The Literary Heroine Blog Party

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Kellie Falconer of the lovely blog, Accordion to Kellie, is throwing a magnificent blog party!  Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea how a blog party worked.  Though I’m still very much a novice in the whole “blog party” business, I am quite enjoying my very first introduction to it!  It’s quite simple, really.  The “hostess” blogger provides a series of questions for other bloggers to answer, sort of like a tag.  Not only is it a fun online “get-together” with other bloggers, but Kellie is giving away some magnificent prizes at her party – artwork, cookies, homemade candles, jewelry and artisan tea from several different Etsy sellers.  Everyone is invited, so if you are a blogger, head on over to Accordion to Kellie and check it out!  The party only lasts for about another week, so don’t dilly or dally.  Without further ado, here are my answers to the questions for the Fourth Annual Literary Heroine Blog Party!

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

Believer, writer, reader, quilter, baker, sketcher, embroiderer, traveler, blogger, sister, daughter, friend

What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?

One who sets aside her own comfort, wishes and life in pursuit of the good of others.

Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.

Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

Euphemia Ingleford (Enemy Brothers)

Jo March (Little Women)

Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)

Five of your favorite historical novels?

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why?

It’s hard to choose between Dym (Enemy Brothers) and Sherlock Holmes, but I’m going to have to go with Dym.  He’s one of the most Christ-like characters I’ve ever come across in literature, and yet he never preaches – he lets his life do the talking.  He’s the essence of a true hero, pouring out every last drop of himself for others.

Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?

My favorite secondary character definitely be Herbert Pocket from Great Expectations!

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 If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there?

Beyond my wildest hopes or imaginings, I actually got to go on my dream vacation last year!!!  Two friends and I traveled through England, Scotland and Paris.  It was absolutely amazing!

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What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?

My favorite time period?  Hmm…it’ll have to be a toss-up between the Victorian period and the 1940’s.  They both are such rich, dangerous, beautiful, exciting times in the world’s history.  And as for culture – England, of course!!

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

Besides passing out?  😉  I certainly don’t have a gift for comedy or public singing – I might have to go with a recitation.  Maybe if I hid behind something and didn’t look at the audience, I’d be able to get through a piece of poetry!

If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?

Oh, now that would be a fun party!  I might go as Rosie Cotton from The Lord of the Rings! 😀

What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate?

If calories were not an issue, I would probably die from chocolate overdose.

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Favorite author(s)?

C.S. Lewis

J.R.R. Tolkien

Charles Dickens

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Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land?

As mentioned above, I was blessed beyond belief to actually visit Europe last summer!  I took my laptop, camera, a few books and chocolate. 🙂

In which century were most of the books you read written?

It’s probably an even mixture of 19th century and 20th century authors.  But the balance might actually tip a bit farther on the 19th century side of the scale.

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…

Too hard, too hard!  How on earth can I choose just ONE?  There are so many different types of heroes in literature!  I am literally incapable of choosing just one, so I’ll give you a handful instead: Dym (Enemy Brothers), Uncle Frank (100 Cupboards), Sherlock Holmes, Aragorn, Ransom (C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy), and Edmund (The Chronicles of Narnia).

Describe your ideal dwelling place.

Hobbiton!  Or if fantasy dwellings are not allowed, I’d chose a quiet English country town – like Lacock.

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Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.

Classic, simple, feminine, timeless.  (At least that’s my goal. :))

Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?

I admit, I have been tempted to imagine away Dym’s first name – George.   It just doesn’t fit his character at all.  But I can never seem to think of a name to go in its place!  So I suppose it must stay how it is:  George Dymory Ingleford.  :/

In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is…

Well, if we’re going with allegorical villains, then The Unman from C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy takes the cake – I’ve never been so terrified of a bad guy in all my life!  But if it’s just a regular evil-human-being villain, then I’d have to go with The Man Jack from Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.

Three favorite Non-fiction books?

Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer

Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?

I’d throw all the windows wide open to let in the breeze, and get to work on a quilt!

Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat – in such a way as will best portray your true character.

Well, I’m not much of a hat-wearer, but I wish that I were!  I’m always filled with a certain amount of envy when I watch old-timey movies in which the ladies walk around in elegant hats and bonnets.  But if I could have one hat, I would probably choose a cloche.  I never thought that I liked that type of hat until I tried one on in a hat shop in England.  It was a very finely made hat, possibly even hand-made, so the price was well out of my range, or I would have bought it.  It was made from rusty/pumpkin orange wool, and it was gorgeous.

Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.

The Europe trip, without a doubt!  Not only was it the most intense, amazing multi-cultural travel experience I’ve ever undergone, the Lord taught me (and my friends) loads about His faithfulness.  It was a time of immense fun and spiritual growth for all of us!

Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.

Romans 8 has struck me as particularly amazing recently.  From “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” to the last verse, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Praise the Lord!  It doesn’t get any better than that. 🙂

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14 thoughts on “The Literary Heroine Blog Party

  1. Dear Victoria – This was a wonderful blog, where a grandma gets to read all about what’s in your heart – not that I was surprised by any of your answers – you’ve always been great about sharing your heart. Reading this made it seem like all the answers just popped full-blown into your head – did they? -or did it take lots of soul searching? This is a great idea for bloggers to share and get to know each other. As a faithful (and doting) reader, I say, “Blog on!”

    • Hey Grandma! Well, I tend to think about literary stuff quite a lot, so the answers did pretty much pop into my head. 🙂 I love these blogging excuses to talk about literary characters, favorite stories and books! Thanks so much for stopping by to comment, Grandma! Love you!

  2. You’ve made me want to read C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy even more than I already did. =) And cloches are so lovely, aren’t they? I also love the fact that women wore hats so often in classic movies. I want to be more of a hat person, but I’m not convinced I can pull it off!

    • Oh, you should definitely read the Space Trilogy! But if you want my rather odd advice, just stop after the first book. I know that it’s almost impossible (at least for me) to stop mid-series, but Perelandra ended so well, and wrapped up the story so effectively, that I felt that That Hideous Strength was a bit superlative and very odd. There were still some great truths in there, but that book totally didn’t fit with Ransom’s other adventures. Anyhow, that’s just my two cents. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  3. Yours is the first blog I’ve come across in the Blog Party that mentions Neil Gaiman!! I love his writings! The Sandman series, Anasazi Boys, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neverwhere (my personal favorite). He is just fantastic and I’m glad you like him too!

    • I’ve only read Coraline and The Graveyard Book (my favorite of the two) by Gaiman, but just those two have given me a massive admiration and appreciation for his writing style! He’s one of the best writers I’ve ever read – I only wish that I could write like him!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! — Victoria

    • Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun (too much fun, probably – I sometimes wonder if I didn’t get carried away) making my sidebar. 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog, and for taking the time to comment! It’s great to hear from you!

    • Yay! Let’s hear it for Holmes!! Isn’t he just incredible? There are just too many great heroes to choose from, but Holmes is definitely one of my favorites. Ha ha! Yes, Rosie was just the first one that popped into my head! I’m more than a little like a hobbit, so I figured that it would fit my personality. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I’m absolutely loving all of the inter-blog-visiting that this blog party is encouraging!

      • Yes, that’s the best part of blog parties — finding new blogging friends! I hosted a Tolkien blog party last September, and it was so wonderful I’m making it a yearly event. So very much fun!

  4. I’m very tempted to do this…if I can find time around reviewing The New World. Must disagree a bit about Dym, however – he is kinda preachy at times, like when he’s laying out his vision of the universe (which, though romantic, is a bit pat.) Also, I think This Hideous Strength was actually better than the first novel, especially if you’ve read The Abolition of Man first, and know a little about the philosophy behind it. Perelandra is great, though.

    I know I’ve probably recommended it before, but if you like the 1940s, you really must watch Foyle’s War. It takes a while to get into it, but it’s a wonderful – mostly clean – golden age mystery series with some very fine acting, sets, and writing. Michael Kitchen is da man.

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