Entry #18 – Literary Best Friend:

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Entry #18 – Literary best friend:  If you could choose any character for a bestie, who would it be? Feel free to expand on why – share a relevant quote, list attributes, whatever floats your boat. Or just give a name, it’s entirely up to you!

At my bachelorette party three years ago, my sister told me my friends were weird.  Not in the sense that they were strange people, but in the sense that this group of girls wouldn’t typically hang out together.  I’ve always had an eclectic group of friends—sort of like a different group of friends for the different activities that I enjoy.  There were my high school friends for doing crazy things like dressing up one another in goofy outfits at Walmart, there were my quiet college roommates who enjoyed watching Grey’s Anatomy every Thursday night, and there were my dance team friends who were always up for a good time and loved dancing just as much as I did.  I could shift between these groups of friends and do all the things I wanted to do.  So when it comes to choosing a best friend from a book, I came up with an eclectic group of characters.

Here are some characters I’ve picked as possible besties, and the qualities I admire them for:

  • Katniss, Katsa, Tris, Cassia: brave, strong, adventurous, rebellious, risk takers
  • Nancy Drew: logical, intelligent…and drives a cool convertible!
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants girls: accept & celebrate one another’s differences
  • Harry, Ron, Hermione from Harry Potter: brave, adventurous, rebellious, magical, loyal
  • Ponyboy & Cherry from The Outsiders: honest, loyal to their friends
  • Benvolio from Romeo & Juliet: good listener, thoughtful decision maker (unlike that Romeo guy!)
  • Bitterblue from Bitterblue: homebody who craves adventure, learns to be a better leader
  • Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries: relatable, normal teen girl (klutzy & awkward like me!)

Who would you choose as a literary best friend? 

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Entry #14 – Dream cast:

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Entry #14 – Dream cast:  Maybe it’s from a movie that’s already been cast, or it’s one that you wish would be/had been chosen: who embodies your favorite character(s)?

One of my favorite authors this past summer was Kristin Cashore, author of the Young Adult novels Graceling, Bitterblue, and FireBitterblue and Fire are companion books to Graceling, meaning they share a few characters, but they are not a series and do not have to be read in order.  In this way, Cashore has given readers a break from all the trilogies and series, yet sated our appetites for more of the fabulous world she’s created.

As in other Young Adult novels featuring brave female leads with “Ka-” names (Katniss of The Hunger Games and Cassia from Matched), Graceling stars Katsa, a heroine who discovers her life has more meaning than she originally thought.  At first, she believes her special talent, or grace, is her combat kills, which King Randa uses to his advantage.  With the help of some very good friends and a mission to figure out what’s behind all the trouble in the Seven Kingdoms, Katsa learns that there’s a reason behind her special skills.  Along the way, she finds love—but questions the concept of marriage—and encounters plenty of adventure.  A theme apparent through Cashore’s books is that love is love, no matter what form it takes, and that families can come in many shapes and sizes.  This is a lovely message to send young readers.

If you want to find out more about Graceling, as well as Bitterblue and Fire, click here.  There are blurbs about each of the books, as well as excerpts from the first chapter.  I read all three books right in a row and LOVED them.  I even listened to Fire as an audiobook on my kindle fire about a week ago and loved it just as much the second time around. 

Since Young Adult literature has been churning out tons of movie adaptations lately, I’d love to see Graceling on the big screen.  *If I had a hand in helping to cast the film, here’s who I’d pick:

castlist*If you are a hardcore Graceling fan, please take this casting with a grain of salt.  I checked out this book from the library this summer, so I didn’t have references for the characters’ ages or physical descriptions.  I went by feel and overall look, versus staying 100% true to the text—plus there’s always hair dye, right?!