Gamiila (gamiila) wrote,

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The Big Read

Talking about books: I don't think there was ever any doubt, was there, that The Lord of the Rings would come top of the list in the BBC's Big Read? Not that I don't agree that it should have, because even though this time, my vote went to Winnie-the-Pooh, I have loved Tolkien's masterpiece since I first read it, aged 16. But with Viggo Mortensen's visage up on every billhoarding in the country for the last couple of weeks in anticipation of the arrival of the film, reminding everyone, I'm sure the book received more votes than it would have had otherwise.

Pride and Prejudice came second, a result I'm not unhappy with either: I've always liked that book even before Colin Firth crawled into Mr. Darcy's skin. And I have fond memories of Douglas Adams's The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, too. They're the kind of books that you never forget, and never mind re-reading even if you already know how they end.
I'd never heard of His Dark Materials, though -- does anyone know if it's any good? I'm coming to the end of my present read and will need a good story to lose myself in again soon.

As to J.K. Rowling: I've yet to read a single one (!) of her Harry Potter-books. I know they're supposed to be good fun and all, but I once opened one, read a page, and decided I didn't like her style of writing much. And I haven't seen any of the Harry Potter films, either.

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