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Sunday, January 11th, 2009

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Posted by:nhyatt77.
Time:12:05 pm.
Mood: weird.
i find it extremely weird to be a REAL person named Natasha Hyatt, and then have someone use my name for a character in a book! Thank for letting me share  :) lol

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

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Posted by:traumsprache.
Time:12:36 am.
hello fellow The Basic Eight fans,

i'm currently reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and i'm seeing a lot of similarities between this book and TBI (notwithstanding that both are great books).

has anyone else read both and thought the same?

Monday, January 29th, 2007

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Posted by:katetherobot.
Time:7:51 pm.
So, I need to hand in my selection for a senior quote to the school yearbook staff by this Friday, which means that I have no clue what I should do. I've decided that since there is no way my senior quote is going to be "meaningful" ("Dudez, this spacekraft landed in ur puuding, lolinjoke" ~~ my BFF Dudemeister John) or inspiring ("For attractive lips, speak words of kindness blahblahblah cheesy bullshit"), I'm going to quote something by Daniel Handler. Unfortunately, my friend is using my copy of The Basic Eight and even though I'm going to re-read Watch Your Mouth for inspiration, I think it'd be a lot more fitting to quote Natasha or Flan. I'm considering the part at the end where Flannery says something about more kids arriving every day, but again, I don't have my books, so I can't get the exact quote. Who wants to help me out?

Could someone point me to a good website with lots of The Basic Eight quotes or suggest a really good Flan/Natasha quote for my senior quote? The only regulations are that it can't be more than 25 words long and it probably can't contain any obscene words. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

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Posted by:tiredbutworking.
Time:11:48 am.
Has anyone else picked up a copy of Adverbs (Daniel Handler's latest) yet? I was reading the second chapter (Obviously) and had to laugh as the narrator mentions a friend of his named Garth and his short-term relationship with a girl named Kate. In The Basic Eight, I loved all of Kate's references to the difficulties that she and Garth went through at the beginning of their relationship -- and I love Daniel Handler for referencing it in this book!

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

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Posted by:dead_rockstars.
Time:8:19 pm.
The Basic Eight has a new cover!


I read this book for the first time in the fall of '04 and it was really neat and slightly creepy because the dates in real life and the dates in Flan's journal matched up exactly.  I don't have a favorite book, but if I did, this would definitely be it.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

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Posted by:ironjawedalice.
Time:5:26 pm.
if there is a movie, how do you think they will manage to block out V_____'s name?

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

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Posted by:ttthebaumer.
Time:9:05 pm.
Daniel Handler = Adam State!!!!!!!!

At least -- I think he is -- Handler was the choir teacher's assistant at Lowell in 1987. Coincidence? I think not.

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

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Posted by:ttthebaumer.
Time:11:07 pm.
Hello hello,
I go to the school (Lowell) that Handler went to/that he based Roewer on.
See, if you replace the R's with L's it's phoenetically (sp.) the same, and it's predominently Asian and some Asians have trouble differentiating R's from L's.
So if you have any questions about how true to life the book is, I'll answer... ("Carr"/Carmack still teaches at Lowell, for example)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

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Subject:Music to my ears!
Posted by:v_laa.
Time:9:16 am.
Mood: contemplative.
Morning all! Free period... *le sigh*... I love the area of school that involves little to no scholastic endeavours, subsequently, I am reviving a somewhat dead community if only briefly.

My question is (da da duuuuuuuuum),if TB8 were a film, what would you put on the soundtrack? Or, what is your FAVOURITE thing to listen to whilst reading TB8?? I have no response, so I'll live vicariously through all of you :p.

Friday, April 29th, 2005

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Subject:Watch Your Mouth
Posted by:dudeskie.
Time:9:14 pm.
Mood: crushed.
To everyone who has read Watch Your Mouth: I sympathise, I really do.

To everyone who hasn't: don't.

I don't think I will ever recover.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

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Posted by:givenavoice.
Time:7:53 am.
Mood: contemplative.
Okay...I've got a question for everyone. How do you explain The Basic Eight in such a way that it does justice to the sheer awesomeness (I think I invented a word hehe) of the book? It just seems like, however I try to describe it, I can't make it sound appealing, even though it's one of my favorite books. Case in point: I was talking to my boyfriend last night, and he asked me what I've been reading (he's well aware that I'm a bookoholic). When I mentioned that I was re-reading The Basic Eight, he asked me what it was about, so I said something like this: "It's about this group of eight high school students, and one of the girls falls in love with a guy. He doesn't love her back, and by the end of the book, she kills him. The book is told in her own (edited) words, almost as a sort of re-written memoir." [Before I continue, I'll admit that I suck at plot descriptions, even though I love reading and analyzing literature. But I digress.] What made my explanation truly horrible is that I next remarked, "And it's soooo funny." Congratulations, Kelly, on sounding like an insane supporter of murder. We were on the phone, and there was a moment of stupefied silence, as though he were processing what I had said and allowing a mental picture to form -- one of me wielding an axe (or croquet mallet, if he'd read the book). I tried to explain that it was a dark comedy, but at that point, I'd already dug myself a little too deep and ended up changing the subject instead. So, back to my original question, kinda: have any of you succeeded in recommending this novel in such a way that your friends can't wait to read it? I've also been trying to convince my brother to check it out but haven't been able to make it sound appealing enough. Help me out! Thanks in advance.
~ Kelly :0)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

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Posted by:chingly_choo.
Time:11:22 am.
Woooo, I got a piece of trivia up on the International Movie Database!!!!

Go to Daniel Handler and it says "the basic eight' was his first book.


I know it's lame but I got annoyed at the fact it wasn't mention!

Friday, February 18th, 2005

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Posted by:hello_dahling.
Time:10:27 pm.
Hey there! I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this community, I can never really have deep conversation about The Basic Eight with any of my friends, although I have recommended it to a few, who absolutely adore it.

Part of the allure of the book that has made it so entertaining for me (and for so many of you as well, I presume), is the fact that new questions and revelations arise every time I flip through it. One of the details I noticed that is repeated throughout the book, is the fact that Natasha's belongings are often made of substandard material.

The flask is fake silver, the dress is imitation silk, her hair is dyed black, as well as other instances that have yet to be discovered by yours truly. Perhaps these footnotes help to contribute to the argument of whether she is a real person or not.

I was wondering if any of you had noticed these details before. I've seen that the Natasha debate has already occurred, so I won't drag that old coat out of the closet.

I have an older copy, with the picture of the croquet mallet and balls, and it's falling to pieces. After reading it for the first time (four or five years ago, I was twelve at the time), I thought that the book should definitely be made into a movie, and I'm very happy to hear that it's in the process of doing so now. By chance, do any of you know what production company or director are attached to the film?

In any case, I'm charmed to have found this community, and thank you for simply existing. I look forward to further discussion.

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

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Subject:I cannot believe this community has been around so long without me joining it.
Posted by:arwengreenleaf.
Time:8:16 pm.
Mood: okay.
Hello, I'm Ann, or Annabelle, depending on how well you know me. I first read The Basic Eight when I was..11? Or 12, whichever. I was a big fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events and decided to pursue Daniel Handler's other books. The Basic Eight is now my favorite book, with Watch Your Mouth close behind. Seeing as none of my real-life friends have read The Basic Eight, I'd love an oppritunity to discuss it with people.

Vital Stats About Me, if anyone cares to know them.Collapse )

Monday, January 10th, 2005

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Posted by:chingly_choo.
Time:5:52 pm.
has anyone heard anything more about a basic eight movie??????

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

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Posted by:mindxofxmyxown.
Time:6:26 pm.
Mood:by Death By Stereo..
the basic eight is love
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Posted by:chingly_choo.
Time:1:37 pm.
I am re-reading the basic 8 again and am still trying to get it through my head why her friends at the party refer to Flan as Natasha, however at the end Douglas is like Who?

If they had never heard of her then why refer to Flan as Nastasha etc?????????

Also who took the picture? Was it Flora Habstat

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

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Subject:what's her name
Posted by:jessarae.
Time:2:34 pm.
Mood: curious.
I read The Basic Eight this weekend for the 10th time. I still adore it. It's so HILARIOUS.
I have also been telling everyone I know to read it, of course.

So, anyhow. When I read V_____, I simply must put a name in there. I use Violet. What do you guys use?

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

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Posted by:chingly_choo.
Time:4:17 pm.
It finally arrived!!!!!! After waiting about a million years (note: a million years= four days) for the copy of the basic eight to come in it ARRIVED!!!!!!!!! Am so happy and enjoying having my very own copy for the first time in my LIFE. Stupid Melbourne cup meaning that the wharehouse workers got the day off, meaning my book was late!!!!!!

Me and my Book/CD

An artisits representation of me and my new book and Cd.

All is good as can now listen to Underneath and read The Basic Eight at the same time ^_^

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

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Subject:...hello, hello...
Posted by:givenavoice.
Time:8:45 am.
Hi, everyone. I'm Kelly, I'm 21, and I live on Long Island for the time being (I'll be in Monroe County, PA in about two months). I first read The Basic Eight 'cause it was recommended by Megan McCafferty (author of Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings) and absolutely loved it. It wasn't easy to find a copy of it, 'cause it's out of print, but I've finally managed to secure my very own paperback.
I've been reading the back posts and look forward to the awesome discussions that will be held here. Um...here's a question I've got to start us off. Toward the end of the book (I think it was the night that she killed Adam?), Flan is in bed with Gabriel and bites his shoulder, hard. The next morning when she wakes up, she's the one with the rip in the shoulder of her shirt. How did that happen? Did she end up wearing his shirt? That's the only explanation I can think of, 'cause I'm pretty sure that Gabriel's real...right? Wait, that can't be right...here are the lines. Let me know what you think.
First, p. 275: "Tasting Gabriel's shoulder, biting down on it."
Next page: "I thought it was sarcasm but when I looked down at myself it was genuine concern; I was wearing my plain white T-shirt with a small flower embroidered on it, wrinkled and with a new tear on the shoulder like someone had bitten it."
Anyone have an explanation? Or am I just reading too much into this? (sorry, I have a tendency to do that...)

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