February 27, 2015

Literary Heroine Blog Party Tag 2015

Hello everybody! I forgot about the annual Literary Heroine Blog Party. When I saw it come up on my dashboard, I thought at first I'd skip it, but I realized it would be fun to see how my answers change from last year, so here I am. :)
If you'd like to read my past LHBP post, here's the link: literary-heroine-blog-party 2014

(Oh, and I was recently interviewed on Naomi's blog along with several other wonderful bloggers-if you'd like, go check out part 1 of the Writing Interview!)

~ The Questions ~

Introduce yourself! Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!
Well, if you've been reading my blog for any amount of time (or even if you're new) you probably know all about me from my posts or sidebar profile. But, I'll try to answer this question anyways. I'm a 16 (going on 17) year old girl who finds enjoyment in creative past times, especially photography, writing, drawing, and playing the piano. The sun setting behind dark trees and casting golden shadows across the snow is one of my favorite sights. Mixtures of shadows and light are so beautiful. I write often, sometimes working on a novel, other times I'll journal. I've been journaling since I was 10 years old and I think I have about 13 finished journals. 

What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? 
A true heroine to me is someone who truly loves the Lord with all her heart and strives to become closer to Him and more obedient. She's not perfect, but she stands strong in the face of temptation and isn't afraid to tell people her beliefs. She is kind, helpful, brave, strong, and humble. 

Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
Hmmm....I have so many favorite heroines, it's always so hard to choose. I'll mix it up this year and try to choose ones I didn't choose last year. :) Some of my favorites would be Amy Dorrit from Little
Dorrit, Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia, Marguerite Blakeney from The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Fanny Price from Mansfield Park.

Both Amy Dorrit and Fanny Price are patient, kind, helpful, and forbearing. They put up with a lot of mean and uncaring behavior from their family-to the point where if I was them I wouldn't be able to respond in the kind and forgiving manner that they do!

Marguerite Blakeney can be a bit selfish, spoiled, and immature at the start, but as her story progresses the necessity for her to be brave and unselfish makes her a better woman.
 She struggles with the choice of protecting her brother and protecting the Scarlet Pimpernel, who saves many aristocrats from the guillotine. While of course she doesn't want anyone to die because of her, she loves her brother too much to have him sent to his death.

Now for Susan, I haven't read the books in quite a while, so my opinion of her is mostly based on the movies. Usually people prefer Lucy to Susan. While I love Lucy, I've sometimes been able to relate to Susan more due to her older sibling position and controlling "I'm in charge" attitude at times. Yes, she doesn't always make the best decisions, but I think she truly cares for and wants the best for her brothers and sisters, and Narnia makes her a better person.
I've never been able to reconcile myself that she doesn't go to Narnia at the end of the (book) series!

Five of your favorite historical novels? 
Only five? All right. Here's five random favorites-Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Emma.

Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why? 
Mmmm......so hard. Perhaps Jean Valjean......or Jane.....or Marguerite...Emma...Sir Percy....Mr. Knightley....Mr. Rochester...Sydney Carton...

Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
Secondary? Ugh. So hard. Maybe Eponine from Les Mis. I really don't know.
I'm sorry for these "I don't know" answers, but it's seriously hard to choose and I don't want to hurt my brain trying to decide....:)

If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? 
England! Enough said, right? I would visit all the historical spots I could, especially Jane Austen related and such. Just to travel around that beautiful country would be SO amazing!

What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 
1700's to 1960's or so. But I especially love the mid 1800's, the Regency era, the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, and I also like the medieval era.

You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of? 
Probably piano playing....or perhaps singing...I really don't know!

If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 
SUCH a hard question!!  I would perhaps portray Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. There's so many heroines I would love to dress as, but it helps when you look like the said heroine. Anne would probably be the one I closest resemble.

Favorite author(s)? 
Dickens, Austen, Montgomery, Maud Hart Lovelace, Elizabeth Gaskell, Louisa May Alcott--among many others!

In which century were most of the books you read written? 
Mmm...*glances at bookshelf*. I really can't say. I have many 19th century classic, but I also have more or an equal amount from the 21st century.

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is… 
UGH. Such a hard question!!!
In my opinion, ONE of the ultimate heroes in all literature is Arthur Clennam from Little Dorrit. 
He's just........

........wonderful. He's so kind, caring, and sensitive of others, doesn't hesitate to say how he feels and asks questions point-blank ("Are you angry with me, John?"). He's always a gentleman, and while he may be a bit oblivious and....hmm...how should I say this...UNAWARE that his true love has been before him all this time, he's still one of my favorite heroes.

In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... 
I know I said Rigaud last year, so this year I'll say the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood.
He's especially terrible in the BBC series.

Describe your ideal dwelling place. 
I love old farmhouse style homes, especially if there's history to it! Ideally, the house would be snug and cozy, with bookcases, window seats, and hidden passages (hey, you said ideal!). The house would sit on a large piece of land with many trees, but also a lovely field or two. :)

Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. 
I don't know. I have such a hard time with this sort of question. I guess my style is simple, feminine, and classy. Oh, let me just show some pictures. It's more fun that way.
Of course, this isn't an accurate portrayal of my wardrobe, but rather a "If I owned this items I would definitely wear them." 

Three favorite Non-fiction books?
I don't read a lot of nonfiction, to be honest, although I do enjoy books on photography or art. The Story of the Von Trapp Family Singers is a VERY good book about...well, can you guess? ;)
I have some nonfiction books on my shelf soon to be read though, so hopefully I'll have more on my list soon.
Oh, and of course, there's the Bible!  Which I hardly think of as a nonfiction book. More like it's in a category all it's own. Because it's more special than a regular old nonfiction book. :)

Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? 
Swimming, if I had a pool, or going for a bike ride. Or reading outside...oh, so many things! I can't for spring and summer. I've been battling a bit of cabin fever lately. I love winter, but....it's time for it to leave now!

Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. 
Well, I don't know if it will portray my true character-I have so many favorite hats!
I'd like a classy brown 1940's fedora-like hat sort of like this:

Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. 
I moved, met new friends, have a church home (something my family hasn't had in a long time!), and have gotten to know my blogger friends more. 2014 was a pretty good year, overall. :)

Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
This passage stood out to me a while ago as encouragement to always be patient, loving, and humble with anyone you are helping or witnessing to. I can be prideful and impatient, and this passage helped me see where I was at fault.

"We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.  Instead, we were like young children among you.

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.  Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory." -1 Thessalonians 2:6-12

February 14, 2015

My Favorite Couples

Sooo, usually I don't get into Valentine's Day very much but lately I've actually been really excited about it and have been fixated on the color pink. (I decorated my desktop with pink, sparkly, glowing, pictures of Rapunzel and Eugene awwww) And so, I have decided to throw together a post on (some of) my favorite literary and screen couples. So, here we go!
Be warned, this post is loooooooong, will contain lots of random pictures, nonsensical gushing, and exclamation points. And it will contain spoilers.....

A note-the couples are NOT in order of favorite to least favorite--because that's impossible!

...........and because I forgot to put them in order *cough.*

Robin and Marian

Quite possibly my favorite couple of all time at the moment (it changes frequently, although there's always a group of top 5 or so.....), Robin Hood and Lady Marian from the BBC Robin Hood tv series are simply ADORABLE.

In the first season, Marian wants nothing to do with Robin. But even when arguing they're just so perfect, though. They were meant for each other from the first!
By the time season 2 rolls around, Marian realizes just how much he means to her.  And Robin falls more in love with her in each episode...he needs her-making the end of season 2 that much more heartbreaking. Much to my happiness, they DO get married. 
If you've seen the end of season 2, I need not explain further, do I?

Of course, if they had a true happily-ever-after their story would be beyond perfect. 
Despite their tragic story, they still remain one of my favorite couples.

I mean, just look:

Does anyone else simply love their wedding vows? Their marriage was simply lovely....if only it wasn't so heartbreaking.

Gilbert and Anne

Usually, Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley are my ultimate favorite couple- and even though Robin and Marian slightly bumped them down (for now) they are and forever will be the sweetest, loveliest, most adorable couple and their story is just......perfect.
I can't even begin to describe how much I love these two and their adorable banter. And of course, Anne's I'm-never-speaking-to-you-as-long-as-I-live phase.

HAHA So true.

Arthur and Amy

I looovvee Little Dorrit. I think it will always be my favorite Dickens story, along with A Tale of Two Cities. Arthur and Amy are SO sweet, SO adorable, just SUCH a perfect couple.
Little Amy, so patient and adoring...I can just totally see them as a married couple. Arthur would always be protecting and looking out for her, and she would have a toasty fire and warm food waiting for him when he came home from work and they'd have at least 5 children and they'd go for long walks in the countryside and....awwwwwwww. I just can't take the cuteness.


William and Peggy

I forgot how much I adore William and Peggy from Return to Cranford. I watched it recently and remembered and grew even more in love with them. Their story is the perfect Cinderella story and they couldn't fit together any more perfectly than they already do.
One of my ABSOLUTE favorite parts of RtC is when he proposes.
"Peggy Bell."
"I love you. Will you please be my wife?"
The adorableness.
I especially love this couple because I have Tom Hiddleston cast in a novel I'm in the process of writing and William Buxton is GREAT inspiration for that character.
He's just the perfect gentleman and..... and she's so perfectly sweet and lovely....sigh. 
I love these two.

"When gorse is out of blossom, kissing is out of fashion."

Mr. Thornton and Margaret

North and South is my FAVORITE Elizabeth Gaskell movie and I can't get enough of Mr. Thornton and Margaret. The movie is 99% perfect...if only they included a wedding at the end.
Oh my my my.....how to describe these two and their perfect Pride and Prejudice-like relationship?
Just watch the movie. Then you'll understand.


Ooooohhh...a montage of their hands....I love it.

Bahahahaha, sorry....

The infamous handshake. Kind of like the dance in Pride and Prejudice, huh?

Han and Leia

Han and Leia from Star Wars were my favorite couple before I even had favorite couples. haha
When I first saw the SW movies at 10 years old I fell in love with these two. Always arguing, always ready with a snarky comeback, but always secretly in love. And then they FINALLY admit in and it's like "awwww you twoooo....."
I adore the love declaration lines-and how they switched them around in the last movie.

They may not be top-of-my-list like they used to be but they will always hold a special place in my heart. 

"I love you."
"I know."

Joe and Ann

Roman Holiday!!!!! One of my absolute favorites...
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn are two of the loveliest (or handsomest, in Gregory's case) people from "back then" and I LOVE them together in this movie.
They're sweet, funny, friends-from-the-first, and just totally belong together, the end.
Oh yes....The End. Ergh.
I choose to ignore The End. The End did not happen. They got married and lived happily ever after.
My review:

Love this scene!!

Mr. Knightley and Emma

Awwwwww.......Mr. Knightley and Emma. So sweet, so lovely and so "imperfect".
"Maybe it is our imperfections which make us so perfect for one another."
So right, Mr. Knightley. You two are positively perfect for each other.
It takes a lot of growing on Emma's part for her to deserve and truly love and appreciate her Mr, Knightley, but when she does it's simply adorable.
These two are the perfectest, loveliest, fairytale couple.
(Well, okay, so is practically everyone else on my list, but shh. These two are especially so.)
My review:

Ah, Mr. Knightley.

Hahahaha, I'm sorry, but I find this hilarious.

Haha, I need to watch this version again.

-happy sigh-

Darcy and Elizabeth

-Fanfare- Here they are!! You didn't think I'd leave them out, did you?
One of THE most romantic and classic couples of all time...
I love them.
I really don't have to explain why, do I??

"I will never see him again."
That's what YOU think.


My dad saw this scene and cried, "Hey, his face didn't break!"
Well, for all of you who similarly think Mr. Darcy never smiles, then please take a look at this:

Jack and Elizabeth

I watched season 1 of Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart (just be warned it changes from the books drastically) and love it!! Jack and Elizabeth are sooooo funny, adorable, and just perfect for each other.

Ugh. Rosemary. No.

I LOVE this scene---so hilarious!

Goodness, her hat and dress is gorgeous. Her whole wardrobe is.

Aww, the real actors being adorable. 
I wish they'd get married. They seem like good friends.


Beast and Belle

I'm getting down to the animated characters....first is Beast and Belle!!
Their tale is as old as time, true as it can be, bittersweet and strange, and certain as the sun.
and yes, yes, rising in the east.
Sorry I had to mix the lyrics up a little. 
I know you wanted to sing it and then you cried,  "But that's not how it goes!!"
Anyways, Beauty and the Beast is such a classic and the story is simply lovely.

...Beauty and the Beast

Soooo sweet. <3 That movie makes me so happy.

Eugene and Rapunzel

Squee!!! Tangled! Flynn-Eugene and Rapunzel!
Cutest, most adorable Disney couple ever.
Sarcasm, humor, protection, self-sacrifice, glowing lanterns, a beautiful song, the color purple....
I love Tangled.

Oh, goodness. So gorgeous.


"And at last I see the light...."

Haha, not today, Flynn.

And ohmy the cutest little short film on their wedding aawwww

Kristoff and Anna

Adorable Disney Couple #3!!!
I love these two. So cute, so funny, so darn adorable. 
I reeeaallly wish they had a duet together. Like in Tangled. I mean, come on Disney. She gets one with the bad guy, but not her true love???
They're still great though. And so awkwardly funny.


I could totally see her in this dress. So radiant.

"I could kiss you!"


I LOVE Phantom of the Opera and am BEYOND over-the-moon excited because I'M GOING TO SEE IT LIVE IN APRIL.
Guys. I won't be able to take the excitement.


So, most people are either Team Phantom (Erik) or Team Raoul.

I'm including the above picture because it has all three of them in it.
Because I can't choose.
I can't decide.
On one hand, brave, handsome, caring, Raoul...

On the other hand, desperate, passionate, heartbroken, Erik...

ahhh, a Beauty and the Beast and Phantom crossover...


Percy and Marguerite

I recently read and watched The Scarlet Pimpernel and it is an AMAZING story and I love the characters. Marguerite is so lovely and Sir Percy is...well...The Scarlet Pimpernel. What more need I say??
Please read the book. You won't regret it.

"My own elusive Pimpernel."

Jason and Hannah

Jason and Hannah from October Baby (an emotional devastating and tearful, but still-happy movie that I totally recommend)  are adorable. During Hannah's emotional ride, Jason is always there for her. He protects her, helps her, and is always a gentleman towards her. GUYS, THEY DON'T EVEN KISS IN THIS MOVIE. Their relationship is so pure and innocent and lovely.
And cute.
They belong together forever and ever.

So cute.

Rochester and Jane

I'm sorry, but not one movie version I've seen does complete justice to the book. Read the book and then you're truly know what this couple is like. Maybe not the most perfect, and certainly the one with the most problems, but still a favorite of mine. I love Jane Eyre, and Mr. Rochester and Jane are perfectly suited to each other.

My two favorite movie versions are the 2011 and 2006 one-both of which has some need-to-be skipped scenes, especially the 2006 one. Just a warning.

Lastly, I have a few literary couples that have NOT been portrayed in a movie, sooo...

Luke and Jessy 

From Fireflies in December (and the sequels)  by Jennifer Erin Valent. Guys, these two are ADORABLE, and the books are amazing. I love them SO much.

Wade and Cherry

Haha, Cherry only has Wade as her boyfriend for a couple books in the Cherry Ames nurse series, but I love them together. So adorable.

Charles and Millie

From the A Life of Faith Millie books. Please read them, they're fantastic! Here's my book review:

Darcy and Jess

From the Mother-Daughter Book Club books. So funny and good and Darcy and Jess are ADORABLE. Yes, he's named for Mr. Darcy. Here's my book review:

Joe and Betsy

From the Betsy-Tacy books, which are the sweetest, most adorable, funny, relateable books ever and you MUST read them. They're about a girl growing up during the early 1900s. They're simply perfect.

David and Eloise

A sweet and adorable "friends, then more than friends" couple from these books:
Love Is Patient

Jed and Emily

A lovely couple from the WONDERFUL book, Emily of Deep Valley by the same author of the Betsy-Tacy books.

Guys, I am very very VERY sorry for how long this post was. I hope you forgive me. 
I tried to keep it to only my VERY favorite couples, but....
it's just such an impossible task. There's still more I wanted to add!
Happy Valentines Day!