It’s a beautiful day here in sunny South Africa and my day is all the brighter because The Garden Cat has been nominated for the Shine On award by Marcia from Bookin’It. Thanks so much for the nomination, Marcia. And most of all thanks for your support and keen interest in all things Gwendolen. I will be giving Gwendolen one of her favourite treats today, and telling her that it is from her friend in Florida.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!
The Shine On Award Rules:
•Link back to and thank the blogger who nominated you.
•Post the badge on your blog.
•Answer the questions posed to you.
•Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and notify them.
•Ask five questions for your nominees.
Marcia’s Five Questions
1. If you could spend an afternoon picking the brain of any writer, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
Without a doubt, Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass (1855) is one of those books that I always return to and in which I always find some new detail that astounds and fascinates me. I would ask Whitman about the love relationship that inspired poems like “Live Oak with Moss.” I am curious about the men he desired, the world he lived in and the transcendental hopes he had for humanity.
2. Are you now, or have you ever been, a person who reads the ending of a book before the rest of the book? Do you look ahead, even a little bit? Why?
Sometimes I do. But then I only scan for any juicy love scenes or try to find out if a character is queer or not.
3. If you had to choose between writing a hugely popular, best-selling novel as opposed to one with weighty significance and great insight into the human condition, but that would never gain a big audience, which would you choose? In other words, something probably important but not necessarily popular, versus something that made thousands of people laugh or cry, but likely has no lasting significance?
I hope that I write something that is unpopular now but which is rediscovered 200 years from now and then becomes a literary classic.
4. How long do you give a book to really pull you into the story before you pitch it onto the “Wasted My Money On That One” pile?
After the first 50 pages if I am not hooked then the book returns to the shelf.
5. Name three books made into films where the casting (or PART of the casting) was so appallingly bad you could barely watch the movie. How about three that actually got it right? (OK, that’s probably two questions, but they’re related, so I’m going for it.)
Mmm…Let’s start with three that actually got it right:
-Merchant-Ivory’s adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Maurice (1987)
-Sally Potter’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando (1992)
-Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s The Hours (2002)
Now three films where the casting was appalling bad? Or part of the casting was bad?
– Peter Kosminsky’s Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1992) – I could never reconcile my idea of Heathcliff with Ralph Fiennes.
-Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice (2005) – I am not a fan of Keira Knightly. I have yet to see the new Anna Karenina adaptation
-Chirst Weitz’s The Golden Compass (2007) – On paper the casting seems great but in practice the film just fails to capture the spirit of the characters in Pullman’s novel.
1. Hands on Bowie – an inspiration to us all and a very handsome cat.
2. Katbellies – a new blog about belly dancing and cats.
3. Cats & Co. – A wealth of cat info and thoughtful posts.
4. My Three Moggies – The everyday lives of Archie, Oscar and Henry…
5. Three Yard Cat – Cats, and a yard. Always great posts!
My Five Questions For My Nominees:
- Which historical period would want to live in? Would you stick to the early twenty-first century or would you like to live in some bygone era?
- If you could be re-incarnated as animal? What animal would you choose and why?
- What makes a great blog? Or, in other words, what are looking for in other bloggers’ writing/posts and do you try to emulate that on your own blog?
- What is the most memorable place you’ve visited and why?
- What was your favourite film of last year?