Hey team! So, in classic Esme fashion, this lovely bean decided to be an utter cutie and nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Now, if I had it my way, then I’d say that Esme should be the sole champion of such an award, but that’s not the rules of the tag, so I’m going to happily take this on! And, with that in mind, if you aren’t already (and, if you aren’t, how are you even here if not for Esme?!) then please give my lovely pal a quick follow! You won’t regret it.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and links back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
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- List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
what book do you want to pass onto your kids?
Oh gosh. This is tricky, because saying something like Alice or Harry Potter is such a cliché for me, isn’t it? But I think, if I ever did have children, I’d want to pass on something that really made its mark on me from a young age too. So either a series such as HP, or something from my Alice in Wonderland collection, or even my copy of Pride and Prejudice – it’s gorgeous, so only if they take care of it!!
what is an unpopular book opinion you have?
Oh no, I have so many. I feel like there are a lot of very popular books and authors out there that just do not sit right with me at all, and that I haven’t taken quite a shining to in the way that other people have. A few examples Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. None of these books left a very positive mark for me, and I know they’re all extremely popular books – as are their authors.
I think in general, though, one unpopular opinion I have is that there’s a level of pretension to certain readers that I think needs to die down a little? I understand that sometimes movie adaptations aren’t as good as the source material, or that in the right hands these things can be ruined, but the source material never goes away, and so to act all high and mighty, and as though you’re above other people, just because you liked the book first, read the book first, or whatever other level of territorialism you’ve zeroed in on, it’s a little bit extreme? People don’t need to have discovered the book before the movie, or vice versa – some people aren’t readers, so if someone opts for a TV show or a movie over a book, that’s okay too! And acting as though you’re somehow better than people because you read, or because you read books that you deem more sophisticated or a higher calibre to other readers, that doesn’t make you endearing or smarter than anybody; it’s just a little pretentious, and it borders on being mean when you’re shaming other readers if they’re not actually doing anything wrong. There’s nothing wrong with calling people out if the content they’re consuming is problematic or harmful in any way, I understand that wholeheartedly (one of my biggest issues with some of the books mentioned above is that they’ve got certain approaches to topics that rubbed me the wrong way and made me very uncomfortable), but if you’re just sitting on your high horse and you think you’re better than others just because they read a specific genre, or are more inclined to Young Adult or Comic Books or whatever as opposed to Classics and Non-Fiction, then you’re just making people feel bad about something that they enjoy.
I know I’ve spent a lot of time constantly feeling smaller, insecure, and even sometimes stupid, because I know a lot of people who get a kick out of reading classics when I sometimes don’t understand the hype; sometimes, if I’m feeling a little exhausted, or in a particularly difficult place, reading a fun, contemporary novel about Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s distant ancestors is exactly the pick-me-up I need, rather than some outdated novel from the 1800s that’s rampant with racism, sexism, and classism that’s likely to put my head in even more of a spin. At the end of the day, it’s important to be critical and to be objective and open minded when we’re reading (and doing anything), but only if you’re not bullying or belittling others in the process! Reading should be fun, enjoyable, and we’ve all got different tastes and that’s okay!
what literary name would you give a pet?
Luna!! Haha, I already have a cat named Luna (after Lovegood!) so that seems like a given. I had three different names lined up for her at the time, and while I remember that one of them was Rose (after Rose Tyler from Doctor Who), I can’t remember what the third option was at all. But some of my other literary options would have been Remus (after Lupin!), Crookshanks (naturally), and Bennet (of the Pride and Prejudice variety). Jenny and I are always talking about hypothetical cat names, but every single one of them has fallen out of my head as of right now. Sufficed to say, I’m pretty happy with my Luna!
if you could travel to any destination free of charge, where would it be?
Oooh, this is a good one! I’m torn between whether this is any destination, or a literary one, but I’m assuming the former. I think, if I were to go anywhere, I’d be torn between New York City (Broadway, duh!) or Disney World (Orlando, of course)! I think I’d have to settle for the latter, in this case!
what is a piece of slang or phrase you wish more people used?
I don’t know how to answer this one! Now, I don’t want to make this deeper than it needs to be, but as silly as it sounds, I’ve noticed a lot that when I’m reading a book or watching a TV show, that sometimes when certain slang is translated onto the page or adapted into a screenplay, it makes me cringe a little? Sometimes certain phrases are better left in tiny corners of the world, especially when they get lost in translation, and I think as someone who is often exposed exclusively to British and Irish slang, the same applies here… Certain Irish phrases just don’t quite roll off the tongue as well when uttered with an English accent, or sometimes hearing an American person try out certain British phrases it leaves my head spinning – I think, sometimes, accents are absolutely key, as ridiculous as that sounds!!! I mean, I listened to Karen Gillan’s audiobook of The Secret Garden last year and, as much as I love her, hearing her take on Northern Slang (and the accent) really was… an experience!
That being said, I’ve been listening to a lot of the Potterless Podcast recently, and hearing Mike and all his guests uncover random bits of British slang through the course of the episodes is so fun, and I definitely think there’s certain turns of phrases and words that we use that would be hilarious to hear on a wider scale; one in particular that I recently heard him call out was the term ‘higgledy-piggledy’ which he was adamant that JK Rowling had made up, so maybe getting to hear terms like that from across the pond would be quite funny!
Also I think everyone should take a leaf out of Velma Dinkley’s book and incorporate jinkies into our every day speech!
if you could only read books from one author for the rest of your life, who would it be?
This is an answer that’s going to be ever changing, especially as I’m constantly discovering new authors and changing and growing. I think, in this very moment, I’d probably say Patrick Ness. I’ve still only read his Chaos Walking series, which is an absolute shame as I need to branch out further into the rest of his books sitting on my shelves (and the ones I don’t own), but I absolutely love everything about his writing, his style, and him as a person. I’ve met him twice now, having been lucky enough to have attended two of his talks, and I just find him to be such an intriguing and enlightening person, and I really do adore him. I was such a fan of BBC’s Class, too, which I know he worked on, and I would have absolutely no qualms about reading only his books for the rest of my life.
what novel would you love to have a modern retelling?
This one’s a tough one, considering my go-to answer actually did get a retelling (not a modern retelling, but hello Olivia Twist!!!), but staying on the theme of orphans, I’d have to say Annie! I know that the musical itself was adapted in 2014 (and i’m in the small minority of people who loved it), but I’d love a literary retelling, to be honest. I just think there’s so many different directions that they could take it, and I’d love to see the direction it could be taken in with a more contemporary setting and while observing different classes in modern society.
Also, not so much a retelling of an already existing novel so much as a myth, but I would love for some sort of a Modern Young Adult retelling of the story of Eurydice and Orpheus! So, if anyone knows of any good ones, feel free to let me know!
what is the most disappointing book to film adaptation?
Hmm. As most people know, I am pretty much somebody who can find a little enjoyment in most things, even crappy adaptations! Even if something isn’t necessarily good or accurate, I’m just here to have a good time, and not get too gritty about the details – after all, the original content isn’t going anywhere, no matter how disappointed I might be feeling! When I look back on my more recent reads, I have to admit to being mostly content with their adaptations, none of which stood out as having completely disappointing me. That being said, I think I’m going to have to do the cliché thing, and go with the majority here, by saying Percy Jackson. It’s a shame, really, as those books definitely deserve a better lot than they got! And, I suppose, if you look at the movies objectively away from the books, then sure, they’re fine? Just your average YA flick. But, I don’t think they were given the care they deserved, nor the chance to actually shine through. And, well, Rick Riordan really really hated the movies, so… Here’s hoping for an eventual television adaptation!
what film do you wish had been a book first?
I’ve gotta say, this question has enlightened me in a lot of new ways. I had a few different answers for this question, only to discover that all of them were books to begin with, so… the more you know! This is really tricky, so I’m not going to go with anything too deep or thoughtful, and am going to pick Netflix’s Set It Up. I loved that movie and it always cheers me up and makes me feel warm and fuzzy, and sometimes I think that’s exactly what you need in a book! I think romcoms in written form could be a lot of fun, as they’re cheerful and calming, with angst here and there to keep you gripped, and I can only imagine a lot of the more humorous details would have been a whole lot of fun to visualise had it originated as a book. Plus, I’m a total sucker for tiny details, and given that movies tend to skip past all of the behind the scenes stuff, a book with more of Harper and Charlie’s plotting, scheming, and just general bonding and closeness would have been the perfect amount of fluff.
But, hey, you can never go wrong with Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell! (Well, except for you, Markham Reynolds, you can piss off.)
what is your favourite flower?
I’m not actually big on flowers! I know, I know, the horror. But, if I had to pick, maybe sunflowers?Just bright, beautiful, and there’s nothing better in the world than staring at photos on the internet of dogs rolling around in a meadow full of sunflowers, if you ask me! I think lilies are gorgeous too, but I have cats, so they’re a big no-no!
if you could take one object from a book and have it in the real world, what would it be?
Naturally, all of my immediate thoughts were objects from Harry Potter, because it’s me and of course. The first things that came to mind were the following:
- a wand.
- a deluminator.
- a broom.
- an invisibility cloak.
So, make of that what you will, but one of those, probably! I think they all have pretty great uses, though I suppose if I had the wand, I wouldn’t necessarily need the others, so maybe that’s the way forward!
- If you could live a day in the life of any literary character, who would you choose, and why?
- What book or series would you love to see a movie, television, or stage adaptation of?
- Who has been your greatest inspiration in life that you feel like you would have been lost without?
- If you could dream up the perfect book, whether you write it yourself or someone else does it for you, what would the plot/premise be?
- What is your favourite trope to see within a ship?
- Has there ever been any book or series that you think helped to shape or define you as a person?
- If you could pick any literary character to become the President/Prime Minister/Leader of your country, who would you pick and why?
- What’s something that you wish you could see represented and give more attention within literary, media, and on varying platforms that you feel like doesn’t get as much focus as it deserves?
- Have you ever written a book, and if not; would you like to?
- If you discovered tomorrow that your favourite character was real, and that you could meet them, do you think that you would get along with one another?
- What is a trope or narrative that you find to be outdated and wish would be put to bed in favour of newer, fresher ideas?
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