Books, General

The Beauty and the Beast Tag

Guys, I fancied doing a tag, and have been storing ones I like in my drafts for a while. I thought it was about time to drag one out, and so I had a look and this one jumped out at me! It’s been a little while since the film came out, and I am now eagerly awaiting my birthday to ask for the DVD for my birthday, so I thought I would do this to tide me over. So to start with, the rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you – many thanks to Emma @ The Terror of Knowing. You said tag yourself, so I did, thanks!
  • Mention the creator – Kirsty @ Kirsty and the Cat Read (her original post is here)
  • Match a book to each of the songs/characters below
  • Tag as many people as you like – I hereby tag anyone reading this who wants to give it a go!

”Tale As Old As Time” –

A popular theme, trope, or setting you will never get bored with reading

I read quite a lot of crime and thriller novels, many which feature ‘reformed’ characters that go on a ‘moral journey’ and usually appear as the hero at the end. I can’t help it OK. I like me a good, solid, flawed hero who is questionable and does some (or has done some bad things) but turns out alright in the end.

Belle –

A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too 

I collect the Word Cloud Classics that are beautiful waxy flexibound books. I haven’t read them all as of yet, but so far, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been the most enjoyable to read. All of these books are very much beautiful on the outside, and but for me, this was grotesquely beautiful to read too. That, and it has really stunning end pages insides too.

Beast –

A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you

I read a fair amount of trashy new-adult fiction. I never expect anything from it, because they are formulaic, and often not actually that well written. Wallbanger was an incredibly refreshing and enjoyable witty break from this cycle that focused more on the humour and blossoming emotional relationship of the characters, and barely featured the physical side of their growing love. It was very amusing and very well done.

Gaston –

A book everyone loves that you don’t

Two classics instantly jump out to me here, and before anyone kills me, I apologise in advance and please don’t hate me forever. OK, I just don’t like and didn’t enjoy Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby. There, I said it. They are both loved and lauded and I just think that they’re not that good.

Lefou –

A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart

Does Alucard from Shades of Magic count as a sidekick? I am pretty sure he would hate to be referred to as a sidekick but… I also really like the cat in Coraline and he definitely counts as a sidekick. I just think he is the best character in the book, and considering I think all of the characters are pretty good, that’s a big statement!

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, & Cogsworth –

A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable

I wouldn’t say the following books helped me through a difficult time, but Roald Dahl’s children’s books Matilda and The BFG both taught me valuable lessons about growing up and what I value now. They taught me it’s ok to be a ‘geek’ and enjoy books and reading and school and learning. They taught me it’s ok to dream big and love adventures. I love those books still!

”Something There” –

A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end

I’mt not quite sure if this means a book series that you didn’t love to start with but liked towards the end, or one you missed the boat on and realised you enjoyed once it was near completion. I am going to go with the latter and say Shades of Magic series by V E Schwab. I very much missed the boat we’ve these books, and only picked them up after my friend had finished buying them and reading them. I didn’t rate them highly enough to read before the last one came out, but then hearing Emma rave about them and reading lots of positive reads forced me to pick them up, and then I really enjoyed them, so yey.

”Be Our Guest” –

A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner

Who wouldn’t I like to have around? Part of me is thinking Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows, because things would get interesting quick, but I think I am going to go for someone from Harry Potter. Hmmmm, let me think about this. I think I’d invite Remus Lupin. He’s quite the wizard, and I am sure would be an interesting companion for the evening!

Go on, give this tag a go, you know you want to!!

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