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The Disney Book Tag

disney-book-tag1I was tagged for this from Michelle over at Michelle, Books and Movies Addict. Thanks for the tag, I am a Disney lover and this was fun to do; though it did take some thinking.

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1. Little Mermaid: A character who out of their element, a “fish out of water.”

This was a difficult one to come up with. I ended up choosing Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry. Jonas has always lived a life that was very much about being the same as everyone else and never going out of that box. Then he becomes the Receiver of Memory and his whole world is flipped on its head. He goes from being a very comfortable fish in a large school to being a fish flopping around on the shore, trying to figure out some way to survive.
2Cinderella: A character that goes through a major transformation.

This was difficult because there are so many character I love that change in a number of A1bCf-Xhe4Lways. I chose Wade from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Wade started off the book as a kid who was just existing, he finds the first key and his world gains purpose. He learns the importance of reality, love, friendships and standing for what you believe in.

 

51gBHSuI1jL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_3. Snow White: A book with an eclectic cast of characters

This one was easy to come up with. I just finished The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, one of my all time favorite books. This cast of characters is wide ranging and includes a literal “watch dog,” a curious child with too much time on his hands, a cranky Humbug, and princesses who are Rhyme and Reason. There are so many different characters, all playing an important role and bringing fun and intriguing elements to the story. The cast is what makes this book so much fun to read

 

4. Sleeping Beauty- A book that put you to sleep

I have never been a fan of what are considered classic novels, many of them put me to sleep. But the one I have never been able to get passed chapter 3 or 4 is Little Women by Louise May Alcott. I have tried so many times to read this and have never succeeded, I just cannot relate to any part of the story and I get bored very quick every time.

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5. The Lion King: A character who had something traumatic happen
them in childhood.

details_GraveyardMy first instinct here was to go with Harry Potter, but I am using that for two other ones so I chose The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen instead. Bod’s life starts off with the murder of his parents and sister, which he barely escapes. He then finds his way to a Graveyard where he learns a number of lessons from the inhabitants. He can’t really remember his traumatic beginnings but it leads him to a place where he can learn how to see the world a bit differently, something that is always necessary.

Beauty_and_Beast6. Beauty and the Beast: A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by; but found the story to be beautiful.

This one was the most difficult to come up with because big books are my favorite. The more pages the better. I am not intimidated by the size of a book. So I chose the Game of Thrones series by GRRM  for this one. Mostly because I did not quite know what I was getting into when reading it. I didn’t know what to expect and after reading five of the books I still have no idea what to expect. I am eager for the series to finish (if it ever does) and would not care if they were thousands of pages long, as long as I get an end, I will be happy.

7. Aladdin: A character who gets their wish granted for better or for worseHorns_cover

I chose Ig Perrish from Horns by Joe Hill for this one. He wanted to find out what happened to his girlfriend and clear his name. He got his wish, but also found the darker side of himself as well.

 

8. Mulan: A character who pretends to be someone or 1581572842_060ff50eb5something they are not.

This one was difficult, I ended up choosing a Harry Potter character, though I am going to use the series again. Peter Pettigrew spend almost three books pretending to be a rat. But most importantly he pretends to be a tough person, while in reality he is a sniveling mess who is weak and stays around those who can save him. He pretends to care but in reality he is all about protecting himself.

9. Toy Story: A book with characters you wish would come to life

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Look, Harry Potter again! I would love for all those characters to come to life and be able to hang out with them. They are so interesting and different that I don’t think you could ever get bored spending time with any of them.

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10. Disney Descendants: Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

This was a tie for me. I have written extensive posts on both of these characters so I will keep it short here. I chose Jamie from Game of Thrones and Seichan from The Sigma Force series by James Rollins. They both have made some poor decisions in their lives but they begin to change when they meet new people in their stories. Watching them step away from being that “villain,” and become something in the middle is one of my favorite storylines to read.

 Time to tag! As always if you have no interest in this or have done it already, feel free to opt out.

  1. Trisha over at Yellow, Green and Read All Over
  2. BrittneySahin at Brittneysahin

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman – Review (Spoilers)

details_Graveyard“The Graveyard Book,” by Neil Gaiman is the coming of age story for a young boy named Nobody Owns, Bod for short. It is the story of a young child who grows up in a fantastic world where the only boundaries are the outside world. He comes of age in a place where the impossible is possible. We, as readers, are taken along on his journey of learning life lessons as any child would; as well as learning that the world is not as black and white as we like to think it is.

Bod’s parents and younger sister are killed by a man named Jack. Bod is a baby and crawls his way out of the house and to a graveyard where the man isn’t able to hurt him. Bod is adopted by the inhabitants of the graveyard and he is given the protection that goes along with that. As long as he is there he is safe from the man Jack and his organization. Bod grows up in the graveyard learning life and scholarly lessons from those who were buried there. In the end the man Jack and his organization do come for Bod. Bod is able to defeat them using what he has learned through his upbringing in this strange place.

Many of the first chapters of the book are vignettes about Bod growing up and learning lessons about life. Bod learns that just because you dislike what an adult is telling you, find it boring and pointless does not mean it will not be useful later. He learns that by not listening to what he is told could end up with him in a life threatening situation. He also learns that while he may screw up and get himself into trouble those who care about him are always watching and will protect him if they can. In the end all these lessons he learned are what enable him to defeat the man who wants him dead and save not only himself but his home as well.

I think the theme and main idea of this book can be summed up by the relationship between Scarlett and Bod. When the two first meet they are both young and innocent. Scarlett believes that Bod is an imaginary friend and she barely questions what he does or says. At this age she accepts Bod and all the weird aspects of his life and home. Her and her family move and it is stated that “[…]she fled down the path back the way they had come, to her parents and the world.” (pg 60). She leaves a world where the impossible is possible and is thrown into a world where reality tells her that somethings just aren’t real and never can be.

When we meet Scarlett again she is a teenager and she has been in the world for a while. Like all children they believe that all things can happen until adults and the real world tell them otherwise. Scarlett is now skeptical and she is actually surprised that Bod is real and not imaginary. She is must less trusting. After the fight she goes through with Bod she becomes terrified of Bod. She is scared of all the things that she has seen and experienced. She can’t take it all in and in the end has to have her memory wiped. The real world has stepped in and put set limits and regulations on her. She knows what is real, what isn’t and she can’t fathom any of that changing. She can’t make the two worlds mesh together.

Bod on the other hand has grown up with all these fantastic elements as his reality. Talking to ghosts? Normal. Being able to Fade? Normal. Being able to go into a different realm through an old grave? Normal. For Bod all is normal and whenever he is presented with something new he take it in and examines it. He doesn’t run and hide. Which will serve him well when he does step into the rest of the world.

He asks his guardian, “How can you make her forget me?” (pg 289) after he watches Scarlett break down before him. His guardian tells him. “People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer,” (pg 289). This is one of the last lessons Bod has to learn in his home. He has to learn that sometimes the world can’t accept the fantastic and that to be safe people ignore what is troubling and weird. Bod has to realize that the world outside of his graveyard is much less trusting.

The book ends with Bod leaving his home and venturing out into the world. He is excited to see what is beyond the gates. He wants to explore and see what is out there. He has seen all he can inside of the graveyard and he knows that it is time for him to take on a new adventure. Whereas Scarlett was scared of the unknown Bod embraces it.

I enjoyed this book because of how well Gaiman combined reality with fantasy. He told a coming of age story unlike one we have seen before. As Bod leaves his home we, as readers, know that not only will he be able to take care of himself but he will be able to show the world some things as well. Sometimes our world needs these eccentric, seemingly odd people to open up the possibilities that surround us.

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