Disney and books. A post just doesn’t get any better, does it? I saw this on beckysblogs and thought I HAVE to do this tag! Anyone and everyone who wants to do this is more than welcome. So let’s get cracking!
1. The Little Mermaid: a character that is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
Sophie May – Billy and Me (Giovanna Fletcher)
Small town girls Sophie May is suddenly thrusted into this whimsical world of the Hollywood lifestyle once she starts dating teen heartthrob Billy Buskin. When the pair first meet, she doesn’t even know who he is until a group of teenage girls immediately notice him the day he stopped by the tea shop where she works to focus on the script for his next movie (he’s in her town to film the movie). The glitz, glamour, media attention and ex-girlfriend who happens to be an actress…how Sophie May manages to keep her cool through these new experiences after being a bottled up introvert since her father’s death is bound to make her think twice about her relationship. And she does…until Billy decides to do something shocking to prove his love for her.
2. Cinderella: a character that goes through a major transformation
Chiyo Sakamoto/Sayuri – Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
Taken away from her family at aged nine by Mr. Tanaka and sold to an okiya in Gion,the most prominent geisha district in Kyoto, Chiyo is trained to become a successful geisha, but stops training after making numerous mistakes. Under the wing of one of the most famous geishas around, Memeha, Chiyo’s investment by her mother is reconsidered. Hatsumomo, threatened by Chiyo and her position in the okiya, tries to do everything in her power to harm Chiyo’s chances, but is eventually thrown out of the okiya. As a properly trained geisha, Chiyo changes her name to Sayuri and lives her life with one goal: for the Chairman she met years ago to become her danna. As the story progresses, she gains multiple danna suitors. Despite Iwamura Electric Company’s Nobu (an incredibly powerful and wealthy man) becoming her danna, love conquers. Nobu ceases to be Sayuri’s danna and the Chairman becomes her danna, instead, even when she retires from being a geisha and relocated to NYC to open a tea house.
3. Snow White: a book with an eclectic cast of characters
The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin)
Sam Westing’s sixteen heirs are randomly chosen to live in Sunset Towers to embark on a game to find out who killed him (confusing, right?). The characters in this book are extremely diverse in their race, ambitions, and overall personalities. You have Judge Ford, who doesn’t trust anybody and uses the game to unravel everyone’s past, podiatrist/bookie Jake Wexler and his wife, Grace, a snooty interior designer/socialite obsessed with the looks of herself and their daughter, Angela (not their youngest, Turtle), a 57-year-old introverted religious woman named Bearthe Crow, a Chinese restaurant owner and his son, Doug.. the list goes on. In the end, they find out that the doorman, who was also participating in the game, is actually Sam Westing.
4. Sleeping Beauty: a book that put you to sleep
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
This is a complete no brainer. Moby Dick was one of the books I had to read over the summer for my Junior AP American Lit class and for the life of me, I was bored to tears. I was only one of TWO people who actually read the entire book prior to the start of the school year because absolutely NOBODY could handle the non-action portions of the book (it was majority of it). As much as we all wanted the story to center around Captain Ahab’s ridiculous obsession with killing the cetaceans and Ishmael’s adventures on his boat, a good deal of the book describes the boat and whale in the most descriptive manner possible (there is a chapter titled “Cetology”…). It was a bore to read and even more so since the book was forced upon us. I don’t care that it was a game changer in books having to do with the ocean. It was terrible to read and just droned on.
5. Lion King: a character that has something traumatic happen to them in their childhood
Hamlet – Hamlet (Shakespeare)
Hamlet is essentially the ye old Lion King even though this tragic event doesn’t necessarily occur when he’s a “child”. Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius, takes the throne of Denmark and is crowned king after murdering Hamlet’s father (just like Scar/Simba/Mufasa). Rather than exiling Hamlet, he lets the boy mourn on his own. King Claudius tricks Hamlet into a fencing match with Laertes so that he dies either by the poisoned tip of the sword, or celebratory laced wine. During the match, the two switched swords and after Hamlet stabs Laertes with the rigged sword, they reconcile; Laertes tells Hamlet about Claudius’ murder plot as he is dying. Long story short, Hamlet seeks revenge on his uncle, just like Simba did with Scar, and wins back his kingdom at his kingdom as the false king dies.
6. Beauty and the Beast: a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
1,037 pages and I’ve read this book three times in its entirety. The first time I read Gone With the Wind was in eighth grade and even as a mere 14-year-old, I was intimidated by its size, but gave it a go, anways after seeing someone in my English class read it for one of her book assignments. Truth be told, it’s one of those classics you just HAVE to read. I could have chosen this book for #10 because I absolutely LOVE Rhett Butler, but then I wouldn’t have had a book for this section. I never liked Scarlett O’Hara because she just seemed like such a whiny, stuck-up rich girl who only cared about living the lavish life. Yet I loved how the theme of survival played into her hot-headed ways. Scarlett was a pain, but she had a lot of “gumption,” which is what separates the strong people who power through the poverty thrown upon the characters after Sherman’s march to sea, from those without gumption, who come out short. It shows the power of perseverance during your struggles, though written in the point of view of a slave owner, but the moral of the story is why I believe that this is one of the best classics ever written.
7. Aladdin: a character that has their wishes granted, for better or worse
Narrator – Grey (Pete Wentz)
I wanted to go for something more obscure for this one, so I thought Grey would be the perfect example. The unnamed narrator (I’ve always assumed that he’s supposed to represent Pete) essentially has to choose between his and/career and the girl of his dreams. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but as the narrator’s career takes off and his band starts recording on a major label, the relationship with his girlfriend only worsens. I’m not going to spoil the ending, as I’m assuming that a lot of people don’t know about this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely gives you an insight on the rockstar lifestyle and how hard it can be from someone who is genuinely living it.
8. Mulan: a character who pretends to be someone/something they’re not
Viola – Twelfth Night (Shakespeare)
I know. Another Shakespeare play? But Twelfth Night fits so perfectly that I couldn’t resist! If you haven’t been forced to read this play in school (or haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s basically my favorite Shakespeare play), then ere’s the movie She’s the Man that Amanda Bynes was in that you can watch. It’s basically a modern day adaptation of the play (we actually watched the movie in class and wrote a paper on the similarities/differences). In the play, Viola and Sebastian are twins separated during a shipwreck. Viola disguises herself as a boy (essentially Seb) and falls in love with Count Orsino, who is in love with the Countess Olivia. Plot twist: Olivia falls in love with Viola, thinking that she’s a man since she’s disguised as one. I’ll let you read the play to see how it goes from there.
9. Toy Story: a book with characters you wish would come to life
Gilbert Blythe – Anne of Green Gables series (L.M. Montgomery)
Gilbert Blythe. Need I say more? From the beginning of the series, you KNEW that something special was going to happen between Anne and him. I mean, the classic way of boys telling a girl that he liked her back in the day was by teasing them. Gilbert called Anne carrots for her fiery red hair, for crying out loud! But then, their friendship and love blossomed. Gilbert and Anne were essentially my very first OTP because I was in like fourth grade or something like that when I first read the series. Anways, Gilbert is just the ultimate boy-next-door and such a gentleman…I hope to find my Gilbert one day.
10. Disney’s Descendants: yourfavorite villain or morally ambiguous character
Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
Everyone loves the dark, mysterious bad boy, right? Heathcliff is no exception. I’m definitely not one about romanticizing abusive relationships, but because of the period in which Wuthering Heights was set and written, I’ve looked deeper into Heathcliff’s character and grew to actually like him. Despite Heathcliff’s abusive nature towards his daughter-in-law, Catherine Linton (his arch-nemisis and the love of his life’s daughter) and everyone who spited him growing up, there’s just something endearing about his love towards Cathy Earnshaw. Call me crazy all you want, but I actually liked Heathcliff when I first read the book because from the beginning, you see that he’s this outsider who was graciously taken in by Mr. Earnshaw as a kid, without a place to go. I saw him as a character wronged by his adoptive brother, Hindley, who treated him like a mongrel once his father died because he wasn’t blood and had a darker skin tone (ironic how the villains are always darker in color, isn’t it?). I shrugged off the fact that he used his new wealth and power her gained whilst away in order to gain revenge on the Lintons and Hindley Earnshaw. He had a right to equalize himself to those who made him feel inferior. Heathcliff just had a more sadistic approach to his form of revenge.
Well there you go. What do you think about my choices? What’s your favorite Disney film?