Imagine my delight when I logged onto my blog the other morning and discovered that Chelsea had nominated me for the Liebster Award! I was honored and thrilled–and I absolutely love tags and memes! So off we go!
Um…did I just overuse exclamation points? Hmm.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you (Thank you, so much Chelsea!)
- Answer their eleven questions
- Ask eleven questions of your own
- Nominate eleven bloggers and let them know they’ve been tagged
1. Do you enjoy reading biographies? Yes? No? Sometimes?
It honestly depends on whether I’m interested in the biographee. (That’s a word, right?) If I’m not already interested in the person in question, I’d rather grab a fiction book. 🙂 If I AM interested, then, yes I enjoy biographies. Some of the historical figures I plan to research are Sir Robert Peel, William Wilberforce, and Juan Seguin.
2. What was the last fantasy novel you read?
I honestly can’t remember…but it was probably either a Lord of the Rings volume or one of the Chronicles of Narnia.
3. J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis?
ARGH, you had to ask that! Actually, I’ve asked myself the same question before…and come up with no good answer. Both authors are so skilled in their own ways! However…I lean every so slightly more towards Tolkien; his scope and style is more to my taste. (And now I feel like I’ve betrayed dear old Jack Lewis.)
4. What’s the inspiration behind your blog’s name?
Reality. 🙂 Years before I started this blog, I would talk or write about my thoughts, opinions, ideas, analysis, questions, etc…and eventually got frustrated that I wasn’t doing anything more with them. So I created this blog as an outlet.
5. Do you prefer standalones, trilogies or series?
This honestly depends on how good the story is! If it’s awesome, then I can’t get enough of it and would definitely prefer it to be a trilogy or series. But I don’t have a preference for any particular story format. (In fact, quite the opposite: for the longest time, I swore never to write a trilogy because every writer I knew had written a trilogy or was in the process of writing one. So guess what my first novel ended up being. 🙂 I think God has a sense of humor!)
6. What’s your favourite book title?
Worlds Unseen by Rachel Starr Thomson. That title is so evocative of fantasy and of discoveries to be made, both beautiful and terrifying.
7. Have you ever named one of your characters after yourself?
Not yet; I tend to model characters after aspects of my personality instead.
8. What is your favourite metaphor and why?
Erm…*forgets every metaphor I ever knew*
9. Are there any books/poems/songs you’ve come across which you wish you’d written?
Pretty much any poetry from The Lord of the Rings. That’s still the poetic style I aspire to!
10. Do you prefer antiheros or traditional heroes?
Traditional heroes, please! I like a nice, honorable man. (On the other hand, go watch this hilarious video pointing out the problems of chasing bad boys!) However, that doesn’t mean said nice, honorable man can’t have flaws or depths or quirks. Just for the record. 🙂
11. Have you ever written a retelling?
Not yet, but I want to write a retelling of Swan Lake eventually–and I’m tinkering with a retelling of the 2015 film Victor Frankenstein. Because that movie had so much potential that it didn’t use!
Okay, so now for my eleven questions…
- Is there any book considered a classic that you actually disliked?
- What is the greatest contrast you’ve observed between modern literature and 19th century literature?
- What are your criteria for book-to-film adaptations?
- What archetype do you think you would be if you were a character in a story? (Innocent, Warrior, Jester, Mentor, etc.)
- What’s a popular fairy tale you don’t care for?
- Do you prefer to learn the craft of writing through reading author blogs or through your own experience?
- Favorite historical period?
- How would one of your contemporary characters react if thrown into a historical setting, or a historical/fantasy character react to a modern setting?
- Is The Hunger Games worth all the hype about it? How about the Divergent series?
No, I’m not sneaking two questions in one.
- Austen, Dickens, or Bronte?
- What literary characters would you bring into our world to try to inspire this culture to better things?
This was such a fun tag–thanks again, Chelsea! Feel free to grab my questions and fill them out (because blog tags are so much fun!), but I officially nominate:
(Yeah, I don’t know 11 bloggers yet. 🙂 )