I have seen this tag floating around on the internet for a little while, but it was Kirsty at The Bibliophile Girl that made me want to take the plunge and have a go at it. The tag is called "Beauty and the Beast Book Tag" and is a set of Beauty and the Beast themed questions about your favourite books, and was created by Kirsty at Kirsty and the Cat Read.
Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite Disney films so this tag is perfect for me. I won't be tagging anyone in particular, but if you're a Disney fan who loves reading you should have a go! Keep reading to see my answers to this tag...
‘Tale as Old as Time’ – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading.
I am an absolute sucker for a good old science fiction. I didn't realise how much I loved this genre until I went to university and opted to study it for one of my modules. The themes/settings that I particularly love are dystopias, pandemics and new planets/species (really joy-inspiring, I know).
Belle – A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too.
For this one, I'm having to go for my copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. the copy I own is the 150th Anniversary special, which was designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood and includes a foreword by her. The story is, of course, a classic that is quite unusually written and full of creative nonsense. It's a joy to read through, adult or child! The cover is eye-catching and I knew I had to have it if it had Vivienne Westwood's seal of approval.
Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte was a book I did not want to read. Like, really did not want to read at all. I was forced to by my A Level teacher (I needed it to pass my exam so I didn't have a choice) and ended up falling head over heels with it. I am not the biggest fan of classic literature, but Wuthering Heights captures the emotional turmoil of a doomed romance so brilliantly.
Gaston – A book everyone loves but you don’t.
I think this book splits opinions but for me it would be David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Everyone who I've mentioned this book to, loves it. My Mom in particular is obsessed with this book but I just couldn't get into it at all. I think the time line is too confusing for me as it takes me a while to get invested in stories so the lack of continuation was a problem.
Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart.
I think my favourite sidekick is Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Manchee is Todd's pet dog and he is loyal and loving and everything your pet dog should be.
Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiér, and Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable.
I think this for me, and a lot of other people, would be Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I happened to just stumble across this book when I was at my lowest mental health wise and I remember just crying after the first few chapters because up until reading this book, I'd felt so alone. This book made me realise there is life after depression and anxiety, and it can be tackled head on to lead a normal life.
‘Something There’ – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.
The Hunger Games trilogy was a series that I refused to read for years. Being a snobby Literature student, I deemed it unworthy of my precious reading time. But curiosity got the better of me once my peers told me it was an amazing read, and I ended up enjoying all three books (and becoming a bit of a super fan).
‘Be Our Guest’ – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner.
I would love to have The Baudelaires over for dinner. I am obsessed with A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Baudelaires are such witty and interesting children - I doubt dinner time would be boring with these three!
If you like this post and want to do this tag, then leave your blog link in the comments below I'd love to see your answers!