I’m not a movie person. No way. Movies are way too long and require too much commitment and I’m probably going to fall asleep watching them. But Disney movies are the only exception to this rule.
I’ve loved Disney movies since I was a kid and the Disney Renaissance movies are some of my favorite movies of all time (cough Pocahontas cough).
In this tag I’ll be matching books that I’ve read to some Disney movies, so let’s get started!
1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima — I read Wizard this month and I have to say Seph is pretty out of his element at the Havens. Because of his wizard blood he’s very used to enchanting anaweir to get what he wants but that just doesn’t turn out very well once he’s among those like him.
2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation
Aerie and Reckoning by Thomas E. Sniegoski — I believe that everyone who has read the Shatter Me trilogy will pick Juliette as their character for this situation but I’m going to choose a different character. Aaron Corbet from The Fallen starts off the series a human and at the end of Reckoning is a full fledged Nephilim with loads of battle experience under his belt. There is also some character development on his part across the span of the four books that I really enjoyed.
PS. Gabriel is also a viable character here — you know why.
3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — It would be a crime not to pick this book for a cast of eclectic characters. SIMON had everything from a gay Harry Potter and Oreo fanboy to an otaku (anime fan) to a bisexual theatre nerd to a music hipster. All in all, this was a great book and one of my favorites of the year so far!
4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep
White Cat by Holly Black — Honestly, I fall asleep reading all the time. Whether I like a book or not. That being said, I fell asleep more than a few times reading White Cat. It was actually a really cool premise but the characters just bored me to tears and the mystery wasn’t that interesting. It’s a shame because I really wanted to like this book.
5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
Half Bad by Sally Green — While I have my problems with this series, Nathan’s childhood was the definition of tragic. His mother committed suicide, he was ostracized by pretty much everyone, physically tortured by the older brothers of the girl he liked, and then thrown in a cage for around a year. I’m sorry YA protagonists, but Nathan’s giving you a run for your money in the tragedy department.
6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson — I’m counting the entire Vin saga of the Mistborn series for this question. That’s approximately 2,000 pages…
These three books took me several months to finish (I read TFE in December and finished the last book in March) but it was such a really well done story. I absolutely loved the ending of the last book and I’m looking forward to the sequel trilogy aka. the Wax and Wayne saga.
7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo — Alina Starkov in Shadow and Bone pretty much gets what she wished for… except she realises it wasn’t really what she wanted. I’m currently reading the series and hoping things turn out well for her at the end.
8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
The Archived by Victoria Schwab — The Archived fits this question perfectly in my opinion. As a Keeper of the Archive, Mackenzie leads a type of double life. M, the ‘normal’ girl that her parents and best friend know, and the real Mackenzie, the Keeper of the Archive.
One of the main themes of this book is that duplicity that she deals with on a daily basis. And how it’s shaken when she meets a certain individual in eyeliner.
9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz — You probably saw this coming if you know me well enough. I love Aristotle and Dante, and their families. I wish they were all real people so that I could hang out with them (I just let out a little sigh of disappointment that they’re not real tbh).
At least there’s going to be a sequel sometime in the future! I’m hoping it will be out in 2017 because that’s probably the extent of my patience for these characters.
Just kidding. I’m physically unable to wait for this sequel but because I have to, I will. Somehow…
10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab — Again, this is a category that a lot of people run to the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. And now that I’m actually reading it I can see why. Buut, I pick the twins of White London, Athos and Astrid, from A Darker Shade of Magic. They were both unapologetically sadistic and I absolutely loved that about them. Also from ADSOM that I think could fit in here is Holland. Basically anyone from White London really…
And that’s it for this tag! I tag anyone who wants to do it!
I mean, I wasn’t tagged but I wanted to do it so I did! That’s called life motivation folks.