Literary Heroine and Blog Party at Accordion to Kelly

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

I am a homeschool “grad” who is about to graduate college. I love (to think I love) crafts, reading, and wasting my time on Blogger and Pinterest. I have participated one year before at least, but since I usually cannot settle for just one favorite and sometimes my answers can depend on my mood or what books I have recently read I prefer to give newish answers.

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

Someone with a spine and sense . . . who isn’t a cat.

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

I like Ivy from Swift and Nomad, but I am afraid I relate to all the wrong characters such as Marianne Dashwood and Emma Woodhouse (her snobby ways anyway). I envy Anne Shirley/Blythe and Emily Byrd Starr their imagination and creativity, but I am afraid I imitate their snobby ways.

Five of your favorite historical novels?

Eagle of the Ninth, Outcast, Warrior Scarlet, Lantern Bearers, Silver Branch, Sword Song, and Shining Company. Yeah, I read like ONE historical fiction author pretty much.

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

Aquila. Because.

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

Esca. Again, because.

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

Ireland. I would visit every castle, gorgeous sea coast, and historical spot I could as well as try to find any unique little corners I could. I want to hear Irish Gaelic speakers, hear Celtic music, and watch dancing. I would also buy a Claddagh ring.

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

Anything but recent decades pretty much. I prefer European culture to American.

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

Running away and hiding.

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

It would depend on the costume probably. At the moment I adore Elsa’s dress and having been thinking about how I would make it for myself. I can claim she is a literary character because Frozen is based off of Hans Christian Anderson’s short story Snow Queen which I haven’t read, so I really don’t know how much it correlates . . . so yeah.

What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate?

I want to take advantage of the post-Valentine’s Day specials. Dark chocolate, truffles and special chocolates, caramel with milk chocolate, and perhaps dark chocolate with raspberries.

Favorite author(s)?

How does one even answer that question? See last year’s answer for a technical response.

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

Every frill I owned, a ball dress or two because I could be invited to a dance or so I can dance on the moors and mountains.

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

The twentieth.

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…

Hilarious. He must be awesomely, epically funny. Shallow, maybe but WHO CARES! If he is sweet and brave that is lovely too . . . okay alright that is essential too, but I don’t always like perfect heroes; “heroes” just have to show the latter traits sometimes.

Describe your ideal dwelling place.

Away from all the people. Okay, with enough breathing space, say a whole street length away.

Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.

Old-fashioned and frilly.

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

Eugene? It is Flynn. Oh, sorry literary. I am sure I have, but probably not from a favorite book.

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

Chauvelin. Oh, wait. He never catches Percy. Ha, I mean, name best villain. Hey, how about the cold-blooded Phantom. Just so I can cause some controversy, I cannot think of a good villain, oh wait, the Phoenix and Radu Bey in Ashtown Burials are both pretty creepy. I can think of more villainesses it seems. Oh, the Keeper and the King Under Stone from Entwined and Princess of the Midnight Ball respectively. Oops, it was just one and literature. Well, I haven’t read enough well-written, dark, classic literature to decide that. I prefer happy thanks.

Three favorite Non-fiction books?

Erm, non-fiction, what is this? Proceeds to Goodreads. Hmm, I have read non-fiction, like 10% of my total. I will get back to you . . . in a year.

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

I will pretend that I am not addicted to the internet and say reading and knitting.

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

A perfect pillbox/sailor mix hat (for which I do not know how to even find a real name/term) with a birdcage veil or maybe a soft veil and perhaps a silk flower or brooch. Completely impossible (I am everlastingly trying to find the “perfect” of such and such accessory) and of course over the top (I wear make-up, earrings, and skirt/dresses [and sometimes heels] to an university to which most people wear jeans, leggings, and sports clothes).

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

I have now reached the apparently, according to Lydia Bennet, embarrassing spinster age of 23. Yeah, my life is sooo interesting.

Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.

Well, my mom has been texting me Philippians 4:8 when school bothers me.


  • Hamlette

    I love Frozen too! Can't wait for it to come to DVD next month. And as soon as I saw it, I pulled out my Hans Christian Anderson and re-read "The Snow Queen." And discovered that, other than the idea of a frozen heart and someone who can create snow, the movie has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Oh well. Which Elsa dress do you love? The shimmery one she creates up in her ice palace? I love the train/cape/thingie with that one.

    (I'm on my third Claddagh ring. Love them!)

  • Kristin

    I think humor is important in a hero, too. Silly, no, but humor, yes! A guy shouldn't be serious all the time. 🙂 Well, I'll be of spinster age in a couple of months, too…but according to other Austen characters, we have a few more years. 🙂 If I'm remembering correctly, in situations like Charlotte Lucas and Anne Elliot, you weren't considered an old maid until you were 26 or 27 and still unmarried, ha.

  • Livia Rachelle

    Hamlette, I love the magical dress. The first dress I liked was Ana's coronation dress, but I couldn't pull off that shade of green. And I love the tradition of the meaning behind which way one wears the Claddagh ring. Your third, did you wear them all out?!
    Kristin, I know 26 or 27 wasn't old for a certain periods in England, but in regency I think it was a bit, judging by the attitudes in the stories. . . at least from frivolous people like Lydia Bennet 😛 Oh, and I accidentally deleted your comment, so I had to put it in manually. It still links to your profile, but doesn't show your photo. I am so sorry. I wanted the delete the email notification; I am such a flake sometimes. If you want to re-comment and have me take the above down I can.

  • Jessie

    I love the stories by Hans Christian Anderson. We used to have a book filled with his stories complete with amazing illustrations. The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Match Girl, The Little Mermaid, The Steadfast Tin Soldier (my favorite), Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling. He's wrote great stories.

  • Hamlette

    The band on my first actually broke. And then I'm allergic to nickel, and "sterling silver" can sometimes be made with a teensy bit of nickel, and it seems my second had enough nickel in it that it gave me problems. Hence the third 🙂

  • Heidi P. (Lady of Anorien)

    Yay! A fellow Sutcliff fan! (Isn't Esca just splendid? I know he's a secondary character, but he's just all around splendid.) My personal favorite is The Shield Ring…last in the series (that I've found thus far). It's tingly and hopeful and heart-wrenching… Have you read it?

  • Livia Rachelle

    No, some of the later ones of the "Pendragon" saga started getting offensive. I prefer squeaky clean in that matter anyway. I think there were two series/links. The original was Marcus's family (Eagle of the Ninth, Silver Branch, Lantern Bearers and Sword Song) and the other branched off from Lantern Bearers, the sort of Pendragon saga which is what you mentioned.

  • Heidi P. (Lady of Anorien)

    No, I haven't read any of the Pendragon saga (due to content concerns). I was referring to the Eagle of the Ninth series (tied together by the family heirloom ring). The Shield Ring happens much later in the series…under the early Norman kings. And it's squeaky clean.

  • Livia Rachelle

    I am definitely going to have to read that. I loved the Sutcliff books we read in high school, and I was a bit scarred by certain ones which I discovered to be displeasing later, so I think I might have been a bit afraid to try more. I didn't know or it didn't register that there was another in the Eagle of the Ninth Saga. I am going to have to buy that or maybe interlibrary loan, our library doesn't have it. Thanks for telling me!

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