I’ve been tagged! Yay! Well, Ashley kinda sorta tagged me when she said anyone reading her post could participate in the tag and since I loved her questions, I decided to join in the fun. (I don’t often do tags…but when I do, I usually end up writing ridiculously long answers to all the questions. So this may not be the quick blog post idea I thought it’d be. Still fun, though.)
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.
Here we go!
1. What’s your Pinterest account link? (I love following new people!)
Eva Schon – https://www.pinterest.com/evaschon/. (And is it just me, or does anyone else hate Pinterest’s new design?)
2. What are your thoughts on classic novels versus contemporary novels?
Oh, goodness, that’s tough. I like both kinds of novels and I think that both have their good and bad points: classic novels are often really interesting from a history buff’s point of view, long enough to be satisfying, and clean (for the most part). But they can also be long-winded and hard to get into. Contemporary novels, on the other hand, are usually fast-paced, more accessible and understandable to 21st century readers (obviously), and easy to fall in love with right from the first page. But they can have lots of language and inappropriate content and I also find that a lot of contemporary novels I’ve read haven’t been as deep and thoughtful and lovable as so many of the classics are. However, I still think I like both classic and contemporary novels about equally.
As a bonus, I just want to quickly list five favorite classics and five favorite contemporaries (these are just off the top of my head, so I’ll probably end up leaving out some of my very favorites). Classics: Emma by Jane Austen, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Contemporaries: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanaugh, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Wonder by R.J Palacio, and Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan. (Yes, they’re pretty much all YA. Your point?)
3. Quick! Name the three most recent movies you’ve watched and what you’ve thought of each of them.
I’m going to go with new-to-me movies (not rewatches) because those are far more interesting to talk about, in my opinion. (In case you’re wondering, though, the last three movies I really did watch, which all happen to be rewatches, are the two Anne of Green Gables movies and the 1994 version of Little Women. And I like all three tremendously.)
First on the list is The Long, Gray Line which is a movie that Elisabeth and I saw bits and pieces of on TCM and then discovered that our grandfather owned on DVD. Basically, it’s the true life story of a man named Marty Maher and his fifty-some years with West Point. It spans the two world wars and has lots of tragedy and triumph. Very interesting, though not as interesting as the snippets Elisabeth and I saw led me to believe. I think The Long, Gray Line was the first Tyrone Power I saw all the way through and I really liked him. He put on a lovely Irish accent. Incidentally, I’ve now watched all four movies (only four!) that Robert Francis starred in. *sigh* I really like him as an actor and it’s such a shame that he died so young.
Next up is The Polar Express. Weird, creepy, boring, and it sent a very wrong message, in my opinion. (Believe in Santa Claus with all your heart and if you don’t, you’re a horrible person. Ugh.) That’s all I’ve got to say about it.
And then, thirdly…THE OUTSIDERS! So, so good. Casting was perfect and the film was spot-on when it came to book-accuracy (pretty much all the dialogue was taken straight from the book). It was utterly amazing and heartbreaking all at the same time. I know that not all the cast members matched their book descriptions, but I can’t imagine the characters any other way and everyone did such a great acting job. If I had any complaint it would be that the characters got a little lost in the story and I didn’t see as much of them as I would’ve liked (does that make any sense to anyone but me?). But, overall, it was super because I have a whole lot of feels about the story and the characters and the movie captured it all perfectly. Definitely one of the best films I’ve seen this year. (Also, Ralph Macchio/Johnny is the most adorable ray of sunshine ever. <3)
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?
I’ve been finished with school for a whole year, though I’ve been doing a couple of college-level courses with my grandfather in that year. (And will be continuing my studies with him for the foreseeable future.) I find that I have more free time, of course, now that I’ve graduated from high school, and it’s a bit of a challenge to make sure that I don’t fritter away that extra time unimportant stuff. So, it’s fun to be out of school but it’s also challenging.
5. Speaking of school, what are your four best pieces of advice for everyone going in the grade below you?
After trying to come up with four pieces of advice, I’ve decided that it’s impossible, so I’ll leave ya’ll with just one: If you have to study something that you don’t like, for goodness’ sake, don’t waste all your time and energy grousing about having to study whatever it is – focus on getting as much good out of it as you can. Trust me, it’s a far better alternative to having a bad attitude for days or weeks. (Something I know from personal experience.)
6. Who are some of your favorite bloggers? (I also love finding new blogs to stalk!)
I don’t read too many blogs these days (for sake of time), but there are a few I really enjoy: inklings press, Hamlette’s Soliloquy, The Edge of the Precipice, Wonderland Creek, A Lantern in Her Hand, Sidewalk Crossings, and The Second Sentence.
7. Have you ever been to a concert? If so, who did you see? If not, do you ever want to go to one?
Nope, never been. There was a Glenn Miller concert happening near(ish) me last year, but I didn’t get to go. I’m not into rock concerts (Christian or otherwise), though, so I doubt I’ll ever go to one (since those seem to be the only concerts around, ever).
8. Does your family have any interesting back-to-school/fall traditions?
Yep! We always go to the Mandarin, which is an awesome Chinese/Canadian buffet, and sometimes have a party for the little kids in our family and the little kids whose family is friends with ours. Not sure if we’ll do that this year but we actually went to the Mandarin just today (the days leading up the first day of school are going to be too busy, I think, to fit in a trip then).
9. Who are five of your literary heroines?
Um…Katniss from The Hunger Games, Elinor from Sense & Sensibility, Adele from Violins of Autumn, Liesel from The Book Thief, and Rilla from Rilla of Ingleside. There are loads more who I love and admire, too, like Jo from Little Women and Valancy from The Blue Castle and Maddie from Code Name Verity. And the list goes on…
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.)
Well, there’s a stuffed rabbit I’ve had since I was a toddler but I don’t remember who gave it to me or how old I was, exactly, when I got it. But that rabbit (whose name is Cream, because that’s what color she is…or, at least, what color she used to be – she’s sort of grey now) was my constant companion during my growing up years and she’s now installed in a place of honor on my top shelf and I’d feel lost without her in the room. It may sound silly, but that’s how I feel.
11. Shameless selfish blog thing: What’s something you’d like to see more of on my blog?
Hmmm. You do plenty of movie reviews and personal posts and all your book reviews are on Goodreads, so I really can’t think of anything. I do like posts that are lists, though. Like that one about Stanley Tucci or your favorite childhood movies. So maybe more ‘list posts’ would be good. I’d love that.
I hate tagging a bajillion people and then going through all the hassle of notifying them that they’ve been tagged, so if I mentioned your blog in question #6, consider yourself tagged. 🙂 And here are my eleven questions!
1. What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?
2. Who are five of your favorite literary heroes?
3. What is the most prominent color in your wardrobe?
4. Have you ever traveled outside your country of residence?
5. Do you write? (As in fiction – short stories, novellas, novels, etc.)
6. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
7. What is your favorite boy’s name?
8. What is your favorite girl’s name?
9. Do you/have you ever owned a pet?
11. What’s your favorite movies of ALL TIME?
11. Have you ever been on a roller-coaster?