Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Literary Heroine Blog Party Tag Questions

  Kellie at Accordion to Kellie is hosting her annual Literary Heroine Blog Party. Here are my answers to her question tag, but do not forget to hop over to Kellie's blog to check out the incredible giveaway going on and the answers to the tag other party participants gave on their blogs.

1. Introduce yourself! Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!

 I’m a sixteen-year-old Christian girl, aspiring novelist, and homeschool student.

2. What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? 
 As a writer this is something I love to mull over from time to time. What is a true heroine like? When I think of a heroine I think of someone who, at least in the end, is willing to put others before herself and to sacrifice herself in the place of those she loves, someone who has the courage to forgive those who fight against her.

3. Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
Jeanne de St. Caux of In the Reign of Terror by G.A. Henty
Lady Marguerite Blakeney of The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Anne Shirley Blythe of The Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery
Molly Gibson of Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

4. Five of your favorite historical novels? 
 Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
 A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
 Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
 The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
 The Yearling by Margery Kinnan Rawlings

5. Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why? 
 Hmm, my favorite main character would have to be Daniel from The Bronze Bow. I always liked Daniel, even though he annoyed me at times. He is a very loyal sort of person and in the end he realizes his mistakes and tries to correct them.

6. Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
One of my favorite secondary characters from those five novels is Mr. Lorry from A Tale of Two Cities. He’s kind old gentleman and a firm friend, who tries to look out for his friends interest. I nearly died of laughter when he and Miss Pross were taking apart Monsieur Manette’s shoemaking bench.

7. If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? 
I would travel to Europe. I would tour England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland first, then cross the channel and tour France and Germany. After that I would journey to Italy and then go back up through Switzerland and back through Europe.

8. What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?
My favorite time period and culture to read about changes a lot, but ever since early last year I’ve had a fascination with the First World War and that era. Unfortunately, we don’t have many novels that take place in that time period, but I’ve been reading non-fiction books on the time period.

9. You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of?

10. If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 
I think I might go as Jo March of Little Women.

11. What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? 
I love it and I am very, very thankful that I am not allergic to it.

12. Favorite author(s)? 
Charles Dickens, G.A. Henty, Douglas Bond, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Martha Finley, and Sir Walter Scott.

13. Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? 
 A camera, a pen, paper, and a sketchbook- who know’s I might feel like attempting to draw what I saw.

14. In which century were most of the books you read written? 
Either the 19th or 20th century.

15. In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… 
Sir Percy Blankeney from The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

16. Describe your ideal dwelling place.
A bright, cheerful cottage or cabin-like home with lots of windows and splendid views of either a garden, a skyline of mountains, or a beach. Or a renovated old plantation house outside of Charleston, SC, with a view overlooking the water, and a beautiful garden.

17. Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. 
Comfy, somewhat preppy and still developing.

18. Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?
Not especially.

19. In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... 
Tom Jackson from The Elsie Dinsmore Series is quite dastardly, but I cannot think of the dastardly of the dastardly right now.

20. Three favorite Non-fiction books?
Aside from the Bible; War and Grace by Don Stephens, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, and How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer.

21. Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? 
 I’d probably lay out a blanket in the backyard and either read a book or work on one of my novels.

22. Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. 
A light tan cowgirl hat. It is not large, but smaller in brim and size. The dark thin leather that hold it under the chin also is twinned as the hatband.

23. Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. 
Probably the realization that I’m growing up a lot faster than I’d like and I need to start figuring out what I want to do after high school, besides write novels.

24. Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
“‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.’” - Zechariah 4:6

Thank you so much for hosting this event, Kellie! I am so glad I was finally able to participate this year.

- Hanne-col


  1. Your dream vacation sounds awesome! Can I come along? :)

    I've never heard of The Bronze Bow. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

  2. The Bronze Bow is one of my absolute FAVORITE books ever! I must have read it at least 10 times...maybe more. Love it!

    And I loved reading your answers, too:)

  3. I haven't read The Bronze Bow yet, either... methinks I need to get right on that!

    I love Mr. Lorry... the shoemaking bench scene was great, wasn't it? ;D And Jeanne de St. Caux... Wonderful choice! That's one of Henty's best... though I think I always seem to say that everything I read one of his books:)

    So glad you could join in, Hanne-col!

  4. Hello there! :)
    Ohhhh, yes, Tom Jackson, aka Bromly Egerton, was ABSOLUTELY deplorable. Absolutely.
    And your dream vacation sounds fantastic! :)
    I so loved reading your answers!
    Whimsey Keith :)

  5. I loved The Bronze Bow -- I haven't thought of that book in years, but it was magnificent.

    And I just picked up a copy of Ivanhoe two days ago because I want to re-read it.

    Your hat and mine would make a handsome pair!


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