Book people

10:30 AM


Here’s an amusing inquiry: what book would you like to live in? When I was a teenager the answer was easy: Catcher in the rye.


I would love to befriend and perhaps date Holden Caufield. I know many girls feel the same way, but I think the likely scenario is that he would end up hating me. Nowadays, however, I don’t care much about Holden. Not only am I too old for him now, (Hello, D.B.) but that whole teenage angst thing is only appealing to teenagers - or maybe not, see the whole Twilight phenomenon.

My adult choice would be rather cliché too, maybe to live in a Jane Austen book. Balls, tea parties, horseback riding, alternating between the country and Bath. That sounds like a lot of fun. I’m not so sure if I could follow that strict etiquette code though. But then after six novels, I think I got the gist of it.

What book would you like to live in?

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  1. I read Catcher in the Rye a long time ago, but Holden never appealed to me. I'd actually like to read it again, but I think he would annoy me even more now...

    It's funny, even before you saw your adult choice, I thought of Jane Austen as well - yes, I'd probably choose to be Elizabeth Bennett. Cliche, yes, but...sigh!

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    1. It's not just us, on that survey Pride and Prejudice got second place (Harry Potter got first place...) Lizzy is such a great character, but I would also like to be Emma Woodhouse and meet the dashing Mr. Knightley. Holden's got nothing on him.

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  2. I love that question...but as to an answer, nothings springs to mind. Perhaps because I'm reading Bleak House and 1Q84--neither are quite where I would like to live.

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    1. Yeah, no one would like to live in a bleak house... But what do you think about 1Q84 so far? I've heard so much about it already but I don't know if it's any good or if it's just hype.

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  3. I have never thought of it ... living in a book. Not even BEING a book (like in Fahrenheit 451. But on second thoughts, I think I would comfortably live on "The April Witch" (Ray Bradbury).
    (http://lossofsoul.com/LIFE_IS/Story/Bradbury-en.htm)

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  4. Actually the whole idea of the "book people" always intrigued me. It makes me a little nervous to think how I would react if I were in that book. I can't really decide which book I should memorize!

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  5. I would like to live in Looking for Alaska by John Green. Perpetual teenage years with no overwhelming responsibilities and constantly living life to the fullest, yes please. :)

    Loved this post!

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    1. I actually gave my cousin that book a couple of years ago, I hope she enjoyed it as much as you did. I never read Looking for Alaska, but I really like John Green's videos to his brother, they are so funny. He even made a video about Catcher in the rye:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSR8J6LUaT8

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    2. I love his videos too! I really recommend all of his books. His writing voice is spectacular and I think a lot of people get fooled by the Young Adult genre that he writes for but I think that everyone should read his books, he has some great and really intriguing things to say :)

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    3. But he actually stopped making videos, right? I'd love to see more of him interpreting literature! I have yet to check out his books, they do seem interesting!

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