Me In Characters Book Tag!

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Hello lovelies!

So, a couple of weeks ago, I posted that I was going to have a very Zen approach to 2018 where I was going to read what I wanted when I wanted and not make any hard and fast rules. This newfound freedom led me to go on a Netgalley requesting spree, I signed up to read one chapter per day of  Les Miserables, I’m doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, I’ve added loads of books to my TBR… and now I’m frantically making calendars and tick lists and generally feeling like I’m months behind. I’m a failure!

However, I’m trying not to stress so I’m doing a fun tag post sent to me by the one and only Orangutan Librarian (who is amazing and has the most beautiful blog that I think she illustrates herself with her own clever little monkey paws…or if not she’s excellent at cut and pasting beautiful illustrations from the internet – either way you should go check her out).

THE RULES:

1. Thank the creators of the tag (Us! Ash & Lo @ windowsill books)
2. Thank whoever tagged you!
3. List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
4. Tag your friends!

Here goes!

1. Death from The Sandman graphic novels (and other spin off series).

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I suspect this might be a case of me wanting to be like Death rather than actually being like her, but we do share quite a few personality traits. She’s sarcastic and she believes in tough love but she’s also really loyal, pretty darn perky and a good person to turn to in a crisis. I’m nowhere near as cool as she is though.

2. Severus Snape from Harry Potter

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Oh, poor misunderstood Severus. I totally identified with him on so many levels, not only because he’s awkward and geeky and a bit of a goth (there seems to be a theme here) but also because he’s snarky and grumpy when people don’t meet his high standards (I try not to do this, but I just can’t help it). Oh, and I would also have been majorly pissed off if Harry Potter had been dicking around in one of my lessons too. I think I would have been even less patient with him.

3. Sue Perkins from Spectacles/her own life

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Ok so this is cheating but my love for Sue Perkins knows no bounds, mostly because I just get her. I can totally relate to how she feels about so many things, from being introverted and awkward to being the weird “black sheep” of her family. She’s written so eloquently on being unmarried with no kids when everyone around her is copulating like bunnies (literally my life right now – as I’m writing this I’ve just seen another notification that a friend has had a baby) and if you’ve ever classed yourself as a “dog person” then I defy you not turn into a sobbing mess if you read her Letter to Pickle. She’s basically me but more gay and with more cash.

4. Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride

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Enough about my beauty.” Buttercup said. “Everybody always talks about how beautiful I am. I’ve got a mind, Westley. Talk about that.”
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is one of my favourite books ever, partly because I completely relate to how pissed off Princess Buttercup gets for constantly being underestimated. That happens to me all the time. I think it’s because I’m small and blonde and wear makeup but people are often shocked if they find out that I’m happiest sitting in the mud planting vegetables or that I know how to use a power tool. One of my friends was even quite surprised that my job was not secretarial but that I was interpreting employment legislation, writing policies and hiring and firing people. He thought I was a typist who sat around filing her nails all day. 

5. Claudia Kishi from The Babysitter’s  Club

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I think a lot of you will be too young to have experienced Ann M. Martin’s seminal series of YA-before-it-was-a-Thing Babysitter’s Club books but for me, they were something of an obsession. The books centered around a group of teenage girls who formed a babysitter’s club, and the adventures that they had whilst babysitting. I know, right? There were literally hundreds of volumes, plus specials, a spin off series and even a TV programme*. Different times.

I can see parts of myself in all of the babysitters (Kristy was bossy, Mary-Ann was an introvert pushover, Stacey was cool and Dawn was a hippy) but I identified most with Claudia, the “quirky” one. Claudia would regularly dress like she was in costume and spent most of her time daydreaming and drawing pictures. I LOVE unusual, often vintage clothing and although this has died down a bit as I’ve got older, I still enjoy looking a little different to everyone else. I’m also a total dreamer and I like to think I’m quite artistic, although in a vague “good at putting things together that look nice” type of way, not as someone with any technical skills. I wish.

*There’s also an excellently funny, sweary, post millennium analysis of all of the BSC books available as a podcast here. If you were a fan of the series when you were younger you should definitely check it out!
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I tag…. HollyJessMischenkoCasey…and Dani!

Plus, anyone else who wants to get involved!

9 thoughts on “Me In Characters Book Tag!

  1. Hehehe thank you so so much for the gorgeous shoutout (and yes, the illustrations are mine 😉 )

    Ahh I love your choices!! Death from the Sandman? SO AWESOME!! She’s got such a great personality!! hehehe I so love that you picked Snape as well!! And I don’t know Sue Perkins- but I totally think she sounds relatable 😀 Wow, just wow- a little bit taken aback by what your friend said they thought you did (been there)- but whatever, it’s good to be underestimated 😉 (and it’s especially useful to know how to use powertools 😉 ) (I still need to read the book version of the Princess Bride- even though I’ve *loved* the film for years and I have it on my kindle- I think that’s an excellent pick!) Also I always hear about the babysitters club and wish I’d read them.

    This was so fun to read- and great to get to know you better!

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    1. OMG you’re so talented! I’d love to be able to draw like that. Wow! Do you do it professionally?

      Yes! Finally, someone who knows who Death is! I was also tempted to list the other Death (and write my explanation in capital letters) but I thought that was a bit too goth!

      Sue Perkins…Mel and Sue…used to present Bake Off…just made a documentary about monkeys…I’m sure you do know who I mean.

      Yeah, I get a kind of perverse pleasure from being underestimated, especially when you see the look on people’s faces when you correct them. A manager at work asked me once if I was going to be serving tea at a meeting and I said “no, I’ll be chairing it”. I like to think it’s my youthful good looks but it was probably my air of incompetence!

      You should definitely read the Princess Bride, it’s so cleverly written. I’m not sure how they managed to translate the book within a book idea to film, I’m sure it’s better in print!

      Aww, thanks. There’s not much to tell, but as long as it’s written down I’ll be able to make myself sound more interesting, ha ha!

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      1. Aww thank you- you’re really sweet!! No, just for fun 😉

        hehe I’m actually largely oblivious, since I never watched Bake off- although now I’m curious about this monkey documentary 😉

        hehehe I totally get that! hahahaha I’m sure it was the youthful good looks part 😉

        Oh brilliant!! 😀 I’m really looking forward to it. And I imagine they’re similar (since the guy that wrote the book did the screenplay) have you seen the film??

        You’re welcome! hahhaa I get that 😉 I’m the same 😉

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