Saturday, June 21, 2014

Liebster Award

I always initially read this as 'Lobster Award' and have a good ol' chuckle to myself. I generally ignore the nominations, because when it first came my way I had several people nominate me in the space of a few weeks and I got over it pretty quickly, but it hasn't come my way in a while. So shout-out to Nhi Le over at The Literary Bystander, for the nomination.

1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions asked by whoever nominated you.
3. Nominate 9 bloggers with less than 300 followers and leave them a comment saying they've been nominated. 
4. Ask 11 new questions for your chosen nominees.
5. You cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you.

11 Facts about myself: 
1. I got a haircut. My hair is really short now. I love it.
2. I watch the Twilight movies to laugh at the bad acting... especially in Breaking Dawn pt 1 and 2 with the CGI baby.
3. My smartphone crashes if I go on Facebook, because it isn't very smart.
4. I am currently reading Storm of Swords pt.1 and am really mad about a part that the TV show left out between Daenerys and Jorah Mormont.
5. If season 2 of Attack on Titan is as good as the first season, it will overtake DeathNote as my favourite anime.
6. I did not cry when I read The Fault in Our Stars.
7. I drive a manual (though I'm still on my learners permit).
8. I do not like children. At all. I have absolutely no patience for them.
9. I used to do Tae Kwon-Do. Made it to blue-belt.
10. I did not like the piece I had published in the newest edition of the student magazine.
11. I had braces when I was 11.

Questions for me to answer: 
1.  Who is an author you love so much, that you will buy any and every one of their books, regardless if you have any interest in the plot or not?
I don't think I really have an author I'm that obsessed with, but if I had to pick one, probably Haruki Murakami. I fell in love with his work after I studied him in highschool. 

2. Do you think that printed books will ever become obsolete and we will live in an e-book only society one day?
I don't think they will. There's still a pretty high demand for them. Personally, I dislike e-readers of all forms. I much prefer being able to see the book sitting on a shelf in my room, where everyone else can see it too and everyone else can see how love or unloved it is by how tattered the pages are and how bent the spine is. Also, an author can't sign your Kindle screen and that would take a lot of fun out of book launches and cancel out cool events like signings. 

3. Are there books that you think are overrated or you just avoid just to it being over-hyped?
I wish I'd done this for the Twilight Saga. I've done it thus far for 50 Shades of Grey. 

4. Does your opinion of an author affect whether or nor you will read and like their book (e.g. you hear an author is attacking people who leave negative reviews on their books)?
I haven't really been put in a situation where this has happened, but I would probably hold such people and their work in low opinion. 

5. Name 5 books you will pay with your soul to see adapted either as a movie or television series.
I'd be too afraid that they'd do a serious botch-job and ruin everything and over-hype it all. But assuming I didn't have to worry about that stuff, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, after the quake by Haruki Murakami, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, and Thursday's Child by Sonya Hartnett. 

6. Do you prefer standalone or books in a series?
I don't think I have a preference, though there are certain series I think would have worked better if they'd stopped at the first book (e.g. Hunger Games).  

7. Have you ever read the reviews for a book before you've read it, spoilers and all?
Nope, I try to avoid spoilers (though some friends make that impossible with George Martin's books... Holmes, I'm looking at you). 

8. Name a character you hate that everyone else seems to love?
Oh gosh I don't know... Peeta from the Hunger Games? Do people tend to like him? I mean, I'm still undecided, but I'm leaning towards Team Gale. 

9. Name a character you love that everyone else seems to hate? (Aren't I so original with my questions?)
Up until this season of Game of Thrones, I really loved Shae. I forgot to take into consideration that everyone I was talking to had read the books and already knew what she was going to do this season. 

10. What compels you more into a story - the plot or the characters?
I think the characters have to interest me more than the plot does, though I prefer a nice balance of good plot and good characters. 

11. Do you prefer happy or tragic endings? Or even cliffhangers?
I like realistic endings. None of that 'and they all live happily ever after' bullcrap. But that doesn't mean it has to end in tragedy either. Cliffhangers are only okay if it's a part of a series (and not the last book). 

Questions for whoever cares to answer them:
1. What is your least favourite book genre?
2. What is your least favourite colour?
3. Pick one character (from anywhere, book, tv, movie, etc.) for each of these: snog, marry, avoid.
4. Your favourite television programme from your childhood?
5. Was there a character from a kids show you were legitimately afraid of?
6. What fruit do you consume most frequently?
7. Would you rather be able to do a backflip or stand on your head?
8. Can you do a backflip or stand on your head?
9. What style(s) of dance have you had lessons for? (They don't have to have been serious lessons.)
10. Which of your own characters are you most proud of having created?
11. Would you rather live in Westeros and the Free Cities, Middle Earth, or Narnia?

I nominate:
1. JeffO
2. G.M
3. Watson
4. Holmes
5. Shari (I have no idea how many followers you have, but you're being nominated anyway!)
6. Patrick

And I can only be bothered doing six, so yeah, the last three places are open to whoever.

- Bonnee.


  1. "If season 2 of Attack on Titan is as good as the first season, it will overtake DeathNote as my favourite anime." My daughter is currently obsessed with this. I have to admit, it's pretty darn good.

    It's always fun to learn a little more about your fellow blogger/authors. Thanks for the nomination!

    1. Attack on Titan is so good!!! :D

      Hopefully I didn't bore anyone to death with this post.

    2. You did not. Here's my sort of response:

      If I had actually done this properly, one of the 11 facts might be "doesn't play by the rules all the time", hah ha.

  2. This award isn't for me, so I'll just comment on a few of your observations. 1. Is your hair now shorter than what is in the picture? Like a Pixie hair style. 8. I guess you will not become a kindergarten teacher, but do you also give up on being a mother? ... 2. I also prefer print books. 3. I came to realize that I'm not good at understanding what is a good and bad writing. I know that many people trash the writing of these two books, but when I read them I did understand why the writing is so bad. But the plot was rather shallow. 10. I'm more into plot than characters and that's probably the weakness in my novels. Too much focus on plot and less on building memorable characters. Have to work on this. 11. I like happy ending. I didn't like that Gus died at Faults in Our Stars ... 4. Not from my childhood, but my favourite TV program was Seinfeld. 6. I like apples. 7. No way that I can do a backflip. 9. Took some dancing lessons. Waltz was easy but I couldn't master the step for Latin dancing, got all confused. 10. My best character is Petra in my American-German novel. Best wishes in everything

    1. 1. My hair is much shorter than in my current picture, I'll put a new one up soon! :) 2. Definitely never being a kindergarten teacher... and at this point, motherhood is something I wish to avoid indefinitely.

      10. Maybe that's something you could work on in your writing. I think people like to be able to connect with the characters they're reading about and use them as a vehicle to connect to the plot.

      7. I can't do a backflip either, so we can be unbackflippable together ha ha.
      9. The confusion is part of the fun! Though I haven't tried Latin dancing myself...

      Thanks for visiting, G.M! :)

  3. AnonymousJune 23, 2014

    Oh, fun! Thanks for including me! :)

    I totally agree with you about Fifty Shades. I refuse to read even a paragraph of that book!

    1. I read the first chapter. It was terrible. Didn't touch it again.

  4. Thanks for handing it off to me. I swear I'll get around to writing the post. At some point. Maybe Thursday.

    1. I can't wait to read your answers! :)


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