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Discussion: Book Trivia

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I watch Jeopardy fairly often. Not every night, but often enough to jump for joy or shrink in despair when the categories are announced. For instance, I know I have a decent shot on questions about movies, TV, the Bible or coming up with the right word. I know I have half a shot on geography and history. And I know it will take a miracle (or a super easy question) to get one right in math, science, sports or music.

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But what about books? I read, I blog and I talk to other book bloggers. This should be a good category, right? Wrong. For some reason, unless the category is specifically "Children's Books" or "YA Books," often I either have half a shot or need a miracle on book trivia. I know a big part of that is my tendency to read mostly YA with a little middle grade and adult on the side, but even if I dove into adult sci-fi/fantasy, romance, mystery, thrillers, etc., I think I'd still be in trouble.

Lots of book trivia, especially on Jeopardy, seems to revolve around classic literature and literary fiction. I can occasionally get by on the classics from all the movies I've watched, but past and present literary fiction? I haven't read too many of those outside of school.

What have your experiences with book trivia been like- in Jeopardy or any other trivia game? Do you find it encompassing one genre more than another? Or are you one of those trivia machines who knows everything? ;)

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  1. Hmmm... interesting question. I play a game on my phone with my friends called Trivia Crack and the art category is actually my top category. I usually get most of the literature questions correct, but it's multiple choice which I think is much easier than in a jeopardy situation where you don't have options.

    (If you play the game add me! My name is @samanthafab it's totally addicting)

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    1. My brother just introduced me to Trivia Crack last week! It is addicting. >.> But yes, multiple choice is usually easier than fill-in-the-blank.

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  2. Literary trivia games that I've played seem to either encompass a good amount of everything, or mostly classic literature. I'm lucky - I know my classics and random facts about books outside of my reading norm, so I'm usually good at any book trivia. Not that anyone is bragging. ;)

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    1. Drat, this means I'll either have to read more classics or track down better movie adaptations. ;)

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  3. I find trivia about literature is most often about classics or the really BIG sellers like Harry Potter. But even when bloggers do trivia challenge giveaways or identify the book cover challenges, I always fail. There is alway the book I haven't read, the cover I haven't seen; it's just so hard you HAVE to stick with mainstream just to have a fighting chance.
    PS LOVE trivia crack!!

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    1. Ah, that's right! I almost forgot the big name questions. I guess not all Jeopardy questions can be mainstream, easy ones anyone can get. And yes, I'm slowly becoming addicted to Trivia Crack. :)

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  4. I think I would do better on the show with its grab bag of questions than I would if someone tossed together a 'fantasy book' trivia session. I would suck at that. By a lot. Not good at names of fictional characters.

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    1. Oh yes, character names can be hard to remember, especially on the Shakespeare questions. I've only seen a handful of those plays and I can never keep all their names straight.

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