Literary Heroine Blog Party Linkup

Monday, February 17, 2014

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Introduce yourself!  Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!
     Hey all!  I think you already know a lot about me.  Right now, I'm sitting in my bedroom with my disco light, sparkle lava lamp, and wax melts candle, all on.  I have all of my windows open and am looking out upon a winter wonderland.  Literally!  The snow is coming hard and fast, and the streets aren't even plowed!
What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? 
     A true heroine is someone who stand up for what is right, and not what will keep her safe or respected.  She does what she knows in her heart.
Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
     I admire Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice.  She is my favorite Jane Austen character of all time!  She is intelligent, witty, beautiful, strong, upstanding, she does what she knows is right even if it may not coincide with the views of other important people.  She also refuses to marry for position or riches, but for true love.
     I also like Elinor of Sense and Sensibility.  She keeps her emotions inside and is more drawn by duty and what is right than what she wants and feels.  She is a very selfless and heroic character, perhaps not blessed with beauty or expressiveness, but she is still one who feels deeply but keeps it on the inside.
     I look up to  Jane in Jane Eyre.  She is treated very unkindly, but that doesn't make her bitter.  She has a strong sense of right and wrong and feels very deeply.  She believes in keeping herself pure and not becoming stained by sinful things.  Jane loves people for what's on the inside, not the outside and shows undying loyalty and a sense of servitude.
Five of your favorite historical novels? 
In no particular order-
  1. Pride and Prejudice
  2. Jane Eyre 
  3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  4. Betsy-Tacy series
  5. Uncle Tom's Cabin
Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why? 
Pride and Prejudice- Lizzy Bennett.  A strong main character who does what she feels is right. no matter what anyone else thinks.
Jane Eyre- Jane Eyre.  A character who stays true to herself and her standards, who loves unconditionally.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond- Nat Eaton.  A young man who feels pride for his roots, who is brave in every sense, to save those who are defenseless from injustice.  One of those characters you may fantasize about;)
Betsy-Tacy series- Betsy Ray.  She reminds me so much of my self!  I wouldn't call her a heroine, because she is a normal girl but she is my favorite book character ever in any series!
Uncle Tom's Cabin- Uncle Tom.  A true hero who can think of no one than others.  Brave in the face of death and the injustices of slavery.  
 Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Bennett.  She is so good and is the most angelic character I have ever read about.  She always assumes the best about people.
Jane Eyre- Mr. Rochester.  He is the most peculiar and intriguing character I have ever read about.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond- Hannah Tupper.  A sweet old lady who is persecuted and outcast for what she believes in.
Betsy-Tacy series- Tacy Kelly.  The most loyal friend and very sensible.
Uncle Tom's Cabin- You know, in this story I wouldn't say that I can remember any character that really stood out to me.  
 If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there?'
     I would travel the world!  Self-explanatory;) 
What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 
     I really like reading about the U.S. in the early 1900's.  That's when the Betsy-Tacy series is staged.You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of? 
     Recitation or comedy recitation.  One of my specific talents is believe it or not, public speaking.:)If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 
     As a heroine I would like to be Jane Eyre, as a character I would love to be Betsy Ray.What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? 
     Oh my goodness!  Is this question designed for me?!  I firmly believe that chocolate is the best food ever!!!Favorite author(s)? 
     Maud Hart Lovelace, Jane Austen, Haley DiMarco, and Elizabeth George Speare.Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? 
     Well, a camera for sure! In which century were most of the books you read written? 
     Mostly the 20th century.In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… 
     Someone who is brave, follows her heart and not what others think, a Christian, selfless, and of course has a Prince Charming to fall in love with!;)Describe your ideal dwelling place. 
  A home.  Not necessarily big, but cozy.  I would love to live in a meadow, how calming and beautiful that would be.  But I'm not really liking my chances on that one! lol!  Realistically, I would love to live in a really agriculturally-centered small town.Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. 
     Modest Trendy Twist.Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? 
     Maybe once or twice, but most of the time, I think they are named pretty well.In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... 
     I really can't answer this as a person.  But I can say that injustice is the worst villain that I find in literature.Three favorite Non-fiction books? 
     I really like biographies.  I love-
  • Grace, Gold, Glory
  • Winning Balance
  • The Hiding Place
Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? 
     Perhaps a little blogging, a nice walk, and having some friends over.
Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. 
     A hat, hmmm... well this is my favorite old-fashioned hat I have ever seen-

Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.
     I will say thins year would have started on this date last year.
  1. Getting a really good score on my first public testing 
  2. Getting a 1 in Solo and Ensemble
  3. My 8th Grade graduation
  4. Going to visit my grandparents alone and really bonding with them
  5. Starting this blog!!!
  6. Starting High School
  7. Starting an online course
  8. Getting first runner-up in my pageant
  9. Doing school 24/7 to work on all of my Spanish homework
  10. My best friend's 16th birthday
  11. Going to Winter Jam
  12. Starting BeYOUtiful
  13. Switching piano teachers
  1. Getting such a good score really boosted my confidence that I really am smart and would be able to do school at the public school.
  2. Getting a 1 in Solo Ensemble made me feel like my hard work in piano had payed off
  3. My 8th grade graduation made feel so loved.  It was great to see this people come to see me because the genuinely cared about me.
  4. Going to visit my grandparents alone made me feel more independent and was great because I really got to know them better
  5. This blog has really been awesome!  I have "met" so many great people and have done so many fun things!
  6. Starting high school was a big step in my life and came with many new responsibilities.  I think that when you take such a big step you look back on your life and think about when you were little and remember how far away this time seemed then.
  7. Doing a class online was a whole new experience and all-in-all a good one.  It was a good experience for me to answer to a different teacher and to have to be sure to turn in work at a certain time.
  8. I think that getting 1st runner-up in my pageant was a real self-confidence builder.  It's so much fun to feel like royalty!:)
  9. There was a time that I got really bogged down by my Spanish homework and was really doing school around the clock.  I think it taught me a lot of responsibility and determination.
  10. Not so much the actual party, but it really made me think.  I have a great friend!  It made me realize (not just about this friend) that I don't need to hang out with all of the popular kids, I should hang out with my true friends.  Popularity doesn't matter, so I don't need to worry about it.
  11. I have been to Winter Jam before, but it really impacted me this time.  It planted more of a drive in me to do my best for God, no matter what.
  12. I think that starting BeYOUtiful is the best thing I have done with my blog thus far.  I got so many sweet comments about it and I want to thank you all for that.  I think with this series I can impact a lot of people and maybe even learn myself.
  13. I had been with my first piano teacher for 8 years and it was hard to leave her.  This new teacher really challenges me.
Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;" 1 Corinthians 6:19

Ok everyone, I think that was officially the longest post I have ever done!  I hope I didn't bore you!
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  1. I love the hat! And Betsy-Tacy is the best. This was fabulous. :) God bless you!

  2. It was fun to read your answers, Khloe! :) I've read the first two Betsy-Tacy books and enjoyed them, and the Hiding Place was a great book about real-life Christian heroines. I also see that you and I are both fond of Pride and Prejudice and its characters. ;)

  3. I awarded you over at my blog!

  4. I am ashamed to admit I have never read a Betsy-Tacy book, even though I went to college in Mankato, MN, where the author lived or th books are set or something? Anyway, when my girls get a bit older, I hope to get into them.

    Also, you just finished 8th grade, but you've already read Jane Eyre and Jane Austen? Kudos to you! (And your teacher). I didn't get into those until I was fifteen or so.

  5. Hamlette,
    Wow! How cool that you lived in Mankato! I've wanted to visit there for a while now. Yep. The books follow Betsy from five years old all the way through marriage. The books progress in reading level along with her age. I've always enjoyed the high school ones the most. Ha ha thanks! I really like reading old books!
    -<3 Khloe Grace

  6. I love old books too, and it's kind of weird I never read those, as I read so many other old series. The "B is for Betsy" books, the Happy Hollisters, Cherry Ames, the Bobbsey Twins, the Boxcar Children. Maybe the library where we lived didn't have the Betsy-Tacy books.

    Mankato is a nice city -- I have some in-laws living there still, and we go back every few years to visit them and college friends. I never made it to the "Betsy's House" museum either, but one of these years when we're visiting, we'll go there. I'm sure you've been to the official website, but just in case you haven't, it's here.

  7. That really is a great hat. :) I need to read the Witch of Blackbird Pond! I might have read it in school when I was younger, but I don't really remember it. And I picked up a copy at a library sale last year, so I need to try and read it this year. :)

  8. Yes Kristin, you have to read The Witch of Blackbird Pond! You'll love it! Hamlette, I have seen the site before but thank you for the link:)
    -<3 Khloe Grace

  9. Lovely answers and lovely blog! The Witch of Blackbird Pond is one of my all time favorites :)

  10. It was years ago, but I think I wore out our family's copies of the Betsy-Tacy books! And I can still remember the illustrations. :-)

  11. So lovely to "meet" you! I love the artwork in your sidebar.


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