The mighty Rachel @Hamlette’s Soliloquy tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, knowing how much I love tags. So, naturally, I sprang to the task “with my hair in a braid,” as P.G. Wodehouse would say. Thanks, Rachel! ❤
~The Tag Rules~
- List the award’s official rules
- Display the award somewhere on your blog
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Provide a link to your nominator’s blog
- Answer your nominator’s questions
- Nominate up to 11 bloggers
- Ask your nominees 11 questions
- Notify your nominees by commenting on at least one of their blog posts
This iteration of the Sunshine Blogger Award is movie-themed, so I’ll come up with my own movie-themed questions at the end.
1. What movie house would you like to live in?
Hands down, Nonnberg Abbey from The Sound of Music. It’s so spacious and gracious and peaceful and quiet. I love everything about it, from the soaring arches and stained glass windows to the stone walkways and iron grille gates. The Abbey scenes are my favorite part of the movie. (I’m always a little bummed every time we leave to go to Captain von Trapp’s mansion … I don’t like that place nearly as well.)
2. What movie pet would you like to own?
I would like my very own BB-8, please and thank you.
3. What book do you wish your favorite actor or actress could have starred in an adaptation of?
Saoirse Ronan and David Tennant in A Darker Shade of Magic as Lila and Holland, respectively. Not only is Saoirse my favorite actress of all time, I can’t think of a better person to play the prickly, stormy, cross-dressing pickpocket-turned-pirate-queen named Delilah Bard, can you? Saoirse was born to do this.
Meanwhile, Holland is that rare creature, a sympathetic villain who actually makes me feel sympathy for him (he’s enslaved and tortured, after all) … and I think David Tennant would bring the proper depth of conflicted, twisted emotion to his character. I know Holland’s supposed to be blond, and I can’t see David as blond: but I will make an Exception to my “every actor must 100% match the book’s physical descriptions!!!” rule for the joy of seeing David Tennant in a properly lush screen adaptation of one of my most-loved fantasy worlds.
4. Are there any movies you like better than the book they were based on?
BBC’s Sense and Sensibility 2008 is even better than the book. I have spoken. It delves deeper and it climbs higher, into the melodrama and the passion and the sordid under-side of genteel Regency life. (Also: there’s a duel scene. What more do ya want??)
5. What’s your favorite movie that’s set in the decade you were born in?
Captain Marvel. Badass female alien warrior crash-lands on the roof of Blockbuster Video … need I go on?
6. Do you collect movie memorabilia of any sort?
Do fandom tshirts count? If so, then yes. 😛
7. What actor and actress have never made a movie together, but you wish would have?
I respectfully submit for your consideration:
Lily Collins and Ioan Gruffudd in a new Persuasion adaptation.
I really think it could work, guys!!! We’re about due for a BBC Persuasion remake, we’ve never had a truly deep, truly rich movie version which honors the beauty of the original story … and I think these two have the acting chops to pull off their respective roles. Lily Collins is excellent with fragile, flowery heroines, and I think she would enjoy the challenge of bringing out Anne’s long-buried inner strength. Meanwhile, Ioan Gruffudd proved he can do the “smokin’ hot British naval officer” bit on Horatio Hornblower, back in the day. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind dusting off the old uniform for a good cause.
8. What director would you like to have direct a movie based on your life?
This is obviously a pipe dream which will never come true, BUT …
Greta Gerwig. A true artist, with a feel for quiet stories of women’s everyday lives. Plus, with Lady Bird, she established that she’s got the “late 90s/early 2000s Catholic schoolgirl aesthetic” down pat.
9. Do you ever like a remake better than the original film?
Oh, for sure. I wrote a whole post about why the Disney live-actions remakes appeal to me more than the original 90s cartoons, for example. (In most cases, anyway.) I particularly relished Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, and I’m waiting with great impatience for Mulan to release.
10. What’s your least-favorite movie genre?
11. Are there any movies in your least-favorite genre that you do like?
So now it’s my turn to come up with eleven movie-related questions … and I’m thinking of doing some “would you rather” or “this/that” stuff. Because all the more generic questions, favorite actor, favorite actor, favorite movie director, have already been asked?
So here goes!
- Would you rather live in the Star Wars universe or the Marvel universe?
- Would you rather dance with Mr. Knightley or Mr. Tilney?
- Would you rather be the hero/heroine of a Alfred Hitchcock movie, or a John Hughes movie?
- Would you rather wear Holly Golightly’s little black dress or Cinderella’s ball gown?
- Would you rather be an extra in a musical comedy, or the Number Two henchman in a thriller?
- Would you rather your script called for a car chase, or a locked-room scenario?
- Would you rather go up against Maleficent (original animated movie) or Frollo?
- Would you rather marry Laurie or Professor Bhaer?
- Would you rather dump the terrible boyfriend from a 50s romance, or a 90s chick-flick?
- Would you rather duel your nemesis with pistols, or with swords?
- Would you rather deliver a long speech before your execution, or a short, pithy one-liner?
Anyone may answer these, either in the comments or on your own blog.
Have fun, loves! ❤