Ahhh, my first tag ever! This is so exciting — thanks a bunch to the lovely Michelle for this opportunity ☺
It’s no secret that I sometimes find myself yearning to be a character in a book — a part of all the adventures and mysteries, living a life far more exciting than my own. And to truly know the other characters and have relationships with them: one can only dream! So for a little while, I’m going to let my mind wander and imagine that I am a character in all of my favorite novels, living a life that seems to exist only in books — my book life.
Q1: Who would your parents be?
The Garrett clan from Huntley Fitzpatrick’s debut My Life Next Door is undoubtedly the funniest and most loving family I have ever read about. It wasn’t difficult falling in love with them along with Samantha — their hectic yet adventurous lifestyle is certainly one I’d want to be a part of. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett raise all their children so beautifully — they teach them to value what they have and strive to do their best to make sure each one of their kids gets the opportunity to reach their full potential. Not to mention, they make the most adorable couple, and are pros at parenthood: definitely goals, if you ask me. I’d love to have them as parents, as a source of inspiration to look to and learn from.
Q2: Who would your sister be?
Without any hesitation, I can easily answer this question: Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series by the amazingly talented Cassandra Clare. Being the oldest in my family, I’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to be a younger sibling. I’ve always wanted an older sister: someone who’s been where you are, who knows what you’re going through — someone who can guide you in a way that even a mother can’t. Someone who can be both your mentor and your best friend — someone who you’re bonded to not just by blood, but by choice. Izzy is arguably one of the most badass female characters out there: she’s strong, outspoken, comfortable in her skin, and has a heart of gold. She goes out of her way to protect the people she loves (especially her siblings) and I know I’d adore her as an older sister.
Q3: Who would your brother be?
The love I have for Kenji from Tahereh Mafi’s highly underrated Shatter Me series is indescribable. He’s hilarious — the amount of times I had to put down the books because I was laughing so hard are endless. His sarcastic, laid-back personality is inviting and charming: it makes you want to hug him and never ever let go. I can only imagine all the adventures we’d have together as siblings, and all the ridiculous situations we’d get ourselves into.
Q4: Who would your pet be?
Who am I kidding? Before Harry Potter, I’d never even considered how cool it would be to have an owl as a pet, but now it just seems like “….dude. WHAT A BRILLIANT IDEA. YES.” Hedwig was a gorgeous owl: she was loyal and affectionate, and a proud and dignified creature who continues to amuse me each time I reread the books. (PS: can you spot Hedwig on this cover? 😉 I’ll always love the old covers, but these new ones are so stunning!)
Q5: Where would you live?
This might seem like a weird answer, but I’d love to live in Cassandra Clare’s rendition of London in the late 1800’s from her prequel to The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices. It seems like such a magical world (save for all the dangers that lurk behind almost every corner) and there’s so much history in the making — I think it’d be amazing to be a part of that. Classical architecture, music and art don’t hurt either; not to mention the gorgeous dresses I can wear.
Q6: Where would you go to school?
This is probably the easiest question on here — Hogwarts, man. Can you say this next word with me in the voice of Severus Snape? Reaaaaal slow and dragged out?
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Q7: Who would be your best friend?
Narrowing it down to one character was initially difficult, but then I realized making the choice was simple: I had to choose someone I could see myself trusting and talking to without holding back. Surrounding yourself with good friends is so important, and it’s even more important to surround yourself with people you know will bring out the best in you — and will tell it to you like it is, not because they want to hurt you, but because they love you so much that all they want is the best for you. Celaena Sardothien from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series is a brutally honest character to whom sarcasm is second-nature. Strong doesn’t even begin to describe her personality: she is a survivor and a warrior and a fighter and comedic relief all at the same time. I’d love to have her as a best friend: someone to lean on and to seek honest advice from, and ultimately someone to always have a great time with: we’d be the next Cristina and Meredith, the twisted sisters.
Q8: Who would be your significant other?
This was probably the hardest question of all (I can see why it was saved for last!) Ultimately though, out of all the fictional boys I’ve fallen for, I would have to go with the ever-charming Will Herondale from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices. I don’t know about you other TID fans, but for me, with Will — it was love at first sight. There was something mysterious about him from the very beginning — and I knew there was more to the flirtatious boy with the playful smirk at the corner of his lips. Though he doesn’t show it (except to a select few people), Will is selfless and caring and smart — he’s a lover of poetry and reading, and can make a reference to a quote in almost every situation. (That last part… who else does it sound like? Oh yeah, me) It was easy falling in love with him, and I know for sure if he was real it wouldn’t be any different.
That was so much fun! I can’t wait to do more of these in the future.
I’m gonna tag the following people to attempt this tag:
Have fun with this y’all!
As for all of you: let me know in the comments — what would your book life be?