Jun 4 2008, 5:40am
though, that when we are children or still quite young, we are much more open to different genres and experiences; and the older we get, oftentimes the more set in our reading habits we become, even as we become more set in our ways. Hopefully, we retain some of that spirit of innocence, openness, adventurousness and curiosity as we age, but more often than not, by the time many people reach their thirties they become more cautious in their habits and outlook on life, even as, in their reading habits , they prefer to seek out things that fit within their own preferred genre.
From the sound of it, the pairing of such disparate literary characters as Kirby, Victor Hugo, and Oscar Wilde would be a strange one, to an adult, anyway. But it is never too late, I guess, to begin a new literary quest. I have read all of the "mainstream" authors in your list (though completing the full Dickens canon would require a year by itself!, and finishing all of Les Miserables took me almost that long..lol...no, j/k, it was reading :'War And Peace" that took almost a year...yes, I actually have read the whole thing, inspired to do so by the viewing of Sergei Bondarchuk's masterpiece of cinematic adaptation of that book in the '60s.)
I guess you have inspired me to attempt to begin an exploration of the pulp fiction genre....not the first choice for a 30-something American woman, I guess:). But I must have been the only 7-yr-old girl in the State of Michigan with a Conan the Barbarian comic collection, so...
The real world around us grows increasingly surreal; and often the headlines inspire feelings of foreboding and dread; so I think diving into something (on the surface, anyway) completely escapist right now sounds about right.
I was going to start with At The Mountains of Madness, (just the title gives me goosebumps) but maybe there is a progressive order you could recommend to a newcomer to the genre, Sir?
And I can't resist the urge to drop this in....someone recently wondered if you would depict the scene in which Smaug eats the poor ponies. Of course I do not expect a literal rendition of this, not even in an "intense" PG-13 film (!), and OF COURSE I don't expect an answer from you to this question!--but I have to admit, every time I listen to your commentary for Pan's Labyrinth I can't help but get a big chuckle at your, um, vivid recollections of working with horses. Of course you DO know that any journey into Middle Earth will be one filled with horses! Though I suppose you lucked out in this regard, not having to shoot LOTR....
(This post was edited by Sunflower on Jun 4 2008, 5:44am)