Thank you Jo-Ann of “Inspiration Pie” for tagging me!
A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently.
Before I say this one I want it to be known that I know there was a bit of a controversy around this and that is NOT the direction I am going with this, so please hear me out. I remember thinking that Rue from “Hunger Games” was not African-American, but I read her more as middle-eastern. As I progressed through the book, I pictured someone more like Malala that was helping Katniss. When I saw the movie I was like okay this isn’t my version of Rue at all. I, however, saw it as a beautiful adaptation of the character and I appreciated the racial diversity it added to the cast.
A character name that you have been pronouncing wrong.
Well, I looked this up to see some character names that are usually mispronounced and learned that I have been saying a character’s name for YEARS! Like over twenty (to age myself a bit). This would be VIOLET BEUREGARDE from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by the fabulous ROALD DAHL. It appears that it is ‘Vie-Ah-Let’ Bore-R-Garrr’, not ‘Bore-Ruh-Gard’. Who knew? Certainly not me!
An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure.
For some reason I love the overused “CHOSEN ONE” trope where the main character is the one chosen for whatever task needs to be completed. That only them they are the one that has to do it. For some reason it makes me feel like people have a purpose in life and makes me enjoy a book more. Think “Buffy” from “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” television show as the best example, since she was literally called “The Chosen One”, but it has been done in books a LOT as well. I mean “Katniss” from “Hunger Games” did it to herself, but it was even in there! I want someone that feels connected to the larger issues in the book and this instantly connects a character when they are forced into a role because of well history or society or something that is their birthright. LOVE IT!
A cliche character type that you like better on screen than reading about.
NONE! Seriously, I prefer all of my cliche character types to be in my books. EVERY SINGLE ONE… The overused housewife cheating on her husband, like it better in a book. This is why I am a book nerd and not a movie nerd.
Have you ever not read or completed a required-reading book for school?
Yes, I did not read a book for an English class I took when I lived in San Francisco. I even was bold enough to talk to the instructor about it. I told him because of some of the places that I have been in my life that I simply could not read the book. If I remember correctly it was this book:
There was a moment when the writer falls through a ceiling (made of glass, if I remember correctly) and he was running from the police due to his involvement with a gang. It was that moment that I stopped because it brought up some stuff related to abuse I suffered when he feel through the ceiling and I was like “okay there is no way I can complete this.”
What is funny about this question though, for me, is that one of the reasons that I started blogging originally was because there were a TON of books that others read in school that I never did. The above book is the only truly required reading that I ever had. It was like for some reason they thought everyone in my area of the world was stupid and we couldn’t read, so we were not assigned books to read for classes very often. Many of the classics that people are like “I read that in school” I never had those experiences. I want to read some of these classic books and books that people read in school, so if you know of a book you read in school PLEASE leave it in the comments and let me know what you thought of it. I would probably enjoy any and all recommendations of books like this, so I can actually feel like I am playing catch up where some of you are already!
Have you ever skipped (or wanted to) a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?
Most of the books that I have read didn’t have multiple character viewpoints, so this hasn’t been a huge issue for me. The one example I can think of with this was a book by James Patterson I read and the other viewpoint was literally the murderer of the book. If I had skipped that I would have lost out on their inner dialogue and understanding why they were doing what they were doing to the main character. I find that there are specific reasons why things are included in a book, even if it is someone you want to roll your eyes every single time they appear on a page. They are there for a reason. Perhaps for balance or simply to annoy the heck out of the reader, so that when they die everything feels like heaven again.
Have you ever canceled social plans to read a book?
What are social plans? Is that a thing that people do with each other? I am a student and a reader, so I literally have no time for that social plan life. Sorry about it! I have goals and they don’t involve these “social plans” you mention. I have life goals and book goals. Being social does not fit in I tell you! (Short answer: Yes)
I tag.. anyone that hasn’t done this one because this one is awesome and fun to do. Gets your mind going!