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August 5, 2010

If You Ask Me... : Jenny from Normal, IL and Bella from Morton, IL

Posted by Marisa Emralino

IfYouAskMe.jpgJoining us for this week’s If You Ask Me... Q&A are Jenny Plunkett from Normal, IL and Bella from Morton, IL, who talk about what makes books like THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger and HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter so good, which characters they’d trade places with for a day, and what they’d ask their favorite authors.

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

Tally from the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. The technology he describes in the book is so cool. I really want to try SpagBol and to have the ability to ask a hole in the wall for anything I desire.

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

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan. This book is fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone who has read the first four books of the series. You just don’t get the full effect of this amazing series if you start at the fifth book.

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

I would invite Edward Cullen from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, Tally Youngblood from the Uglies Series, and Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

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

"What is history? Its beginning is that of the centuries of systematic work devoted to the solution of the enigma of death, so that death itself may eventually be overcome. That is why people write symphonies, and why they discover mathematical infinity and electromagnetic waves."
-- Nikolay Nikolayevich from DOCTOR ZHIVAGO by Boris Pasternak

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

1. THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger. This book is phenomenal, I couldn’t put it down.
 
2. TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer. At first I was skeptical because Bella seemed a bit whiny in the beginning, but now after four years, I absolutely love it --- no matter what the haters say.
 
3. EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld. The fourth book of the Uglies Series, this book is, in my opinion, the best because I love the idea of popularity or status hierarchy (although I would probably be #276,948,875 haha!).

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 would love to meet Scott Westerfeld. I have read all of his books and I’d love to just sit down with him and ask him all of my unanswered questions about his books face-to-face. I would ask:
 
1. Did you get your inspiration for the Uglies Series while in Japan?
 
2. Are there any other places, like the setting in Uglies, around your book’s world?
 
3. How did you come up with the “Blue Time” in Midnighters?

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

I have seen Twilight, New Moon, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Time Traveler's Wife, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, etc. I personally think all of the books and films had their pros and cons --- although the Nicholas Sparks films seem to always get the books right.

Tell us about your favorite book series.

Midnighter's Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. It has everything: being the new girl in town, romance, crazy clicks and supernatural elements. I love this series and everyone who likes Twilight should read it. No scratch that --- EVERYONE should read it.
 
*****
Bella from Morton, IL
If you could trade places with any character from a book for a day, who would you be and why?

Cammie Morgan from I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter. She has awesome friends and even though her life is mysterious and sometimes dangerous, she gets to learn some pretty amazing stuff. 

What is the last book you read? Would you suggest it to a friend? Why or why not?
HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter --- absolutely! It was really good, like Maximum Ride meets Artemis Fowl meets the Gallagher Girls series!

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

Maximum Ride from the Maximum Ride series, Katarina Bishop from HEIST SOCIETY and the Weasley Twins from Harry Potter.

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

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
-- PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

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 would interview Jane Austen and I’d ask:
 
1. How would you react to the fact women still only get paid 77 cents to a man’s dollar?
 
2. What advice would you give to girls growing up in this time period?
 
3. What advice would you give to any young writer?

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

I usually like the book better than the movie, with the exception of the new Narnia movies adapted from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. A book enables you to feel more than a movie, and the reader gets to know and love the characters more than a movie viewer could.