the taylor swift book tag

Saw this on a couple blogs and I love this sort of tag (even though I’ve listened to maybe three TSwift songs in my entire life), so yeah.  Let’s do this thing. ❤ (I’m not going to tag anyone because I’ll be on vacation when you read this so I can’t notify people.  Just play if you want.)

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1. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”:  a book/series you thought you’d love but ended up disliking

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas.  I didn’t like the movie but I’d heard that the book was very good (and pretty much every review on Goodreads is overwhelmingly positive).  But I found The Robe to be densely written and have more than one theological issue…to the point where I became really uncomfortable reading it.  So I stopped.  I’m still kinda sad about it because biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres, but it is what it is.

2. “Red”: a book with a red cover

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  There’s at least some red on almost every edition’s cover.

3. “The Best Day”:  a book that makes you feel nostalgic

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry.  I haven’t read that one in AGES but just thinking about sends nostalgia all through me.  I was madly in love with horses as a tween (cliched, I know) and the Arabian breed was my favorite so I read King of the Wind several times.  Also, most of the Black Stallion books are very nostalgic for me.

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4. “Love Story”:  a book with forbidden love

Jo’s Boys. *weeps*  I have an article about Dan Kean planned for Feminista and I’m going to have to reread Little Men and Jo’s Boys in prep and IT’S GOING TO BREAK MY HEART.  Some people argue that Amy wouldn’t want her daughter marrying someone like Dan and I agree but it’s still awful.  I will never get over it.

5. “I Knew You Were Trouble”:  a bad character you can’t help but love 

Lol.  I don’t try not to love villains.  I’m going to go back a few years for this one and say Luke Castellan from the Percy Jackson series.  I remember reading the last book all in one day in a sort of blur and being so cut up about Luke’s death.  He went over to the dark side but at the last minute, when it really counted, he fought back and won. (Even though he died.)  Made me feel things.

6. “Innocent”:  a book/series someone ruined for you

Illuminate by Sarah Addison-Fox.  I had some bad dealings with the author as I was reading the book and it soured my enjoyment/opinion of the story. 😛

7. “Everything Has Changed”:  a character who goes through extensive character development 

I just finished reading Johnny Tremain and Johnny himself is THE best answer for this question. (It’s not really a question, but you get what I mean.)  Johnny starts out as this super arrogant, super competent silversmith apprentice.  And through a series of rather unfortunate events, he changes and matures and becomes pretty awesome.  His character growth is one of the main things that always draws me back to this story.

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8. “You Belong With Me”: your most-anticipated book release

Rachel Kovaciny’s western retelling of Snow White.  I don’t believe it has a firm title or release date yet but I’m already super excited.  Her last two western fairytale novellas – Cloaked and Dancing & Doughnuts – were a delight to read and I think I may end up liking the Snow White retelling the best, tbh.

9. “Forever and Always”:  your favorite book couple 

Too many to count.  I’m going to go with Percy and Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel + sequels) because their relationship is beautiful and self-sacrificial and swoon-worthy.  I’m dabbling in some TSP fanfiction right now and I can’t wait to write these two amazing characters (as best I can).

10. “Come Back . . . Be Here”:  the book you would be least likely to lend out 

Either my autographed-by-the-author copy of Finale (by Stephanie Garber) or the Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes.  The first because it’s gorgeous and signed and I want to keep it as pristine as possible.  And the second bc those books are quite hard to get in Canada (a friend in the States sent me the whole series – she’s awesome).  But, really, I hate loaning out any of my precious book babies.

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11. “Teardrops On My Guitar”:  a book that made you cry

Haha.  A book?  Okay, the one I can always count on to leave me a helpless puddle of tears is The Book Thief.  I literally cannot without the last few chapters.  I’m tearing up just thinking about them.  Heartless by Marissa Meyer would be another strong contender.

12. “Shake It Off”: a book you love that other people hate

Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  Not everyone hates this but one of my best friends does so it makes for some interesting conversations whenever this beautifully written tragic perfect unexplainable piece of writing book gets mentioned in our [internet] presence.

13. “Stay Stay Stay”: a book you wished could go on forever

I can only think of series for this.  Like Narnia or Caraval or The Lunar Chronicles.  I was about to say The Outsiders but then I remembered that S.E. Hinton said that Darry died of ?cancer? and Soda got killed in Vietnam so…THANKS BUT NO I THINK I’M GOOD TO GO.

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YOU CAN’T JUST DO THAT, SE HINTON.

14. “All Too Well”:  a series you wished could go on forever

Ha!  I didn’t see this was the next question.  Lol.  I’m going to go with Caraval for this because Narnia was meant to end the way it did, y’know?  And The Lunar Chronicles did get a couple follow-up graphic novels.  But Caraval?  Yes, it ended quite well.  But I want to stay in that addicting, dark, gorgeous world forever. (Just not irl.)

15. “Ronan”:  a book with a tragic character death/death of an innocent

I feel like a broken record, but HEARTLESS.  Jest’s death tore me up almost as much as it did Cath.  He did not deserve it!  And how Cath says that he was innocent and then Hatta’s all like “Martyrs usually are” and MY HEARTTTTT.

16. “Out of the Woods”: a book that had you worried about the characters up to the very end

Okay, so, Jack Cavanaugh wrote two books about different translations of the Bible – Glimpses of Truth (Wycliffe translation) and Beyond the Sacred Page (Tyndale translation).  Glimpses of Truth ends with a horribly heartbreaking death – I’m still scarred.  Then I picked up Beyond the Sacred Page and it actually looked like it would end the same way and I was so scared that I did what I never do – I skipped to the end.  So, yes, I was pretty worried.

17. “Getaway Car”:  a book with a tempestuous romance

The Hunger Games.  I believe this book birthed the modern love triangle that we all hate to hate, but Suzanne Collins actually did it well.  Katniss isn’t wholly consumed with what boy she’s going to go with and her indecision is based on facts and circumstances, not feelings.  I ship her and Peeta so hard and the ups and downs of their relationship never fail to move me. (May I point out that their romance is ‘tempestuous’ only on Katniss’ side?  Peeta is steady as a rock.)

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18. “Clean”: a book that taught you something profound

Romanov by Nadine Brandes taught me a lot about forgiveness.  It’s very personal to me. ❤

19. “Long Live”: a book that transports you every time

Caraval (+ Legendary + Finale).  I don’t quite know how Stephanie Garber manages to weave such a spellbinding story and create such an amazing world…but she has me entranced every time.  The world of Caraval is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in a book.

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So!  What did you think of my answers?  Have you ever read any of these books?  What are your answers to this tag?  Let me know in the comments!

Eva

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my favorite westerns that aren’t actually westerns

This blog post is part of the Legends of Western Cinema Blog Party that’s being hosted by Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Along the Brandywine, and Meanwhile, in Rivendell…

What makes a Western film?

According to Mirriam-Webster, a Western is “a novel, story, motion picture, or broadcast dealing with life in the western U.S. especially during the latter half of the 19th century”.  If we’re going by that definition, the movies on my list might actually be Westerns.  But usually when we think of the genre, we think of ‘High Noon’, ‘Rio Bravo’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’, ‘Shane’, or ‘True Grit’ – movies set in the mid to late 1800’s that feature cowboys and saloons and cattle drives and marshals and outlaws who wear black hats.

And if we’re going by that definition, these movies I’m going to talk about aren’t really Westerns.

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

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I’ve never quite figured out whether or not movies set a little before and during the American Civil War are Westerns…but I tend to doubt it.  Also, Friendly Persuasion takes place in Indiana which I don’t think is considered ‘the West’? (Though I could be wrong on that since I’m Canadian.)

ANYWAY.  This is one of my favorite movies of all time.  For the first half of the film, there’s a lot of fun – a fair, The Piano Incident, the buggy race. Friendly Persuasion is sweet and funny and heartwarming – at the beginning.  But then the Civil War breaks into the characters’ peaceful Quaker world and things get messy.  I consider Friendly Persuasion a Not Western because it’s set in 1860’s America and the characters run a farm and there’s shooting and all that…but it’s more of a family-during-wartime drama than a proper Western.

Hidalgo (2004)

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More people need to watch this movie!  It’s a unique mash-up of three different cultures: middle Eastern, faux Western, and Native American.  The days of the Wild West are pretty much over and now Buffalo Bill is exploiting that bygone era for all it’s worth.  The main character – Frank Hopkins – is half Native American and spends the whole movie struggling to reconcile the two parts of himself.  And then, of course, most of Hidalgo takes place in the Middle East.

There’s horses and lots of dust and the kind costuming associated with Westerns.  But Hidalgo is very much its own genre – and the fact that it’s mostly set in the Najid Desert (and other parts of the Middle East) disqualifies it from being considered a Western.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

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My mom loathes this movie so I was a bit unsure going into it.  But…I ended up loving it.  There’s an art to the Coen brothers’ directing style that makes the analytical part of my brain happy.  It’s pretty obviously not a traditional Western – both in its time setting (1980 instead of 1880) and the movie’s theme(s).  Basically, the old, noble world (like that of actual Westerns) is crumbling and people had better be prepared or they’ll crumble too.

There’s so much going on in this movie that it would take a full-on review to explain just why I enjoy it so much.  But even though it isn’t a Western, there’s still a good vs. evil struggle and the place setting is the same.  Plus, cowboy hats and an upstanding sheriff. 😉

So tell me – are there any Not Westerns that you enjoy?  Have you seen any of the movies on my list?  Let me know in the comments!

Eva

the legends of western cinema week tag

This blog post is part of the Legends of Western Cinema Blog Party that’s being hosted by Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Along the Brandywine, and Meanwhile, in Rivendell…

1) Do you tolerate, like, or love westerns?

LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Even if a western movie isn’t the absolute best, I’ll still usually enjoy it for the atmosphere, costumes, setting, etc.  And when a western movie is great? *intense fangirling ensues*  Like 3:10 to Yuma?  Or Rio Bravo?  Unbeatable.  Just…so, so good.

2) What do you enjoy about them and, more broadly, the west itself (e.g. the history, accompanying paraphernalia, etc)?

Okay, so, this is probably going to sound reeeeeally weird but I think the thing I love most about westerns is the simplicity of them.  So many take place in a relatively small setting: almost always a town of some kind.  Or a ranch.  It’s pretty easy to tell who the good and bad guys are.  And westerns embrace genre tropes in a way that doesn’t annoy me.  Sure, it might make them a bit predictable at times but they’re like comfort food for me so it’s all good. 🙂

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3) What’s the first western you can remember watching?

*strains my brain*  The only thing that’s coming to mind is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which is more a frontier flick (#alliteration) than a western.  And I LOATHED it, which really weirds me out now because I enjoy it these days.

4) Who are your favorite western stars, the ones whose presence in a western will make you pick it up off the shelf?

GLENN FORRRRRD.  “Always and forever.” (Napoleon Dynamite reference.)  If I see he’s in a movie – any movie, not just a western – I will watch it SO FAST.  He’s arguably my favorite actor and I cannot get enough of his acting, his voice, and his face. (Lol.)  There are other actors, like Dana Andrews or James Coburn or Lee Marvin who I love seeing in westerns but I think of Glenn Ford as more of a quintessential westerns actor.

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5) What’s your favorite performance by an actress in a western?

Either Vera Miles as Hallie Stoddard in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or Gene Tierney as Marcia Stoddard (whyyyyy do they have the same last name – literally just realized this as I was writing the blog post and it’s sending me into the Matrix or something) in The Secret of Convict Lake.  Both are tough (yet feminine) female characters who don’t take guff from anyone and are incredibly independent and self-reliant.  Come to think of it, all of my favorite female characters in westerns could be described that way. (Like Maddie Ross in True Grit.)

6) What is your “go-to” western, the one you’ll typically reach for?

It changes from time to time, but the current trio are The Magnificent Seven (OG, not remake), Rio Bravo, and 3:10 to Yuma.  All three are well-watched, well-loved, and well-made.

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7) Do your family/friends share your interest in westerns, or are you a lone ranger (pun completely intended)?

I don’t even have a Tonto to keep me company.  None of my family except my two sisters watch movies with me – Bekah thinks westerns are totally boring and Elisabeth hates all but a couple.  SO I’M COMPLETELY ALONE.  It’s very sad. (But at least I have internet friends to make up for it!)

8) Pick one western to live inside for a week, and explain why you chose it.

The Magnificent Seven.  When they’re not being attacked by Calvera, the Mexican village seems like a REALLY fun place to live.  So busy and interesting and I would love to stay there for a week.  Particularly during the time when they’re all prepping for Calvera’s inevitable return. (Though I actually doubt I’d enjoy it much since I’d be all [in my head] “You’re going to die so soon and you’re going to die and you’re going to die…”)

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9) What are some of your favorite lines from western movies? Are there any you quote regularly?

I’m not really someone who collects favorite movie lines in their head (or a notebook).  Whenever someone offers to do a coin toss, I’ll say “Well, I-I have to know what we’re flipping for” which is from No Country For Old Men (not an typical western…but more on that later this week).  Oh, and this is super random, but whenever I’m eating meat, I’ll say “Can you cut the fat off?  I don’t like the fat.”  It’s a quote from 3:10 to Yuma and it’s become an inside joke between me and one of my brothers (he watched 3:10 with me once).  But that’s all I can think of right now.

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If you want to answer this tag, you can find a clean list of the questions here.

Eva

my favorite Robin Williams roles

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When Robin Williams died in 2014, I didn’t really know who he was.  I’d never seen any of his movies. (Shocking, right?)  I grew up really sheltered, in terms of what movies I was allowed to watch, so it’s not all that surprising…but it still kind of weirds me out that I didn’t have any point of reference as the whole world mourned the passing of such a great comedian. (Well, Mom did tell us that he was the Genie in ‘Aladdin’…but I hadn’t seen that, so yeah.)

Anyway, fast-forward to 2019 and I’ve seen a few Williams movies and read his biography and I have such a huge appreciation for him and his work now.  So today, on what would have been his sixty-eighth birthday, I thought I’d talk about my favorite Robin Williams roles. ❤

Teddy Roosevelt in the Night at the Museum trilogy

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Yeah, this is never first on anyone’s list when they talk about Robin Williams’s roles (usually not on the list at all).  And Teddy isn’t my favorite character of his.  BUT.  This was the first time I saw Robin Williams in something besides ‘Aladdin’ and he made me cry.  I saw ‘Secret of the Tomb’ first, which was Very Confusing, but I understood enough that Larry’s farewell to all the museum characters touched me.  And especially his final talk with Teddy.  In one of his final roles, Robin Williams could still move at least one person.

Genie in ‘Aladdin’

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Because of course.  There are no words to describe the quicksilver that Disney managed to bottle when they cast Robin Williams as the Genie. (I’ve heard the role was written for him, actually, which doesn’t surprise me.)  The art of animation allowed Robin to be everything at once, in the purest way possible, and the results are incredible.

Someday I’m going to talk about why ‘Aladdin’ is my go-to movie for practically any situation and why I love all of it, not just the Genie.  But today is Robin Williams’ day, so I’m just going to say that even if you only watch ‘Aladdin’ for the Genie, you’re perfect.

Sean Maguire in ‘Good Will Hunting’

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My favorite Williams role and the only one that won him an Oscar. (Totally, totally deserved.)  I enjoy comedy but I love drama and seeing Robin Williams take a dramatic role and run with it and give it all he had made my day when I watched ‘Good Will Hunting’ for the first time. (And every time thereafter.)  He got right to the heart of Sean…and Will.  It’s a phenomenal performance with so much warmth and tough love and quiet bits of humor.  I truly can’t say enough good things about Robin’s performance in this movie.

I’ve also seen ‘Hook’ and ‘Patch Adams’ and ‘RV’ and I’m craving ‘Dead Poets Society’ because I know it will be perfect and I may even like it more than ‘Good Will Hunting’.

What Robin Williams’ performances are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments!

Eva

the sunshine blogger award (again?)

Emily, of Altogether Unexpected, awarded me the Sunshine Blogger Award.  I believe I may have been given this award before but I’m not sure and her questions are fun, so we’re going with it.  The rules are: display the graphic, thank the person you gave you the award (thanks, Emily!), answer the nominator’s eleven questions, ask eleven of your own, and nominate eleven other bloggers.

I’m adhering to all of those rules except the last one because I’ll be on vacation when you read this and I won’t be able to tell people that they’ve been nominated. 🙂

Emily’s Questions

In what city were you born?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  I’ve never actually lived there – I was just born there. (Much of my life was spent three or fewer hours away from Toronto though.  Until my family moved to Edmonton.)

Which book made you a bibliophile?

Um…I can’t remember that far back.  According to the internet, a bibliophile is someone who collects and loves books and I’ve been obsessed with reading/owning allll the pretty books for longer than I can remember.  I do think that Northanger Abbey was my introduction to the bookish fangirl life, so there’s that.

What is your favorite film?

Right now?  ‘A Quiet Place’.  Just watched it again last night and I maintain that it’s one of the very few absolutely perfect movies out there.  I cannot get over the soundtrack, Emily Blunt’s performance, or John Krasinski’s AMAZING directing skills.  They’d better not mess up the sequel. (I’M BEGGING IT TO BE GOOD.)

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What is your favorite Bible verse?

I’ve always found John 21:25 to be extremely awesome.

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Like?  It’s just amazing.  Thinking of all those other things that Jesus did (and does and will do) and how John is so matter of fact that all the books in the world can’t contain this Person.

Favorite episode of Sherlock?

ACK.  How?  Can I choose?  There are things that I love about each one.  So many things.  I’m probably going to go with ‘The Riechenbach Fall’ though because there’s sooooo much going on and I love how loyal John is and all the Moriarty and Sherlock is BRILLIANT (as usual).  It’s a very deep, cool episode and it makes me emotional which I like because I’m That Sort Of Person.

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Though I also adore ‘The Final Problem’.  I know a lot of the fans dislike it because it veers away from the show’s tone and mood and all that but I love the creepiness and desperation and familial connections. ❤ (And you-know-who’s Not Return.)

First foreign country?

Venezuela.  My mom was pregnant with me when she went there on a missions trip. (But other than that, I’ve only been to the States.  Boring, right?)

Favorite food?

Pizza.  And poutine.  And Chinese cuisine.  EAT ALL THE FOODS.

British accents or Scottish accents?

Irish, thank you very much. 😉

First Marvel film?

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.  Fell in love with Cap, Marvel, and superheroes in general because of that movie.  It’s almost a betrayal to say that I’m more of a DC fan now. *cringes*

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Who is your favorite British actor/actress?

My favorite British actor is Tom Felton and my favorite British actress is Emily Blunt.

When did you start blogging, and why?

Okay, so the earliest blog of mine that’s still knocking around is TotallyHorseCrazyAndHorseStories (what a mouthful!) which was started in February 2011.  But I think I had a card-making how-to blog before that.  I was sooooo cringy.  Someday I’m going to revisit old posts from previous blogs and laugh at them on this blog, lol.  I started blogging because it was what everyone else was doing and I wanted to share my love for cards, horses, books, Jane Austen…and eventually everything.  Blogging has been a part of my life for over eight years and I doubt I’ll stop anytime soon.

My Questions

  1. Least favorite animal?
  2. Are you afraid of spiders?
  3. Have you ever watched a movie that scared you?
  4. What color is your phone case?
  5. Do you collect anything?
  6. What is your favorite time of day?
  7. Old Testament or New Testament?
  8. What’s your preferred writing implement? (Pen, pencil, etc…)
  9. Have you ever read a comic book?
  10. Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen?
  11. What do you think of Disney’s live action remakes?

Let me know your answers in the comments or on your blog! (If you want to participate.)

Eva

signs you’re in a reading slump (and how to fix it) + hiatus

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So, confession: I’m currently in a reading slump.  I have a new content creation job, which is great (pay is better and I have more work in general) but it’s also left me mentally worn out and unable to focus on most books.  It’s also why I haven’t been a very active blogger.  I know that most of us readers go through reading slumps from time to time so I’m here to diagnose the problem + give you some tips on how to fix it.

You’re probably in a reading slump if…

…favorite books don’t hold your interest – quite the opposite actually.

…you start five different books in as many hours and give up on all of them.

…reading feels like work.

Currently, all of those apply to me. 😛  If that’s the case for you, too, I’ve got some advice to share. (I need to try these tips on myself but haven’t really started yet so ‘do as I say, not as I do’.  Or something like that.)  So if you’re like “Yeah, I’m definitely in a reading slump” my advice for you is as follows.

Don’t read – yet.

Stop trying to force it.  I, for one, feel guilty (actually guilty) if I don’t get at least a couple hours of reading in every day.  Which doesn’t always happen, because #life.  And then I get stressed so I try to cram in some reading but since my heart isn’t in it, it becomes a big mess.  So if you’re sick of reading, don’t.  Take some time, relax, and let your mind breathe.

Revisit childhood favorites.

Remember what I said about favorite books not doing anything for me? (Seriously, I’m weeping because I tried to read The Outsiders and Fawkes – both of which I dearly love – and I couldn’t.)  Well, I’ve found that if I go wayyyyy back to my childhood, I can read a zillion of those books and be hooked and in love with them.  Case in point: I briefly broke out of my reading slump a couple weeks ago when I read the entire Enola Holmes series and all the Lady Grace Mysteries in the house.  Each book is short and well-written and there’s a dash of nostalgia that’s enticing.  So, yeah, idk if this will work for you but might as well give it a try!

Take a break from your phone.

Nothing sucks away my interest in a book (or movie or TV show) more than having my phone always nearby (and me always checking it).  It’s honestly so harmful and unnecessary and keeps me from really getting into stories.

And that’s about it!  I hope these tips help you – and me – to get out of our horrid reading slumps.

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So.  The hiatus.  Some of my family and I will be vacationing in the States for about three weeks (beginning on the 15th) and, while I will have my phone with me, I won’t be able to write any blog posts. (I’ll be able to message people and answer emails though.)  I do have three posts that I’m going to write + schedule before I go.  Annnnd I’m going to tell you what they are just because. 🙂

-some sort of tribute to Robin Williams on his birthday (July 21st)

-post about ‘not westerns’ for the Legends of Western Cinema blog party

-the Taylor Swift book tag

I’m pretty sure this’ll be my last post until the scheduled ones, but you never know…

Until next time! ❤

Eva

my favorite Disney couple of all time <3

For the longest time, I thought it was Flynn and Rapunzel.

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they’re super-perfect though.

But no.  They’re still my favorite animated Disney couple, but my absolute favorite Disney couple of all time is found in a live action Disney film.

‘Enchanted’.

Yep, my favorite Disney couple is Queen Nerissa and Nathaniel.

I JEST.

It’s Robert and Giselle.  Of course.  I’ve loved ‘Enchanted’ ever since I first saw it but it took me a few rewatches to come to the conclusion that Robert and Giselle are sooooo relationship goals.  I ship them so hard. (And what’s this I hear about a sequel called ‘Disenchanted’ where they no longer like each other?????  Inconceivable!)

Their meet-cute isn’t conventional.  Giselle falls off a casino billboard and almost breaks every bone in Robert’s body.  And then, of course, she’s drenched and scared and he lets her stay the night at his apartment. (And he gets Morgan to sleep in his room because he wants to keep everything Above Board. *heart eyes*)  There’s a lot more stuff that happens between them and I’m not going to get into it all because this isn’t a summary of the movie.

But I do feel like fangirling over a few specific things.

Robert tries to protect Giselle.

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Even when he’s being all stick-in-the-mud-ish, Robert really has Giselle’s best interest at heart.  When Edward fails to show up (temporarily) Robert tries to let her know, gently, that there’s a good chance Edward has abandoned her.  It makes sense to Robert – he sees that kind of thing every day.  Of course Giselle doesn’t believe him (and actually gets angry for once), but you can tell that Robert cares enough about her to protect her from further heartbreak.

Giselle never ignores Morgan.

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At first glance, this point might not seem like it belongs on the list (because this post is about Robert and Giselle) but it is important.  Robert adores Morgan and it clearly warms his heart when Giselle compliments, praises, and gushes over her.  You never see Nancy talking about Morgan, other than to throw ‘grown-up girl bonding time’ in Robert’s face.  But Giselle loves and appreciates Morgan wholeheartedly; I think Morgan’s feelings for Giselle paved the way for Robert’s feelings.

He SINGS to her.

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same, tbh.

I feel like an idiot, but it wasn’t until the last time or two that I watched ‘Enchanted’ that I noticed Robert singing along to ‘So Close’ as he danced with Giselle.  IT’S SO ROMANTIC AND SQUEE-WORTHY.  Ahhhhhhh.  That’s honestly one of the biggest things that made me fall for them as a couple.

They get the most romantic dance in Disney history.

In my opinion, at least.  I can’t really do it justice, so you’re going to have to see for yourself.

Robert and Giselle actually, really change each other.

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It’s a time-worn formula: two people meet, change each other for the better, and fall in love.  Sometimes not in that order.  With Robert and Giselle, their relationship was necessarily platonic right from the start because they both had significant others.  But that didn’t stop them from becoming great friends and helping each other out when needed.  Giselle broke down the walls in Robert’s heart, helping him realize that true love is still out there.  And Robert helped Giselle figure out how to rise to Real World Challenges.

I just have a lot of feels for this couple, okay? #perfection

Who’s your favorite Disney couple?

Eva