Yippie!! 😀 I was a huge fan of Disney cartoons, movies, books, and shows when I was younger so I’m glad that Tiffani over at The Book Venom chose me to do this tag and share in the fun. 😛 According to Tiffani, this tag was originally created by Katytastic, whose booktube videos I enjoy watching. Tiffani has also added some additional categories created by XtineMAY, another booktuber, at the end.
I won’t lie, much as I was excited to do this, I was a bit daunted. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to answer the questions since I had to put my memory to work and it tends to work selectively. But I think it went well so here we go!
The Little Mermaid—A character who is out their element, a “fish out of water”.
I’ll have to go with Axel, the nephew in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. He is not the adventurous type, neither is he brave, so he was ill-suited for the travails of their journey into the depths of the earth. However, his whining coupled with his uncle’s eccentric personality made the story an enjoyable read. It was so funny!
Cinderella—A character who goes through a major transformation.
Hmm…it’s hard to choose just one for this question since the majority of the characters in the stories I read go through a transformation so I’ll choose two:
The first is Buck, the protagonist in Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. The story is about a dog, Buck, who’s kidnapped from his home in California and brought to the harsh Klondike region in the north to work as a sledge dog. At the beginning of the story, Buck is a happy-go-lucky dog that is domesticated and well-cared for but by the end of the story, Buck is a bad-ass who can hold his own in the wild.
The other is Rand in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Rand begins the series as an innocent shepherd but by book 5 (the most-recent one I read), he has become a leader and a powerful wielder of the One Power. He didn’t even know much about the Power when the series began and now he’s opening portals and shit!
Snow White—A book with an eclectic cast of characters.
I read that as “eccentric” at first, lol. My answers for this one are the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. Riordan’s series has a fairly large cast of characters and the story is told from various perspectives. No two characters are alike but you end up liking them all. My favorite of the bunch is Leo. 😛 Healy also has a diverse cast of personalities, after all, his story is about the princes, princesses, and maidens from popular fairytales, except it’s centered on the princes and kinda picks up where the fairytales end.
Sleeping Beauty—A book that put you to sleep.
A Long Day’s Evening by Bilge Karasu. I tried. I really tried, but I can’t anymore. I loved the first story, The Island, but I just couldn’t make it up The Hill. Every time I read that section, my mind would wander or I would fall asleep. And I disliked the story structure so I lost my patience and gave up.
The Lion King—A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.
Hmm…this is also a common element in the books I read. I’ll go with Merlin from T.A. Barron’s The Lost Years of Merlin series, which is about the great wizard’s formative years. When he was a boy, Merlin lost his sight in a fire but he regains it though he no longer sees with his eyes.
It’s a wonderful tale and one of my favorite series. I highly recommend it.
Beauty and The Beast—A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.
Hmm…a toughy. I don’t think I have an answer for this one. The only behemoth I can recall being intimidated by is the Wheel of Time series, but I think the story is just okay, not spectacular.
Aladdin—A character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.
A minor spoiler in this one: I’ll go with Seraphina from Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina series. Seraphina hoped for the garden in her head to be real — for the half-dragons to bond and find comradeship. Her wish comes through in a bitter way because it’s Jannoula’s influence that makes it happen and it hurts the half-dragons at first.
Mulan—A character who pretends to be something or someone they are not.
The titular character from Alison Goodman’s Eon. At first I was going to say Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series but though Alanna poses as a boy, she never lost sight of who she is or denied how she is. Eon loses sight of who she is because she denied her femininity, which affected her connection with her dragon.
Both stories are similar because a girl has to pose as a boy to achieve her dream in a world dominated by men. Both are strong female characters. Eon is based in Chinese culture and the Song of the Lioness is based in a European medieval society that has magic, gods, and monsters.
Toy Story—A book with characters you wish would come to life.
I’ll go with a place I wish was real and say Hogwarts. Ahh…Hoggy Hogwarts.
Disney Descendants—Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.
Sandor Clegane aka the Dog from The Song of Ice & Fire series. I think he’s a good guy deep down but accepts the labels placed on him and becomes a villain.
The additional categories begin here:
Hercules—A book that inspired you and make you a stronger human.
Eat, Pray, Love. I find the story uplifting so it’s one of the books I turn to when I’m feeling down. It helps me to stay positive.
Up—A book that you have no idea what the title and the cover was about, but you love it after reading it.
Fucking Breed by Chase Novak. Sorry for the expletive but this story took me on a rollercoaster ride; like sitting on the edge of your seat reading frantically as if your life will end if you don’t read the story fast enough. I had no idea what to expect when I saw the cover. I read an excerpt on NPR and thought it was interesting. I found the book at a Barnes & Noble, flipped through the pages intending to read a few but end up reading the whole book in an hour and some. The story is unsettling, gripping, and fast-paced.
It’s basically about a couple who undergoes an experiment to have children but though it’s a success, the consequences are frightening.
Frozen—A pair of book sibling that you absolutely love.
Fred and George Weasley from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and John and Abigail Templeton from Ellis Weiner’s The Templeton Twins Have an Idea. I’ve always wished for a twin I could get in trouble with or just a twin to share my interests, like a book twin or a party twin.
This was a fun post to do. I’ll tag Molly over at Night Owl’s Library (I love her blog’s name), Emily over at The Diary of a Bibliophile, Flo at flowlessbooks, and Ashley over at Socially Awkward Bookworm. No pressure to do this but I hope you all join the fun. Also if you read this and you aren’t tagged, please feel free to join in as well and let me know so I can read your post! 😀