The Sunshine Blogger Award

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.

~Rachel’s Questions~

1.  What movie house would you like to live in? 

sound of music
this absolutely counts as a house, do not @me

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?

rey-bb8-star-wars
#buddies for life

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 (Finalized)
see? pirate queen.

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? 

willoughby
yes, they’re terrible ppl, but look at that FEATHER

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?

rock the vote
#only 90s kids will remember this

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:

Anne and Wentworth

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?

Saoirse Ronan (Finalized)
you knew who I was gonna say

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?

emma watson yellow batb dress
I DARE U TO SAY ANYTHING MEAN ABOUT THIS MOVIE

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? 

Horror.

11.  Are there any movies in your least-favorite genre that you do like?

No. 😛

good omens rainbow
random Good Omens fanart: always appropriate

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!

~My Questions~

  1. Would you rather live in the Star Wars universe or the Marvel universe?
  2. Would you rather dance with Mr. Knightley or Mr. Tilney?
  3. Would you rather be the hero/heroine of a Alfred Hitchcock movie, or a John Hughes movie?
  4. Would you rather wear Holly Golightly’s little black dress or Cinderella’s ball gown?
  5. Would you rather be an extra in a musical comedy, or the Number Two henchman in a thriller?
  6. Would you rather your script called for a car chase, or a locked-room scenario?
  7. Would you rather go up against Maleficent (original animated movie) or Frollo?
  8. Would you rather marry Laurie or Professor Bhaer?
  9. Would you rather dump the terrible boyfriend from a 50s romance, or a 90s chick-flick?
  10. Would you rather duel your nemesis with pistols, or with swords?
  11. 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! ❤

 

21 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

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  1. I DID NOT KNOW NONNBERG ABBEY WAS AN OPTION AND I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THERE IMMEDIATELY PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

    S&S ’08 is a thing of beauty and wonder and stormy magic. I am forever a fan.

    Excuse me but HOW DO YOU ALWAYS CAST JANE AUSTEN ADAPTATIONS SO STUNNINGLY?!?!?!?! Like, Lily Collins and Ioan Gruffudd as Anne and Wentworth? GET OUT OF HERE. I’m so down. [P.S. If you wanted to, you know, expand this idea to a full Persuasion dream-cast blog post like you did with P&P . . . *coughs* I, um, would not be ungrateful. ;-P]

    I like remakes better than originals SOOOOO often. So often. 😛

    Loved reading your answers, m’dear! ❤

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    1. OH IT’S DEFINITELY AN OPTION. I Said So. Therefore, it Shall Be So. 😀

      Yusssssss.

      *SCREECHES* Ahh thank you!! I’m so glad you like my idea!!!! I’ve actually had the picture of Ioan Gruffudd as Wentworth in my head for years–but it just now hit me that Lily Collins would make the perfect Anne to play opposite him! Oh my! I hadn’t thought of doing a full dream cast, but NOW I MUST. 😀

      Thank you, m’dear! ❤

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      1. Ahhh, I totally squealed inside when I saw your casting for Anne and Wentworth—because I had already thought of the exact same thing!!! 😍

        SAME. Ioan Gruffud has been in my head as Wentworth for years, and then I thought of Lily Collins last year! 🤯

        I could not agree more; we desperately need an adaptation that really does justice to the beauty of the book. I AM WAITING. (Have been for years.)

        Yes yes and yes to a full Persuasion dream cast from Katie! I can hardly wait! 👏🏻

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  2. I love Sense & Sensibility ’08 sooo much! (The only part I don’t like is that … Willoughby just … to me he is goofy-looking in that version, and yeah. I … can’t. I laugh every time he comes on screen. He just fails to be hot to me.) And YES I’m all for ANY GOOD adaptation of Persuasion! Why why whyyyy haven’t we gotten one?

    Also, I am absolutely gonna say something mean about the new Beauty & the Beast … I hates it. 😉 There. I’m now banned for life … 😛 But really, to each their own for sure – that’s why we have different people.

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    1. Love that movie!! 😀 Hahaha, for me, the fact that Willoughby looks so utterly unattractive, is actually part of the charm. Because I hate Willoughby. Every time he comes on screen, I get to just be like “YES. You LOOK BAD and you should FEEL BAD.”

      I don’t know, but we need one now!! With Lily Collins and Ioan Gruffudd, preferably.

      *bashes you, repeatedly, with a wooden pointer* 😛

      Lol, but that’s true, everybody’s different and we can’t all like the same things. That’s why I pay no mind to the people telling me I /should/ watch and love the old animated classic versions, I /should/ force myself to be interested in them … I’m like, “why?? Those are YOURS, why is it so important to you that I have to love them?”

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      1. Haha! I’m the kind of person who loves Willoughby because he’s so evil. 😛 I want him to look handsome because that completes my mental picture of him. 😉 But I’m weird.

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  3. Yay! Why are your posts always SO fun?! (Well, DUH, because you’re a fun person! ;D)

    Anyways, I really, really enjoyed this. Even if I didn’t agree with everything. 😉 (You sure like adding spice into your posts, with all your decided opinions, hehe. I love it.)

    I’m tryyying to imagine liking living in an Abbey, but it just ain’t doing it for me. :/ Maybe for a two day getaway if I need some peace and quiet, but I think after a week I would run away and live in the meadows instead. 😛
    And I was always the opposite, haha – I couldn’t wait for the movie to get out of the convent and bring some COLOUR in. XD

    Oh my goodness, totally down for my own BB8!

    Saoirse Ronan and S&S ’08 are both top of the mark choices, and oh my word, definitely down for that Persuasion cast! Yes, Ma’am! (Especially after seeing Horatio Hornblower… he does have a seaman in him, that’s for sure.)

    And I’ve loved the Disney remakes too!! They might be on par with the originals for me (except Cinderella – that one is always and forever perfection personified). But I’m so excited for Mulan! JUST RELEASE IT ALREADY!!

    I’m not a fan of horror either. xD

    Ooohhh, your q’s are fun! I’ve already done my post with this award, so I might answer them here just for funsies. 🙂

    Would you rather live in the Star Wars universe or the Marvel universe?
    Star Wars! I wouldn’t feel particularly safe in either, but I’m more familiar with that one.

    Would you rather dance with Mr. Knightley or Mr. Tilney?
    Ohhh… probably Mr. Tilney! I enjoy a good sassy conversation when I dance. 😉 Of course, Mr. Knightley WOULD be lovely too.

    Would you rather be the hero/heroine of a Alfred Hitchcock movie, or a John Hughes movie?
    I’m not huuugely familiar with either, but from what I’ve seen/known about them, John Hughes would probably be more my style to act in. 😉

    Would you rather wear Holly Golightly’s little black dress or Cinderella’s ball gown?\
    No brainer. Cinderella’s ALL. THE. WAY. I would even model my wedding dress off that gown.

    Would you rather be an extra in a musical comedy, or the Number Two henchman in a thriller?
    Oh that’s such a hard question!!! Either would be SO MUCH FUN. But the theatre nerd in me will not be silenced – I’ll take the musical comedy, thanks. 😉

    Would you rather your script called for a car chase, or a locked-room scenario?
    Hmm, car chase please. 😀

    Would you rather go up against Maleficent (original animated movie) or Frollo?
    *shudders to even think of it* I’d feel like I’d win a fight again Frollo better because he’s slightly slower in movement than Maleficent, so let’s go with that. ;P

    Would you rather marry Laurie or Professor Bhaer?
    UGH DON’T DO THIS TO ME. I frankly wouldn’t marry either. But if I did… Laurie.

    Would you rather dump the terrible boyfriend from a 50s romance, or a 90s chick-flick?
    Ohh, terrible boyfriends in 90s chick-flicks somehow seem way more pathetic, so I’d dump that one. xD

    Would you rather duel your nemesis with pistols, or with swords?
    Swords. So much more romantic. (And a more romantic way to die, as I surely would, haha)

    Would you rather deliver a long speech before your execution, or a short, pithy one-liner?
    Look, I’d RATHER a pithy one-liner, but we all know that would never happen. xD

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    1. Ahhhh thank you! *blushes* I try, m’dear, I do try. 😉 And my opinions are Strong and Just Won’t Stay Bottled Up. xD

      Haha!! I can totally see why you’d be bored living in the Abbey from S.O.M.–you’re an extrovert, after all! While I am very much an introvert, so the big, echoing, quiet space appeals to me. (It’s weird, but I genuinely do like the Abbey parts of the movie wayyyyy better than the romantic parts.)

      Lol, I would totally choose Holly Golightly’s little black dress! I couldn’t wear a dress as big and floofy and fancy as Cinderella’s gown–I think it’s gorgeous on her, for sure, but it would not suit me at all.

      You should def. dump the terrible boyfriend of a 90s chick flick. He is, indeed, a Pathetic Creature. Good choice.

      *cackles* No, somehow, I can’t quite see you delivering the pithy one-liner, either. 😉

      Thanks for answering the questions!! That was super fun to read!

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  4. I should be getting ready for work, but this was too fun.

    I like selected things better in the 2008 P&P and selected things worse, there was a duel in the book, but I assumed pistols due to the time period, the fencing looked ludicrous to me, this isn’t the Scarlet Pimpernel (although that was nearish in time but not in tone).

    Oh, I could say SO many mean things about Beauty and the Beast, starting with that disgraceful excuse for a ballgown, but I’ll stop there.

    Would you rather live in the Star Wars universe or the Marvel universe? I think I’d have a greater chance of survival in the Marvel being in a “flyover” state not NYC or something.
    Would you rather dance with Mr. Knightley or Mr. Tilney? Tilney!

    Would you rather be the hero/heroine of a Alfred Hitchcock movie, or a John Hughes movie? I’ve not seen a John Hughes movie, but I’m hoping I’d like them, and I’d rather not die or undergo psychological torture, so I’ll go with Hughes

    Would you rather wear Holly Golightly’s little black dress or Cinderella’s ball gown? Cinderella’s gown

    Would you rather be an extra in a musical comedy, or the Number Two henchman in a thriller? Extra in musical

    Would you rather your script called for a car chase, or a locked-room scenario? Car chase. No panic spaces for me, please, and I think I would have an adrenaline rush in a car chase.

    Would you rather go up against Maleficent (original animated movie) or Frollo? I don’t “know” Frollo, so not sure, can’t accurately gage which evil well, from what I know, I’m thinking Frollo, unless he too has magical powers.

    Would you rather marry Laurie or Professor Bhaer? Um, LAURIE, no craddle robbers for me! Unless you mean from the new movie, then Bhaer definitely.

    Would you rather dump the terrible boyfriend from a 50s romance, or a 90s chick-flick? 50’s romance, I could do terrible things in revenge like destroying his car, smashing his windows, etc. that I’d go to jail for in a 90’s film.

    Would you rather duel your nemesis with pistols, or with swords? Survival says swords.

    Would you rather deliver a long speech before your execution, or a short, pithy one-liner? Short, pithy one-liner, wish I had that talent.

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    1. *cackles evilly* My only goal in writing this post was to distract you from getting ready for work, so mission accomplished. 😛

      I think they could conceivably dueled with swords even in the early 1800s, I remember in “The Man Who Was Thursday” the guys chose to duel by fencing with swords, even though it was set in 1898-ish.

      Wowwww. *bashes you, repeatedly, with the same wooden pointer I used to bash Kellyn* 😛

      See, I would totally pick locked room! I would HATE to be in a car chase of any kind. I’d have a panic attack because it’s too much in-the-moment. But a locked room is a puzzle that I can take my time to leisurely solve.

      Frollo is horrid, lol. But not magic! So less powerful. You just have to avoid his creepy predatory horniness and elude his tyrannical government machinations.

      Pithy one-liner, me too. I like your thinking. xD

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  5. YEAH, the duel scene in the ’08 S&S is a welcome addition.

    Mmmm, Captain Marvel.

    Fandom t-shirts totally count! And fandom coffee mugs. And fandom candles. Totally.

    I’m 1000% there for Ioan Gruffudd as Captain Wentworth, but not sold on Lily Collins as Anne, tbh. She’s really bright and fun… and not a lot of gravitas there, which I would miss.

    Horror is my least-fave genre too, but I do like 1 movie and 2 TV shows that are technically horror. (Dracula Untold is the movie, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are the shows, if you’re curious. None of them are truly horrific.)

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    1. Looooooooove the duel scene in ’08. Love it, love it, love it.

      *high five for Ioan Gruffudd as Captain Wentworth* Who would you cast as Anne, any ideas?

      Nice choices! I know you love Buffy and Angel, even though my brain didn’t put them in the “horror” category, although it makes sense that they would belong there.

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      1. Pretty sure I’ve done a dream cast for Persuasion before with Ioan as Wentworth and Louise Brealy for Anne.

        Buffy & Angel are about vampires and demons and witches and the occasional ghost, so yeah, they’re classic horror, not the “chop people into little bits” kind.

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      2. That’s a really intriguing concept!! Hmmm, I could maybe see Louise Brealey in the role … although I think I’d prefer Lily Collins, because she seems more fragile and Louise seems more quirky … hmmmm. Must ponder. xD

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