the book tag.


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My lovely friend Eva over at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness tagged me in this wonderful book tag and I decided to do it!  (I rarely do tags, not because I don’t like them, but because I usually forget.  Keep tagging me, guys!  One of these days I’ll remember to do them.  XD)

You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
I’m gonna have to go with the trilogy of E.B. White books my godfather got for me when I was a baby, or Spy for the Confederacy, which I’m pretty sure is the very first book I ever bought myself.  It was on a shelf at a homeschooling convention, and little eight-year-old me, with such a massive love of both spies and the Civil War, decided to buy it.  I still love it.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Current read: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.  Oh my gosh, where has this book been all of my life?!  I would’ve liked it a lot when I was a little younger, but I’m super glad I found it now.  It’s about spies and forbidden teen love and it’s just so great.  10/10.
Last read: Always a Bridesmaid For Hire by Jen Glantz.  I enjoyed most of it, as it’s probably a good overview of what my life will look like for the next few years (minus the business part).  See my review here.
Next read: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker.  The plot sounds great and I’m always looking for random books to try out.  Plus, that cover tho.  *heart eyes emoji*

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
I try not to hate books, but I really didn’t like The DUFF or Eleanor and Park (which, arguably, was only my second RR book, and I’m planning on rereading it again in the future to see if my opinion has changed).  I also greatly despise a lot of those conservative purity books that I got pulled into when I was younger – So Much More and Before You Meet Prince Charming, for instance.  (I’ll write a post about it in the future if y’all want to read my ranty opinion, but the short of it is that a girl isn’t a sub-helpmeet for her dad and should be free to decide, with guided wisdom from authorities, what to do with her life – and, yeah, that includes moving out, getting a job, and going to college if she feels like that’s God’s will for her life.  These books basically tell girls that their only biblical place is in the home, under her father’s authority, until she gets married.  I know young women aged 25-30 who still live with their parents, uneducated and jobless.  Do. Not. Like.)

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
My goal in life is to READ ALL THE BOOKS, but there are probably a few that I’ll never get around to – the other Mitch Rapp books (unless they’re made into more movies bc Dylan O’Brien tho), and various classics that I have no interest in.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?
What’s retirement???  I’ve got a few books that I’ve been stockpiling for when we move into our internet-less house, including Les MisTumble Fall, Everything Leads to You, The Unexpected Everything, Illuminae, and The Infinite Moment of Us – all of which I’ve gotten recently specifically for this move.  (Except for Illuminae, which a friend sent me.  Oh, and Les Mis, which has sat, in all it’s bricklike, unabridged glory on my shelf for about six years.  I’ll get to it.)

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
I AIN’T ABOUT THAT SPOILER LIFE, FAM.  If the wind flips pages forward and I see stuff that hasn’t happened yet, I get all annoyed and heartbroken and achy inside and question whether or not I want to even finish the book.  Last-page-readers are sub-human and will not survive the winter or the zombie apocalypse.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
I adore acknowledgments.  Probably because I’m a writer, but I just love seeing who has influenced the author.  It’s so much fun to also get a sneak peek into their life and the little inside jokes they have with people they thank.  Plus, it’s a great way to find agents to pester to represent my book.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Hermione Granger or someone from The Berinfell Prophecies, preferably whoever kisses Jimmy, whom I’ve had a crush on for the last eight years, with absolutely no sign of ceasing.  Or maybe Jo March, since I’m already basically her already.  (I’d say yes to Laurie in a heartbeat.  Screw whatever’s “supposed to happen,” to quote Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton, “THAT BOY IS MIIIIIINE!”)

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
Oh heck yes.  I can’t read Fangirl without thinking of the porch swing at my grandparents’ house where I inhaled it for the first time, or The Final Storm without remembering literally chucking it against a wall in my room while screaming “NO!” and sobbing, or The List without flashbacks to remembering the skiing trip where I was first introduced to Robert Whitlow (and remembering that a friend of mine gave me a signed copy of it because he met Robert), or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone without thinking of all the minds I’d blow by reading it, or The Scarlet Pimpernel without thinking, “This is a classic???  And I’m ENJOYING IT???”  Every single book holds memories for me, and sometimes I reread books just to revisit the memories surrounding them.  True story.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Besides the previous story about a book personally signed to me by Robert Whitlow (*heart eyes emoji*), I think the next most interesting story is the story behind A Thief in the Theater: A Kit Mystery.  Yes, that Kit.  Ever since a good friend had gotten to go to the American Girl store in NYC back when I was like ten, I’d always dreamed of going.  So when my dad took me to NYC for my high school graduation, the American Girl store was one of the first things on our to-do list.  I walked out of that store with that book and two t-shirts (one for me and one for my doll, of course) with PRIDE.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
All of my books are my precious babies, but I did buy three copies of If You Find This Letter to write in and give to people as Christmas presents.  Still one of the best gifts I’ve ever given someone.  That book is literally life-changing.  Read it.

12. Which book has been with you most places?
Probably Fangirl or The Martian.  When I was reading them (and then rereading both), I couldn’t put them down.  Even when I wasn’t reading them, they had to be by my side, in my “mommy purse.”  Other than that, I’m gonna have to go with Eva’s answer and say my Bible.  It’s been on almost all of my vacations, plus all over Charlotte when I did summer missions.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I was never a classics person when I was younger, which I’m not ashamed of, especially since I’m able to come to them now, for the first time, with an adult mindset that I didn’t have when I was younger.  For instance, a friend and I were talking the other day about girls who got into Austen when they were teenagers and loved them purely for the romance – which is fine, but I’m so happy I’m able to see past the romance and enjoy Jane for her satire and wit, not to mention her feminism and the fact that she was so far ahead of her time.

14. Used or brand new?
Used that looks brand new.  I prefer cheap books, and if I can find a new copy of a book for $5, I’ll absolutely get it.  I like my books in pristine condition and will pay a few extra dollars to get a new book over a used one, but I’m blessed with knowing a few different places to get cheap, beautiful used books.  (*cough* 2nd and Charles, where I got 2 books, a movie, and the first season of Graceland for $14 the other day *cough*)

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Nope!  I’m vaguely interested in The Da Vinci Code, though!

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Mockingjay.  I thought Part 2 did a great job of fixing the problems in the book.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Are you kidding; every book makes me hungry.  There are a few books that make me especially hungry, though, including The Little Women Letters and Harry Potter.  (One word: BUTTERBEER).

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Cait (Paper Fury).  I adore her.  Plus, she’s so incredibly sweet and friendly – it seriously feels like we’re friends whenever she replies to my comments on her reviews.  Read all of the posts on her website.  She’s hilarious, too, and I want to be just like her when I grow up.

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
Classics are a recent pleasure, thanks to the Lit courses I took in college (how is that past tense already it feels like i just started college i can’t evennnnnn) that made me study quite a few classics.  (we’re talking 50+, 12 of which I read and wrote essays on in two months.  college is hard, y’all.)  I’ve also started really enjoying memoirs, thanks to Unbroken and If You Find This Letter.  People are fascinating.

Alrighty, I tag all of my followers who want to do it either in the comments or on their own blogs, especially Jessica and Katelyn.  ❤

love week | fictional guys i’d totally marry.

Hello all!  Welcome to the week of Valentine’s Day, which usually finds me and my single friends eating chocolate and watching sappy movies.  (The same can probably be said of you, too, if you’re single – don’t even try to lie to me.)  This week, I’m going to be indulging in all things romantic, because even if I’m not in a relationship, I can at least enjoy the fictional people who are, right?

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I was going to write a blog post on my favorite fictional couples, but it turns out I already did that (and my post is pretty dang great, so check it out).  I’ve also done post after post after post about being single (going twenty-two years strong, how’s that for a RECORD), so read those, too.

So since my sister is getting flowers from a male non-relative who likes her for the second year in a row, I’m going to think about all the fictional guys I’d totally marry if they existed.

No judgment, guys.  You and I both know that I have Standards and A List, and I probably wouldn’t actually marry half of these guys, but it’s fun to pretend, so… no judgment.

Anne-and-Gil-talking.jpgGilbert Blythe | Anne of Green Gables

Because who the crap could resist those beautiful eyes, that dazzling smile, and just his entire winning personality???  Anne tried, but couldn’t for long.  He’d tease you but he’d also love the heck outta you.  I’m down for that.

“There would never be anyone for me but you. “

Levi Stewart | Fangirl

This one’s obvious – he loves books (even though he can’t read very well), he’s a fanboy, he’s super sweet and super funny, and he works at Starbucks and makes his own unique drinks – which he brings to Cather.  I mean, it’s a win-win-win.

When she opened her door, Levi was sitting in the hallway, his legs bent in front of him, hunched forward on his knees. He looked up when she stepped out.
“I’m such an idiot,” he said.
Cath fell between his knees and hugged him.
“I can’t believe I said that,” he said. “I can’t even go nine hours without seeing you.”

Neville Longbottom | Harry Potter

Nev wasn’t much to look at when he was younger (I blame it on the fake teeth and fatsuits they put Matt in, because he wasn’t that ugly in the book) and he’s a tad forgetful, but he’s got a heart of gold.  Plus, he bailed Harry out more than once.  What’s not to love?

“I’ll join you when Hell freezes over,” said Neville. “Dumbledore’s Army!” he shouted, and there was an answering cheer from the crowd, whom Voldemort’s Silencing Charms seemed unable to hold.

HIS. EYES..pngPeeta Mellark | The Hunger Games

M’KAY, listen UP.  My college/career Bible study got into a heated debate about Gale vs. Peeta and I’m pretty sure Team Peeta won because (1) he saved Katniss’s life more than once, (2) Gale basically killed Prim, and (3) he’s such a strong guy – physically, emotionally, and mentally.  I’ll always be Team Peeta.

“We were five. You had a plaid dress and your hair…it was in two braids instead of one. … So that day, in music assembly, the teacher asked who knew the valley song. Your hand shot right up in the air. She put you up on a stool and had you sing it for us. And I swear, ever bird outside the windows fell silent. And right when your song ended, I knew -just like your mother- I was a goner.”

Faramir | Lord of the Rings

My siblings and I just recently introduced some friends to Lord of the Rings, and watching the extended versions all over again rekindled my love for this man.  He’s selfless, sacrificial, and willing to do anything for those he loves (even his deadbeat dad, who doesn’t love him at all).  Move over, Eowyn – I’d marry this guy so hard.

“Then must I leave my own people, man of Gondor?” she said. “And would you have your proud folk say of you: ‘There goes a lord who tamed a wild shieldmaiden of the North! Was there no woman of the race of Numenor to choose?”
“I would,” said Faramir. And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.

Mac Campbell | Rose in Bloom

If you know who this guy is, bless you.  He’s a bookworm, super smart, and just the sweetest little pumpkin that there ever was.  The first time I read Eight Cousins, I knew I loved him, and Rose in Bloom just cemented my adoration for this guy.

“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. Stalinski | Teen Wolf

Here’s where my “no judgment” rule comes in.  Don’t ask how I found this show, why I started watching it, or how far into it I am.  Never mind, I’ll give you one answer – I started watching it because of Dylan O’Brien, whom I love, which is obviously the reason why I love Stiles.  He’s hilarious, loyal, and – as much as he denies it – heroic.

“The ten-year plan for making Lydia fall in love with me may have to stretch to fifteen, but the plan is definitely still in motion.”

Chandler Bing | F.R.I.E.N.D.S

I don’t love Chandler as much as I am him, which is probably why our marriage wouldn’t last a year, but I’d still take him.  I’ve always wanted to marry a funny guy, and Chandler is a million times that, plus he’s got a super-sweet heart and a genuinely caring spirit.  I’ll take it, even if it’d only last a little while.  (But then I’d give him back to Monica because they’re my otp.)

“I thought that it mattered what I said or where I said it. Then I realized the only thing that matters is that you, you make me happier than I ever thought I could be.  And if you’ll let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way.  Monica, will you marry me?”

Shawn Hunter | Boy Meets World

SHAWN IS MY PRECIOUS BABY AND I WILL LOVE HIM ‘TIL THE DAY I DIE.  No kidding, I liked him in the first episode, but I really loved him around Episode 17 – The Fugitive (you know, the episode where he blows up a mailbox).  I just want to love and protect him and give him everything he ever deserved that the world never gave him.  Everything – and I do mean everything – went wrong for him, yet he emerged stronger than anyone thought possible.  GAH.

Cory: Okay, so after the prom, romance in the air, you and Angela, you’re gonna look in each other’s eyes, and…
Shawn: Me and Angela? I don’t know. Maybe. What do you think, we sat down and discussed it? How dorky do you think we are? What about you and Topanga?
Cory: We sat down and discussed it.

Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-Chris-Evans1.jpgSteve Rogers | Captain America

Chivalric hero from the ’40s with a super hot body?  Heck yes I would.

Peggy: You have no idea how to talk to a woman, do you?
Steve: I think this is the longest conversation I’ve had with one.  Women aren’t exactly lining up to dance with a guy they might step on.
Peggy: You must have danced…
Steve: Well, asking a woman to dance always seemed so terrifying.  And in the past few years, it just didn’t seem to matter that much.  Figured I’d wait.
Peggy: For what?
Steve: Right partner.

Sir Percy Blakeney | The Scarlet Pimpernel

The same exact sentence for the guy above could literally be used for Percy, so… heck yes I would again.  I own four (4) copies of The Scarlet Pimpernel, various paperback copies of the other books, and I think I’ve read ten out of the sixteen books (and El Dorado is the best).  I love this guy.

Had he but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear–a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love and as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade, where her tiny hand had rested last.

George Knightley | Emma

My first reading of this book (don’t hate me; I’m just now going through my classics phase) basically cemented my love for this guy – and also the fact that Jonny Lee Miller will always be the best Knightley fIGHT ME.

“I cannot make speeches, Emma:” he soon resumed; and in a tone of such sincere, decided, intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing.—“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am.—You hear nothing but truth from me.—I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.—Bear with the truths I would tell you now, dearest Emma, as well as you have borne with them. The manner, perhaps, may have as little to recommend them. God knows, I have been a very indifferent lover.—But you understand me.—Yes, you see, you understand my feelings—and will return them if you can. At present, I ask only to hear, once to hear your voice.”


Jack Pearson | This is Us

Jess who?  Move over, kid – Milo’s back and this time he’s even better than you.  Jack is literally the best male character on the small screen today.  Dad goals, husband goals, friend goals – just everything goals.  In the words of Rebecca, his oh-so-lucky wife, he’s “freaking Superman.”  I’ve loved gushing over him with my mom friends at the preschool playground and I know that I’ll still be gushing over him over the next few years as the show progresses.

“You know, when I was a little boy, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Adults always ask little kids that.  I never had a good answer – not ’til I was twenty-eight.  Until the day that I met you.  That’s when I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wanted to be the man that made you happy.”

What about you?  Any men you’d totally take?  I claim all of these guys, though… at least ’til I find an actual real-life male non-relative to obsess over.  😉

interview: amy dashwood, co-creator of ‘masked.’

Hey, kids!  I’ve dragged Amy here again to talk about her newest project, Masked, which is a webseries based on the Scarlet Pimpernel books.  Check it out!  (And then go to Amy’s blog and send her lots of love, then follow Masked‘s official YouTube page, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter.  You’re welcome.)

masked logo 31) Hello, and welcome to inklings press!!!  I don’t think I can explain how excited I am to be interviewing you.  I love webseries and I love The Scarlet Pimpernel, so this is kind of a big deal.  : D  First of all, who came up with the idea to do a webseries of TSP and how did Masked eventually come about?

Thank you so much for featuring the show here! It’s so exciting to be doing an interview with you. 🙂  What a coincidence, I love web series and the Scarlet Pimpernel too… what a coincidence. 😀

I came up with the idea of making a web series based on TSP in January 2014… Emma Approved, a show I was really enjoying (and still do, though it’s ended!) was currently on hiatus and making me think about what a cool concept was utilized in literary web series.  It seemed like such a simple method *hysterical echoing laughter in the distance* of reinterpreting a classic for a modern audience, and I wanted to make one of my own.  It couldn’t be that hard, right? *more hysterical laughter*  I was casting about in my mind for a novel that hadn’t been adapted yet and wasn’t likely to be “taken” anytime soon by someone else, and I hit on The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Originally our plan was to tell the entire story in vlog format, but we quickly realized that certain elements of the plot just wouldn’t translate to that kind of medium! So we morphed into a more narrative style, and without giving too much away about the future, I think it’s safe to say that the method of storytelling is going to take some interesting twists and turns.  😉

2) I love how webseries like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Green Gables Fables update classic stories for the present day.  Without giving too much away, can you tell us how you’ve updated TSP for the modern era?

Absolutely! First of all, we’ve translated revolutionary France to 21st-century United States.  The main character, Margot, is an aspiring actress (unlike Marguerite St. Just in the book who is a professional actress) trying to save enough to put her younger sister through college.  The other main character, known at the moment as The Scarlet Pimpernel (no spoilers :P) is working to rescue victims of blackmail from drug rings, instead of spiriting French aristocrats out of prison during the Reign of Terror.  It’s been really interesting trying to balance the original source material with a realistic modern setting, while still trying to stay true to the story!

IMG_42113) I’m super interested in how you cast this thing.  Did you do open casting calls, or did you have specific people in mind when you started brainstorming Masked?

Well, when I first came up with the idea, I knew my friend Ally would be perfect for Margot’s character– and her sister Belle was a very natural addition to the case as Margot’s sister Suzanne. After that, we had open casting calls.  It was a difficult process– had one suuuuuuper fun experience with an actor signing up for a role and then dropping out without warning– but eventually we found everyone, and I’m not exaggerating when I say this cast is PHENOMENAL and working with them was truly a privilege.

However, when I say “open casting calls,” I should clarify– since the show was filmed in the Kansas City area and I was directing casting from Pennsylvania, all the auditioning and screening took place online.  Interested actors submitted resumes and headshots, Ally (co-producer) and Melody (assistant producer) and I reviewed them, then our favorites were asked to send in a video audition performing a selection from the script.  If we liked what we saw in the video audition, I then conducted an interview via Skype or phone with the actor to see if they’d be a good fit for the role.  And thennnnnn we made our final decision.  😉

4) How many viewings of TSP82 and readings of the book (and other Scarlet Pimpernel books) went into making Masked?

Good grief, I don’t even know! I mean, I reread the book before beginning to write the scripts and then paged through it again DURING writing so many times that I basically read it all over again.  I think Ally read it once while we were brainstorming, and I know several of our cast members read it while prepping for their roles– and almost every single person involved in the show watched the 1982 movie during production, either for inspiration or just to get a feel for the story.  So… yeah, it was a lot.  🙂

IMG_42315) This might be an off-limits question, but is Masked going to be a one-season deal, or might there be more seasons?  I know the stories could just go on and on because of the plotline of TSP... but will they???

Classified information. 😉  I will say, however, that a lot of the future of the show depends on audience reception, and how much interest people show in seeing more.

6) Was it hard to pick the cast?  Were any of the roles harder to cast than others?

Picking our cast really wasn’t too hard because out of all the people who auditioned, it was generally pretty clear who was best for each role.  Obviously acting talent and appearance (pretty open-ended but they had to be the right age and gender) played a big part in that, but commitment, dedication to the project, flexibility of schedule and interest in the original story were also deciding factors.

Probably the hardest roles to cast were those of the St. Cyr family, since they had to look at least somewhat alike!  Kristian Jett, who plays Angelo, was cast first, and Daniel Olson (who plays Tim) came along later, once we were on the lookout for someone who looked like he could conceivably be Kristian’s brother.  Becca Stabno, who plays Mrs. St. Cyr, also had to look sufficiently like both of them to make it plausible! (Also, we bought ourselves a little wiggle-room by making them half-siblings. Haha.)

7) Any special sponsors you’d like to recognize?  (If you don’t have any sponsors, now’s the time to beg for some.)IMG_4221

Well, we don’t have any corporate sponsors right now (although we would LOOOOOOOVE to have some– ModCloth, are you listening??) but we’d definitely like to thank some of the people and places that helped us out with filming!  The Neighborhood Cafe in Lee’s Summit, MO, the Metropolitan Community College of Longview, MO and the Songbird Cafe in Grandview, MO particularly come to mind.  We’re very grateful to Kelly, Amy (not me :P) and Ebony, especially, for securing us permission to film in those locations.

8) And, finally, any tips for someone thinking about doing a webseries?

Um.  Think long and hard before you throw your young life away so fast.  Haaaaaaaa.

…Kidding.  But seriously, it’s been a blast making this show and I definitely would like to encourage anyone who’s thinking of producing their own!  The most important advice I can give (what, why am I giving advice now) is probably just to take it slow, allow yourself wayyyy more time than you think you’re going to need, accept help when it’s offered, thank people when they do help you, and don’t be afraid to ask people for help. Seriously. People want to help young filmmakers achieve their goals, and it’s amazing sometimes just how much help they’re willing to give if you simply ask nicely.  Also, step outside of your comfort zone now and get ready to run circles around it and miles into the distance, because you won’t be seeing it again for a long time.  Heh.

Also… have fun. 😀


Thanks so much, Amy!!!  (Gosh, I love that girl.)  Here’s the trailer again, in case you missed it.

Aaaaaand the first episode came out TODAY – BLAHHHHHH – so here it is below!

Support my friends and watch the show.  Plz.

the scarlet pimpernel blog party tag.

blogpartyJoining the party a little late because I had school and now I’m at the beach.  BUT NOW I AM HERE.
1. The obvious question… how’d you get introduced to the Scarlet Pimpernel?
My awesome aunt and awesome older sister introduced it to me.  I can’t remember which happened first, but I know the two of them definitely influenced my reading it.  (And it took me a few tries to get through the infamous first couple of chapters, but I did it.)
2.  If you could meet any of the characters in real life, who would you choose and why? (you can use the obvious answer of Sir Percy if you really want to, but this is your chance to get creative. ;))
Probably either Percy (#somainstream), Anthony Ffoulkes, or Tony Dewhurst.  Because I loves all of them and they are my precious cinnamon rolls.  I’d probably just follow them around.  Because of reasons.  XD
3.  What are your top 3 favorite quotes from the books or movies? (yes, just three)
Okay, fine.
I think the first one would be this gem from early on in the first book:
“Had he but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear–a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love and as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade, where her tiny hand had rested last.”
This is the first passage from a book that I can ever remember my heart actually skipping a beat while simultaneously fluttering in my chest.  He kissed. the. steps, guys.  *fans face*
This next one’s from my personal favorite of the books, El Dorado.  It’s the other one that TSP82 is based on.  This quote is from the scene when Percy’s been captured and hasn’t slept in weeks.  (Seriously, they made that scene in the movie SO. MUCH. LESS. DRAMATIC.  Reminds me of Peeta’s leg wound in The Hunger Games.)
“I am in a tight corner – tighter than ever I have been before; but I am not dead yet!”
He’s literally almost dead and he’s still holding onto hope!
Last one’s spoken by Andrew Ffoulkes (Mr. Rabbit Teeth from TSP82) in El Dorado, when he’s trying to encourage Marguerite.
“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.”
YEAH, THAT’S MY BABY.  *explodes into a burst of rainbow confetti*
(Seriously, if you guys haven’t read El Dorado, you’re missing out on most of Percy’s awesomeness.  I almost like that one better than the original.)
4. Who is your favorite supporting character in the books? (Percy and Marguerite are ineligible)
Lord St. John Devinne.
Jk.  ; )  (Only true fans will reel in horror at that… League points for you if you understood that reference.)
Honestly, I don’t know.  It’s either Andrew, Tony, or Hastings.  I love those guys.  (I was sooooo obsessed with all of those books and actually had a favorite for a while… I think it was Tony.  I just can’t remember now because I haven’t read them in a while.  Which is SAD.)
5. Which film versions have you seen and which do you like best?
I’ve seen the Leslie Howard version (’34) and the Anthony Andrews version (’82).  I’ve also seen Pimperenel Smith, if that counts.  And duh why is that even a question OF COURSE I LOVE THE AA VERSION AKA TSP82 AKA THE TRUE AND ONLY VERSION THE MOST.  (And I’ve also listened to most of the music from the musical.)
6. What’s your top-absolute-favorite scene in the first book? (if you’ve read it– if not, what’s your favorite scene in whichever movie you prefer?)
In the first book…  Honestly, other than the kissing-the-stairs scene, I think I like the big reveal scene in the end.  Not to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it *glares at those people* but I love it from the moment you hear the ‘good British-sounding “Damn!”‘  GOLLY PETE I LOVE THAT BOOK.
(And to the weirdos people who haven’t read it…  Oh my gosh. Seriously, what are you doing with your life???  I mean, I know you have a life and more important things to do, but… READ THE BOOK.  I just shoved it at a friend {*waves at Morgan*}, and I’ll do it again.  Yes, yes, yes, get your important things done, then take a break and read the book.)
7. If you could dream-cast a new adaptation of the book (a period piece, that is) who would you choose to play the roles of Sir Percy, Marguerite and Chauvelin?
I dream-cast’d this a few years ago (here) and I think I’d stick by that casting.
Chauvelin would definitely be played by Richard Armitage.  I mean, come on.  We’ve seen how villainous he can be, but we’ve also seen how much we can sympathize with him.  I love him.
I’m going to stick with my original casting of Scarlett Johansson as Marguerite.  She’s played sweet characters and strong characters.  I love her, too.
And who else would be PERFECT for Percy besides the amazingly talented Tom Hiddleston???  I’m standing by that.  *drops mic*
8. Do you think the Scarlet Pimpernel does his rescue work purely for “the love of sport,” as the narrative would tell us (and as he would often claim) or does he have more noble motives that he won’t admit?  Explain your answer.  Show your work.
NO NO NO.  He has far, far superior motives other than just the love of the sport!  He’s a guy, so obviously he’ll try to be all macho and claim that he only does it for the sport, but, deep down inside him, he does it for the people.  He wants to save people, so he does, no matter what the cost.  (Somebody wrote a blog post on this once, I think.  That, or we discussed this question on The Day-Dream, right, Amy?  I distinctly remember this being an issue, back in our Emailing Days.  *sigh of nostalgia*)
Work shown: A quote from El Dorado.
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.
9.  Second to Chauvelin, who is the worst villain in the book series, and why?
And then also Lord St. John Devinne.  Because he’s pure evil.
10.  What’s your favorite novel in the series (if you’ve read more than one)?  If not, which one are you most excited to read?
I’ve already said it and I’ll say it again – El Dorado.  It’s one of the only ones where we see Percy in real peril, after things go horribly, terribly wrong.  (*glares at Armand*)  He proves his worth by not letting his situation get the best of him.  And this also lets us see how the little League does flying solo.  ; )
11.  If you could change one thing about your favorite version of the movie, what would it be?
I think I’d make TSP82 longer.  Or I’d make TSP12 (remember when that was gonna happen? *cries tears*) ACTUALLY HAPPEN.
12.  Lastly… how would you convince a skeptical friend to read/watch TSP?  What is it that you love about it?
I actually just did!  Or, I’m working on her.  ; )  *waves at Morgan*  I also convinced some very skeptical guy-friends to watch it and they LOVED it.  They thought it was a girly movie (no comment), but I convinced them that it had a lot of guy aspects to it, and some amazing duels – of wit and of swords – and we got together one night and watched it.  And now they love it.  So yay me  : )
I just love Percy as a person.  He’s always been one of my favorite literary characters ever.  I normally love guy characters because they do stuff that make me swoon (*cough* Levi) or because they’re just likeable (looking at you, Gilbert Blythe, George/Alex Knightley, and Mac Campbell).  But I love Percy for different reasons – he’s so courageous and downright brilliant.  He puts his life on the line to save others, and I think that’s something to be commended.  I just *sniffs* have sO mAnY feELS abOUT HIM… *flings self down stairs*
Here’s the trailer for Masked, the reason Amy’s blog party is taking place.

Sir Percy Day – Epilogue

To repeat what I said in my last post….

Wow.  That was way more fun that it should have been.

: D

(It took longer, too, because I was feeding, changing, holding, and taking care of little JellyBean while I was trying to type up two of the posts….  Need to put some pictures up of her….  “Stay on target….”)

I’ll end this awesome day by saying that Sir Percy is awesome.  That’s just it.  He’s my number one favorite literary hero of all time (as you might have read here).  He’s good and caring and kind and generous and compassionate and daring and adventurous.  I love him to death and don’t think I’ll ever get tired of reading the books or watching the movie.

The End.


Sir Percy Day – Part Four: ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ Reboot Dream Cast

Some of you may have heard that there was going to be a reboot of The Scarlet Pimpernel.  Some of you also may have heard that the reboot has since been cancelled.  (Yikes.  The sound of your weeping can be heard above my Josh Groban albums.)

Have no fear, however.  I think that if we Leaguettes keep posting about how much a reboot needs to be done, someone will make it.  After all, we started The TSP1982 Project… and it happened.   (Be sure to check out the trailer on the movie’s Amazon page!  It’s awesome!!)  *Insert screams about it coming out again in THREE DAYS!!!!!*  (See Ally’s awesome and squeeeee-y post here.)  As you see, we’ve got friends in high places.  (If only I knew who they were….)

While we’re waiting, we might as well give them some ideas about casting, right???  (The readers of The Day-Dream have already voiced their opinion.  The Dream Cast below is all my own making and is not endorsed by The Day-Dream, blah, blah, blah.)


Sir Percy Blakeney
Tom Hiddleston
Doesn’t he totally look like Anthony Andrews? See here if you don’t believe me.
Marguerite Blakeney
Scarlett Johansson
She’s so pretty….  Loved her as Natasha Rominov/Black Widow in The Avengers and the Iron Man movies!
Richard Armitage
The man can do evil.  Don’t believe me?  Watch him in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Armand St. Just
Eddie Redmayne

Andrew Ffoulkes
Aaron Tveit
Tony Dewhurst
Liam Hemsworth
Chris Evans
Suzanne de Tournay
Carey Mulligan

Count and Countess de Tournay

Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour
Baron de Batz
Ian McKellan
Heehee….  I did this for the sole reason that he would be able to say the line, “To think that I would be in league with the Scarlet Pimpernel!”
Martin Freeman
The Dauphin (Louis the IDK)
Collin MacKechnie
He may be a little old…. Whatev.  Believable young boy actors are hard!
The Prince of Wales
Benedict Cumberbatch
Varous members of The League
Drew Seeley
Wes Aderhold

Jamie Bell
Daniel Vincent Gordh
Michael Bolton
Maxwell Glick

Christopher Sean 
(I don’t mind who the casting director picks to play the other members of The League.  Just as long as they’re good actors and have read the book and seen the movie.)
Wow.  That was more fun than it should have been.  : D  Also, this looks like a mix of all of my favorite movies!  Les Miserables meets The Lizzie Bennet Diaries meets The Avengers meets The Hobbit!  That’d be so awesome.
What do you guys think?  Am I missing anybody – either an actor or a character???

Sir Percy Day – Part Three: Screencaps from ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’

Here are some screencaps I did of The Scarlet Pimpernel one Saturday last year.  (That was back when I actually had free time….  It seems like I’m extremely busy every single day!  Wait….  That’s probably because I am extremely busy every single day….  Thus, the shortage of thought-out posts recently here on the blog.  Working on that.)
Anyway!  Enough chatter.  Behold.  Enjoy.  Use for your own amusement.  (I’d like to see a few Sir Percy-themed pictures for Sink Me! soon.)


Aaaaaand…. That’s as far as I got.  (Screencapped for a whole six hours and only got this far….  Yikes.)  Maybe I’ll do a Part 3 1/2 this summer and screencap the rest of the movie!  Would you guys like that?


Sir Percy Day – Part Two: Clips from ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’

From the 1982 movie
The Famous Quote
The theme
One of my favorite scenes from the movie

(Seriously, when we watched this movie with a few teenage guys, they absolutely loved Percy after this.  And I totally understand why.)

The Duel
(spolier alert if you haven’t seen the movie!)

From The Scarlet Pimpernel: The Musical
(Disclaimer: I haven’t heard the whole thing – only these three songs, which I loooove.)
‘Into the Fire’ (Percy and The League’s song)
(warning: mild language)

‘Falcon in the Dive’ (Chauvelin’s song)
(warning: mild language)

Best version I’ve found of ‘I’ll Forget You’  (Marguerite’s song)
Randomocity : )

My personal favorite music video, created by the ever awesome Ally!
Totally awesome.  What are some of your favorite scenes?  Have I left any out?!

Sir Percy Day – Part One: Quotes By and About Sir Percy

From The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

The only power that I can see at present, mademoiselle, is the power of your beauty.

What is it you Frenchies say? Tou-che? You see I’m a poet, and you didn’t know it, what?

You must tell me all about yourself, in every detail, but oh, so slowly, so very slowly, so that it takes a very, very long time.

If we are to succeed, we must maintain our anonymity, mask our identities. Even if it means suffering the mockery of others. Being taken for fools, fops, nitwits, even cowards.

My dear chap, I never would have dreamt of depriving you of your moment of triumph. Alas, a moment was all I could spare.

Let that be a lesson to you, sir. Never take anyone for granted.

From The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
(Because we have to remind ourselves that there are different versions out there….)

Slap me, I’m bubbling over with good humor this morning. Would you believe me, I’ve just written a masterpiece. […] Yes, sir. All about this mysterious Pimpernel fellow. How it came to me Heaven only knows, because it was the busiest moment of the day. Damn me, I was tying my cravat.

Open up your sleeves, man. Let your ruffles take the air. Let them flow. Let them ripple.

It’s a dangerous game, my dear. Falling in love with a phantom. For all you know, he might be a married man who is deeply in love with his wife.

From the novel, El Dorado

But remember that in life there is always one supreme moment when Chance – who is credited to have but one hair on her head – stands by you for a brief space of time; sometimes that space is infintitesimal – one minute, a few seconds – just the time to seize Chance by that one hair.

The Scarlet Pimpernel was a personality of whom an entire nation might justly be proud.

Armand’s thoughts flew back to that other plotter, the man with the pure and simple aims, the man whose slender fingers had never handled alien gold, but were ever there ready stretched out to the helpless and the weak, whilst his thoughts were only of the help that he might give them, but never of his own safety.

(Last, my personal favorite quote from El Dorado!)
Tony: But why?  Percy, in the name of Heaven, doyou realise what you are doing?
Percy: Perfectly.
Tony: They’ll not leave a stone unturned to find you – they know by now, believe me, that your hand did this trick.
Percy: I know that.
Tony: And yet you mean to go back?
Percy: And yet I am going back.

Sink me, he’s the best!


Sir Percy Day – Introduction to Awesomeness

Hello, all!

In honor of the second annual Sir Percy Day, I’ve decided to do a blog series (four posts, including this one) that will last all day long….  In order to have the full measure of awesomeness.  : D

Part One: Quotes By and About Sir Percy
Part Two: Clips from The Scarlet Pimpernel
Part Three: Screencaps from The Scarlet Pimpernel
Part Four: The Scarlet Pimpernel Reboot Dream Cast

Notice: None of this is endorsed by The Day-Dream.  However.  I will do reposts if there is a hint of the light of rebellion ablaze in someone’s eyes.  (A Les Miz quote on Percy Day?!  Perish the thought!)