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I've been reading reports from The Rift, and once again, yay, internet, because much as I love TW I probably won't be crossing the channel for something like that, but I'm ridiculously fangirlishly pleased that they all seem to be really nice people (did anyone not fall in love with Eve Myles?) and genuinely fond of each other. James I'd-rather-kiss-John-Barrowman-than-any-actress-I've-ever-worked-with Marsters. *g* And that this so isn't one of the OMG hide the evil slash from the actors lest their delicate sensibilities be offended shows, which always struck me as faintly ridiculous. RPS is another cup of tea entirely, and it's common sense as well as common courtesy not to show that to the people you're writing about, but questions about subtext in a show? Totally legitimate, IMO, and I refuse to believe that even in America someone working as an actor could be genuinely upset by the very idea that homosexuality exists or that the character he plays could be seen as gay/bisexual. I always figured that, if anything, those questions might be uncomfortable and unwelcome because the rattle the door of Hollywood's collective closet.



Meme, picked up somewhere on friendsfriends. Or randomly hopping around lj.

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school [ETA: I'll underline the ones I had to read, not the ones I chose to read], italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.



Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel, and may I add that this was one of the most annoying, pointless novels I've ever had the misfortune to read. Might have skipped pages in the end, so should probably be italicised.
The Name of the Rose (Although I must admit I was 14 or 15 and tended to fastforward through the more philosophical parts.)
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary (Have owned it for ages (gift), but don't think I ever even started.)
The Odyssey (I know the story of course, but I must admit I don't think I've ever read a real translation cover to cover.)
Pride and Prejudice (and again and again and again, since I was 19)
Jane Eyre (ditto)
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad (I think. I'm not entirely sure I ever read it from start to finish rather than in bits and pieces.)
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (I own it, but I don't think I ever read far enough into it to justify italiciation.)
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein (I'd have sworn I read it a long time ago, but I don't own it, so I'm not so sure.)
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables (unabridged and in French *g*)
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune (could possibly be bolded, but I'm not really sure)
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas (and hated it with a passion)
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey (I think I finished both of them, but I'm not 100% sure)
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers (As well as Vingt Ans Après.)

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ripley312
Apr. 29th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
I've been reading reports from the Rift as well. And I agree with you. I love that it doesn't both Gareth or James to be asked questions of a sexual nature for their characters. Hell, they practically insist on it. Have you seen the clip of Gareth saying "Captain sandwich with Ianto filling" yet?
And I love them all the more because they genuinely seem to like their fans. Such a difference from some cons that I've gone to where the actors made no attempt to chat anyone up and looked like they would rather have pins in their eyes than be there.
solitary_summer
Apr. 29th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I have! Although I must admit that while I've been getting a lot better with the Welsh accent after watching and rewatching a whole season TW without subtitles, with those clips, when the sound quality isn't that great I always feel kind of stupid because I understand maybe a word in five of what Gareth is saying...
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