Welcome to my latest blog, westu hal to you and well met. I do hope that you are staying safe and well. This is something a bit different for me, I was challenged by Tabitha from Behind the Pages to do a would you rather: Book edition. This has been fun, challenging and an interesting look into my reading habits but there were some tough questions to answer. I hope that you enjoy this one, and if I tag you then good luck with the questions that I have set.
Answer the questions given to you by your nominator
Make up your own questions and tag others
Would you rather live the rest of your days in Narnia or Middle Earth?
Now this is a nice easy one for me! Middle Earth is like a second home to me and I would much rather be there than Narnia. To be able walk through the Shire, visit Bree and the Prancing Pony pub and gaze at the Misty Mountains. There is no shortage of what I could get up to in Middle Earth so there you have it.
Would you rather have a friend who loses your books, or a friend who returns your books damaged?
A tough one for me here, it would depend on the level of damage the book received but lets say quite serious damage. It would have to be a lost book for me why I hear you ask? There is always the chance that they will find it (a real life story for me this one as well)
Would you rather read a book with paragraphs missing or pages missing?
What have I done to deserve this question!! Paragraphs for me would be the lesser evil choice, there is a smaller chance of missing something important then say when a whole pages are missing – I mean imagine reading The Stormlight Archive with pages missing or The Wildfire Saga, it would be hellish! At least with paragraphs missing there is a chance of not missing important (you still might though)
Would you rather read a book with poorly written secondary characters or a book that has poor plot development?
This is a nice easy one for me, and it would have to be poorly written secondary characters. I have read books with secondary characters that are poorly developed or not well written, it has never really diminished a story for me. Poor plot development is something that can put me of a book very easily and has resulted in DNF’s.
Would you rather have the ability to live in the world of your books, or be able to bring characters from your books into your world?
Ah ha! Another nice easy one for me and it would be live in the world of your books. Fantasy (my primary genre) offers a wonderful escape from the world, it would be incredible to live in the world of many fantasy books I have read. To explore on my own terms worlds such as Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld to Michael J Sullivan’s world of Elan would be truly something and there are so many more I could mention but let’s move onto the next question.
Would you rather only read novels written in Poetry or written in screenwriting format?
Imagine my face when I saw this question! The only books I have read in Poetry are The Illiad, The Odyssey and The Aeneid, Greek and Roman epic poetry love it! I could imagine quite a few book that when written in poetry would work really well, take The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, it’s practically music in places anyway!
Would you rather have your favourite book turned in to a play or an opera?
Can you imagine a work of fantasy as an opera? I can and it’s not pretty but a book as a play….did anyone see the stage version of the Hobbit? Or the radio version of The Lord of the Rings, these are well adapted to theatrical productions and as The Lord of the Rings is my favourite book, it’s kind of already been done and was pretty good as well.
Would you rather have to read every book out of a series or only read half the series?
Again! What have I done to deserve this question? I pondered this one and decided that it has to be every book out of a series, I’m compulsive like that. This simply allows me to appreciate and understand a series of books (particular in fantasy, where details are important) and to enjoy it more. Enough said I about this think, next question!
Would you rather read a book before watching the movie adaptation or read a book after watching the movie?
Now this is a nice easy question and I would always read a book before watching the movie adaptation, this is a common occurrence for me and I am glad in most cases I have been able to do this – The Lord of the Rings in particular and the more recent adaptation of His Dark Materials. This has not stopped me from enjoying adaptations, in fact it just makes me more excited for them but a book will always be my first love if/when it is adapted.
Would you rather have the end of a book spoiled for you or never finish reading the book?
Having just had the end of a book series ruined for me ( no names mentioned but may you burn in hell!) I would have to go with the end of the book spoiled – why I hear you ask again? Reading is all about the journey and how a story comes to be or unravel is often one of the best parts (at least for me) and having read the Dark Ends anthology recently the journey is perhaps the important part. Just don’t go spoiling stories for me because you wouldn’t like it, it’s just not fun.
Would you rather read from a hardback, paperback or E-book?
Would you rather crack the spine of a Paperback book or ruin a hardback’s dust jacket?
Would you prefer info dump on a world/magic system to a drip feed technique?
Would you rather jump on board with a book series and wait to see if it gets traction or wait for a successful book series to be brought to you attention?
Would you rather have dinner with your favourite character or author?
Would you rather have a soft magic system or a hard magic system?
Would you rather read duology’s, trilogies or standalone books?
Would you rather read self published or traditionally published authors for 2 years straight?
Would you rather be stuck in your favourite fantasy/sci-fi world or your favourite fantasy/sci-fi book?
Would you rather be allowed to read one book series (as it’s published) or all the books by one author?
Westu hal to you and stay safe.