Thanks to wonderful Story Sponge, I have been tagged again for the
Lobster Liebster Award. Since I didn’t really have any ideas for a quick post this week, I decided that I’d take up the challenge and let her interrogate me.
1. Pie or Cake?
Good question. I like apple pie, but I haven’t tried any other sorts of sweet pies, which I assume is what the question means. I’m going to have to go with cake, I think. Devil’s food cake is the best.
2. Who is your favourite author and why?
Ahh! Who would ask a question like this? Okay, for the sake of the post, I’m going to name my favourite authors as J.R.R. Tolkien and Victor Hugo. I like them both for similar reasons.
They both write compelling stories, that are so deep and the world building is so thorough. Tolkien really thought out Middle-Earth, to the point that it almost is a real place. It’s so easy to vividly picture Middle-Earth, and Hugo’s Paris too, which might as well be a completely different world. They also have beautiful characters, who are easy to love (or hate) and to root for. Their themes are deep, thoughtful and biblical.
There are a hundred and one other reasons I love these authors—and others like them too—but I want to keep this post fairly short, so I’ll spare you.
3. Who is an author you cannot stand?
I’m a controversial person, okay, so I’m going to say…Jane Austen. I. just. Can’t. stand. Her. That’s all there is to it. I love classics so I went into Pride and Prejudice, hoping that it would live up to 250 years of hype, and instead…well, nothing really happens. They just play whist (what even is whist?) and argue and go to balls.
I haven’t been game to try any of her other books.
4. If you could live in any fictitious world which would you choose?
Middle-Earth. Specifically, the Shire.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in this house?
5. If you could suddenly have a new skill what would it be?
Either the ability to play the oboe, or the ability to speak fluent German. I don’t know which I’d prefer.
6. What is something you wish people knew about you without telling them?
Ooh, this is hard. I don’t know. I’m a very reserved person, so there’s a lot of things only my family and very close friends know…maybe I would want other people to know that I’m not actually as boring as they think I am, and that I’m not actually as perfect as they think I am.
7. What would your superpower and superhero/supervillain name be?
I like this question. *rubs hands evilly* One of my works in progress, Black & White, has a villain turned anti-hero named Whiplash. As his name implies, he is super fast, and I think that it would be really cool to run as fast as he can. If I couldn’t do that, I’d choose telekinesis, because one of my other heroes could do that.
8. What is your favourite blog post that you’ve written?
Hmmm….*runs away to rifle through archives* I really liked the post I did introducing my NaNo novel, I also quite enjoyed the character karaoke post, which took me a very long time to put together. And I liked the Character types post as well.
9. If you could give one fictional character a hug right now and tell them they aren’t alone, who would it be?
I often feel like giving hugs all round. How can I choose just one? The Phantom always needs a hug at the end of both Acts. Eponine needs a hug, Fantine needs a hug, Gavroche also needs a hug, Loki needs a hug, my own characters all need hugs. Can’t I just hug everyone?
10. If you could punch one fictional character in the face right now, who would it be?
I always feel like hitting the foreman, from the beginning of Les Mis.
11. Which character from fiction would you choose to have as your big brother?
Gavroche. If you’ve read the novel, you’ll know that Gavroche makes a good big brother. Or else, Davy from Newsies. Or Peter, from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I love big brothers in fiction and I always wished I had one of my very own. Unfortunately, I don’t, but I do have a little brother, and he’s pretty cool too.
Now, it’s been acknowledged that I sometimes break the rules. I didn’t know, when I did my first Liebster Award, that you had to state 11 random facts about yourself, but apparently you do, so I’ll now proceed to state 11 random facts about myself.
1. I have three little brothers and only one sister.
2. I’m obsessed with listening to musicals in languages I can’t understand (French, German, Spanish, Japanese) to name a few and I’ve listened to parts of Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera and Cats in all of the above languages, and then some.
3. I hate shopping. Unless it happens to be a book or stationary store, and then you can’t make me leave.
4. I’m currently teaching myself French by reading a Victor Hugo book in French, and I’ve been teaching myself German for some time by writing WW1 fiction about German soldiers.
5. I tried to learn ancient Greek from a college textbook when I was twelve
6. I am obsessed with history, but particularly with Roman Britain, France from 1750-1945 and World War 1.
7. I very rarely read contemporary novels
8. I prefer “boy” books over “girl” books
9. I desire greatly to be Enjolras in a production of Les Mis. Failing that, I want to be Gavroche. If they still protest, I’ll settle for Eponine.
10. I don’t like pop music and I really only listen to movie soundtracks, musicals, Casting Crowns and Lee Kernaghan.
11. I’m a highland dancer, and I can’t dance Irish properly to save my life.
Again, I’m being a rule breaker. I nominated heaps of people last time I did this so I don’t want to nominate them all again. Unless, of course, they want to do it. Basically, if you read this post, you’re tagged!
And here are my questions:
1. Can you speak another language? If so, what is it?
2. Do you like your name? would you change it if you could?
3. Opinions on Jane Austen?
4. If you had to choose your own family of fictional characters, who would you choose?
5. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who was it?
6. Would you rather be stuck with spiders or snakes?
7. Would you rather never hear again or never be heard?
8. Are there any authors you cannot stand?
9. Who is your favourite Avenger?
10. If physical books no longer existed, would you go for audiobooks or e-books?
11. Have you ever done any form of dance?
Well, that was a lovely, eclectic mix of weirdness from me! How about you? How would you answer some of these questions? Do you prefer spiders or snakes? Audiobooks or ebooks?
[UPDATE: I forgot to mention, but as of tomorrow I am going to be on a week long hiatus. Do not despair! I have two posts scheduled for Sunday, the final instalment in What God Has Been Teaching Me and a December and Yearly Wrap up. I won’t be able to reply to your lovely comments, but please keep sending them! I will do my absolute best to reply to them all when I get back :D]