Whazzup everyone! I saw this tag over at Dorine @ Lost in my Paperworld and thought it would be a fun change to geek out for the first time in ages. It’s rather ironic that I chose this tag to be the second one I do on my blog considering I’m not the biggest fan of Beauty and the Beast (I’m a Mulan and Pocahontas nut), but the characters in this movie make for terrific tag material, so let’s just roll with it.
By the way, I won’t be nominating anyone this time around because I feel like most of the people I want to nominate have already done this (I mean, it’s freaking Beauty and the Beast, it’s popular as Jesus), but go ahead and tag yourself if you’d like. 😉
So onto the tag!
A Villain You Can’t Help But Love?
Barty Crouch Jr. from Harry Potter. I’m someone who believes Voldemort to be a rather incompetent villain (don’t kill me, I love Harry Potter), but daaaang, Barty Crouch Jr.’s reveal at the end of Goblet of Fire scared me. He was so efficient in his infiltration, and this damn scene…how can one be not creeped by this dude?
“You’re mad,’ Harry said – he couldn’t stop himself – ‘you’re mad!”
“Mad, am I?’ said Moody, his voice rising uncontrollably. ‘We’ll see! We’ll see who’s mad, now that the Dark Lord has returned, with me at his side! He is back, Harry Potter, you did not conquer him – and now – I conquer you!”
Not to mention, I kinda felt sad reading the Pensieve scene where he gets condemned to Azkaban and his mother is screaming in the background. You can imagine Barty Jr. has a more complex story to tell if the books allowed it.
A Book Everyone Loves But You Don’t?
Easy, ACOTAR. I get why people love this series, but that doesn’t mean I have to excuse nor respect Sarah J. Maas’ writing style. It’s dramatic, unrealistic, and unhealthy as frick, and I’d burn her books any day of the week. *runs for cover*
Belle and Adam
Your Favorite One True Pairing (OTP)
I wish I had that one bookish OTP to gush over, but sadly, I don’t. However, Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows comes pretty close! Their dynamic is touching, sexy, and delightfully unconventional, and it’s just one of those subtle romances that I love.
“She could feel the press of Kaz’s fingers against her skin, feel the bird’swing brush of his mouth against her neck, see his dilated eyes. Two of the deadliest people the Barrel had to offer, and they could barely touch each other without both of them keeling over–but they’d tried.”
A Character Who is Destined for Greater Things
Nathaniel from The Bartimaeus Trilogy. Our protagonist is really…destined for…great things…*sniffs*
A Book You Bought for its Beautiful Cover That’s Just as Beautiful on the Inside Too
Uhh Harry Potter? Literally the most colorful and original covers ever???
A Loyal Sidekick You Can’t Help but Love More Than Their Counterpart
I love Jesper from Six of Crows. He’s actually my favorite character from the series (he’s sooo underrated) and I find him a very loyal friend to Kaz. Dude has no indication that his best friend cares for him at all, yet he sticks around. Props.
Mrs. Pots, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth
A Book That Helped You Through a Difficult Time or Really Taught You Something
I picked up A Thousand Splendid Suns back when I was a teen, and it was eye-opening for me. I’d lived a relatively sheltered life till then, so to discover the treatment of women in Afghanistan made me cry soooo uncontrollably hard that I had to go blowing my nose multiple times at 2 in the morning. Woke up the entire family.
Be Our Guest
A Book That Made You Hungry
I’m not a fan of British food, but something about Hogwarts’ breakfast in Harry Potter always induces a hankering in me. *stomach growls*
A Fictional Character You’d Love to Have Over for Dinner
Ooh ooh, I know! I’d love Merlin from The Once and Future King to come over and tell me my future. It’ll likely result in some sort of self-fulfilling tragedy, but hey, Merlin is sweet, funny, and wise, so the conversation would at least be stimulating. 😉
Beauty and the Beast
I’d go with The Golem and the Jinni on this one. I dislike romances, but this book is about two entities from very different backgrounds learning to not bite each others’ heads off, and it’s a hate-to-love romance that is done sooo incredibly well.
“On a cloudless night, inky dark, with only a rind of a moon above, the Golem and the Jinni went walking together along the Prince Street rooftops.”
A Character Who is More Than They Appear
Hatta from Heartless. This is an unpopular opinion, but I really enjoyed this book. Execution could’ve been better, but the ending made me go, oh snap. It revealed things about Hatta and his feelings for a certain someone that kinda broke my heart in retrospect.
Say what you will about the book, but Hatta is awesome. 😉
A Book or Series That You Weren’t Into at First but Picked Up Towards the End
Mistborn trilogy. I really was not digging the writing style in the first book (to say the least), but once I came to roll with it, the story became much more cerebral and interesting to me. Good reason why I don’t DNF series if I can help it.
Kill the Beast
A Book You Picked Up Because of the Hype
I don’t believe in hype, but Caraval was one of the very first YA books I’d read in years, and I naively picked it up after recalling some positive reviews on Goodreads.
AND BY GODS DID I HATE IT. It was the epitome of why people think YA is an inherently sub-par genre (bland and lazy writing, insta-love romance, ex-machinas, cop-out finale) and it’s just one of those books I don’t get the hype for whatsoever.
Tale as Old as Time
A Popular Theme, Trope, or Setting You Will Never Get Tired of Reading
I love an insta-love trope done right, like Cress and Thornwell from The Lunar Chronicles. Also, love triangles WITHOUT THE LOVE INTERESTS BEING PETTY. Please dear authors, don’t make your love triangle petty. It’s just so…petty.
Also, I love platonic-ish romances (i.e. The Book Thief), long-running relationships (The Once and Future King), strong female friendships (Six of Crows), bromances (The Raven Cycle), and villains getting a strong, compelling backstory without being redeemed all the way (Mistborn). Are these tropes by the way? Whatever, I like ’em. 😉
A Book or Moment That Always Makes You Cry
Oh, do not get me started on this one. How do I even narrow this down? I’m the biggest lover of tragedies, but I’ll tick a few off the top of my head:
“Her name was Rosemary,” The Giver said. — The Giver
“And Percy was shaking his brother, and Ron was kneeling beside them, and Fred’s eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face.”
— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I buried Little Ann by the side of Old Dan. I knew that was where she wanted to be. I also buried part of my life along with my dog.
— Where the Red Fern Grows
Ptolemy gave me a small salute, then his head fell back gently against the wall.
— Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud
In a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.
“But to Sam, the evening deepened to darkness as he stood at the Haven; and as he looked at the grey sea, he saw only a shadow on the waters that was soon lost in the West. There still he stood far into the night, hearing only the sigh and murmur of the waves on the shores of Middle-earth, and the sound of them sank deep into his heart.” — The Return of the King
Okay, I’m crying again.
So that’s the tag!
Congrats for reading thus far into this post, but here comes the time when we must part dear friends. I shall see you in the next, which I’ve forewarned in my most recent review that there’s a storm coming. (Cough, rant review!)
Cheers, and toodles. ❤