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Re: The "Book" thread.
* What are you currently reading? Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis. About 3/4s of the way through, and frankly it's amazing. Depending on the ending, it could easily be better than American Psycho.
* Who are your favourite authors? Salinger, Golding, Palahniuk, McCarthy, Ellroy, Heller, Orwell. Easton Ellis could be up there too, he's a phenomenal author.
* Any books your looking forward to? Not really. Maybe a new Palahniuk if there's one planned.
* Favourite ever books? I'll do a top ten, and even that will be a struggle; it's in no particular order.
1. Hollywood - Charles Bukowski
2. Catcher In The Rye - JD Salinger
3. Lord Of The Flies - William Golding
4. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
5 & 6. Blood Meridian, Suttree - Cormac McCarthy
7. Choke - Chuck Palahniuk
8. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
9. LA Confidential - James Ellroy (but really, pick any of the LA Quartet)
10. Naked Lunch - Williams Burroughs
* How often do you read? More or less every day. I commute to work on the train, so it's only weekends I may not read, but I usually do.
* How many books do you read? Probably one a week on average
* Do you believe the merits of books outweight the merits of movies? No, I don't think they're really comprable. You can get bad films, the same way you can get bad books. I find reading a great book a very satisfying experience, but one that can often demand a lot of concentration for a long period of time (like Glamorama, if you skimmed a few chapters I can see it becoming very confusing). A film can be the same, but it can also be something like an Apatow flick, which is just 90 minutes of switch your brain off comedy. I love both, really, along with TV shows and even video games.
Ultimately I look for the story, not the medium used to tell it.