I’ve seen this tag a couple of times now, and I just think it’s so funny! Most recently I saw it on Diary of a Bookfiend, and she tagged anyone who wanted to do it. Well, I want to do it. So tag, I’m it!
A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently.
Okay, remember when the casting for the Hunger Games movie came out and everyone was all pissed off because Rue was black? Yeah… I was one of those people.
To clarify, I was NOT pissed off Rue was black! In fact, once I saw it I was like, “OH! DUH! Rue and Thrush are black!” But in the book they are simply described as having “very dark skin”, which I figured meant a Mediterranean deep olive coloring. I figured anyone who meant black would say black. It wasn’t until movie casting that I realized Katniss wouldn’t have a word in her vocabulary for that skin color and just described it the way she saw it. Oops.
A character name that you have been pronouncing wrong.
There are a couple of funny ones from when I was a kid, because I tended to read so fast I wouldn’t slow down if I saw a word/name I didn’t recognize. I would literally just skip that word. But I think we can all agree we pronounced Hermione wrong. My family said her-moin (rhymes with loin).
But the best one was from Bunnicula, which I read when I was ten. The main character, a dog, is called Harold. At the time I had never heard the name Harold before, and since I never stopped to sound it out my brain filled in the first name that started with H and ended with D that came to mind. I called him Howard through the entire series! Even when the puppy named Howie became a character it didn’t occur to me that there wouldn’t be a Howard AND a Howie!!
An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure.
I guess vampires. I am honestly terrified of vampires as monsters, they are so freaking scary, so I hate when they get humanized and soft-hearted. I blame Anne Rice. She started it. But even though I hate when vampires have hearts, I always find myself reading those books. And then I’m always kicking myself for doing so, lol.
A cliche character type that you like better on screen than reading about.
The damsel in distress. I can’t stand reading about a whiny girl who can’t take care of herself (I’m looking at YOU Bella Swan!), but for some reason in movies I don’t mind so much. Maybe because you can’t hear all of the obnoxious things they are thinking…
Have you ever not read or completed a required-reading book for school?
I think the answer to this question is yes, just once my senior year. But I honestly can’t remember the book. So maybe the answer is no? I usually end up really liking required school readings.
Have you ever skipped (or wanted to) a chapter from a point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?
Have I ever done this? No. Have I ever wanted to do this, yes, but only a few times, and all of them recently. Mostly in the Throne of Glass series, because there are just too freaking many POVs in those books, and half of them are completely random. Also I recently read The Nest, and every time Leo came up I just wanted to punch everything.
Have you ever canceled social plans to read a book?
I must be the only book blogger saying no to this one! I haven’t seen anyone else say no, anyway… But I honestly haven’t. I love to read, but I just squeeze it in at red lights, or during breakfast, I don’t cancel plans to do so!