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January 19, 2010

Reader Q&A: Angie from Spokane Valley, WA

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Joining us for today's Reader Q&A is Angie Lindell from Spokane Valley, WA. In her responses below, she discusses the life-altering aspects of the Harry Potter series, explains her reasons for liking the Lord of the Rings movies far more than the books, and reveals why she'd want to spend a day in Elizabeth Bennett's shoes.

If you could trade places with any character from a book for a day, who would you be and why?

That's hard since there are so many! But, of course, the first that comes to mind is Elizabeth Bennet from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. And for the "why"? Um, Mr. Darcy! ;)

What is the last book you read? Would you suggest it to a friend? Why or why not?

The last book I read was ENVY by Anna Godbersen. I would definitely recommend it to a friend because, though it is sometimes frustrating, I think the reason why it's so good is BECAUSE it is frustrating! With all the twists, shocks, and misunderstandings in the various romances and climbs for social standing, you are on the edge of your seat like it's a thriller. The Luxe books are very engrossing and fun.

Name three characters from a book that you'd like to invite to your birthday party.

Chloe from the Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, Max from the Maximum Ride books by James Patterson, and Suze from the Mediator books by Meg Cabot. Can you imagine? That would be awesome.

Do you have a favorite quote from a book? If so, what is it?

"Mars is bright tonight," from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE because it always makes me laugh. But even more so (SPOILER ALERT to anyone who hasn't read HP7 yet!), "Albus Severus" from the epilogue of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. I was sobbing at that.

Tell us about your top three favorite books of all time.

Oh gosh. Can the Harry Potter series count as one book? Otherwise every slot is filled with them. So, I'm sorry but it would have to be:
1. Harry Potter series
2. Twilight series
3. A Great and Terrible Beauty Trilogy

That is really hard for me to do. There are SO MANY books I love with my entire being. It doesn't seem fair to all my other beloved titles.

If you had the opportunity to meet any author (dead or alive), who would you choose to meet, and what three questions would you ask him/her?

I guess it would have to be J. K. Rowling, just because of how much I love HP. I would ask:
1. Do you realize the impact you had on readers' imaginations and lives?
2. Do you truly know how much your books have touched and enamored me from the age of 12 to 22?
3. Will you ever write more HP, or some variation of it?"

What movies have you seen that were based on books? Did you like the book or film version better? Why?

I have seen many. I'll only talk about three. I found the Lord of the Rings books to be rather slow and difficult to stick with --- but I adore the movies and think they improved upon the plots and characters brilliantly! I have seen the HP movies and though I very much enjoy them, they hardly compare to the majestic and wonderful books!

I have also seen Twilight and I found it surprisingly accurate and close to the book --- both romantic and atmospheric wise. I don't get all the fans not liking Edward. Was he a little different? Of course! But I thought he was close enough! And, Kristen Stewart and the rest of the movie were fantastic!

Tell us about your favorite book series.

Oh gosh... Harry Potter! I used to resist declaring Harry Potter my favorite because there are so many books in different categories and different age ranges that I adore and have read multiple times --- but Harry Potter has more details and characters and impact on my life than any other. I spent years waiting for the next book, devouring it, rereading a billion times. And I still love them! So, yes, Harry Potter is my favorite.