the liebster tag.

I rarely do tags – not because people don’t tag me (they do), and not because it doesn’t fit with my blog’s theme (because lol what theme).  It’s simply because I forget.  So if you tag me, please let me know.  I love getting tagged!  The other day, I got tagged by Phoebe over at The Storybook Journal (link to tag here) and I actually remembered!  YAY!

Rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Answer the eleven questions.
3. Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you’ve done so.
4. Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions.

Phoebe’s Questions:
1. Do you usually cry over the deaths or misfortunes of fictional characters in books and movies? Or are you “not a crier”?
BHAHAHAHA.  Wow.  Well, I’m gonna be completely honest with you – I’m a weirdo.  While real-life events don’t often make me cry (something I’m working on), fictional events have the ability to make. me. weep.  I well up in tears pretty often, especially if it’s a touching scene, and I can all-out sob sometimes.  For instance, the first book that made me cry was Little Men, and I can’t remember exactly what happens in the scene, but it had something to do with Dan taking the fall for something Nat did.  Boy, did that make me cry.  Another book that made me cry was Fault in Our Stars.  Although I don’t recommend it to “just anybody” and even though I totally knew what happened in the end… I still sobbed.  Like, gut-wrenching, shoulder-heaving sobs.  It was intense.  I don’t think I’ve cried this much over a book since – OH WAIT YES I HAVE.  The end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Yep.  I cried over the last hundred pages, closed the book, hugged it to my chest, and continued to cry.  *wipes away a tear*  M’kay, moving on.

2. Is there a popular TV show or a movie that you just CAN’T bring yourself to like, in spite of everyone’s good opinions of it?
Oh gosh.  The last time I bashed something that everybody liked didn’t go very well.  After thinking for a while, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say… Downton Abbey.  NOW BEFORE YOU THROW ANYTHING AT ME, JUST LISTEN.  I watched the first two and a half seasons and I absolutely loved it.  Then I got to The Sybil Episode – yes, I knew what happened, and that’s what kept me from watching the end of it.  I knew Something Was Going Down, and I wasn’t emotionally prepared for it that day.  I put it off and started watching something that would make me happier, not more sad than I already was.  And then… I just never watched the end.  I still love the show, deep down somewhere, but, for now, I have too much drama (and school – oh gosh, the amount of school I have is n u t s) in my life to bring myself to go back to it.  I’m graduating sometime early next year, so maybe then?  I know my younger sister fell in love with it too, and binged the entire show in like a month.  (I was on that track before I stopped watching, lol.)  So… no hard feelings.  We’re good, right?  I still love me some Allen Leech, and McGonagall the Dowager Countess of Grantham is everything I aspire to be when I’m her age.

3. Do you have a garden? If so, what sort of things do you grow in it? Is it a vegetable or flower garden?
Nope.  I have a tendency to kill plants because I forget to water them.  However.  My family’s building a house and moving sometime in the next year, and I think I’m going to try to put forth more effort in that area when we move.  After all, my future exposed-brick studio apartment is going to house a lot of plants, and I’m gonna need to get used to watering them on a daily basis.  🙂

4. With the approach of oncoming Winter, do you find yourself excited for the change of season, or is your mindset closer to: ” *sigh* Oh boy. Here it comes. Winter. AGAIN.”?
I’M SO EXCITEDDDDD.  I love fall and winter in and of themselves, basically because what’s not to love about the changing colors of the leaves and snuggling in blankets and too-big hoodies and pumpkin spice lattes (I swear I’ll become a real Basic White Girl and try one this year) and boots and scarves and socks and reading books in the morning while sipping hot coffee?!  Besides all of that, a lot of fun things are happening in the fall/winter, including weddings and trips with friends and holidays and my birthday and – HELLO – possibly graduating sooner rather than later and moving into a completely new house where my sister and I get literally the entire basement (SO EXCITED, Y’ALL).  So, yes.  I’m usually pretty excited about fall/winter, but especially so this year.  🙂

5. What is the last book you read? How would you rate it out of five stars?
I actually stopped answering these questions so I could go finish The Outsiders, a book my darling friend Eva recommended, so I could see what I’d rate it.  And GOSH DANG IT, IT WAS SO GOOD.  See my Goodreads review for further fangirling (because I don’t have enough space here), but I’ll definitely be re-reading it and recommending it to a few people.  5/5 stars!

6. Do you collect anything? How many/much do you own?
I used to collect stamps (lol), which I’d put in these three massive 3-ring binders, way back when.  I’d listen to Les Mis (the 10th anniversary cast, aka basically the only one worth listening to) and The Little Mermaid (the OBC) on my boom box with headphones while I worked.  (Gosh, that must’ve been ’06 or ’07… why am i so o l d)  I also collect books, too.  Obviously.  😛  I’m working on collecting beautiful hardcover books, but I only have enough money to splurge every now and then.  My big HEY LOOK I’M A SENIOR!!!! gift to myself was a hardcover copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (which I thought was amazing), and I just bought a hardcover copy of The Problem with Forever for a school thing (long story, but yes, it’s for school. #cheatingthesystem).

7. If you could invite one (and ONLY ONE) fictional character to dinner, who would it be?
Well, right now I just want to invite Johnny from The Outsiders over, if only to feed him Pepsi and banana milkshakes and fries and candy bars as I hug him tightly and tell him that he’s too precious for this world.  While sobbing.  …  Oh gosh, moving on.

8. What book is nearest to you at this very moment?
*smirky emoji*  Nearest to me, as in proximity, or nearest… to my heart???  I’ll take both.  Nearest, as in proximity, would be a collection of Herman Melville’s shorter works, which I had to get from the library in order to read/write a report on Benito Cereno.  I’ve never read it before (nor any of Melville’s other stuff {sue me}), but I liked it because the plot twist made the initial confusion totally worth it.  Nearest, as in to my heart, would be If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher.  A good friend gave it to me for my surprise book-themed 21st birthday party last year (which will probably be my favorite birthday for the rest of my life), and I didn’t get around to reading it ’til a few months ago.  It took me SO LONG to read it because every time I’d try reading it, I’d burst into tears because the writing was so beautiful and so. incredibly. relevant.  Seriously, read it.  It’ll change your life.

9. Since Halloween is coming up soon, do you usually participate in the celebrations? If so, what did you dress up as last year?
We used to, but we haven’t done it in about ten to twelve years.  We usually hide out in the basement with a good movie while the neighborhood trick-or-treats.  Last year, we were camping with some friends, and I was crying because it was so cold and because I’d just read Harry Potter for the first time and knew what happened to James and Lily that night…  Yeah.  This year, we’ll probably watch Harry Potter in the basement, for obvious reasons.  (That is, unless I can convince my parents to let my younger siblings dress up for the first time!)

10. How would you describe your fashion style?
Incredibly tasteful, but too broke to prove it.  My style board on Pinterest is a dream of what I want my future wardrobe to look like when I have more money to spend on clothes, but I’m working on it now, too.

11. Have you ever met a famous person? Who was it?
Do the Taylors from BlimeyCow count?  😛

I don’t keep up with too many bloggers, so I’ll be the rule-breaker and tag everybody reading this.  Reply to the questions below in the comments!

1.  What’s your Pinterest account link?  (I love following new people!)
2.  What are your thoughts on classic novels versus contemporary novels?
3.  Quick!  Name the three most recent movies you’ve watched and what you’ve thought of each of them.
4.  What grade are you in school (or how many years have you been done, you lucky duck) and what do you think of it?
5.  Speaking of school, what are your four best pieces of advice for everyone going in the grade below you?
6.  Who are some of your favorite bloggers?  (I also love finding new blogs to stalk!)
7.  Have you ever been to a concert?  If so, who did you see?  If not, do you ever want to go to one?
8.  Does your family have any interesting back-to-school/fall traditions?
9.  Who are five of your literary heroines?
10. What’s a random thing you have in your room that you maybe can’t remember how it got there but know it’d be weird if it left?  (Awkward way of phrasing that, but you know what I mean.)
11. Shameless selfish blog thing: What’s something you’d like to see more of on my blog?

the infinity dreams award/tag.

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Yay, another tag!  Thanks, Morgan!  (Readers – don’t hate me for doing random posts; my post-Harry Potter post is coming soon, I promise!)

Tell us eleven facts about yourself.

  1. I went to one year of public school before my parents decided to homeschool me and my siblings.  And, yes, I had a boyfriend during that year of kindergarten.  As you do.
  2. I used to collect stamps.  (I mean, I still kinda do, but you didn’t hear that from me.)
  3. I’ve never finished a Jane Austen novel.  (Got halfway through Sense and Sensibility when I was thirteen but couldn’t get used to the language.  Most of her novels are on my TBR list for this year, though!)
  4. I hate sewing.  I mean, I can do it and I’ve sewed my fair share of skirts and costumes, but it’s too boring and tedious and I just can’t get into it.  Meh.
  5. (In that vein…) I’ve never been a girly-girl.  I’ve never loved the color pink and I’d rather climb a tree and get dirt in my fingernails than have a tea party or go shopping.
  6. I’ve never been able to give an exact date for when I gave my heart and life to Jesus because I’ve just always felt like I’ve believed in Him and I’ve always known He died for my sins.  I re-dedicated my life to Him when I was twelve (and every day since then because hey guess what surrender’s a daily thing).
  7. I started taking piano lessons when I was six and violin lessons when I was nine.  (“Don’t you test me though – just because I play the piano doesn’t mean I am not willing to take you down.  {I’m sorry.}”)
  8. I read Little Men before I read Little Women.  I saw the Little Women movie a dozen times and wanted a sequel, so I read the book when I was fourteen.
  9. Speaking of, Little Men was the first book I cried about.  (And I’ve been crying over books ever since.)
  10. I have two adopted siblings – Nathanael (6) and Jenna (2).  (Here’s a relatively old picture of them.)
  11. I think I’m actually an ENTJ.  Sorry.  Still trying to figure out the whole MBTI thing.  (I like being in groups of people, but I fade to the back around more than like six people.  I don’t share things that are too personal, but I talk when I’m nervous.  So… yeah…)

And here are my eleven questions from Morgan.

1. What is your favorite thing to blog about?
Probably my life or fangirling about stuff I love like movies and books.
 
2. Who is your favorite fictional character?
OH MY GOSH, YOU CAN’T DO THAT, MORGAN.  *facepalm*  Okay.  Right now, it’s Bucky Barnes.  I was fangirling about him recently with a friend and he’s just like literally the best.  (And so is Steve and Kylo Ren and Finn and Rey and like a thousand other characters I could name off the top of my head.)
 
3. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Self-righteous people.  I could write an entire blog post about how much they annoy me.  (But I’d better stop right there, lol.)
 
4. If you could visit one place on earth, and only one, where would you choose?
HMM.  Probably London or Edinburgh or NYC again.  (Three places is as close to one that I’m gonna get.)
 
5. What’s one movie coming out in 2016 you want to watch?
Captain America: Civil War.  I am going to die.
 
6. Would you rather time travel to the past or the future? Why?
Probably to the past (maybe 1940’s) just because the future would freak me out.  I’m very happy in the present, though.
 
7. What is your least favorite holiday?
Probably St. Patrick’s Day.  Besides all of the green stuff (*insert heart-eyed emoji*), there’s just nothing to celebrate.
 
8. What do you want to be when you “grow up”?
It freaks me out that I probably am “grown up” – at least, to most people.  YIKES.  I’m working on being a writer, though, and I think I’ll get there someday.  : )
 
9. If someone offered you a million dollar inheritance if you would drive twenty bucks (as in deer) across Alaska, would you do it? (I know it sounds weird, stems from a game of Balderdash.)
ABSOLUTELY YES IN A HEARTBEAT.  (No, I don’t love money at all, what are you talking abouttttt?  : P  I just know that you kind of need money to survive, so.)
 
10. What genre of books do you like best to read?
Contemporary books, usually coming-of-age or young adult romance (not the smutty stuff, though).  I just can’t get enough!
 
11. Do you prefer movies or TV shows?
Goodness, I don’t know.  Maybe TV shows because the characters can be fleshed out to their fullest potential… but I do also LOVE movies.I’m only tagging three people today because I love breaking rules:
Eva
Ness Kingsley
Jessica Prescott (if you don’t have a blog, you can do it in the tags)

Here are your eleven questions:

1. Team Cap or Team Iron Man?
2. What’s your favorite thing to blog about?
3. What was the last book you read that you loved?
4. What was the last book you read that you hated?
5. If you’re old enough to vote, who are you voting for and why?
6. What are three of your favorite movies?
7. Who was your first fictional childhood crush?
8. Skinny jeans or skirts?
9. Who is your celebrity OTP?
10. What is your favorite flower?
11. Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

the behind-the-scenes writing tag.

(I just pronounced the word “tag” as “taeg” in my mind because I heard someone say it that way once and now I can’t remember who it was.  LOL.)

Because I recently watched a movie starring Harrison Ford (the remake of Sabrina, also starring Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear), Eva tagged me with the “The Behind-the-Scenes Writing Tag.”  (See her answers here.)  I actually haven’t done a tag in a while (the reason being that I keep forgetting about them, lol; keep tagging me, guys!), so this should be fun!  [Edit: Duh, I just did that movie tag.  *facepalm*  My life… Ugh.]

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Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

Yes, but it’s slightly embarrassing and stereotypical.  : D  Usually, right before I’m about to start writing, I put some chocolate chips in a cup and freeze them and I make some iced sweet tea (my very own recipe that a friend says I’d make millions off of).  I get my Pinterest and random internet browsing out of the way while the chocolate chips are freezing and the tea is brewing.  I really don’t drink coffee unless I’m writing in the morning because even though I love coffee *takes a sip* it honestly doesn’t really have an effect on me.  Sad but true.  (I don’t usually write in the morning, though.  If I put off school ’til later in the day, even during NaNo, I won’t get it done.)  So all that to say that I eat frozen chocolate chips and drink iced super-duper-sweet tea while I write.  *Kyle voice*  GAHHHH!  MY POWERS ARE INCREASING!

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When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

Kinda just answered this in my last answer, but I’ll elaborate.  I write best later in the day.  I’ve been working on getting all of my school done early on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can write at my nannying job, but I feel guilty most of the time for writing instead of doing school, so it doesn’t really work.  I usually do it around four in the afternoon or after dinner.  (During NaNo, though, it’s all over the place.  I’ve gotten up at six in the morning to write and I’ve stayed up ’til two writing.  So.  Yeah.)

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Where do you write?

I can write basically everywhere, but my go-to place is in my room.  Just wherever I can get away or wherever it’s quiet.  A few weeks ago, when half my family was gone for a week (overlapping when my dad was gone for a weekend) and it was just me, my younger brother, and my younger sister at the house (SWEET BLESSED BLISS), I moved my writing station to the kitchen and sat on a bar stool for almost the entire weekend.  It. Was. So. Awesome.  I’ve written at the library, too, and I think that’s my favorite place to write.  I’ve also written at a Starbucks with a friend and then went to her house afterward.  (July Camp NaNo of last year.  I had to write 10k in three days in order to finish on time.  I did it.  *fistpump*)

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How often do you write a new novel?

Oh gosh.  Seeing as I’ve only technically finished one… yeah.  I finished writing The Art a few months ago (see this post), and I’ve been re-writing ever since.  (I called it editing at first, but it’s not.  I’m taking out chunks and adding chunks and re-writing backstories.  Re-writing.)  I’ve done NaNo three times, though, and jump-started three novels with it – Becoming Nikki (*shameless plug* available at Amazon! *end shameless plug*), Sneakers and Hot Fudge Sundaes (*sniff* my poor children whom I left all alone in their final chapter… gosh, I’m such a bad writer), and The Art of Letting Go (which is honestly the best thing I’ve ever written and it’s only getting better and I LOVE IT).

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Do you listen to music while you write?

DUH.  I listen to music all the time, no matter what I’m doing.  (Listening to Sleeping at Last right now, actually.)  My soundtrack for my writing varies, though.  While I was writing Becoming Nikki, it was all over the place.  Mainly Josh Groban, but a little Tenth Ave and other random Christian stuff, too.  While I wrote The Art, I almost exclusively listened to Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.  If I can’t focus because I’m singing the music instead of actually writing, I’ll listen to soundtracks and movie scores, though.

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What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

Laptop!  When I got back into writing when I was fourteen, I wrote in notebooks while we drove around looking for a house to buy (bad memories there…).  I still have a dent in the middle finger of my right hand because I pressed down so hard all the time.  After my hand started cramping up, I knew something needed to change.  Then I started writing on my dad’s old laptop, which worked really well because it didn’t have internet.  (Sometimes I long for those days again.  HA.)  In 2013, I bought my own laptop so I could do my college work on it, and I’ve been using it ever since.  *pats laptop*  I used to always carry around a notebook of story ideas with me, but then I started writing down my ideas in my phone and emailing it to myself every now and then.  It works.  : )

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Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?

Besides my chocolate-freezing, tea-making, and Pinterest-browsing?  Not really.  When I’m working on The Art, though, I like to look through the Pinterest board I made for it so I start to remember what the story’s supposed to feel like.  (Pinterest is one of my favorite writing resources, guys.  Not even kidding.)  Sometimes, if I’m working on an especially hard scene or one that could potentially have an impact on someone, I’ll pray for guidance and the right words.

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i don’t care who you are or how you feel about the harry potter books. if you’re a writer, jo’s story should inspire you like almost nothing else can.

What do you do to get into the mood to write?

(Golly Pete, I really should read all of these questions before I start answering them…)  Like I said in my last answer, I usually browse my Pinterest board, looking for the inspiration for the story.  Sometimes I’ll watch videos and procrastinate for a while.  (Not recommended.)  It’s very rare that I’ll go back and read what I’ve previously written – and I NEVER do it during NaNo.  (Protip: Never ever ever go back to what you’ve written the day before and try to edit.  You’re wasting precious writing time and you’ll only mess with your word count.  Get all 50k words down before you edit.  You’ll thank me later.)

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from ‘fangirl’ by rainbow rowell. golly pete i love this book.

What is always near the place you write?

A buncha junk.  : D  My laptop, drink, maybe a snack, headphones, and whatever clutter is already on my desk or my writing space.  I also have a few writing books and notebooks nearby that are handy when I need inspiration.  I usually have everything I need on the computer, though.  (I’m able to be more mobile that way.)

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Do you have a reward system for your word count?

I do!  During NaNo, I usually give myself a reward whenever I reach my daily word count – usually an episode of a TV show (lots of Boy Meets World gets watched) or I reward myself with a book.  Or sometimes the reward is just that refreshing feeling that I did it.  When I’m not doing NaNo, though, it varies.  Whenever I get a chapter edited or actually sit down to write (which, sadly enough, doesn’t happen as often as I’d like *shakes fist* STUPID COLLEGE), I’m rewarded with that amazing feeling of assurance that I’m a writer instead of just someone who writes occasionally.

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*coughhack* i’m finding this to be especially true with the main character of ‘the art’ who isn’t a christian and, therefore, makes some decisions that i wouldn’t. just because i write it doesn’t mean i condone it.

Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

Umm… Does anyone know that I pull faces while I write?  It’s embarrassing when I’m in a public place, but I do it at home all the time.  I’ll either do the face or emotion that I’m trying to convey in order to write it better, or I’ll start singing along with whatever I’m listening to.  I do all the voices in my head as I write, so some of it must get out on my face.  HA.  #I’mAWriter

Well, that’s all the questions!  If you’re reading this somewhere in your house, you’re tagged.  (As always, share the link in the comments section, or, if you don’t have a blog, answer the questions in the comment box.)

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P.S. Before any of you guys ask, no, I’m not doing NaNo this year.  (Cry all the tears.)  I set a goal of finishing the second draft of The Art before Christmas this year (and I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE YAYYYYYY!!!) so since I’m only halfway done with it, I can’t rationalize starting another novel and spending all of my free time on it instead of The Art (even though I have an idea about what my next one’s going to be about… shhh).

P.P.S. Speaking of Christmas… stay tuned for a blog series centering around my favorite holiday and the most wonderful time of the year.  ; )

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

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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)
OH MY GOSH.  ONLY 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?
ARMAND ST. JUST BECAUSE HE DISOBEYS PERCY.
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.
*holds sword to your throat*  WATCH IT AND SUPPORT MY FRIENDS.  I KNOW HALF OF THESE PEOPLE.
WATCH IT.
 

Eowyn Answers the Tag Questions

Nine tag questions to rule them all….

  1. What was your first introduction to Lord of the Rings?  I think the first time I heard about LotR was when my dad and a friend’s dad watched it.  They came back to our apartment where me and my friends were watching Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and said, “Wow.  That was intense.  You guys are never going to watch that.”  About a year later, my older sister started reading the book.  After finishing it, she reeeeally wanted to watch it, but Dad said that she couldn’t until I read the book.  I took my sweet time, finding the book dry and boring at times.  (Hey.  I was eleven.)  As I slooooowly read the book over the course of about six months, my sister kept warning me that Dad had given her permission to watch it before me if I couldn’t finish soon.  (I didn’t really care and knew that she was too nice to watch it without me.)  Then, a friend at church said he’d finished the books and watched all three movies in one day.  He went on and on and on about how great they were.  Finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer.  I sat down for five hours after getting home that Sunday and finished RotK.  Then, on Halloween, we watched Fellowship with some friends.  (Then watched TT a few months later, finishing up by watching Return in two parts during a camp with my dad, then with another friend who’d only seen the Extended and kept on saying, “What?!  They cut out SO MUCH!!”)  And the rest, they say, is history.

  2. Have you ever read the book?  *cough* *cough*  Read the above.

  3. Which version of the movies do you prefer – the extended version or the theatrical release?  EXTENDED!!!!

  4. Who is your favorite character and why?  FARAMIR.  Without a doubt.  He’s amazing.  I wrote an entire post on him, which you’ll read later.

  5. Which of the other books concerning Middle-Earth have you read?  I started The Silmarillion, Children of Hurin, and The Lost Tales, along with the original draft of Fellowship.  Oh, and The Hobbit.  I’ve also listened to the old BBC radio dramas of LotR and TH, much to the surprise of the librarian who checked it back in.  (“Wait… you actually listened to the whole thing?”)

  6. If there was one thing about the movies you would change, what would it be?   I’d give FARAMIR a bigger part.  : D

  7. What is your favorite scene in either the books or the movies?  Anything with FARAMIR.  But I also like all of the battles and the smaller, character-building scenes.  I especially like the speeches, most particularly Sam’s big “That There’s Some Good In This World, Mr. Frodo” speech.

  8. How would you rate your addiction to Lord of the Rings – Aragorn being the lowest and Gollum/Smeagol being the highest?  I’m probably a Boromir, but I don’t think even a whonk with a limb would drive it from me.

  9. If you could be any Lord of the Rings character, who would it be?  Eowyn!!  (Cuz she marries FARAMIR.)

LotR Party Tag Questions

Nine tag questions to rule them all….

  1. What was your first introduction to Lord of the Rings?

  2. Have you ever read the book?

  3. Which version of the movies do you prefer – the extended version or the theatrical release?

  4. Who is your favorite character and why?

  5. Which of the other books concerning Middle-Earth have you read?

  6. If there was one thing about the movies you would change, what would it be?

  7. What is your favorite scene in either the books or the movies?

  8. How would you rate your addiction to Lord of the Rings – Aragorn being the lowest and Gollum/Smeagol being the highest?

  9. If you could be any Lord of the Rings character, who would it be?

 

As always, if you don’t have a blog, you can still answer the tag questions!  Just leave a comment below with either your answers or a link to your blog post with your answers in it.