Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mean Girls Book Tag

Mean Girls Book Tag

Mean Girls is, without a doubt, one of those movies that has become a cultural phenomenon. Most of us have seen it multiple times, used film quotes for memes and generally just embraced the spirit and message of the story. BookTuber and book blogger Sarah-Jane (BookTube Channel / Book Blog), created the Mean Girls Book Tag, and I was tagged by Lindsey of Bring My Books a while back. I'm super excited to be doing this tag, because (a) love the quotes and (b) it is so dang clever!

A Court of Thorns and Roses book cover
It’s Pronounced Like “Cady” | Which fictional character's name did you get completely wrong?
A: Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses. I originally pronounced his name as "Rye-sand", but now I pronounce it "Ree-sand" as Sarah does. It was a tough change, let me tell you, since I instinctively wanted to keep saying the former! (I never ran into this problem with Chaol, by the way. I always pronounced his name right. Probably because we are so ridiculously meant to be together.)

"She Doesn’t Even Go Here!" | Pick a fictional character that you would like to place in another fictional character’s world.
A: I'd bring Aelin Ashryver Galathynius from Throne of Glass into the world of Truthwitch, so that she can join Safi and Iseult and they can be the most badass girl gang in the world. Nobody could take those girls down if they were to join forces and fight together. I'd want them to be my girl friendship squad for sure!

"On Wednesdays, we wear pink." | Repetition, repetition. Which book gave you déja vu of another book while reading it?
A: Red Queen. I wanted to like it, since it sounded right up my alley based off of the description. But as I was reading, different elements - settings and characters and plot - reminded me of so many other young adult novels, mostly because it felt executed in the same way.

Tiny Pretty Things book cover
"You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores." | Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels?
A: I didn't immediately know what book would be a good answer to this question. But then I remembered Tiny Pretty Things, and promptly decided it would fit! Honestly, this book has such confusing girl power feels. There are moments when you think the three main characters are heading towards understanding and friendship, but their determination to be the best they can be at ballet and the ensuing rivalry and hijinks that start happening make the reader feel like there's something odd about how they treat one another. These are not nice girls, and they don't always do the nice thing, the right thing, the good thing, so I think it is an appropriate choice!

"You go, Glen Coco!" | Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.
A: Oh, I loved Kami Glass and her sassy one liners. Her adventures in The Lynburn Legacy can get quite intense, but she always manages to use her intelligent reporter's mind and her compassionate nature to get the best of her adversaries. I just felt like fist pumping her the entire time, because I was so desperate for her to be triumphant.

"Get in loser, we’re going shopping!" | How long do you typically spend at a book shop?
A: I could spend an entire day in there from opening to closing, if I had the free time to do so! I already spend at least 1 1/2 hours just cruising past my usual haunts (the young adult shelves first, then the adult fiction and romance shelves), but if I had the time, I'd sample books (read the first chapters, basically), sit down and read or just keep wandering.

Incarnate book cover
"It's not my fault you're, like, in love with me or something!" | Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?
A: I'm going to have to say Sam from Incarnate, because I love that boy forever and always. (He's mine, thanks.) But seriously, I'd probably have to stay by his side all the time just to learn about music and talk to him about all his past lives.

"I can't help it that I'm popular." | Which over-hyped book were you cautious about reading?
A: The Wrath and the Dawn is definitely a book that got a ton of hype. In a way, it was a good thing, because it convinced me that I needed to give the book a shot. But in a way, it was also not such a great thing, since my expectations were a bit too high and I wound up not loving this one as much as many others did.

"She’s a life ruiner. She ruins peoples' lives." | We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate.
A: I have so much hatred for the enchantress that's referred to in the first three Sevenwaters novels. (I haven't read the latter three, but I will. Soon.) I just hate the way she manipulates everyone around her, hate the way that she treats Sorcha and her brothers, hate the way she treats her granddaughter, hate the way that she wields this strong, evil magic over everyone. It's her enchantment that wreaks so much havoc over the safe haven of Sevenwaters and its inhabitants, and I just want to strangle, stab, murder her every time I think of what she set in motion and did.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book cover
"I'm not like a regular mom. I'm a cool mom." | Your favorite fictional parents?
A: I'm just going to have to go with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley for this one, even though I'm sure it's a popular choice! They both do their best to do right by their many children, and they are always willing to extend their care and love to Hermione and Harry both right from the start. I would certainly not mind visiting the Burrow; I'd teach Mr. Weasley about Muggle things, and have Mrs. Weasley show me how to cook!

"That is so fetch!" | Which book or series would you love to catch on?
A: Ah, I'm so torn on this one! On the one hand, I'd love to see more attention on Under a Painted Sky, a fabulous Western YA that features two girls who travel West together disguised as two boys and all the shenanigans they find themselves involved in. On the other hand, I'd also love to see more people reading Princess of Thorns, an awesome tale inspired by the Sleeping Beauty story that features Aurora's daughter as she teams up with a prince on the way to save her brother. Both are such great stories, and deserve more exposure in the world!

"How do I even begin to explain Regina George?" | Describe your ideal character to read about.
A: There are a lot of qualities that I enjoy seeing in a character - intelligence, sarcasm or wit, strength (not only physically, but emotionally too), leadership, compassion, loyalty, a sense of humor, courage, a love of books, just to name a few. But honestly, the most ideal character, to me, is the one that I can form a personal connection to. I've been thinking about this (and might even write a post about it), and I love it when I can connect to a character, whether because of their circumstances in life, their emotions or their personality. It's just like making a new friend, really. And this craving for character connection is something that either makes or breaks a book for me!

"I just have a lot of feelings." | What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of ‘the feels’?
A: I let the tears fall, and make sure that I have a pack of tissues nearby. I also indulge in a lot of chocolate, and some hot tea. And I can't read another new book for a little while after that, since I'm basically wrestling with all these intense emotions! If I feel the urge to read, I usually just go for an old favorite and flip to the good parts.

The Burning Sky book cover
"Nice wig, Janice, what's it made of?" "Your mom's chest hair!" | Which character’s one liners would you love to claim for your own?
A: Oh, oh, oh, I love the sassy one liners that Iolanthe Seabourne tosses out into the world. She's one of two main characters in The Elemental Trilogy, and she's got a sharp tongue on her. I love that she gives as good as she gets, no matter what the situation she faces. I'd love to have her brain so I could partake in witty repartee too! 

"Boo, you whore." | Name a time a character's decision has made you roll your eyes.
A: This happens more often than I care to admit! A particularly recent circumstance was reading about how main character Gabi acts as Undeniable plays out. She just struck me as immature, and inconsistent, and her choices were quite questionable. Yes, we certainly make not-so-great choices while growing up, but Gabi's decisions irritated me.

I'm tagging Rachel, Kelly, Hannah, Gillian + Judith!

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