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50 Day Question Challenge 2016 - Day 10
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10. What’s your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?

I went through a pretty heavy stage of dystopian fiction and for a long time, my favourite book was George Orwell's Ninteen Eighty-Four.  I have read plenty since (amongst them, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale), but really warmed to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. I could not believe it was written in 1931 as it was pertinent to what is happening in today's world.

I haven't watched any of the films which have been made into books, but if I have my number one dystopian television series, it would have to be The Prisoner, brainchild of Patrick McGoohan.  It is the programme that set off a lifetime of fascination for alternative worlds and I really wish he had wrote it as a story, too.

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Mine, too. It was a scary world that No. 6 was sent to, although strangely enough, I have been to Portmeirion and it is so lovely that I could happily live there in the Village. What does that say about me?

I liked it because it reminded me very much of the village I live in. My father painted some (then newly put up) bungalows down on the Saltings, that were the same colour/style as on 'The Prisoner'. The sea very reminiscent of our estruary/beach in the same village. The Green Dome reminds me of Lloyd's Bank in Penzance (one of our nearer towns 7 miles away). Wales is vey much on the same alignment with Cornwall and shares a lot of its traits (gorse,granite,Celtic language etc).

My siswter went to Portmeirion and brought me back a framed photo from an outshoot of 'The prisoer' - I was a very lucky girl :-D

We've been there twice and I'd go back in a heartbeat. They still love the show there and there's even a TV station in the hotel that does nothing except show the series.

We loved our time there.

I would love to take my SLR there :-)

Single Lens Reflex camera - digital :-)

Gore Vidal, Julian, and Victor Hugo, Notre Dame de Paris. Historical novels with two of the most heartbreaking tragic heroes in literature.

Julian, if anything, is all the more devastating because it is based on a true story and the tragedy is a real one, the consequences of which we are still suffering as a culture. Julian was a real hero: a scholar, a thinker, a man of action; above all, he was a profoundly good man. There are far too few of those around, especially in positions of power.

But I first read Notre Dame when I was younger (mid-teens). Long before my own Asperger's diagnosis, it introduced me to a character with whom I bonded at once because I recognised so much, in terms of the way our minds work – Claude, the Archdeacon of Josas. Of course, being a Gothic historical romance, everything goes hideously wrong, and this brilliant, screwed-up young man destroys himself and everyone around him in the end; but he's still one of my greatest literary grandes passions...

It is so important to find protagonists that you can clearly identify with. I wanted Winston Smith (Nineteen Eighty Four) to get out of Airstrip One, to lead a revolution against the tyranny of Oceania. I could understand John (Brave New World)better than protagonist Bernard, but could identify with Bernard's feeling of isolation.

Yes: these boys (OK, they're in their early-mid-30s, but that's "boys" from where I'm sitting! LOL!) are young people I want to rescue and care for; patch them up and ply with hot chocolate.

Julian is good and brave and intelligent, and you want him to succeed. He's the geeky little orphan who grew up surrounded by relatives who were trying to kill him; unlike his half-brother, he didn't let it corrupt him, but found refuge in his studies. He was whisked out of his philosophy studies to command an army... and was good at it. But the moral of the story is, never go out without your armour.

Claude is a genius, brilliant at his studies, kind to younger children and orphans (besides his kid brother, he also raises a mentally and physically disabled foundling), but with recognisable Aspie social difficulties. He's torn between his ecclesiastical upbringing and career and his passion for the new Renaissance world of alchemical experiments and Neo-Platonist mysticism. His upbringing in the mediæval church, with all its sexual neuroses, has stifled his emotional/sexual life; when he finally notices a girl for the first time – an utterly unsuitable one, an airhead dancer who prefers a rake of a soldier – his world splinters around him and he plunges into a Dance of Death.

I swear when I am done with my degree, I will look into these titles. I have also been hankering after having a go on son's Playstation (haven't played computer games in years). I am putting it off as I don't need much to distract me.

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