Nathan (vovat) wrote,

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I recently finished reading the book Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously, by David Bianculli. You might know him from NPR, but he's also a TV critic, and he co-taught one of bethje's college classes. He makes a good case against anti-TV snobbery, and does so with a lot of bad puns, which I appreciate. {g} I've never really been a big TV watcher, but I fail to understand why so many people want to dismiss the entire medium. Bianculli makes the case that there's a lot of snobbish criticism of every new medium. I actually think that, nowadays, video games are bashed even more than TV. But there are still a lot of people thinking TV is inherently bad, as well as professional bias against it. I especially don't understand people who take movies and not TV seriously, since they're both visual media. According to the book, that bias is less active in the United Kingdom. But maybe I shouldn't be talking up the UK on Independence Day. :P

I remember when I was really young and first heard about the United States breaking away from England, and I actually thought they were physically attached at one point. I was pretty dumb, wasn't I? {g} Well, anyway, happy Independence Day to the Americans. And to any Brits who might be reading this, happy Losing-the-American-Colonies Day! :P

I also have two book memes to do. Well, I don't HAVE to do them, but I always kind of feel obligated anyway.

A whole bunch of people did this one, so I might as well follow suit, even though I think the list was rather poorly conceived. I'll elaborate later.

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them :> "

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible - God

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. 1984- George Orwell - I was supposed to read it for school, but only made it through the first few chapters. I then tried reading it again when I was in college, but I somehow lost my copy. I do intend to finish it someday!
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller - I remember liking this, but I honestly don't remember much about it now.
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - Well, I've read SOME of the works of Shakespeare. I've read Hamlet (as seen below), Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, part of Julius Caesar, and all of one other one. Maybe Twelfth Night? I found it kind of hard to follow based on reading it, whatever it was.
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - I guess I should find out why the angsty teens love it so much.
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - I've read the entire series many times.
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - Another one that I've read a LOT of times.
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis - Well, if I've read #33, I have to have read this, right?
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - Long before I'd even heard of the Wizard of Oz, Pooh was my main obsession. (Now THERE'S a sentence I would never dare say out loud. {g})
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell - I read this in seventh grade, and my teacher hated it. I actually liked it pretty well.
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Another book that I was supposed to read at the same time as 1984, and I also only made it through the first few chapters. I feel less of a need to finish it, though.
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville - I read the first few pages, and it really didn't hold my interest.
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - I've both seen and read the play version, but never actually read it as a book.
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White - I loved the movie (the animated one, that is), but never actually read the book.
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - I did read a Holmes story in the ninth grade, but I think that's the only one.
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams - I read a little bit of it at the library years ago.
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - This is one I've been meaning to read for some time, but never got around to it.
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - I've read part of it, but it IS a long book.

Isn't it a little unfair to make a list of one hundred books, and then count multiple books as one? I mean, if you've read the entire Harry Potter series, that's already more than the six that the Big Read reckons most people have read. And why include some items apart from series that were already listed? Whoever compiled the list did a really sloppy job. Anyway, here's another book meme, which I got from rockinlibrarian:

Here are top 100 Children's books from the NEA did an online survey in 2007.

New rules...
1)Bold the books you have read entirely. Leave it alone if you started it and never finished.
2)Underline your favorites, either now or as a child.
3)Strike through those that you absolutely hated or will never read.

1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

5. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
6. I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch - This book is seriously CREEPY. In, like, a Norman Bates kind of way.
7. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
8. Oh! The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss - I still haven't actually gone places, though.
9. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
10. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg - There are a lot of picture books on here, aren't there? I read this when I was shelving books in the children's room at the library where I used to work.
11. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
12. Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
13. The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
14. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- A definite favorite of mine as a kid, but I haven't re-read it in years. I remember reading this into a tape recorder. I'm not sure I totally recognized the environmental message at the time, though. Incidentally, I remember hearing that later editions (i.e., newer than the one at my local library) left out the line, "I hear things are just as bad out in Lake Erie." Can any confirm this?
15. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
16. The Mitten by Jan Brett - Actually, maybe I did read it, or at least have it read to me. Is it the one where all the animals live in the mitten that some kid dropped?
17. Crunching Carrots, Not Candy by Judy Slack
18. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willlems
19. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
20. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

21. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

22. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
23. Corduroy by Don Freeman
24. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
25. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
26. Tacky the Penquin by Helen Lester
27. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
28. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
29. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
30. Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type Doreen Cronin
31. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson - Did I read it? I honestly can't remember.
32. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
33. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
34. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
35. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
36. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
37. Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
38. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
39. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

40. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
41. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
42. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
43. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg - I remember hearing this read aloud on tape, but I'm not sure whether it was complete.
44. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
45. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
46. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
47. Olivia by Ian Falconer
48. The BFG by Roald Dahl
49. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
50. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
51. The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
52. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
53. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
54. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
55. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
56. Bunnicula by James Howe
57. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
58. Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise
59. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
60. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
61. Frederick by Leo Lionni
62. Frindle by Andrew Clements
63. Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
64. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
65. Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
66. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
67. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
68. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

69. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
70. Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino
71. Jan Brett's books
72. Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.
73. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
74. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
75. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
76. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
77. My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
78. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
79. No David! by David Shannon - I think this was another picture book that I paged through while shelving.
80. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
81. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
- I liked A Light in the Attic better, though. I'm pretty sure Sidewalk had the poem about the Shahagroll, which scared me the first time I heard it.
82. Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch
83. Swimmy by Leo Lionni
84. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
85. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
86. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
87. The Empty Pot by Demi
88. The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
89. The Giver by Lois Lowry
90. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle - I remember really liking this one in the second grade.
91. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
92. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
93. The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
94. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
95. The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
96. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
97. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
98. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
99. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
100. The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner
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