Here at Death of the Author it is fairly obvious that we fail at completing every challenge that we set out for ourselves. Now I could go off an a long winded rant about school and life being so darn predictable, but that would be a waste of everyone’s time. Instead I’m going to do the stupid thing and CHALLENGE MYSELF AGAIN. Seeing as Read isn’t around it’s up to me to hold the fort down for the rest of the month.
I’m going to attempt an 11 Day Book Challenge. It’s no where near as long as a 30 Day Book Challenge or a 31 Day Video Challenge. It can’t be that hard right? Right?
Presenting the first question:
Your favorite quote from any book – why does it means so much to you.
Off the top of my head I can think of two quotes:
“A half read-book is a half-finished love affair” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas was the best book that I read last summer. I was working the Canadian National Exhibition during my breaks I would sit down with the book and be able to completely ignore the screaming and the buzzers and music around me. I highly recommend you read it. I’m serious. Go read it now.
This quote manages to sum up my entire outlook on books and reading. Since I was little I never have been able to stop reading a book halfway through. No matter how horrid it is. I will see a book through till the end. I need to know how the story ends or I need to know what the author is attempting to argue. Does that say I’m crazy? Most likely. Reading is an extremely intimate experience. It’s you: the Reader and the book, sometimes even the Author depending on what the book is.
I think this image sums what I’m thinking of up nicely:
This quote and many quotes in this book spoke to me. So give the book a read and tell me what you think!
The second and last quote:
“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” – John Green, Paper Towns
This quote works as the thesis of John Green’s book as it outlines the destruction of the trope: The Manic Pixie Dream Girl that Green wants to destroy. To sum the book up briefly without spoiling too much: Boy wants girl. Boy has all these pre-conceived notions about girl. Boy finally gets to know girl. Girl is not the manic pixie dream girl that Boy expected.
I think everyone is at fault with this at some point in their lives whether it be in relationships, families or at work.
So there you have it, two of my favourite quotes. What quotes resound with you? I will leave you with this webcomic that I absolutely adore: