For my tag today I decided to tackle the Would You Rather tag. Amber over at Only True Magic did her own version and tagged anyone that hadn't yet done it, so here I am. Be sure to stop by and check her version of it out here.
You would think that question with only two options would be easy to answer, wouldn't you? No! They aren't! Every time I thought I had this down, my mind found another way to skew the question and then it went off on that tangent until I was finally about to figure out a coherent way to tell you all what my answer was. Let's see what I managed to figure out, eh?
1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?
If I could be guaranteed that the standalone would have all loose ends tied up by the end, then I would choose standalones. The longer that a series goes on, the more chances to has to have dud books, especially book two in a trilogy. I'd rather avoid that and have, say, a 900 page monstrosity in one go.
2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?
I'd choose to read female main characters because at least that voice would be more similar to the one in my head.
3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?
For the pure thrill of being able to pick up books and look through them, feel them, check out what they look like under their dust jackets, I would have to choose physical bookstore, especially used bookstores because they tend to be really cool treasure troves.
For the sake of my wallet and the fact that they give me the ability to buy more books, I'd have to go with Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Saving $6 off a new hardcover really adds up.
4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?
Television series. Given the right channel or online network, a book could be transformed into a true epic and on tv (or Netflix, Hulu, etc.) they'd have the time to get into all the side stories, character arcs, etc., that we love in a book rather than glossing over them or ignoring them completely.
5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?
5 books a week sounds great in theory, but I think that would be too many stories to cram into my poor little head week after week. I'd start forgetting the details about them and that would be sad. 5 pages a day would give me more time to think about what I read and it would build up anticipation for the next day.
6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?
I wanted to be an author when I was younger. In high school I would sit in class and start story after story when I was supposed to be taking notes. However, after college and even after majoring in Creative Writing, I don't think that I have what it takes anymore. Maybe someday that will change, but for now I think I would be much happier writing about the book I enjoyed, and even the ones I didn't, if it meant I could help people on their way to finding books that they, in turn, could enjoy.
7. Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?
I tend to re-read a lot and am perfectly content with that. Even with stacks upon stacks of new books to read I tend to go back to the old favorites, so I'd pick that option: the same 20 books over and over. Harry Potter, of course, is going to take up most of that list, but what would the other 13 be I wonder?
8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?
Definitely a librarian. I've never been one, so I'm sure there are plenty of inner problems that I have no idea about (budget meetings, etc.), but after having worked in a bookstore and having had the pressure of trying to sell membership cards and magazine subscriptions, I think that a library atmosphere would be more up my alley.
9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?
I think I would rather stick with my favorite author. It would be hard to choose one, but I think I know who it is and she's got a fairly decent sized library of work so I would be set for awhile, not to mention that the genres she writes are diverse enough that I wouldn't be stuck reading the same thing over and over again.
10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?
Physical books just feel better, plus I do feel some eye strain when reading eBooks that I don't get when I read physical books. There's just something about holding the book and seeing how much you've got left to read, holding the heft of a huge book in hand, and knowing you've got a backpack full of potential reads that could take out a mugger in needed that makes physical books the obvious choice. :)
These were fun to answer, really, in the end. If you haven't done this tag yet I strongly encourage you to. Leave your link in the comments so I can see what your choices were.