I was tagged by thewritinghufflepuff in (shuffles feet awkwardly) February to do this, and I’ve only just done it- sorry! But thank you for tagging me!
Question 1: If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
I recently read Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky on holiday- it was a book I had been looking forward to reading but had been saving for my hols, and it did not disappoint. Némirovsky’s writing is very sensitive, which is especially interesting when you consider she was writing during the Second World War herself. My edition had copies of Némirovsky’s notes on the novel, which were interesting to read as a writer myself- I found I could empathise with her feelings and the way she sometimes questioned whether she was expressing herself fully, so I would like to chat with her about her writing and her thoughts of being a writer. I would invite the character Lucile and ask her about her thoughts in hindsight and with more knowledge of what occurred in the holocaust, and the impact of this on her feelings for Bruno. I would serve a cream tea since I doubt that would have been available in the war due to rationing!
Question 2: What book do you wish the author would write the prequel for?
HARRY POTTER! I really need a 1000 book series explaining all the Marauder era stories, plus how Severus got involved with the Death Eaters, plus Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s story… Pretty please?
Question 3: Which two characters (NOT from the same book) do you think would make a good couple?
Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter- the books, not the films) and Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind)- but a modern day Rhett, so hopefully not pro-slavery! I think Ginny was seriously undermined by the fact she ended up with her childhood crush despite no chemistry, um, whatsoever, and I think she would like Rhett’s flirtatious bad boy adventurer personality, while Rhett would like her independence and strength and the fact that she would stand up to him.
Question 4: If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them who is it and what would it be?
To be honest I would either go incredibly fangirly or impossibly awkward…
… but what I would want to say is simply, “Thank you.”
I have a lot of favourite authors, so I can’t possibly pick just one!
Question 5: What book made you a reader and why?
One of my earliest memories of reading is going to the travelling library in our village that came once a week for the first time with my mum. It was basically a trailer, but it had carpeted floors and was wall to wall of books. At one end there was a snug little corner of children’s books, and I remember my mum picking out one of the Secret Seven books and suggesting I read it. I think that most probably made me a reader because I devoured Enid Blyton’s books from then on- nothing was as exciting as seeing one I hadn’t read before in the library. My favourites were the Five Find-Outers and Dog, the Famous Five, and the Faraway Tree.
Question 6: Your bookshelf just caught fire! What is the one book you would save?
That is such a ridiculous scenario because I would literally grab the nearest bag or box and pile in as many books as I could, and go in for more if it was safe (ish). One book? PAH
Question 7: Which dystopian world would you want to live in and why?
Hum. I don’t read a lot of dystopias, to be honest. I think I would like to live in Sealand in The Chrysalids (by John Wyndham), which is a more technologically advanced society than where the rest of the novel is set, and where strange gifts and talents are more readily accepted. Why? Mainly because it’s a bit less dangerous than the other dystopian worlds I’ve read about!
Question 8: What is your most Epic Read of all time?
Gone with the Wind! I just love it- I love Scarlett and Rhett’s independence; their strength; their selfishness (I really like realistic characters that aren’t especially pleasant, don’t know why!). I’ve re-read it a few times and I’ll probably re-read it many more times again!
and anyone else who wants to do it (although I’m aware a lot of people already have).