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13 December 2010 @ 10:02 pm
Writer's Block: Time after time  
If you fall in love with a book or movie, do you tend to watch/read it again and again? If so, what's your upper limit on repeats?

Oh most definitely yes. As for an upper limit? Well, I've watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show somewhere around 100 times now and I've read each of The Chronicles of Narnia once every year for the last twenty five years and I'm nowhere near sick of either yet.
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on December 13th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm the same, but I don't think I'll ever get close to Christopher Lee who has read the Lord of the Rings every year since it was published in the 1950s. I sometimes have to re-buy books as they have fallen apart - Lord of the Rings is one (I currently have 2 copies, one for reading anywhere and one for a 'special' reading experience) as are Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer, R E Feist's Magician, Mary Stewart's The Hollow Hills, the Narnia Chronicles and Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising sequence. I don't read so much now and the last book I had to re-buy was because I'd knackered the other version by dropping it in the bath!
Black Rook: booksgrachonok on December 14th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Seems we more or less come from the same playground:). I must say, though, that I re-read Silmarillion much more often then LoTR (live-action RPGs on First Age do that to you:)) and I like Dragonriders of Pern more than any other Anne's works:). In fact, LoTR and Dragonriders, together with Amber Chronicles by Zelazny, defined my teen years, the life of my class in middle school and brought me together with major part of my friends:). My love for The Hollow Hills is one of the reasons I can't watch Merlin - I tried, honestly, but I just can't!:). BTW, The Last Enchanment was the first real book I read in English - because it wasn't published in Russian yet, and my classmate's sister brought a copy from abroad:). Not a big fan of Narnia books, I'm afraid, though I read them more than couple of times and spent yesterday evening rewatching the first movie:).
The other Weird Al: Highlander - Watcher's chronicleaeron_lanart on December 14th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
I really should have included the first 3 Pern novels, but as the ones that died were second hand anyway I didn't bother. I adore Pern - I even have an atlas - but Killashandra Ree struck a chord with me at a particular point in my life.

As for the Hollow Hills and the Merlin series, I kind of know what you mean but I couldn't stop myself from watching as I've been obsessed by Merlin for years thanks to Mary Stewart and it is interesting when references she tied together pop up in the show. One thing that tickles me about the show is that the court scholar/librarian person is Geoffrey of Monmouth!

As for the Silmarillion I also have 2 copies of that - again one for reading anywhere and a 'good' copy - though the first copy I read was my sister's. I haven't read it for a while but in my teens I named my black guinea pig Lúthien Tinúviel and her baby boy Dior...

Edited at 2010-12-14 09:48 am (UTC)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: librarianidontlikegravy on December 14th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
The only book I've ever read to extinction was my copy of The A-Z of Red Dwarf, which I then lovingly bound with sticky back plastic (the newer editions have some omissions and I just don't like them as much). Oh, no, wait, my copy of Philadelphia fell apart too, I'd forgotten that (I went through a maudlin phase where I read it over and over and listened to the Manics a lot).

I re-read Tolkein too, though not very often. And Harry Potter. Not Discworld, not yet anyway. Maybe in years to come I'll feel the urge, but I think they're just so vivid in my memory I don't feel the need.

I'd fallen out of the habit of reading as well, but just in the last year or so I've started up again.

I'm not particularly well-read, because I tend to stick with an author I like and read all their books obsessively.So my teens were taken up with Stephen King, my late teens and twenties it was Terry Pratchett and Tom Holt (obviously still reading Terry Pratchett!) and at the moment it's Neil Gaiman and Henning Mankell. Currently reading Good Omens because *whispers* I'd never actually read it before. I know, right?!

Er, sorry, that's probably more than you care to read. I'll stop before the comment gets too long and lj cuts me off ;-)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: headdeskidontlikegravy on December 14th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
What I intended to tell you in the first comment was that I love The Dark is Rising too, although I remember liking The Weirdstone of Brisengamen more as a kid. *makes mental note to re-read them all*
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on December 15th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Re: PS
I forgot about that! Weirdstone is probably the first book I had to re-buy because of reading it to death. All my others are dated 1977, that one is 1982.

Did you know it was its 50th anniversary this year? I didn't and it seems I missed a whole heap of stuff going on in the North West to celebrate like above and below Alderley Edge tours. Grrrr.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: margotidontlikegravy on December 15th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
I did not know that either. Huh.

I did know it was the fiftieth birthdays of Paddington and Sooty, but only because we've been selling them in work! *g*