July 9th, 2006

belle of the bullshit.

Literature meme.

What are your five favorite books, and how have they influenced you?

1. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer-Bradley - this always made me feel real, for some reason. It's remarkably odd. The earthen-ness of this book has always felt so much more natural to me than computers, iPods, cellphones have made me feel. This has influenced me in a creative fashion because of the fullness of the story, how so much is revealed but not revealed. And in a personal way because it has always been apart of my life; my mother read it to me when I was very young.
2. The Godfather, Mario Puzo - this is actually the most recent book that I've read, so I'm not sure how it will affect me. However, there is a mastery in Puzo's creative voice. He tells you what's going to happen, so you're prepared for the emotional blow of certain deaths. But he also keeps you in the dark with some of the most important parts of the plot. Also, the masculinity. While the above book is matriarchy, this is clearly patriarchy. It's interesting.
3. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen - I love this story. It's corny, it's predictable, I know. I don't care. Mr. Darcy is a really cool character and always will be. He's a quiet aristocrat who is in love with a shrewish woman well below his birth. Madness and wit ensues. Nothing too serious, but has some really wonderful moments. This hasn't necessarily influenced me in anyway, but it has made me want to write about a couple of such passionate disagreement (see, Much Ado About Nothing.)
4. Wicked, Gregory MacGuire - The musical brings me great pain. This book, however, explores both the good and evil parts of Elphaba's psyche. It's never clear whether she is a good witch or a bad witch (like how in The Wizard of Oz, she's a bad witch; in Wicked (the musical), she's a good witch.) This has definitely influenced me creatively in that I try not to paint any character as good or bad. There always is a grey area. Though, I will say, none of them have ever committed murder.
5. Fight Club, Chuck Palaniuk - Distinctively masculine and very well written. It's honest, it's brutal, that's always great. There's almost something like an omerta in it (the first two rules of fight club.)

What about you people? Just curious.