As we watched and enjoyed Disney’s The Good Dinosaur this week I thought it would be the perfect time to finally do the Disney Book Tag, accompanied by my sisters Amy and Christie!
1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
A: Mr Poe from Lemony Snicket’s “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” has to be the least capable character in any book series
S: Pip from Great Expectations, particularly when it comes to relationships but also in dealing with his new status
C: Quinn from the Gone series, although this character develops hugely throughout the series when the Fayz first happens he is completely out of his depth.
2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation
A: Morpheus from the ‘Splintered’ series. As the name suggests, this character goes through a huge transformation (taking place before the first book is set) and continues to change throughout the series as he interacts with the other characters
S: Simon from ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Simon both matures and survives various ailments (no spoilers 🙂 )
C: Coal from Shiver- though he is never quite ‘fixed’, he does become a much more trustworthy, serious (when needed) character.
3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters
A: The Hobbit
S: The Help by Kathryn Stocked
C: Eragon by Christopher Paolini
4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep
A: Allegiant by Veronica Roth- I think that this is mainly due to the ‘twist’ ending wasn’t very hard to guess even at the end of the first book, and I was just waiting for it to happen.
S: How to be Both by Ali Smith. This Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel is a duel-narrative, I enjoyed one narrative and found the other boring and disappointing.
C: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters and therefore didn’t really care what happened to them.
5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
A: Christopher, from ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’. What happens to Christopher in his past contributed to his interesting character even more, and allowed for his character’s development throughout the book.
S: Neville Longbottom who arguably has the most tragic past out of all the Harry Potter characters and is definitely the most under-appreciated.
C: Leisel from The Book Thief- from the start of the novel, her life is quite tragic.
6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
A: Great Expectations- the books reputation as well as its size and age at first put me off the idea of picking it up, but when I did I found that it was even better than I’d thought it would be
S: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, I think Hemingway is intimidating in general however A Farewell to Arms was particularly intimidating to me due to the fact it is often described as a war novel. However I found myself crying on the last page, I found the romance not only surprising but moving against the backdrop of World War.
C: Eragon. The Inheritance Cycle includes some huge books but, due to the amount of action and tension throughout, I found it very enjoyable to read.
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
A: Rose, from the Vampire Academy series (without spoilers, this one’s regarding a certain attractive Russian man far too attached to his leather duster).
S: Frankenstein- This one is pretty self-explanatory.
C: The Story Of A Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear ( from Grimm’s fairytales)- the protagonist goes through various nightmares during his quest but after all of this, the thing which finally makes him shudder is not scarring in the slightest.
8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
A: Count Olaf, again from ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’, as though the character doesn’t love many things, cross-dressing is something he’s apparently very passionate about.
S: Magwitch from ‘Great Expectations,’ really any character from ‘Great Expectations’ as Dicken’s characters are extremely well written and complex. I chose Magwitch because as a character he is the most deceiving.
C: Johan from the Monster manga series, though I’m not sure this is valid as he technically didn’t hide who he was, his characters role remains in the dark for some time.
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life
A: Any one of ‘The Mortal Instruments’ books. Though this series has already been mentioned in this tag, I had to include it here because of how many amazing characters it has (in particular, I would love it if Alec and Magnus came to life).
S: The BFG by Roald Dahl because that would be magical.
C: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland because I would love to witness a Hatter’s tea party.
10. Disney Descendants – your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character
A: Cane, from the ‘Gone’ series. He’s my favourite character in the whole series, and I love that, though he’s clearly a villain at the book’s beginning (dramatic entrance included), he matures into an even better character, as he’s still very ‘morally ambiguous’ as a good guy
S: Queen Levana- I have yet to read her spin-off novel ‘Fairest’ but think she is an excellently creepy dictator.
C: Kaz Brekker form Six Of Crows is one of my favourite characters of all time (yet almost every character in this book is amazing and morally ambiguous).