Bookish Tag Post: The Spooky “Would You Rather” Book Tag

 
 

“Would you rather” is such a simple idea, but also really fun. When I was in college, I once spontaneously bought a silly “would you rather” book when I stopped by the book store, and then I spent four hours in a car with a friend, driving home for the weekend, and we mostly just played while I drove, discussion pros and cons and arguing our points about these ridiculous questions when we disagreed, and it was a lot of fun. I highly recommend it as a fun thing to do with friends, especially on car rides.

Anyway, it’s October, and this “spooky” tag seemed fun! The original is from The Book Pusher on YouTube, but I was unable to find it, and I found this at A Great Read.


THRILLERS OR SUPERNATURALS

Supernaturals! That’s, like, 90% of what I read.

GHOSTS OR ZOMBIES

Ghosts. I’m down for a good zombie apocalypse book or game or whatever (I’m currently a little bit obsessed with Project Zomboid, as you may know). I’m even down for a zombie main character since you don’t find that often, and it can be really weird and fun and interesting. But I generally prefer ghosts over zombies, in books and in real life.

VAMPIRES OR WEREWOLVES

Almost any time I have to choose between things and one of the options is vampires, my answer is going to be vampires. Maybe if the question was, “Vampires or world peace?” I would consider not choosing vampires. But vampires or werewolves? No contest.

WITCHES OR DEMONS

In books, especially paranormal romance kinda books, demons. They’re dangerous and sexy and sometimes have horns or other cool bits. In real life, demons seem scary, and I would much prefer witches.

READ A BOOK WITH 13 CHAPTERS OR READ A BOOK WITH A BLACK CAT ON THE COVER?

I’m not a very superstitious person, so either is fine.

READ A SPOOKY BOOK IN THE DARK WITH ONLY A CANDLE FOR LIGHT OR BY YOURSELF IN A LOCKED BRIGHTLY LIT ROOM?

Ok, so, I don’t really like scary books or movies or anything. I don’t like being scared. But I have this weird thing where I often end up reading scary books or watching scary movies alone in the dark. I recently tweeted about watching 28 Days Later alone at night with the lights off when I was a teen. I also mentioned watching some scary movies alone in a cabin as the sun was setting.

Those were out of happenstance or necessity. But sometimes, weird as it is, I do it on purpose because it enhances the mood. That’s how reading is best for me, when I really feel it. But I’m also a wimp. So I don’t know! My answer would depend on exactly how scary the book is. Mildly scary, in the dark. Something that really freaks me out though, and I think I’d prefer a bright room.

FACE YOUR WORST FEARS OR BE TRAPPED IN THE MIND OF A KILLER?

The mind of a killer. I’m scared of things for reasons! And I feel like most people’s worst fears aren’t things you can just do and be ok. They’re things that are horrifying or traumatizing or have permanent consequences.

WATCH A SCARY MOVIE OR READ A SCARY BOOK?

Read a scary book, for the same reason as Jessica @ A Great Read. With books, I can imagine things less gory, less scary, etc. I can somewhat decide what to focus on, how detailed to make it, the pacing. There aren’t really jump scares in books either (I have been kinda jump scared by books, it can be done if the author is good, but it’s not exactly the same).

READ SPOOKY BOOKS DURING THE FALL TIME OR ALL YEAR?

I don’t really read spooky books at all, unless you consider sexy supernatural creates to be spooky! Although, I suppose I do read some books that are sort of spooky in an atmospheric, ominous sort of way. Creepy forests, ghost hauntings, etc. Anyway, my answer is all year, because I’m not really a seasonal reader, except for Christmas books, and wouldn’t want to limit myself or have to wait until fall to read certain books.

READ 10 SPOOKY BOOKS IN OCTOBER OR 10 SPOOKY BOOKS ALL YEAR?
Read fewer than 10 spooky books in a year or more than 10?

I don’t understand the original question. Why not choose all year, and then just read them all in October if that’s what you feel like? Or if they mean ten is the limit for the given time, why not choose October and read as many as you want the rest of the year?

I don’t know, so I changed it, and I’m choosing fewer than ten. As I said, I don’t read a lot of books that I think would be considered spooky, and I guess I’d rather possibly have to wait to read some than have to force myself to read more.

 
 
 
 

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  1. Greg

    I love werewolves as you know ha ha but that’s a tough choice. I love a good story with vampires AND werewolves- sometimes they work better than others. šŸ™‚ And oh my gosh reading a scary book when you’re alone or the house is dark… I watched The Thing once all by myself and about freaked out. šŸ™‚

  2. Jessica

    I had been watching the tv show Evil which is scary last week. I did have to sleep with the light on once. I would pick vampires, not werewolves. I rather pick witches. I have enough of demons from the show Evil and reading about demons in the standalone book from that martial arts fantasy book series I read. I will be finishing that book tomorrow and start reading a space dragon book series by the same author (Kylie Chan). I would pick a book with a black cat on the cover since I do have a black cat named Lily.
    I do have to have some lights on while watching a scary movie, show, or book.

  3. Karen

    Most things don’t scare me. My brain knows it isn’t real so it doesn’t bother me. I don get I guess – disturbed – but things that could and do happen though, like serial killers/torture. I just can’t read or watch that,

    Fun tag for the spooky season.