Book nerd alert! I felt like writing about the books I’m reading right now. In class, we’re always told to write a journal of what we read and I am yet to do so. This is kind of a journal so I’ll just type away and do some reviewing and recommending of books I am reading now or have read recently.
Harry Potter – not a series I’ve read recently but as it’s my favourite book series of all time and I’m writing about books I recommend, I couldn’t leave this one out! Was a little obsessed with these when I was younger and have now read each at least five times. Being aimed at kids, the first three do have quite a simple and child friendly tone but they do mature in later books. My favourite is the Half Blood Prince even though for some reason that’s my least favourite film. I can’t help but compare the books to their film counterparts. It was the film I watched first. I read Chamber of Secrets when I was nine-ish because I wanted to know what happened next. Next thing you know, I’m hooked. Then there was a brief moment of time when I became indifferent again, but then after Dad bought me the fifth book with a token I won at a school celebrations evening, I became hooked once again and still am a huge fan. I probably know too much Harry Potter trivia, it’s unhealthy. The seventh book is the only book I have ever waited in line at midnight to get. So yeah, I recommend it. It’s not the best technically written book ever but it’s one of the most vivid and fleshed out worlds I have ever visited via the page.
Lord of the Rings – I haven’t actually finished this one and when I started reading this, I thought it was going to be too difficult and boring. Then I got into it and it’s actually alright. Like Harry Potter, I do have a tendency to compare it to the film. I read parts – like the Tom Bombadil scenes – and imagine how interesting it would’ve been to see this done on screen. If I remember rightly, the hobbits nearly get eaten by trees or something. I also enjoy reading little pieces of information about hobbit life and character family backgrounds that I don’t think are in the films. After reading the book, I find I appreciate the film a lot more.
The Hobbit – Admittedly, I’m getting a little bored of this one. It is the only book where I’ve enjoyed the film more. Sometimes I think I read too many books that have been turned into films but it’s probably because as well as being a book nerd, I’m such a film nerd too. Basically, I just love stories.
Inkheart – Hooray, a book I’ve read, that’s been turned into a film, with me not having seen this film. I don’t really want to either. The book was so beautiful and really brought the characters to life for me. I don’t want to watch the film and have the characters I imagine in my head to be replaced by the film versions. I find this has happened with Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Not so much in Harry Potter.
Harry Potter again – In H.P, I imagine some characters as the film versions but others I have my own imagining of. The settings I imagine as I read are basically the same as in the film though. Characters I imagine differently are, Harry, Ron and Hermione. There are little things as well like, I imagine Tonks with the short bubblegum pink hair and Dudley Dursley as this huge blonde boy aaaand, in my head, all the adult characters are much younger (recently realised that Harry’s parents actually died at the age of 21, always knew but didn’t really sink in how young that was until I reached that age.) Anyway, Harry I imagine as being this really skinny pale kid with messy black hair and bright green eyes. Hermione isn’t as pretty as Emma Watson and Ron is this tall freckly boy.
Right, I was going to go on and write about Sherlock Holmes next but I’ve written too much anyway and I really don’t think any of this is actually what the tutors meant when they say we have to write a journal of writing influences e.t.c. Better go and do something productive with my day off (apparently there’s a strike).