I want to know his backstory, his upbringing, his days in the Muggle world with Lily Potter. This also reminds me, I want to know more about Aunt Petunia as well. J.K. Rowling, if you are reading this, then please please please have a back story in Pottermore 😀
In Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants:
Bree’s mother. Without a doubt in the world. I wanted to know her perspective and what were her thoughts.
This is where the challenge gets challenging for me! Well, I will be honest with you. See, I have the time but not the energy to keep the eyes open after a full-time ‘staring at the screen’ job 😦 This affects my decision to read the books – light ones on weekdays and anything on weekends, when I can spare some of the energy.
So, no…there is no hard and fast rule as to how I decide what to read next. I make a queue of five books at a row and pick the one I am in the mood to read and go ahead. That explains my incomplete reading lists 😉
Well, we booklovers and readers never outgrow any book…do we? For me, it will be Harry Potter Series. Although a number of adults also love the book, for many parents it is a “kid’s book” and why are we so obsessed with it 😛 Sample this, I sent my bestie the three-book library set of Harry Potter books on her birthday!!
No. We will never outgrow the world of HP. EVER!!! 😀 😛
Day 11: A book that you have reread the most of the times?
A Gathering Light (also published as A Northern Light) by Jennifer Donnelly is one book that has been reread the maximum number of times. Even more than the Harry Potter series! I fall short of words when it comes to describing the brilliance that the book has. Give it a try, will you? 😀