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Frylu


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Posted Mon Nov 27th, 2006 4:49pm Post subject: favourite book
Jim Dale is O.K. But as you correctly say:Mr Fry is better

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Canzonett


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Posted Wed Nov 29th, 2006 11:24pm Post subject: favourite book
There cannot be such a thing as one single favourite book. The most wonderful and miraculous thing about books is that there are so many of them.

If we are discussing favourite English books in general here, meaning books that one spontaneously and irrevocaby falls in love with (and never out again), I probably would choose either Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice or Gaudy Night. In case I will never set foot upon English soil for my entire lifetime, this might be one of the main reasons: I don't want to lose the illusion that Oxford actually is the Oxford Sayers depicts in her novel ...

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 12:14pm Post subject: favourite book
If we're talking about books in general then my favourite books include:

- '1984', 'Down and Out in Paris and London' and 'The Road to Wigan Pier' by George Orwell.
- 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Through The Looking-Glass' by Lewis Carroll.
- 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism' by Oscar Wilde.
- 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' by Philip K. Dick.
- 'The Time Machine' by H.G. Wells.
- 'Carry on Jeeves' by P.G. Wodehouse.
- 'The Gormenghast Trilogy' by Mervyn Peake.
- 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen.

I couldn't choose just one really, if i had to it'd probably be down to Orwell or Carroll. I'm also really into manga. Does anyone else read any? I find some series can get pretty addictive like Demon Diary, Shutterbox, Paradise Kiss, Love Hina, I.N.V.U. and Fruits Basket and you're just always eager to read the next volume to find out what happens next.

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Kari


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 12:19pm Post subject: favourite book
LOVE HINA! FURUBA! Yes.. I LOVE manga.

I love Mahou Sensei Negima... Gravitation! God I loved Gravitation. I am very fond of pretty much ALL manga. And animé too. Pokémon. In Japanese. Rules my heart very well. I absolutely love Death Note too. And Akira, Ghost in the Shell and those mind altering ones. That make you wander around wondering how life works.

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 12:39pm Post subject: favourite book
Oh Negima! Gravitation is cool too. I have some of the songs from the anime on my mp3 player. Eerie Queerie is another fun series, shame it's so short. I liked the Ghost in the Shell anime. I find that when it comes to anime I prefer to watch action, sci-fi and horror whereas with manga I usually read romantic comedies (straight and shonen-ai) and fantasies.

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Kari


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 12:43pm Post subject: favourite book
Shonen-Ai makes me squee like nothing else. The theme song to Gravitation is just awesome. Easiest to learn too! And the translation is so cute too!
Nee Oikakate, Oikakate Shiroi Kaze! Nee, Koi ni Nate, Ai ni Nate, Hane Hirogetai!
So much fun to sing.

I absolutely adore romantic comedy manga. Chobits too. The whole romance thing going on as well as the Humanity issues. And the costumes for Chi(i).

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 1:29pm Post subject: favourite book
The Rage Beat (the theme song) is ace. It's my favourite from the series.

Chobits is a great series, I haven't read the manga just watched the anime. It's very funny. Clamp are really good. Their 'The One I Love' anthology is just so sweet. I first saw it in the local library but I loved it so much I had to buy it.

Shonen-ai makes me squee too. I want to see more shonen-ai anime but all I've seen is Gravitation. All the shonen-ai I've seen is in manga form and none of them seem to have been adapted into anime. It's a shame. At least shonen-ai is getting easier to buy now. Before you'd go in a shop selling manga and you'd see fanservice for guys everywhere.

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Kari


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 1:35pm Post subject: favourite book
Yeah... grotesque neko girls with disproportionate bodies. I don't GET it.

But Yaoi/Shonen-Ai is becoming so much more popular. Yami No Matsuei etc.
I am VERY proud of CLAMP. Not only did they make all these amazing movies. X? I think that was them.. and Magic Knights Rayearth. And they're ALL women.

And it's nice to see in our CG obsessed world we have appreciation for Traditional Art. ^^

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 2:14pm Post subject: favourite book
Yeah... grotesque neko girls with disproportionate bodies. I don't GET it.

But Yaoi/Shonen-Ai is becoming so much more popular. Yami No Matsuei etc.
I am VERY proud of CLAMP. Not only did they make all these amazing movies. X? I think that was them.. and Magic Knights Rayearth. And they're ALL women.

I don't get it either. I hate manga/anime like Dears. It's all subserviant girls wearing very little to please hormonal teenage boys. There didn't seem to be any plot either. Now I'm not against fanservice entirely. That would be selfish, us girls get our kicks with shonen-ai so let the guys have something to. But what I don't like is when it's in your face and everywhere and I hate how there are a lot of people who still think that anime/manga is a guy thing and that girl aren't interested and so they fill up anime magazines and shop shelves with fanservice. You get a bit of fanservice for guys in Ken Akamatsu's series like AI Love You, Love Hina and Negima but they're such good stories and the characters are all lovable and the fanservice is usually in a humorous context that it's not a problem, and usually in the case of Love Hina it's accompanied by the girls kicking the crap out of Keitaro.

And it's nice to see in our CG obsessed world we have appreciation for Traditional Art. ^^

Yes I prefer tradtional animation and art to CGI. I think CGI films/shows look boring and bland. With the exception of MirrorMask though. Now that's a beautiful film. It took them years to make and it was worth it. It's a lovely film. There's so much interesting stuff to look at in that film with a little bit of humour thrown in here and there to surprise you.

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Kari


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 2:19pm Post subject: favourite book
Haha a little fanservice is good. On occasion. Like, a special treat. If every second is fanservice... it becomes smut. And boring. As long as fanservice is funny it's acceptable. If it's tongue-in-cheek, so to speak!
And Keitaro getting beaten is absolutely hilarious.
The fanservice in Negima wasn't so bad. I mean, yes, lots of bikini shots, but it wasn't all cleavage. And it had the very sweet Konoka/Setsuna thing.

CG just never did it for me. Yes, you can do some pretty cool things with CG. But I just miss the old tricks of the drawing and animating trade. The skill of being able to draw changes in a character's expression and showing depth. The Lion King worked well for me. It's traditional art, scanned into a computer. So, every inch is hand drawn, but animated on a computer. One of the pioneers of computer animation.

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 3:04pm Post subject: favourite book
Poor Keitaro getting nosebleeds all the time. ^_^

I hate the overuse of CGI in films. I think films that used animatronics, puppets and other tricks look better than films that simply use CGI. I prefer the sense of tangibility in old horrror films like Evil Dead and old fantasy films like Return to Oz and The Never-Ending Story. The third Never-Ending Story was terrible because it used CGI (well also because the story sucked and they changed the personality of several characters) instead of building sets. How beautiful did Silver City look in the second film and the Ivory Tower in the first film and then you look at the third and see boring CGI instead of beauty.

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Kari


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 3:11pm Post subject: favourite book
God I KNOW! The never ending story made me cry! So beautiful! Especially the childlike empress.
The third had me rather ticked off. I mean. Tacky. The first... was magical. And... Atreyu! I took it so seriously.
I would love to see a return of traditional animation. Toy Story, yeah it was pretty good. But a balance would be nice. Some more accent on actually trying things when filming as opposed to spending all your money making stuff on computers.

Prime example: Star Wars.

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 3:48pm Post subject: favourite book
The third was horribly tacky. They changed the characters too much. Characters like Falcor and Rock Biter who were originally wonderful characters became goofy and tried too hard to be funny. The whole plot was stupid as well with the whole let's go the real world and go shopping in the mall with the Orin. There was no true magic in this film like there was in the first two.

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AxmxZ


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 4:46pm Post subject: favourite book
I gotta say, I can't stand anime. Hate it all. Boy anime and girl anime. My brain rots on contact with it. There are, however, two very weighty exceptions:

1) Cowboy Bebop. For those that don't know it... I could go on and on about it, but I'm at work, so I'll bridle my tongue for now. It's a gem. It's a heartfelt tribute to American culture. It's beautifully stylized. It's often over the top and sometimes too pretty for its own good. But it's just... out of this world. Watch it and you'll see.

2) Just about anything by Hayao Miyazaki. "Nausicaa," "Spirited Away," "Princess Mononoke," and especially "Porco Rosso," which bites into 1930s pilots of the Adriatic with the same gusto that Cowboy Bebop bites into Western cowboys. It's *awesome*.

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Kari


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Posted Thu Nov 30th, 2006 11:36pm Post subject: favourite book
I LOVED Porco Rosso. ^^ (I'm pretty steady with my italian, so I was enjoying catching references to Italian things). I love ALL Miyazaki. He's NEVER disappointed me. Especially Kiki's Delivery Service. Absolutely GORGEOUS film.

And I have seen a little of Cowboy Bebop. And some of the movie. It DID look pretty good. I guess I shall have to find out.

Nice to know you've made an educated decision about your dislike of animé. You gave it a try and said no. It's popular among young people these days to be either in LOVE with animé, or passionately hate it in favour of americana cartoons.

Personally, I prefer animé to most american cartoons. Though Fairly Odd Parents does have my extreme approval. Animé seems so much more graceful. And the animation style, especially in Astro Boy, well that made me happy. Happy animation style.

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