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Mar Nov 06 2012, 20:46
So, the question is there: how often do you read books in their original language? I'm writing this in the English forum because most times, the original language, at least of the books I'm interested in, is English, but the question applies to any other language as well.

For me, it all started kinda the same as watching original versions of tv series: it took too damn long to get them translated/dubbed! Of course I'm excluding from this question books that you actually did not intend to read at all (meaning: class assignments). The first "voluntary" book in original version that I read was the 5th Harry Potter book, I was in Ireland at that time and there was no way I was gonna wait for it for about half year. There's also the fact that it cost just 12 euros, whereas HP books in Spain, as most books, was around or over 20 euros. I really doubt it goes all to the translators, but it's kinda too much for books that cost 10 euros in their original language to double that price just because they've been translated, isn't it?
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Miér Nov 07 2012, 09:18
I´ve read Particles and Nuclei: An Introduction to the Physical Concepts. Includes descriptions about hadrons and elementary blocks of matter.
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Miér Dic 05 2012, 23:59
For books originally written in English I always read them in original language. Translations are often very poor, a lot of the true meaning is lost.

For technical books or scientific articles, I also read them in English. They are not translated into Spanish most of the times, anyway.

(Sometimes I take the plunge and read in Italian or French, though my knowledge of such languages is not very good).

OFF-TOPIC: I also prefer original versions of films and TV series (with or w/o subtitles)... It became impossible for me to listen to known actors speaking a language not of their own... with a different voice... :D
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Jue Dic 06 2012, 02:42
It's funny, today I caught a piece of "Breaking Dawn" (you know, the gay vampires/necro-zoophile angsty girl stuff that children today are loving) on tv, and watching it in original language and dubbed (thanks, digital TV, it's one of the few things you're actually worth for!), realized it's probably the only case of a dubbed version better than the original... my goodness, those actors lack passion, strength, force of will... the dubbing actually makes it slightly better (even though it's still a terrible film as it was a terrible novel before it)...

I've not read in Italian (yet), but I wish I could read more in French. Unluckily, the only books that make it in French to the libraries around here are poetry or "artsy" narrative stories... in any case, nothing of the kind I enjoy reading. But thanks to ebooks and my trusty kindle I'm trying to get more French literature, though the backlog of English and Spanish reading puts it to second place...
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Jue Dic 06 2012, 08:35
alodnamra escribió:So, the question is there: how often do you read books in their original language?

Continuously. Unfortunately the GIGAPEDIA was closed Sad
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Jue Dic 06 2012, 12:28
alodnamra escribió:It's funny, today I caught a piece of "Breaking Dawn"

OMG. Shocked

Haven´t had the guts to watch that.
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Jue Dic 06 2012, 20:24
Well, you gotta know the enemy :D

No, really, I won't ever gonna be one of those band-wagon-jumping jerks who criticizes because it's fun or in fashion. The Twilight novels, I have not read them, but I do have watched the movies (it did take a lot of effort, I kept falling asleep) if only to corroborate the comments on how plain all characters are, how religious propaganda is crummed all over it, etc. And now I can speak about it and say it's all true and speak against Twilight with a proper basis.
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Jue Dic 06 2012, 21:48
I have read Twilight (the first book) - OK, just diagonal reading, and I think I haven´t even finished it.
Now I vaguely remember that I watched part of the first film on TV. No, seriously, it was not meant for me.

But...

I must confess that for the exact same reason you say that it is necessary to read a book or watch a film in order to criticise it properly, I read the Fifty shades trilogy (in English, of course) Embarassed I had to read it because I needed to write a comment on it. But you are absolutely right: the plus point is that now I can speak against the Fifty shades trilogy with a proper basis. But it was tough to read that, just to end up saying it is b..llsh.t.
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Vie Dic 07 2012, 00:32
On the opposite hand, I really thought "the Hunger Games" would just be yet another book pulling on Twilight success... after I went to watch the movie, I decided to get the books, and I really enjoyed them. It's still "tween" literature, but character development is much greater and the subtext is deeper. I do recommend them.

Also, god bless the Kindle (or ebooks in general). The Hunger Games is probably the utmost example of books you see in the shop and think "sounds kinda interesting but I'm not willing to pay that much for it".
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Vie Dic 07 2012, 01:50
The hunger games is by far much, much better than Twilight. I really enjoyed reading the trilogy. The movie was quite good too. You know, Jennifer Lawrence couldn´t dissappoint, not after the part she played in "Winter´s bone".

And of course, God bless my Papyre.

Now we are agreeing. :D
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Vie Dic 07 2012, 19:56
Is it truly plagiarism, or just builds on it? I mean, I haven't read Battle Royale, but I do have heard that the Hunger Games is Battle Royale for teens.

Still, I was a bit disappointed with the books, with the characters... by the end, it's like they are all actually rather "bland" and still, after all the fighting, they let themselves be manipulated all over again by the ones holding power. Ok, that's what the ending is for, but still... well, as the book itself says, Katniss is just a "tool" of the revolution, nothing else...
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Sáb Dic 08 2012, 13:42
Haven´t read Battle Royale, sorry.

I must say that I was dissappointed with the third of the trilogy, but in overall it was fun and entertaining. If I want to read something really mind-shaking, I´d go for something else.
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Jue Dic 13 2012, 06:05
Elisewin escribió:Haven´t read Battle Royale, sorry.

I must say that I was dissappointed with the third of the trilogy, but in overall it was fun and entertaining. If I want to read something really mind-shaking, I´d go for something else.

elisewin, what would be mind-shaking for you? please recommend... :study:
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Jue Dic 13 2012, 12:10
Not a single piece of work but just to mention a few authors that I find mind-shaking (in the emotional sense), I must say Thomas Bernhard (beautifully depressing), Emile Cioran (I find him quite funny in the underneath, covered with a dark patina of disappointment and suicidal ideas), Elias Canetti (profound thinker...), Michel Houellebecq (misoginist and "raw"), Alessandro Baricco (a true poet, I could quote by heart some parts of any of his books). Also Japanese literature. But for all these I would go for the translation.

In English, thus I would read original versions: John M. Coetzee (Disgrace was one of the saddest books I have ever read), Martin Amis (behind the humor, some interesting remarks about life, London Fields is superb), Howard Jacobson (another great, great contemporary writer. I have to read his last book, "Zoo time"), and many, many others... Classics of course. Henry James, Dickens, Thackeray, Chesterton... and I can go on.

But I stop, otherwise this will be extremely boring. :D
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Jue Dic 13 2012, 21:25
not boring at all! cheers thanks much for the list, which i will try to take good care of in the near future (except coetzee, of course; don´t want to die just yet... lol! )

i wish i could recommend authors myself, but i´m afraid i´ve been slacking in my reading way too much lately (and with lately i mean for the past 15 years... :scratch: )

soon though... Wink
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