I Messed Up Book Tag

Sunday, 5 July 2020


It's time for another book tag! Yay! This one is the I Messed Up Book Tag and it revolves around things I got wrong or didn't do in regards to books. Enjoy!

1. A character appearance that you misread and imagined differently.


Hester Shaw from the Mortal Engines series. In the first book she's described as being so disfigured that it actually makes Tom sick to his stomach. When the movie came out Hera Hilmar portrayed her and the only scar was a lightning strike-esque one that ran from under her left eye down to her chin. How ever will Tom look past her hideous scar and fall for... oh... wait.. it's not that bad really.

I know this was a problem on Hollywood's part and not my interpretation of the book, but I DID imagine her differently while reading. It was actually a problem a lot of people had with Hester in the movie. Nothing against Hera Hilmar, it wasn't her fault. But here's the quote from the book: “A terrible scar ran down her face from forehead to jaw, making it look like a portrait that had been fruiously crossed out. Her mouth was wrenched sideways in a permanent sneer, her nose was a smashed stump, and her single eye stared at him out of the wreckage.” Think of that description, then look at Hester in the book.


2. A character name that you’ve been pronouncing wrong.


Funny you should ask. The same day Anne gave me this book tag, I found out I was saying Amberle Elessedil wrong. I had also talked about this in my Hufflepuff Book Tag, but I was pronouncing it "Amber El" but according to the show it's pronounced "Amber Lee." Amberle is from The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks.




3. An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure.


I love the Unlikely/Reluctant Hero. As I've mentioned so many times before, I love The Dresden Files and Harry Dresden is anything but the likely hero. A recent series I love is The Sixth World series by Rebecca Roanhorse and Maggie Hoskie is a badass god fighting hero who started out as just a regular monster hunter. 


I love the thought that these heroes who save the day and world so many times were just regular people who were put into situations where they had to make the right choice.



4. A cliché character type that you like better on screen than reading about.


The painfully awkward nerd. I suffer from awful secondhand embarrassment and that goes for books AND movies. Books can get into the head of these characters and each decision they make. If they do something embarrassing I feel that I live it slower in a book vs a couple minute movie scene.




5. A word/phrase that you learnt because of its use in a book.

Racist Dog Whistle

Thanks to the book Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, I learned this term that refers to a low key racists sign that meant to fly under the radar for the majority of people but be a secret sign to those in the know. So basically, a tool for garbage human beings.



6. Have you ever not read or completed a required reading book for school?

Hell yeah I have. One time a friend paid me to write a book report for him and he gave me a copy of the book. I didn't read the whole thing. Instead I'd open up to random parts and read a little then find a quote for the paper. He got an A. Two years later I ended up taking the same class and just rewrote the paper using the same ideas in different words and got another A. I never read the full book. I'd share the name or picture of the book, but it's been so long that I can't remember the book.




7. Have you ever (or wanted to) skipped a chapter from the point of view of a character that you weren’t interested in?


If you find a fan of fantasy books there's a really good chance that they've read and/or are a big fan of The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfus. I did like the books but not nearly as much as other people. The problem with Rothfus is that he's too long winded. So many parts of the book dragged on longer than they had to so they became boring. So many times I just wanted to skip to the end of a chapter because I was so bored but I knew that there'd be a chance I'd miss something important. 




8. Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?


Not that I can think of, but I know Anne and I have changed our personal plans because we wanted to read instead, But we didn't cancel plans with friends. We just decided not to go to a movie, or go out to eat, or something in favor of staying in and reading.



So there's my answers to the I Messed Up Book Tag. What are yours? If you did this or plan on doing it, let me know!

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