The Beauty And The Beast Book Tag

beauty and the beast tag

 

So Nut Free Nerd had left an open nomination for this one, and this challenge sounded SO cute that I HAD to do it. Thanks, Holly! And thanks to Amber Elise at Du Livre for creating this one!

Surprisingly, I’ve neither watched the animated movie nor the live-action one that everyone’s in love with. These last two years have been quite hectic, and the next two seem to continue in that vein, so I’ll have to find time to watch them 😦

Now for the fun part.

villain

A villain you can’t help but love.

sword of summer

Loki from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series ( *confession* TOM HIDDLESTON’S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS *end of confession*).

I’ve always empathised with Loki – his conflicting morals, his inferiority complex, his raging passions…. I’ve always felt that his punishment for killing Balder was too harsh. And have I mentioned how cool shape-shifting is?

OTP

 

Your OTP. 

half-blood prince

This is easily the hardest question, because I ship most characters with myself 😛

But after a few centuries of thought, I can say that I thoroughly ship Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks (S.S Wotcher Wolvie or Ronks).

This is a thoroughly disputed ship – many have called out on Remus for being selfish and too drowned in self-pity to have actually reciprocated Tonks’ love wholly. And they may be right.

But the fact still remains that their love is redeeming – Tonks saved Remus from what could have been a descent into darkness and despair; and he stabilises her wildfire personality. It’s sad that their love had to end in tragedy, but thank God for Teddy Lupin.

destined for bigger things

A character that’s destined for bigger things.

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Bimala from Tagore’s The Home and the World. Let’s be honest, EVERY character in this book was destined for greater things. But Bimala stands out. Her transformation from a woman who worshiped the dust of her husband’s feel (literally) to a firebrand personification of Bharat Mata was just awe-inspiring. Had it not been for this book’s ambiguous ending, I’m sure we would have seen some greater magic being cast by Tagore.

 

 

food

A book that makes you hungry. 

a little princess

Umm. This question was hard because I always munch on something while reading, so that I don’t need to get up to fetch a snack (#lazy bookworm problems). But Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess ends up warming my heart and making me a little hungry because of all the mentions of food in it.

So many feasts, so many secret feasts, so many happy feasts…. *sigh* Time to grab a snack, I guess.

 

opposites attract

Opposites attract.

the hunger games

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.

One bakes bad guys while the other bakes bread (bad one, I know).

One is the Girl on Fire –  stubborn and determined. The other is gentle and steady.

One speaks her mind while the other weighs his words carefully before utterance.

‘Nuff said.


I tag whoever is reading this!

What are your reasons for watching Beauty And The Beast? What books would you have chosen for these questions? And is there any way of freeing up a busy schedule? *cries*

Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Top 5 Fictional Characters I Learnt From

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It is Teacher’s Day here in India! Commemorating that is today’s post on what I learnt from fictional characters… 

5. Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock

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What I learnt:

Okay, this one is quite superficial, but *shrugs* learning is learning!

  • How to deduce people

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  • How to survive when shot in a non-fatal area

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  • How to use clever insults!

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4. Isabella “Bella” Swan  from The Twilight Saga

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Before you all click “Unfollow” and run away, I’d like to add this – she taught me what NOT to be.

What I learnt:

  • To not be as selfish, stupid, petty and (insert choicest negative traits here) as her.

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  • She is engaged to the man of her dreams, and the only thing she does is whine about how he is sooo over-indulgent and caring towards her (and how annoying that is). Gee, Bella. I feel so sorry for you.

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  • Fine, she chooses Edward over Jacob. That means that she should let go of Jacob, so that he can find someone for himself. But oh no, Bella has the cake, eats the cake, and takes the cakes of others as well.

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3. Anne Shirley from Anne Of Green Gables

Ah, finally, a sensible heroine 🙂

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What I learnt: 

Anne taught me that it is okay to be wildly imaginative and trusting, always hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. She actually made me feel normal and accepted at a time where everybody was calling me ‘weird’ and ‘freaky’ for being dreamy:

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hopeful:

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and just a *teensy* bit dramatic:

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2. Anthony Howard “Tony” Stark from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

This might come as a surprise to most of you (considering the events of Age of Ultron and Civil War) but Tony continues to be my first crush and all-time favorite superhero.

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What I learnt:

Tony inspired me to dare to aim high, to not be afraid of failure, to be wild, impulsive and just plain arrogant and awesome. Be gutsy, be brave, and be proud. Considering that I have a tendency to hesitate before doing anything, Tony taught me this:

 

 

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  1. Remus John Lupin from Harry Potter

This must come as no surprise, since I’m always talking about how my love for Remus Lupin, Werewolf Extraordinaire, is an eternal and undying flame kindled in my heart…Apart from the little things about him that makes me go “Awww,” here’s what I learnt from him.

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What I learnt:

Your life may be screwed up as hell, but I have no rights whatsoever to take it out on others. Lupin’s kind and non-judgmental attitude towards everyone did wonders to my hard little heart. The way he treated others shows the strength of will he must have had, battling a terrible condition, but trying to not let it show. Wise indeed.

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Granted, he had his moments of crippling inferiority which an insensitive soul may call ‘weakness’.  But I believe that he realized the gravity of his action only after Tonks became pregnant, so I don’t  particularly blame him for that, because all of us have experienced the “What have I done?” feeling before.

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It does take a lot of courage to fight for the future even when it means certain death. And I deeply revere Remus for that.

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Oh, and just ignore me choking here, It is just those damn onion-cutting ninjas.

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But ending on a happy note (read: HP better than Twilight!!!)

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Wanna argue with me about one of my nominees? Or just want to share the lessons you learnt from fiction? Feel free to share them below!

 

 

 

 

My Ships And Songs

 

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Hey guys!

Sunday today, time for fangirling finally found!

Here’s a list of my favorite ships and the songs I associate with them:

  1. James Potter x Lily EvansInto The Night, Santana Ft. Chad Kroeger

I feel that this is what EXACTLY James would have sung when he first saw Lily. And the beats to the song suits James’ personality so much – proud and upbeat.

2. Remus Lupin x Nymphadora Tonks A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

A more beautiful match cannot be found.

3. Tony Stark x Pepper PottsLeave Out All The Rest, Linkin Park

I feel that this is fitting especially after Age of Ultron

4. Hazel Lancaster x Augusts WatersPhotograph, Ed Sheeran

I also considered Tobias and Tris from Divergent for this one, but meh, I’m in the Tobias hating minority, so I stuck with Hazel and Gus instead.

5. Teddy Lupin x Victoire WeasleyBest Song Ever, One Direction

I know that there is absolutely nothing given about them in canon (Thanks for disappointing me, Cursed Child ), but this is how I imagined their relationship would have gone.

Have better songs for these ships? Or better ships for these songs? Or hell, totally different ships and songs? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

#5 Harry Potter Moment Of The Week

Sick of being late again! This is another one of my combo-prompt posts. I’m responding to what my Patronus and Boggart will be in today’s post.

Cutest one I could find.

Cutest one I could find.

I took two tests ( one at What’s My Patronus? and the other at Teen quizzes) to determine my Patronus, and both of them unanimously decided it would be an otter. Considering my similarities to Hermione Granger (I can prove it if you like), an otter seems to be my only possible Patronus. Stupid, seeing that I’ve never liked otters (they stink of fish, and I’m vegetarian). But they seem to be pretty intelligent creatures, so I’m okay with that.

I just hate this word.

I just hate this word.

I really, really, hated this messed-up Boggart test. Honestly, the three things I’m most scared of are losing everyone I love, being judged, and yep, you guessed it right. Failure. I’m also scared of worms, but the test doesn’t seem to count that. I’m half INFP and half INTP (a mixture of Luna Lovegood and Hermione Granger according to this). I say this because I just have a slight preference for Feeling over Thinking. Still, it irks me to know that failure is my Boggart. Maybe my Riddikulus spell will turn it into ‘Success!’ instead…

What is YOUR Patronus and Boggart? How will YOUR Riddikulus spell combat your worst fear? Let me know!

#3 Harry Potter Moment Of The Week

Okay, so I FINALLY figured out that I’ve been getting the dates wrong for each of the MOTW (stupid, stupid, me). I really don’t know what to do, so I guess I’ll go on with the prompts I’m already doing, and try to catch up with whatever I’ve left. Maybe combine two prompts in one post. I don’t know.

The prompt this sentence deals with asks us to name our favourite Hogwarts teacher. As mentioned before, it is the one and only Remus Lupin. Reasons already given!

So the next prompt I’m taking now is quite interesting: What would your Amortentia smell like?

Amortentia (if you’ve forgotten), is the most powerful love potion in existence and has the smell of whatever the user finds attractive, knowingly or unknowingly.

My Amortentia will probably smell like oleander blossoms, mint, fresh paper, and petrichor (the smell produced by rain hitting the dry earth, or the scent right before it begins to rain).

I like the heady fragrances produced by oleander. It makes me feel heavy in the head, but it is pleasurable all the same. Roses make me feel dizzy, and I just don’t like their scent. Oleander is better (and a more fragrant) alternative.

Mint is heavy too, but it is a fresh sort of heavy, making you feel light and heavy at the same time. It overwhelms you, catches you by surprise and has a sharp smell (what does that even MEAN?) but it is just awesome.

Every time I buy a book, I take some time to smell it. Stupid, I know, but it smells good all the same, all dry and papery and fresh…You know what? Smell a new book yourself? You’ll know what I mean.

And now for petrichor. I didn’t even know the right word for ‘the scent before it rains’, but Google gave me the solution. Petrichor smells fresh, as if everything is going to be reborn, and the messed up world is going to be cleaned. It is quite pleasant and nice. I’m no big fan of the rains (mud and slush, ugh!), but petrichor is an exception.

What would YOUR Amortentia smell like? Do let me know.

Quote

#4 Top Ten Tuesday…

…Or #9 Witty Wednesday.

Yeah, I’m a bit late. Was busy celebrating the Tamil New Year yesterday. Happy New Year to all Tamilians out there!

Yesterday’s prompt wanted us to list top ten quotes from books that inspire us, challenge us, or make us think differently. As my Witty Wednesday followers know, I LOVE QUOTES! So, I’m clubbing both of these! Here are my favourites, in no particular order:

10. “When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.”

– Stephenie Meyer from Twilight

I am no Twilight fan, but this quote strikes a chord. There are many, many times I’ve woken up from a dream, crying because it’s over. Yes, I’m interpreting it literally, as Twilight rightfully deserves.

9. “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

– Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Grey

This book is fabulous, and so is this quote.

8. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

I honestly had a tough time selecting my favourite HP quote. Unable to decide, so I just put this one up.

7. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott from Little Woman

And our ships shall sail through thick and thin.

6. “We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self denial, anxiety and discouragement.”

– Lucy Maud Montgomery from Anne of the Island

Self-explanatory.

5.  “Deadlines just aren’t real to me until I’m staring one in the face.”

– Rick Riordan from Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief

I just hate deadlines. They seem to be far away at first, and in a blink of the eye, they will be staring at you. Well put, Uncle Rick.

4. “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”

– Suzanne Collins from Catching Fire

This is SO sweet! I wish the same many, many times a day. Eternity with someone whom you love, doing something you love, in a place which you love? Hard to put down this offer.

3.  “At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world about me; I seem to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all.”

– Herbert George Wells from The War of The Worlds

This happens to me a lot. I catch myself thinking in the third person and find it an extremely rewarding experience. How else could I see the smallness of my problems in this enormous world? How else could I realise my worthlessness in the big, bad world?

2. “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

– Veronica Roth from Divergent

I just love the truth of her words.

1. A voice within me is sobbing, “You see that’s what’s become of you. You’re surrounded by negative opinions, dismayed looks and mocking faces, people who dislike you, and all because you don’t listen to the advice of your own better half.” Believe me, I’d like to listen, but it doesn’t work, because if I’m quiet and serious, everyone thinks I’m putting on a new act and I have to save myself with a joke, and then I’m not even talking about my own family, who assume I must be sick, stuff me with aspirins and setatives, feel my neck and forehead to see if I have a temperature, ask about my bowel movements and berate me for being in a bad mood, until I just can’t keep it up anymore, because when everybody starts hovering over me, I get cross, then sad, an finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and keep trying to find a way to become what I’d like to be and what I could be if . . . if only there were no other people in the world.”

– Anne Frank from The Diary of a Young Girl

This ‘quote’ is huge and magnificent, straight from the heart. If only there were no other people in the world…

Do you agree with any of these quotes? What are your favourite quotes from books?