Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Literary Heroine Blog Party!

Literary Heroine Blog Party!
Go here if you want to meet Kellie and see the other entries. 

So I'm actually really late doing this, but it sounded like a lot of fun so I decided to do it anyway. :)

Introduce yourself!  Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!
My name is Emily. I plan on attending Brigham Young University of Idaho next year and majoring in English, getting married to an unbelievably amazing man, raising a bunch of ridiculously adorable children and writing lots of books. I love to read, write, do puzzles, cook, watch movies, and listen to music (particularly Owl City!!). I absolutely hate broccoli, mushrooms, eggs, and waiting, and a lot of other things I can't think of right now. 

What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? 
A true heroine does what she knows is right no matter the consequences, faces her problems bravely even though they may scare her to death, gets back up when she falls down, is kind, and humble. 
Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
1. Betsy Ray (from the Betsy~Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace) - Betsy, like me loves to have a good time with her friends but also dreams of being a writer, and fills up many notebooks with her scribblings. 
2. Jo March (from Little Women)  - Mostly the same reason as Betsy. She writes, but also she is stubborn and sometimes has a fiery temper. 
3. Sara Crewe (from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett) - Sara, for her love of books. I also admire her for being such a strong person in spite of her adversity, and remaining selfless throughout.

Five of your favorite historical novels?
Some of these are actually series rather than novels, but oh well:
The Lady Grace Mysteries by Patricia Finney
The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Of course!) 
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why?
Jo, from Little Women. Because she reminds me of myself and what I hope to be. I think she's also a good main character because she's not perfect and she makes mistakes and then has to 
Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? 
Hmm...maybe Laurie (from Little Women again) because he's adorable and funny and I just love him. :) The end. 
If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? 
I would go to Europe, definitely. I would shop, eat in cute little cafes, explore castles and other famous historic sites, etc. 
What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 
I really like to read about the Elizabethan period and other Medieval/Dark Ages kind of stuff. I like to read about a lot of different time periods and cultures though. 
You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of? 
Probably singing, I guess.. I'm not a *great* singer but I'm also not horrible (at least, no one's ever told me so) I don't really like doing things in front of other people but I feel like singing is less difficult to do so long as you can avoid cracking up at the faces of all the people watching you. :P 

If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 
Probably Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey or Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. 

What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? 
Favorite author(s)? 
Juliet Marillier
Maud Hart Lovelace 
Edward Eager
Helen Dore Boylston
Louisa May Alcott
Ally Condie
Christopher Paolini
I think I'm going to stop now... there are way too many to list here. 

Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? 
Well, books obviously. My mp3 player, spending money, etc. 
In which century were most of the books you read written? 
Early to mid-twentieth century. 

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… 
Mr. Darcy's pretty cool.

Describe your ideal dwelling place.
Well, I think an old style mansion would be pretty cool. Or maybe a tree house like the one in Swiss Family Robinson? That would be totally legit. 
Sum up your fashion style in five words. 
Jeans, t-shirts, converse, fuzzy socks.
Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? 
I can't really think of a time right now, but I probably will as soon as I'm done with this. 

In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is...
Right now I'm kind of leaning towards Mr. Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility) I guess..

Three favorite Non-fiction books? 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell
Writing Smart Junior 
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly - Gail Carson Levine

Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? 
Reading books, watching Doctor Who, or hanging out with friends. Maybe all three? 

Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. 
A little black hat with a half veil (to add an air of sophistication and mystique) like the ones from the early 20th century. Either that or a fedora like Michael Jackson's. 

Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. 
Attending my church's girls camp, and getting my learner's permit. 

Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
I can't think of one from terribly recently but I really like Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.