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The Bookworm’s Tag

Thanks to Madi over at Madi’s Musings for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you (Already done above!)
  • Include the tag graphic in your post (This too!)
  • Answer the ten questions the blogger asked
  • Nominate between five and ten bloggers
  • Ask your nominees ten book-related questions!
  • Don’t feel bound to these rules (This probably isn’t a good thing to tell me!)
  • (Most importantly) Have fun!

The Questions

What fictional world would you like to live in?

I’m one of those people who hates change … so I wouldn’t do well moving to a completely different world 😀 I’m just going to go with Russia because I’m on an Unknown kick. Minus Dmitri of course…

What makes a quality antagonist/villain? Do you have an example?

A quality villain is one who’s actually a threat. I’m horrible at coming up with examples (partly because I’ve read so many books I have a hard time separating memories) but … I’m going to go with Charles Drake from Jayna Baas’s Preacher on the Run. Drake was one nasty, threatening dude!

What makes a poor protagonist/ main character? Do you have an example?

I was going to talk about flawless main characters here, but I’ve come up with something a little more original, I think. What I’m going to talk about doesn’t make a poor main character overall, but it kind of ruins an aspect of his character. What I’m talking about is giving your main character this big, bad reputation, and in the end having it come out that the main character didn’t do any of what he was thought to have done. He was just an innocent little darling/victim of the circumstances. I have examples for this one, but I’m not going to mention them here because I don’t like badmouthing books by title…

Do you think heavy topics (the atrocities of abortion; depression/anxiety; rape; emotional, physical, and mental abuse and neglect; etc.) should be addressed in fiction? If no, why? If yes, what are some books you’ve read that handle heavy topics well?

I definitely think heavy topics should be addressed in fiction—from a biblical perspective, of course. I think fiction can be a powerful way of learning about a topic and about what God’s Word says about that certain topic. A few examples of books I’ve read that have handled heavy topics well … going to search my Goodreads lists … are Oh, the Fallen by Abigail Kay Harris (grief), Woman in Shadow by Carrie Stuart Parks (PTSD), A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy (doubt), and Unknown by Vanessa Hall (grief).

If you could trade places with a character, who would it be?

None of mine 😀 I give those poor people way too rough of lives to ever want to take their places … Goes back to Goodreads … Ugh. Almost every book I see involves romance, and I get the creeps thinking about marrying the main guy 😀 I’m not into the whole “book boyfriend” craze. Okay … I found one. I’d trade places with Maggie Malone in Hollywood Is Not Home because she got to visit that cool Southern town with all the nice people. And because the food there sounded really good. 😀 Plus, no one was trying to kill her … 😀

Oh, and I’d also like to trade places with Rina from Grace Johnson’s Prisoner at Heart. But just for a day 😀 It’d be funny to have Rina’s epic personality and pirate-turned-privateer skills for a few hours.

What are some cliches and tropes you wish authors would avoid? Write more of?

I wish authors would stop writing creepy marriage-of-convenience stories with too much information. I don’t care to read the inappropriate details. Blech. I can tolerate marriage-of-convenience stories as long as they’re clean … I’ve actually written one (and it was completely clean!). I’m also tired of the baby-falling-from-the-sky plot (where the characters are unable to have a baby and one appears out of nowhere in two seconds). It’s too convenient.

Cliches I’d like to see more of … Can none be an answer? I’d really like to see some ideas that haven’t become total cliches. Or ideas that the author modifies enough that they’re not too recognizable as cliches.

What criteria do you use to rate a book? How does this differ for ratings?

I rate books based on characters, language, morals, plots, romance, and writing. I use these criteria for all the fiction books I read, so that doesn’t differ.

If a movie adaptation was to be made, which series would you like to see made into live action (like LOTR, Mulan, etc.).

Ummm… 24 Hour Lockdown by Virginia Henderson would make a cool movie/live action production because of the unique plot and great character personalities.

Which genre is the best? Why? What are you top three books in selected genre?

Christian suspense is obviously the best genre 😀 I really like it because most of the books are fast-moving and have high stakes. The top three Christian suspense novels I’ve read recently are Unknown by Vanessa Hall, Aftermath by Terri Blackstock, and Woman in Shadow by Carrie Stuart Parks.

What topics, types of characters, or situations do you wish authors would write more of?

Topics … Young-earth Creation (Slipping theist evolution into Christian fiction is NOT cool), struggling with doubt (and not overcoming it in one #spiritual moment), pro-life stories, salvation (without wishy-washy New Age spiritual moments), security of the believer … Okay, I’m going to stop here because I could go on too long 🙂

Types of characters … I’d like to see more normal people in suspense books (almost all characters in suspense novels are police, ex-military, FBI, CIA, etc.). Those kinds of characters are interesting to read about, but I’d like to see normal people in suspense too.

I’d also like to see more average-looking characters. Almost every character I read about is drop-dead beautiful or handsome (and nobody can breathe around them). And they all look like bodybuilders too 😀 It’d be interesting to have some characters who are just average in appearance.

Situations … I’d like to see more characters in Christian fiction refusing to date unbelievers.

I made it! Those were some hard, thought-provoking questions!

The Tags

I’m going to slightly break the rules here and just tag anybody who’d like to participate. Because the rules did say I could break them. Then again, I guess that’s not actually breaking the rules 😀

New Questions

  1. How many books do you read on average per month?
  2. What’s your favorite time of the day (or night) to read?
  3. Do you prefer physical copies or e-books?
  4. What book has surprised you most in the last month?
  5. If you could meet any author, whom would you chose?
  6. Who’s the best new author you’ve discovered recently?
  7. If you had to estimate, how many books are in your home collection?
  8. What will make you not finish a book?
  9. What’s your favorite book cover?
  10. How big is your to-read pile?

Published by Kristina Hall

Kristina Hall is a sinner saved by grace who seeks to glorify God with her words. Things Not Seen is her debut novel. She is a homeschool graduate and holds a degree in accounting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, arm wrestling, and lifting weights.

15 thoughts on “The Bookworm’s Tag

  1. I loved this!! And I really want to see the movie version of 24-Hour Lockdown. I would be laughing so hard in the scene Marc starts building his book fortress. 🙂 And yes, that Charles Drake guy was the worst. Ugh.
    Hahahaha, you can’t have you cake and eat it too … Dmitri comes with the territory. 🙂

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  2. I love your answers!

    Charles Drake. What. A. Nasty. Little. Cretin. He’s definitely an excellent antagonist. I wanted to hit him over the head with a rifle throughout the entire book.

    I don’t like the whole victimhood trope either. The character obviously did something to get that reputation…

    Marriages of conveniences are tricky (I type that as I think about one of my own book ideas with that element). My mom’s book, “McKenzie” is marriage of convenience-ish, but it’s really good and she kept it clean and faith-filled. Yeah, some definitely go overboard. I have a few books in mind, which is unfortunate, because the author is quite talented. But when you add inappropriate scenes, the enter book is ruined.

    I’ve heard of more authors throwing in theistic evolution. Not cool. It’s not even logical (I mean, evolution itself is illogical, but theistic evolution even more so). Why would God use a process that would draw glory away from Him? Just doesn’t make sense is one more example of how a lot of “Christian” authors are trying to gain the world’s approval while still writing beneath the Christian fiction umbrella.

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    1. Thanks! So glad you enjoyed reading the answers! Thanks for tagging me!

      I totally agree about Charles Drake … That dude’s one nasty guy!

      I think it’s so much more interesting when a character’s actually guilty in some way rather than being a complete victim!

      I’ve been scarred by the non-clean marriage-of-convenience stories… I wonder if we’re thinking about the same books! 😀 I need to read some of your mom’s books! They sound really good!

      Theistic evolution makes no sense! I mean, theistic evolutionists believe in God, but they refuse to believe God created the way He said He did in Genesis… It just makes me so mad when it shows up in Christian fiction!

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  3. *facepalm* Here I was, about to tag you for this. ANYWAY. I loved reading your answers!! Haha, Rina would LOVE to trade places with you for a day! She could relax without fear of her life for once! XD

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