Big thanks to Chloe at Paint and Butterflies Books for tagging me to do The Disney Book Tag! I’m going to get right into it:
1. The Little Mermaid—A character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water.”
Aria from Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky gets tossed from living in her little technologically advanced bubble to the real world. It was quite the shock for her.
2. Cinderella—A character who goes through a major transformation.
In Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, Alina Starkov transforms into a plain mapmaker to a splendid Grisha!
3. Snow White—A book with an eclectic cast of characters.
Although I have yet to finish The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, I can definitely tell that the boys—Gansey, Noah, Adam, and Ronan—are a special group.
4. Sleeping Beauty—A book that put you to sleep.
I’m usually very entertained no matter what book I’ve read, but Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder is my exception. I’m sorry to whoever liked it, but I read it last year and I don’t even understand how this could capture children’s attention.
5. The Lion King—A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.
I know it says “a character,” but I’m going to say three characters because they are always together and it was the same trauma: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny from Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events books. I mean, how much more traumatic can you get than death and being uprooted?
6. Beauty and The Beast—A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.
I decided to read Jane Eyre in middle school—I’m not even sure what lead me to pick this book out on my own—and I’ve read it two more times since. It was great (for me, though many people I’ve talked with could hardly get through it).
7. Aladdin—A character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.
Junior from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian gets to leave the Indian preserve and his transition isn’t exactly the smoothest.
8. Mulan—A character who pretends to be something or someone they are not.
Yael from Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf literally pretends to be someone else.
9. Toy Story—A book with characters you wish would come to life.
All of the main characters from Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. I absolutely want to be friends with all of them (and more than friends with a couple of others if you catch my drift *wink wink*).
10. Disney Descendants—Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.
Rhy from A Court of Thorns and Roses. Sarah J. Maas must have had some real fun writing him because he definitely has something “morally ambiguous” about him.
This tag was actually pretty tough for me and had me thinking for a while on some questions. So, now I’d like to challenge some others: