This is another great book tag I found on Zigler News and loving Disney films and stories in general I thought it would be fun to give this Disney tag a go. Every question is one of the classic well-known Disney movies and there are some great questions in here which I have enjoyed thinking about. I hope you enjoy my answers too. 😀
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1. The Little Mermaid – A character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water.”
I have to pick Helen in The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman and the subsequent books in the series. The story, set during the Regency period (in this case 1812), follows Lady Helen Wrexhall as she does what most young women of high society did in those days, attend balls during the Season in order to get aquainted with some of the people and ultimately find a husband. But her life is flipped upside down when she meets Lord Carlston, a man with a dark past who tells her she’s destined for more than just high society, she’s destined to deal with and in some cases kill demonic creatures called deceivers. I just love this book and the whole series! The books are pretty long (500+ pages) but they are filled with such good descriptions and imagery that it really brought Regency London to life for me. Helen’s life is so simple and yet at times she feels the constraints of being a Lady and not even being able to do things like run down a corridor as it would be unlady-like. But then she’s thrown into the world of deceivers and reclaimers, as the author puts it, a Pride and Prejudice meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer kind of story and things get really interesting.
Although Helen does adapt to this new life, I just love the massive contrast in her life as a Lady and how she has to adapt to fighting these deceivers and being someone very different. I also love how she ends up having to adapt again, not only into the lower and darker areas of society where deceivers can lurk but also into the male world too. I won’t detail what happens (especially the interesting stuff that happens in book two with this male world) but she deffinitely starts off life completely out of her element.
2. Cinderella – A character who goes through a major transformation.
This has to be Edie from The Night Brother by Rosie Garland. I don’t exactly want to go into the exact details of what happens to Edie, but she goes through a huge transformation leaving her at first confused and later determined to take some control over her life. This historical fantasy set in the late 1800s in Manchester (England), is just amazing and better than I thought when I started reading it. As children, Edie and her brother Gnome loved spending time together in the evening, watching the fireworks over Manchester, but as they grow up Gnome revels in enjoying the night and all it has to offer, while Edie spends her days tired, trying to distance herself from Gnome’s bad influence.
For a long time we see the story from both sides, Edie’s and Gnome’s and each chapter alternates between the two, picking up the story from the when the other finishes. At first each character’s story seems seperate but they soon intertwine and I just love what happens to Edie as she moves into the later part of the story and realises that her changing life isn’t something she can run away from. The story is beautiful, has a magical twist and is one that not only delves into ideas of equality (part of the story happens at the time of the suffragettes) but is also a book that look at gender diversity. It’s a brilliant transformation story and despite what you may think from my previous sentence, you’ll never actually guess what the real transformation twist is! 😀
3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman is an interesting thriller with a disaster movie-like quality. When drought leads to the taps running dry in California, it isn’t long before neighbourhoods are like war zones with everyone fighting to find water to drink. Spookily similar to what a lot of us recently experienced when panic buying gripped the nation (and a lot of the world), the shortage of water leads to a very different life for everyone including Alyssa. One day her parents go off to get water but they never return and she, her younger brother and her neighbour Kelton team up to find out what happened to her parents and to find some much needed source of water.
What I love about this book is how each character is so different but how the story is told from multiple view points so you get to find out how these characters really feel about the situation they’re in, plus it also makes for a fast-paced thriller. Alyssa’s an average teenager,her younger brother Garrett and their strange teenage neighbour next door Kelton, soon team up with some other characters, each one of them so different but all on the same mission to find water before they collapse and maybe even die of thirst. Although some of the characters weren’t that relatable for me (Kelton) I still really enjoyed this book and would recommend it, although I hope our world doesn’t descend into the madness of the one in the book…or has it! 😮
4. Sleeping Beauty – A book that put you to sleep.
I’ve never actually fallen asleep during a book although there have been the occasional reads where I question my patience and will to keep reading. One example is certain chapters or sections of chapters of Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I actually enjoyed the story of the main character in the novel and what happens in his adventure on the sea and the subsequent story of Captain Ahab and the whale. But this book is also filled with a lot of stuff about whaling, like literally information about whaling, exactly what happens with the whales when they are caught and information about the different whales in the sea. Unfortunately this information is written in such away that I struggled to get through it, it felt more like an encyclopedia entry than a novel so for those sections I’d say they nearly made me fall asleep.
5. The Lion King – A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.
Inge in The Stolen Ones by Vanessa Curtis is one character that I think of when this question comes up. The novel is set in the years after World War II has ended and every year on Inge’s birthday a letter arrives, but it’s not addressed to her, it’s addressed to a girl named Kasia. This beautiful historical fiction follows the story of sixteen year old Inge as she begins to uncover the dark truth of her past. She is traumatised by a strange memory that’s traumatic and she later discovers the truth about her life, her parents and what the Nazis did to so many young aryan children in the war. I don’t want to reveal anymore because it sounds so much better to have read every revelation as it happens, but if you know anything about the Second World War you can probably guess as to what has happened to her. Even if you can guess it’s still an amazing and interesting story and a character that I really felt for and I just love how she comes to terms with what happens and how she copes moving forward.
6. Beauty and The Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.
I’m going to go with The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, the first book of the Lady Helen series. In fact all three books are big, at least 500 pages long, with the first book The Dark Days Club being the longest. At first I felt a twinge of intimidation from the size of the book, if any of you have read my struggles with getting to enjoy reading, then you’ll know why such a big book made me feel intimidated, but when I dived in I was just in awe of how engrossed I was with this book. It’s an amazing story and series and I just couldn’t put it down until the ending. Even after reading the whole series I just wish there was more!
7. Aladdin – A character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.
In The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James the main character teenager Romy is the only human survivor on a spaceship that is destined for and travelling to a new planet. Born in space Romy is now alone and her ship can’t turn back as it’s a one-way mission to this new planet. Romy gets by everyday doing different things to keep her occuppied but at the same time, although she is able to stay in contact with the people back on Earth, she also sometimes feels alone, and there are horrible moments when she has to do things like dentistry on herself! 😮
Romy definitely doesn’t want to be alone and one day she discovers that another spaceship has lauched from Earth and is travelling her way at a faster speed so it will catch up to her. The mysterious pilot’s name is simply J and the two start having these great conversations, although with a time delay as he’s so far away and the messages take a while to get to her and vice versa. Although it’s not exactly the ‘make a wish and it comes true’ scenario, I just love how this is something that Romy’s wanted and then stuff starts to happen and things go wrong while Romy’s in space. She starts being haunted by nightmares and strange things start happening to her on the ship. Although the book’s a science fiction it also felt a bit like a psychological thriller while I read it. I jut loved this and there’s a brilliant plot twist towards the end that just makes this such a great and slightly creepy read for me!
8. Mulan – A character who pretends to be something or someone they are not.
I really loved Zhilan later known as Zhi in The Hand, The Eye & The Heart by Zoë Marriott. Zhilan and the whole basic story is actually based on the story of Mulan but this version is an interesting mix of a historical and fantasy tale set in a fictional China. Zhilan, by birth is female, but when her father is called up to join the army she takes his place. What I love about this story is not only how beautiful and detailed it is, but there were a lot of twists in it too. Zhilan pretends to be a young man while training in the army, but at the same time she is questioning who or what she really is. Does she really want to identify as female or is Zhilan, or Zhi as she becomes known, really more comfortable being known as a male. It’s quite the beatiful epic adventure and I just love the way the whole story wraps up in the end for Zhi and some of the other characters.
9. Toy Story – A book with characters you wish would come to life.
I think I’d have to choose any of the animal characters in the Julius Zebra series by Gary Northfield, The Bolds series by Julian Clary & David Roberts, and even maybe the llamas in the Uncle Shawn & Bill adventures by A. L. Kennedy & Gemma Correll. These three series of children’s books just make me laugh so much and their animal characters are so funny! I know there’d be some mad adventures with them around!
10. Disney Descendants – Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.
I know I’ve said it before, but a morally ambiguous charcter that I weirdly love is Max from Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali. Set during World War II, Max is a child born from the Nazi Eugenics programme. Being what is considered the perfect Nazi baby, Max has the perfect Nazi ideaology and he’s not afraid of narrrating his disturbing thoughts about different people and things that happen as he grows up. The story begins with him narrating before he’s even born and some of the things Max ends up thinking and telling us, as narrator of the book, are shocking things that were thought by the Nazis. He even has some unpleasant things to say about his own mother, and yet as the story continues we see some of the things he goes through, and much of the horrors of the war and what happened to many people and children during that time.
You end up with mixed feelings about Max when reading this book. Shock and maybe anger towards his ideaologies that have been ingrained into him from birth, but you also begin to feel for his character as he starts to question his own thoughts and morality of the life around him as he encounters more and more truths about what the Nazis were doing. The book is so dark to read for a YA but it’s also so good that everyone should read it if they can, in my opinion. 🙂
Did you enjoy this book tag? Have you read any of the books I have mentioned? What answers would you give to these questions? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂