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August 6, 2010

If You Ask Me... : Maria from Vanetia, PA and Bethany Crocker from Charlotte, NC

Posted by Marisa Emralino

IfYouAskMe.jpgJoining us for this week’s “If You Ask Me” Q&A are Maria from Vanetia, PA and Bethany Crocker from Charlotte, NC. These girls cover a range of topics like why Bethany doesn’t quite like the Twilight movie adaptations, why Maria would trade places with Maximum Ride, and what questions they would each ask their favorite authors.

Maria from Vanetia, PA

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

I would be Maximum Ride, from the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson.She is extremely funny and brave, and I would love be able to fly.

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

The last book that I read was HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter. I would recommend it to a friend because it is has a lot of action and is generally very good.

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

I would invite Maximum Ride, from the Maximum Ride series; Raksha Keller, from WITCHLIGHT in the Night World series by L.J. Smith; and Dru Anderson from the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow.

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

My number one favorite book is a tie between both of the Strange Angels books: STRANGE ANGELS and BETRAYALS by Lili St. Crow. The plot is really good, and the characters are believable, and I am also looking forward to the next book, JEALOUSY. My number two book would be TRICKSTER’S CHOICE by Tamora Pierce because the main character is really smart and funny. My number three book would have to be MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT by James Patterson. I liked this book because it was very funny, and at some points I'd just start laughing out loud.

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?

If I could meet any author it would be L.J. Smith, because I love all of her books. I would ask her:

How did you think up the characters in Dark Visions?

Are you ever going to write any more books in the Dark Visions series?

What made you become a writer?

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

Twilight based on TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer. I liked the book better because they just ruined it in the movies. I also saw New Moon based on NEW MOON by Stephanie Meyer. It was slightly better than Twilight, but I still prefer the books. And finally, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. This was a great movie, but I still like the books slightly better than the movies because they include more detail.

Tell us about your favorite book series.

My favorite book series is the Night World series, because it's not just about the story of one person but rather the stories of many different people. All of the main characters are very likeable and I loved every one of them. I can't wait for the conclusion to come out this year!

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Bethany Crocker from Charlotte, NC

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

I would be Irene, also known as the Queen of Attolia from Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen’s Thief series. I'd trade with her because she is true to herself and always exceeds everyone’s expectations. Her barons don’t think that a woman can rule alone, even after she proves time and time again that she is in control. Her cold exterior hides an ocean of emotion that is in constant turmoil, yet she never lets that belie her image. She is my idol, and represents who I would like to be.

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

The last book I read was BEFORE MIDNIGHT by Cameron Dokey. I would definitely suggest it to a friend. I would recommend it because it’s a simple re-telling of Cinderella, but it’s also so different from what you’ve ever read before. It left me guessing at every turn, and when I read the last page, I was left with a happy feeling that everything was right. In truth, I preferred this telling to any that I have read previously, and even more so than the original, or more common version.

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

Sonea from THE MAGICIAN’S GUILD by Trudi Canavan, Max from the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.

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

It’s actually an entire section of the book, but my favorite quote from the section is:

"Nahuseresh, if there is one thing a woman understands, it is the nature of gifts. They are bribes when threats will not avail."

-- THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner, pages 296-301.

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

There are too many to limit to three. One of the most haunting books I have read is 13 REASONS WHY by Jay Asher. I’d recommend it --- it will stay with you forever.

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 like to meet Megan Whalen Turner. I would ask her:

1) Which character did you enjoy writing as the most?

2) Which in the The Queen’s Thief series is your favorite book and why?

3) Do you feel like you relate to any of the characters? Which one(s) and why?

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

I have seen several books to movies and have had varied opinions. I will stick to one that I hated. TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer was one of my favorite books. It was a simple love story that made you feel for the characters; the fact that there were mythical creatures like vampires had no bearing on how the tale of love carried out, in my opinion. Edward may just as well have had a disease that caused him to act strangely at times. It is still just about their love for each other.

I was so disappointed when I went to see the movie. I related to Bella on such a level that I was insulted at her portrayal in the movie. She was bland and uninteresting, with only one facial expression: boredom. Edward was an overbearing creep. The supporting characters were good, and everyone got better in New Moon, including Kristen Stewart as Bella, even though the bland boring look is how she’s meant to be a lot of the time. Still, it was a slight improvement. The direction was nauseating. The camera angles made everyone look odd, and there was a blue film over the entire movie that made everyone just look like they’d had a run-in with an ink pot. I still love the books, but not as much as I did, and I hate to say it, but I blame the first movie.

Tell us about your favorite book series.

My favorite series has to be the The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. It begins with the thief, Eugenides, being dragged along to steal something for the mage of Sounis. He steals it instead for his own country. The second book covers Eugenides's capture and turmoil with the Queen of Attolia, and it ends with his engagement to her. The third book covers Eugenides' struggle to become King of Attolia, and not just a figurehead. The fourth book is coming out soon, and will include Eugenides' friend being in trouble.

What draws me to this series is the relationship between Eugenides and the Queen of Attolia. It has many complications, like their lack of outward affection for each other, not to mention the inconsequential fact that she cut off his hand for stealing from her. But they love each other, despite what others may think based on their presumptions of the relationship. I like this series because you don’t have to read the books in order to understand what’s going on. I read the second before I even knew that it wasn’t the first. They’re easy to understand, and will leave you guessing and trying to figure out what the pair are up to just as much as they keep everyone else guessing.