Friday's Brain Game

Friday's Brain Game


Brain Game Prize May 2012_L
Photo: Edmond So/SCMP

Every Wednesday and Friday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Then Young Post readers can choose to eliminate one until we have a winner. Who do you want OUT? Vote below.

This round we asked: What is your favourite novel?


Mizuki Nishiyama, 13, Canadian International School

My favourite novel is Twisted in the "Pretty Little Liars" series by Sara Shepard. I like this novel because the story provides chills and laughter at the same time and makes you want to keep reading. It has a very good storyline and all the information connects smoothly. Then all of a sudden there's a great plot twist that makes you go mad!

Mildred Cheng, 14, German Swiss International School

My favourite would probably be The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I read it four years ago, but it is the type of book that really leaves a mark. It takes place in Afghanistan and talks about the Taliban, which I know is quite a controversial subject. Read the book for yourselves if you want to know more. I promise you it will be worth it.

Minnie Yip Ming-yuen, 14, Diocesan Girls' School

My favourite novel is The Giver by Lois Lowry. The author imagines a utopian society where the past has been deliberately forgotten, which allows the inhabitants to live in a kind of peaceful ignorance. We learn that, while a loss of memory might mean a loss of pain, it also means a loss of lasting human relationships and true happiness.

Elise Choi Ho-yee, 18, Sai Kung Sung Tsun Catholic School (Secondary Section)

My all-time favourite novel is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The author, Roald Dahl, teaches children a lesson by depicting the miserable consequences of greedy characters in the story. Charlie is the poorest child, but he is the most generous. His personality and actions lead to him inheriting the chocolate factory. It makes me realise I should be satisfied with what I already have.

Zareen Chiba, 18, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

I've always had a thing for dystopian novels and films, and 1984 by George Orwell is my very favourite. Orwell employs Winston, a privately rebellious civil servant, to explore how the government enforces a strict social hierarchy through surveillance, fear and rewriting history. It's a heavy book, but I've read it more than five times and I always get something new out of it.

Yasmin Subba, 16, Sha Tin College

I think books from past eras can expose teenage readers to different viewpoints. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, published in 1847, is my favourite novel. It was even mentioned in Twilight. Wuthering Heights tells a timeless tale of darkness and bitter vengeance, but also shows that love is powerful enough to grow in the most emotionally barren places.

Martin Chow, 18, Hang Seng School of Commerce

I love The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien created the entire Middle Earth world, included a rich variety of fictional races and nations and developed a brand new language for this novel. Moreover, the series contains beautiful poems, not to mention the complex storyline itself. Tolkien's talents make the novel a masterpiece.

Thichachon Jaipakdee, 17, St Paul's Convent School

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is one of my favourite novels. As I have experienced racism myself, I felt very angry when I read how people in the past were treated unfairly just because they were black. This book shows the progress of women and it taught me how to fight for what I want in life and that I shouldn't give up easily.

Doris Lam, 15, St Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary and Primary School

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks is my favourite book. The story is about how love changed Ronnie from a rebellious teenager into a better person and daughter. However, she realises too late that her father has cancer and has little time left. She supports her father till the end, but regrets the time she wasted. This book made me love and treasure my family and friends more.


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