It’s Tuesday. Tuesdays suck but not as much as Mondays, so to cheer myself up, I’m doing another Queen-inspired book tag because who doesn’t like Queen. Just listening to a song like the one below is sure to get you pumped and immediately brighten your day.
I found this tag on Stripped Cover Lit, a booktube channel I subscribed to a couple weeks ago. I love their content, especially their Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series where they read the books and have a critical discussion about them.
The tag was created by Josh at Literary Gladiators, a booktube channel I’m unfamiliar with but will check out soon as I’m done typing this up, in observance of the late Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, which was on September 5.
Bohemian Rhapsody — A work that you feel successfully tells the story from multiple points of view.
I think George R.R. Martin uses multiple points of view well in his Song of Ice and Fire books. I chose to highlight A Feast for Crows here because it was a bore for many readers since the POVs included in it were mostly from unpopular characters. Despite that, I think these POVs were needed to give a well-rounded view of what is going on in this fantasy world.
We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions — A work, series, or author you follow and support the way a sports fan supports their favorite team.
Umm…usually my answer would be the Harry Potter series but now I’m meh about it. These days my excitement for new publications related to the series is because of the hype surrounding it.
The same goes for Rick Riordan’s books, which I used to always run out to buy.
I guess, for now, the answer for this would be the Song of Ice and Fire books and the Raven Boys series.
Don’t Stop Me Now — A work you cannot put down.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I chose this twisty magical-realism novel because I was so hooked on the story that I kept reading it during jury duty.
I was considered as a juror but they decided not to select me. I guess it’s because I kept reading and wasn’t paying attention to what’s going on. I just couldn’t leave the story for long.
Killer Queen — A dominant or bad ass female character.
Azula from the Avatar Airbender TV show. She’s mean, crazy, and ruthless, but she’s a total bad ass and a great fighter.
A Crazy Little Thing Called Love — A work that includes a ridiculous and/or forced relationship.
This isn’t a relationship but toward the end of Rachel Hartman’s Shadow Scale, the second book in the Seraphina duology, we learn that Princess Glisselda is attracted to Seraphina and probably fell in love with her, which doesn’t make sense to me because we got no hint of this in the first book or throughout the majority of this one. I couldn’t believe that of the character. If there were some hints earlier on, then I would have been convinced.
Under Pressure (ft. David Bowie) — A work you were pressured to read (by a teacher, peer, or Booktube).
Walden by Henry David Thoreau was assigned reading in high school and I hated it. I was bored to tears while reading it and vowed never to pick it up again. But, now that I’m a little older, I think I might like it. One of these days, when I work up the fortitude, I will revisit it.
I Want to Break Free — A pioneering feminist work.
Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wall-Paper can both be considered pioneering feminist work because of the time when they were published. Women didn’t have much freedom and independence back then: Jane Eyre was published in 1847 in the London and The Yellow Wall-Paper was published in 1892 in the United States. Both are considered gothic novels and in both, the protagonist seeks to escape the restraints placed upon her by the male-dominant society. Both are extremely good reads.
Radio Gaga — A dystopian work that makes you uneasy, because you feel its predictions are or will be correct.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel was unsetting because it hits on truths about our society and I read it during a major snow storm so my plight mirrored that of the characters a little.
My second answer: 28 Days Later movie because a zombie apocalypse due to a virus outbreak or whatever is totally possible y’all!
I Want It All — An author or collection you want to own in their entirety.
At the moment I’m typing this, my answer is the Penguin Orange Collection, which will be out on October 18. The covers are so beautiful.
Innuendo — The most suggestive line in literature (like an innuendo).
“He deftly strung his little bow / and from the quiver chose a virgin arrow / laden with future groans.”
I fucking love that quote. It’s from Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes, trans. by Aaron Poochigian. It’s the epic poem about Jason’s adventures on his way to fetch the Golden Fleece for his uncle the Greek King Pelias. Such a great read. I highly recommend Poochigian’s translation.
I’m Going Slightly Mad — A work you enjoy for its eccentricity.
One Hundred Years of Solitude again because part of the reason why I love it is because of the story’s structure, which is circular rather than linear. In it, events tend to loop back on each other, which makes it sound like an intimidating read but I think it’s great and well worth a try.
The Show Must Go On — A work you enjoyed that was posthumously released.
This is a tough one. I guess I’ll go with the classic
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I had to read it for school (high school? or middle school? Can’t remember) and I thought it was a good read.
Playlist — What are your favorite Queen songs?
Haha! That would be:
Another One Bites the Dust
We Will Rock You
You’re My Best Friend
Fat Bottomed Girls
We Are the Champions
Don’t Stop Me Now
Somebody to Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Basically all the songs. I won’t list them all here.