So I found this tag over on Simona’s lovely blog and you know, it had Disney in the title so inevitably I had to do it. The Disney Book Tag makes you relate characters in books you’ve read to Disney characters, their traits and what happens to them. This was a lot of fun to do so I hope you enjoy!
1) The Little Mermaid: A character who is out of their element. A ‘fish out of water’
Every Day by David Levithan: I’m going to go with ‘A’ for this one because in the book, he’s so used to going through every day and not getting attached to anyone because he knows when he wakes up, he’ll be someone else but when one day he wakes up and falls in love with the boy who’s body he’s inhibiting’s girlfriend, he does seem completely out of his element because he is so in love with her but knows it can’t last.
2) Cinderella: A character that goes through a major transformation
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I’ve chosen Gus from TFiOS for this one because I think you’ll agree with me when I say Gus went through a pretty major transformation throughout the book. Albeit, a tragic one and not one that ended happily but a transformation nonetheless. The transaction from when we first meet him; the funny, somewhat cocky, upbeat character until the end is shocking and however many times I read the book, I’ll never not be distraught by it. Damn it Green.
3) Snow White: A book with an eclectic cast of characters
Coraline by Neil Gaiman: Although this book is for children, I absolutely love it. And I think the cast are as eclectic as they come really! From loveable, naïve little Coraline to the talking cat, the “other mother” and Mr Bobinsky who lives upstairs all characters are incredibly individual and unique in their own right and all play an important part in the story and Coraline’s journey. I love the film too, have watched it probably over a hundred times!
4) Sleeping Beauty: A book that put you to sleep
Room by Emma Donoghue: I was so gutted about not liking this book as I’d heard so many amazing things about it. My mum loved it and I usually trust her judgement on books but… ugh. I just. I just found this so boring. It was such a challenge to get through. I’m glad I managed to get to the end because I hate not finishing books but a little part of me wishes I’d just stopped and read something else rather than wasting my time. I couldn’t get to grips with this at all and despite loving the concept, found the narrative incredibly boring. Sorry!
5) The Lion King: A character that had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: I’m going with Charlie, the main character for this one but it’s going to be pretty hard to explain and justify my choice without giving anything away to those who haven’t read the book, eek! So I’ll just say this: Something happened and it was traumatic. He deals with it in the only way he knows how. My heart broke for Charlie in this book but despite that, it’s one of my absolute favourites. So incredibly beautiful.
6) Beauty and the Beast: A beast of a book that you were intimidated by but found to be beautiful
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I was extremely intimidated by this book at first because it’s a fairly lengthy book and I’d heard so many good things about it that I was worried it wouldn’t live up to expectations. I actually started reading it and was a bit taken aback by the narrative so I watched the film first and it really helped. I then went on to read it and it become one of my all-time favourite books. It’s the most beautifully written book I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
7) Aladdin: A character that gets their wish granted, for better or for worse
Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James: I’m going to go with Ava for this one because her wish was to find Mr. Writer, the romantic old soul who has been sending her anonymous love letters for years. Completely beautiful, heart-wrenching love letters from an anonymous source. Again, I don’t want to give too much away but let’s say her wish is granted. For better or for worse? Well… I’ll let you read it and find out for yourself. Personally, I think it’s somewhere in between.
8) Mulan: A character who pretends to be someone or something they’re not
9) Toy Story: A book with characters you wish would come to life
Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge: Hehehehe, it’s no secret how much I loved this book. The setting, the storyline and particularly the characters. I loved Pippa – I think she’d be the kind of person you’d just love to have as a best friend. Smart, friendly and witty; I’d love to have a girls night out with her! But most importantly… Niko. Oh *swoon* how I wished he would just jump right of my Kindle and into my bed… HOUSE. I mean house. Awkward.