Watership Down, written in 1978 by Richard Adams, is without a
doubt my favorite book. I'd always heard about it when people refer
to classic novels, but I never got much more of a description other
than, "Uh... It's about rabbits." So finally, one day, I was at the
bookstore in the mall with some money burning a hole in my pocket,
and so I decided to buy a bunch of "classic" books I had never read.
One of those books was Watership
Down. To date, it is the best thing
I've ever bought on impulse. (Except for that fake princess tiara.
Fun, fun, fun!)
The things I liked about the book were the
characters, who you ended up really caring about, the complex rabbit
society (I'm a really big science-fiction fan so I like learning
about new civilizations and stuff), and a really good plot. In most
books you know a main character won't die because that would be the
end of the story, but in Watership
Down there are so many characters
and the rabbit's lives are so fragile that you never know what might
happen to your favorite character. It all adds up to a suspenseful,
Of course, there were a few things I didn't
like about the book. Exactly two, in fact. First of all, I didn't
really like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. It didn't
really add much to the story, although it did put a different
perspective on events, but sometimes they weren't even in English. (I
was able to sort of translate General Jourdan's quote before chapter
32. I'm in French II, so out of "Esprit de rivalité et de
mésintelligence qui péserva plus d'une fois
l'armée anglais d'une déaite," I was able to make out
"The spirit of rivalry and unintelligence who perserveres more the
one [something] English army the one defeat." Somehow, I think that's
wrong.) The other thing I didn't care for was all the stories about
El-ahrairah. They gave an insight into the rabbits' spirituality,
yes, but I'd much rather hear about what Hazel and Fiver and Bigwig
are up to.
Now, as for my little warren here... Well,
it's not so little anymore. So far, there's eighty-six members. It's growing fast, but I still need more people--
er, rabbits-- to join in. If you like Watership Down, role
playing games, or rabbits, I urge you to join. The general idea is that we all act out
Watership Down -type stories on this page's message
board as the rabbit or elil
characters we create.
We also have a new feature at this page.
It's the Watership Down Interactive
Story. Basically, it is a choose
your own adventure story that you can add on to yourself. What do you
do? You read the story and click on the choices at the bottom of the
page to go to the next chapter. If the choice leads to a dead end,
you can write the next chapter yourself. Easy, huh? If you're having
trouble, go to the site where I got the idea: Griffin Bryant's
Star Wars Interactive Story.
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