Well, my friends, I’ve been tagged for entirely too many tags to go on not doing them. So behold: I am doing a tag.
I was tagged for the book-lover blog tag by Leannah @ The Story Girl. Thanks, Leannah!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. (Already did!)
- Include the Book-Lover Blog Tag graphic and rules in your post. (Note: the graphic has the wrong website on it; Bella’s blog is now bellaputt.com.)
- Answer the questions.
- Nominate at least 5 new bloggers to do the tag.
the questions + my answers
1 // What is your favorite thing about reading?
My favorite thing about reading is that I can immerse myself in an imaginary world and come to know and care about the characters in the story. I also particularly enjoy it when a (fiction) book makes me challenge my assumptions/point of view on an issue.
2 // Who is your favorite male character?
Ahh, just one? Well, having recently re-read the Ender’s Game/Shadow series, I must say that I’m particularly partial to Peter Wiggin, the Speaker for the Dead, and Julian Delphiki. I also like Sam and Glorfindel (The Lord of the Rings), Tellius (The Gateway Chronicles), Eanrin and Aethelbald (The Tales of Goldstone Wood), and Edmund (The Chronicles of Narnia).
(I couldn’t find a single cover in the Ender series that I liked! So there’s the cover of a Narnia book, featuring Edmund somewhat prominently.
Orson Scott Card, I beg of you, hire someone new to design your book covers.)
3 // Who is your favorite female character?
Jane, Petra, and Wang-mu (both from the Ender series again) are always great fun to read about. Galadriel (The Lord of the Rings) is amazing, Anne (of Green Gables) is spunky and imaginative, Imraldera (The Tales of Goldstone Wood) is lovable and wise, and Fanny (Mansfield Park) will always be dear to me. But lately I’ve found myself captivated by Valancy Stirling (The Blue Castle). If you haven’t met her, you’re in for a treat.
4 // Who is your favorite villain of all time?
I suppose it’s cheating to say “mine,” but I absolutely love writing about my Remnant villains: Quinn, Brasnin, and Kalrona.
From already-published books? Gnag the Nameless, the Nameless Evil (whose name is Gnag), from the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson.
5 // Who is your least favorite character of all time?
This is a surprisingly hard question to answer! There are very few characters that I really don’t like. I detested Daylily and Foxbrush (The Tales of Goldstone Wood) until I read Shadow Hand, whereupon I loved them heartily. The same happened with Lionheart upon my completion of Veiled Rose. Sara Cobbler (the Wingfeather Saga) annoys me, but I don’t hate her. Virlomi (from the Ender books) confuses me and I don’t like her character arc/ending.
So let’s go with that. Virlomi. (Although she has quite a lot of potential and I can think of a great ending for her…)
(Also, again, I don’t like any of the Ender book covers. So behold: Shadow Hand.)
6 // Which book do you think has the strongest plot?
I really like the plot of Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse. It’s a short book, and the author uses the shortness of it very well. (Out of the Dust, by the same author, is also very good, but less plot-driven and written in free verse.)
7 // What gets on your nerves the most in a story (a boring character, an unrealistic plot, etc.)?
Incorrect punctuation and grammar, random point of view shifts, and info dumps. These are things that authors should have weeded out through alpha and beta readers, ARC readers, editors, etc. and it bothers me when a perfectly good book is full of little errors.
But also, when books copy the plot of LOTR/The Hobbit. I love a good high fantasy and don’t mind when it’s full of elves and dragons and wizards and the like. But once I read a book in which a young boy set out on a quest to reclaim a mountain full of treasure from a dragon. There were wizards and elves and dwarves — not to mention the special white stone hidden in the mountain.
Come on, authors. Don’t repeat Tolkien’s plots. Write your own. Originality may be unattainable, but it’s better to try and fail than to simply copy someone else’s.
8 // What is your favorite book cover?
I love the covers of Romanov by Nadine Brandes (the swirls! the colors! the fonts!), Dust by Kara Swanson (the title! the beautiful picture!), and the new editions of L.M. Montgomery’s books (published by Sourcebooks — just look at Anne’s gorgeous hair).
9 // Do you let people borrow your books? If so, are you specific about how they treat them?
If a friend of mine wants to borrow a book, or if I own a book I really want my friend to read, I’ll lend my books out. But only to people I trust.
10 // If a movie could be made based on any book, which would you choose?
I really want to see a movie of Chalice by Robin McKinley (I started writing a script for this one myself but gave up… I might return to it someday).
And Eragon by Christopher Paolini deserves a different (better!) film adaptation. Please.
11 // Which
author has authors have 🙂 inspired you the most?
- C.S. Lewis, for his masterpiece Till We Have Faces
- Havilah Gael, who wrote my favorite poetry book as a teenager ➵➵
- J.R.R. Tolkien, for his amazing storytelling, writing, and worldbuilding
- Nadine Brandes, for my favorite Christian futuristic series ever (Out of Time)
- G.K. Chesterton, for his beautiful explanation of how faith and fantasy fit together: Chapter 4 of Orthodoxy
- Christopher Paolini, who was published at age 15
- N.D. Wilson, for Niffy’s speech (Empire of Bones) and the best nonfiction book in existence (Death by Living)
- Andrew Peterson, for the most convicting and emotional scene I’ve read (the Fane of Fire in The Warden and the Wolf King)
12 // What single book would you be unable to live without?
I’m not inclined to exaggerate. If any one book didn’t exist, I still would (barring a disaster). I’m going to take this as an opportunity to share my favorite books.
First: the Bible. My favorite Bible books are Isaiah, Ephesians, Romans, 1 Corinthians, and John.
- Empire of Bones and Death by Living by N.D. Wilson
- The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Till We Have Faces and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
- A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold and Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
- The Warden and the Wolf King and Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson
- Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet
- Every Moment Holy by Douglas Kaine McKelvey
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- A Poet’s Dictionary by Havilah Gael
- Children of the Mind and Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
- The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
- Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Of course, I have more favorites. But that’s probably enough for now.
the tagged ones
the questions (for you to copy)
- What is your favorite thing about reading?
- Who is your favorite male character?
- Who is your favorite female character?
- Who is your favorite villain of all time?
- Who is your least favorite character of all time?
- Which book do you think has the strongest plot?
- What gets on your nerves the most in a story (a boring character, an unrealistic plot, etc.)?
- What is your favorite book cover?
- Do you let people borrow your books? If so, are you specific about how they treat them?
- If a movie could be made based on any book, which would you choose?
- Which author has inspired you the most?
- What single book would you be unable to live without?
At last I have conquered another tag!
Comment and tell me: do we share a favorite book? What do you think of the Ender series covers?
Until next time!