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Another poll-ish type thing, but I'm doing [livejournal.com profile] 5000questionsur (in private entries for now, I'll unlock and link everything once I'm done to minimize spam), where I came across one question that I thought was really interesting. So please tell me:

If someone wanted to understand you, what book could they read that would help?

And, if you want, what movie and what song/album would help?


My book would be "Stone Butch Blues" by Leslie Feinberg, hands down. I only read it for the first time last year, and I wish I had earlier, because it pretty much changed my life. I overidentify with the protagonist way too much, even though we don't have all that much in common when it comes down to it, and it gave me so much hope. (It's also a great look into the society of the post-war US and the early queer movement, by the way, and everyone should read it.)

Matt Ruff's "Sewer, Gas and Electrics - The Public Works Trilogy" helps, too - if you love that book as much as I do, you probably get what kind of person I am. ;)

As for the movies, mix "Shortbus" and "Amelié" and you pretty much got it. I can never decide on one single song to describe my soul, but Rilo Kiley's "The Absense of God" has long been my theme song and still mostly applies.

Date: 2008-07-16 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moondarri.livejournal.com
it seems that everyone is talking about this book. i feel like i should give it a try.

also, shortbus! such a good movie. i'm mostly in awe that the film can be so sexually explicity, bordering on pornographic, & yet, when watching it, i don't think i was even paying attention to the amount of nakedness happening, because the character's stories & the emotional core of the film was so much bigger. & i've never heard that song before, but the lyrics are really intriguing.

as for me, um. i'm not sure i've ever much identified with any characters in any books, for some reason. but i might have to go for the picture of dorian gray, because it's so artsy & pretentious & full of words, almost saturated to excess. it's also more of a philosophical text than a means of story-telling, like the characters are just there as an opportunity to stick more of oscar wilde's philosophies on life, art & beauty into their mouths. but then, there's also the bell jar by sylvia plath, because the lead character's madness & insecurity & fear really strikes a chord in me, & invisible monsters by chuck palahniuk, because again, his use of words just gets to me, & all the dark, ugly, twisted things about the human psyche is endlessly fascinating to me. (ohmygod, that was cheating so bad, i know. ;;^____^)

movies, (cheating again, sorry!) it would be a mix-up of velvet goldmine & donnie darko. a dose of art, music, sexuality, philosophy, madness, teenageangst & fear.

song, the music, instruments & melody of true faith by new order is pretty much the song of my soul, but in terms of lyrics & real meaningfulness, then it'd be one of a kind by placebo.

yeah. i feel like i've been over-indulgent in my answers. *hides*

Date: 2008-07-16 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
it seems that everyone is talking about this book.
They are? I only saw someone mentioning an AU based on it (which would be SO AWESOME), but everyone should talk about it, so yay!

Also, YES to everything you said about Shortbus.

All of the books to mentioned are ones I've been meaning to read for years, but never have. Your descriptions make me want to get them soon, though, especially "it's so artsy & pretentious & full of words, almost saturated to excess".

Placebo are the best.

yeah. i feel like i've been over-indulgent in my answers. *hides*
Not at all! I love detailed answers, that's why I ask this stuff. *creepily curious*

Date: 2008-07-17 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lily-liedtome.livejournal.com
Oooh, yes, read Stone Butch Blues. It will break your heart and stick with you FOREVER and change the entire way you look at the queer community and lbtq history! &hearts:

Date: 2008-07-16 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snuffkin.livejournal.com
I'm not good at these things :( The first book that came to my mind was Harry Potter, because it is a huge part of my life and if I ever wanted to live in a book it would be my first choice. It has MAGIC!

Can I swap movie with tv? cause then I'd take Buffy. Willow ... that's me and maybe a bit of Xander *lol*

I can't answer the song part cause I'm not good with lyrics. I always forget them. Maybe The Geek or Soundso by Wir sind Helden?

Date: 2008-07-18 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
There is no "being good" at it, I was just curious. ;) Interesting choices! *g*

Date: 2008-07-18 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snuffkin.livejournal.com
and by interesting you mean they suck? :X (NAAA DON'T TAKE ME SERIOUS !)

what I meant was that I'm not good with analysing myself. Knowing my strengths and weaknesses. But I tried my best YAY :D

Date: 2008-07-16 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-wedge.livejournal.com
One book (which is actually a graphic novel) that I really identify with is called Fun House by Alison Bechdel. Though Alison and I experienced childhood very differently (e.g., her dad was a dick, my dad is about the most kind person I know), the way she reacted to those experiences reminds me a lot of myself. Also with the fact that her drawings of herself at a young age look very much like me at a young age, it's hard for me *not* to relate. ^^;;

Movies - I also really relate to Amélie, as well as Little Miss Sunshine. An album - probably the Pet Shop Boys' Behaviour.

Date: 2008-07-18 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
Oh yes, "Little Miss Sunshine" is another one of those movies that fit.

I googled Fun Home and it sounds pretty interesting, putting that on my to-read list!

Date: 2008-07-17 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirror-mirror.livejournal.com
I'll take a raincheck on this because I'm too tired to think, but I want to do it.

Date: 2008-07-17 06:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lily-liedtome.livejournal.com
...I'd have no idea where to even start with that question. But I loved, loved, loved Stone Butch Blues and Shortbus, so there's that.

Date: 2008-07-18 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
That's definitely a good start. ;)

Date: 2008-07-17 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annonymousim.livejournal.com
Book:
I'd have to say The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chobsky. I think theres a bit of Charlie (the main character) in everyone.
Another book that came to mind was Harry Potter because its awesome and as snuffkin said, it was (and still is) such a big part of my life.
Ohh, and also Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. That book really helped me understand High School much better!

Movie:
Anastasia, the cartoon version. Haha, I grew up with it, and I guess a lot of it influenced me.

Song:
That's a hard one, I think it'd change with what I'm feeling.
At the moment, maybe There's no I in Team by Taking Back Sunday and Seventy Times Seven by Brand New.

=]

Date: 2008-07-18 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thefabone.livejournal.com
Awwwww, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is such a good book. Read it three times.

Date: 2008-07-18 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
"The Perks of Being A Wallflower" is one of those books I've been meaning to read for years, but never did. Maybe I will now!

I grew up with it, and I guess a lot of it influenced me.
Awww! I don't know why, but that's kind of precious. :D

Date: 2008-07-18 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annonymousim.livejournal.com
Ohh, you really, really should read it!
It was one of those books for me as well, where I used to be like: mhmm I'll read it one day! but then I saw it and my friends house and i was like: BORROW! and it was soooo good!
You really should read it =]

Hahahha, but it did influence me =P

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