Liebster Award!

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.

The Rules:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you (Thank you, so much Chelsea!)
  2. Answer their eleven questions
  3. Ask eleven questions of your own
  4. Nominate eleven bloggers and let them know they’ve been tagged
Chelsea’s Questions:

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…

  1. Is there any book considered a classic that you actually disliked?
  2. What is the greatest contrast you’ve observed between modern literature and 19th century literature?
  3. What are your criteria for book-to-film adaptations?
  4. What archetype do you think you would be if you were a character in a story? (Innocent, Warrior, Jester, Mentor, etc.)
  5. What’s a popular fairy tale you don’t care for?
  6. Do you prefer to learn the craft of writing through reading author blogs or through your own experience?
  7. Favorite historical period?
  8. How would one of your contemporary characters react if thrown into a historical setting, or a historical/fantasy character react to a modern setting?
  9. Is The Hunger Games worth all the hype about it?  How about the Divergent series? No, I’m not sneaking two questions in one.
  10. Austen, Dickens, or Bronte?
  11. 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:



The Story Sponge

Christine Smith

(Yeah, I don’t know 11 bloggers yet.  🙂 )

4 thoughts on “Liebster Award!

  1. Tags are so much fun! I loved reading your answers. YESSSS to Tolkien and Lewis! If not for Tolkien, I probably wouldn’t be the fantasy obsessed person I am. The Hobbit literally shaped me into the person I am today. Tolkien is my hero! <3

    I'm with you on series/trilogies. I have a hard time saying goodbye to books/characters I love and much prefer a whole series with them! Buuut I'm also a bit OCD and when I start a series I feel this great need to finish it, which is not good if I don't actually LIKE the books. XD 'Tis a problem!

    You writing a retelling of Swan Lake would be so awesome! :O What a fabulous idea!

    Thank you soooo much for passing this tag my way. I love the questions you asked! 😀 (And I can't help but go ahead and answer one… The Hunger Games is soooo worth the hype! I've read the whole trilogy 5 times. o.O I haven't read the Divergent books yet, but I definitely want to sometime!)

    • Christine Eyre says:

      Aren’t they!! I hopelessly love blog tags! Aw, thanks–I definitely enjoyed filling this out! And I probably wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the influence of Tolkien and Lewis! In fact, one of my first written-down stories was about children who walk into a closet (so, totally different, right? :-)) and discover another world. But it did get me started on this writing journey. 🙂

      If the series is good, it’s always too short, that’s what I say. 🙂 If it’s not good…then it’s too long. (Hehe.)

      Oooh, thank you! I’m not sure when I’ll get around to writing it, but the concept of the Swan Lake story has fascinated me ever since I first heard it (I was 8, I think, and we had listened to a cassette [remember those days!?!?] about Tchaikovsky)!

      Absolutely, and I look forward to seeing YOUR answers (whenever you have time)! ISN’T IT THOUGH?!?!? It makes such a sobering statement about humanity, and yet I like how Peeta shows that you CAN choose not to behave/live like this. You’re not completely bound by the unfair rules of the game/world.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Yay!!! I loved reading your answers (sorry it took me so long to get to commenting on it).
    I hate Pride and Prejudice. I love classics of all sorts, but I can’t stand Jane Austen at all.
    I have so many favourite historical periods, but the medieval period in Europe and feudal period in Japan are really interested. I also write/read about WW1 a lot and I’m growing to like 1750-1850 sort of period in Europe. I’ve never read Hunger Games, but I wouldn’t say that Divergent is worth its hype. I personally didn’t like it. 😀
    And I don’t like Jane Austen, and have never read Dickens or Bronte. I like Victor Hugo though :D.
    Swan Lake retellings sound so cool! I have one planned out, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever get time to write it. I really love the vibe/aesthetic of it though.

    • Christine Eyre says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this! (Thanks again for nominating me!–I had fun doing the tag!)

      Yeah, Austen isn’t my favorite author either. She’s okay, and I actually liked the character of Mr. Darcy. But I much prefer Dickens and Bronte. 🙂 Now I have NOT read Victor Hugo yet (although in voice lessons, I’m learning a French song that is actually one of Hugo’s poems put to music)–but given how much we like Les Miserables, and the fact that my sister has read the book, it’s only a matter of time before I read Les Miz!

      Medieval Europe is one of my favorite historical periods too! Ooh, Feudal Japan sounds cool–it’s not a period you hear much about in fiction. Are you writing any stories set in that period?

      I agree with you about Divergent; it felt like it was trying to be Hunger Games, but didn’t have as deep a social commentary.

      Oh, you have a Swan Lake retelling in mind too?!? That’s really neat! Something about the aesthetic is just so haunting.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

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