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Post by Natalie Zhen on Mon May 11, 2009 10:32 pm

Yeah, I really loved ERAGON, and they messed the movie up soooo badly. It is around the top, if not leads, my list of least favorite movies. It had so much potential too.

One thing that I hate about books being turned into movies is that the atmosphere that I dream of is rarely captured. Acting is important, but in some respects I feel that the setting and cinematography is more so.
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Post by kristinnn on Mon May 11, 2009 10:41 pm

my sisters keepers....anddd all of the books by jodi piccoult

and harry potter of course!
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Post by Guest on Tue May 12, 2009 7:09 pm

Oh man! I cant believe i forgot catch 22!

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Post by oliviah on Tue May 12, 2009 8:48 pm

I haven't read that, but I've heard a lot of good things about it. I think I've talked to a few of you about this before, and I've probably posted it as well, but I just finished The Great Gatsby last night and I LOVED IT. That book was SO good. One of my all time favorites right there.
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Post by Paige on Tue May 12, 2009 8:49 pm

Garth Nix books... I havent read those in forever, I loved all of his novels.
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Post by MarvelousLight on Fri May 15, 2009 6:55 pm

Oliviah, I am reading The Great Gatsby now! I find it hopeful that you liked it so much because I am finding the first couple chapters a bit lackluster. Razz But now I am looking forward to reading on!! Smile
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Post by oliviah on Fri May 15, 2009 10:23 pm

I absolutely loved that book! I was in the minority on that opinion in my English class, but hopefully you'll be like me and find it totally superb too. I love the 20s, and I could really picture all of the parties and the extravagance throughout the book. And it's really well written, I think. Wait until the end - such a pretty passage. I won't spoil it - but let me know when you finish it! Smile
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Post by mishlelles on Fri May 15, 2009 11:19 pm

1) Atonement - Ian McEwan (aaamaaazzinggg book!)
2) Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
3) Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
4) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
5) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Sat May 16, 2009 11:32 am

I"M ALSO READING GREAT GATSBY! I have this thing where I can usually tell if I will like a book or not by the first page... I look more for style in books than much other stuff but Gatsby I would have to say is the ONE exeption... I started it and was like... "hmmmmmm this is... hummmmmmm".... but I'm still reading it and his "show don't tell" description is delectable...

I'm reading Catch-22 this summer for Eng.
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Post by oliviah on Sat May 16, 2009 12:37 pm

Yay! I hope you guys like it as much I do.
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Sun May 17, 2009 6:44 pm

I finished Gatsby yesterday. IT WAS AWESOME~! You know I'm not sure I totally GOT it but I kept thinking about it throughout the day
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Post by oliviah on Sun May 17, 2009 9:23 pm

It took awhile to totally sink in for me too.
I think those are the best books - the ones that stick with you and make you think long after you've read the last page.
That goes for movies, music, and artwork, too, I think.
That's what makes art forms...well, art. In my mind.
Does that make sense? Haha.
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Post by Lauren on Mon May 18, 2009 6:11 pm

1984, Brave New World, Frankenstein, The Awakening, Of Mice and Men, Anthem, Breakfast of Champions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the Flies, Death of a Salesman (plays count, right?)... the list goes on. Currently reading The Great Gatsby very happy
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Mon May 18, 2009 6:33 pm

GO GAtSby... such a Junior read... Lol and yes Olivia I TOTALLY agree... The ________(fill in the art form movies, visual art, plays, books, poems) you don't quite GET immediately can have the most profound impact on you as a person. I know the first time I saw Cabaret I was like "Whao what just happened? you call that an ending?" but It's seriously one of my favourite movies of all time. because I kept going back, looking at it and thinking about it... I feel the more I think about gatsby The more I'll like it.

Random question: Are there any more Faulkner Fans in the house? I'm making it a summer project of mine to read "The Sound and the Fury" but I know I won't understand it alone...
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Post by Guest on Mon May 18, 2009 8:11 pm

androgynousmermen@verizon wrote:I'm reading Catch-22 this summer for Eng.

English? Suspect I can't believe that it's required reading for some people. Anyways, you'll enjoy it. It's epically (if that's even a word) funny. Smile

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Post by Meredith <3 on Tue May 19, 2009 12:50 am

gah i got so frustrated by the kid in Rye that i almost threw the book at the wall!! although im sure thats the mark of a good book-- one that can provoke so well, but i still didnt appreciate it haha
i do love....
To Kill a Mockingbird
Waiting for Snow in Havana (Carlos Eire)
the things they carried
Huck Finn (love the satire)
The Great Gatsby
and anything by Jodi Picoult, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts

plus the occasional chick drama type that i read when i dont feel like thinking or overanalysing, which is almost impossible thanks to AP Language... Laughing
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Post by whateverandeveramen on Tue May 19, 2009 1:29 am

androgynousmermen-- i'll read the sound and the fury with you at gov school
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Post by androgynousmermen@verizon on Tue May 19, 2009 4:28 pm

YAY! very happy I love people who love Faulkner!
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Post by iheartnyc2010 on Tue May 19, 2009 8:23 pm

i LOVED "Catcher in the Rye" a lot!!! It didn't really have a strong storyline but I loved the character of Holden. Plus his humor was just sarcasticly funny which I love. I also had to read Gatsby this year for my Humanitis class. I really liked it. Not so much in the beginning but after I got into it I did. I also had to read "Night" By Elie Wiesel. Its really short and sad and amazing. I read it in like a day and wow!!
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Post by kiru_ayameru on Tue May 19, 2009 8:55 pm

Disco Blood Bath by the great James Saint James
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Post by FoodFanatic on Tue May 19, 2009 10:30 pm

I loved Night too, what a powerful book!

It saddens me to say that I rarely find the time to crack open a book that isn't required for school anymore, thankfully I have you guys to give me ideas for some good summer reading!
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Post by Lauren on Wed May 20, 2009 5:21 pm

It seems like everyone is reading Gatsby. Sad news though--I have about 60 pages left in the book, and today my best friend ruined the ending for me! On accident of course. I hate when that happens, especially since I was just starting to really get into it. Sad
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Post by Natalie Zhen on Wed May 20, 2009 5:48 pm

I read Gatsby...I must say that I didn't really enjoy it. For me, the question about Gatsby isn't "which character did you like best"? It is "which character did you dislike the least"? I felt like I was reading about useless, misdirected, twisted people.

On the other hand, though I detested the characters, I would be blind not to credit Gatsby for painting a masterful snapshot of the Roaring Twenties.
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Post by Lauren on Wed May 20, 2009 6:06 pm

I understand what you mean Natalie- most of the characters in the novel are shallow and deceitful. I don't particularly like any of them except for Jay Gatsby, whom I find charming and colorful.
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Post by oliviah on Wed May 20, 2009 8:01 pm

Charming and colorful, yes.
But also sweetly and saddenly naive.
He has that to blame for his tragic demise.
That, and the general free-loader, shallow-ness of humanity.
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