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Lots to say on this post, but I promise you I’ll keep the pace swift. First off, a wrap-up of this my fourth year of blogging. I’m always amused to see what words people use to come to Ripple Effects. So, here are some of them over this past year.

Search Engine Terms

  • modern day insane asylum
  • stranger than fiction free will or predestination
  • Vermeer skulls
  • how many hunting license were sold before and after  the movie Bambi
  • Toronto International Film Festival social impact
  • culture and imperialism in Mansfield Park
  • Shawshank Redemption sewer pipe
  • Hemingway beaten up by Canadian authors
  • what value in life if not together
  • how to get in touch with Diane Keaton

Give you a feel of what Ripple Effects is all about, right? Yes, it’s a mixed bag of ruminations on books and films, where crawling through a sewer pipe could be noted as an existential quest, and always, a lookout for the minutest ripples of current culture… while maintaining humor and sanity doing all that. And, if you know how to get in touch with Diane Keaton, do let me know.

Most Popular Post

Slowly heading towards half a million views, this turtle does not intend  to win any races, but is glad just the same to see some posts maintaining their popularity. This is the all time most popular post:

Memorable Movie Love Quotes which I compiled and posted for Valentine’s Day 2008. I sure hope that the 24,000 views in 2011 have contributed to some consolidation (and conciliation?) of relationships.

My Personal Best Picks

There are posts people may like, there are also posts that I favour more. Books into films is Arti’s ‘specialty’, and it’s always fun to link the two, albeit I know they are distinctly different art forms.  Some of my favorite posts in 2011 are:

And that leads me to the coming new year. From my upcoming book to movie lists, I look forward to reading the following titles, as they are in development with their film adaptations:

Books to Read in 2012 (before the film comes out)

  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
  • Runaway (short story) by Alice Munro
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Book Challenges in 2012

I’m excited to sign up for two Book Challenges sponsored by CarrieK. at Books And Movies.

2012 Graham Greene Challenge — What better way to delve into books and movies than reading Graham Greene, who had almost all of his works adapted into feature film or TV series. I’ve selected these titles:

  • The Quiet American
  • The End of the Affair
  • Brighton Rock

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2012 Ireland Challenge — I’m to pick four titles, including fiction and non-fiction by Irish writers with setting in Ireland. Now this is uncharted water for me. I’ve John Banville and Anne Enright in my TRB pile which I want to get to, and Deirdre Madden’s book suggested by litlove. I’m open to other recommendations.

  • Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden
  • The Sea by John Banville
  • The Gathering or
  • The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

Most Anticipated Books to be Released in 2012

  • When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
  • Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son by Anne Lamott

I’ll be reading screenplays too. Selections will likely be driven by spur of the moment, but these I’d like to get hold of:

Screenplays to Read in 2012

  • The Descendants (see how Alexander Payne adapts from novel)
  • Midnight In Paris (Woody Allen’s always fun to read)
  • Young Adult (Screenwriter Diablo Cody’s script after Juno)

Ironically, I find reading and blogging feed my procrastination. Finishing a book or a blog post is usually the best reason to delay, pulling me away from ‘real’ writing… I still have a screenplay half finished. 2012 looks like a good year to get that done.

And then of course…

The Awards Season 2012

  • Golden Globes – Jan. 15
  • SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild) – Jan. 29
  • BAFTA Awards (British Academy) – Feb. 12
  • WGA Awards (Writers Guild) – Feb. 19
  • Independent Spirit Awards – Feb. 25
  • The 84th Academy Awards – Feb. 26

As we edge towards the end of the year, my thanks to all who have visited, and those who have stirred up ripples by leaving their thoughts. The pond is all yours.

Best Wishes to All for a Wonderful 2012!

Happy New Year!

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