Literary Heroines Blog Party

Miss Kellie from Accordion to Kellie is hosting her annual Literary Heroine Blog Party and Giveaway (here)
I think I may have participated last year although I don’t know if I kept that post. Anyway, here are the questions she posted and my answers to said questions.

~ The Questions ~

Introduce yourself! Divulge your life’s vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!

I am a 22 year old college student who loves to live in fictional worlds. Currently, I am also sleepy.

What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? 

Someone who is honest with herself and others and sees her faults and changes accordingly. Someone who knows her own mind and values and sticks to them. 

Oh, and she cannot be annoying…Emm, ahem.

Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 

Hermione Granger-she is brilliant, patiently loves unrequited for a while, and is loyal.

Margaret Hale-she maintains her dignity around the obnoxious Mrs. Thornton and irritating Mr. Thornton (I do like him, but he IS irritating sometimes I like to like those I dislike).

Lucy Snowe-she endures so much loneliness and neglect, yet she neither whines nor allows herself to be beaten down, she is also rather funny.

Anne Shirley-she is elegant and imaginative and intelligent and funny.

Five of your favorite historical novels? 

I will choose to take this as period drama novels. It really depends on what I have read/thought about most recently or my mood. Today I will say North and South, Little Women, Wives and Daughers, Much Ado About Nothing, and Keeper of the Bees. Yeah, random and only four, well my brain was put on the spot.

Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why? 

I will go with Benedict although I am sure he would make me bawl my eyes out in real life. Why? He is funny and marries Beatrix after all. And Kenneth Branaugh is brilliant as him, btw.

Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? 

And I picked books with few or no significant secondary characters. I will be contrary and pick a least favorite main character: Cynthia Kirkpatrick. I hate her. And I actually know people who sympathize with her and try to excuse her.

If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there? 

I would go to Scotland and visit the Highlands, see the heather, visit castles, and stay in the mountains for a while. Oh, and buy yarn and listen to people speak Gaelic.

What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 

I will pick all my favorite thanks. Too many absolute favorite questions with which this sleepy person must deal. Said favorites are: Roman Britain, Regency and Georgian Britain, Civil War U. S., Victorian/Edwardian Canada, and modern times with a fantastical twist. Somebody please name all those novels. Thanks.

You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation – what is your act comprised of? 

I would recite something-probably something funny.

If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 

Hermione or Beatrix or Meg or, or

What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? 

I have met girls who do not love chocolate; I am not sure that they are real people. Chocolate has a hierarchy and it is thus: Dark and Milk with fillings, Milk and White.

Favorite author(s)? 

Louisa May Alcott, R.J. Anderson, Jane Austen, Bronte sisters (there are three btw although I am not sure I would list Anne as a fav), Frances Burney, Elizabeth Gaskell, L.M. Montgomery, J.K. Rowling, Gene Stratton-Porter, Rosemary Sutcliff, N.D. Wilson.

Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? 

A really fancy gown/dress and glamorous shoes on the fairy chance that I would have somewhere to wear them. Um, in the real world I would bring a ton of craft stuff plus my journal, but I rather consider all those things essential.

In which century were most of the books you read written? 

I really don’t know-I would think the 20th, but I have read quite a few from both the 19th and the 21st as well.

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… 

All my favorite heroes leave my mind…
Harry Potter, no, I am perfectly serious. 

Describe your ideal dwelling place. 

A ivy and rose covered castle/cottage hidden high in the mountains, thousands of miles from civilization, situated in a sylvan vale. It will have wondrous gardens filled with roses and foxglove and ferns and forget-me-nots and every other romantic flower and have a true evergreen maze.

Inside everything will be gleaming dark wood, silver and gold, silk and velvet, porcelain and glass.

Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. 

I will go with my ideal fashion style-romantic and faerytale.

Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? 

Yes, why does there have to be about four names including surnames in Wuthering Heights? I am sure there are other times I have not cared for names, but I cannot think of any currently.

In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is… 

Why cannot I think of any?
I hate rakes-why cannot I think of a good one? 
I will go with Sauron because I am brain dead. He is not actually a villain-rather pure evil, but whatever. I can think of more jerks than villains.

Three favorite Non-fiction books? 

Um, this displays my character better than my hat description….eep

Color Me Beautiful
The Green Beauty Guide
The Jane Austen Handbook

Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? 

Lets pretend that I am a good accomplished young woman and say embroidery and reading and watching period drama movies. I am afraid it really would be wasting time on the computer and watching modern and lame T.V. and getting cranky or spending my soul away on clothes.

Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat – in such a way as will best portray your true character. 

A little silk sailorish type hat with a birdcage veil, nothing too ostentatious, but very me. Maybe with a handmade silk flower and hints of crystals.

Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. 

I am attending college on campus. I was home schooled and then obtained my Associate’s Degree online. Enough said.

Disclaimer. Please do not take favorites (excepting questions allowing lists) in an absolutely literal sense. It really depends on what I am reading/thinking/watching/feeling at the time πŸ˜€


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