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Questions meme! (part one)

Questions from brilligspoons!

1. What is your favorite novel?

Oh jeez. I'm going to interpret this as "what novel have you returned to the most over the years," because trying to pick a FAVORITE is just too hard.

So, with that in mind: Jumper, by Steven Gould. Ostensibly YA, it concerns Davy, a young man who discovers he can teleport. It's the perfect blend of coming-of-age pathos, action, humor, romance, and genuinely heart-wrenching and dark drama. I can't recommend it enough.

2. If you had to choose between being a director and being a screenwriter, which would you go for?

Director, hands down. A screenplay is a guideline, at best a blueprint, for the finished film. A road map. Very important and necessary, but the film comes alive in the hands of the director. That's where the "magic" happens.

Of course, if I was a screenwriter, I could sleep till noon and work from home, but still.

3. In your opinion, what made X3 an awful movie?

Ha! Y'know, it's been such a long time since I've seen it, so some of my recollections may be a bit hazy. But the script was terrible. Scott and Charles dying didn't serve any story function other than to provide an "oh shit" factor, the humor and the heart of the other films wasn't there, Magneto destroys the Golden Gate Bridge for NO REASON (apparently audiences in San Francisco "boo"ed that scene when it came up in the trailers for the film, which is awesome), the special effects were kinda lame, and it was a terrible mish-mash of two of my favorite storylines from the comic (The Dark Phoenix Saga and Gifted) that didn't live up to the standards and expectations of either.

4. North by Northwest or Rear Window?

Rear Window. North by Northwest is bigger, bolder, and funnier, but it has some script problems I can't get past. Rear Window on the other hand, is small, intimate and creepy, has one of my favorite examples of visual storytelling in the opening shot, and as much as I like Cary Grant, I'll take Jimmy Stewart over him any day of the week.

5. What is your favorite webcomic?

Sam & Fuzzy. Funny, heartfelt, incredibly well-drawn, and with a genuinely deep, suspensful, complicated, and massive plot that never stops being interesting. Think Bone, but with ninjas. And, dare I say, better.

Questions from paper_tzipporah later!

If you would like me to ask you five questions for you to post in your own journal, comment with your favorite kind of fruit and I will oblige you!



Jun. 17th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
1. Oh shit, it's the end times! On one side, we've got the zombie unicorn army. On the other side, shock troops from the Venusian fleet in orbit. Whose side are you on??

2. Is being in a long-distance relationship kind of a bummer? Or is it a-okay?

3. Name one thing you're better at than everyone else you know.

4. Ethan Frome? Really?

5. Since you and Margaret both answered with the same fruit, I'm re-using one of her questions for you: You have to give up either caffeine or alcohol. Which do you choose?
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
I require clarification on question 1: is the zombie unicorn army planet-bound, or do they also have flight capabilities?
Jun. 17th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
They're planet-bound. Otherwise it would be a zombie pegasus army!