Questions for Fantasy Lovers out there:
Answer these as fast as you can. You’re only allowed to scan your bookshelves to gain inspiration but the purpose is to see which is most memorable to you at this point in your reading!
What are your….
…most memorable heroes?
This one’s easy. I just finished reading, Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. Locke’s the antihero of the story, and he’s always got tricks up his sleeve.
Speaking of thieves, I’ve got to say Eugenides from Megan Whalen Turner’s King of Attolia. I especially liked him in that one because he really irritates the heck out of everyone at the castle, and in the end, surprises them all!
…most memorable heroines?
Don’t make me decide! I have so many… (and they’re each memorable to me!)
Fainne from Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier. She’s unreadable, remote and awkward to those around her, but, we the readers know better. She’s so in need of someone she can truly trust and be herself with (enter Darragh).
Lirael from Lirael by Garth Nix. She’s intelligent and clever and brave, and kind of a loner (being awkward with other people), but she’s got guts and the necromancer’s instinct. She’s not afraid to try things on her own and creep about in the darkest, creepiest, sketchiest corners of the Clayr fortress for curiosity’s sake.
Claidi from Claidi Collection by Tanith Lee. I can never forget Claidi for her spunkyness and her awkwardness (and sometimes, complete cluelessness). She’s quick to remark and wonder at the insanity of her world and poke fun at it.
…most memorable villains?
Right now, I can think of a few:
Lord Voldemort. The history of his childhood is amazing. Also, how J.K. Rowling paralleled it with Harry’s own story. They both went through similar circumstances and struggles as children, and they’re both so similar in talent, yet their lives turned out so differently.
Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. I keep thinking they’ll appear behind me with some witty verbage and finish me off before I can question them about it.
…memorable romantic interests (from a fantasy novel)?
Selendrile from Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde. I always picture his smoky velvet eyes, his amused smiles, and his lack of propriety (he’s a dragon too, after all, why should he care?).
Prince Char from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Uh, what can I say? He’s just so charming! He isn’t ashamed of doing the silliest things for a good laugh (ie. sliding down bannisters with Ella) and he’s got a good heart! What more can you ask for?
…most memorable magic-crafters (being very loose with this term)?
Howl form Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I thought of him immediately. I just remember him howling with rage from having his hair gone a slight tinge of pink or red because Sophie moved the hair-dye bottles around. It was hilarious and appalling. He’s a particular one he is.
…most memorable lands and cultures?
The Old Kingdom from Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy. I know, the place is rampant with Mordicant, Dead Hands and Stilken creatures. But, that library…oh that library is wonderful! And all those secret, hidden nooks and crannies, tunnels and catacombs in the Clayr’s fortress and the Abhorsen’s castle. It’s worth battling the undead everyday for.
Also, I LOVE Shannon Hale’s Eight Realms, mentioned in Book of a Thousand Days. I like Dashti’s singing magic and the culture surrounding that. I think it’s time for a re-read…
…most memorable magical creatures?
The Blammor from The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip. Watch out for that surprise ending/epiphany that Sybel has! That’s part of the reason why I’m intrigued by the Blammor (I won’t reveal anymore for those of you planning to read it).
…most memorable pets/animal side-kicks?
Mogget and the Disreputable Dog both from Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy. I love Mogget because he’s the wild card of the story, you can’t ever figure out who’s side he’s on. In the end, I don’t think he really cares, as long as he’s fed and comfortable with no one to boss him around. And I love the Disreputable Dog because she’s just the perfect intelligent, speaking, shapeshifting magical pet one would want to watch one’s butt while one’s battling the undead.
…most memorable magical objects?
The Cloak of Invisibility from Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. That’s just a pretty convenient thing to have stuffed in one’s pocket. So many private conversations to eavesdrop and snitch on.
…favorite kind of magic/magical quotes?
Hmm… I normally don’t look out for those. Lots of great stuff in Neil Gaiman’s works though.
…favorite race of peoples?
Tuatha Dé Danann from Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier. I also like the Old ones, who are more ancient than the Tuatha Dé Danann (they’re the mossy rocks, the creaking trees, the gurgling streams).
…favorite cover art?
The cover of Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. I love love Kinuko Y. Craft’s work.
these are tough to answer…i almost couldn’t even find responses to some my own questions! When I was coming up with these questions, I was envisioning that I would have lots to say, but turns out, it’s harder than I thought. If you read lots of fantasy, answer these questions too (or post them on your own fantastic blogs)! I’m going to post similar questions and answers every so often, I love compiling ‘lists’ like this, and I’m really curious to know of your favorites or your most memorable reads in this genre so far in terms of certain categories!
And going off topic, got two new bookcases!! Yay! One that has six shelves, and one that has four shelves (nothing elaborate, just some functional shelves). Let’s see, I can fit thirty regular sized paperbacks per shelf so….that makes room for around *gulp* 300 books. I think I already have about 300 books in my other room. Though, I guess I’ll have to take into account shelf room for my hulkin’ textbooks.