Here’s another post for today as I found myself being tagged by Ash and Lo at Windowsill Books to do their brand new and original book tag titled “Me in Characters.” I love the idea of this tag bringing out our own unique personalities and then sharing with all of you who we are behind the screens. It’s nice and it makes a change because sometimes it is easy to lose ourselves in our writing and forget to be individual.
Anyway, the rules are as follows:
- Thank the creators of the tag
- Thank whoever tagged you!
- List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
- Tag your friends!
Thanks guys for creating a rather challenging tag as it did take me a while to think up most of these characters!
So what characters am I most like?
Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
Curious, getting myself into bother because I sometimes act before thinking, daydreaming, finding more sense in fantasy rather than reality…. When I was little, I even used to resemble Alice quite a bit with the blonde hair and headband, the pinafore and black shoes.
Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After
Isla and I doubt ourselves a lot, we don’t know what we want and it takes a while to realise that moving forward as a blank slate is nothing bad. We take inspiration from other people and use that to help ourselves. I’m also very overprotective of my younger sister.
Steffi from A Quiet Kind of Thunder.
Unlike Steffi, I don’t have selective mutism but I can get rather shy and struggle verbally communicating what I want to say, especially amongst people I don’t know. Often when this happens, I start signing (British Sign Language – like Steffi uses). As I am using BSL alongside English every day, I find it easy to switch between the two and often it feels more natural when I am signing. It’s the fact we both have a choice as to what language we want and feel comfortable with using.
I know this is not the tag to showcase quotes or anything but the one thing that connects me to Steffi is this particular passage. It just highlights everything I’ve been thinking about BSL for years, and I’m so grateful to Sara Bernard for recognising this:
Here’s what I learn: that thing I told myself about us speaking the same language? Yeah, that was bullshit. Total, hearing-person oblivious bullshit. They speak this language, and I know some of it. I can understand it and even communicate using it if everyone goes a bit more slowly than usual and is willing to repeat themselves at the sight of my flummoxed face. But I speak it in the same way that someone who gets a B in GCSE French can speak French when they go to Paris on holiday. As in, can speak it to other people who also got a B in GCSE French. Actual French people? Not. So. Much. BSL is, at best, my second language. My stuttering, earnest second language, where I am trying my hardest but will need several more months – if not years – to be properly fluent. But now I understand what the difference is. All of those occasions were in the hearing world. It was BSL as subtitles; BSL as an extra tool. This is the deaf world, something I’d never really given much thought to even existing until now when I can see it in front of me. Five BSL speakers having two different conversations across a living room at once, laughing at jokes, getting each other’s attention with taps on the table and clicks in the air. It’s seamless and intuitive and fun to watch.
Mary Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
This is one I’ve come to realise more every time I re-read Pride and Prejudice. Quiet, solitary, always reading, preferring my own company, being a wallflower when it comes to parties and large gatherings, sticking closely to people I already know… The only thing that does separate us is that I don’t play the piano, or not brilliantly anyway.
Belle from As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale.
Seriously, do I need to explain this one? She is Disney’s Belle after all and the fictional character I relate to the most. A book worm, stuck living in a provincial village, feeling outcast, dreaming of far off places, looking for acceptance and knowledge, wanting to make a difference…
So that’s it – me in five book characters.
This was a lot more difficult than I expected!
Anyway, now is the time to start tagging people and I’ll go for:
Lia @ Lost in a Story
Emma @ The Terror of Knowing
Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
Mima @ Signs of YA
That is it, so thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!