the bedtime movie tag.

{Looks like I’m in a season of doing things I “never” do!  I haven’t done a tag in forever… basically because I thank people for tagging me and then I forget to do them.  Whoops.  So I’ve been thinking – is there anything you guys would like to see here that I “never” do, or don’t do enough?  I’m trying to blog more regularly, and any suggestions that you have about what to post would be great.  :)}

As I was drinking a mug of coffee when I read Eva’s tag post, I consider myself tagged.  Booyah.

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relationship goals. (after my husband stops lying about who he is, that is…)

1. A movie that kept you up all night

This one’s tricky…  I’ve done an all-nighter with my sister, if that counts!  We watched Divergent, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Mom’s Night Out.  Another night I stayed up super late watching a movie was when I watched Our Mutual Friend with my uncle and aunt.  We stayed up ’til 4:45 finishing it because we didn’t start it early enough (and it’s like six hours long).  *yawn*  (But, seriously, if you haven’t watched this, what are you doing with your life?!  Watch. It.)

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he’s really not.

2. A movie that made you scared to sleep

I remember feeling really scared to sleep after I watched the first episode of the BBC’s Sherlock.  For some reason, I thought a cabbie would come and murder me.  YIKES.  I also couldn’t sleep very well after my siblings and I marathoned eight episodes of Monk.  Again with the murderous people.  Crazy!

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“and got bi-zay!”

3. A movie that made you go to sleep

I actually don’t fall asleep during movies very often – I’m too excited about them!  I almost fell asleep while watching The Incredibles with a bunch of young adults, though… but that’s because we started it at about one in the morning.  What happens at WITAlive stays there.  XD

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take a wild guess as to whose side i’m on. ; )

4. A movie that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation of its release

Oh my gosh, SO. MANY. MOVIES.  The ones I’m currently super-duper excited about are Mockingjay Part Two and Captain America: Civil War.  I’d just like to extend my apologies in advance for those who will be in the theater with me when I watch those two.  It’s gonna be so bad.  I’m gonna be such a mess after those two.

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plus they both have super-sad backstories, so they can get over their ptsd together. couple bonding.

5. Your dream boyfriend/girlfriend ship of two separate movies

Hmm…  I don’t really ship characters outside of their movies! … Oh, wait – yes, I do.  I’m a huge Jackelsa shipper.  HUGE.  No shame.  I think they should totally get together.

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and that’s the moment i started crying.

6. A movie that would be your worst nightmare to live in

Probably The Hunger Games, especially if I got reaped.  If I survived the initial shock, the training, and the interviews without any fatal panic attacks, I’d probably jump off the pedestal too soon and get killed by the mines.  Even if I survived all of that, I’d probably hide out until someone killed me.

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hey, look, it’s most of my favorite people in the series!

7. A movie that reminds you of nighttime

This one’s hard because my family typically only watches movies at nighttime, so they all remind me of night!  HA.  I think I’m gonna have to go with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, though, because most of it takes place at night (twice).  That ending will never not throw me though a loop.  I read the book and was like, “Whaaaaaaat is going onnnnnn?” for basically the last thirty pages.  : D

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annie, peeta, and joanna. T_T

8. A movie that has a nightmarish cliffhanger

HELLO, MOCKINGJAY PART ONE.  Peeta’s straining against the bonds that tie him down, trying to escape so he can kill Katniss, and she’s just staring at him with this sort of shocked horror on her face.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with such a horrible cliffhanger.  (Unless one of the Lord of the Rings movies count.  Those have terrible endings.)

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j.k. rowling.

9. A movie you actually dreamed about

This one’s hard because I don’t have very many dreams.  No idea why, but it’s true.  I just sleep too hard, I guess.  XD  Even after wracking my brain for several minutes, I still can’t think of one.  Yikes.  I did have a dream about Armie Hammer yesterday, though.  And it was beautiful.  🙂

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all i need is sam and the light of elendil to keep all of these scary monsters away. 🙂

10. A movie monster you would not want to find under your bed

A dementor!  UGH.  Imagine waking up to those creepy screams and then having your soul sucked out while you’re struggling to think of a memory happy enough to summon your patronus with.  Or maybe Shelob from Return of the King.  Big spiders always freak me out.  (“Why’d it have to be spiders?  Why couldn’t it have been ‘Follow the butterflies’?!”)  Or the Ringwaiths from Lord of the Rings.  “Bagginsssss… Shiiiiiire…”  *shudders*  I watch too many freaky movies.  XD

If you’re wearing white, consider yourself part of the family tagged!  Comment with the link to your answers – or, if you don’t have a blog, just leave your answers in the comments.  (Also, leave your suggestions for posts in the comments.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about my blog and what I can do to make it better!)

My Favorite Literary Heroes

Wow, what a post name!  : )

Okay, so it’s Hero Week over at Anne-girl’s blog, Scribblings of My Pen and Tappings of My Keyboard.  (Love that blog name!)  She’s challenged us (and, boy, was it a challenge!) to make a list of our ten favorite literary heroes.  Coming up with ten took me all of five minutes.  Making the list?  An hour.

Why did it take me so long?  Well, to add my two cents to Anne-girl’s amazing post, being The Hero in a novel does not make a guy character a hero.  Even if his name is George Knightley or Fitzwilliam Darcy or (dare I say it?) Percy Blakeney.  It’s what a hero does that makes him a true hero.  We love a hero because of what he does, what he is, and what he believes – not because the author or director deemed him The Hero.  We love Sir Percy because he rescued innocent aristocrats from a terrible fate.  We love Mr. Knightley because he wasn’t afraid of telling Emma what he thought.  We love… well, I’ll leave that for my list.  (For more reasons why a hero needs to be a hero, read Anne-girl’s post.)

Now, for my list….  I decided to be fair and put different heroes in each rank.  If I had my way, it’d just be Sir Percy in the entire thing as #1, #2, #3, and so on.  But… for the sake of… well, something, I decided to chose different heroes.  : )

Number One…

Sir Percy Blakeney from The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy


I mean, seriously – if a guy’s got that great of a cravat and cape (and HAT!), he’s got to be a great hero.  (Just kidding…)


Need I even put a quote or describe him?  Everyone who’s anyone should know Sir Percy and how amazing he is.  Oh, well.  For those few that don’t know how awesome he is, I’ll put a quote.  (And for those who do know how awesome he is… the quote will make you know how awesome he is.)  : )


The Scarlet Pimpernel did not take it upon himself to punish the guilty; his care was solely of the helpless and of the innocent.  For this aim he risked his life every time that he set foot on French soil, for it he sacrificed his fortune, and even his personal happiness, and to it he devoted his entire existence. […]  The Scarlet Pimpernel was a personality of whom an entire nation might be justly proud.
El Dorado


“I am in a tight corner – tighter than ever I have been before; but I am not dead yet!”
– Sir Percy, El Dorado


“Percy was not the man to leave a comrade in the lurch!  He would not be the man whom we all love and admire, whose word we all obey, for whose sake we would gladly all of us give our life – he would not be that man if he did not brave even certain dangers in order to be of help to those who call on him.”
– Sir Andrew Ffoulkes, El Dorado


If that doesn’t give you even a glimpse of how awesome Sir Percy is (and why he’s my number one), go read El Dorado.  (Well, go read The Scarlet Pimpernel, then read El Dorado.)


Number Two…

HA!  Just kidding.  Scared you, didn’t I?!


My, ahem, REAL Number Two…

George Knightley from Emma by Jane Austen


Seriously, people, Mr. Knightley is one of the sweetest, kindest, most considerate heroes you’ll ever come across.  He was not afraid to tell Emma what he thought.  He was one of her best friends and stayed by her for her entire life, through thick and thin.


Two of my favorite quotes from him:


“Really, Emma – it is better to have no wit at all then to apply it as you do!”


“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more!”


Two very different quotes… yet, that’s why I like him so much!


Mr. Knightley is, in my opinion, the best Jane Austen hero.  Just sayin’.


Moving on.


Number Three…

Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Now, this Edward is a hero.  (Not that other Edward out there…)  Spoiler Alert!  After he promised to marry Lucy Steele, then found out that he was in love with Elinor Dashwood, he kept his promise to Lucy.  Even though he really loved Elinor.  Now, I’m sure that wouldn’t have worked out for them, and it’s really great (in a terrible way) that Lucy decided to be a total jerk and marry his older brother.  End Spoiler Alert


He’s a true hero.


I can’t find any quotes by this Edward (my personal favorite of the many adaptions), but I do love his first scene.  “Beating carpets?”  HA!


Number Four…


Mac Campbell from Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott


I can’t get a picture of him because, well, there hasn’t been a movie made yet.  (You guys can all cry now.)


Mac is my favorite of The Campbell Boys (there are seven of them).  From the very beginning of Eight Cousins, I knew he was my favorite… and I was rooting for him the entire time.  Yes, he’s a little rough around the edges – at first – but he taught Rose so much about nature and poetry, to name a very few.


“What have you decided to be, Mac?” asked Rose, as they went up the avenue side by side.
“A man first, and a good one if possible; after that, what God pleases.”
Something in the tone, as well as the words, made Rose look up quickly into Mac’s face, to see a new expression there.  It was indescribable; but she felt as if she had often done when watching the mists part suddenly, giving glimpses of some mountaintop, shining serene and high against the blue.
“I think you will be something splendid; for you really look quite glorified, walking under this arch of yellow leaves with the sunshine on your face,” she exclaimed, conscious of a sudden admiration never felt before; for Mac was the plainest of all the cousins.
“I don’t know about that; but I have my dreams and aspirations, and some of them are pretty high ones.  Aim at the best, you know, and keep climbing if you want to get on,” he said, looking at the asters with an inward sort of smile, as if he and they had some sweet secret between them.
– Rose in Bloom


Another one of my favorite chapters is ‘Polishing Mac.’  I absolutely love that part!  “It’s very easy to say ‘come on;’ but what the dickens do I do with my left leg while I’m turning and sliding with my right?”  HA!  Ooh, and after the Hopes’ party.  “What did you do then?”  “Do!  I went off like a shot, and never stopped till I reached the Hopes-”  “You didn’t walk all that way?” cried Rose.  “Bless you, no; I ran.”


Okay, enough.  Before I start quoting entire chapters!


Number Five…

Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


There really isn’t a better example of a true hero!  Others have expounded far more and better than I on how great he is, and you’d better read that in order to get why I like him so much.


“Well, I won’t change… that’s the least I can promise you.”
“‘Wilt thou give up thy garter, oh fairest of the fair?’ Anne, nobody talks that way!  And look at that sap Percival who sits around mooning the entire time. He never lets a girl get a word in edgewise. In real life she’d have pitched him.”


“Anne, I’ve loved you as long as I can remember. I need you. Please say yes…”


The “Pitching and Mooning Scene” is my personal favorite.  : )


Number Six…

John Chivery from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens


This guy is one of the most heroic guys I know, on the terms of heroines.  Spoiler Alert!  When he found out that Arthur loved Amy, and she loved him, he backed away and let Arthur propose to her, even after his previous attempt when Amy refused as kindly as she knew how.  End Spoiler Alert


“All that time I was breaking my heart over her, she was breaking hers over you.”


“I’d throw myself over that precipice if I thought I’d give you a moment’s happiness!”  (Or something like that; I can’t find the actual quote)


Number Seven…

Arthur Clenam from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens


Yes, he’s more of The Hero from Little Dorrit – well, he is The Hero – but this is just where I placed him in my list.  Anywhos, Arthur is such a hero!  He’s a great guy because he stood up for the girl he loved in her wedding (to a guy he didn’t like and I really didn’t like), he was kind to Mr. Dorrit, even after Mr. Dorrit was so mean to him, and he was caring and loving towards his (evil) mother, even when she basically hated him!


“What a blind idiot you must have thought me.”
Number Eight…


John Harmon from Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens


(I can’t find a picture and I’m too tired to try harder.  Look up how he looks yourself!  Hehehe…)


Now, John (slash Julius Hanford slash John Rokesmith) was a little bit of a creeper at first.  Whenever he’d just pop up, I’d be like, “Argh!  Creepy dude!”  When we first watched this movie about, oh, five years ago, I didn’t like him.  I thought he was a weird stalker that wasn’t very handsome.  By the end of the movie, my thoughts were “quite the opposite,” to borrow a quote from one of my favorite literary heroines.  (But we’re not talking about heroines!)


“You are wonderfully mistaken!”


“Since Miss Wilfer rejected me, I have never again urged my suit with a spoken syllable or look. But I have never changed in my devotion for her, except that it is deeper than it was and better founded.”


And, my personal favorite…


“It’s a wonder I don’t twist your head off AND THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW!”


Number Nine…

John Thornton from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell


Wow… Mr. Thornton.  Now, he’s another guy that I did not like in the beginning of the movie, but by the end, I thought, ‘Hmm.  He’s a pretty great guy!’   Mr. Thornton made my list because he taught Margaret Hale about how different life in the North was from where she was from – the South.  (The whole handshake scene…  Bad move, Margaret!)


“Miss Hale, I didn’t just come here to thank you. I came… because… I think it… very likely… I know I’ve never found myself in this position before. It’s… difficult to find the words. Miss Hale, my feelings for you… are very strong…”


“I spoke to you about my feelings because I love you; I had no thought for your reputation!”


And, finally…


Number Ten…

Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Mr. Darcy made my list because he helped Elizabeth overcome her prejudice by having an awesome house.  (Just kidding!)  He did have a beautiful house, though…  : )


“I must tell you how ardently I admire and love you!”


Honorable Mentions (because what’s a list without a few awesome runner-ups?!):
Ralph Percy from To Have and To Hold by Mary Johnston
Traverse Rocke and Herbert Grayson from The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Ishmael Worth from Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Declan Ross from Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson
Laurie from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Professor Bhaer from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Faramir and Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Mr. Bingley from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wulf and Godwin D’Arcy from The Bretheren by H. Rider Haggard


I could go on… but I won’t.  : )


All of these men are awesome heroes that deserve to be loved and looked up to!  They’re all from amazing books (that were made into equally amazing movies!) and that is what makes them…


My Favorite Literary Heroes.


The End!
~Eowyn~

Literary Tag

I saw this tag on a blog I read, and decided to do it! (If you want to, I’ll tag you, too!) To begin, you must choose twelve literary characters. Choose the characters first, then proceed to answer the questions.

1. Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)

2. Emma Woodhouse (Emma)

3. Laura Timmons (Lark Rise to Candleford – yes, I’ve only seen Season One, but it’s a book!)

4. Mac Campbell (Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom)

5. Mr. Knightly (Emma)

6. Jo March (Little Women)

7. Rose Campbell (Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom)

8. Paul Chauvelin (The Scarlet Pimpernel)

9. Bella Wilfer (Our Mutual Friend)

10. Theodore “Laurie” Laurence (Little Women)

11. Eustace Scrubb (Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, etc.)

12. Aiden Thomas (The Door Within Trilogy)

Now, answer the questions by putting the correct characters instead of the numbers.

1. Who would make a better college professor, 6 (Jo March) or 11 (Eustace Scrubb)? Oh, dear! I think Jo would, because she’s smart and a good writer, and Eustace, well… as we read in Dawn Treader, he hadn’t read “any of the right books.”

2. 12 (Aiden Thomas) sends 8 (Paul Chauvelin) out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed? Aiden, how could you?! Oh, well…. I guess he’d send Chauvelin to do something the King. Chauvelin would accomplish the task because he’s stealthy and has his ways, but wouldn’t actually bring Aiden the needed thing because he would join Paragor’s forces. (Villain that he is!!)

3. What is, or what would be, 9 (Bella Wilfer)’s favorite book? Well, it depends on how far she is into the book – how far her character is developed. I’d say something about love. (Something which Julius Hanford/John Rokesmith/John Harmon would know nothing about….)

4. Would it make more sense for 2 (Emma) to swear fealty to 6 (Jo) or the other way around? Um… Probably the other way around. Jo seems more like the person that would swear fealty to someone, not Emma.

5. Number 5 (Mr. Knightly) is looking for a roommate. Should s/he room with 9 (Bella Wilfer) or 10 (Laurie)? Laurie, no doubt about it.

6. 2 (Emma), 7 (Rose), and 12 (Aiden) are going out to dinner. Where are they going, and what do they discuss? Emma would want to go somewhere where she could see people (for her matchmaking purposes), Rose would want to go somewhere that reminds her of her voyages around the world with Uncle Alec, and Aiden would probably just want a cheeseburger. They wouldn’t be able to decide and would eventually go to Rose’s house so Aunt Plenty could make them a meal. Emma would want to know all the juicy details about “Charlie + Rose” and Rose would change the subject and talk to Aiden about drawing. A boring evening all around.

7. 3 (Laura) challenges 10 (Laurie) to a duel. Who wins? Seriously?! Laurie would obviously win because he’s probably a lot better at sword-fighting than Laura, but he’d be a gentleman and let her win.

8. If 1 (Percy) stole 8 (Chauvelin)’s most precious possession, how would s/he get it back? (Cool, they’re actually in the same story!!) Well, Chaubertin – Odd’s fish, excuse me – Chauvelin would try to get it back, but wouldn’t because Percy is too ingenious and cunning to let him get it back!

9. Suggest a story title in which 7 (Rose) and 12 (Aiden) both attain what they want. A Novel’s End. (Seriously, though, Rose and Aiden have nothing in common!!)

10. What kind of plot device would you have to use to get 1 (Percy) and 4 (Mac) to work together? Hmmm…. They’re both very intelligent. I think Percy would help Mac convince Rose to marry him. : )

11. If 7 (Rose) visited you for the weekend, how would it go? Wonderfully!!! We’d talk about her cousins and which one I thought she should have married since Eight Cousins. (And my absolute favorite scene from Rose in Bloom – “Polishing Mac”!)

12. If you could command 3 (Laura) to perform any service or task for you, what would it be? I think I’d have her NOT kiss Philip, and definitely not marry him. (Everyone knows Alfie is for her!!!)

13. If 2 (Emma) had to choose sides between 4 (Mac) or 5 (Mr. Knightly), what side would s/he choose? Mr. Knightly, without a doubt!! He’s her friend, and Mac is too unsociable for her.

14. What might 10 (Laurie) shout out while charging into battle? “FOR JO!!!”

15. If you had to choose a song to best describe 3 (Laura), what would it be? Deary me… Laura doesn’t seem to be the singing type! Well, after she met Philip, she’d probably sing “Ten Minutes Ago” from Cinderella. (Even though I don’t think he’s the one for her….)

16. 1 (Percy), 6 (Jo), and 12 (Aiden) are having a dim sum at a Chinese Restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left , and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets it? What’s a dim sum? lol Percy is too much of a gentleman to keep going for the scallion pancake, so he’d let Jo or Aiden have it. Aiden would reach for it, then stop because it wouldn’t be as good as the food in The Realm and start wishing he was back in The Realm. Jo would get the pancake.

17. What would 5 (Mr. Knightly) most likely be arrested for? Perish the thought! But if I must…. If there was ever a law for being too awesome of a hero, Mr. Knightly would get it. (“If I loved you less, I might be able to speak about it more!” would be Exhibit A.)

18. What is 6 (Jo)’s secret? The first time she met Professor Baer, she instantly thought, “Ahh, a perfect tutor for my school at Plumfield – if I can ever get it going. And a perfect real-life model for Rodrigo!!”

19. If 11 (Eustace) and 9 (Bella) were racing to a destination, who would get there first? Bella, because Eustace would drag his feet, whining at how far it was and how there was no point, etc.

20. If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, who would you be more comfortable walking with, 7 (Rose) or 8 (Chauvelin)? Chauvelin from a more protective standpoint, but he would creep me out so much that I’d choose Rose and hope she brought Mac or even Charlie along!

21. 1 (Percy) and 9 (Bella) reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4 (Mac)’s sinister secret organization. 11 (Eustace) volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4 (Mac). Meanwhile, 4 (Mac) has kidnapped 12 (Aiden) in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5 (Mr. Knightly), they seek out 3 (Laura), who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fiction? Sir Percy Wins Again, A Novel. (Bella and Percy are perfect for each other, by the way! Yikes, something must have happened to Mac… poor Mac!! Eustace is just the sort of person who would give up such a secret as him being a spy… lol! And poor Aiden – where was Son of Fury?! Yes, the wise advice of Mr. Knightly – always follow Knightly’s advice! Laura would probably give them a letter or something, lol! A wonderful novel, really…. someone should write it.)

~Eowyn~