Our Favourite Book
Sunday night TV was a little different than usual. Commercial networks were doing the usual movie repeats and crime shows. Bleh! I don't know how I missed it in my disection of the TV guide, but ABC were airing the results of their national 'My Favourite Book' survey in a panel-discussion format show. The panel were of varying personalities; a TV/radio presenter, a young 'intellectual' comedian, a writer, an actor, and a priest/writer; and I openly argued with them through the TV when I disagreed.
The evening started with the tenth most popular book and run up the list to number one. I enjoyed the format of making a big deal of the next number trying to build my suspense at what the top book will be. Just a bit of fun.
I thoroughly enjoyed the individual way each book's plot was surmised from Sandra Sulley's newsflash report to the Umbilical Brother's Lord of the Rings, and Banana's in Pajama's Pride and Prejudice (Are you thinking what I'm thinking B2?).
A popularity poll of books, the Top 10 list had some surprises and some not.
Books not surprised about were The Lord of the Rings, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cloudstreet, and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Surprisers were Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, The Da Vinci Code (well, that it was in the top 10), Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and The Bible. I was mostly surprised by The Bible because, well, I've not read it and so would never have crossed my mind. Which is stupid, I know, and it makes total sense because it's one popular book!
The show got me interested in reading Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Tim Winton's Cloudstreet. It also reminded me of a few books that are on my 'to read' list, like Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Of the Top 10 I've read three books (LOTR, HP5 and Da Vinci Code). Of the Top 100 a pitiful 16 books! There are many that I would like to read in the 100 list, and I'm sure I'll get to them eventually. But, for now, I'm happy that such an old and outdated thing as reading has had such a public boost. Thank you ABC for a thought provoking, amusing and informative evening.