Saturday, February 21, 2015

Literary Heroine Blog Party!

 
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  Hello all! Today I am happy to share my link-up post for Accordion to Kellie's Literary Heroine Blog Party. Click on the link above to get to Kellie's link-up post, which features a tulle skirt giveaway. Faithful readers, enjoy this little break from the norm. Readers who are coming by from the blog party, I welcome you to Sunday Best and hope you find my answers to Kellie's questions interesting! 

~ The Questions ~
  1. Introduce yourself! Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random! First of all, I am a believer in God, saved by faith through His son Jesus. My life is His, and loving Him and others is my #1 calling in life.  I am quiet in crowds but chatty with one or two close friends. I like to stay up late and am not a morning person. Wearing cute clothes, photographing beautiful things, eating yummy food and laughing with loved ones are some of my keenest pleasures in life. 
  2. What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? To me, a true heroine is someone who does what is right, regardless of the circumstances that she finds herself in. She stays true to her convictions and thinks of others.
  3. Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. Elinor Dashwood, of Sense and Sensibility , Jane Eyre, Esther Summerson of Bleak House , Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice.
  4. Five of your favorite historical novels? Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, North and South, Bleak House, Cranford. 
  5. Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why? Elinor Dashwood is probably my favorite character because I can relate to her, though she seems to have her temper under more control than I do. ;) She is an intelligent, mature, and unselfish young lady.
  6. Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? Mr. Thornton is my choice for favorite secondary character this year. He has his (sometimes glaring) flaws, but he's really an interesting character in terms of how he thinks, and he is much nicer in the book than in the movie (sorry Richard Armitage). In addition, he seems a very masculine sort of fellow.
  7. If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? One to three loyal traveling companions would accompany me, and we would begin in London by touring the historic sights and visiting a book shop or two. Then, we would traverse through some small country towns. We would work our way north into Scotland and explore the moors. Then, we would go to Ireland and walk the beautiful sea cliffs. In each area, I would visit castles, take plenty of photos, and sport themed outfits to share on the blog. ;)
  8. What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? The Middle Age is my favorite time period to read about, particularly in Europe.
  9. You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of?  I would choose sing a song that was particularly meaningful to me, and try my best not to chicken out.
  10. If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? Elinor Dashwood. Yes, I keep talking about Elinor!
  11. Favorite author(s)? Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell are my favorite classic authors. As far as more modern authors go, I enjoy Janette Oke. When I was younger, Marguerite Henry and Eleanor Estes were favorites. 
  12. In which century were most of the books you read written? It's difficult to say for sure, but most of the books I read were probably written in the 20th century.
  13. In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is… Mr. Knightley! He is a wise and good friend, not afraid to tell Emma when she's wrong, and not without subtle wit. "You might not see one in a hundred with gentleman so plainly written as in Mr. Knightley." 
  14. In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is...  If we're talking about books I've actually read (if I'd read Little Dorrit, I would probably name that awful French fellow) the most dastardly villain is the Sheriff of Nottingham!
  15. Describe your ideal dwelling place. My ideal dwelling place would be the stereotypical small white cottage with a white picket fence, a trellis and flower garden. Inside, the furnishings would be slightly rustic and there would be art everywhere. :)
  16. Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. My fashion style is feminine and eclectic, borrowing from several styles.
  17. Three favorite Non-fiction books? These are the three that are standing out most in my mind at the moment (besides the Bible): Streams in the Desert by L.B.E Cowman, Death of a Guru by Rabi R. Maharaj, Joni by Joni Eareckson Tada.
  18. Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? After dolling up in vintage hair and makeup, I would sit outside somewhere and read a novel, perhaps while drinking a refreshing fruit smoothie.
  19. Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. My ideal hat would be a military style cap of deep rose-colored cotton with brown top-stitching and flowers on the right side made of brown and rose cotton. 
  20. Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. The event that stands out to me the most is my experience counseling at a Christian camp during the summer. It was physically and mentally exhausting, but I was blessed to be able to pour into the lives of young girls, as well as to learn how to be more independent and to rely on the Lord.
  21. Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6

   Thanks for stopping by! :) I hope you are having a beautiful weekend. Enjoy some reading time, and be sure to read the word of God.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

24 comments:

  1. Eeep! I love this:)

    Okay, so, first things first. I was so happy when you listed "Pride and Prejudice," "North and South," and "Bleak House." Those novels are amazing! Richard Armitage was great in the movie, but let's be honest, they added that scene with him beating the factory worker. My theory is that they did that because they had to justify Margaret's rudeness to him at his first proposal ;)
    Speaking of the Sherriff of Nottingham, have you ever watched any film or TV adaptations of Robin Hood? I love the Disney movie and the BBC TV series

    Summer camps are really great--they really challenge you, physically and spiritually, and it's great:)

    Loved reading all of this!.

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    1. Yay! Those are definitely some of greatest classics. And you're probably right about N&S.
      Yes, I have seen the Errol Flynn version and watched all three seasons of the BBC series. :)

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  2. Dearest Paige! Such a sweet post! You had some delightful answers! What a fun blog party...I'm going to go take a look now:). Hugs to you and lots of love!

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    1. Thank you Kelly-Anne! Yes, isn't it fun? :) I look forward to reading your post.

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  3. This blog party looks so fun. Thank you for sharing it! I just completed the questions over at my blog
    Grace & Peace,Betsy
    princesstatters.blogspot

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    1. You're welcome for sharing! :) I'll check out your answers.

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  4. I love it that you mention that Mr. Thornton was much nicer in the book than in the movie! That really irks me about the movie but I still like it. :)
    http://youmeandacupofteablog.blogspot.com/2015/02/literary-heroine-blog-party-2015.html

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    1. Same here! :) Thanks for commenting Lois.

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  5. I love Marguerite Henry's books still! So beautiful.

    I'm in the midst of my second viewing of N&S, and once I finish, I plan to start reading the book for the first time. Hard to imagine Mr. Thornton being even more wonderful, but I'll find out soon if I agree with you on that or not!

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    1. Yeah, they're good books! The illustrations of Wesley Dennis are beautiful too.
      Hee hee! I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. Nice post! I enjoyed reading this and getting your insights on literature...even though we've probably discussed all this before ;)

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    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! :) Heh, heh perhaps we have. ;)

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  7. Cranford was a fun book! Gaskel has a great sense of humor. I have to admit I like the movie better though.

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    1. Yes, she does! Yeah, I probably do too. It's a great movie, and I don't even mind that it's made from three books. ;)

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  8. Excellent answers, Paige! Can I be one of the 1-3 travel companions?! Sounds like a fun trip. Ah, and the Hiding Place I see on your stack of books is a good one!

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    1. Thank you! :) Hey, that would be fun! ;) Yes, the Hiding Place is a very good (if hard) read. Corrie and Betsy's story is so inspiring.

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  9. Paige,
    I need to read Eleanor Este's books again! I especially liked the second of the Moffats books!

    It is interesting what you said about Mr. Thornton, as I felt he was even gruffer and more intense in the book than the '04 movie. Have you ever seen the 70's version of the story? The filmmakers do change some story points, but it is still quite good!

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    1. Yes, they're so fun! :) I can't remember if I read the second Moffats, but I know I read the first. Ginger Pye and Pinky Pye are also good.
      Perhaps I feel that way because in the book he didn't beat anyone up and he smiled on occasion, but he was very cold and hard sometimes in the book. No, I haven't seen the 70's version! I'll have to try it if I run across it someday.

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  10. I love your classic heroines and book selections!! And Mr. Knightley is just the BEST, isn't he? He very nearly made it onto my "ultimate hero" answer, but I'd been talking about him a lot lately and had to restrain myself. ;)

    And oh my. . .that fruit smoothie sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks Heidi! Yes, I'm reading Emma right now and smiling at his little indignations. ;)
      Yes, it's almost the season for nice cold smoothies!

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  11. I really enjoyed reading your answers!
    Ellinor Dashwood is my favourite heroine too. And you are complete right about Mr. Thornton - I liked him in the movie, but completely loved him in the book.

    And that dream vacation of yours sounds brilliant..

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    1. Thank you Rose! :)
      I'm glad you related to my answers!
      Yes...perhaps someday it will happen. ;)

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  12. S&S is one of Austen's books I haven't read yet. But it seems like I should remedy that soon! Since you love Elinor so much. :)

    Fun answers!

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    1. Thank you Kara! Yes, you should definitely give S&S a try. :)

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