Tag Archives: romance

Disney Princesses Reimagined as Books

fullsizeoutput_63d

The Princess Book Tag

Since Disney Princesses have been reimagined as pretty much everything under the moon (like hotdogs, really?!), it was inevitable that the reimagining would come around to something I’m passionate about–books!

(Although, I’ll admit, I do love a good beef hotdog.)

Thanks to my good friend R. Q. Woodward for tagging me in this fun reimagining!

The rules: 

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you
  • Tag Zuky’s and Mandy’s posts so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Book Princess Reviews & Book Bum)
  • Play a game of tag at the end

 

THE PRINCESSES AND THE BOOKS:

🍎Snow White – This Book (like the Movie) Started It All

Favorite debut book from an author:

It’s not technically a first book, but a first fiction book: Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet. This book is an enchanting tale of an unappreciated, special girl (Auralia) that I think artists of any genre can relate to. It instantly struck a chord with me and will always have a place on my shelf.

 

👠Cinderella – A Diamond in the Rough

Just like Cinderella, you didn’t expect much out of this character in the beginning but they turned out to be a total gem.

I don’t know about a specific character, but there was a book I happened across recently that turned out to be an unknown gem for me. Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen. I picked it up as I was rifling through random books at a used bookstore and started reading the first couple pages (to see if it was something I’d want to read, not knowing the author). I read through the whole first chapter and knew it was something I was going to love. It’s homey but different, with enough elegant prose to satisfy but a plot that’s easy enough to be comfortable.

 

😴Aurora – Sleeping Beauty

A book that makes you sleepy or just could not hold your attention

Allegiant (and Insurgent) by Veronica Roth. I liked the first in the Divergent series, but after that came a big mess of a second and total disaster of a third book. I finished them all, but after a few chapters into Insurgent, it was a miserable experience. I couldn’t understand the characters’ motivations or mood swings. The science felt flimsy. And I definitely couldn’t believe it when characters repeatedly claimed “this is the only way” when they wanted to rush from one bad idea to another (when other options had not been decently explored beforehand). Ugh.

 

🌊Ariel – Under the Sea

A book with a water/ocean setting

This one took me the longest to think up. While there are many books written in proximity to the ocean or water, I feel like I haven’t read many where it’s central to a lot of the story.

One of the first to come to mind was Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, the unfortunate story of a gentleman frog who goes fishing and gets himself caught. Then I thought of The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare and had to mention that one. It has a lot of the sea in it, especially at the beginning and with the main character Kit’s upbringing in the Caribbean being an integral part of who she is.

 

📚Beauty and the Books

Name a book with the best bookworm/book lover

Not sure if you could call her a bookworm, but I’m going with Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Heck, that’s part of the reason Darcy deems her of worth, so yeah. Moral: read books and the right significant other will appreciate you. 😉

 

❤️Jasmine – The Thief and the Princess

Name a book with an unlikely love story (either in terms of romance or a book you didn’t expect to love so much.)

I’m going with Bathsheba Everdeen and Gabriel Oak in Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd. They are two very different people, who are constantly thrown together but kept apart until finally *spoiler* Bathsheba comes to her senses.  Plus, I’m pretty sure Gabriel Oak is the quintessential perfect man.

 

🌎Pocahontas – The Real Life Princess

Name a book that is based on a real life person you want to read/have read

Okay, this is a man’s book, so hopefully he doesn’t take offense to being listed in a princess tag (should he ever come across it), but I have On Writing by Stephan King on my “to read” stack at my desk. It’s a memoir and his take on the craft of writing, and I’ve heard it’s an amazing book for any prospective writer to read.

 

🐉Mulan – The Princess that saved her Country

Name the fiercest heroine you know

It’s hard to pick just one here, but I think I’ll go with Mara from Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. Mara starts out as a slave, desperate for her freedom and jumps at a risky opportunity to gain it–not once, but twice. She works as an agent for both sides of a cause before realizing (too late) that she truly wants to make a choice between them.

 

🐸Tiana – The Princess With The Coolest And Most Diverse Crew

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general

Winnie the Pooh. You have the chronically depressed Eeyore, an attention-deficit-disorder Tigger, anxiety-ridden Piglet, OCD Rabbit, and absent-minded Pooh-bear; what’s more diverse than that?

As far as human diversity: like Robin, I thought it was very well done in Rysa Walker’s The Delphi Effect, but it wasn’t central enough to the story for me to really nominate it in this category.

 

💇Rapunzel – Let Your Longggggg Hair Down

Name the longest book you’ve ever read

I’ve just started (and paused for CampNaNoWriMo–I’m awesome with my timing) Tolstoy’s infamous War and Peace. Because I actually enjoy long epics with numerous storylines, political subtexts, and cultural implications.

🏹Merida – I Determine My Own Fate

A book where there is no love story/interest or it isn’t needed

The Chosen by Chaim Potok. I remember this being one of the first “difficult” books I read as a child. Not to say that the books I’d read up to that point didn’t have difficulty in them, but they hadn’t affected me to the same depths that this book did. I need to go back and reread it to see if it still holds the same poignancy I remember.

 

❄️Anna and Elsa – Frozen Hearts

A book in a winter/cold setting

 

George R. R. Martin’s infamous A Song of Ice and Fire series has a good deal of Icy settings, especially as the series progresses with Winter coming and the threat of white walkers looming with it.

The Willows in Winter is probably more fitting a choice, but it’s been so long since I read it as a child that I don’t remember much from the story.

 

⛵Moana  – How Far I’ll Go

A character that goes on a journey

 

Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. I know it might be more of a quest than a journey, but the trip to the Lonely Mountain is more than half the book, and the journey of the mind that Bilbo undertakes is just as much of an accomplishment.

 

A Game of Tag

I tag…whoever is reading this (ha, I have you now!). 😉 Give your own book reimaginings in the comments below or feel free to make your own blog post! I’m always eager for some good book recommendations. And Disney Princess reimaginings.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Reading

Touching Base & A Sneak Peek!

It’s late.

I have a glass of strawberry moscato at my elbow, my cat at my feet, and a limp bun sagging at the back of my head.

This is when I do most of my writing, it seems. Late at night or early in the morning, when the house is quiet enough for me to breathe. A hot cup of coffee or cool glass of wine at my side, urging me on.

So, without further ado:

fullsizeoutput_5a0

Progress Report:

I’m approximately a third(ish) of the way through on my manuscript, which is both exciting and disheartening. Every writer works at different speeds, I know. I simply function within a tortoise-like slow and steady pace. And that’s okay, but I’d like to work faster. Perhaps if I get myself in gear and follow R. Q. Woodward’s excellent advice, I can amp up my speeds a little.

Since the story takes place in a futuristic earth (over a thousand years into the future), that naturally requires imagining what has changed in a thousand years, what has remained constant, and what has fallen into disrepair. Which probably should be more exciting than terrifying, but coming from a historical standpoint, it’s still uncomfortable for me.

The latest I’ve dreamed up is some kind of fairly easily diagnosed disease and the medication used to treat it. The research for that (to make it at least a believable disease and medication) is both equally repulsive and mad-scientist-y too. I think. I’ve never been strong in the sciences, so I’m not sure exactly how that might feel. But I imagine it’s something like this fascinating feeling of loose control over something far beyond your own power.

I feel sorry for the poor characters already.

Well, enough about the process, I promised a sneak peak and here it is! A tiny snippet of what I’ve recently written:

I go to tuck my lip into my mouth, but it’s held taught in a chapped shell. “Look, if you want me gone, just give me an I.D. and point me in the direction of the nearest city.”

A laugh bursts from behind the man’s thick beard. “We don’t just give out I.D.s, girl. And even if we-” He stops, head turned to the side.

It takes me a moment, but I hear it too—a distant cry, piercing through the air with a haunting resonance.

Then a second voice, much closer. “Harlan!”

The man turns to the door behind him just before it bursts open. “Harlan!” The woman who flies through reaches for him. “It’s Delci—she’s worse, much worse.”

His hard face finally shows a crack in its composure. “How much?”

“I don’t know what else to do.“ She wrings her pasty-white hands like it’ll render some answer to the problem. “We need to send for someone, Harlan. We have no choice—Kennard won’t be back until Spring.”

Pressing a hand to his heavy brow, he considers a moment. “No, it’s too dangerous.”

“She’ll die!”

“Take me to her.” He follows the woman out the door, fixing me with a hard look before the slab of wood shuts between us and I hear the scraping of a lock falling into place.

More cries fluctuate from somewhere outside the door.

What kind of place is this?

I don’t want to stick around to find out.

Dun dun duuuuuun. Yep, **spoiler** someone has fallen victim to my horrible made-up disease. I’m sorry, but it was a necessary evil to move the story along.

In Other News:

I recently took an online course in Romantic and Sexual Tension that R.Q.Woodward suggested to me, and that was an interesting challenge. I’ll admit that I didn’t realize how many layers go into creating an engrossing Romantic story (whether by itself or within another genre like historical or sci-fi). I got a lot of fantastic pointers for not only romantic development, but character growth as well.

Last Notes:

I’m SUPER excited about July’s Camp NaNoWriMo coming up! (Look out for #SpottedSasquatch) I’m still working out what exactly my goal will be. 50k words is the standard, of course, but something as simple as an hour or two of uninterrupted writing every day would be a great habit to enforce during the month. As per R.Q.’s previously mentioned advice, I agree that setting aside designated time for the task is vitally important. Especially when you’re the stay-at-home parent and workdays are ambiguous and never-ending.

I’ll be chiming in soon with a fun book review, but in the meantime, let me know if you’re NaNoWriMo-ing in July or what other summer plans you have!

2 Comments

Filed under Writing