I am excited to say that I was finally tagged for a book tag. Yay! Thank you It’s A Bookish Thing 13.You are lovely.
I will say, this book tag is probably one of the most fitting for myself, and likely all of us. Reading is about creating your own world around what the author has given you. So it only makes sense that we aren’t always the best at matching our imaginations.
But that’s okay. That’s why books are so fantastic, we all read the same story differently. Anyway, on to the I Messed Up book tag!
- A CHARACTER APPEARANCE THAT YOU MISREAD AND IMAGINED DIFFERENTLY
I’m horrible at committing descriptions to my imagination. I create this person in my head, or choose an actor or actress that I think matches the character’s personality, and that’s what sticks. Probably the most recent character mess up for me is Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles. I tend to picture her more like Cinderella, naturally. So she is usually blonde and tiny. But Cinder is definitely brunette. And Kai is Asian. That is something I just never put in my head. Like I said, I don’t pay attention to descriptions.
- A CHARACTER NAME THAT YOU’VE BEEN PRONOUNCING WRONG
Oh dear. Let me tell you something that I am embarrassed to admit. Last year I went to the Marissa Meyer signing for the release of Fairest. I had just begun reading The Lunar Chronicles and I was finally able to hear Marissa Meyer actually say some of the names out loud. Okay, I’ll cut to the point. I was calling Iko (ee-ko is how it is pronounced, if you were wondering) as 1ko (one-kay-oh). Yeah, who the heck does that? Now before you get all judging me, open that book up. The font makes that “I” totally look like a 1. I will defend my case until the end of time! But I’m still super embarrassed by it.
- AN OVERUSED TROPE THAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE
Oh man, so many! Mostly I think I like the whole guy-and-girl-can’t-stand-each-other-and-then-fall-in-love thing. Like Meghan and Ash in the Iron Fey series. I love the moment it all breaks and they realize they don’t hate each other at all.
- A CLICHÉ CHARACTER TYPE THAT YOU LIKE BETTER ON SCREEN THAN READING ABOUT
I think I match everyone else when I say that it’s the Simon character. The nerdy boy/best friend is so much better when you see him on screen. They can just get annoying in text. But TV and movie Simon Lewis takes an annoying character and turns him so very attractive!
- A WORD/PHRASE THAT YOU LEARNED BECAUSE OF ITS USE IN A BOOK
“Albeit” is the first thing that comes to mind. I had heard it a couple of times on TV or movies but didn’t connect what I was reading. I have a habit of Googling every word I’m not used to while reading. So that was a new one for me that I’m very familiar with/use in writing and some conversations now.
- HAVE YOU EVER NOT READ OR COMPLETED A REQUIRED READING BOOK FOR SCHOOL?
Listen guys, I read NOTHING in school. There is something that makes being forced to read a book just unappealing. Not to mention, I felt like they asked a lot of us. The books we read back then would mean more to us now. I had to read Plato’s Republic as a freshman in high school. Did they think we would get that or appreciate it? I just think teachers were horrible at making selections for my age group back then. Now I hear people are reading The Maze Runner in school…where was that when I was a teen??
- HAVE YOU EVER (OR WANTED TO) SKIPPED A CHAPTER FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A CHARACTER THAT YOU WEREN’T INTERESTED IN?
I’ve never done this because I am a freak who is terrified of missing something important. But YES I HAVE WANTED TO! Definitely. Actually I have just stopped reading a book completely before due to the POV changes. I could not for the life of me get through Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy because I wanted to skip the main character’s POV and stick to the POV of the male lead. It was just better with him and I ended up putting the book down.
Also, it’s not a chapter, but I wish I could have skipped The Lost Prince in the Iron Fey series (I’ve yet to read The Iron Traitor, but I’m sure I will feel the same way). Meghan Chase’s POV was great. Even doing a book from Ash’s side was great. But grown up Ethan Chase was just yuck to me and I could have done without that view point. It should have stopped.
- HAVE YOU EVER CANCELLED SOCIAL PLANS TO READ A BOOK?
The honest answer to this is no, but I’m going to tell you why. Firstly, my books go with me. So I don’t really have to cancel plans. Secondly, I don’t actually make enough plans to have to cancel anything. I have a boyfriend and two cats and we all live under the same roof. I am the massive definition of INTROVERT and I don’t like to do anything. So if I do make plans, then they are probably important enough to put my book down and go.
So, that was a lot of information! But wow, it was fun! I hope I get to do more tags like this in the future.
- The Ultimate Fangirl
- Mud and Stars
- And, of course, anyone else who wants to join in!