As some of you may or may not know, I am a professionally trained Musical Theatre Actress darling. So when I saw this Book Tag floating around of course I HAD to do it. Each question is inspired by a popular West End/Broadway musical, 11 questions in total. The first 7 are from the original Musical Theatre book tag video (linked at the bottom of this post) and the last 4 I made up myself (to the best of my knowledge). So without further a do, let’s get to it…
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1. Wicked – Favourite fictional friendship.
This one has to be Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain from Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series.
I am such a HUGE fan of this series and part of the many reasons I love it so much is the relationship between Skulduggery and Valkyrie. They are hysterical together. Their banter is top notch and it is one of the only book series ever to have made me laugh-out-loud. It obviously tickles my funny bone (get it? funny bone? skeleton? Skulldu-whatever.)
As well as their hilarious dialogue with each other, there is an unwavering trust and loyalty between them which is really beautiful to read. Derek Landy has managed to create such a fantastic chemistry between these two, I could honestly read a whole book of them in a car talking about things. Can that be a novella please? Skulduggery and Valkyrie take a road trip and talk about life? Are you writing this down Derek?
2. Sweeney Todd – Favourite villain.
Although technically not a true villain, I’m going to have to go with Snape from the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling.
He’s such a complex character who you can never really figure out. Yet there are so many tiny details and clues about his true feelings in his actions and words throughout the series. I love me a dark and multifarious character. I love his whole story arc. I love Snape.
3. Phantom of the Opera – Favourite love triangle.
Thinking about this question, I realise that I haven’t actually read a whole lot of books with love triangles in. (I know, surprising considering I read YA). But I do have an answer for this, I’m going to go with the Nathan/Annalise/Gabriel love triangle in the Half Bad trilogy by Sally Green.
I enjoy how drastically these relationships alter throughout the series, and Half Lost probably has one of the most beautifully written romance scenes ever. (just sayin’)
4. The Lion King – Favourite sidekick.
My favourite sidekick HAS to be Jesper from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.
At first I was pretty indifferent towards him as a character, but as time went on he really grew on me. Like a rash. He may be all cheek and charm to the eye, but we soon learn that he has what I like to call the ‘Chandler Bing syndrome’. His external behaviour is very much to mask an inner pain and struggle. As a reader this makes him the best of both worlds. A charming and funny character to make you smile, but who also has a darker side that we get to watch him learn to deal with.
5. Grease – Least favourite ending.
I found this one tricky. I tend to find that if I enjoyed a book I can always see/understand why the author has chosen to end it a certain way. And if I didn’t like a book then I don’t really give a crap about how it ends anyway. But for this one I am going to go with Requiem by Lauren Oliver, which is the final book in the Delirium series.
Now, I happen to really like this series. I think Lauren Oliver’s writing is really ‘flowy’ and pretty, plus she has a way of writing romance that gives me butterflies. But I was left slightly underwhelmed by the ending to the series. It very much leaves everything open, hinting at what might happen without actually giving us full closure. AND I LIKE CLOSURE.
6. Matilda: The Musical – Favourite adaptation of a book.
I am a firm believer in the saying “The book is always better than the film”. However the ONE exception to this rule with me is Howl’s Moving Castle.
This is one of my favourite movies of all time and it is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE BOOK. It is stunningly beautiful. The Soundtrack. The characters. The romance. God, just thinking about this film. May have to pause writing this blog to go watch it…
7. Les Miserables – Favourite death in a book (NO SPOILERS)
This question confused me. I didn’t know whether to interpret favourite death in a “Ding-dong the witch is dead” way or a sadistic “this f-ing destroyed me” way. However, I have an icy icy heart that rarely bleeds so I’m going to go for a character death that ripped my soul out. In fact I’m going to go for three because it is an achievement on the authors behalf to have made me feel a feel so I think they deserve to be recognised. Also I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m just going to post the three book covers below plus an appropriate gif. (If you’ve read these books you’ll know who I’m talking about).
8. Hamilton – A book that lived up to all the hype.
Hype surrounding a book sometimes worries me, because I have very high expectations that are rarely ever met. However I can confirm as a person who is difficult to please that The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is in fact probably one of the best fantasy series ever written.
The thing I love most about it is that it isn’t full of complicated politics or systems like a lot of Fantasy novels are. It’s just an epic story about a characters life. As a singer I have to credit the superb way in which Patrick Rothfuss writes music in this book. Our main character happens to be an extremely skilled lute player, and the descriptions of when he is playing will resonate with anyone who has a passion for music. It also has an incredible blurb –
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
If you haven’t read it yet then go read it right now. (well not right now, maybe like after you’ve finished reading my blog THEN go.)
9. Spring Awakening – Favourite coming of age tale.
Although this isn’t a story that is centred around ‘coming of age’ it definitely happens throughout the series and that is Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
Throughout this series we begin with Lyra as a child who is thrust into a situation which demands she grow up rather quickly. By the end of the Amber Spyglass she is undoubtedly a young lady, and it’s a wonderful journey to be a part of as a reader.
10. Miss Saigon – A book that introduced you to a new culture.
This book was sent to me through a Facebook book chain I took part in a few years ago. It’s not a book I would have picked up for myself on account of it being Adult Contemporary, but it moved me more than I expected it to and that is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
Not only did I learn about a culture I hadn’t experienced before, but I also got a lot of historical context about what was truly going on in Afghanistan between the early 1960’s and 2000’s. A stunning and haunting story about love and friendship that I think everyone who is lucky enough to have been born in a privileged country should read.
11. The Book of Mormon – A book that you would go door to door to share.
My name is Elder Bridie
And I would like to share with you the most amazing book…
(I know technically I would be Sister Sheppard but I preferred the ring to Elder Bridie more so stop ruining my fun).
Some of those questions were quite hard to answer but I had a lot of fun doing this tag and I will take any opportunity to be stagey. If you would like do this tag too then TAG YOU’RE IT.