I spent a significant part of the summer in the company of one of my very favourite books, one that I've now read about seven times or so. Every time, it is just as good as the last time I disappeared into this world between its covers (or megabytes, if you're looking at the audio version). And this weekend, I spent some time in the world created by one of my very favourite movies. Which naturally made me think about that infamous desert island and what reading/viewing material I’d bring with me. We'll ignore that the island might be a bit short on the electricity required to charge my iPod and run my
Been done before? Absolutely, but not by meone I haven't posted about before and my shoulder’s acting up, so I don't have the energy or brainpower for something more exciting. Besides, I can't wait to see your responses so I can add new books and movies to my list of things to experience.
First, visual entertainment. I decided to update this particular category now that miniseries and TV series are available, as well. For this purpose, a miniseries counts as one item on the list, as does a TV series. Cheating? Not necessarily. This game is been around for a while and it's about time it adapts to the new reality. I’ve arbitrarily chosen 10. For ease of packing.
2. Pride and Prejudice (
3. Bridget Jones’ Diary - ditto
4. The Ghost and the Darkness - don't know what it is about this one, but it's fascinating and thrilling every time I watch it
5. The Hunt for Red October - ditto
6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – well, duh
7. The Wire - fantastic writing, each season the visual equivalent of a novel
10. Bones - fun, moving, just the right amount of gross
1. Guy Gavriel Kay, The FionavarTapestry - I'll be posting more about this one soon
2. Susanne Clarke, Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - a different take on the Napoleonic wars, adding magic in a thoroughly magical way
3. Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian - to learn and to have shoes scare the crap out of me
4. One of Jennifer Cruisie’s books – for lightness, humor and romance, nobody beats Cruisie. Probably either Fast Women or Faking It
5. Stephen King, On Writing - as this always inspires me to write, I’d need my computer on the island, too
6. Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat - I used to read this about once a year for inspiration in how to live fearlessly
7. Elizabeth Peters, the Amelia Peabody series (hey, if I can expand the movie category, it goes for books, too)
8. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice – well, duh
9. Mary Roach’s books - technically not a series, but her take on spies, death, sex and space are not to be missed
10. Kathy Reichs - how can you spend time on a desert island without Temperance Brennan?
What are your choices? One or ten or anything in between.