I have been looking lately for a light, book related idea for a blog post. When I found the Disney Book Tag on the blog Reading Reading Reading, I thought this was exactly what I was looking for.
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#1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”.
I would say Mowgli in The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling). There is a moment in the book when Bagheera explains to him that she grew up by human people before she escaped and came to the jungle. Then she was the strongest animal there because she knew both how the humans though and how the animals of the jungle thought. And she added that Mowgli would be stronger to when he goes back to the humans because he also will know how both humans and animals think. I found that very inspiring.
#2. Cinderella – A character that goes through a major transformation.
Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka). The story is about a man who inexplicably turns into a giant insect.
#3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.
I am hesitating between Ben Aaronovitch’s The Rivers of London series (You can see my review there) and Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series. I mean, the Magnus Chase book feature a Muslim valkyrie wearning a headscarf, a homeless boy, a dumb elf and a fashion loving dwarf…
#4. Sleeping Beauty – A book that put you to sleep.
I am not sure about this one. Bad books do not get me to sleep. I rather find them irritating.
#5. The Lion King – A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.
It is difficult to choose as there are many such characters in novels… I would say Harry Potter had his share of trauma: his parents were murdered, he was raised by the Dursleys and he had to fight Voldemort again and again.
#6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.
The book that impressed me most was Ulysses by James Joyce. The story is actually less important than the writing. However, I found it much nicer to read than I had feared.
#7. Aladdin – A character that get’s their wish granted, for better or for worse.
Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) . He sold his soul to remain young and handsome forever whereas his portrait would age and reflect the ugliness of his lost soul.
#8. Mulan – A character that pretends to be something or someone they are not.
Julien Sorel in The Red and the Black (Stendhal). Julien Sorel is a young man who pretends to be very pious and to want to become a priest in order to climb the social ladder.
#9. Toy Story – A book with characters you wish would come to live.
When I was younger, I really wanted the characters of The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R Tolkien) to come to live. But only the good ones. Not the evil ones.
#10. Disney Descendants – Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.
As a teenager, I really enjoyed the Artemis Fowl series (Eoin Colfer). The series’ young hero, Artemis Fowl, is an evil genius but as grows up, he becomes a better person.