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Tagathon | Would You Rather…

It’s been quite a few weeks since Ali tagged me for this challenge. Ali, I haven’t forgotten, it was just a strongly hectic few weeks.

Ali’s entry can be read here. As for me, here it goes, my tagathlon.


  1. Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?
    Ah, this is a tricky one. I actually like both, if they have a good story arc. I like trilogy that also develop like a whole story, even if every book is (kind) of a stand alone. So for me the important part is that there is a strong story. How long that story is, it doesn’t really matter.
  2. Would you rather only read male or female authors?
    I would rather read skillful storytellers who tell stories that make me think and give me emotions.
  3. Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?
    Barnes and Nobels, I hate Amazon… even if in today’s marketplace, Amazon is unavoidable.
  4. Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?
    Films, no doubt. TV shows are too often too easy and superficial. It’s true that this is a general comment, but I think it’s also true that most of the time, more thinking and involvement on an emotional level goes in a film than a tv series.
    I often feel that tv series go for the shock-value on many levels, whereas films more often go for the story.
  5. Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
    I’d love to read 5 books a week, but even if I had the time, that would leave very little time to do everything else, and I wouldn’t want that to happen. I mean writing my own stories, travelling, hanging out with friends, going after my home and family.
    So I’ll have to go with the 5 pages a day… which, by the way, it’s often all I actually manage to read.
  6. Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?
    What kind of a question is that? And author of course!
  7. Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?
    I am a bookseller 😉
  8. Would you rather read only your favourite genre, or every other genre but your favourite?
    How could you read anything but your favourite genre? That wouldn’t be your favourite genre then, no?
    There are genre I tend not to read because they are really not my thing (I’m not for erotica, for example, or even love stories), though, especially lately, I read a bit of everything.
    But of course, my first love is fantasy and I like to read anything with a speculative element. I also like mystery a lot. And historical. And I’ll just stop.
  9. Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?
    I’ll tell you the truth, for many years, I’ve hated the idea of ebooks. I used to think they would kill stories as we know it, or at the very least, the genuine enjoyment of stories.
    Then, when I started researching my trilogy, I gathered a ridiculous amount of material, most of which was in PDF. At the beginning, I would print the PDF out and read it, but very often it wasn’t worth it. It’s sad to say, but it’s true, a lot of the material you find online isn’t worth keeping.
    One day one of my friends told me he was going to buy a Kobo reader because there was a very good bargain on it. He told me, Sarah you should get it too. You’re a reader. You can upload lots of book on this devise and it can read PDFs too.
    The PDF thing was what got me, but then I was very happy I bought it. I use it very often and not just to read PDFs.
    But honestly, as much as I do like reading ebooks, there’s nothing like a true book in your hands. I still prefer that.

And now for my five nominees: A.M. Dunnewin, Callum, Holly, Irina, Jeri.

There you go, now it’s your turn guys!


  • Callum
    Posted August 8, 2015 at 22:40

    I loved reading your answers. Thanks for tagging me as well 🙂

  • Barbara Hollyfield
    Posted August 9, 2015 at 04:53

    My own answers to those questions would be very similar to yours!

  • Crispian Thurlborn
    Posted August 9, 2015 at 10:49

    Good answers to some odd questions.

    I would never torture myself to read pure romance, although I do enjoy Jane Austen’s works. Perhaps it is my fondness for the era. I rarely read books from the genre that I am currently writing in. I don’t want to pick up something that might influence my own work. I also read books slowly whenever I’m writing, unless the story is truly captivating and then I end up devouring pages!

    • Post Author
      Posted August 9, 2015 at 17:34

      Oh, that funny. I don’t mind reading in the genre I’m writing. In fact I enjoy seeing how different authors might have handled a similar problem. It’s a kind of brainstorming 😉

  • Celine Jeanjean
    Posted August 9, 2015 at 13:03

    That’s a fun tagathon! I’m with you I was very sceptical of ebooks to begin with, but I love it now. I still read physical books, but new writers I’m trying out or non-fiction I tend to read on Kindle. And it makes it a whole lot easier to take a ton of books on holiday!! 😉

    • Post Author
      Posted August 9, 2015 at 17:36

      That’s ture, isn’t it? In a way, the e-reader has given me more freedom to experiment new stories, because ebooks normally are less expensive and they don’t take up space. If yo don’t like them, you just delate them 😉

  • Alex Hurst
    Posted August 10, 2015 at 07:31

    I agree with you on everything but TV Shows or Movies. I think TV shows would be better, because then you’re not rushing through the material, cutting out loved characters or scenes just to make that mark. Could you imagine Game of Thrones trying to fit into a 3 hour movie?

    Some one-shots are better as films (Pitch Perfect), but I think for most SFF, a TV show would be better!

    • Post Author
      Posted August 10, 2015 at 11:42

      Actually, from all I’ve heard about Game of Thrones, I think it would greatly benefit from a tighter lenght. The books sure would 😉

      There was a lot of debate on this respect when the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Lots of people critiqued having cut off some characters and episodes entirele, having ‘butchered’ others, having reajusts senquences.
      Personally, I think no book could be transported on sceen the way it is. book and screen narration are such different medias they could never work the same way. I think people get confused because both media tell stories, people get supremely confused when both media tell the SAME story. But the truth is (for me at least) that the same story could never be told in the exact same way on both media. It would be a disaster on one side or the other.

      When a story (especially a long story) becomes a TV series, there is even more danger to mess up things just because, as you said, there is more room to tell the story the same way it is in the book.
      Sometimes it works, but most time it doesn’t. In my opinion 😉

  • Holly Gonzalez
    Posted August 13, 2015 at 19:16

    I’ve finally answered the challenge…sorry it took me a while 😛 Love your answers Jazz! Here are mine. I need to search for appropriate victims to tag…heh.

    • Post Author
      Posted August 14, 2015 at 06:56

      Hey Holly, thanks for taking it up. I really enjoyed your answers.
      Finding victims… eham, I mean people to challenge, is always a chalelnge in itself, but I’m confident you’ll succeed 😉

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