Once Upon A Time There Was A Blog

“It’s a cliché to begin with a quotation.” – Imaan Irfan, Ex Libris


person using typewriter

This first blog post was a tad daunting, so I’ve decided to accept a friend’s advice and answer some of her questions (thanks, Caitlin) as if any of my answers had any authority whatsoever.

Favourite books 

I’ve never understood people who can give one answer for ‘what’s your favourite book’? Excluding my favourite childhood books (that’s for another blog post), some of the books which have had a big impact on me are:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte

What’s the worst book-to-movie conversion you’ve ever seen?

The Harry Potter books were miles ahead of the films, but I appreciate the care and detail that went into them. The 2011 Kiera Knightley Pride and Prejudice adaptation is not to be discussed in my presence unless it’s in the sentence ‘the BBC series was SO much better than the 2011 movie.’

Who’s the best Mr Darcy?

Is this even a question? I don’t even feel like I need to answer this one. (It is a truth universally acknowledged that Colin Firth is the best Darcy, FYI.)

Bonus points to the 1940 Lawrence Olivier version, even though his Darcy is just too nice. Respect to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for the inclusion of the undead, but I just can’t get behind Sam Riley. Don’t get me started on the Kiera Knightley version.

What’s the best book-to-movie conversion you’ve ever seen?

Lord of the Rings, my precious. Unbeatable.

Which Harry Potter character is your spirit animal?

Tonks, Luna Lovegood and McGonagall.

If you ever took off your headscarf, would you just find an infinite number of scarves underneath? 

Yes. Next question.


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