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*HEADDESK HEADDESK HEADDESK*

A) I am going to punch my classmates in the head.  They voted to have the final on the last day of class rather than finals week.
B) THERE IS A TAKE-HOME ESSAY PORTION OF IT!  (Due in class the day of the test)  Effing hell!  I do not have time for this BS!  Especially in the middle of next week! 
C) Upon going to Capstone today, found out that in the wake of the essay being due, I totally forgot about the other novel we were supposed to read.  As did a few other people, and there are only 13 of us to begin with.  She got kind of pissed at us since she'd already canceled class on Monday and now we only have one day left to discuss the novel.
D) This does not prevent her from assigning YET ANOTHER ESSAY.  The hell, woman.  I already have a presentation and the massive revision of my research paper to do for you.
D and a half) I have so much sh#t to complete in the next two weeks that I can't even bear writing it all down anymore, because I'm legitimately scared there are not enough hours in the days to do them all.  *sticks head under sand again*

Non-Sucky Things:
E) Got the sociology presentation prepped, and it only took us about an hour.  Proactive/energetic group members rock!
F) One of my friends unexpectedly sent me a care package full of chocolate!  *loves*
G) I got an extra half hour at work today.  Even tiny amounts of extra pay (i.e. "$4") are exciting!
H) I think I have an idea for my Dickens paper?  Maybe?  I am torn between wanting to pull my all-nighter tonight, and hope writing it early works for me like it worked for  the Capstone paper, and fearing that I will stay up all night but still not get it done because my brain knows it isn't due yet, and then be Well and Royally Screwed when I helplessly crash for 12+ hours tomorrow.  
I) I filled out a meme, because that's apparently what I do now when I'm stressed and can't afford to watch TV*.  
* = I may or may not subvert this rule by watching trash on MTV/VH1 and any interesting reruns I can find (NCIS!  House!), on the grounds that since I don't feel compelled to talk about them afterwards, I am actually multi-tasking and not wasting time.


1. What's your name?
Stephanie

2. Do you read a lot?
Why, yes I do.  100+ books per 12 months for 8 twelvemonths in a row (since I started keeping track in 9th grade), although this past semester is a no-man's-land time of transition as I incorporate the switch from marking time by school years to calendar years, so its numbers are a little off.  I've done almost zero extra-curricular reading, but I've gotten a fair number of books under my belt for classes.  (all of which I had to buy.  Mostly new.  *cries*)

3. What's your favorite genre?
Let's call these "types" instead.  I mostly stick to Young Adult, and from there I'm mostly fond of horse stories and other animal/wildlife novels.  But the second most common are coming-of-age novels, which take many forms, often defined by relationships but not always.  More importantly, I have a developed fondness for eating disorder (namely anorexia) and drug addiction stories (in that order of preference), and a soft spot for teen pregnancies.  No, I don't know why. 

+++FANTASY AND SCI-FI+++
4. Do you prefer fantasy or science fiction?
I don't really like either, but I prefer fantasy if it involves princesses, fairies and/or unicorns.  It's more of a last-resort genre, but I've read several volumes over the years.

5. What's your favorite fantasy book/series?
Actually, wait, Harry Potter counts in this, right??  That.  Otherwise, The Last Unicorn. 

6. Who's your favorite fantasy author?
J.K. Rowling by probable default.  Otherwise...now that I think about it, Robin McKinley's done a thing or two I enjoyed, and Donna Jo Napoli's retold fairy tales are always reliable, if not especially exciting, reading.

7. What's your favorite science fiction book/series?
The X-Files novel "Ruins."  I cannot think of any others.

8. Favorite sci-fi author?
I really don't know

+++MYSTERY, HORROR, AND THRILLERS+++
9. Which do you prefer: a puzzling mystery, or a terrifying thriller?
Thriller.  Scary works for me, yet despite all my crime shows, I get horribly bored by mystery novels.   

10. Do you have a favorite mystery novel?
Nope

11. A favorite horror novel?
...let me dig out my reading list and get back to you.

+++ROMANCE+++
12. Do you read romance novels?
Never read a proper adult one, though a fair number of my YA novels could probably be defined as such.  Now that I think about it.

13. How about gay romance novels?
Um no.

14. What's your favorite? 
...

+++CHILDREN'S AND YA+++
15. What's your favorite children's book?
Mmmm...I'm fond of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and Sideways Stories from Wayside School.  Or if we're talking picture books, then The Velveteen Rabbit.  Or The Whale's Song.  Ooh, and The Mud Pony made me cry every single time I read it.   

16. Is it the same book that was your favorite when you were a kid?
Sure.

17. What's your favorite YA book?
AHAHAHAHAHA. THIS QUESTION CANNOT BE ANSWERED IN ANY POSSIBLE SORT OF WAY.  Look for some bold titles on my reading lists. 

18. Did you actually read it as a YA?
Yes and no.  I've been reading YA books without interruption since age 11.

19. In general, do you prefer children's books over grown-up books?
Hell to the yes.

+++CLASSICS AND GENERAL FICTION+++
20. What's your favorite classic novel?
The Scarlet Letter.  But it's sort of in a death match with Sense & Sensibility.  Also Jane Eyre.  And Little Women.  Wow, I love a lot more classics than I thought I did.

21. What about general fiction? 
Flying Changes - Sara Gruen. 

22. What classic novel do you just *not* *get*? 
Catch-22 is a piece of crap. 

23. Do you have a favorite play or drama?
Hrrm...I suppose, Hamlet?  It's the one Shakespeare play I really seem able to connect with.
WHY DO I KEEP FORGETTING OBVIOUS THINGS??  The Glass Menagerie,  by Tennessee Williams.  It was one of my two summer option works for AP Lit, and I picked it at the last minute because it was short and I was desperate, but then I totally fell in love with it.

24. What do you think of Shakespeare?
I want to love him, I'm duly impressed by the work and have tremendous amounts of respect for the man, but when it comes to actually reading it I just can't.  I like King Lear in theory, though I couldn't get through it, and Hamlet and Othello were pretty accessible reading in high school.  But the rest of it, no.  I never finished reading any of the plays I was assigned in my Shakespeare class.  Which was why I had such a legitimate fear of failing the final last spring.

+++POETRY+++
25. Could you pick a favorite poem?
Why yes I could!  There are many whose titles slip my mind right now, so let's go with "The Lady of Shalott."  Or "The Highwayman."  Both hold esteemed places as my introduction to falling in love with poetry.

26. What about a favorite poetry collection?
N...actually yes!  Totally forgot about the class I took sophomore year, "Great Poets."  Which was fantastic, and which I enjoyed so much that I couldn't even bring myself to sell most of the books.  There's a lot of good work in the compilation The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart.

27. Who's your favorite poet?
I'm gonna say Tennyson.  On principle, even though I've only read like two of his works.

+++COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS+++
28. Do you read comics or graphic novels?
No.  I despise the...well, I despise graphic novels, but do those books made from serialized newspaper comics count??  Because if so, YES SIR.  I love checking those out of the library!  I aspire to own one someday! 

29. Do you have a favorite series?
In order of preference: Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Garfield, Foxtrot.  But especially the first two - the first one makes me all happy and nostalgic for childhood pleasures, and the latter (in addition to being hilarious) makes me nostalgic for when my best friend introduced me to them.  I think we were all of 10 years old at the time, but she loved them, and when I spent weekends at her house they'd be lying around and we'd randomly pick them up and read bits of them all the time. 

30. A favorite book?
I can't remember any titles.  They all sort of run together in awesomeness anyway. 

+++SHORT STORIES AND NOVELLAS+++
31. Do you prefer short stories (or short novels) over full-length novels?
No.  For some reason, I just can't stand them.  I mean, I don't mind them on fictionpress.net, but as far as published ones go, I feel like it's...lazy, for some reason.  It bugs me when there are lots of little stories in one proper-sized book!

32. What's your favorite short story?
Don't have one.  Can't even think of any I've read besides "The Lottery," and that was too disturbing as hell to be good. 

33. Favorite short story collection?
See above.  That is a lie.  I just realized that Francesca Lia Block's The Rose and the Beast is a collection of short stories.

34. Do you have a favorite short story author?
Not generally

+++NONFICTION+++
35. What kind of nonfiction do you usually read?
Stories about animals - pets or wildlife.  Or zoo animals.  Books by vets about their various patients are also fantastic.

36. Do you have a favorite nonfiction book?
James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small, and the others.  Hands down, every time, for all eternity.  It's the only thing I've read nearly as much as Harry Potter.

37. Read any interesting biographies?
Several, all about pets, although the only one that jumps to mind is The Cat Who Went to Paris  (and sequels)

38. History books?
*shudders* Not a fan of nonfiction about history.  I mean, there probably is an interesting one focusing more on the social aspect, but mostly it involves wars and/or government.  I hate these things.

39. Politics?
GOD no. 

40. Religious texts?
I love how I keep finding new ways to recoil as this list goes on.

41. How about books on mythology, fairy-tales, or other cultural stories?
None that come to mind.

+++ELEMENTS OF FICTION+++
42. What's the most important element of a novel? Plot?  Characterization? Style? Themes? Happy ending?
An engaging, sex-free plot.  But it's especially important that there be a compelling introduction, or I'll quit after 3 pages.  It's also extremely important to me that you conclude a story properly and not end in cliffhangers or ambiguity, Ariel Dorfman.

Another important aspect of the novel: that it not be written in poems.  I hate those 'novels' like burning.  I'm not even going to mention those books that are written in instant message format, LAUREN MYRACLE.  (I mean, I'm cool with breaking up the format once in a while - scrapbook-type stories are pretty sweet - but you need to balance it with regular infusions of normal prose.)

43. What kind of plot interests you the most?
See the YA section.

44. What kind of characters usually appeal to you?
Sad and/or lonely girls.  Also animals. 

45. What is your favorite book overall?
SHUT UP.  This fact cannot be established.

+++PASS IT ON+++

46. What's the last book you read?
Last one I finished was Shalimar the Clown, by Salman Rushdie.  I hated every loathsome second of it, up to and including the part where I wrote a 4-page essay on it while managing not to disclose this sentiment at all.

47. What are you reading now?
I am in the middle of:
-"Our Mutual Friend," Charles Dickens
-"Par-Derriere Chez Mon Pere," Antoine Maillet
-"The Hungry Tide," Amitav Gosh

Hah, look at me, being all globally-minded in my (assigned) literature.  Touching three continents and two languages; I'd say that's the mark of a liberal arts education, all right.

48. What are you going to read next?
That date is so far away I can't even process it.  Waaaay too much academic crap to slog through without tempting myself with the promise of reading books for fun.  I think I'm probably going to tackle Bleak House while I still feel capable of taking on Dickens' monsters.  I mean, what?  Who said that? 

49. Is there a book you would recommend to everyone on your friends list?
Erm...I don't know; I'm always saddened that more people haven't read the James Herriot books.  They're amazing. 

50. Tag five people to fill out this meme:
dollsome , stunt_muppet , dreamingwriter , jeremybrettfan , fiery_twilight .  I want to see answers, people!.</lj>
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P.S. Want to know something random?  From the file of "DUH" moments: all my life, I have wrong about the lyric that goes The first Noel/the angel did say/Was to certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay
For some reason, I always assumed that "certain" was used as a verb in this song, meaning "to soothe/reassure," or to make them certain.  I have no idea why; child brains work in strange ways.  It only hit me JUST TODAY that it means, you know, what it usually means.  A specification, as in he was talking to some particular shepherds and not just random shepherds in general.  Er, that is what it means, right?

...WHOA, I just blew my mind again by realizing that the first two lines are all one phrase, as in "The first time the angel said 'Noel.'"  I always thought, like, there was a colon-like pause.  Like Noel meant Christmas, and so what happened on the first Christmas: the angel said something.  Something other than "noel."

Children should be made to analyze Christmas lyrics before they mindlessly memorize them, is the lesson here.

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aries11
Dec. 4th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
Okay, you didn't tag me for that meme, but I might still do it!
rainbowstevie
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Hah! That would be excellent. I thought about tagging you, but I figured you'd probably run across it at some point already.
soulwhispers
Dec. 4th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
This made me remember that I meant to tell you I did end up reading Marley & Me on the plane ride to NYC and I had to pause several times toward the end because I didn't want to sob in front of my poor seat mate and make him think I was a crazy woman. So thanks for warning me about that. ;)
rainbowstevie
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Whoops...I didn't even remember the ending. I guess I'm just so used to the fact that 99% of pet memoirs end with the animal's death that I figure it's par for the course. Blame my sieve-like brain. Is my excuse for everything.
soulwhispers
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Yes well that was the thing, as he got older, I was dreading more and more reading about his death. Now I don't know if I'll even see the movie b/c boo sad. And I don't think I like the casting of Owen and Jen after reading.
rainbowstevie
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure I sobbed my eyes out the first time I read it. There's just no way to prepare for the sadness.

Did I mention the part where I've decided to treat the movie and book as completely separate entities? I'm also beginning to seriously question whether this movie will even end with his death, given how exceptionally lighthearted/comedic all the previews are making it look.
soulwhispers
Dec. 4th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I was thinking that. Like they'll cut the movie off where they are all settled in their new house and he is enjoying the snow. Not actually let him get old and die. But that leaves alot of important stuff out at the end I think.
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