The Beauty and the Beast Tag! (by a non-fan, ironically…)

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!


Gaston

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.”


Belle

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???


Lefou

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

Opposites Attract

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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.”


Something There

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. 😉


Evermore

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.
— Circe

“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. ❤

47 Comments

  1. GIRL I DESPISE CARAVAL TOO. I was so freakin’ excited for the book to come out, and literally 3 chapters in, I was like…what is this. I honestly couldn’t stand any of the characters. But yes! Kaz and Inej are one of my all-time favorite ships! I love each of them individually so much, and them together is just perfect! ❤️I loved reading your answers for these!

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    1. DUDE, THANK YOU. I literally could not stand this book from the first few pages (it was so rushed lol) and I honestly felt betrayed by Goodreads in that moment lol. But same! I lurrv the romances in Six of Crows, and it’s the reason why it’s my favorite YA series. 😉 Cheers girl! ❤

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        1. Haha Ikr? I really didn’t understand her role in Caraval whatsoever. Although to be fair, I’ve heard even from haters that they liked the sequel better, so I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt (though I definitely won’t be reading it lol) 😉

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  2. I will forgive you for not liking Voldemort because you made an awesome point with Barty, He freaked me out a little bit too, I wasn’t expecting that😂😂 and omg A Thousand Splendid Suns is such a good one, I’ll never forget how much I cried 😭😍😍😍

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  3. Jesper is my favorite character too. He’s relaxed and funny, but Leigh Bardugo insinuates that this character is dealing with more than meets the eye in Crooked Kingdom, and he rapidly became my favorite after that. And I like that you included Where The Red Fern Grows in your list of quotes – it is a childhood favorite of mine. Great post. 🙂

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  4. I totally agree with you on Heartless! Didn’t love the execution much but I adored the story and yes that ending! Also KANEJ all the way haha

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  5. Quite a few of my favourite books there as well. Bardugo’s Six of Crows books and Heartless! I could not agree more re Hatter! ❤️
    What a fun tag to read, thanks! And bring on the rant. 😊

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  6. I think you are far from being the only person who doesn’t like ACOTAR haha. When I look at my Twitter timeline, I feel like more and more people shy away from Maas and I totally get it (although I did enjoy reading the series myself). However, there is a loooot better out there haha
    KAZ AND INEJ FOREVER

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    1. Oh really? Haha I was not aware of that. Even the bloggers I trust seem to love this series, so I thought I’d be the one seemingly off my rocker. XD Thank you for commenting! I can see why you’d enjoy ACOTAR (it’s very addictive, I have to admit), and YASSS to Kaz and Inej!!!!

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      1. I don’t know … maybe it’s more over on Twitter, but I just really feel like Maas is not as hyped as she used to be. Especially with the new book or spin-off or whatever for the ACOTAR series, a lot of people I know who read the previous books aren’t as interested in picking it up anymore. I know I probably won’t haha

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  7. Such fun answers!! Barty Crouch is a great villain. I really didn’t like ACOTAR and I’m a Maas fan, so fair enough. I love Inej/Kaz!! Thousand Splendid suns is definitely eye opening- really great answer. I picked up Caraval because of the hype and *totally didn’t get it too*.

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  8. Love this post! So much to comment on, where do I start? I can’t believe you’re not a fan of British food, you just haven’t found the right fish and chips yet! 😛 Love the mention of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, you know my feelings on that series!

    I hear a lot about Six of Crows but I haven’t read it yet and feel like it’s something I should start. Is it a standalone or a series? Am I missing out here?

    I absolutely adore Cress and Thorne! I think Cress is a pure cinnamon roll of a character and Thorne gives me such Flynn from Tangled vibes but they both gel nicely together and I wanted more of them in The Lunar Chronicles. I have a review pending where I think I gush about them both massively.

    I would agree with you on the ACOTAR book series. I haven’t read A Throne of Glass and have absolutely no intention too but for some reason I keep reading the ACOTAR series even though I do not like the books. Oddly enough I like some of the characters within the books but feel that they are wasted with the material and the writing. And yes, they are an incredibly problematic series that makes me uncomfortable at times.

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    1. Haha thank you! Perhaps I’ll snag a guide to deliver me to the right haven of fish and ships. 😂 And I know!!! I share in your love of Bartimaeus sooo freaking much!

      Ooh, I would absolutely recommend Six of Crows to you. It is a duology, but it packs a terrific punch within a short amount of time. I’m usually a bit hesitant to guarantee my recommendations, but this one is AMAZING. It’s my favorite YA series right alongside Bartimaeus!

      Also, I love your comparison of Thorne to Flynn; spot on I say! Can’t wait to read your gush on this book! Oh, and I’m glad you agree with me on ACOTAR; I also liked some of the characters in this series, but like you say, they’re all a bit problematic, which seems to be a running pattern with SJM’ books (even Throne of Glass): they’re all a bit unhealthy, and that’s not my thing…like, ever. 😛

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      1. I would love to do a rant post on some of Sarah J. Maas’ books (I can’t bring myself to read the Throne of Glass series) but I find myself wanting to throw the ACOTAR books across the room at times. I think I’ll only offend though as they are incredibly popular!

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        1. Uugh, I’ve been working on a rant for almost a year now. Trying to stay tactful is hard, and I’ve been pushing my review of ACOTAR for so long as a result. Hope you do a review as well though! I LOVE rants on this series. 😉

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  9. This was so much fun to read! Beauty and the Beast has never been a big favorite of mine (I’m 100% with you on Mulan), but this tag was a lot of fun. I totally agree with you on all the tropes. If it’s done right, I really can get behind a trope and super super enjoy it. And Kaz and Inej’s romance really was quite wonderful. Wonderful answers!!! 🙂

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    1. Yay Team Mulan! (she’s a freaking badass) And ikr? I personally believe that there’s no such thing as a “bad” trope as long as it’s done well, so it also makes me super excited to see an author do it justice. 🙂 Thank you so much!!

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  10. “Barty Crouch Jr. from Harry Potter. Barty Crouch Jr.’s reveal at the end of Goblet of Fire scared me.” I cannot believe this. You’re perhaps the first person to ever mention Crouch Jr. I bloody loved him and the ending blew my mind!

    “I’m someone who believes Voldemort to be a rather incompetent villain (don’t kill me, I love Harry Potter).” I actually feel that Voldemort is perhaps the best villain ever and I would love to hear your reasons as to why you consider him incompetent.

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    1. Ikr? Barty Crouch Jr. was amazing in Goblet of Fire, and he’s my favorite (underrated) villain from the series!

      Oh and I totally get why people love Voldemort, but he was too much of a tantrum-prone baby for me to believe he was a smart/strategic villain. I mean, he sure loses his head a lot and makes tons of emotional mistakes along the way, which kind of makes me skeptical that Dumbledore didn’t corner him earlier. Oh, and the fact that his motivation for being evil was simply being “born that way” didn’t help make him all that a compelling character to me. But to be fair, I think he’s written well enough for people to have legit interpretations of this character, so this is purely my own thinking. If that makes any sense? 😉

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      1. That’s strange! I felt that it was the best reason for someone to be a villain and not know love only because he was born as a result of love potion and not real love. Then again, we can’t agree on everything!

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  11. GAHHHH I LOVE YOUR ANSWERS! Kaz and Inej are the ship I shipped the most, cause the FEELS. Gosh. And everything about that book was perfect❤️
    Where the red fern grows is the saddest book I’ve read. I don’t know is it’s because I was so young when I read it or what, but…

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    1. I know, right?! They are literally perfect, and I just can’t with this series. GAHHH. ❤
      Oh, and Red Fern made me bawl as a kid, and even now it makes me so sad. I love nature and animals, so that ending was just…no. 😭

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