I got tagged for a book meme.
Before I get going on explaining what this is — and what I’m going to do with it — let me first point fingers so credit goes where it’s due. The Music Book Tag was created by Bookchanted, and I was tagged by Books in Need.
With apologies in advance to both of them, I am not of the generation being reflected by current pop trends. Neither the bands nor the book descriptions apply to my listening or reading experiences as listed here. But I like to think I’m a team player when called upon (I’m so not a team player), and I generally like to talk books, so I thought I’d mess around with this a bit and attempt to view this from my own lens.
- Link back to Bookchanted, as the creator of the tag.
- You can use the graphics if you want
- Tag at least four other people!
- HAVE FUN!!!!
You can refer back to either of the blogs linked above to see how this is supposed to work with the original artists and graphics intact. I’ll keep the original book description as is just for grins.
- Original artist: Ed Sheeran
- Book description: An adorable book that left you feeling warm and fuzzy
- My artistic pick: Jane Monheit
- My book pick: Trilby by George Du Maurier
Given the menacing overtones of control and dominance found in the character of Svengali, this might be an unusual pick. It’s less about the book and more about the title character for me. Trilby O’Farrell is a true innocent. I find her endlessly adorable, if tragic.
- Original artist: Taylor Swift
- Book description: A book with way too much drama to keep track of
- My artistic pick: Robert Johnson
- My book pick: Jerusalem by Alan Moore
I don’t know if keeping up with the drama is the problem so much as keeping up with the author. Alan Moore is smarter than you. He has more literary brains in his little finger than the majority of the rest of the world combined. It’s his superpower, and it’s made him more than a little messed up as a result. This novel is quite the challenge to undertake as a result because after all these years of awesome, it turns out he’s been holding back; this book is Moore unleashed. The drama unfolds as you try, sometimes in vain, to fully comprehend a story about life and death told in a single British neighborhood across four dimensions and both sides of the veil separating us from the afterlife.
- Original artist: Zayn Malik
- Book description: The broody, mysterious character you totally fell for
- My artistic pick: Sarah McLachlan
- My book pick: Catwoman
I don’t “fall” for the broody, mysterious types. Batman’s pretty much the best there is at brooding, and he’s just not my type, plain and simple. Catwoman, on the other hand… absolutely. Among the many reasons is because she’s anything but broody.
- Original artist: Jelena (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez)
- Book description: A ship you really wanted but it never sailed
- My artistic pick: N/A
- My book pick: N/A
Shipping? Please. See the previous listing. That’s about as close as it gets for me.
- Original artist: Fall Out Boy
- Book description: A series that kept getting better and better
- My artistic pick: Ludwig van Beethoven
- My book pick: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
I’ve come face to face with the supernatural in real life, both the sacred and profane, so as a result, urban fantasy doesn’t typically impress me. Usually people are trying desperately to come up with new spins on classic lore, and it falls flat. Enter: Jim Butcher. The Dresden Files starts fun, kicks into higher gear with book 3, revs all the way to book 7 before giving us a chance to regroup in book 8, then burns into high gear all over again. The twists and turns are enough to keep even a seasoned pro like myself on my toes. The characters are memorable, the villains are amazing, and best of all, Butcher has clearly done his research in regards to both legend and lore. It holds up to scrutiny. The audios narrated by James Marsters serve only to kick this up another notch. Once Marsters finds his stride, he is Harry Dresden. He embodies the tone of this series.
- Original artist: Halsey / Demi Lovato
- Book description: A badass female character you really admire
- My artistic pick: Sarah Brightman
- My book pick: Princess Leia Organa
Be it canon, expanded universe, or legends, be it film, novel, comic book, animated series, or video game, Leia is the scrappy little personification of strength and endurance at the epicenter of the Galaxy Far, Far Away. At only 16 she dedicated herself to the fight to free the galaxy from a ruthless empire. At 19 she watched her idyllic homeworld explode into a fiery holocaust after being viciously interrogated, and she still had the heart to comfort a farm boy she just met about an old man’s death. She watched as the love of her life was frozen in carbonite, she killed a Hutt with the very chain he used to enslave her, and she learned she was the daughter of none other than Darth Vader. She helped to topple the aforementioned empire, she watched the republic she helped to build fracture, she dealt with her son joining the Dark Side, she endured a divorce as a result, and she lives with the knowledge of her son’s patricide. All of this, and she still inspired untold thousands across generations in both her universe and ours with her courage and her leadership. Leia is the very definition of feminine badassery.
- Original artist: One Direction
- Book description: The romantic, cheesy and cliche book you couldn’t help but love
- My artistic pick: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
- My book pick: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
I wouldn’t exactly call this romantic, but James Bond does fall hard for Vesper Lynd, who remains one of the two most important women in his life in all the years since 007 was introduced. This is the little spy novel that could, the one that started it all. Its impact on the world speaks for itself. It sets many of the cliches into motion, though admittedly not all of them as most of them were created for the big screen. Even so, this pulp thriller is one of those quick, light reads that not only sets the stage for everything we get later, it’s also one of my not-so-guilty pleasures no matter how outmoded, sexist, or controversial it may be, especially by modern standards. Sometimes you just have to roll with it because it’s pitch perfect for its own era.
- Original artist: Adele
- Book description: A book that delivers a really powerful message
- My artistic pick: The Beatles
- My book pick: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Why stop at only one powerful message when you can have the single most fulfilling adventure in all of bookdom, with multiple messages to suit virtually every situation? That’s the nature of The Lord of the Rings. This tour d’ force is ground zero for all modern fantasy literature for a reason. All other fantasy novels are written to be just like it or to be as unlike it as possible, which means that regardless of which it is, all of them live forever the shadow of this greatness. One Ring to Rule Them All!
- Original artist: Miley Cyrus
- Book description: A book / series that exceeded your expectations
- My artistic pick: Michael Giacchino
- My book pick: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
When the first of these books was announced, I immediately laughed. And then I got a bit indignant, being a fan of both Star Wars and Shakespeare. To parody either one properly and with respect is a challenge that few master. To combine the two? Somebody was clearly out of their mind.
Thing is… it not only worked, this series is a masterpiece. It actually begs consideration as serious literature, above and beyond simply being funny and awesome beyond words. The more you know about the Bard and the Galaxy Far, Far Away, the better these books are. The only thing that could possibly be better would be to have these plays performed. What if I told you the original trilogy was available in full cast audio, performed in a manner that’s completely loyal to the material and its inspirations? Would that be worth something to you? Pray, search thy feelings. Thou knowest it is true…
- Original artist: Katy Perry
- Book description: A book / series that didn’t live up to the hype
- My artistic pick: Hans Zimmer
- My book pick: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
I’ll just let my epic rant of a review speak for itself and spare myself from reliving the vapid stupidity of this drug-induced, excremental excuse for a novel. You can find that here.
Hopefully that wasn’t too painful for anyone to suffer through. Ok, now comes the part where I’m supposed to tag at least four people. As I’m not offering an award to spotlight anyone, I’ll just leave this one open for any who want to run with it. If you do run with it, refer back to the original bloggers linked above so you can reset this back to the way it was intended.