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)

Rules
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.  ❤

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i love tags… muchly

Bella of To Say Nothing of Reality tagged me! *fistpump*
So, instead of the (rather boring) post that I was planning on doing today, I’ll just reply to her tag. : )
1) Will you watch black-and-white movies?
Oh, yes. They’re amazing! Sure, I prefer movies in color, but I think that a lot of the better movies (with better morals, actors, stories, etc) are in black-and-white – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, You Can’t Take it With You, It’s a Wonderful Life, Cyrano de Bergerac. (If you haven’t already, go watch all of those. Post haste.)

2) If you could choose between Middle Earth and Narnia where would you go?
Dare I even try to choose?! *sigh* Fine.
Let’s see…. I think it would depend on when. If Faramir were still alive, then I’d go to Middle Earth. He’s the only reason I watch Lord of the Rings now. XD
And it depends on who’s in Narnia – all of the Pevensies? Or Eustace and Jill? Or Diggory and Polly? Or Shasta and Aravis? Or somewhere in between? You have to keep all those factors in mind!
In the end, though, I think I’d choose Narnia, partially because I’d love to just walk around and stumble upon places in the books – Cair Paravel, anyone?! – and partially because I’d love to meet people and see all of the creatures with my own eyes. That would be amazing.

3) What is one place you’d like to visit?(or revisit as the case may be)
SCOTLAND!!!!! (This is a visit, not a revisit.) My revisit place would be Washington, D.C. There was way too much to see in only ten days, and it was even harder to process when I was eleven! Or Disney. (Yes, I’m eighteen and want to go to Disney. Your point is?)

4) You discover a dragons egg under your bed. What is the first thing you do?
Shriek hysterically. Then claim it as my own and have an internal debate as to what to name it when it hatched. Probably Ciara, after Aaron’s dragon. (From Aaron’s Journey, that novel I keep telling you guys about. Toying with the idea of rewriting it… for the third time.)

5) How would you describe a hero?
Percy and Knightley and Alf all rolled into one. : ) Seriously, though, a hero is someone who is sacrificial – someone who puts others’ needs above his own. Someone who will do anything necessary to achieve his goal. (And, in doing so, not only rescues the princess, but wins her heart as well.)

6) Do you like acting and if so, would you take an acting class with me?
Ooh, yes, please!! There was a time when I dreamed about acting, but now I’m only thinking about writing screenplays. Methinks an acting class would help my writing.
*takes freshly baked, gluten-free (and still delicious!) peanut butter cookie break*

7) What is your favorite type of book?
A good one. Lots of action, suspense, and mystery, a very creepy bad guy, an awesome hero, and a girl. So that there can be a hint of romance. : ) If you don’t believe that all this can be put into one book, go pick up something by Wayne Thomas Batson. Remember that name – WTB, author of awesomeness known as The Door Within Trilogy, The “Isle” Books (Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire), The Berinfell Prophecies, and The Dark Sea Annals. All are good and highly recommended to all who read this post!!!

8)Do you carry/own a sonic screwdriver?
Sadly, no. But I know a few guys who do…. : )

9) Would you run away with Peter Pan?
Maybe… if only to see if I can kill Hook all by me onesies. (Savvy?)

10) Do you like the old, legend-like fairy tales?

Eh… not really. I like Disney fairy tales, though!

11) What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Written fifty thousand words of my novel in one month. That was insane – and I absolutely mean it. I don’t think I’ll be able to do it again (until June, that is).
Ask me again in about two months and I’ll tell you, “Edit my novel.”
Thank you so much for tagging me, Bella! That was so much fun!!
To be on the weird side (or just be me), I’m going to tag all of my readers without blogs. That means Haley and Elinor and anyone else who wants to! Below are your questions. Leave your answers in the comment section. Can’t wait to read them!
  1. Have you ever done something so crazy that you know you’ll never do it again?
  2. Who is your favorite literary hero/heroine?
  3. Have you ever read a book by Wayne Thomas Batson???
  4. What is your favorite kind of cookie?
  5. Do you think that Loki is evil, or just cute?
  6. Have you ever been so “into” something (such as a hobby or book or movie) that it scares your family, especially parents? Do tell!
  7. Do you agree with me that War Horse seemed a lot like Black Beauty?
  8. Which do you like more – folding laundry or washing dishes?
  9. What is your most-accessed video (or channel or playlist) on YouTube?
  10. When was the last time you memorized a Bible verse and what was it?

~Eowyn~

The June Crusade Tag Questions

Before I answer these, let me just say….

AGHHHHH!!!!! PANIC!!!!! I’m not NEARLY done and we’re ALREADY at WEEK THREE!!! *pulls hair out* AGHHHH!!!!!

Okay. Whew. Thanks. Moving on…

1. What is your word count now?
18,021 words. Ouch… Well, I’m going to keep working at it and not let a little number like that get me down….

I’m doomed…

2. What is your favorite paragraph so far?
Ooh… good question. Hmm… I think I’m going to have to say this one, on page three. : )

(A little backstory…. My main character, Nikki, has just been talking to someone and her best friend, Natalie, is very surprised and can’t say a word.)

“What?” I asked. “Do I have something on my face?”
Natalie shook her head. “Dost mine eyes deceive me…?”
I rolled my eyes. “Nope.”
“You were actually talking to Dylan?! The cutest guy in school?!”
I folded my arms and nodded.
“And he talked to you?”
I nodded, then added, “Actually, he started the conversation.”
Natalie gasped and grabbed my arm. “I think I’m going to faint. Catch me, please.”
I rolled my eyes again. “Can I slap you, please?”
She smirked. “But it’s Dylan Bronson!”

3. When you are writing what is your favorite song to listen too? Not theme song for your book but favorite song for while you’re writing?
Song? Oh, my dear gracious, I don’t think I can pick a song. I think the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack is what I’m writing to the most. Very good writing music, that!

4. Do you love your villains or do you relish hating them?
I have two villains… well, three, but the third one doesn’t really count… Anyway, I really like them. I’m the one who loves the bad guys, remember? : )

5. What was your very first piece of free writing?
Oh, my stars… please don’t ask. Fine. I’ll tell you. The Greatest Adventure of the Summer. *blushes* It was a short story (five pages, to be exact) that I submitted *blushes again* to the American Girl Magazine for a contest. It’s about this girl whose father is the president and has to ransom him after he’s been kidnapped. With a grand total of $35 people. Not $35 million, just flat out $35. (An enormous sum of money when I was only ten, you guys!) I can’t believe I actually submitted it… I’ll have to type it up some day (spelling and grammar errors included) and post a little of it. It’ll be like Jane Austen’s Love and Freindship (sic). (If you guys haven’t read that, look it up. It is SOOO funny!)

6. What was your first completed piece of fiction?
Another juvenilia. The Christmas Wish, a short story that was completed when I was 12. It was about a girl whose mom and sisters die in a car crash right before Christmas and her dad gets remarried a while later. I forget most of it, and nothing will convince me to read it again for a while!!

7. What are some of the plot bunnies that you are being teased with right now?
Ooh, plot bunnies! Yay. Not so embarrassing… : ) Let me see… Well, I have a few novels started, but one actual official plot bunny is about a guy and a girl… I don’t have all of it right now. I’m also aching to start writing Aaron’s Journey again, but that won’t happen for a while – at least, not until I convince myself that I can write from a guy’s perspective again. : P

8. What is your strategy for writers block?
What’s that? Seriously, there is no such thing as writer’s block. (So I’ve heard…) My solution is to just re-read the past thousand words you’ve written and delete what you think has gotten you into a hole. I thought I had writer’s block a while ago, but I just asked myself what the focus of the chapter was and went on from there. (Also… I thought I had it this morning, but I realized it was time for a new chapter, so I skipped over to the next exciting part! Easy peasy, squeeze the lemon!)

9. If you could meet one famous author which one would you pick?

Wayne Thomas Batson or Robert Whitlow. *sigh* To think, I actually lived twenty minutes away from the latter at one point in my life…. *sigh* (Them, or the Baroness Orczy…. *sigh*)

10. Who is your favorite secondary character so far?
Natalie. : ) See the above paragraph. She’s so much fun to write! She’s so happy and bubbly, too. Ooh, and Dylan. : ) I really like writing him, too. (Alec isn’t a secondary character, or else I’d pick him!)

Well, that’s all! I’m thinking of posting excerpts… what say ye?

~Eowyn~

EDIT: Okay, so after I posted this I ran upstairs and started writing. After a slow start, I finally hit my stride and…

*cue Jurassic Park theme or Chariots of Fire theme or something big and awesome and monumentous (not a word, I know…)*

I just passed 20,000 words!!! WAHOO!!! There’s a light at the end of this tunnel!

INTO THE FIRE!!! (After a Little Dorrit break… watching it with my younger siblings – their first time… *rubs hands gleefully*)

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~

It’s HERE!!

My copy of The Errant King by Wayne Thomas Batson just got here… and I’m SO happy! I couldn’t sit still for an hour afterwards, and I skipped up the stairs to show Arwen! I started re-reading Sword in the Stars, the first book in the Dark Sea Annals, a few weeks ago – and took my time because the last time I checked, The Errant King wasn’t going to get here until the middle of December. (You see, I pre-ordered it back in July even though I knew it’d take a while, and it finally shipped on Sunday. Talk about fast delivery!!) So for the past hour or two, I’ve been literally forcing myself to read, all the time glancing at The Errant King beside me. : )

I originally thought I wasn’t going to get any school off this week (except maybe tomorrow) and somehow try to double-up sometime so I can go shopping on Friday. (A first for me… we’ll see how it goes!) Thankfully, while we were having devotions this morning, my teacher made a request to the principal, and he accepted. Now we have today through Friday off, with today being a catch-up day. Also, we have to travel nearly two hours tomorrow to my aunt’s house for our first Thanksgiving meal, then back two hours to my grandparents’ house for another, then back an hour to our house tonight. I wasn’t looking forward to the driving, but now… let’s just say I’m giddy.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!
~Eowyn~