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July 29, 2010

If You Ask Me... : Alma from Whitney Point, NY and Katie from Los Angeles, CA

Posted by Marisa Emralino

IfYouAskMe.jpgJoining us for today’s If You Ask Me…Q&A are Alma Hulbert from Whitney Point, NY and Katie from Los Angeles, CA. Read their responses below, where they discuss eye-opening reads and favorite books, to swapping shoes with immortals and whether or not film adaptations can ever surpass the originals.

Alma Hulbert from Whitney Point, NY

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

The last book I read was GEISHA: A LIFE by Mineko Iwasaki. I would recommend it to those that enjoy reading memoirs that features an enormous amount of detail and thrillingly true twists and turns.

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

I would invite Seth Clearwater from the Twilight series because he is the eternal optimist. Susannah "Suze" Simon, the cool friend, from Meg Cabot’s The Mediator series. And finally, Meri Stark from the Sisters of Isis series because she can change into a cat --- what a cool addition to any party!

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

I really like HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick. As you read, you initially feel very comfortable, albeit coupled with some paranoia, but soon everything reverses and the mood instantly changes with an exciting and unexpected plot change. I also like the Twilight series --- yes, it has turned into a cliché, but it has become a love story filled with so many "forbidden" elements. And in Simon Elkeles’ PERFECT CHEMISTRY, the story elaborates on the fact that people shouldn’t judge others too harshly --- people are different and they should be loved for their differences (unknown family histories also adds to the plot’s complexity).

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

I have seen the film adaptation of ERAGON by Christopher Paolini but I must say that the book was much better. The movie did not have the necessary details from the book in order for people who have not read it to truly understand the plot. Additionally, because of time constraints, the plot was condensed (look at The Lord of the Rings). I also saw Twilight --- if you’ve seen the movie and read the book, you'd understand. Again, the same problems with Eragon resurfaced in this movie AND the director butchered the heck out of it to form her own movie, even if it meant that it would isolate some fans from the series. But New Moon was very close to the book (thank you, Chris). The book was still better though (the Volturi scene was a lot better in the book). And finally, I also saw the Harry Potter movies from one through four. I thought these movies were very well done. In this case, I would have to say the movies were better than the books. Even though the books are the originals, the movies were better able to capture and illustrate the magic and the relationship dynamic between the characters.

Tell us about your favorite book series.

I like The Mediator series by Meg Cabot because Meg allowed all the conflicts and sub-plots to permeate throughout the six books. It showed a gifted girl’s conflicts with her rational mind so that she could help the ghosts pass over any way she could, even though she was just in high school girl. She also has to deal with her innate knowledge that she wasn’t alone in the world.

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Katie from Los Angeles, CA

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

I would trade places with Claire Danvers from The Morganville Vampires series, because she not only has amazing powers, great friends and Jace, she also gets to run around the most amazing city, New York, for a whole day! I love New York! I could also help solve some of her problems. I have a lot of things that I could say to people that could help them resolve their issues and see some reason --- I’ll just give a couple dozen rants, raves and thwacks to the head!!

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

I would invite Alice Cullen, from the Twilight Saga, because I have been compared to her so many times before. I would love to have such a hyper friend, and she could also give me amazing fashion tips! Other guests would include Jace and Alec from the Mortal Instruments series. I imagine Alec could be so much fun, if given the chance, and Jace has that mysterious aura that surrounds him. I would love to see the guys demonstrate moves with their swords and blades!

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

I have read the Twilight Saga and have seen Twilight and New Moon. In my opinion, New Moon depicts the books better than Twilight. I have also seen Blood and Chocolate and read the book. I thought the movie was confusing and very different, but I liked how the story was told from a different angle, which made it interesting. But in my opinion, the books are normally better than their screen adaptations. I think it is because the books allow more mystery, description and character progression. Actors and actresses are harder to imagine in a variety of situations.

Tell us about your favorite book series.

I have read so many series that it is impossible to choose a favorite, so I have chosen the one that touched me the most. RAINBOW BOYS and its sequel, RAINBOW HIGH, by Alex Sanchez tells the story of three gay teenagers: Jason, a high school basketball hero; Kyle, the smart, shy and coming-out gay guy; and Nelson, the rebellious and sarcastic openly gay boy. Their stories all include some spunk and discuss issues like growing up, coming out, falling in and out of love, and, most of all, accepting and embracing their homosexuality. I have never hated or feared gay people before, but I didn’t really acknowledge them either. After I read this book, I "opened my eyes" to the hardships we put on such innocent people. I couldn’t put it down, and read both books nonstop all weekend. After I finished it, I came to school on Monday, and couldn't stop talking about it. After my nonstop rave about the books, five of my friends asked to borrow it. Every single one of them immediately fell in love with the series, and read the second book too. Now, we can't stop gushing over "how sweet and cute a couple Jason and Kyle are!" and "how cute Nelson is!” This book is a fun, exciting, touching, sweet and addicting series, and I have found no equal since. I consider it my number one on my "recommend" list, because of its message. It's not some fake, silly novel, but rather, it has depth. While it is funny, it does not cover up the hardships, the pain, the danger, the broken dreams, the broken families, the unfair justice and the trials gay boys go through everyday just for liking boys. If any teen needs a book to read, go RUN to the bookstore or library, and GET THIS BOOK!!!

 

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