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Amled
27 May 05,, 03:08
Whatís your favourite fictional book, and literary character? The same question in regards to film, favourite film and film character?

Mine are:
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkin. Primarily for its beauty of language, plotting and attention to detail. Also it was a darn good adventure, and read.
In all fairness it should have been A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, but I got hooked on Tolkin in my late teens and havenít been able to kick the habit to this day.

Literary Character: Sydney Carton the protagonist in A Tale of Two Cities.

Film: Cool Hand Luke
Film character: Same as above. The ultimate free spirit

Confed999
28 May 05,, 18:08
Whatís your favourite fictional book, and literary character?
"The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever" double trilogy by Stephen R. Donaldson. Mr. Covenant is the character. First Book... (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0345348656/qid=1117296140/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/104-9490922-3339163?v=glance&s=books)

favourite film and film character?
"Army of Darkness", character "Ash". Flick... (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106308/)

I have a thing for reluctant heroes. ;)

Parihaka
30 May 05,, 00:55
Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle comprising Quicksilver, Confusion and The System Of The World, by Neil Stephenson.
Fav. characters Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin from Patrick O'Briens series of books including Master & Commander.

2DREZQ
02 Jun 05,, 23:22
"The Book Dragon" Lead character: Nonesuch (the dragon.)

Tremors-No favorite character, I just like the Monster getting shot to death for breaking into the wrong rec room.

TopHatter
02 Jun 05,, 23:31
Fav. characters Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin from Patrick O'Briens series of books including Master & Commander.

Definitely love the Aubrey/Maturin series!
Most of Tom Clancy's books...probably until Bear and The Dragon.
The biographies written by William Manchester.

Movies: Anything by James Cameron. Plus:

The Usual Suspects
LA Confidential
Conspiracy
Master and Commander

highsea
03 Jun 05,, 00:30
This is tough.

Favorite Fiction: "Last of the Winnebagos" by Connie Willis (not really a book, but my favorite fiction. Second Place- "Shogun" by James Clavell)
Favorite Fictional Character: "Lazarus Long" from "Time Enough for Love" by Robert Heinlein
Favorite Movie: "The Matrix"
Favorite Movie Character: "Mr. Spock" (this crosses over into TV, but he had all the great lines)

Parihaka
03 Jun 05,, 00:56
Favourite writer: William Shakespeare
Favourite movie: Shakespeare in love

Amled
03 Jun 05,, 01:59
...Favorite Fictional Character: "Lazarus Long" from "Time Enough for Love" by Robert Heinlein

My clear number two, but I met Sydney Carton Carton when I was twelve and old habits are hard to break.


Those who refuse to support and defend a state have no claim to protection by that state. Killing an anarchist or a pacifist should not be defined as 'murder' in a legalistic sense. The offense against the state, if any, should be 'Using deadly weapon inside city limits,' or 'Creating a taffic hazard,' or 'Endangering bystanders,' or other misdemeanor.
From The Notebook of Lazarus Long

Bluesman
03 Jun 05,, 02:04
Favorite book (or, more accurately, the most influential in my thinking): "Atlas Shrugged", by Ayn Rand

Favorite literary character (or more accurately, the one whose career I follow most avidly): Sir Harry Flashman (http://www.pangloss.ca/flashman/Chronology.htm).

Parihaka
03 Jun 05,, 03:35
Favorite book (or, more accurately, the most influential in my thinking): "Atlas Shrugged", by Ayn Rand

Favorite literary character (or more accurately, the one whose career I follow most avidly): Sir Harry Flashman (http://www.pangloss.ca/flashman/Chronology.htm).
Damn your eyes sir, you beat me to it..

"Just for a moment I wondered if I was dreaming, but she was fully-clad, so it seemed unlikely. "

"The American Confederates weren't bad, I suppose, bar their habit of spitting on carpets, and the worst I can say of the Yankeees is that they took soldiering seriously and seemed to be under the impression they had invented it."

my favourite is his conversation with Elgin as regards Trollope in Flashman and the Dragon but I can't remember the exact quote ;)

Bluesman
03 Jun 05,, 04:31
One of my favorite Flashman quotes, as he was considering making a better escape by throwing a Russian noblewoman over the side of his sled:

"For a moment, even I was appalled - but only for a moment."

Bluesman
03 Jun 05,, 04:32
"Haw-haw!! Fwashman sits well, don't he?"

Beaugeste93
03 Jun 05,, 04:43
Favorite novel: Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein. (if you haven't read it, dont judge by the godawful movie) Sci Fi aside, its one of the finest military novels around. Next choice would be Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (ok, its a play. close enough). These based on numbers of times read and re-read.


Favorite character: I should probably pick someone more "literary" but you just cant beat Bob Lee and Earl Swagger from Stephen Hunters novels.

Favorite movie: no contest: Breaker Morant

Parihaka
03 Jun 05,, 05:17
"Haw-haw!! Fwashman sits well, don't he?"
Oh thanks a lot! Now I'm going to have to go and dig them out of my library and re-read them :cool:

The Chap
03 Jun 05,, 05:41
Lit: the "Gap series" by Donaldson. I'm s'posed to say Homer or Chaucer etc. , I know.
Film Chap: Valmont (Dangerous choice). Or the guy in "Grosse Point Blank". :)

TopHatter
03 Jun 05,, 06:18
Or the guy in "Grosse Point Blank". :)


Chap, when I first saw that movie, I was furious, livid and completely put out.
That role should have gone to ME! :mad:

Amled
03 Jun 05,, 12:59
Favorite novel: Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein. (if you haven't read it, dont judge by the godawful movie) Sci Fi aside, its one of the finest military novels around.
The excellent military asspect aside, the frequent flashbacks to Juan's lectures in the History and Moral Philosophy course in High School are well worth pondering upon.

Beaugeste93
03 Jun 05,, 18:41
The excellent military asspect aside, the frequent flashbacks to Juan's lectures in the History and Moral Philosophy course in High School are well worth pondering upon.


Thats part of what I meant. Why you enlist, why you fight, why try to command, etc. As well as the societal discussions. I still can't believe they turned such a great book into a neo-nazi piece of crap.

Major Dad
03 Jun 05,, 19:38
Favorite literary character: Cthulhu

Authors:Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle, Roger Zelazny, Jack Vance

2DREZQ
26 Jun 05,, 07:08
Favorite movie: no contest: Breaker Morant

I have a small piece (somwhere) of the original film. I was running the Peerless Magna-Arc when the film broke and I had to splice it back together.

Great movie, if you wanted to leave the theater PO'd.

barrowaj
26 Jun 05,, 09:45
"Army of Darkness", character "Ash".Dude, you like that movie too? Haha, I just bought it on DVD, its great. But I'd have to say that my favorite movie of all time is either Predator or The Big Lebowski. I'll leave it at a tie. If you haven't seen the latter, watch it, preferably like 3 times.

Books? Well, back in the day when I actually had time to read books that weren't about Pathology, Infectuous Diseases, or Immunology, I liked "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence." Its a cool tale about travelling accross the US. Way better then "On the Road Again."

But the best book of all time is "2001: A Space Odessey." Its not like the movie (ie. its interesting), and is a very short read. If you haven't read it READ IT. It is very thought provoking. The books sequels are not up to speed with the original.

I would also recommend "EARTH ODYSSEY: AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE." Its an interesting story about environmental decline around the world. Its a cool book, and suprise, it has the US coming out looking pretty good in the end.

Confed999
26 Jun 05,, 23:15
Dude, you like that movie too? Haha, I just bought it on DVD, its great.
Tons. Great one liner hero flick.

Samudra
27 Jun 05,, 09:05
Lit : The Tale of Two Cities , and Scarlet Pimpernal - though i have only read a abridged version of that.

My fav.Char should be Sir Percy in Scarlet Pimpernal....
Heard a film was made based upon SP :confused:

The Chap
30 Jun 05,, 06:42
Lit : The Tale of Two Cities , and Scarlet Pimpernal - though i have only read a abridged version of that.

My fav.Char should be Sir Percy in Scarlet Pimpernal....
Heard a film was made based upon SP :confused:

Don't know about a film, but a decent series by the BBC :) with Richard E. Grant may do the job.

Samudra
30 Jun 05,, 10:42
Don't know about a film, but a decent series by the BBC :) with Richard E. Grant may do the job.

A search in Bit Torrent doesnt help.
Going back to download Demi Moore's pottery and love making scene from the ghost. :)

indianguy4u
30 Jun 05,, 10:53
One BBC series 3-4 yrs back "In the footsteps of Alexander the great" was well made.
My favorite book is The Famous Five, class act, and also a TV series on it, old british prod saw it in Doordarshan.

The Chap
13 Sep 05,, 05:45
I am not sure if the following has been released in the UK, but would dearly love a copy:

"Naked porn girlies do anything with spectacular background explosions and fast cars"

I am of the understanding that there may be a "bootleg" director's cut that includes previously unreleased footage of "laserbeams" and "psychotronic love commandos on a one-way rocket ship to planet sex"

Should this be complete shite I humbly beg someone to make it. :biggrin:

Just for me.

Parihaka
13 Sep 05,, 06:00
I am not sure if the following has been released in the UK, but would dearly love a copy:

"Naked porn girlies do anything with spectacular background explosions and fast cars"

I am of the understanding that there may be a "bootleg" director's cut that includes previously unreleased footage of "laserbeams" and "psychotronic love commandos on a one-way rocket ship to planet sex"

Should this be complete shite I humbly beg someone to make it. :biggrin:

Just for me.
You provide the funding, I'll make it :biggrin:

Ghost Dance
14 Sep 05,, 01:18
Favourite literary character: The Emperor Claudius from 'I, Claudius'
Favourite film character: Keyser Soze from 'The Usual Suspects' (whoever he may be... ;) )

THL
14 Sep 05,, 06:50
Whatís your favourite fictional book, and literary character? The same question in regards to film, favourite film and film character?
I cannot remember the last time I read a fictional book...I have a difficult time getting "into" them. True crime books, historical books - I am all over those:
"Mockery of Justice" was good (the real story of Sam Sheppard). Right now I am reading "Iron Coffins" which is looking to be pretty good. I just finished reading "The Good Heart" which was a seminar, or rather a 3 day speech that the Dalai Lama was invited to give to Religious, mainly Christian, leaders about the comparisons between Christianity and Buddhism. TopHat did try to get me to read "Red Storm Rising" but I could not get into it and had to stop. Almost anything (true) written about the oil and energy industry will also catch my eye.

Fictional movies...The Matrix by far....Oh, and the New Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I love Johnny Depp and I love the original Willy Wonka. Office Space, anything that is not too "girly" and "tear-jerking" is almost always okay.

I do like to go see live performances...Les Mis, Phantom - actually almost anything by Andrew Lloyd Weber - then, of course, there is always my favorite, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (which I still have to drag dear TH to). :tongue:

thesaint
14 Sep 05,, 08:08
Fictional book: The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon.
Fictional character: Redmond Barry, Esq.
Fictional movie: The Big Lebowski: say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.
Movie characters: any played by Ron Jeremy

TopHatter
15 Sep 05,, 00:20
then, of course, there is always my favorite, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (which I still have to drag dear TH to). :tongue:

Please don't say "drag" in that reference :eek:

sparten
15 Sep 05,, 10:04
Favourite Fiction: David Copperfield
Favourite Book: Memoirs of US Grant. Wellington by Richard Holems. Currrently treading HenryVIII by Alison Weir.

Favourite Movie: Ahhh.... I would have to say, The Spy who loved me and Roman Holiday. The DVD of Battleship Potemkin went bad on me a third of the way through. Before that it was going great.

Amled
15 Sep 05,, 10:12
Please don't say "drag" in that reference :eek:
Properly a "Freudian slip"! :biggrin: ;)

The Chap
17 Sep 05,, 03:37
Properly a "Freudian slip"! :biggrin: ;)

Applause! :biggrin: Your skimpy premise barely conceals the "in your face" filligree
of a tight but open question which otherwise may well have remained hidden under a cunning veil of silken modesty...

And if you can work out what the bloody hell that means, yr'a better man than I :biggrin: