the ‘proving BBC wrong’ book tag

So, a while back there was a furor in the book blogging world because the BBC posted a list of one hundred books they were certain most people hadn’t read more than six of.  It became a tag and since I was looking for a quick + easy blog post idea, I decided to give it a try.

The Rules:

1. Be honest.

2. Put an asterisk next to the ones you have read all the way through. Put an addition sign next to the ones you have started.

3. Tag as many people as these books that you have read. (Not happening. :P)

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1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen*
2. Gormenghast Trilogy – Mervyn Peake
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte*
4. Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yukio Mishima
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee*

6. The Story of the Eye – George Bataille
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte+
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. Adrift on the Nile – Naguib Mahfouz
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens*
11. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott*
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy*
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Rhinoceros – Eugene Ionesco
15. Baron in the Trees – Italo Calvino
16. The Master of Go – Yasunari Kawabata
17. Woman in the Dunes – Abe Kobo
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargas Llosa
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gogol’s Wife – Tomasso Landolfi
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald+
23. Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy+
25. Ferdydurke – Gombrowicz
26. Narcissus and Goldmund – Herman Hesse
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky+
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
33. Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn – Mark Twain
34. Emma -Jane Austen*
35. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
36. Delta Wedding – Eudora Welty
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Naomi – Junichiro Tanizaki
39. Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino
40. The Joke – Milan Kundera
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell*
42. Labyrinths – Gorge Luis Borges
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. Under My Skin – Doris Lessing
46. Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery*
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. Don Quixote – Miguel Cervantes
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding*
50. Absalom Absalom – William Faulkner
51. Beloved – Toni Morrison
52. The Flounder – Gunther Grass
53. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen*
55. My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
56. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens*
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Idiot – Fodor Dostoevesky
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
64. Death on the Installment Plan – Celine
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas+
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Pedro Paramo – Juan Rulfo
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens*
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Metamorphosis – Kafka
74. Epitaph of a Small Winner – Machado De Assis
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Inferno – Dante+
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. The Light House – Virginia Woolf
80. Disgrace – John Maxwell Coetzee
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens*
82. Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Box Man – Abe Kobo
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. The Stranger – Camus
88. Acquainted with the Night – Heinrich Boll
89. Don’t Call It Night – Amos Oz
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery*
93. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pychon
94. Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas+
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare*
99. Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
100. Metamorphosis – Ovid

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So, I’ve read sixteen of these books and started reading seven.  Pretty passable, I’d say.  And there are a few titles on this list that I’d be interested in reading in the future.

If you want to take this tag, please do!

Eva

 

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mini book reviews {#3}

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes – Forbes wrote something supremely special when she wrote this book.  The prose is simple and clear and evocative of the time period.  The characters are lovable or villainous.  And the British soldiers are not horrible monsters, which I appreciated.

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IMO, Johnny looks vaguely like Luke Skywalker on this cover.  I think it’s the hair.

A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes – I’ve wanted to read this book for forever.  Christian dystopia with such an intriguing premise and such a gorgeous cover?  Yesss.  It was a highly entertaining book, full of heart and brilliant characters.  My only complaint is that the next two books are so hard to find.

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Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt – Had some iffy content (and for a Bethany House publication at that) but Hunt’s writing style is entrancingly beautiful and I’ll never read the book of Esther the same way again.

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The Fangirl Life by Kathleen Smith – Blech.  I expected it to be something different (re: good) but it was mostly feminist drivel wrapped up in a package of vaguely fandom-related talk and ‘life advice’.

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Wickham’s Diary by Amanda Grange – I’ve been a fan of Amanda Grange ever since reading Mr. Darcy’s Diary (though Mr. Knightley’s Diary is #no for me) and this little novella was entertaining, though I wish that Grange had lengthened it and gone ahead to the events in Pride & Prejudice.

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The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo – Hey, you know what?  You can just read my full review here.

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Brionne by Louis L’Amour – This book will always be special to me because I read it in one night at a cool hotel on The Great Road Trip.  Said cool hotel was cool because it had a little lending library in the lobby with books that were actually good.  Children’s literature classics, adult classics, Louis L’Amour books, and so on.  Not simply Danielle Steele and Dan Brown.  Anyway, Brionne is one of the better L’Amour books I’ve read.  The main character is very awesome and sympathetic and his wife is GREAT and, yep, I loved it.

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SADDEST COVER EVER. (Also, check out this cover ’cause I love it as well.

Have you read any of these books?  What’ve you been reading lately?

Eva

mini movie reviews {#7}

No Escape (2015) – Thrillers are soooo not my genre.  Pierce Brosnan was the best part of this film and he died.  Of course.  Apparently, it’s also a pretty stupid movie as thrillers go but I haven’t watched enough of them to pass that kind of judgement.

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42 (2013) – *violently fangirls about this movie* *wildly recommends this movie to every person on the planet* (+a good movie filter) *re-watches this movies a million times*  It was just that good.

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My favorite part!

The Man From Colorado (1948) – So, I thought I’d be bugged by Glenn Ford playing a villain other than Ben Wade.  But, to tell the truth, I was bored.  If you want a young Glenn Ford/William Holden movie, watch ‘Texas’ (1941) instead.

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One Night With the King (2006) – Okay, it’s cheesy.  And the production values aren’t the greatest.  And the actress they got to play Esther is kind of annoying.  And the actor they got to play Xerxes was kind of awful.  But it was a colorful, entertaining film and John Rhys-Davies was on point.  I’d probably watch it again.

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A United Kingdom (2016) – The trailer was better than the movie, I’ve got to say.  But the movie was still quite good and the fact that it was based on a true story made it even better.

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Mansfield Park (2007) – Only good parts about this adaption are Mary Crawford (played to perfection by Hayley Atwell) and William Price (the actor who plays him also played a young sailor on Master & Commander…named William – #IlluminatiConfirmed).  Billie Piper is great as Rose on Doctor Who, I’ve no doubt, but as Fanny Price?  Not so much.

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Ivanhoe (1982) – Such a great movie!  It’s a bit similar to ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ (1938) in tone and colorfulness.  I liked so many of the characters, but I think my favorite was de Bracy.  He’s so honorable and cool.

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Apollo 13 (1995) – This is one of the only movies that has inspired legit ugly sobbing on my part. (Or, rather, slapping my hands over my mouth so I won’t ugly sob because I’m surrounded by siblings and it’s embarrassing.)  Apollo 13 is so beautiful and triumphant – a gem of a movie. ❤

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) – The cast was phenomenal but I hardly understand any of the plot.  I might do better with a re-watch, though.

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Like I said – phenomenal cast.

Have you seen any of these movies?  What have you watched lately?

Eva

announcing the Good Cop, Bad Cop Blogathon!

A new blogathon!  I’m super excited!  Are you excited? (I hope so!)

Okay, so I was going to start out by talking about how there are so many police procedural dramas on TV and oodles of mystery books and tons of police-themed movies and I wanted to honor all that with this blogathon.  But no.  While all that is technically true, this blogathon began mainly as a way to finally motivate myself to write that epic post about why I love Jim Gordon (Dark Knight trilogy, mainly Batman Begins).  So, I was going to write that post and then I had the idea for this blogathon and I was really struck with the idea, and that’s what I’m going with.

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He’s too awesome!

Sooooo…details.

  • The blogathon will run from March 28th-31st.  You can publish your post (or posts) on the 28th, 29th, 30th, or 31st.
  • Duplicate topics will not be allowed, as there’s a slew of material to chose from.
  • ‘Good cop’ is defined as someone who’s a walking pillar of loyalty, great bravery, and awesomeness in their community. (So basically Jim Gordon.) (Fine.  I’ll be quiet about him…for now.).  ‘Bad cop’ is defined as someone who is either totally crooked, playing both sides, on the good side but pretending to be on the bad side, on the take, has a less than stellar personality but is still good at heart, etc.  You get it.
  • You can write about a character from a movie, book, TV show, graphic novel – basically any medium.
  • FBI, CIA, and all other special/secret agents are disqualified.  So are private investigators/detectives.  So is western law enforcement, because there could be a whole other blogathon just for them and I wanted to keep this one centered on city-based police. (Police detectives are fine.  As are police inspectors, commissioners – whatever rank you can think of.) (If you have any questions about a particular character’s eligibility for the blogathon, just leave ’em in the comments.)
  • If you need inspiration when it comes to choosing a character, there’s loads of lists on the internet that should help – Google is awesome for that. 🙂
  • And that’s about it.  Let me know in the comments what fictional cop you want to feature on your blog and I’ll add you to the roster.  Then check out the awesome buttons below, stick one on your blog, and let’s have some fun with this!

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Blogathon Participant Roster:

Hope to see you there!

Eva

(EDIT: I used a photo of US Marshall Gerard from ‘The Fugitive’ movie as one of the blogathon button images.  Like the FBI, CIA, etc., US Marshalls are actually not an approved category for this blogathon.  I apologize for any confusion/inconvenience this has caused and I hope you like the replacement button.)

the underland chronicles: my dream cast

On the one hand, I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH AND THEY NEED TO BE MADE INTO MOVIES ASAP. 

But on the other hand, Hollywood would probably mess the whole thing up.

So to help them along, I’ve come up with my own dream cast for the Underland Chronicles.  It’ll be awesome.  And feel free to list your own dream casting in the comments – nobody imagines fictional characters in exactly the same way as the next person.

Here goes something awesome…

// Gregor – Asa Butterfield //

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So, I’m thinking that the film’s producers would ‘age up’ everyone, just like in ‘The Giver’, so Gregor and Luxa would be in their late teens at least.  I’ve seen Asa Butterfield in several movies, at several different ages, and I can’t think of anyone else as Gregor.  He’s got that understated bravery/sensitivity thing going in ‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘The Space Between Us’ and he’d do a fine job of bringing Gregor to life.

// Luxa – Chloë Grace Moretz //

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Look at that mischievous little smirk!  I haven’t seen Chloë in too many films – just ‘Hugo’ and ‘If I Stay’, but I think she looks the part of Luxa and she and Asa Butterfield already have great ‘friendship with the potential to become something more’ chemistry, as seen in ‘Hugo’.

// Voice of Ripred – Harrison Ford //

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Ripred is a definite fan-favorite, so who better to voice him than another established fan-favorite?  Harrison Ford’s distinctive gravelly, growly voice would lend itself wonderfully to Ripred’s terse, sarcastic comments, and because it’s Ford, the viewers would already be open to the idea of Ripred being nicer/awesomer than he seems at first. (And don’t forget the Tragic Backstory.  I’m getting emotional just thinking of how Harrison Ford would handle Ripred telling Lizzy all about it.)

// Vikus – Liam Neeson //

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Vikus is someone who needs to be portrayed with care, because he could end up being too gung-ho for the war effort or too limp-wristed and wimpy.  Liam Neeson would balance Vikus’ peace loving ways and inner steel, and it would be amazing.

// Solovet – Cate Blanchett //

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I believe Solovet was the first person I cast, except maybe Hamnet.  Cate Blanchett is the BOSS and if I could have only one casting choice on this list make it to the big screen, it would be this one.  She’s a liiiittle young to play Liam Neeson’s wife, but I know they could pull it off.  And seeing her leading the army and being sympathetic and manipulative and almost a villain before her ultimately tragic end…GAH.  She’s perfect for the part.

// Voice of Bane – Alan Tudyk //

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Looking at Tudyk’s screen credits, I saw that he’s voiced a lot of controlling, deceptive, power-hungry characters – King Candy (‘Wreck-It Ralph’), Duke Weselton (‘Frozen’), and Alistair Krei (‘Big Hero 6’).  He can do so many voices so well and I know he’d do a great job, voicing Bane.

// Voice of Temp – Hank Azaria //

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The dude has great range for voice acting – I watched featurette for ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ where he went through a bunch of different voices for Kahmanrah and it was awesome.  Plus, he voiced Abraham Lincoln in that as well and Rasputin’s creepy sidekick in ‘Anastasia’.  Voicing a talking cockroach?  Easy!

// Gregor’s Dad – Ralph Macchio //

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Gregor’s dad is a pretty important role, since the quest for him is what moves the first book along (at least partly).  I think Ralph Macchio could do frail and weak and just-recovering-from-being-kept-in-a-pit-by-rats, but also trying to help Gregor be the best person he can be very well indeed.

// Gregor’s Mom – Emily Blunt //

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Those scenes in the Underland when Gregor’s mom first comes down would be hilarious.  And I hope that if Emily Blunt was cast, they’d make Gregor’s mom a stronger character with more to do, so that would be great.

// Voice of Ares – Chadwick Boseman //

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*screams and flails into the distance*  (Because Chadwick Boseman.)  I sometimes forget that Ares is quite young because he’s so serious and brooding, and Boseman would do an amazing job of bringing out the best in Ares – his loyalty, bravery, and general awesomeness.

// Hamnet – Jonas Armstrong //

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Ohhhh, boy.  I know if I ever see Hamnet on-screen, I’ll be crying so hard I probably won’t actually see him. (Slight exaggeration there.  But still.)  Jonas Armstrong does ‘wounded by his past’ incredibly well (hello, BBC Robin Hood) and he looks quite a bit like the Hamnet I picture in my head and, yeah, he’d be more than able to play Hamnet as the warrior, the peacemaker, the lost son who never came home… *chills*  I only ask that they do flashbacks to when Solovet locked him up and the Garden of the Hesperides and that he says his “I do no harm.  I do no more harm.” line.

// Mareth – Jeremy Renner //

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Mareth is a pretty small role, but he helps Gregor several times and goes on their journey to kill the Bane and is best buds with Howard and Hamnet and, yeah, he’s pretty awesome.  Jeremy Renner does a lot of action-y stuff, so he could definitely pull off the battle scenes.  And he’d bring good characterization to what is almost a bit part.

// Perdita – Gal Gadot //

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Perdita is a true bit part, to be honest.  She does become the head of Regalia’s army, but I pretty much added her just because she was in the fanfiction I wrote and I had the brilliant brainstorm of having her played by Gal Gadot.  Because she would be brilliant in the role.  Plus, this would be the second film/film series in which she plays opposite (opposite-ish) a character named Ares.  How can you pass up that opportunity?

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So, that’s my list!  I still have some characters to cast: Boots, Howard, Henry, Lizzy, Mrs. Cormaci, etc., so if you have suggestions for those characters, please let me know. 🙂

Eva

the liebster award – which I’ve done maybe never

Katie over at The Act Diary tagged me with the Liebster Award.  I wasn’t going to do it at first because I normally only do tags that have ‘book’ or ‘movie’ in the title (sharing random facts about my own life is kinda boring).  But her questions for the tagees were so epic that I couldn’t resist joining in the fun.

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The Rules

~Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award (check!)
~Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you (will do!)
~Give 11 random facts about yourself (will do…somewhat reluctantly)
~Nominate 11 blogs (I’ll nominate as many as I can)
~Notify those blogs of their nomination (not doing, because the nominees already read my blog and who has the time to comment on eleven different blog posts in a row?)
~Give them 11 questions to answer (all part of the fun!)

The Eleven Random, Pointless Facts

  1. Last night marked the first time I went to a professional sports event.  It was awesome.
  2. Dan Kean (Little Men + Jo’s Boys) is quite possibly my favorite fictional character.  Ever.
  3. Chocolate/peppermint hot cocoa is my weakness.
  4. I need to name my tablet – suggestions?
  5. My favorite movie of 2017 was ’42’, which I watched only a couple days before the end of the year.  It beat out ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘I’m Not Ashamed’, and the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (along with other great films) and it totally deserved the position of ‘best of 2017’.  (Caution: I did watch it on VidAngel, so there’s filterable things throughout.)
  6. Pumpkin pie is the best.  All other pies can go home right now.  Pumpkin has triumphed.
  7. I have four blog posts sitting in my drafts right now.  Are they awesome?  You bet! (Well, technically, by the time you read this, there’ll only be three ’cause this post will have been published.)
  8. I’ve never smoked a cigarette.
  9. I’ve never drunk alcohol.
  10. I hate super spicy food.
  11. I’m regretting this tag. (Not really, though.) (But random facts are ugh.)

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The Eleven Awesome Questions

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

In ten years, I’ll be twenty-nine.  I hope to be married by then with at least one child, stronger in the Lord, still a member of the same amazing church I’m part of right now, and with a finished/published novel. (Or more than one.)

Would you rather have a magical book that gives you exactly what novel you want to read at the right moment, or a magical plate that fills with whatever food you want to eat?

Magical book.  All the way.  Do you know how frustrating it is to want to read a book and your library doesn’t have it and it costs fifty bajillion dollars on Amazon?

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*cries softly over this series and the fact that I’ve only read the first book*

What fictional family would you like to join?

I’d almost say the Curtises from The Outsiders, but while I’d love to meet them and hang out with them for a while, it would be kind of hectic, being part of their family.  The Full House family is lots of fun.  Or the Incredibles.  Or the Blythes.  But here’s the thing: I can’t really imagine myself as part of any family other than my own.  Nor do I want to be.  So I don’t really have a good answer.

Who is your favorite author, and why?

Jane Austen.  I could literally read her books every day, all day, 365 days a year, and I would never get tired of them.  Her writing is so rich, her characters are so varied and realistic, her wit so sharp – I could go on and on. 

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Runners up: Jack Cavanaugh, Louis L’Amour, Lynn Austin, Suzanne Collins, Marissa Meyer.

If this was the last year of your life, what would you do with these last precious months?

Read my Bible and pray more.  Pass out gospel tracts like crazy.  Meet up with a bunch of people.  Those are all sort of generic answers, but I’ve never really thought about this…

What kinds of music do you listen to when you’re writing? Exercising? Just hanging out?

Just hanging out at home?  Disneydisneydisney.  All the way.  Exercising?  I, um, don’t really exercise these days.  Writing?  Movie soundtracks.  What those movie soundtracks are depends on what I’m writing.  For instance, when I was working on my Underland Chronicles fanfiction, I listened to Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit (I don’t watch the movies, but ‘Concerning Hobbits’ is YES), How to Train Your Dragon (because the tone of those movies is great for the Underland), and maybe some Hunger Games music as well (because Suzanne Collins).

If you could meet any famous person, who would it be?

THIS IS SO HARD.  The person that popped immediately to mind, though, is William Shatner.  I’ve read stuff about him and one book and a bit by him and he just seems like a very friendly, personable guy with lots of great stories.  Plus, I wouldn’t annoy him by doing a Kirk impression, so it’s kind of a win-win. 

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If you could stay at one age for the rest of your life, what age would it be and why?

Twenty-five.  I don’t know exactly why; it seems like a good, solid number that’s still quite young but not too young.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

When my family lived on a farm for three years, my siblings and I built up loads of happy memories of exploring the hidden nooks and crannies of our three acres (a tiny bit of land, but huge for little children), making secret clubs, running in terror from our rooster, etc.  The sort of childhood memories one reads about in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books.  Wonderful.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I’m probably the most boring person on the planet because I can’t think of anything.  Sure, there’s crazy fangirling that I do, but not much in the way of real life crazy stuff.  I seriously can’t think of anything that would really qualify. *sigh*  I guess I really am akin to Elinor Dashwood.

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If you had a million dollars, what would you buy?

So, practicality aside…I was going to say ‘my own Tim Hortons’, but you need about two million for that so, yeah.  I’d buy Nadine Brandes’ Out of Time series.  And basically every other book, movie, and TV show that I’ve ever loved/been interested in.  Tons of Funko Pops.  A star (one of those ‘name a star’ things).  Airplane tickets to see every important person in my life.  And a trip to Disneyland (I know it’s cliched, but still fun).

My Eleven Questions for the People I Will Tag

  1. What will keep you from finishing a book?
  2. Opinion of scented candles?
  3. Batman or Superman?
  4. Captain America or Iron Man?
  5. How long do you typically leave Christmas decorations up after Christmas?
  6. What’s your favorite blog and why?
  7. If you could give any person in the world a hug right now, who would it be?
  8. Favorite royal personage? (Historical or modern)
  9. Movie or book that you hated as a child but love now?
  10. Favorite flavour?
  11. Oxford comma: yes, no, or sometimes?

 

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I Tag: (all of you read my blog, so if you see your name here and want to answer my questions, that’s awesome – and if not, that’s great, too)

Eva

my favorite film trilogies

Just like TV shows, movie trilogies (or series) give their viewers the unique ability to delve deeper into that trilogy’s particular story world and characters. (Almost like what a book offers.)  I’ve watched loads of movies and the ones I’m about to discuss are some of my very favorites.  There’ll be some cheating, but this is my blog so I can make up the rules as I go along, right? 🙂

// MCU’s Captain America //

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I first watched Captain America: The First Avenger in 2013, right about the time that the trailer for The Winter Soldier was released on Youtube.  Even though I knew next to nothing about Cap or Marvel in general, I was instantly drawn to Steve Rogers and his story and eagerly awaited The Winter Soldier – and it did not disappoint.  I’ve seen both TFA and TWS more times than I can count, and while I don’t like Civil War as much as those two (perhaps because it doesn’t focus wholly on Steve), the trilogy is still one of Marvel’s best.

// The Dark Knight //

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Okay, so I haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet.  But Batman Begins is one of my all time favorite movies (and probably my third favorite superhero movie) and The Dark Knight Rises was good as well, though not quite as brilliant.  The characters in this trilogy – villains and heroes alike – are so well-defined and you can root for them.  Love that.  Batman’s gear and Wayne Manor/Batcave are super cool and, overall, I have huge respect for Christopher Nolan as a director because of this trilogy.

// The Hunger Games //

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Yes, it’s four movies and not three.  However, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 are best viewed back to back (in fact, I heartily recommend watching all four films within as short an amount of time as you can manage – the experience is so much richer).  And…yeah.  It works as a trilogy.  The movies, as a whole, are kinda patchy – first one is fair (though lacking something), second one is amazing, third one is pretty boring, and fourth one is almost on fast-forward.  But the characters still have my heart and the costumes and arenas and so on are so intricately portrayed that I keep coming back for more.

// Cars //

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Never mention Cars 2 in my presence.  Please.  But the first movie is my favorite Pixar film everrrr and the third one made me tear up with how amazing Lightning still is and how he followed in Doc Hudson’s footsteps and how he gave Cruz her chance.  IT’S ALL SO GOOD.

// Night at the Museum //

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My cousins gave me Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb as a New Year’s gift in 2016.  It’s the third film in the trilogy, but I watched it first, weirdly enough.  Then we watched the first one and then the second.  And Night at the Museum quickly became one of my very favorite film series.  History is a school subject I really enjoyed, so there’s that.  The characters are all huggable, there’s genuine feels mixed in with the funny parts, and visiting the Air & Space Museum was a hundred times more interesting because of Battle of the Smithsonian (and Captain America: The Winter Soldier…but that’s another story).

// Indiana Jones //

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AHHHHHH.  I CANNOT GET OVER THE EPICNESS THAT ARE THESE MOVIES.  Again, there’s four movies, but Temple of Doom is #no and I actually like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, so it all evens out.  So much has been said about this series – there’s not much more to say.  My favorite movie in it is The Last Crusade, as you probably know already.  And Harrison Ford is his own special kind of cool.

// Jason Bourne //

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To be honest, I’ve not seen any of the Bourne movies in a reeeeally long time.  And I haven’t even watched the newest one.  But the original three films are all kinds of awesome.  And I can’t get over the way the third one ends. *chills*

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So what are some of your favorite film trilogies?  Are any of them on this list?  And would you like a blog post about my favorite book series? (Not trilogies, though – just series in general.)

Eva