Tag Tuesday continues with a tag I saw over on LIISTHINKINS called the ‘I MESSED UP TAG‘ which. I liked the interesting questions, so here are my responses.
A character’s appearance you misread or imagined differently
I can’t think of any specific characters where their actual appearance is difference from how I envisioned them. I don’t tend to pay much attention to the appearances of characters, since I’m often reading many multiple books at once, and focus more on the plotlines.
A character name you’ve been pronouncing differently
As a Brit reading generally US-based literature, especially when it comes to dystopia, I frequently pronounce people, places and general names wrong. I can’t think of a character name but I still struggle with the pronunciation of ‘steele’ from the SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES.
An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure
I can think of overused tropes that I dislike, but not any in particular that are my guilty pleasure. If I like something, I’ll be honest about it – I rarely won’t admit to liking a book.
A cliched character type you enjoy viewing on screen than reading about
I can think of plenty of cliche character types but not any in particular that I like viewing on screen more than I do reading. The tortured hero is a character type often overdone but is one of my favourites, since characters with a darker past tend to be rawer and have greater development compared to naive characters. I like it when characters have history and interesting traits prior to the novel beginning, constantly developing rather than starting off as a blank canvas.
A word/phrase you learned because of its use in a book
Since I read a lot – a lot – of fantasy, most of the words I come into contact with are words that don’t actually exist or mean something in real life – Idris, Steele, Nevernight. However, nephilim was something I learnt from the SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES, especially THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series. I didn’t realise the nephilim were an actual biblical concept rather than something invented for the books.
Have you ever not read or completed a required reading for school?
No, never – I always read the books I need to for study, especially since I chose to continue English Literature. The only examples where I haven’t finished a reading has been when I’ve been busy with other deadlines and haven’t read a specific chapter, although the next week I’ll probably be several chapters ahead and I’m good at pretending to know what I’m talking about in class.
Have you ever (or wanted to) skipped a chapter from the POV of a character you weren’t interested in?
The biggest example I can think of is Four’s chapters of Allegiant. I didn’t connect with the character at all, and hated his POV after being used to the narration of Tris. Especially after *spoiler alert* happened, I struggled to finish the book because I didn’t care. As much as I understand why Veronica Roth needed the dual perspective, it felt as though his chapters were filling in sideplots which I wasn’t interested in. It’s a prime example of why authors need to be consistent with their perspective.
Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?
While I’ve definitely avoided social plans in order to study, and this may include studying for an English Literature exam, I don’t usually cancel social plans that I’ve already agreed to just to read. Regardless of what is happening in my life, I’ll find time to read, with whatever time i have available.
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