This time I've been tagged by Kiri Liz and Hayden, and I'll let you in on a little shameful secret. Hayden tagged me earlier this week, but I held off on answering her questions for a little while because I wanted to wait and see if anyone else tagged me (presumptuous, I know). That way, if I had two sets of questions to answer, I'd have an excuse to skip the eleven random things at the beginning (which I muchly dislike). And what do you know, along came Kiri today with her tag! Voila! Kiri, you've saved me from the Eleven Randoms. I am infinitely obliged to you, my dear.
*assumes Lady Dedlock voice*
So you all know my secret. And now you are going to expose me.
*returns to normal manner of speaking*
Without further prattling, I present to you the twenty-two questions that I had great fun answering. I've also tagged several friends at the bottom, so don't forget to check down there!
If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?
Probably the power to be invisible. That would be great fun. I could freak people out and become an international spy.
Bows and Arrows, Swords, or Guns?
Um... none of the above?
What’s your favorite black and white film?
It might very well be Roman Holiday (1953). Hilarious, touching, full of lovely costumes, Audrey Hepburn being glamorous, Gregory Peck being... Gregory Peck (cough), a fascinating story and of course Rome in black and white. It's all such a sequence of continual delights, to quote Mrs. Forrester. "Irving! Am I glad to see you!" "Why, did ya forget your wallet?"
|"Tell me, Mr. Radovich, what is a ringer?"|
"Oh, er, it's an American term. It means anybody who has a great deal of charm."
I was terrified almost to death of the lorikeets at the zoo. There used to be a cage where you could actually go inside and feed the birds (though it cost a bit more than tuppence a bag) with a little cup of sugar water, and they'd come and perch on your arm or finger. My grandmother took me there on multiple occasions but I was always far too scared to even try feeding the Flappy, Feathery Animals of Terror. Still am, for that matter.
Did you read Dr. Seuss books as a kid? Which one is your favorite?
I did indeed! By far, my favorite was The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. I also really liked And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.
What is your favorite musical?
Heehee. You ask ME this question. Everybody, on three. One, two three--
|Except it's not awkward. Ever.|
What is your least favorite book by your favorite author?
Lady Susan by Jane Austen. I haven't even finished it yet. What I've read of it bored me. Did I just type that out loud?
If you could steal any movie/television character’s wardrobe, who would it be?
Marianne Dashwood's from Sense and Sensibility 1995. I may devote a post to her costumes sometime in the near future. They're just amazing.
What is your opinion on clowns?
I can take them or leave them. Didn't inherit my mom's terror of them, but I certainly don't think much of them.
What is one obscure book, movie, or television show that you recommend?
So Dear to My Heart (1948), one of the best (if not THE best) of Walt Disney's films. Most people have never heard of it, and it's a crying shame.
|"Mama's already sent away for the pattern. For my new dress."|
"What's that got to do with it?"
"I was gonna wear it to the fair."
(yes, I have the entire script memorized...
that's what happens when you watch a movie more than thirty times)
Oh no! You’re stuck in an elevator when the power goes out. It’s going to be several hours before help comes. Who would you rather be stuck in there with- Mr. Collins or Hyacinth Clare Gibson?
Um, can we make Fanny Dorrit an option instead? Because she'd actually be kind of fun... no? Oh, very well. Mr. Collins. I'd have fun insulting him to his face, I think. Horrid, I know, but... um, anyways. Moving on.
Kiri Liz's Questions
What is your third favorite color?
Hmmm... probably cream. Pink and blue are first and second, though I couldn't tell you which is which.
If you could rewrite any scene from any book, which one would it be and why?
Well, I'd be happy to tell you, but my fellow Leaguettes must promise not to guillotine me. It's the scene in The Scarlet Pimpernel (do tell!) where Marguerite and Percy have their Cold-Shoulder Discussion in the garden, after which Percy follows Marguerite up the steps and kisses the place where she walked. I mean, COME ON. That chapter was fabulous, and then that ridiculous end bit-- I have to admit I burst out laughing every time I read it. I lose some respect for one of my favorite heroes, let me tell you, and that's not a good thing.
Would you rather live in a old palace, a cottage in the woods, a pirate ship, or a underground burrow?
Toss-up between an old palace or a cottage in the woods. I'm rather inclined to the palace at present but a little cottage is always very snug.
How do you pronounce the word "often?" Off-ten? Or Off-fen?
Off-fen, unfortunately. I'm not much like Jane Fairfax, I'm afraid. Jane always speaks so distinct, you know.
What is your favorite holiday film?
It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!
|"Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?"|
"You want me to kiss her, huh?"
"Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people."
If you had a book (any book including a cookbook or a research book) published, what would be featured on the cover?
Cherry blossoms, perhaps. I'm partial to those. :D
Where would your dream home be located?
Isn't this kind of a repeat of the one about castles and cottages, burrows and ships? Well, I'd probably like a lighthouse by the sea. A small cottage at the foot of the lighthouse, maybe, or even the lighthouse itself. Full of old-fashioned knickknacks and lacy curtains at the windows, indoor plumbing and all manner of modern conveniences of course, but still rustic and lovely and simply crowded with salt air and wet winds blowing off the coast. And cats, maybe. Plenty of books, a sewing room, a lovely low-ceilinged kitchen and of course Mr. Knightley and six or seven children.
If there was no such thing as tea or coffee in this world, what hot drink(s) would you consume?
Hot chocolate, of course. And I should not suffer in the drinking of it, not one bit.
What one song describes your life/day/mood?
At present, you mean? Hmmm... Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting. I'm quite content and peaceful and happy right now. Of course, I am not resting in Jesus only when I'm content and peaceful and happy, but that song's been running through my head tonight.
Peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, or gingerbread men?
Peanut. Butter. Cookies.
What is something you absolutely love right now?
Sewing. Indubitably. Also Jane Austen. And books in general. But that's a given, right?
- Who's your least favorite literary heroine?
- Did you read the American Girl books when you were younger? Which series was your favorite? Which book?
- You're having a friend over who has never seen a single period drama in her life. Which one do you choose for her indoctrination?
- Raspberries or strawberries? Why?
- What's your favorite cartoon movie?
- Who is your favorite singer?
- When do you start listening to Christmas music?
- Which was the best birthday of your life so far and why?
- Why did Mr. Gibson marry Hyacinth
HorrorKirkpatrick? Explain your answer in 200 words or less and don't forget footnotes. If you haven't read/seen Wives and Daughters, write a two-paragraph essay on why lobsters don't wear socks.
- Who would you rather have tea with, Miss Bates or Mrs. Bennet?
- What is the ugliest/most unflattering dress or outfit you've ever seen on a period drama? How would you have dressed the character who was so unfortunate as to wear it?
~The Young Sage
~Miss Melody Muffin
And, of course, anyone else who wants to do it is more than welcome. Leave your answers in the comments, if you'd like. I ignored the less-than-200-followers rule, because I was already so flagrant in my flaunting (no random facts! shocking, shocking!) that I figured I may as well be hung for a follower or two as a random fact. Toodle-pip, lovely people, and see you next week!