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Writer's Block: Bookmarks

What is the last great book you read?

How ‘bout two?

--The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I read this book in one emotional gulp, one sick afternoon ago. It was one of those hazy, omg-does-the-world-still-actually-exist? reading experiences. I remember thinking things like: I am going to crack and I have to lock that door or they’ll all catch me losing it , then next thing I knew: huh, it is locked already, did I do that? Whatevs. Hazeeeel! Augustuuuus!

Also: whoops, that’s a scarf, not a tissue (lucky for that poor scarf).

And yet! I was tearing up*, but I also laughed so hard that I choked on my lozenges. Sometimes did both at the same time. To quote another book that I love: “they were the kind of tears that came when she was just too full."

--I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I just finished it this morning, after reading it various states of dreaminess for the past days. How to describe it? Blurb-y words like ‘sensory’ and ‘dreamlike’ won’t suffice. Cassandra Mortmain’s diary entries are like listening to pieces of music composed by Yasunori Mitsuda . There, that’s high praise from me.

Yep, I’d seen the TV movie before. Flawless cast that I couldn’t get out of my head-canon (I Capture the Castle = that time when Riley Finn from Buffy gave me feels!). Well except for that unremarkable dude who played Simon (mentally replaced him with Joshua Jackson).

Here’s a quote that I wrote down towards the end (but there are SO many quotable quotes, this is just the one I ‘caught’): I only want to write. And there’s no college for that except life.

"No college except life"—don’t you just love that?

*some people sob over books. I tear up and implode.


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Mar. 13th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I laughed and cried so hard at the same time for the last fifty pages or so of The Fault in Our Stars. Well done, Mr. Green.

I have to admit I haven't ever read ICtC. I have seen the movie! Love the cast...except for the guy who plays Romola's main love interest (not Henry Cavill, the other one). For some reason he did not work for me. But everyone else I thought was great.
Mar. 14th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
There was that part when Hazel and Isaac were playing the videogame, telling it to "hump the cave wall"? I had just started to giggle, then Isaac said that thing about not wanting to live in a world without Gus, and then, "I don't understa--" "Me neither". *bawls*

For some reason he did not work for me.
Yeah! I am pretty sure it was a miscast, because in the book, he came off to me as soft-spoken and kind rather than passive and bo-ring.
Mar. 14th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
I've skimmed I Capture the Castle (I have this horrendous habit of picking up a book for the first time, reading the end, going back and skimming through to see how the end came about, and then not picking up the book and reading it properly for ages...oops) - and I remember it being really beautiful and piercing my heart in a way I can't quite describe. I really do need to pick it up properly.

And the movie is available to stream instantly on Netflix. It's in my instant queue, but I'm not sure if it has a happy ending or not and for some reason these days I'm in a frame of mind where I only want happy endings, damnit!
Mar. 15th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Piercing, that's it! It's like that stirred-up feeling you get when you look at old, beautiful ruins. :)

reading the end, going back and skimming through to see how the end came about
Oooh, I get that too sometimes--unless I've been forewarned that it's a MUST NOT BE SPOILED ending. The last sentence habit!

I would call it an open ending, with some bitter pills, but also a lot of sweet? Not open in the sense of "what the hell just happened?" but rather, "I have lived and loved through this, and anything can still happen."
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