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(Re)Reading / Book Recs / Fanfic
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Hi, everybody!

I'm feeling chatty, and I wanted to talk about books. I had a discussion years ago with an acquaintance who described herself as an avid reader, and yet looked completely baffled when I said I frequently reread favorite books. I can't quite get my head around the concept of reading a book you love only once and being done with it. Even when I was little, I always had a couple of old favorites in the stack I took home from the library every Saturday morning. Do you guys reread? If so, do you reread the whole book, or just the "good parts"?

Possibly this is on my mind because I've been having a little orgy of rereading going on. I take the subway to and from work, which translates into anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes of reading time per day, guaranteed, and I've been too hot when I get home to turn on my laptop, so I've been stretching out under a ceiling fan and opening well-loved books.

Recently reread: The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon. The Sherlock Holmes canon. Good Night, Mr. Holmes + Good Morning, Irene + Irene at Large + Irene's Last Waltz by Carole Nelson Douglas. The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters. Next up for rereading will most likely be something from Gillian Roberts's Amanda Pepper series, another book from the Brother Cadfael series, the two-book Mordant's Need series by Stephen R. Donaldson, or Sarah Monette's Doctrine of Labyrinths series. And maybe Adam Rex's The True Meaning of Smekday, if I don't want to get sucked into a whole series.

I surprised myself by wanting to write fanfic for the Hunger Games series (specifically, a meeting between Cinna and Gale - NEEDS MORE CINNA AND GALE!), because I've never been all that interested in fanfic based on textual canons. I tried explaining this once before, to my lovely beta, and I don't think I said it very well, but basically my feeling is that fanfic based on a show or a movie is clearly work in a different medium, possibly able to do certain things that the original medium could not. Textual canon precludes that possibility of transformation. Which is not to say that fanfic based on textual canon is worthless or stupid or presumptive or anything like that - I certainly don't want to call the wrath of the entire HP fandom down on me - but just that it's different in a way that feels alien to me. What do you think?

Anyway, enjoy the book recs above, and let me know if you have any for me? I'll be on a plane in a few weeks, and will need something to see me through two very long trips. Thanks!

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I re-read a lot of things, favorites from childhood, like the Dark is Rising, or Dune. The first time I read Ender's Game I pretty much read it again immediately upon finishing (though I was also English deprived and living in Panama at the time, which may have had something to do with it). Sometimes I just get in the mood for a certain kind of story, and then re-reading is perfect because I know where to get it. New books are always a risk with that, not that I don't love them to pieces as well, but there is nothing quite like the disappointment from expecting a certain kind of story and getting something completely different in a not good way (or worse, the kind of story you are expecting/desiring but not the kind of writing, then its all--this could have been so good if only I could stand the prose).

My mom is with your friend though, she thinks I'm weird for owning books so I can reread them later.

I haven't read Ender's Game (can't seem to find it in my library), but I had that must reread immediately impulse with Wonder Boys, which remains on my all-time favorites list.

I have been burned, even by rereading, when I've let years lapse, and when I come back to it, I'm disappointed.

I have a friend who doesn't reread, but who will rewatch movies compulsively. I do not understand.

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