Here are my answers to the Literary Heroine Blog Party at Accordion to Kellie! 🙂
Introduce yourself! Divulge your life’s vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!
I’m Anna, and if you knew me you would know that this is the hardest question in the entire world that I’ve ever been asked. What do I love? Everything from the glowing sunrise on Javan mountains to receiving anonymous roses on Valentines day to impromptu bluegrass concerts to swirling ballgowns to chivalry to vintage typewriters to eating peanut butter straight out of the jar. Everything has beauty in my eyes, and my vision and aspirations are one and the same — to experience as much of the beauty God has to offer as I possibly can, and to encourage others to love it too!
What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?
Any heroine that I love and aspire to emulate is thoughtful and creative, passionate and romantic, and is always pursuing that which she loves and is passionate about. Ideally, she loves her Saviour above all else, cares for her family, and falls in love with her perfect Prince Charming (thus satisfying my romantic cravings.) She must also have faults, otherwise it’s just rather depressing to read, because one can never live up to her perfection.
Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.
Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables. We’ve been kindred spirits for nearly as long as I can remember. I mean, once I get going on her… I may never stop.
Cora Bradley, from A Map of the Known World. This is relatively recent, as I read it just last week. But seriously, if I knew her… Her passion and creativity and deep, heartbreaking feelings are so familiar, by the end of the book I felt like we had known one another forever.
Elaine of Ascolat, from The Lady of Shalott. Oh, Elaine. Her tragic, hauntingly lovely story just cries out to my soul, and somehow, I love her. And her hopeless love for Lancelot, ohhhh… It’s beautiful. (I also recently read The Song of the Sparrow, by Lisa Ann Sandell, which is based on her story, with a far lovelier ending… ❤ )
Kit Tyler, from The Witch of Blackbird Pond. She drives me crazy. Like, really insane. But oh, how I relate to her, and how I feel that she is my secret twin, from long long ago….
Five of your favorite historical novels?
Before I answer, might I mention that this question is IMPOSSIBLE!!!! That said, I will proceed to do the impossible. 😉
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I adore it! It was in the middle of swimming, basketball, drama, and some exams when I first read it — yet I hardly put it down. Mr. Rochester is my perfect hero style — tall and dark and mysterious, but sweet and thoughtful deep down in his heart of hearts. And Jane is pretty funny — you must admire that sarcasm.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. Ahhhhh!!!! It’s in France and England and all the intrigue and mystery and wittiness! And Marguerite and wonderful, wonderful Sir Percy! My heart never fails to thob with worry, every time I read it — will it turn out differently than before???
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. This has been a favorite since Elementary school. Biblical Israel, under Roman rule, becomes a land of pulsing vibrancy, life, and romance. The struggles of God’s people, straining under oppression, not to mention the beautiful culture and fab characters!
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne Shirley, like I said, is my kindred spirit. We would be bosom friends except I would be in love with Gilbert too! Sometimes my life feels like “a graveyard of buried hopes” and then I’m “happy as kings!” And Anne never fails to have something wonderful to say, that is exactly what I was going to say!
Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter. This is the most beautiful, poetic, lovely book I’ve read where a boy featured as the main character. It’s cute and carefree, yet deep and sad and heart-wrenching. One can never quite understand the mystery of the Limberlost, but somehow that simply enhances it’s charm.
Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why?
Either Jane Eyre or Anne Shirley. Both of them seem so real, it’s hard to face the fact that they are fictional, and that I will never meet them. Jane is fierce and sarcastic under her nun-like facade, and her conversation style is incredibly witty. Anne is just Anne. I mean, can it get any better?? 😉
Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
Gilbert Blythe, obviously. I’ve been in love with Gilbert Blythe ever since 5th grade. I mean, if a boy waits for a girl like Anne, stubborn and romantic, with dreams and aspirations and passion no one, including her, can understand, he’s a keeper. And he’s handsome and smart and he falls in love with her even after she hits him over the head with a slate! (I hit a boy on the head with a notebook not too long ago. He was decidedly not Gilbert Blythe.)
If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there?
How handy! I already have it perfectly planned out! As soon as I graduate from highschool, I want to pack my bags and fly straight to Malaysia, to spend a week or so with friends there (and enjoy the ridiculously wonderful Indian cuisine), then on to the Philippines, to visit my friends, and all the old stomping grounds (white sand beaches, lush jungle, a city throbbing with culture and activity…), then on to Java, to meet loads of amazing friends, two of whom will accompany me on o Europe! We might stop in Italy, visit Juliet’s wall, see Austria and sing in the mountains, or gaze upon the coasts of Ireland. Our main focus, though, will be England, where we will visit friends and experience all the fabulous Britishness we possibly can!!!! 😛
What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?
I love them all!!! (medieval Ireland, ancient Egypt, colonial America, WWII, The Great Depression, Regency England, medieval anywhere, Civil war, anywhere in Asia, you name it, I like it!) I have no favorite…
You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of?
If only… I would do a stunning Irish dance routine! In reality, probably either a classical flute solo or a crazy reenactment of “Sugar. Sugar” by the Archies, complete with outfits, hairdos, and a group of friends cast as the entire band. 😛
If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?
Marguerite Blakeney, of course!
J.R.R. Tolkien, L.M. Montogomery, Rainbow Rowell, Louisa May Alcott, Baroness Orczy, Elizabeth George Speare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Lisa Ann Shaffer, John Green, Heater Vogel Frederick, Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson, Harper Lee
In which century were most of the books you read written?
19th – 21st
In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is…
It’s a tie between Sir Percy Blakeney and Legolas. Pure heroism coursing through their veins, leaving one slightly dizzy, out of breath, and longing to be rescued by such a man (or elf as the case may be.)
In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is…
I don’t really ever hate villains, no matter how hard I try to. Somehow I can always empathize, and feel like somewhere, deep inside they have a heart and Jesus loves them and maybe they’ll repent and so forth. But otherwise I’d say President Snow from The Hunger Games. Seriously. I despise him. And his sickly sweet white rose still haunts me.
Describe your ideal dwelling place.
A rambling white house with a yard strewn with daisies, a white picket fence, and a grove of apple trees behind the house. There would be a rippling brook in their midst, with stepping stones across it. The house would be welcoming and full of life, ready to welcome whoever might happen upon it!
Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.
Romantic, and slightly bohemian, heavily influenced by literature and my current mood.
Three favorite Non-fiction books?
The Bible. I guess this is a given.. But for bonus I’ll say a few of my favorite books — Psalms, Job, and Ecclesiastes for poetry and descriptions of God’s creation and power, and general thought-provoking-ness. John, Romans, and 1 Corinthians for life-changing, applicable teaching. Esther and Genesis for amazing stories.
Smithsonian History of Fashion. My goodness, I could spend days on end poring through this — Ancient Egypt to the present time in fashion! What could be more absorbing?!
Cookbooks in general. Especially old ones, or ones with lots of pictures and tips and inspirations. I’ve never been able to resist a good cookbook.
Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?
Go swimming in the lake until the sun goes down, then read a book or go on pinterest or play guitar or flute, or go for a turn about the grounds with a dear friend and just talk. Or just play basketball!
Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat – in such a way as will best portray your true character.
Dear me. Perhaps a lovely wide-brimmed straw bonnet, perfect for romantic boating, or sketching in a city park, or hiking in Java, or a church picnic, or a trip to Bali 🙂 One that goes well with chains of flowers…
Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.
I started the most fabulous sophomore year anyone could hope for, then suddenly moved across the world, then my grandpa died.
Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25
Also Job 26:7-14 and Psalm 103:1-5.