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).
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!
1. Death from The Sandman graphic novels (and other spin off series).
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
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
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
“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
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!
Plus, anyone else who wants to get involved!