Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Book Lover Tag

A fun tag for readers made up by my friend Jessica as part of hers and Elizabeth Ender's Valentine Book Giveaway.

Go HERE to read all the answers or to link up with your own answers to this tag!

What book do you love but everyone else seems to hate (or dislike)?
Jane Austen's Lady Susan.  I've met a few people who liked it, but for the most part, people I've talked to that have read it didn't really like it.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What book does everyone else seem to love, but you just can’t get into?
Besides Twilight?  :D  I can't think of one at the moment, except for books I don't read because of matters of conviction- like Harry Potter.  (Technically, Twilight falls into that category, too.)

Love in books—love or hate it?
It all depends on how it is written.  I don't like modern Christian romance like Love Inspired, but I adore Jane Austen's romances, Ivanhoe, The Scarlet Pimpernel and others.  If it is well written without being sappy or stupid, and as long as there is adventure mixed in with the romance, I don't mind it.

What is your favorite friendship/brotherhood/sisterhood in a book?
Soo many to choose from!!!  Random favorites off the top of my head: Friendship – Rudolf, Fritz and Colonel Sapt in Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Henzau.  Brotherhood – the Angels in a WIP of Katherine Sophia's.  Sisterhood – Marguerite Blakeney and Suzanne de Tournay Ffoulkes in The Scarlet Pimpernel series.

Do you “ship” couples when you read? What are some of your favorite ships—that sailed or didn’t?
On rare occasions.  Ships that sailed: Mac and Rose in Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom, Ben-Hur and Esther in Ben-Hur....

Do you still exchange Valentines?
Um, not really.

Your favorite Valentine gift, chocolate, flowers or something else? Chocolate, dark, milk, white—other?
I don't really know what kind of a Valentine's gift I'd prefer... but if it's chocolate I'll take white over any other kind any day.

Your personal views on Valentine’s Day?
A holiday that started out good, celebrating friends and family, and was swiftly glamorized, cheapened and rubbished by our culture.  (And yes, I realize rubbished is not a word.  At least, I don't think it is.)

Favorite sweet read?
Ok, this is probably an odd answer, but Shakespeare's As You Like It, actually.

Favorite fairytale and why?
Aladdin.  Or the Eleven Swan Brothers.  Or The Plain Princess.  All three are fantastic.

Favorite romantic gesture in a book?
For sheer sadness, Percy kissing the steps where Marguerite had walked in The Scarlet Pimpernel.  It is a sadly beautiful moment.

Do you have a favorite “romantic movie” that you like to watch?
North and South.  Or Ladyhawke.

Favorite Literary couple and why?
Sir Percival Blakeney AKA The Scarlet Pimpernel and Margurite St. Just Blakeney.  Why?  Because their love story is amazing and beautiful and proves that in spite of pain and betrayal and miscommunication, true love still triumphs in the end.

Favorite opinion about love from a Character? (like Jo in Little her it was an awful idea).
Well, it's not exactly an opinion, but I've always loved this quote from C. S. Lewis' The Horse and His Boy: 'Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I'm afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.'

Favorite quote about love?
Love is friendship set on fire.
The crowning characteristic of love is loyalty ~ Jeffrey R. Holland

Miss Melody Muffin


  1. Haha, I also used Twilight in #2, though I've never read it. And I love the C.S. Lewis quote towards the end. I'd completely forgotten about that, but it's so funny!

  2. Alright, I'll admit... I'm one of those who don't like Lady Susan. But it's hard to define exactly, because I liked it due to its being an Austen story, yet I really despised Lady Susan herself. Yeah...

    HP and Twilight... yup. Same here.

    Yes, I think "rubberished" is a word. And if it isn't, we should write a dictionary with it included. I probably use way too many fake words, myself, so I'll need a dictionary to remember them all! ;)

    Okay, I'm familiar with Aladdin (duh) and Eleven Brothers, but what fairy tale is the Plain Princess? I don't think I've heard of that one before.

    *gleeful squeals* LOVE THAT QUOTE! C.S. Lewis really knew how to write romance, didn't he? :)

  3. haha, I love aravis and cor!

    and guess what? I love lady susan, too :D woot!

  4. Lody, I LOVE your mind. XD And every single quote is GREAT. Scarlet Pimpernel is actually my sister Courtney's favorite book, and I was quoting the Jane Seymour movie to myself all night ... XD Not sure that counts, but hey, it was fun. (AND THE LAST QUOTE -- JEFFREY R. HOLLAND! HE'S LIKE MY FAVORITE PERSON EVER!!!!!!!!!!)

    Love you! ;D


  5. Good post Sister!!! Not all Love Inspired is rubbish. Sir Percy and Lady Blakney!!!! LOVE them!!!!! Love Cor and Aravis!!!

  6. oooh, I haven't thought of Eleven Swan Brothers in ages...loved that one...and the TSP moment you mentioned...<3 <3 <3. XD And Ladyhawke! :D (it really shouldn't surprise me anymore to find our tastes coinciding... XD)


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