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The Thirty Day Book Meme: Day 09!

Day 09 - Best scene ever

Feel free to respond in comments, but also feel free to do it on your journal if you prefer, or post your answer to the comm separately.

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shogunsquirrel
Aug. 19th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Here's mine but I bet I think of others as I read over the next several days.
oddmonster
Aug. 19th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Good answer! Especially the last line. I'm very much struggling with this one, although I keep coming back to, "Well, can I think of anything I like more than This Scene I've Chosen?" Which is likely a sign.

Must think harder.
shogunsquirrel
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
As predicted, I thought of another one:
I love the scene in The Magician's Nephew where the bit of metal grows into a lamppost, thus explaining why there's a lamp post in the middle of the forest.
I love when magic and urban iconography come together, better yet in such a baroque way.
anything_can_be
Aug. 19th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
My answer today will be the same as my answer for Day 29. It also contains a spoiler for HP7. I have a few friends who are waiting for the movies to come out, but I suspect that is not the case on a book comm. Nevertheless, I wanted to mention it, lest I spoil someone unintentionally.

As far as my memory will let me recall, my favorite scene from a book is Molly Weasley going after and finally killing Bellatrix Lestrange.

"NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!"

I REALLY hope they keep this scene in the movie version, but I suspect I'm going to be sadly disappointed. It is an immensely satisfying scene. And, it also puts on display just how deep a mother's love runs for her "cubs."
meneleth
Aug. 19th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
I remember cheering out loud when I read that scene.
yoshiblack16
Aug. 26th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
I loved that scene:)
catyah
Aug. 19th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
As with all the other questions on this meme, this makes me want to shriek, "Just ONE?"

OK, for some reason the scene that's coming to my mind is in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" by Betty Smith, when Francie goes to the library and just *absorbs* the atmosphere of the whole place. Either that or the scene that follows, where she walks home with the books she has selected (determined to read the library in alphabetical order), goes upstairs to their tenement flat, puts some peppermint candies into a chipped blue glass dish, and goes out onto the fire escape to read, sheltered and hidden by "her" tree.

*happy sigh* I SO wanted a fire escape to read on when I was a kid, reading that book for the first time.
meneleth
Aug. 19th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
The scene that came immediately to my mind when I read this question is when the Rohirrim arrive at Gondor in Return of the King. It was also one of the scenes in the movie where I think PJ did full justice to the book. If my hubby hadn't been holding my arm I would have jumped to my feet in the theater to cheer. It still gives me chills to read or watch.

This scene:

The Black Rider flung back his hood, and behold! he had a kingly crown; and yet upon no head visible was it set. The red fires shone between it and the mantled shoulders, vast and dark. From a mouth
unseen there came a deadly laughter.
'Old fool!' he said to Gandalf. 'Old fool! This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!' And with that he lifted high his sword and flames ran down the blade.
Gandalf did not move.
And in that very moment, away behind in
some courtyard of the City, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, reckoning nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.
And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns. In dark Mindolluin's sides they dimly echoed. Great horns of the North wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.

Return of the King, JRR Tolkien
trishtrash
Aug. 19th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Can I have two?

There's a monopoly game going on in the day room.

The short monopoly game scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest just defines everything that's perfect, crazy and perfect, about that book.

My second is Poke and Lloyd's crime spree from King's The Stand. There's something magnificent and deranged about it, even in its immense stupidity.


Both of these scenes describe a sort of chaos, and do it really well; there are romantic and triumphant scenes from countless books which move me more, but I don't admire them like I do the ability to corral insanity into readable form.
cat63
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I thought this would be really hard, but it was easy once I thought about it.

SPOILERS FOR DEAD BEAT BY JIM BUTCHER

It has to be the scene towards the end of Dead Beat by Jim Butcher where Harry reanimates a Tyrannosaurus Rex (named Sue, naturally) and rides her into battle against a horde of zombies. Because, seriously, what could possibly be better than that? :-)
meneleth
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh yes, that's a great scene. It was so funny my family wanted to know why I was laughing hysterically at the book. I read it to them in between giggles and they loved it too. You don't have to have read the whole book to appreciate it. And it was the first thing I thought of during the T-Rex riding scene in Night At The Museum.
oddmonster
Aug. 20th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
OMG I MUST READ THIS BOOK ANIMATED T-REX WITH HARRY RIDING OMG *SQUEE FLAIL*
death_ismygift
Aug. 19th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
The scene in The Hound of the Baskervilles (by Arthur Conan Doyle) where Watson is hiding in the hut and then Holmes appears. The first time I read this I was so anxious I could barely stand to read on and the relief Watson feels is hardly confined to him. It's a brilliant book and this scene is just perfect.
oddmonster
Aug. 20th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
I think for me, and I've been tossing the question around all day, it comes down to:

Father Chains sat on the roof of the House of Perelandro, staring down at the astonishingly arrogant fourteen-year-old that had grown out of the little orphan he'd purchased so many years before from the Thiefmaker of Shades' Hill.

'Someday, Locke Lamora,' he said, 'someday you're going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope I'm still alive to see it.'

'Oh please,' said Locke. 'It'll never happen.'


It comes at a great time in the book to always bring to mind all the ways those statements come to pass. It's a beautiful pause in the middle of all the chaos of the rest of the book and what comes after. It's *perfect*.
seaivy
Aug. 20th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
What came immediately to mind was Elizabeth Bennett one uping Lady Deburgh (I think that's her name)- delightful verbal sparing.
That recent movie got it all wrong!


trishtrash
Aug. 20th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
Oh, great choice!
imagine_peace
Aug. 25th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Hmm, Darcy's proposal and then Elizabeth Bennett's denial of it in Pride and Prejudice.
yoshiblack16
Aug. 26th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
For me is the scene in The Giver where Jonas watched the video in which his dad "released" the twin baby.
That scene made me so mad I even cried a little.
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