The Seven Questions Book Tag, Pt. 2 [feat. a Dream Cast!]

In an exciting twist, I've been tagged twice for the same thing!  What fun.  Thanks to Hamlette for this second edition!  I had a blast answering her questions, especially the last one. 😉

1. Villain you wish would turn good so you could like him in good conscience?

I guess I'll go with Judge Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. He's kind of a fascinating character to me, and he's portrayed with even more depth and moral ambiguity in the original novel than in the Disney version.

2. Hero you don't think is worthy of the title hero?

Apparently some people really like Maxim de Winter from Rebecca?  And I . . . cannot fathom that.  Like, at all.  I have tried and I have failed to see anything in him other than a villain.


3. Heroine who deserved a better ending?

Emilia from Salt to the Sea.  But if she had to have the ending she had, I'm grateful Ms. Sepetys wrote it so carefully and compassionately.

I turned the lid and lifted the rose petal jam to my nose, savoring the scent. I raised my face to the sun. . . . And for the first time in a long time, I was not afraid.

4. Sidekick who ought to get a spin-off?

I remember being tickled to death by St. John Sprague from Dawn's Early Light, so I probably wouldn't mind a story from his perspective.  (On the other hand, perhaps part of his appeal is his slightly removed connection to the plot as a secondary character . . . hmm.  Musings are in order.)

5. Series that you wish could have gone on for just one more book?

I don't think there is one, actually.  As I've mentioned before, The Chronicles of Narnia probably comes closest, but even that . . . *shrugs*

6. Author you'd like to thank for a book that is meaningful to you?

William Goldman, for The Princess Bride.  That book has ingrained itself into my soul, and I'm not even exaggerating.

7. Dream cast for your favorite book?

Most of my tippy-top favorite books already have adequate movie versions, and it's difficult to narrow down that list to the one ultimate favorite book anyhow.  So for this question I'm going to appeal to The Magician's Nephew, which is certainly one of my favorite books, just not at the absolute top of my ladder.

Uncle Andrew Ketterley
Hayden Christensen
[I know, I know, but hear me out, okay?]

Heming (Hayden Christensen) #saganomisfolket #thelegendoftheicepeople #haydenchristensen #böcker #bookseries #norway

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery

Digory Kirke
Noah Jupe

Noah Jupe 💕

Polly Plummer
Maggie Elizabeth Jones

Maggie Elizabeth Jones

Aunt Letty Ketterley
Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt Crown Braid

Mabel Kirke (Digory's Mother) 
Lily James

Lily James #PrettyGirls #girls #hot #sexy #love #women #selfie #friends

That's as far as I've gotten so far.  I wish I could pinpoint who I'd like to play Frank the cabby, but I can't at the moment.  

Now, about Hayden Christensen for Uncle Andrew:  I know he may not be a conventional choice, but I think he'd own that role, and you can't convince me otherwise.  Yes, they'd have to age him a little bit with makeup/perhaps even a few prosthetics, but can't you just see him embodying the smarmy, cringey, stilted, deluded nonsense that defines the character?  (Please tell me I'm not alone in this.)  I think he'd pull off a terrific Uncle Andrew.  I actually have full confidence in his abilities.  There, I said it. 😜

How would you answer these questions?


  1. All excellent answers, m'dear! (Aww, Emilia! 😪)

    I love your cast for TMN—especially Digory's mother, Uncle Andrew, and the children! Ahh, I love it!

    1. Thanks! (I knew you'd appreciate her. <3)

      Yay! :D

  2. I love your dream casts!!! Yes, I can totally see Hayden Christensen perfectly pulling off Uncle Andrew! And Michelle Dockery, Emily Blunt, Lily James, YES!!!!!!! Those two kids would be perfect for Digory and Polly. <333

    1. Thank you!! Oh, good; I'm glad I'm not alone in seeing those actors. :D


    *sustained applause*

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, so, tbh, the person I always, always see playing Uncle Andrew in my mind is Andrew Jackson (yes, our 7th President, I know, I know, I'm weird ;-) ) But, given that we can't resurrect Andrew Jackson to play the role, I'd be willing to give Hayden Christiansen a try, lol!

    *cries for Emilia*

    And I definitely know what you mean, she doesn't DESERVE her ending, as in, she didn't deserve to be a casualty of war . . . because no-one deserves that. But war cuts down the good and the bad alike. So I'm glad the author didn't shy away from that brutal reality; and yet, like you said, she treated Emilia with dignity and compassion, and that's so important. <3333

    1. Can't you see her OWNING that confrontation with Jadis?? "nO sTrONg LanGuAgE iN tHiS hOUse iF yOu pLeASe, yoUng WoMaN."

      Hahaha! Okay but I can totally see Andrew Jackson as Uncle Andrew, actually. But yes, given that that is impossible, I vote for Hayden. ;-P

      Exactly. I really appreciate when his-fic authors sufficiently convey the devastation of war without killing EVERYONE in their story. Sepetys, especially, does that well.

  4. Ohh, yesss!! Count me in for this cast!! And that's such a good idea, for Uncle Andrew... I would never have thought of it, but yes, I can see where you're going with it. ;)

    1. Yay! Haha, thanks; I'm really glad other people think so, too.

  5. Okay so, I'm directing Magician's Nephew for theater, I've got 25 kids in it, it's super fun, and so now everything about MN stands out to me, and I have a whole knew appreciation for casting it haha. Yes to Hayden, Noah, Emily, and especially Lily. I'm not familiar with Michelle but she certainly looks the part. And I'm not convinced about Maggie. But legit make this movie happen haha I would pay big bucks lol.

    1. Ahh, are you really? That sounds fantastic. :D Haha, thanks!

  6. Excellent dream cast, m'dear! I can totally see most of those :-)

    Ahem... I'm one of the people who loves and forgives Maxim, so... um.. :-) Anyway!

    Ahhh, The Princess Bride. Such a gem, book and movie both.

    1. Thanks! :D And thanks for the tag. ;)

      Yeeeaahhhhhh . . . I almost didn't use him as my example because I know you love him and I don't (typically) like continually ranting on a story that I've already clarified is not my favorite. Because everyone is completely entitled to their own opinions on fiction. [My other option would have been Gilgamesh, whom I would have used, but then I started thinking, "Weelllll . . . but does anybody (nowadays) actually think he's heroic in the way that we define heroism today?"]

      Yesssssss. <3 I'm so glad you agree. :) I just re-read it AGAIN and went full-blown fangirl on the end paper, scribbling out my feelings. XD

    2. Hahah! Oh man, Gilgamesh. Erm, no, not what we tend to think of as a hero anymore.

      I do get why you and others don't care for Maxim. I do.

    3. I first read Gilgamesh last semester and was all, "??? The heck is this??!" xD

    4. I read it in college too, and it definitely made me appreciate modern literature ;-)


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