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Campfire participants will contribute two short opinion pieces; one on a favorite novel and the other on a favorite movie.

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Welcome everybody!

For the first round, I thought we could review our favorite movie.

My all-time favorite movie would be Star Wars; the original one. We have all the Star Wars series on DVD now, and we watch them again, from time to time. I look at the first one, and I can see how far special effects have progressed since it first came out. But even though it might be ‘crude’ by today’s standards, it remains my most favorite. The plot, dialogue, and characters far exceed the others, in my opinion. I just love Chewbacca! And Princess Leia’s hair, all coiled up like cinnamon buns, always cracks me up!
My all time favorite movie is hard to choose. Right now I think it has to be Shrek. I am a big fan of animation and I own quite a few such movies. The status of animation at this time just blows me away. I love the jokes that run through the movie. The actors chosen for voice- overs are perfect. There is a moral to the story and the movie can be enjoyed by people of any age. The characters all have a bit of the features and persona of the real actor doing the voice. We enjoy picking these things out.
I will choose Pump up the Volume. Perhaps it is the rebel in me but I love the message of the film. And the quote “The truth is a virus”.

It is about standing up for what you believe in, and doing so the right way. The acting is brilliant. And the chemistry between the two lead characters is so obvious. The female lead character is a poet as well, which makes it easier for me to identify with her. The film makes me laugh and also has tender moments. So it has many ingredients that make it appeal to me.
My favorite movie is one that just came out pretty recently... "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl". There's something for everyone in this film--action, adventure, comedy, romance, fantasy, and horror are all incorporated into this exciting movie about pirates and treasure. The main characters (Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley, Geoffery Rush) were all perfect for their particular roles, and the chemistry between Bloom and Depp was just fantastic. The combination of actors and their acting, the music, and great plot were what made this movie one of my all-time favorites.
It's hard for me to choose. I have several favorite movies for different reasons. There are a lot of movies out that I'd like to see, that I haven't seen yet. Sixth Sense was one of my favorite movies because of how it was written. I thought all the clues of the red being through-out the movie was ingenious, and the ending had me, and everyone else it seemed. Excellent writing and acting. I also love Moulin Rouge, for the music, acting, coloring in that movie is brilliant. It took me back in time to another place like it was suppose to do.
Great descriptions, everyone! For this round, let's discuss an outstanding novel we've read.

I chose a work by a Czechoslavakian writer, Milan Kundera. Originally published in 1967, it is called "The Joke." Kundera's narrative strategy is to describe the events through the eyes of four characters: Ludvik, Helena, Jaroslav, and Kostka.

The main character, Ludvik, has waited fifteen years to exact revenge on a perceived enemy. The plot exemplifies the Nietzschean theory of the "slave soul" in which those who are mentally and physically weak sustain themselves by claiming that they are "God's Chosen." It is a very interesting story, well-written, and I'd recommend everyone to read it.
I have several outstanding novels I reread on a yearly basis. They are like old friends. One I read, without ever getting tired of it, is a series of five books. The author is David Eddings and the title of the series is Belgariad with the first book being Pawn of Prophecy.

It's in the realm of fantasy and there is something in this series to delight everyone. The story is about a boy who does not know he is to be King and save his world. The characters are well drawn, the creatures wonderfully evil, sorcery abounds, yet everything is very human and the reader can easily relate. In my opinion, he is right up there with Tolkien.
I will choose The Black House, written by Stephen King and Peter Straub. A reluctant hero must solve a frightening mystery; children vanish and there is more at stake than most people realise...

The characters are excellent and far from stereotypical and the story gave me a good few chills, yet also managed to actually make me cry.

The two authors have a way of creating magic together. This book is just one of those that I couldn’t seem to put down – I had to know what was going to happen next!
When I read Give Me One Wish for the first time in sixth grade, it totally changed my outlook on life. Written by Jacquie Gordon, it tells the true story of Ms. Gordon's spunky daughter Christine. This poignant book chronicles Christine's struggle with cystic fibrosis, a disease that eventually claims her life at the young age of 22. It's a very powerful, emotional novel and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a truly inspring story of courage, hope, and living life to the fullest.
I have too many favorite novels to say which one is my favorite. I just don't know. I love the story "Poisonwood Bible" if any of you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it. It is among one of my very favorite books. It's not a particularly happy story, but the emotion in it is very high. It's about a missionary family going to Africa. The things that happen in there almost bring me to tears. It made me want to learn more about the Congo when I got through. There's also "Through A Glass, Darkly" it is definitely one of my favorite books as well.

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