Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you’re having a glorious one.
I’ve been tagged to do the ‘I Messed Up’ book tag by Ashley over at Fictional Living. You can go check out here wonderful blog here.
A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently:
Character descriptions always seem to go right over my head. When I first started The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, I initially pictured Magnus Bane as an old Merlin type guy with a long white beard (I guess because that’s the stock image for a warlock I have stored in my brain). Only when I re-read the first book did I realise he’s actually described as looking around 21, half Indonesian, with magical eyes which glow yellowy-green like a cat’s, and no facial hair whatsoever. WHOOPS.
Source: Tumblr (This Magnus is considerably prettier than the one I imagined! ❤️)
A character name that you’ve been pronouncing wrong:
Surely I can’t be the only person who read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone aged 7 and aspired to be just like HER-ME-OWN Granger?! My very own LevioSAR moment.
An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure:
Ooh, gotta be… best friends suddenly realising they’re made for each other and that they’ve secretly loved each other their whole lives! Sometimes you just need a good old predictable happily-ever-after, y’know?
A cliché character type that you like better on screen than reading about:
100% the brooding-bad-boy on the dark side of the love triangle. I’m so bored of reading about that guy [insert eye roll and heavy sigh here], yet I hypocritically adore the whole angsty Stefan/Elena/Damon thang (Team Damon, obvs) in The Vampire Diaries TV show. It does things to my heart.
A word/phrase you learned because of its use in a book:
I remember Googling the word ‘quixotic’ whilst I was reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles for the first time. It means ‘extremely idealistic, unrealistic, and impractical’. It’s my favourite word beginning with Q.
Have you ever not read or completed a required reading book for school?
Oh yes. I definitely sat through at least one English Lit seminar at uni nodding and smiling knowledgeably whilst having absolutely no idea what was happening…
Have you ever (or wanted to) skipped a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?
I’ve never actually skipped a chapter of a book (it would feel all kinds of wrong), but I found myself wanting to skip all of the chapters from Glass’s point of view in The 100 by Kass Morgan. I watched the TV adaptation before reading the book, and her character wasn’t included in the show, so I just didn’t really care what she was up to. On the whole, I definitely prefer the TV show to the book in this rare case (although I gave up in the middle of Season 2 because it got really brutally violent and I couldn’t deal.)
Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?
I’m an introvert, so the question you should really be asking is ‘did I make any social plans in the first place’?! 😉
I don’t think I’ve ever cancelled plans specifically to read, but I do cancel plans when I’m really tired (because I can’t cope with conversations when I have no energy), and it’s not unlikely that I’ll spend that freed up time somewhere fictional. I like it when characters do all the talking so I don’t have to. 😊
I tag the following people (no pressure if you’ve already done this one or don’t want to!):
… and anybody else who wants to do this tag! 😘