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So, I've been getting all of the Rose and Donna DW books (sorry, I just am not a big enough fan of Martha), and I'm quite confused about something. Rose was the companion for two series (with appearances in a third) and is featured in TWELVE books. Okay, cool. Martha was the companion for one series (with appearances in a second) and is featured in TWELVE books. Donna was the companion for one series (with appearance in a special) and is featured in FOUR books.

I do not understand this. Why is Martha -- the companion in only one series -- in the same amount of books as Rose -- the companion in TWO series. Furthermore, why is Martha in THREE times the number of books that Donna -- also the companion in only one series? I don't get it. I thought at first that maybe the popularity grew so much that by the time Martha came around, they realized there was a bigger market and so more books and that more Donna books would be coming. However, books are started to coming out (or will this year) of the Doctor alone, post-Donna. So I don't get it.

And on not getting it, why can't there continue to be Rose/Nine and Ten/Rose and, yeah, Ten/Martha, Ten/Donna books just because the actors are gone? They can still fill in adventures with them that wouldn't contradict what's on the show.

Anyhoo, just wondering.

ETA: Well, after reading responses I imagine it probably has to do with image licensing. Both Billie and Catherine Tate would know how to milk that stuff in a contract and Freema wouldn't. Ah well. Sucks, that means it's likely we won't ever see anymore Nine/Rose, Ten/Rose, Donna/Ten or any TenII/Rose period, books. Sigh.

100 Books

Jun. 27th, 2008 07:22 pm
arabian: (Books)
Snagged this from [livejournal.com profile] la_tante. The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you started but did not finish.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them

Book list behind the cut )

36 read out of 100 isn't that bad, right? And I tried to read five others. I suppose that makes me six times the average adult when it comes to book-reading, LOL!
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Lordy, am I the ONLY one on my flist and the internets in general who was so blah on Twilight that I actually didn't even bother finishing the first book even though I had all three on my computer waiting to read and plenty of time to finish them? Seriously, am I the only one who does NOT GET THE SQUEE over these novels? Boring, one-dimensional characters, onion-slice thin plot, lackluster dialogue, plodding prose.

Just me? Really?
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I saw this on afrocurl and wanted to cross off the books I've read.

So Read more... )

Wow, only 32 out of 100. Eh.
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So my sister was telling me about a first edition of the first Harry Potter book (The Sorcerer's Stone) selling at an auction for $18,000. See the article.

Pertinent section: First editions of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" - published in the United States as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" - are valuable because of their rarity, the auction house said. The publishers produced between 500 and 1,000 copies in the book's first run.

Well, I decided to check because I was fairly certain I have a first edition ... and yeah, I'm pretty sure I do. After all it says "First American Edition, October 1998" on it. So, do you think this is for real? Should I try and sell it or wait a bit more for it to be REALLY worth something? I'm not that into HP, I can just buy any old edition hardback to replace it and I'll be happy.
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I got the latest Stephanie Plum book last week and thought I'd c/p my comments on it from a JE lj community I wrote.

Spoilers for the book behind the cut. )
arabian: (Sherilyn Fenn)
This popped into my mind recently and it's something I've long wanted to know if any other Wharton readers felt the same way and I figured LJ was the place to ask.

While I did feel that Martin Scorsese's Age of Innocence was beautifully directed and that the acting by all three leads -- Michelle Pfeiffer, Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder was strong (the weakest being, surprisingly, Day-Lewis, but I don't think that Ryder deserved an Oscar nom), I had a HUGE beef with the casting that makes the film practically unwatchable to me. I did manage to watch it once because I wanted to see if the acting/direction/script could overcome it. It could not. At all.

I read Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence in college and loved it. I thought it was devastatingly beautiful and one of my favorite classics I've ever read. And when I first heard about the movie adaptation I was nervous, but I figured that Scorsese would do a good job. And then I heard the casting and thought it odd because Pfeiffer was way too old to play May and Ryder way too young to play Ellen, but I figured, eh, I'll see. And then I found out that Pfeiffer was playing Ellen and that Ryder was playing May and I saw red. Absolute red. Talk about just about completely MISSING THE FRIGGIN' POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spoilers for the book/movie behind the cut. )

Anyhoo, that's my biggest book-to-movie adaptation screw-up that gets to me, anyone agree or have their own?
arabian: (Books)
Any historical romance readers on my flist ... I'd love any recommendations of authors or specific books. I'm really in the mood for some good historical romance.
arabian: (Books)
I'm looking for any book that has a plot where an innocent gets involved with a scoundrel and the scoundrel ISN'T redeemed; he loves her and melts with her, but is still an ass with others basically. I'm not sure if such a book has been written, but I was reading one that seemed to go in that direction and I loved it, but then he was totally redeemed and heroic and there was deep, pyschological reasons for his scoundrel ways.

So does anyone know of a book with a plot like that?
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I'm so excited!! I swear to God if the Wal-mart doesn't have it, I will CRY!! And scream and cry somemore!!!!! I need my Ranger fix. I'm kinda bummed at myself because I had planned on rereading all the books before it came out (and I even bought all 11 in Hardback), but I forgot with other stuffies going on. Oh well.

ETA: Got it and finished it in 2 1/2 hours. Awesome!! I love these books!!!
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I know she's gonna end up with Morelli in the end, and I'm okay with that, but I'm just addicted to any Steph/Ranger interaction I get. I'm looking at fan fiction. Yes, I'm that sad. Sigh.
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So I'm on the 3rd book of the Stephanie Plum (by Janet Evanovich) series and am just absolutely adoring them. Fricking hysterical and to the "Tracie, you were so right." I totally agree 100% about Joe and Ranger. Just fabulous!!! Awesome, awesome series!

Thanks to Wendy for the original rec!
arabian: (books)
Well, a crapload of the books I put on hold at the library, as well as one DVD came in. Looking at the massive load, I'm quite happy that I'm a fast reader.

Ze List o' Plenty. )
arabian: (books)
Well, I've read a couple of Jennifer Crusie books and she's good. Tells a bit more story, rather than straight romance, than I prefer, but she's enjoyable reading for when I'm not in the mood for straight romance. I'll definitely continue to read her. Suzanne Brockmann, she may be good, but I realized about four chapters in that I'm not a fan of romantic/thrillers. Going back and thinking of similar type of books, I've never really gone for them. I can't explain why.

I started one of the Stephanie Plum novels (thinking I had got them in order) but quickly realized it was so not in order. But I liked the little I read, so I'm getting those books in order. I actually had grabbed an Ian Rankin book before but hadn't gotten around to reading it, so I'm trying to get those in order as well.

All the rest I have on hold. Thanks again for the recs and any others are appreciated.
arabian: (Kermit)
I'm in a major reading mood so am requesting 7 of 3 different book genres recommendations from anyone so inclined to offer them. :)

7 Historical Romance
7 Contemporary Romance
7 Mystery

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