Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Disney Book Tag

Bonjour, mes amis! Today I shall be amalgamating two of my favourite things in an almighty behemoth of excellence in what is known as the Disney Book Tag! Technically, no one tagged me, but I'm just going with it because this is just too appealing to not do immediately. Without much further ado, let us open the story book and delve into it:

The Little Mermaid - a character who is out of their element, a "fish out of water".

This one is easy: Professor Andrew Martin after being bio-fused with the alien in The Humans by Matt Haig. He is an extraterrestrial experiencing life on Earth for the first time, having no idea of our cultures or how things work. All he has to go on is the scaremongering presented to him on his own world. Due to this ineptitude in the human world, the novel begins with him wandering around stark naked, which ends up in his arrest! This character is very apt for this category, I thought!

Cinderella - a character who goes through a major transformation.

I have chosen Dr Jekyll from The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. If you don't know the next bit already, then *SPOILER ALERT*: The respected Dr. Jekyll is discovered to be Mr Hyde, the scoundrel who brutally murders a man in the street. Dr Jekyll becomes this alter ego after consuming a potion of some kind, which causes a terrifying metamorphosis, forming the monster that is Mr Hyde.

Snow White - a book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I had to think about this quite hard, but I settled on Dead Famous by Ben Elton. This has an eclectic cast of characters, because that's kind of the point! It's about a Big Brother-like show, which always brings people of different backgrounds together, making an entire cast of eclectic characters!

Sleeping Beauty - a book that put you to sleep.

Ugh, god... The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. I never even got half way through this, it was dull as anything. Even though what was going on could have been exciting, I did not enjoy it because of the way it was written! So, yeah, thanks Salman Rushdie for giving me a good night's sleep, I guess. Not sure if the novel was worth the controversy it caused... (I may power on with it at some point though).

The Lion King - a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.

This has to be Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky! *SPOILER ALERT* He was molested by his aunt when he was a child, and then his aunt died on her way to buy him a gift for his birthday and he basically spent his whole life blaming himself, and he has a mental breakdown... so yeah, pretty traumatic!

Beauty and the Beast - a beast of a book that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful.

This has to be The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Have you seen the size of it? I found the idea of reading such an epic, especially since it was likely going to be Victorian style, and thus rather hard to read, daunting to say the least. I was pleasantly surprised! It was quite easy to read, and the story was fantastic! The picture of Belle and the Beast express my feelings exactly! (I now own The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky which is giving me similar vibes! Over 1000 pages!)

Aladdin - a character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.

This has to go to Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Dorian wishes that he would stay as youthful as the immaculate portrait that is done of him, and finds his wish granted. Unfortunately, it was definitely for the worse. The scars of his debauchery taint the portrait instead of Dorian himself, and it leads him down a path to evil and vice.

Mulan - a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not.

I really struggled with this one! I chose the obvious choice, Barty Crouch Jr. from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. With the aid of polyjuice potion, he poses as Mad Eye Moody to manipulate the Triwizard Tournament and drive Harry to Voldemort in the graveyard; and evidently, he succeeded!

Toy Story - a book with characters you wish would come to life.
Harry Potter, of course! I want to learn magic so I can jinx people I dislike! And, I guess, it would come in handy in my day-to-day life, too.

Disney Descendants - your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.

I love me some Erik (Phantom) from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux! Although, yes, he murders and kidnaps people, he does it from a kind place... that sounds weird to say. He was ostracised all his life for his disfigurement and all he wanted was love from Christine, and it seemed like he was close to it, until Raoul came along and ruined it for him! Hades expresses my emotions quite aptly.

Alas, the tag is finished! I hope you enjoyed it! Comment, like and follow if you did! Comment below if you have read any of the books I mentioned and tell me what you thought of them!
I tag Kristi and Crystal to do this next, and if anyone else wishes to do it, consider yourself officially tagged as well! Until next time, adjö!