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Jun 13 2017

Would You Rather – The Book Edition – Thanks to @deb_atwood

I was over at the peninherhand.com blog (who, you may recall, I tagged for the Mystery Blogger Award), and stumbled on a “would you rather” game.

@deb_atwood wrote:

Now I hereby tag … all my followers–yes, I mean you!

Onto the 10 questions!

WOULD YOU RATHER

1. READ ONLY TRILOGIES OR STANDALONES?

I’m a fan of both. I’m torn because finding non-fiction in a trilogy is very rare. Finding speculative fiction that isn’t a trilogy or series is also rare. So I guess I’m going to have to go with trilogies.

2. READ ONLY FEMALE OR MALE AUTHORS?

I’d rather have absolutely no idea about the gender, race, creed, age, etc etc etc of an author. Either you have a well-written book for me to enjoy or you don’t.

You know what? 25% of my followers change my gender! (Four this month alone. Not kidding.) Some even change my name. There’s one person who emails me three times a week and is convinced I’m another gender based on a book I read and reviewed. (It’s called research, bro. Try it sometime. I’m not gonna run out and experience this for myself, so I’ve got to learn some way in order to help my characters reach their goals! Duh.)

But frankly, I don’t think gender should matter at all, especially when it comes to books. So if I have to answer, I’m going to say I’d rather read a book by a hermaphrodite.

3. SHOP AT BARNES and NOBLE OR AMAZON?

*glances at my receipts from this year*
I assume we mean just for books. I mean, B&N has a Starbucks, but Amazon has new bedding.
I do enjoy going to a bookstore, though the belief I was raised with about avoiding photography of any kind makes everything 100 times more difficult. I sort of live in the gray area as much as possible with that. “You’re risking your soul, you realize.” And if you were raised as I was with the kind of understanding and feelings about souls, you’d realize that my going out to places with cameras…
So I’m going to say Amazon because it’s just easier.

4. ALL BOOKS BECOME MOVIES OR TV SHOWS?

As if they do either one especially well? At least they have more time with TV shows, but also more chances to mess up. I’m not over the last movie that claimed it was in the Divergent series (two character arcs failed and the main character… I can’t EVEN).
It’s not about the directors, producers, actors, or writers. It’s about THE FANS of THE BOOKS. And, overall, they don’t want “your vision” or “your direction” but rather they want what is on the page to be brought to life. Apparently, that’s a very difficult task.
Whatever feelings you may have about Twilight, I think Catherine Hardwicke did a great job with the adaptation. So my answer to this question is, “Whichever medium she’d prefer.”

5. READ 5 PAGES PER DAY OR 5 BOOKS PER WEEK?

Not sure how this factors in with having actual time, but reading 5 books a week sounds great! I’d never hit my goals reading only 5 pages a day, 1825 pages a year (that’s only 4 to 10 books!).

6. BE A PROFESSIONAL REVIEWER OR AUTHOR?

Author. I write reviews because it’s the polite way to thank an author, and because sometimes people see my reviews and give a book a whirl. (Or, occasionally, decide that a book isn’t quite for them because of certain morals or whatever.)

7. ONLY READ YOUR TOP 20 FAVORITE BOOKS OVER AND OVER OR ALWAYS READ NEW ONES THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BEFORE?

It would be sad to not read my favorites again, but I crave new books. It’s an addiction.
“Hello, my name is J, and I’m addicted to new books.”
(*Not sure if that came off as fun or insensitive. Was aiming for fun.)

8. BE A LIBRARIAN OR BOOK SELLER?

Librarians have to deal with government types restricting them. So Book Seller it is!

9. ONLY READ YOUR FAVORITE GENRE, OR EVERY GENRE EXCEPT YOUR FAVORITE?

Dead Like Me what fresh hell is this gif
I have more than one favorite genre. But since I’m behind on my reading goal for Spec Fic, maybe I ought to pick reading only that so I can get back on track.

10. ONLY READ PHYSICAL BOOKS OR EBOOKS?

Read the Printed Word! Physical books.




That was a lot of fun! Play along, if you feel so inclined. Let me know so I can stop by and wave hello.

I just signed up for the Get Social Blogger Event! (June 4-17) I’m late to the party, but better late than never!

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  1. Samantha

    This is a cute tag! #getsocial17
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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      I agree.
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  2. Bambi Unbridled

    Oh this was a nice Q&A. Loved your answers.

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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      Thanks!
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  3. Deb Atwood

    Reading your answers was such fun! Thanks for taking up the challenge. I love how you did the math for the five books or five pages. Now I think I agree with you. At the time I did my Would You Rather, I was reading A Gentleman in Moscow–a book so rich I sometimes could only read five pages.

    So true regarding following what’s on the page when bringing a book to the screen, either TV or theater. Two movies I think did an absolutely stellar job are Joy Luck Club and Little Women (the one with Winona Ryder).

    Thanks for the shout-out!
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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      I’m glad you liked my answers.
      I’ve never seen or read Joy Luck Club. I’m pretty sure I saw the Little Women movie though.
      Thanks for being awesome!
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  4. Amy

    I love this tag! There’s definitely some really hard questions in there. I honestly don’t understand why people care about the gender of an author, either. I guess I just don’t see how that’s relative? I can understand wanting to read #ownvoices books or books by POC because they are not as likely to just pop up in your hands, but I love both books by men and women, and I don’t think that’s really related to their gender.
    Whoops, sorry, mini-rant there! 😉 #getsocial17
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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      I’m a supporter of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, so I totally get the #ownvoices and POC thing. (Hang on, let me count the number of Native American fiction authors with “big 5” publishing deals. Only needed one hand.)
      And yes, there was a time when women weren’t “allowed” to be writers. But is that still true today? Are there actually readers out there who only read books by someone of a certain gender? (And, ps, it’s 2017… there’s a growing number of people who aren’t living in the two-gender society anymore.)
      Rant on, Amy, rant on!
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      1. Amy

        I’m glad I didn’t come across as too crazy! I totally get that.
        Exactly! I honestly think there are people who only read books by women… Or at least mostly women. I’m all for equality, etc., but… It just doesn’t make sense to me. The gender of an author isn’t related to the quality of their book, and that’s been proven time and time again. That’s like saying the author’s age limits what kinds of books they can write. Wouldn’t that just be interesting.
        Haha thanks!
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        1. J Lenni Dorner

          Ha ha ha. “We’re sorry, you’ve over 18 now, so you can’t write books for teens or younger. Over 25? Ouch, so no more YA or NA, either. Wait, you’re HOW old? There’s no age genre aimed at people over 70, so I’m sorry, but you’re just going to have to hang up your quill.”

          People who only read books by one gender might get screwed trying to figure me out. As I said, there’s a fair amount of people online who like to switch my gender. Since I don’t believe that gender defines, well, anything beyond certain reproduction capabilities (*until “science”), I just don’t normally go out of my way to state mine one way or the other. It shouldn’t matter and it doesn’t matter. I mean… the publishers did make Rowling go by “J.K.” instead of “Jo” because they didn’t think they could market a book written by a female to boys. (FIRE your marketing department! Just saying…) That’s actually part of why I don’t click a box if I don’t have to — I feel that it shouldn’t matter, and I’m willing to say so. #HeForShe (Okay… that hashtag is maybe like clicking a box. On the other hand, it’s displayed on my sidebar and PLENTY of people still haven’t figured my gender out, so…)

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          1. Amy

            Exactly! There would be no children’s books, because no publishers would take a chance on a ten year old. And then that would probably chain into pretty much no other books either. Hmmmmm…. How about no?

            Interesting! I agree. I’d never heard that about J.K. Rowling! That’s… Not irritating at all. *sarcasm is sarcastic* It doesn’t matter, and you’re right, it shouldn’t!

            Thanks, you too! 😉
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          2. J Lenni Dorner

            I had heard it before, but now there’s also an video interview where it’s mentioned.
            http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40340400
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          3. Amy

            Okay! Good to know.
            Thanks for such an interesting, thought provoking conversation! 😉
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          4. J Lenni Dorner

            Likewise! Fun comment chatting.
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  5. Arya D.

    Welcome to the #getsocial event! This was a really interesting tag with some very difficult questions

    1. J Lenni Dorner

      Thanks! I enjoyed the questions.
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  6. Mary Kirkland

    That was fun, loved your answers.
    I read a lot of series so I like trilogies.
    I wouldn’t mind if all books became tv shows. Would give me something to watch.
    I like physical books more than stand alones but I do read the occasional ebook.
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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      Thanks for stopping in. Great answers!
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  7. Vicky

    I agree physical books are the very best! I was happy to stop by your blog. Much success with it. #GetSocial17

    1. J Lenni Dorner

      They smell better, too.
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