Friday, 28 August 2015

10 Favourite Screen Characters Tag

When looking for new ideas for blog posts, I suddenly remembered that Heidi had tagged me with The 10 Favourite Screen Characters Tag a long, long time ago.

Well, better late than never...

Just to make this a bit more challenging I am mentioning characters I solely know from the screen (Which means no book to movie adaptions where I have read the book)

So without further ado... here they are:

Rapunzel (Tangled)

I love her because she is adorable, artistic and awestruck by everything she meets and she has such a positive attitude despite her locked up life. Oh, and not to forget...she is surprisingly apt with a frying pan - gotta love a princess who can defend herself using kitchen utensils.

Ella (Cinderella)

I gotta say I'm just so in love with everything regarding this new Cinderella adaption. My favourite part of it was the way they managed the portrayal of Ella - very true to the original fairytale but without making her weak and passive. She is just so good and kind it almost radiates of her and the way she manages to hold onto that through all the distress she is put through is just admirable.

Anna (Frozen)

Don't worry, this post is not being completely taken over by Disney princesses, but I can't pick favourites without mentioning Anna. I mean, she is the first Disney princess who is awkward, clumsy and looks realistically in the morning - all traits that make me love her more. Besides that she is fiercely loyal towards her sister - even when she does nothing to deserve it - and is really selfless.

Peggy Carter (Captain America)

Well, here comes a completely different genre. Peggy Carter is, in my opinion, the ultimate feministic role model. She is tough, constantly proves her worth to her male colleagues and at the same time she is not at all afraid of being feminine. Another bonus is the series is set in the 40's so I use a lot of time swooning over her gorgeous outfits, hair-do's and make up.

William Buxton (Return to Cranford)

Considering he only played a supporting role, he completely stole the show for me. I mean, is it possible not to love William? He is sweet, kind, funny, honorable, stands up to his father to defend his fiancee and is not afraid to follow through, even when it means he has to work hard. (That he is played by Tom Hiddleston is only a bonus)

The Doctor (Doctor Who)

Again, I couldn't pick favourites without at least mentioning the main character of my favourite show ever! How do you describe the Doctor? Considering he has been played by 4 different actors, each with their own personality (and that is only the reboot), you can safely say that he is an extremly complexd and layered character. But he is always really entertaining and funny with many quotable lines, quite crazy and very deep at times.

Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)

Yay, a chance to  mention Rory again. (Don't think I have done so since my very first post years ago) You can't say the name Rory Gilmore without also saying books, so of course she will be one of my favourites. Who wouldn't love a teenager who prioritises reading over random socialising, who brings a book everywhere she goes and whose idea of a perfect saturday is browsing the book shop for hours? That and she really knows her popular culture. (I'm not even kidding. Everytime I actually understand a reference in that show I feel so clever)

Captain Hook (Once Upon A Time)

No list is complete without at least one pirate. If he happens to be roguishly handsome (his words, not mine), secretly have a heart of gold and have quite an extensive vocabulary you have most likely met Captain Hook. As this show is known for, they give quite a twist to what we thought we knew about the character, which in his case makes him one of my favourites in the entire series. 

Phoebe Buffay (Friends)

If it isn't clear by now, I tend to like the crazy ones. Phoebe is no exception. I love that she is wholly untraditional and proudly embraces her weirdness as completely normal for her. That and she has some great lines.

Abby Sciuto (NCIS)

Abby is a character full of contradictions. On one hand she dresses like a goth, on the other hand she is the most positive person in the series. She seems happy-go-lucky and sometimes acts like an overexcited child when introduced to new tech, but at the same time she is the best at what she does and produces results unimaginably quickly.  I also love how she is always bribed with Caf-Pow and the fact that she sees her team like her extended family and therefore is fiercely protective of them.

So...this is it. I gotta admit that is one of the most diverse list I've made in a long time.
Do you agree with my list?

As it is a tag, I should probably tag someone in return. So if you read this and feel an urge to make your own list consider yourself tagged.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Inkling Explorations and Railways


Well, it is once again time for Inkling Explorations. This month has a gorgeous theme: a scene happening around a train or a train station.

I know the possibilities are endless, and I spent quite some time thinking on them. When I heard the theme I immediately thiught of North & South, Miss Potter and several other heartwarming goodbyes or reunions between lovers, but on further thought I remembered what my absolute favourite railway scene is.

It is from "Rilla of Ingleside", which in itself has quite its share of train station scenes, but the one that tuches me the most and bring me near tears everytime is this scene near the end of the book where Jem Blythe returns and is welcomed by his faithful dog, who has been waiting for him for four years:

"One spring day, when the daffodils were blowing on the Ingleside lawn, and the banks of the brook in Rainbow Valley were sweet with white and purple violets, the little, lazy afternoon accommodation train pulled into the Glen station. It was very seldom that passengers for the Glen came by that train, so nobody was there to meet it except the new station agent and a small black-and-yellow dog, who for four and a half years had met every train that had steamed into Glen St. Mary. Thousands of trains had Dog Monday met and never had the boy he waited and watched for returned. Yet still Dog Monday watched on with eyes that never quite lost hope. Perhaps his dog-heart failed him at times; he was growing old and rheumatic; when he walked back to his kennel after each train had gone his gait was very sober now--he never trotted but went slowly with a drooping head and a depressed tail that had quite lost its old saucy uplift.

One passenger stepped off the train--a tall fellow in a faded lieutenant's uniform, who walked with a barely perceptible limp. He had a bronzed face and there were some grey hairs in the ruddy curls that clustered around his forehead. The new station agent looked at him anxiously. He was used to seeing the khaki-clad figures come off the train, some met by a tumultuous crowd, others, who had sent no word of their coming, stepping off quietly like this one. But there was a certain distinction of bearing and features in this soldier that caught his attention and made him wonder a little more interestedly who he was.

A black-and-yellow streak shot past the station agent. Dog Monday stiff? Dog Monday rheumatic? Dog Monday old? Never believe it. Dog Monday was a young pup, gone clean mad with rejuvenating joy.

He flung himself against the tall soldier, with a bark that choked in his throat from sheer rapture. He flung himself on the ground and writhed in a frenzy of welcome. He tried to climb the soldier's khaki legs and slipped down and groveled in an ecstasy that seemed as if it must tear his little body in pieces. He licked his boots and when the lieutenant had, with laughter on his lips and tears in his eyes, succeeded in gathering the little creature up in his arms Dog Monday laid his head on the khaki shoulder and licked the sunburned neck, making queer sounds between barks and sobs.

The station agent had heard the story of Dog Monday. He knew now who the returned soldier was. Dog Monday's long vigil was ended. Jem Blythe had come home."

For more beautiful train related scenes or stories, don't forget to check out the link-up at Sharing the Journey.

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