1. Libraries or Bookshops.
I devour books and if I like one I like to OWN it so I can go back to it if and when I want to. So, bookshops, as far as that is concerned. But I got my reading start in libraries and I love them fiercely (I just resent having to give books I like BACK, yanno...)
2. Pens or Pencils.
The smell of old fashioned graphite pencils reminds me of my beloved grandfather who always had some lying about and was also a teacher for forty years and they were his best friend all of that time. So there is that. But I love love love the feel of a proper old-fashioned fountain pen and the sensation of ink flow under the pressure of my hand...
3. Handwritten or Typed.
These days, typed. I haven't hand-writen anything for years, other than the occaional poem or the bare-bones story notes to remind me of something I need to remember for a given story.
4. Thesaurus or Dictionary.
I was once accused of swallowing a dictionary when I was five years old. WOuld you believe... neither...? Not really?
5. Kindle et al or Print Book.
I understand the e-book revolution, I do, and I realise taht for some it's been a blessing. But nothing beats the feel of a "real" book in my hands.
6. Wikipedia or Encyclopaedia.
I don't really go to Wikipedia that often. If I need to find out something specific online, I will Google that specific thing and then follow it to sources that seem authoritative. Wikipedia seems like an unnecessary middleman step in that equation. But Encyclopedias... have you been following my encyclopedia entries on this blog? A new one is coming soon...
7. Radio Play or Television Drama.
Mmmm. Radio for some things, sure. But I like to SEE stuff, particularly with well done period dramas which provide me with a wealth of lovely visual detail that radio just can't match.
8. Poetry or Prose.
Mostly prose. But I cut my teeth on poetry, on Grandpa's sonnets, and I'll always have a soft spot for a good poem.
9. Fiction or Non-Fiction.
Oh, I'll read a good non-fiction book. In fact I read many of them when in research mode for a novel. And I enjoy the heck out of it. But for reading pleasure...? Fiction, all the way.
10. Novels or Short stories.
Novels. Although there are some short stories that I love which I cannot imagine being longer than they are. Some things just need to be... themselves, and loved anyway.
11. Fantasy or Commercial/Literary Fiction.
I fall squarely on the fantasy side of that. I really don't like "commercial". I prefer esoteric.
12. The Grapes of Wrath or Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
I don't believe I've ever met the oranges. Is this a grievous omission in my reading career?
13. The Odyssey or The Road.
The Odyssey. Hands down.
14. Tipping the Velvet or The Well of Loneliness.
15. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Winnie-the-Pooh.
16. Frankenstein or Dracula.
Frankenstein had a sort of SOUL. Dracula...well... I've never liked vampires much. Not to begin with. And certainly not what they evolved into. (Sparkle?! EW!)
17. Charles Perrault or The Brothers Grimm.
Andersen (I like my fairy tales with a dash of the tragic, apparently)
18. William Shakespeare or William Blake.
19. Virginia Woolf or Katherine Mansfield.
Interchangeable, really, if I am in the mood for THAT sort of thing. I don't have a favourite.
20. Philip Pullman or JK Rowling.
Tolkien. [grin] SORRY, but you asked.
21. Emily Dickinson or Sylvia Plath.
SOmeone fatally told me that all Dickinson's poems could be sung to the tune of "Yellow Rose of Texas" - and although I prefer her themes to Plath's I find myself less than able to get past that tune every time I pick up a poem by Dickinson. I regret this. But it's the truth.