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The All-Purpose Getting-To-Know-BBers Questions Thread
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1. I don't really have one favourite book series, but I did enjoy reading some of the Just William books back in secondary school, and I do own and read paperback versions of Spike Milligan's war journals every now and then.

2. My favourite movie ever has to be Head by The Monkees. Definitely think some folk here who haven't seen it will get a kick out of it for its trippy psychedelic weirdness and awesome soundtrack. 

3. Again, don't have one answer for certain, but my top three would have to be The Inbetweeners, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Greatest American Hero (yeh, I don't think anybody would expect that last one from a Brit like me, but I think some of the episode storylines are fun.ahdn_george_08)

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30 January 2019
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Don't make me choose a book please, I read a lot but I can't single out one book as a favourite. I can say my favourite author is David Mitchell, (not the comedian) though.

Favourite film once again :/ I'm a big fan of Withnail and I, I Am Sam, and The Godfather (what an eclectic mix, I do say). But I don't know if I could definitively say what my favourite film is, it depends on my mood.

TV? I have to say The Simpsons, have been watching it for as long as I've been alive. Practically every episode from seasons 1-9 is genius, and really shows that a cartoon can be clever, witty, funny, and heart-wrenching*. The Simpsons definitely redefined cartoons as a genre and I don't think you would have a lot of 'adult-targeted' cartoons today if it were not for The Simpsons.

Special shout-out goes to Father Ted, Doctor Who (particularly Russel T Davies' era), and like Bulldog I love The Inbetweeners as well.

 

This scene from Lisa's Substitute never fails to make me cry, finally someone who understands her and he has to leave. 

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My favourite books are three books I got given as presents when I was about eighteen, all those years ago a-hard-days-night-paul-10-- Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and a posthumous collection of her correspondence between 1950 and 1963 called Letters Home, along with Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. The Bell Jar and Giovanni's Room were a present from the same person on my 18th birthday, while Letters Home was a Christmas present from a college lecturer a few months later. Edie by Jean Stein, telling the story of doomed American socialite is also up there, as is any book of Dylan lyrics, especially the transcription version AG bought me a few Chrimbles ago.

My favourite film is probably Ridley Scott's various edits of Blade Runner or American: The Bill Hicks Story (the too-short life of my favourite comedian told very innovatively).

TV series? The 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers are about as close to perfection as you can get. Oh, and Anthology by The Beatles.

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Favorite book

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Favorite movie

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Favorite Tv Show

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

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Favorite Book: My favorite book is probably War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. I’ve gotta admit that both film adaptations are cool, too.

Favorite TV show: Star Trek Original Series, or Monty Python Flying Circus. Fawlty Towers is pretty great, too.

Favorite Movie: Besides my obvious favorite, I think Interstellar, Jurassic Park, and Alien (the first one from ‘79) are favorites of mine.

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Ringo Starr: He’s great. Especially his poetry.

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@silverhammerYT said
Favorite Book: My favorite book is probably War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. I’ve gotta admit that both film adaptations are cool, too.  

Might interest you that there's a 3-part BBC version coming later this year that sticks to the book (sets it in Victorian England, unlike either of the films).15707290-low_res-the-war-of-the-worlds-5f75998.jpgImage Enlarger

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Semi-related question: What Hogwarts house are you? (Feel free to say your Ilvermorny house as well, if you like.)

I'm a Ravenclaw. And a Thunderbird/Horned Serpent (I've gotten both on different occasions).

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Favourite books: I always love Gone With the Wind, a great inspiration for me(I even picked the heroine's name!)But most recently, my favourite has to be The Catcher in the Rye.

Favourite films: Carol(quite a gorgeous one), La La Land. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,Missouri is also fine.

Favourite TV series: Used to love the BBC Sherlock madly, but Season 4 was such a disappointment that I lost my passion. Now I will pick Game of Thrones as my favourite.  

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50yearslate said
Semi-related question: What Hogwarts house are you? (Feel free to say your Ilvermorny house as well, if you like.)

I'm a Ravenclaw. And a Thunderbird/Horned Serpent (I've gotten both on different occasions).  

I don't know crap about Harry Potter but I took a test which put me pretty firmly in Ravenclaw, which I then proceeded to Google and it seemed pretty cool and fitting. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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@ScarlettFieldsForever I adored BBC's Sherlock, though I never watched the fourth season so maybe that's a good thing...? ahdn_george_06

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Beatlebug said
@ScarlettFieldsForever I adored BBC's Sherlock, though I never watched the fourth season so maybe that's a good thing...? ahdn_george_06

  

I loved season 4. 

Anyroad, favourite book: The Warriors series by Erin Hunter, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (I've mentioned all of these before)

Movie: Dr. Strangelove, the Big Sleep, Help !

Show: M*A*S*H, Star Trek: The Original Series, 30 Rock

IDK about the Harry Potter thing, so I'm just gonna go with WindClan from Warriors a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Beatlebug said
@ScarlettFieldsForever I adored BBC's Sherlock, though I never watched the fourth season so maybe that's a good thing...? ahdn_george_06

Depends on your own preference, I think. Season 4 has a dark style and a twisted plot. Some of us may consider it unreasonable, but if you try and love it–like Walrian does–that's pretty good. After all, much as I feel sad about its development, I don't really want it to be despised (sorry if I was being harshahdn_paul_01)

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31 January 2019
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TheWalrusWasBrian said

 

Anyroad, favourite book: The Warriors series by Erin Hunter

I always wanted to read those but there were too many, they intimidated me

Movie: Dr. Strangelove, the Big Sleep, Help !

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I don't know crap about Harry Potter but I took a test which put me pretty firmly in Ravenclaw, which I then proceeded to Google and it seemed pretty cool and fitting. a-hard-days-night-john-6

  

Nice paul-mccartney-thumb_gif Ravenclaw's the best

(Just out of curiousity which test did you take?)

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50yearslate said

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Anyroad, favourite book: The Warriors series by Erin Hunter

I always wanted to read those but there were too many, they intimidated me

They are kind of intimidating, I'm only on the third series out of like... six?? I don't even know. 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8They take up like four shelves at the library, and then there's all the spinoffs as well... I mean, I'm as sad as anyone when a series ends, but you have to stop somewhere.

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50yearslate said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8They take up like four shelves at the library, and then there's all the spinoffs as well... I mean, I'm as sad as anyone when a series ends, but you have to stop somewhere.

  

True! I honestly would have been ok if they stopped after the second series. But now I'm fully engulfed... 

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Once you start a series, it's really, really hard to stop. Which is why they shouldn't go on forever! Because otherwise it takes over your life!

Unless you're the kind of person who can walk away from a book/series halfway through. In which case I both envy and pity you.

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What is the worst book-movie adaptation you've ever seen?

The Giver was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I couldn't bear to finish it, it was so bad. Every Day sucked pretty badly as well, but it wasn't nearly as horrible as The Giver. (note: both the books are quite good, but the movies are crap.)

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Book - I suppose my favourite novel is either Margaret Atwood's "The Edible Woman " or Alex Haley's "Roots" - although I lost some affection for the latter after learning that Haley fudged some of his research. Those are two among a dozen-odd books that are basically my literary comfort food: I've reread them every few years since the 80s.

Film - It's a little embarrassing to admit that the original 1977 Star Wars is probably still the one I call favourite. It may have been made largely with a young audience in mind, but so what: I still think it's a technically stunning exhibit of sound, light, motion and story, aside from being fun and funny. Other contenders (less juvenile): Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976), Miller's Crossing (Coen Bros., 1990), The Birds (Hitchcock, 1963)

Television: Monty Python's Flying Circus did for televised sketch comedy what the Beatles (and their followers) did for the rock album. And The Simpsons was the finest American sitcom ever, until it was canceled in the late '90s following Phil Hartman's tragic murder and the writing staff apparently being replaced by humourless hacks. (No, sorry - apparently it still exists, and everyone involved is still collecting paycheques. And it's terrible.)

Happy to see other 'biblers speak up for "Catch-22" and "Fawlty Towers" and "Withnail & I" and other wondrous artistic landmarks.

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@Von Bontee, does @vonbontee agree with the above choices?

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Book: Oof is all I can say to this one. I'd probably have to go with one of the Harry Potters, or Pride and Prejudice. 

Film: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, no question. The most entertaining film I've ever seen, and the kind I can watch no matter how I am feeling and enjoy it just as much. Plus the Twist And Shout parade scene is just amazing, and also the numerous times Ferris quotes our dear John. 

Television: Not sure if this one counts strictly, but Netflix's Stranger Things is probably my favourite show I've seen to date. It could have coasted along on nostalgia only and still been passable, but the characters and storyline are so engaging it's every bit as great as the great 80s films that inspired it.

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