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Hunger Games photos have appeared. Not that I have any interest in the movie whatsoever, but can I just say:

* I don't like Jennifer Lawrence in the role. Regardless of text, I always pictured Kat as a blonde. I also consistently called her Kat in my head, because despite all the ridiculous names in that book, I just could not believe anyone would call her such a stupid name when such an obvious nickname was available. I did put up with "Peeta," but only because I couldn't be bothered to care about him enough to cut off a syllable.

(Look, it's not my fault I passed The Edge of the Sword one million times on the library shelf for years until the cover image was burned into my brain and happened to be the first thing that came to mind when I heard of this series.)

* Peeta looks exactly like he did in my imagination: like a lumbering doughboy of a milksop. I think he probably has a fair amount of muscle, but something about his frame just screams "if I stopped working out on a regular basis I would have a beer gut within a week."

* Gale is predictably hot -- at least in body -- and based on this promo pic, I am shipping the hell out of that just like I did when I read the book. That's how much chemistry these characters have; they need next to nothing to set it off, while Peeta can hit every point on the Guide To Winning RS's Heart Via Charm And Florence Nightingale Syndrome, and still earn nothing but disdain.

* Now, if you don't mind, I am going to go make up my own story about them based on this picture that bears no resemblance to Gladiator-style games with children at all, but instead looks kind of like a rom com (comedy optional) that involves hiking and camping. Doesn't he look like he's all ready to be a wilderness guide? And she looks like she's ready to spend the summer at a remote cabin without electricity, single-handedly fending off moose and bears as necessary. How will their paths cross?? See, now this is a story I can get behind.

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Fom the Ironic Craigslist Posts file -- one of the books in a listing that begins, "My husband is making me sell my book collection": Advice for a Happy Marriage.
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Segue! ...to a mini survey about books. I think I cut it out of a larger survey that had questions I'd already answered multiple times. This one seemed more library-focused.

1. What are you reading right now?
I am attempting to read Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family, but it's nonfiction and it is very dense, even though the subject matter is near and dear to my heart.

2. What books do you have on request at the library?
I just went on my third requesting spree of the summer, so...
Forever Changes, The Hostage (the book Free Willy's based on), Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts, Stay With Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr (who wrote that lovely After the Moment), and The Winter of Our Disconnect. But not My Life as a Rhombus, because it's the only stupid book in my entire stupid To Request list that the county only has one copy of, and apparently it's "lost." >:(

3. Bad book habit?
Not reading books I own. Ever. Even if they're books I've never read and they look better than whatever glossy and shallow YA crap I've got checked out of the library this week.

4. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
A Blue So Dark, The Deadly Sister, Edges, Girl,Stolen, Mapping the Farm, Lost and Found, Stealing Heaven, The Uninvited, season 1 of Scrubs, season 2 of Pushing Daisies, and season 6 of The Office.

5. Do you have an e-reader?
I can barely handle fanfic on the screen, and for anything I plan to read more than once I prefer to have it printed. What do you think?

6. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One at a time

7. Least favorite book you read recently?
WARNING: INCREDIBLY LONG WINDED
Tell Me a Secret pissed me off with its enormous moron of a main character. Never mind all the parties and ditching her uncool best friend to hang out with the Cool New Bitchy Popular Girl!, she grew up inexplicably idolizing her older sister, who was constantly screaming at their parents and getting in trouble in typical Horrible Rebellious Teenager fashion (and who ultimately threw herself out of a moving car and died just because she was mad at her boyfriend about something? like, not even suicidal, just stupid enough to do something dramatic). The girl then got pregnant the first time she had sex with her boyfriend (who, as far as I can tell, she was never especially serious with and yet, Totally In Love!! Until he comes back after they've spent the summer apart and dumps her).

She spends the rest of the book melodramatically declaring she will Keep This Baby No Matter What, even after her mother tries to arrange (an open!) adoption, and then revokes her offer to pay for college (main character was bound for art school). Even though they make a big deal of her going on expectant mommy websites and pretending to be like the adults, making up a fantasy about her wonderful boyfriend and how excited they are, I never got the sense that she really loved this baby so much as she just wanted to spite her parents by keeping it and/or ~*pay tribute*~ to her late weirdo sister.

...I may have more issues than previously suspected.

There's also Spotting For Nellie, which I requested because I knew it was about a girl sustaining brain damage from an accident, so I assumed it was gymnastics-related, right? Nah. The girl IS a gymnast, but unfortunately her problem comes when she bugs her older sister to take her to a beach party. Where she drinks a ton. On the way home, since she's loaded, she convinces her sister to pull up beside this guy they know (at night, on a back road, single lane, around a curve) so she can flash him. Apparently it's too hard to say no to this demand. Naturally, while they are engaging in this fun activity, another car comes at them so they veer off the road, and there you go: Traumatic Brain Injury. IDIOTS AND THEIR IDIOT DRINKING.

Dear YA authors, how 'bout less of trying to make your teens "realistic" and more trying to make them likable.

8. Favorite book you’ve read recently?
ALSO LONG WINDED.

Easy: Anything But Ordinary, featuring best friends since 8th grade/high school sweethearts. It started with how the cover picture reminded me of Adam from Joan of Arcadia (and whether actually or through sheer power of imagination, he acts like Adam too). They drift apart after graduation, when his mom dies and he loses all interest in school, where they were previously honors students. She splits across the country for college and morphs from the quirky, offbeat loner she was into a popular-girl clone of her roommates. But only on the outside -- the book alternates points of view, and she's actively trying to be different, but it's not really working.

He comes out to change her mind about their breakup, doesn't quite succeed, and ends up sticking around the area while on his own unexpected journey of self-discovery. I don't know; both of them just leapt off the page from the moment I started reading. It's a slim little novel, but the descriptions were lovely, the college experience was as realistic as it can get when at least one party is included, and I disappeared into the story completely. Also, and this is important even if it spoils you, it did not irrevocably break my heart.

9. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Not often -- only if it ticks me off halfway in, I failed to skim it and find out it's written in poems (more on that later), or it turns out to be a sneaky sequel of a book or series I haven't read. Maybe 5 books a year, compared to the 100+ I check out.

10. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
$350 or so at a campus bookstore for classes because I was uninformed; SO GROSS. Other than that, I'm sure I've never exceeded $20 in a single trip.

11. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Skim as in flip through it? Usually just to make sure it isn't one of those horrible "novels" written in poems (I hat those. The story is so pathetic and shallow, lacking all emotional impact or sense of coherency, it's like hearing the story from your stoned friend.)

Skim as in read a few pages here and there? Only if it's a book I'm not planning on reading straight through, but am bored enough to look at.

12. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Suddenly throwing a "whoops, cute guy the main character might like is gay!" wrench into the works. Forget you, 4-stars-until-that-point Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots! Alternatively, if the level of sex and alcohol (or occasionally, language) rises to a saturation point beyond what is tolerable for enjoying the story. I call it the Plot/Idiocy Scale. You see, a book is allowed to have idiocy, as long as it is equally entertaining in plot...
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I spent most of my day sifting through Scrubs fanfic. Good Lord, this fandom (what little of it exists) is slashy. Weirdly, very little Turk/JD -- does the show just make it too easy for them? -- and an explosion of JD/Cox; I feel confident in saying it is fandom's OTP.  I'm also trying to find the het/gen writers who don't make me wince and cringe with their unbelievable dialogue. Slow going; people do not seem to get how to write the characters properly. Canon is more than enough to feed me forever; it could be worse, but it just seems unfair that How I Met Your Mother and Community have such phenomenal fanbases while this is composed of rejected scraps.

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crackers4jenn
Aug. 1st, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
I think we are usually on opposite ends of the 'shipping spectrum, but WORD UP to your Katniss/Gale love. They are my favorite! And while I am bummed about the casting choices, I'm pretty pleased with that Katniss/Gale picture.
rainbowstevie
Aug. 2nd, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is definitely our common ground. Did you have specific cast choices in mind, or just generally not enthused?
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