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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Swap With

Well, it’s definitely not Tuesday, but let’s see if I can get to ten this week, anyway.

Top Ten Book Characters I Would Switch Places with for 24 Hours

  1. Buttercup from The Princess Bride: I always forget this is a book, too. I just re-watched the movie with a bunch of friends a few weeks ago. I also have to admit that this one is stolen from the original poster, but, come on—who wouldn’t want those “eyes the color of the sea after a storm” to stare into?
  2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter: Yes, she does get tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange, and have to fly even though she hates it, and dates a jock, and all that, but it’d be nice to get to her core for a day. And I’d get to be with Ron Weasley, who might have a temper but will belch slugs for you.
  3. Alanna of Trebond from the Song of the Lioness Quartet: She has drama, but she gets to be a female knight. That’s pretty cool. I would probably avoid hooking up with a theif (how much am I still myself and how much do I become her?), but swordfighting and riding horses and being a magician would be cool.
  4. Elaine from Avalon High: Aside from the obvious cool factor of being in a reincarnated Arthurian legend, she hangs out in the pool a lot, and she draws the attention of the most popular boy in school. She also has professors for parents, and she is in a really good place at the end of the story.
  5. Antonia from The Possibilities of Sainthood: She’s Catholic, so I’ve got that on lock already. She wants to be a saint, and she has her head on straight despite seeming a little bit crazy sometimes. Except for being Italian and a high school student, maybe she is me.
  6. Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game: She is also in a great place at the end of the book. She’s smart, and she makes something great of herself. She’s a little bit mischievous, too.
  7. Gaia from Fearless: I can’t believe I almost forgot her! Gaia has a lot of drama going on, but she speaks a bunch of languages, is Russian, is deadly powerful in a variety of martial arts, lives in New York City, and has Ed and Mary for best friends. Good times all around…for a day.

That’s all for today, I think. I read someone’s else’s list for this topic, and she realized (as I have) that she reads too much dystopian fiction to want to trade with most of the characters she knows! #dystopialoversdrama

7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 182

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Secular media tends to just make fun of virgins and people who support chastity. (Remember TLC’s Virgin Diaries? It’s still on!) It’s nice to see an editorial in the Tampa Bay Times written by a chastity advocate, especially one who’s still going strong three years after outing herself. Thanks to the Everts for the recommendation.

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After last week’s craziness (it’s so hard being popular), it was nice to have a much more relaxed time this week. I even managed to get my laundry finished before the sun went down!

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I belong to a Harry Potter-themed LiveJournal community called Hogwarts Is Home. Don’t laugh; we have good times! It’s been a fantastic way to build (online) community and share my never-ending love of Harry Potter with people who already share it, so they get me. I actually joined way back in undergrad, but I decided to get back into it last month. If you’re interested, you can join by having an LJ for at least two months and filling out the application at Platform 9 3/4. Tell them angelicid sent you!

While I’m being honest, part of the reason I re-joined was that I was sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore. I agree with that sorting, but I needed to indulge my Ravenclaw side, too, so back to Hogwarts Is Home I went. I hear Pottermore has the Chamber of Secrets chapters open now, so I’ll be back there soon and blogging about it here. (But there’ll be spiders. Interactive spiders. Hmm.)

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If that last take didn’t scare you away, here’s the part with pictures!

One of the activities at Hogwarts is Home recently was to create an outfit that a Hogwarts student not of your house might wear to show house pride while not in uniform. That was my introduction to Polyvore. I don’t completely understand Polyvore, but it is addicting to sift through all the amazing designer clothes I will never ever be able to afford, especially when it has a point like creating this sweet Hufflepuff pride outfit.

I would actually wear this!

I intentionally gave it a dash of blue. I am right on the cusp of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, so I needed to express a little original house pride with the new one.

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Perhaps among the stranger activities was to use Polyvore to create an outfit that a Hogwarts-bound preschooler might wear. Hogwarts students don’t get sorted until they’re 11, but the idea is that you might manifest your eventual house a little early. My Ravenclaw preschooler would be pretty darn cute.

Well, that might look a little better on a second grader, but you get my drift.

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I have just realized I made a grave omission in my 7QT. I have never gushed about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice, you will squeal with delight over this modern adaptation. Lizzie has a video blog (as does Lydia, at the moment), Bingley has become the remarkably attractive Asian Bing Lee, and all the characters have Twitter. It is so epic. I apologize now for ruining your next hour or so by starting you off with Episode 1 right here.

And now I’m not sorry, because it is awesome and you’re welcome.

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I remembered that the Olympic opening ceremonies were tonight about an hour in, but I caught some of the good parts. Congratulations on encouraging efficiency in what the hosts claim is the fastest Parade of Nations ever, London. Ralph Lauren, what were you thinking with those Team USA hats? Is it a beret? Do real people wear those? And hooray for teamwork in building the cauldron. Good times all around.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Vivid Worlds

Aaaaand I’m back to the memes! This is my first night at home (from work or fun) in over a week, so I’m ready to get back into my routine.

Top Ten Books with the Most Vivid Worlds or Settings

  1. the wizarding world in the Harry Potter series: My favorite thing about the wizarding world is that it’s right alongside the regular world. I won’t even tell you how long it took me to realize that Diagon Alley is a hint to the way J.K. Rowling built her world—diagonally to this one. It’s not quite the same, but there are enough similarities to make everything familiar. The wizards’ clothes and attitudes can seem stuck in the Middle Ages (Molly Weasley wants Bill to cut his long hair, they listen to the radio), but their interaction the Muggle world reminds us that it isn’t Middle Earth. Speaking of which…
  2. Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings books: Sometimes I’m afraid to admit that I haven’t actually read The Lord of the Rings. I tried The Hobbit and got bored, and I haven’t had to willpower to give the main series a try. I did watch and enjoy all three movies, though, and I know enough to know that the world is incredibly rich. Tolkien took the time to formulate an entire language! That’s epic.
  3. Annapolis/Avalon in Avalon High, by Meg Cabot: I tore through this book. It was even better than I expected. It combined my love of and knowledge for fantasy (Arthurian legend in particular) with my love of YA. The vividness came not so much in the building of the world but in the basically believable combination of the two. One of these days I’ll hunt down the Disney Channel Original Movie, but something tells me it won’t do it justice.
  4. Narnia in The Chronicles of Narnia: I can’t believe I almost forgot a world that we basically get to watch being built! The Magician’s Nephew never gets as much popular appreciation as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but from those first pages on, we get a world that, although parallel to ours, is not nestled quite as close as Harry Potter’s. And it has a lot more Jesus in it to go with the good triumphing over evil.
  5. Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale: It was a scary world, but Atwood did a fair job building on the problems of the world today (or rather, in the 80s) and how they might spiral out of control. Her world leaned hard conservative, though, and I’m not sure I would predict that or be comfortable with it.
  6. the not-so-distant future U.S. in Bumped: In this case, the world’s problems dealing with sex and babies have swung hard liberal, and people are buying other people. I’ve gushed far enough about this book, but I can’t help it!
  7. Palomar in Heartbreak Soup, by the Hernandez brothers: This might be cheating a little bit because it was a graphic novel compendium, so I had actual pictures to look at with the story. I hadn’t had much experience with graphic novels before I read it, though, and I later found out there are about a dozen other books that are set in that world, so it’s definitely bigger than even I know.
  8. 1980s Iran in Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi: I didn’t know much about the Iranian cultural revolution before reading this, I’d never read a graphic novel, and I’d never expected one to be in black and white. I was delighted on all counts. It was an intense story, and I imagine the original (it’s in French) is only more intense.
  9. Panem in The Hunger Games: As with Harry Potter, it’s the similarities to our current situation that make me feel the most unsettled. How far away are we from public executions and totalitarianism?
  10. the slightly-more-distant future U.S. in The Giver: Again, it’s a little scary to have all choices taken away, but look at the world that resulted. Scary times.

Hooray! I got all ten in this week: a triumphant return indeed.

Booking Through Thursday: Quotable

It’s just barely still Thursday!

Valentina asks:

Do you have a favorite quote from a book?

“Quote” is a verb. I have a lot of favorite book quotations. I love a lot of what Dumbledore says to Harry Potter:

  • “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
  • “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  • “Of course it’s all in your head. Why should that make it any less real?”

Good times with Dumbledore.

I have a number of favorite Bible quotations, but my absolute favorite is “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Finally (for my tired eyes and brain), I love the first line of Holes: “There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.” Doesn’t that just blow your mind and make you excited to keep reading? I love books!

7 Quick Takes Friday: Vol. 176

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I just discovered that Twitter has a bot called Pentametron. It searches tweets based on syllabication for the ones that are written in iambic pentameter! Then it organizes them by rhyming into a sonnet at Pentametron.com! It doesn’t delete hashtags, and it doesn’t screen for profanity, but it can read numbers and Twitter handles as words. This is one of those times when technology and art hold hands and it is glorious.

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A Goodreads friend shelved a book as “not sure” that I am not certain I believe exists. It’s called Canceled: The Story of America’s Least Wanted, and it’s roughly about a reality show on abortion. America votes, the woman kills her child. I loved the satire of Bumped, but Canceled sounds like it might go one step too far. I’m intrigued, but I’m scared.

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Forget trashing the dress. Make it into a baptismal gown for your children! I have never heard of anyone doing this before, but I wound up at Fairy Godmother Creations in the midst of some other research, and I am hooked. I cannot think of a better use for a wedding gown. Unless the style mom chose was particularly timeless, some women won’t want to wear their mother’s actual dress. You can deconstruct mom’s dress and use pieces for daughter’s wedding dress, sure. But what better way could you have to use the dress you wore on the day you joined with your husband in lifelong love than to put that same dress on the fruit of your love: your baby, being brought into the Church?

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I found another fantastic Potter gift on Etsy! This one is a keychain that says “Accio keys.” Love it!

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Happy Meatday! Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, so I’m pretty sure you have a moral obligation to eat bacon today.

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Related to the above, I came across a Pinterest board called Meatless Fridays. It’s entirely photo memes like the above, and not meatless meal recipes, but that doesn’t matter today! My bacon cheeseburger-eating self says, “Hooray!”

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Through Monday night, you can get $2 in free MP3s at Amazon’s MP3 store with the code MP3S4ALL. I used $.99 of mine on the “Prayer of St. Francis” by Sarah McLachlan. I wanted Maroon 5’s cover of “Pure Imagination,” but they only sell that as partr of an album. What should I buy with my other $1.01?

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Booking Through Thursday: Secondly

Mervih asks:

Favorite secondary characters? (Note the plural)

Book memes should be required to ask questions in complete sentences.

After reading through a bit more of Pottermore, I’ve come to like McGonagall a lot. I always knew there was more to her. As a former teacher myself, I know that teachers can live very interesting lives outside of the classroom. J.K. Rowling confirmed that not all of the teachers are single and living in the school. I always wondered if McGonagall couldn’t have made someone’s spunky grandmother if things had been different.

On the non-Potter side of things, I enjoyed Lily Moskovitz from The Princess Diaries. She’s one of those high-quality best friends who doesn’t cause a lot of drama for Mia as she’s dealing with her protagonist drama. No one, not even a ficitional person, needs an extra drama llama.

7 Quick Takes Friday: Vol. 174

Yikes. I meant to post this yesterday, when I decided I should just change this to 7 Quick Takes Saturday for my purposes, like my friend Jessa has done with the Sunday Seven. Then I forgot to actually post it. Fail.

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An old college acquaintance, Ada, shared an article about why not to read Fifty Shades of Grey on Facebook. I love it. Her reasons are not specifically Catholic, but they are biblically informed, and I agree with her. I don’t read erotica as a rule, but I definitely don’t read popular books that feed people lies about sex. Popular opinion is bad enough. When this is what’s popular, I start losing hope.

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I use Instagram, and I just realized that the Instagram blog, which I have been following for a few months, is so much better when viewed at the actual site than through RSS (which is how I read all the other blogs I follow). The editors use the featured images to make an unequally proportioned collage, and when you hover over each photo, the others are darkened, it is highlighted, and it links you to the photo’s home on Instagram.com. Brilliant!

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I have started making my way back into the Harry Potter fandom (the mostly online fan community). I’d forgotten the joy and fun spirits all these people have. Not through the fandom but via The Leaky Cauldron on Facebook, I found this video of “all” the spells in all 8 HP movies. It’s not perfect (if Dumbledore’s memory removals counted, why not Slughorn’s or Snape’s, which were equally as important?), but it’s pretty fantastic. For example, just look at the number of spells cast in the first few movies compared to the latter ones, which had fight scenes full of spells. Even for the fight scenes, it’s a different experience to see them without dialogue and the non-magical fighting moments. It’s seventeen and a half minutes, so settle in, but it is seventeen and a half minutes of awesome, so get excited.

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Can I please have all the HP merchandise? I want these earrings and this shirt because Ravenclaws are winning, and this shirt to match my Pottermore house. And this one, because it is so perfectly subtle and awesome.

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Speaking of Instagram, I’d heard of solutions for printing IG photos as magnets, books, and wall art, but I had not yet seen these basic prints. They’re like thick Polaroids that don’t come straight out of your camera. I especially like that they have the wide blank space at the bottom for writing captions. It’s like Polaroids are back in new high-tech clothing!

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At the grocery store earlier this evening, I sniffed out the staffer cooking free samples of sausage. It turned out that she’d used not toothpicks, but mini pretzel rods as serving tools. That is genius! It’s a bonus free sample, and it creates zero trash. Why haven’t I ever seen that before?

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I discovered last week that I greatly enjoy tater tots and Sonic cheeseburgers. This may prove to be a bad discovery.

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