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...
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO CHOOSE.
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.
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.
........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