I know you guys are probably sick of me doing book tags, but they are so fun (and slightly addicting!). This one I found recently on Youtube, and apparently it has been going around for three years without me having ever heard of it. The original was created by a Youtuber called Katytastic (here’s the link for her original video). I’ve seen it in slightly different forms, but this is the one I’m doing.
1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
I pick Claire Randell from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Claire literally gets thrown back in time to the 18th century. If that’s not traumatizing, I don’t know what is.
2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation
I choose Eliza Doolittle from Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Not only does she go through a physical transformation from a flower girl to a highly educated lady, but she also vastly changes her outlook. In the beginning, she relies on others to find her happiness, but by the end she is able to stand on her own feet.
3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters
Abarat by Clive Barker. This book is filled with the most unique characters, from talking animals to people with very different ideas about the world.
4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep
Music of Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner. It is the story of a woman who returns to Cambodia after escaping the Khmer Rouge as a child. It’s a beautifully written book, but very little actually happens. It’s all about the lush language. Because of that, I found myself getting tired reading this book.
5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
Evelyn from A Taste For Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby is an orphan who was disfigured after a horrible accident in a matchstick factory. If that’s not traumatizing, I don’t know what is.
6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
Arabian Nights also known as A Thousand and One Nights whose author is unknown. This classical book sits at about 1000 pages, so you can completely imagine why I avoided it for years. Finally, last year I buckled down and read it. And I absolutely loved it! It is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, though it definitely has some dark content!
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
I can’t think of a good one, so I’ll go with Victor Frankenstein from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Victor wishes above everything else to create a living human, but when he does his wish is the undoing of all his happiness through his own fault.
8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
I choose Alanna from The Song of the Lioness series (starting with The First Adventure) by Tamora Pierce. Alanna disguises herself as a boy in order to train to be a knight, very similar to Mulan herself.
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life
Every character from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I loved all the characters as a teen. I would totally be best friends with Sophie and I loved Calcifer. And wouldn’t Howl be an interesting person to meet. So yes, definitely those characters!
10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
Hannibal Lector from The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. He certainly isn’t the main villain in this book, but he’s so evil and yet so fascinating as a character.
What are you answers to these questions? If you do this tag, let me know, and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,