So! At the time of posting this, I’m at Disney – this is my first time there. I’m going with my 11 year old nephew and I’m not sure who’s more excited about it. I figured posting the Disney Book Tag was fitting. I saw this tag on Sarika @BetweenThePages blog, so go check her out, peeps.
The Little Mermaid: a character who is out of their element, a ‘fish out of water’
Louis from Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice. Louis is the vampire being interviewed, and at the beginning of his story, he tells of how he became a vampire and what an awful teacher he had. So a lot of the learning he had to do was done on his own. You can tell he realized that early on – that his teacher was terrible – and that he resented the guy for it.
Cinderella: a character who goes through a major transformation
Malta from the Liveship Traders series by Robin Hobb does this. In fact, a lot of Robin Hobb’s characters do this – this large, complicated development arc. It’s part of the reason why I adore her books so much. When Malta is first introduced, she’s a young girl, obsessed with romance and drama and picturing herself the star of some plot. As the book progresses though, she is forced to face what’s in front of her, and she learns and grows from it. By the end of the trilogy, she was one of my favorite characters.
Snow White: a book with an electric cast of characters
The characters from Saiyuki fit this. A half demon, the legendary Monkey King, a man transformed, and a trigger-happy priest with a smoking habit. Saiyuki is such a good series, if you haven’t picked it up, I recommend it.
Sleeping Beauty: a book that put you to sleep
I think out of the eleven books I have marked as ‘did not finish’, Daredevil volume 1 by Kevin Smith was the most boring. It’s really the only one I dropped out of just pure disinterest. I got I think… 40% into it? Maybe?
The Lion King: a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
I have to copy Sarika’s answer and say ‘every fantasy character ever’. If at the beginning of a book you see a character’s parent or role model or something that seems like a nice person? Boom, dead. Yay motivation and plot devices.
Beauty and the Beast: a beast of a book that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
Any Robin Hobb book could fit this, but since I’ve already mentioned her books in this, I’m going with the books in the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. They’re all chunkers, the one I selected as a visual is the longest so far, sitting at 846 pages. Takes me a while to get through them, but they’re so, so worth it.
Aladdin: a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
The characters from Orange do – the story follows a group of friends in high school, where the main character receives a letter from her future self, warning that one of the friends commits suicide in the future, and to do everything she can to prevent it. It’s great, and I loved it.
Mulan: a character who pretends to be something or someone they are not
Pretty much everyone in Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. The book takes place partially in a virtual world, and everyone is hiding behind avatars.
Toy Story: a book with characters you wish would come to life
The cast from Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. Why? Because it’d mean we’d have dragons in this world. 😀 Nice ones, even.
Disney Descendants: your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character
I recently just did a post on villains, so I’ll just link to that. The top one wears a hand on his face. He’s neato.
And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! Happy reading!