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The Disney Book Tag
I was tagged by Stefani @ Caught Read Handed. Thanks, you!
I think I’m a moderate Disney fan? I haven’t seen all the movies but a good chunk of them. I saw the Descendants this week and it was legit if High School Musical and Fairy Tales birthed a child. Plotting was questionable. Acting was what you expect from Disney. It was so-so.
But onward with this tag!
The Little Mermaid — A character who is out of their element; a “fish out of water”
Cam Scott of The Merit Birds (Kelley Powell). What would you do if you were picked up from your privileged first-world lifestyle and sent to live in a culturally dissonant landscape? You’d probably hate it there. This is what Cam has to endure, and more. (I rated it 3.25/5)
Cinderella — A character who goes through a major transformation
A.J. Fikry from The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Gabrielle Zevin). This was a choice that I had to kind of think about. The reason why his change and path to redemption was incredibly earnest and powerful was because he’s an old fella. I have this notion that as you grow older, it can become difficult to embrace change. He gradually shifts from being a snarky old man jaded about life to one yearning for the best for Maya. Old people feels, dude. (I rated it 4/5)
Snow White — A book with an eclectic cast of characters
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti. I stopped reading this book because I didn’t want it to end. I haven’t had a solid 4+ star read in half-a-year and this book is shaping up to be pretty up there. The cast in this story features 6 distinct, diverse, teenage voices (and POVs) from very different walks of life. Plus, super powers. Plus ships and bromances. It’s incredibly fun watching them mingle and intersect with each other. (Pending rating: currently skyward of 4+/5)
Sleeping Beauty — A book that put you to sleep
Most books put me to sleep because when I read at night or during the day post-eating (re: food coma), it’s just lovely to read a page then peace out. But I digress. In terms of a book that bore me to death, I guess I could say Lindsay Lane’s “Evidence of Things Not Seen”. There’s this mystery shrouding a missing teen but the story is [literally] told in 20 narrators that I couldn’t connect or find resolve to care about the events that were unfolding. (I rated it 2.25/5)
The Lion King — A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
Ariel from The Alex Crow (Andrew Smith). (I rated it 3.8/5)
“How was your childhood, Ariel?”
“Oh, you know how it is being from war-torn Middle-East; living through massacres, firefight, hiding in fridges, taking each breath as if its your last. Alone.
Isn’t that what all kids go through?”
Beauty and the Beast — A beast of a book that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
I don’t really enjoy reading beastly books because unless they have epic pacing, they’re usually daunting as heck. One particular book that was a beast when I first started getting into this book blogging business was Christos Tsiolka’s Barracuda. It hits all the notes of family, LGBT, sports, and particularly Australian-culture; all of with culminate toward Danny Kelly’s dream of becoming Golden at the Olympics. It’s not the longest book I’ve read but given it’s slow-paced writing, it did feel like a drag for the longest time with little redemptive value. (I rated it 3.8/5)
Aladdin — A character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
A character in A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness). There are many great things I could say about this book. The majority of readers/bloggers who have read this will understand why I classified this book here. I can’t really say anything. So like all the great blurb-ers who have ever blurbed anything, I will also go with the super original: just read it. (I rated it 4.25/5)
Mulan — A character who pretends to be someone or something they’re not
Young-Adult Bourne Series is what Allen Zadoff’s Boy Nobody is all about. I’ve only read the first book in this series but it was fun and enjoyable. A rather mindless espionage-thriller with neat gadgets, hand-to-hand combat action sequences, and a lot of spying (of course). (I rated it 3.25/5)
Toy Story — A book with characters you wish could come to life
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say Brandon Sanderon’s Legion short-story series. It’s not his best work by a long shot but the Schizophrenic MC paired with all of his hallucinatory versions of himself was an experience that was incredibly fun to read; especially if you enjoy the penmanship of Sanderson. (I rated it 4/5)
Disney’s Descendants — Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character
Mayor Prentiss (Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking Trilogy) is by far one of the best villains I have read to date. He’s not the wicked or sinister kind of evil. It’s how he swims in all the grey areas of morality and convinces Todd (among others) that his way is one that is justified. As a reader, I was able to empathize with his rationale…and rooting for most villains is a scary thought. (I rated it 4.25/5 for the entire series)
I don’t know if you’ve done it so if you have then you can just omit this and enjoy the shout-out LOL.
…and you if you would like to do it (it’s a pretty solid schedulable-post!)
I upped this tag list to 20 bloggers because why not?
This tag actually took a lot longer to write up than some of the other ones. But then again, I was stumped with some of these choices. A fair warning to you.