Writing

Reader Survey

We’re going to take the chance to get to know each other a little better here.

  • Who is your favourite vampire? (can be TV, Film or Book)
  • Who is your favourite detective?
  • Favourite author?
  • Best villain? (TV, Film or book)
  • Most Inspiring Person? (Real Life or Fictional / Celebrity or Friend)

My Answers :

My favourite vampire will always be Angel, from Buffy. Just because he’s the first real exposure I had to vampires and I’m a major fan of David Boreanaz. Close second would be the Prince of Carpathians, Mikhail from Christine Feehan’s Dark Carpathian series.

My favourite detective has to be Hercules Poirot. I’m going to go for the Film version by Peter Ustinov because he’s such a class act. I do like David Suchet, but there’s something about Ustinov that just brings Poirot to life for me.

Favourite author would have to be the recently late lamented Elizabeth Peters, for her Amelia Peabody series. I fell in love with Amelia and her husband Radcliffe on first reading Crocodile on the Sandbank and it’s been one of my favourite novels ever since.

For best villain I’m going recent and turning to TV. I absolutely love Rumpelstiltskin. Even as Mr Gold there is something cunning, conniving and yet surprisingly charming about Rumpel. He’s twisted but caring and you feel for him, but he’s also the darkest thing you’ve ever seen, or are ever likely to. And Robert Carlyle is just another class act doing a fabulous job of bringing a character to life.

To turn to the most inspiring person, I think I’m going to go for a tied vote. For me, Marilyn Monroe is an astonishingly amazing person. She’s a woman who knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it. She was smart, funny, vivacious and talented, but also vulnerable and tender and fragile. Secondly, I’m going to say Christopher Reeve. He was also talented and smart and an incredible person. But he also strived and struggled through difficult times. Since I’ve had difficult times too, I guess both these people resonate with me because they somehow found a way to make it through. Their lives might not always have been shiny and bright, but they didn’t whine about it and they got on with life with a big smile and their head held high. Definitely something to aspire to.

So – that’s me. What about you?

9 thoughts on “Reader Survey

  1. 1. Eileen Daly’s Lilith Silver in Razor Blade Smile, or Delphine Seyrig’s Countess Elizabeth Bathory in Daughters of Darkness.
    2. Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse, or Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski
    3. Thomas Harris, Peter Hoeg, Kate Elliott, Stephen Donaldson
    4. Hannibal Lecter
    5. Hmm… Not sure. Bettany Hughes, maybe.

      1. They’re both films. The truth about Bathory is far more interesting than the fiction – read Kimberly Craft’s Infamous Lady.

  2. I’m not good with ‘best’, read ‘favourite for the moment’:
    1 Thomas, from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files
    2 Miss Marple, Brother Cadfael, Harry Dresden
    3 Oh I have so many… ok Terry Pratchett
    4 This one is tricky. I love villains but can’t think of a really good one. Glokta, perhaps? From Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series.
    5 Most inspiring person: Right now, Snowdon, for exposing what is the biggest threat to our society: treating every citizen as a potential terrorist.

  3. Mr. Crepsley, Cirque Du Freak book series. I don’t know if anyone has read/reading that series now, but I’m really enjoying it =D

    1. Yeah Lily, I have the whole collection and I love them all. I really have to get around to reading more Darren Shan books though, because he’s got, I think, another two collections.

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