the finally fall book tag

Stolen Borrowed from Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice. 🙂

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting.

Nick of Time by Ted Bell.  It’s been over four years since I last read it, but I still remember the cramped submarine, the English beach, the dim tavern.  Vivid, indeed.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, hands down.  Not all people would consider it beautifully written, just weirdly written, but it is gorgeous.  Unexpected and unique and gorgeous.  It deals with death and WWII and the Holocaust and definitely grief as well.  But in between the tears, there are flickers of hope.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill opened my eyes to the fabulous, tumultuous lives of the Kennedy family and also sparked my interest in them, an interest that continues to this day.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

I am going to copy Hamlette and say the Curtis brothers + their friends from S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.  Though I would never write a self-insert fanfiction with myself as the Curtis’ sister, I would love to be part of their family.  My activities would mostly involve eating wayyyy too much chocolate cake and hugging Johnny a lot.

5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

Alas, all my books are packed up in preparation for our move to Edmonton.  I would love to do this, though. 😦  Maybe once we’ve moved, I’ll take a picture and come back to this post to add it.  In fact, I will do that.  Promise.

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanaugh.  A superb WWII novel in which a bride tells her bridesmaid (or is it her maid of honour?) all about her adventures and trials in the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge.

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

I don’t read creepy books.  Macbeth was quite dark, though, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner did scare me a little.

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

The Catch Colt by Mary O’Hara or The Candymakers by Wendy Mass.  The first is a short, darling, happy western.  The second is a middle-grade novel that will make you crave chocolate pizza.  And I just found out there’s a sequel, which makes me so happy.

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

Emma by Jane Austen.  It’s been a while.  And The Outsiders.

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

Eh.  I read whenever, wherever, dressed in whatever.  I do have a ginormous red hoodie, inherited from my dad, that I love to curl up in. ❤

If the last book you read had an awesome character in it, you are hereby tagged!

Eva

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the four fictional characters tag

Hamlette tagged me with this tag ages ago and I’ve been stewing about the characters I’d choose, because they’re supposed to be fictional characters that you relate to and I don’t often think in those terms.  I hate, love, crush on, cry for, and cheer on fictional characters, but I don’t relate to all that many (hence, how long it’s taken me to get around to writing this).

Rules: (’cause every tag’s got to have some)

1. Link back to the person who tagged you. 
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they’re like and why you believe they relate to you. 
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. 🙂 Share the fun! Be sure to let them know you’ve tagged them!

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1. Darrel Shaynne Curtis (‘Darry’) from The Outsiders (book by S.E. Hinton and 1983 movie)

The first time I read The Outsiders, Darry was my favorite character.  I never believed Ponyboy when he complained about how awful Darry was and the first time I cried while reading the book was when Darry and Ponyboy reconciled at the hospital.  Like Darry, I’m the oldest sibling, and that comes with a lot of responsibility.  There are times when I can’t just do whatever I want to do because my younger siblings take up my time and attention.  I identify strongly with Darry for several reasons, but Oldest Sibling-ness is the biggest.

2. Felicity King from the Road to Avonlea TV series

Another oldest sibling.  But besides that, I find that Felicity’s character (and character growth) throughout the RtA series mirrors my own life, to some extent.  Like, how she was so, so bossy in the first couple of seasons (she’s bossy for most of the show, actually, but in the first two or three seasons, it’s really bad) and my family will all tell you that I was super bossy when I was younger (and, like Felicity, I still am, but hopefully not as much as I was).  Now, admittedly, I wouldn’t have done some of the things she did (refuse Gus Pike more than once?!), but I see lots of similarities between Felicity and me – some good, some bad.  Overall, she’s a great character and I’m happy to be compared to her.

3. Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh short stories/movies

Just…yes.  Totally, one hundred percent yes.

4. John Watson from BBC’s Sherlock

My siblings and I only recently started watching Sherlock (on VidAngel), but I’m already firmly convinced that John is my fictional counterpart.  We’re both bloggers, for a start.  There’s been more than a few times where I’ve felt like an idiot in comparison with the brilliant genius of my younger sister (she’s honestly smarter than me, people), but I don’t let it bother me for more than minute because we’re bffs.  And then there’s the whole thing with everyone believing Sherlock kidnapped those children in ‘The Riechenbach Fall’…except John.  You can ask my sister – I have this thing about innocent people who are wrongly accused (THE FUGITIVE); it gets under my skin, and NOT in a good way, and if I were in John’s place, I’d stick by Sherlock and never believe that he was guilty because he isn’t (sorry, but I just watched the ep last night and I feel very strongly about this).  I was so proud of John for never giving in to all the lies (I *cough* more than half expected him to eventually, because that’s the way books and and movies and TV shows have conditioned me).  Plus, neither of us take sugar in our coffee.

So, there you have it.  Four fictional characters that remind me of me.  And I’m going to tag…

Ashley of inklingspress
Naomi of Wonderland Creek
Jessica Prescott (to do in the comments?)

Only participate if you want to! 🙂

Eva

the robin hood week tag

As many of you probably know, there’s a Robin Hood blog week going on right now, hosted by Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell….  So far, the event has been lots of fun – fun that, I’m sure, will continue throughout the week.  In honor of the occasion, Olivia has created a great tag, and here are my answers.

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~What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?

That is so difficult to pin-point.  For movies/TV shows, it was either Disney’s animated adaption (#nostalgia), the 1938 version, or a super old black & white TV series.  For books/stories, it could’ve been the Great Illustrated Classics version, the Robin Hood story in my grandma’s Disney anthology (based on the Richard Todd film), or the classic Howard Pyle stories.

~On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?

Seven or eight.  Surprisingly enough, I’m not a huge fan of Robin himself (in any adaption/re-telling except Disney’s animated), but there are lots of things about pretty much any version that I love.  Mainly, the other characters and historical coolness and all the different legends.

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~How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?

MAN.  Do you know how hard that is to answer?  Let me see…

  • 1938 Errol Flynn movie
  • 1973 Disney animated movie
  • 1952 Richard Todd movie
  • BBC TV series
  • A few episodes of the 1950’s TV show
  • 2012 Tom and Jerry Robin Hood movie (this one is rather awful, but some of the songs are good and Robin Hood is voiced by Jamie Bamber who also plays my dear Archie on Horatio Hornblower, so there are some good points about it)
  • Howard Pyle’s The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Paul Creswick’s The Adventures of Robin Hood: An English Legend
  • Great Illustrated Classics The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (adapted from Howard Pyle)

That’s all I can remember for right now.  I’ve read/seen some versions of Ivanhoe as well, but I don’t remember Robin Hood in any of those.

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~What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?

Robin Hood (1973) with BBC’s modern TV series and Paul Creswick’s novel as second and third favorites.

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~Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)

Of course.

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~Who is your favorite Merry Man?

Depends on what adaption I’m watching. (I don’t really care much in the book versions I’ve read.)  In the 1938 movie it’s Will or Littlejohn.  In the 1973 movie it’s Robin Hood himself.  And in the BBC series, it’s Will in the first two seasons and Allan in the third.

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~Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?

Another tough one!  Olivia de Haviland is Maid Marian, in my opinion, but Lucy Griffiths’ portrayal is one of my favorites as well.  And in Disney’s animated film, Marian is such a sweet, gentle lady…it’s very difficult to decide.  I think Olivia de Haviland wins, however.  She is radiantly perfect as Robin’s lady love.

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~Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?

No and no.  However…

Isn’t exactly true for me, of course, but the point still stands.

~Fact or fiction — which do you think?

I’m going to go with something along the lines of what my British Literature textbook said: that there were probably a bunch of guys who did similar things to what the legendary Robin Hood did and, sure, there may have been a few songs written about them, but I think it’s mostly just a bunch of stories that sprang from people’s imaginations.

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~Do you think Robin Hood has been “done to death,” or are there still new twists that can be found?

I don’t know how many new twists there are (I do dearly want to watch ‘Robin and the 7 Hoods’, though!) but I’m not tired of the Robin Hood story yet. (There’s tons of adaptions and re-tellings waiting for me to discover anyway.)  And even if every movie and book and and novel followed the same legends every time, there would always be new actors and actresses, new scriptwriters, and new writing styles.  I don’t think the classic stories and characters will ever truly grow old.

Thanks for the tag (and the blog week), Olivia!  I’m lovin’ it. 🙂

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Eva

the writer’s tag

I know I just did a tag, but…whatever.  Hamlette tagged me and here are my answers.

1. What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?

While I’ve flitted around from genre to genre over the years (ranging from historical fiction to dystopia to fanfiction) I’ve come to settle into westerns.  Louis L’Amour’s stories have inspired me, as have so many of the western films that I love.  Westerns are my happy place, my sweet spot, and I love writing them.

Styles?  I don’t really know.  Sometimes I tend to copy-cat whatever author I’ve read most recently – consciously or unconsciously – especially ones with a strong voice, like Suzanne Collins.  Obviously, that’s a problem.  I can’t really define my writing style/voice/whatever, but that’ll probably come in time.

Topics, topics, topics…I have this weird fascination with the idea of someone being thought a traitor but actually isn’t, or someone who is, in fact, a traitor, but then changes their ways.  Is that an actual topic?  I’ve written a couple of things centered around that, but mostly the stuff I write is all over the place.

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2. How long have you been writing?

I don’t know exactly how long, but it’s been several years.  The big thing that pushed me into writing was when I read Northanger Abbey in my pre- to early teens.  I became obsessed with all things Jane Austen + Regency, so I started writing my own Regency novellas (they. were. wretched.) and then it branched out from there.  But even before then, I’d write stories.

3. Why do you write?

1) God has given me my ability to write (however small that ability is) and I want to use that talent as best I can to bring honor to His name.  So that when people compliment my writing I can turn it all back to Him.

2) It’s just plain awesomeness.

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4. When is the best time to write?

For me, personally?  When I write, it’s usually sometime in the mid- to late-morning.  My brain’s not trying to wake up anymore and it’s not crammed full of things I’ve done during the day either.  Though writing in the evening has a certain charm about it as well.

5. Parts of writing you love vs. parts you hate.

I love thinking.  Thinking about how the plot could fit together, thinking of crackling, witty dialogue and lovely, brave characters who are wounded in some way, at some time, but still able to do What Needs To Be Done.  I love all that.  And I love listening to cool beans music as I write.

What I hate is actually sitting down and writing and realizing that all those plot twists and dialogue bits and brilliant characterization has flown from my head and all that’s left is the wreck of whatever I tried to write yesterday. (Okay, it’s not that bad.  But sometimes it’s pretty close.)  I also dislike writing dialogue; I feel like I can never get it to sound natural.

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6. How do you overcome writer’s block?

Ignore it and hope it goes away?  Usually, I pray.  Then I switch back and forth between the two major projects I’ve got going right now (more about those in a minute) or I write some fanfiction.  Eventually, it all works out.

7. Are you working on something at the moment?

Yup.  Well, I’m not actively working on it at this very moment and I haven’t written anything in a few days, but I’ve got some things in progress: two western novels – Reese and The Bounty Hunter – and then a spot of 3:10 to Yuma fanfiction.  I literally have no idea where I’m going with the fic ’cause the movie wrapped up so neatly, but I WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THESE CHARACTERS. (With *cough* one character in *cough* particular.)

8. Writing goals this year?

Write every day.  Seems unreachable, but I haven’t been trying hard enough.

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Feel free to snag this tag if you want to.  It’s open to anyone, as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

Eva

book lover tag

Kate over at Once Upon An Ordinary tagged me in this tag when she said “I happen to know you are a fellow book-lover (why else would you be reading this?), so I would love to see your answers to these questions!”.  So here are the questions and my answers. (I feel like I talk about movies more than books on this blog, even though I love books better.  Must rectify that.)

~Name a book you’re embarrassed to say you haven’t read yet.

Well, I wouldn’t say I’m embarrassed about this, but I haven’t read Jane Austen’s Sandition yet, even though I’m an ardent Austenite.

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~What is the strangest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

No idea.  Most of the time, I either use a bookmark or try to remember whatever page number I was on. (Which rarely works.)

~Look at your bookshelf. What’s the first book you see with a yellow spine?

The first totally yellow one (besides the title, of course) was Shane by Jack Schaefer. *heart-eyed emoji*

~If you could have one new book from a deceased author, who would it be?

Jane Austen.  Duh.

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~Name an author who deserves more readership.

JACK CAVANAUGH.  Seriously, people.  Though my obsession with his books has cooled slightly (he’s no longer my favoritest author ever) he is still a genius in the world of Christian fiction.  And historical fiction in general, for that matter.  If you want to know where to start, I suggest The Victors.  It’s part of a series, but you can easily read it and not be confused in the least.  He’s a great author and his Songs in the Night series has impacted my life probably more than any other.

~Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmark.  Sometimes a library receipt, but usually a real bookmark.

~Can you stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish the chapter?

If I absolutely have to, I can stop anywhere, but it’s so much more comfortable to finish the chapter.

~One book at a time or several?

I used to be a ‘one book at a time’ girl, but not so much anymore.  For instance, recently I’ve been reading a book for school, a Christian historical romance, and a Suzanne Collins book, all pretty much at once.  But if I come across an epic book, chances are I’ll ignore all the others until I’m done that one.

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~Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I don’t read ahead and the only reasons I have for skipping pages are: 1) an inappropriate scene or 2) I’ve read the book before and I know of a particularly boring part that I don’t want to re-read.

~Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

If it’s a paperback (especially a cheap one), I’ll probably end up breaking the spine.  It doesn’t really stress me out to see cracked spines (unless pages are falling out, or something) ’cause it’s usually the sign of a well-loved favorite.

~What book do you regret reading?

The Fault in our Stars by John Green.  Just no.

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~On average, how many books do you read per year?

2014: 268 books read.  2o15: 167 books read.  2016: 107 books read.  2017: 58 books read (so far).  So I have no idea.

~What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?

Emma by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and anything by Suzanne Collins.

~What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?

Unless we’re talking about the Bible (in which case, there are probably dozens of lessons) it’s hard for me to say.  I really don’t know.

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~What is the most recent book you’ve read?

Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins.  An awesome conclusion to an awesome series.  For a week or two each year, I live in the world of the Underland – if you’ve never read the series, you need to because it’s an incredible experience.  Just don’t ever make a bad movie out of it, Hollywood.  Please.

~What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?

Major spoilers for Gregor and the Marks of Secret.  Y’all have been warned.

[Hazard’s almost-bond, Thalia, has died.  Howard tells him of his own bat, Pandora, who was killed earlier.]

“You’re not crying about her now,” said Hazard.
“No,” said Howard.  “I have become used to carrying her in my heart.”

“My heart is crowded already,” whispered Hazard.  “But I’m sure the other will make room for Thalia.  She is not a very big bat.”  And with that, he drifted off to sleep.

Don’t worry about me.  It’s just FEELS.  It’s stuck with me for so long, too, that quote.

~How many books do you own?

No idea.  Probably over two hundred, though, counting what I’ve got on my Kindle as well.

~In the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?

I’m not sure exactly what year this question refers to.  In 2016, it was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  This year, so far, it’s Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray even though I hated the ending.

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So, those are my answers.  If you love books and want to participate, please do!

Eva

liebster award!

Hamlette tagged me with the Liebster award (thank you, Hamlette!), so here it is.

Eleven (hopefully not boring) facts about myself:

  1. My favorite flavor is lemon.
  2. I adore the Oxford comma.
  3. My new favorite actor is Glenn Ford.
  4. I share a birthday with Alan Ladd.
  5. My favorite comic strip is Calvin & Hobbes.
  6. I’m of Germanic + British + American descent.
  7. My middle name is Ruth.
  8. I currently own Lego minifigures of Mr. Incredible, Bucky, and Wyldestyle. (Wyldstyle id a key-chain minifig.)
  9. I named the horse + rider token in my family’s Monopoly game ‘Shane’.
  10. My favorite Disney song is ‘Go the Distance’.
  11. I have a hard time coming up with facts about myself.

Hamlette’s questions:

1. Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you’d love to eat? Well, I don’t know how yummy-looking it is, but I’ve always thought that the mushroom soup in ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (1959) would be delicious.  And I’m not even a soup person!

2.  What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?  My favorite movies are all over the place when it comes to a specific time era.  I do love war films and westerns, though.

3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn’t/haven’t yet?  I haven’t really thought about it that much, so I’m bypassing this question, at least for now. (If I do think of something after I publish this post, I’ll come back and add it in later.)

4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?  Wyldstyle/Lucy.  She’s pretty awesome and her hoodie is cool and her hair would be fun to copy for once. (As long as I didn’t need to get it semi-permanently dyed or anything.)

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5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?  My family doesn’t celebrate Halloween, but I have cosplayed a couple of times.  Once as Moffitt from the TV show ‘The Rat Patrol’ and once as Jed from the Night at the Museum movies (playing opposite my sister’s Octavius).

6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?  I’m very vocal about my movie loves, so I have no idea.

7.  What’s one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?  That’s a tough one…because who doesn’t want their favorite books turned into movies?  I guess, though, that having no Jack Cavanaugh movies is better than having wretched book-to-film adaptions of his books, right? (And the same holds true for any of my beloved books that haven’t made the leap from page to screen.)

8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?  Yes!  So do all my older siblings, I think.

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There’s absolutely no reason to put this picture, except maybe because the Wilhelm Scream was first heard in a western and I’m crushing on Glenn Ford right now.

9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?  Sometimes, sometimes not.

10.  What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?  ‘Wonder’ (2017) and ‘Cars 3’ (2017).

11.  What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.) I follow a lot of blogs that are movie-oriented, but most of them are not read (by me) with great regularity.  The only blogs I read a lot are those written by friends, people I know quite well – my taste for reading blog posts has dropped quite a bit in the past while.

My questions:

  1. Do you own any pets?
  2. What’s your favorite animated movie?
  3. What was the last book you read?
  4. Are you Introverted, Extroverted, or somewhere in between?
  5. Who’s one actor/actress everyone likes except you?
  6. Who’s one actor/actress nobody seems to like and/or know of except you?
  7. Can you whistle?
  8. What’s your favorite number?
  9. Do you collect fandom mugs?
  10. Louisa May Alcott or Lucy Maud Montgomery?
  11. Chocolate or cheese?

I am not tagging eleven people, so if my questions intrigue you and you want to play, go right ahead.

Eva

the movie tag

{I ripped this tag out of a library book  took this tag from Sidewalk Crossings.  Thanks, DKoren!}

Because ‘Hugo’ (2011) is a movie about movies.

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~Favourite foreign film –The Lady Vanishes’ (1938), a British film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

~Most underrated film  So many!  There’s one gem of a WWII film, ‘Saints & Soldiers’ (2003) that I wish was better known.  There’s also Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’ (1973), ‘The Great Mouse Detective’ (1986), and ‘Meet the Robinsons’ (2007).  And the Air Bud film franchise (forget Air Buddies, though).

~A film that makes you happy – I’ve got some films I call “mac ‘n’ cheese movies” like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960), both of the Anne of Green Gables movies (the Kevin Sullivan ones, of course), ‘The Happiest Millionaire’ (1967), ‘State Fair’ (1945), the second and third Night at the Museum movies, and ‘Cars’ (2006).  All of those make me enormously happy.  (By the way, I call them “mac ‘n’ cheese movies” ’cause they’re like comfort food for me.  Only movies.)  ‘The Outsiders’ (1983) also makes me happy, but in a different way.

~A film that makes you sad – Um…just one? *looks at DVD shelf for inspiration* ‘The Great Locomotive Chase’ (1956) was pretty devastating when I was younger (especially for a Disney film, of all things) and while it doesn’t hit me in the exact same way anymore (now that I’ve got movies like ‘Schindler’s List’ (1993) and ‘Titanic’ (1997) and ‘The Ox-Bow Incident’ (1943) under my belt) it still saddens me.  So I’m going to go with that.

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~Favourite love story in a film – Currently?  Mr. Knightley and Emma Woodhouse from BBC’s ‘Emma’ (2009), Don and Kathy from ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (1952), and Flynn and Rapunzel from ‘Tangled’ (2010).

~Favourite actor/actress – Favorite old Hollywood actor: Dana Andrews (with James Coburn in second place).  Favorite old Hollywood actress: Audrey Hepburn (with Ingrid Bergman in second place).  Favorite modern actor: TomCruiseandHarrisonFord.  Favorite modern actress: Cate Blanchett?  I guess?

~The best plot twist/ending  –  Ooh!  Ooh!  I have the perfect answer for this one.  Absolute favorite movie ending EVER is the ending to ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007).  When Nicky is listening to the radio (or is she watching TV?) and the newscaster says that nobody’s found Bourne’s body yet and then that delicious music starts playing and she smiles and then it cuts to him swimming away.  It’s gold, I tell you, and I can’t describe it well enough – you just have to watch it for yourself.  (The runner-up for this category would definitely be the ending of ‘The Great Escape’ (1963).)

~The best opening/closing credits – Opening credits?  ‘The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming’ (1966).  Always makes me grin.  As for closing credits, I’m partial to the closing credits to any Marvel movie I’ve seen, ’cause they’re so cool. (Plus, mid- and after-credits scenes for the win.)  Also, ‘WALL·E”s (2008) closing credits are simply the best.

~The best soundtrack/score to a film – HOW CAN I ANSWER THAT?  Impossible.  Hagood Hardy’s score for ‘Anne of Green Gables’ (1985) and James Powell’s score for the How to Train Your Dragon movies would definitely be near the top of the list, though.  And Elmer Bernstein’s iconic scoring for ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960) is awesome as well.  But, really, there are wayyyy too many for me to list here.

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~Favourite classic film –  Besides ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960) (which I’ll be putting down as an answer to the last question) my favorite classic film would most likely be ‘Casablanca’ (1942).  There are loads of other classic films that I adore, of course, but ‘Casablanca’ has always been special to me ever since it changed my opinion of old black & white movies.

~A film that you hate – Pinocchio’ (1940). *shudders*

~A film that changed your opinion about something – Well, I wish I could say something deep and powerful in answer to this one, but the only thing I can think of is how drastically ‘Minority Report’ (2002) changed my opinion of Tom Cruise (for the better).  Oh, and of course, ‘Casablanca’ (1942) changed my opinion of old movies (again, for the better).  As did ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ (1935), come to think of it.

~A guilty pleasure  The Air Bud movies.  So much cheese, but so much nostalgia and feels and amazingness, too.

~A film that you used to love but now hate – Basically any animated movie my little brothers have watched to death.  Also, ‘Frozen’ (2013) because it’s actually pretty lame. (At least, in my opinion.)

It’s still a gorgeous movie, though.

~Favourite film sequel – ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989), ‘Catching Fire’ (2013), ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ (2009) ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ (2014), and ‘Anne of Avonlea’ (1987).  All superb sequels.

~Film character you relate to the most – I don’t really relate to fictional characters all that often.  Rilla Blythe and Darry Curtis are two with whom I feel the most connection (and they’re so different, too!) but that’s only when it comes to the book (Rilla of Ingleside and The Outsiders).  I guess Belle, from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1991), would be my answer.

~Favourite film quote – “I have no idea what I’m going to do tomorrow.”  “How exciting!” (Larry and Teddy from ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb)  That one always makes me tear up just a little and it’s so inspiring.  I tend to like conversations in films better than just single quotes, though. (Mostly funny conversations, if we’re being specific.) (Mag7 does have some super-duper one-liners, though.)

~A film that you wish more people had seen – In theatres, do you mean?  I really couldn’t say, so just take a look at the films I put in the ‘most underrated film’ category.

~The most hilarious film you’ve seen – ‘Meet the Robinsons’ (2007).  There are lots of great comedies I’ve watched in my time, but that one always makes me laugh and laugh and laugh.  ‘The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming’ (1966) also amuses me greatly. (As well as the Night at the Museum movies and basically every animated film ever.)

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~A film you wish someone would make – Not counting all the book-to-film adaptions I want, I’d have to say that ‘Finding Coral’ would be my first choice.  It would be the third film in the ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003) series and would begin with Marlin (somehow) finding out that Coral didn’t actually die, but instead was seriously injured/lost and now Marlin and Nemo have to set out on an epic quest to find her.  THIS HAS TO BE A THING, AMIRIGHT? (Note: this was originally my brother Ezra’s idea, but I’ve adopted it.)

~Favourite film from your favourite actor/actress  –  Dana Andrews – ‘Laura’ (1944) // Audrey Hepburn – ‘Charade’ (1963) // Tom Cruise – ‘Minority Report’ (2002) // Harrison Ford – ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989) // Cate Blanchett – ‘Cinderella’ (2015)

~Favourite documentary – I don’t watch documentaries.

~Favourite animated film – ‘Meet the Robinsons’ (2007) and ‘Cars’ (2006).  Also, the How to Train Your Dragon movies and ‘Robin Hood’ (1973) and ‘Tangled’ (2010) and, oh, just tons and tons of others.  I guess it all depends on my mood, really.

~Favourite film based on a book/comic/etc. – ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014).  ‘Big Hero 6’ (2014) is great as well.

~Favourite film villain – That is such a hard one to answer, because what does it really mean?  Evilest villain? (President Snow from the Hunger Games movies)  ‘Favorite’ in the sense of one that I have a weird, unexplainable liking for/crush on? (Ben Wade from ‘3:10 to Yuma’ – 1957)  A villain that I alternately despise and understand? (Professor Callahan from ‘Big Hero 6’ – 2014)  Is it a villain that’s so suave and smart that you can’t help but be fascinated by him? (Waldo from ‘Laura’ – 1944)  Or is it a villain that isn’t really a villain at all? (The Winter Soldier from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ – 2014)  How am I supposed to answer that? 

Oh, wait.  I just did.

~A film that you love but everyone else hates – ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ (2008) because seriously, people.  Why all the hate???  It’s a clever, interesting film that, while it doesn’t feel the same as the first three, still delivers fast-paced adventure and enough nostalgia to tug at your heartstrings and, admit it, Mutt isn’t all that bad.  And neither is the movie as a whole.

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~A film you wish you had seen in theatres – *shrugs* (This post is so long already and I’ve only seen a movie in a movie theatre once.)

~Favourite film from your favourite director  – Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Notorious’ (1946), William Wyler’s ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ (1946), and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Minority Report’ (2002).

~Favourite film from your childhood – That would be Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’ (1973).  I’ve got it memorized.

~Your favourite film of all time – ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960).  And if you didn’t know that, you’ve obviously just stumbled across my blog, ’cause I’ve talked about my love for this film in at least three posts.  It’s a gloriously amazing movie with The Best Cast of All Time and The Best Soundtrack of all Time and The Best Quotable Lines of all time.  If you haven’t seen it, what on earth are you waiting for? 🙂

Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven (1960):

Wow.  That was a looooong post.  Congratulations for making it all the way down here!  Now let’s talk about all these movies (and more) in the comments, ‘kay?

Eva