TTT: Fictional Fathers

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So last month, I’d done a TTT in commemoration to Mother’s Day and the book moms I’d encountered in stories. With Father’s Day also coming up this month, I thought it was high time to talk about the fictional dads as well! Like fictional mothers, the fathers in the stories I’ve read are also pretty nonexistent. Half the time, we get the deadbeat dads who want nothing to do with their offspring, and on the rare occasion that they do, it’s because down the line, they want to use their kid for a greater purpose.

And then, of course, there are the father figure type role models, which are cool, in a sense. And I do want to mention them at some point, but I can wait to do so at a later time on a category about mentors and parental figures. This TTT is for the fictional fathers who’ve raised fictional daughters and sons.

Top Ten Fictional Fathers

Arthur Weasley – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Well, honestly, I couldn’t include Mrs. Weasley without her other half! Rarely do we see both parents playing positive and amazing roles in books, so honestly, the Weasley clan is lucky (for the most part…hem hem). I took to Arthur much easier than I took to Molly when I read the series, and for good reason. He’s unambitious but brilliant in his own way, and he’s personable and enthusiastic. He’s definitely one of the father figures in Harry’s life, but let’s not forget he’s managed to rear five individualistic boys as well! (And on a related note, my heartstrings almost snapped when he got bitten by Nagini in the fifth book!)

Easier said than done, Arthur.

Mr. Murry – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – The Murry children are exceptional, and all of them are mathematically and scientifically gifted. I’d say it’s in the genes, considering both Mr. and Mrs. Murry are geniuses in their fields, but I believe half of it is also how the kids were reared. Meg, in general, is practically mathematically inclined, and her love of the subject can be attributed to the fact that her father often played math games with her to bolster her learning. That’s A+ in my book.

George Cooper – Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce – George and his mother weren’t exactly living the high life, and even as a healer, mom wasn’t earning respectable wages. So George, being the young man–well, young man chosen by the Trickster–that he was, decided to go in the way of the criminal folk. The man was the bloody King of the Rogue for a good number of years until he’d decided things needed changin’. And that’s where Alanna and the crew came in. At the end of the Song of the Lioness Quartet, the thief-king turned a new leaf and became a nobleman spymaster, and he went ahead and taught his only daughter the tricks of the trade. Even with his feisty wife objecting quite a bit.

By the ever talented Minuiko.

Terciel – Sabriel by Garth Nix – I mean, this could go either way, to be honest. I didn’t think Terciel was very present in terms of his rearing Sabriel, and honestly, he was pretty deadbeat when it came to raising Lirael. However, for a man who’d been the only Abhorsen left during a tumultuous time, I think he tried his best to do right by his first heir. Sabriel did admire her father, and while he couldn’t physically make his way down to magic-less Ancelstierre, he’d occasionally send his spirit-form out in order to spend some time with his daughter. Which is a good thing, because his ass needed saving, and there was clearly only one woman who’d loved him enough to even bother looking for him.

Hans Hubermann – The Book Thief by Markus Zusack – Hans Hubermann! He and his wife were the adoptive parents of Liesl Meminger, and they were amazing. I will admit I am basing this off of the movie first, and then the audiobook of The Book Thief, but I mean, come on. How could anyone not love a father who teaches his adoptive daughter to read? And then proceeds to turn his basement to a mini-dictionary?

Maxim Maresh – A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – Here’s another father that kind of came off as standoffish and surly on first impression. Admittedly, it wasn’t until the beginning of the third book where I even changed my mind about the man. That said, he loves his family, and in his own way, he tried very hard to protect them. It was heartbreaking to see the ordeals he faced in the third book of Shades of Magic, though in a way, I was glad that it happened, if only because the Steel Prince came into action one more time.

Adam Hauptman – Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – Honestly, I could put Bran AND Adam on this list of fatherly werewolves (because honestly, Mercy was raised by the Marrok, and he is absolutely lovely as well). I went for Adam mostly because he’s got a human child, and he’s terribly fond and protective of her. The first book pretty much puts this out in the open when he goes ahead and brings down his fury on those who’d gone over to harm Jessie. His protective side shows up again in Iron Kissed in much the same extent, and you really don’t want to be on the receiving end of that anger.

Bigby Wolf – Fables: Vol. 18, Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham – Here’s another werewolf father! It’s interesting to see how Bigby changes throughout the series. At the beginning he’s pretty much the lone wolf with a powerful pull on the Fabletown community. By the time the Adversary arc comes to a close, he’s more than happy to give others the reins just so he can spend more time with his children. And honestly, with the group of kidds he has, it’s no wonder he chose to settle down! All the same, when his children get in trouble, Bigby–and his wife–is the first to spring to action in order to help save them. To a certain extent, that is, but uh, spoilers.

Mr. Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Yes, yes, of course I was going to put Mr. Bennet in here! If I was going to put his wife in the Mother’s Day TTT, I was going to have him down as well. Unlike Mrs. Bennet and her theatrics, I like Mr. Bennet for his cynicism. He does get as ridiculous as his wife, but hey, he tries. And he dotes on Lizzie, which is something.

Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – My high school life pretty much revolved around this book and how much I actually admired Atticus Finch. Of course, it also helped that the fantastic Gregory Peck had starred as Atticus in the classic To Kill a Mockingbird movie. But yes, it’s kind of easy to do so in the eyes of Scout, who pretty much venerated her father and respected his views.

Who are your favorite fictional fathers?

TTT: Fictional Cosplayers

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I was going to do another “Top Ten Fictional Characters I’d Dress Up As For Halloween” but I think I did that one already and there aren’t really any new ones I’d be, considering I still haven’t made my way through the previous ones (technically, I only managed to dress up as Azula once, and it wasn’t a full-blown costume…). Well, I suppose I’d totally try to dress up in Kell’s coat, but that’s another story altogether.

So instead, I went another route and decided to twist it by thinking of fictional characters who’d rock cosplaying fairy tale characters. Because I can, and it sounded like a good idea at the time. Um…great, now I totally just remembered Snape in Neville’s grandmother’s dress…

Aww, that just made me slightly sad. I blame myself. Just a bit.

Ten Fictional Characters Who’d Rock At Cosplaying Mythical/Fairy Tale Characters

Alucard from A Gathering of Shadows (V.E. Schwab) as Sinbad the Sailor. I mean…Sinbad isn’t a pirate, but he certainly has that flair. Also, it wouldn’t be a far stretch for Alucard, who’s practically a sailor already. Though honestly, I think Alucard might find Sinbad a bit boring, considering the flair he possesses just dressing up as himself. But hell, I’d love to see Alucard in a Sinbad costume, so does that count?

Cersei from A Game of Thrones (G.R.R. Martin) as The Queen. I mean…not that she isn’t a queen already, but I feel like she’d definitely dress up as any version of the Evil Queen in any of the fairy tale stories that have Evil Queens. I’m particularly thinking of The Queen in the Snow White tales, where she had stopped at nothing just to try to get rid of her pesky, meddlesome step-daughter. I mean, hiring a mercenary to cut out her stepdaughter’s heart? Yeah, that’s such a Cersei thing to do. Just saying.

George from Lioness Rampant (Tamora Pierce) as Reynardine the Fox. Okay, not the romantic bits. I don’t think George is that much of a cad, but he’s certainly a tricky fellow. If he had a patronus, it would most certainly be a fox (oh yes, I’m mixing fandoms here!). As is, he would be the type of person who can manipulate and deceive people. He is, after all, the Shadow Man.

Aerin from The Hero and the Crown (Robin McKinley) as the Paper Bag Princess. Yes, okay, I totally went for a more modern fairy tale story! This was a 1980’s tale that reversed the princess and prince stereotype, especially when it came to fighting dragons. And nothing says dragonslayer better than Aerin. She’d totally rock it in a paper bag, too.

Sazed from Mistborn: The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson) as Anansi the Spider. I mean…after The Hero of Ages, I doubt Sazed would even be contemplating dressing up as something, but if he chose to, he’d totally rock as an Anansi. This fairy tale creature is a knowledgeable one, often believed to be the holder of stories. Sazed already passes for a storyteller, albeit one who tells stories of religions, but hey, that’s still thousands more stories than most people know, so why not.

Sabriel from Sabriel (Garth Nix) as Orpheus. Yeah, okay, another dude. But I think Sabriel might actually spin this and genderbend the parts. Her Eurydice would more than likely be her father, the previous Abhorsen, and she wouldn’t be interpreting it as a tale of tragic romance. In any case, I bet if Sabriel actually was Orpheus, she’d be more than likely to send the dead back to the Land of Death than to actually drag them back. Oops?

Mercy from Blood Bound (Patricia Briggs) as Gretel. Every time I think of a German fairy tale character, I swear my head goes to Mercy, because of her whole studying German history in university or something like that. Why Gretel? Gretel was the type of fairy tale character who relied on her instincts and smarts to get out of a situation. I found there was a situation in Blood Bound that was kind of similar to the “Hansel and Gretel” tale, where Mercy had to save caged friends from a psychotic witch–erm, vampire. Also, I’m sure one particular Alpha werewolf would enjoy a bit of roleplaying on Mercy’s part. Hem hem.

Katsa from Graceling (Kristin Cashore) as Finn MacCoul. Honestly, I don’t see Katsa emulating any fairy tale princesses, even if maybe a few of them are badasses. She’d totally want to be a cool warrior dude from some Celtic mythology and then-some. Finn comes to mind because he is a cool warrior-dude from Celtic mythology. Katsa would totally be all over Finn’s spear, because it’s pretty darn cool.

Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor) as Okiku. I totally see this happening. First off, because Prague and haunted walks, and Zuzana would totally take the haunted walk and make it her own. She would pull from Eastern tales instead, just to bring freshness into her scare, and what better costume than to be the ghost of a spirit from the well? She’d totally rock the creepy Okiku look, that’s for sure. If nothing else, she’d totally do a marionette show of it, which would be even more awesome.

The Darkling from Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo) as Koschei the Immortal. Not so much because both share similarities in their backgrounds or because Koschei is derived from Russian fairy tales (and so is the world of the Grisha, really), but because of course the Darkling would love to portray a king. He’d pull it off because he’s the effing Darkling. That is all.

Do you see any of your favorite fictional characters cosplaying and rocking fairy tale looks?

[Book Tags] – The Zombie Apocalypse

Lauren @ Always Me has such fun tags, and this was certainly another one that I yoinked from her. It’s such a fitting time to do it, too, considering it’s October and I’m hunkering down preparing for Samhain! Or, well, Shocktober as what many already call it.

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

Rules:

  1. Pick 5 books (favorites or random but know the characters).
  2. Write the name of the books on strips of paper.
  3. Draw one piece randomly for it to be your book/choice.
  4. Open to a random page and use the first name you see to answer question 1.
  5. Use the same book for question 2, but turn to a different page.
  6. Repeat the steps 2-5 till you answered all the questions.

My Books:

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In no particular order (and honestly, I just picked favorite books off random shelves and made sure I’d read them previously):

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Book 1: Fire by Kristin Cashore

1. The first person to die: 

Fire (p. 214) – God. Worst luck ever. Though to be fair, I’m pretty sure the only reason she would die is if she was protecting people she loved. Like Hanna or Brigan. Yeah. This so doesn’t make me feel better.

2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies:

Archer (p. 300) – Lol. I…see this as possibly happening, actually. I was so over Archer by the second half of the book.

Book 2: Cress by Marissa Meyer

3. The first person to turn into a zombie:

Scarlet (p. 96) – I’m sorry, girl! Your uh…zombification will be avenged! (Random note: I notice my redheads don’t make it in this zombie apocalypse. Dammit!)

4. The person that trips you to get away from the zombies:

Kai (p. 297) – I’m not even angry by this. You run, Kai. Run far and fast. I’ll catch up with the group eventually. XD

Book 3: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

5. The idiot of the team:

Dylan/Deryn (p. 280) – Lol, I feel like the roles are switched here, but I suppose she is pretty dense at times. And reckless.

6. The brains of the team:

Alek (p. 168) – All that swordfighting practice might have given him a bit of strategic edge fighting zombies.

Book 4: Soulless by Gail Carriger

7. The team’s medic: 

Professor Lyall (p. 132) – As the Woolsey Pack Beta, this is definitely a possibility. Though…do werewolves actually suffer through zombie-ism when they’re already cursed with lycanthropy?

8. The weapons expert:

Alexia Tarrabotti (p. 338) – I do not doubt this! After all, she does know a thing or two about attacking with parasols!

Book 5: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

9. The brawler:

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Sam Cornick (p. 68) – Hahaha, I totally see this. He’d be an excellent brawler, though.

10. The team captain:

Warren (p. 236) – Yes! I’d totally follow him as my team captain. I mean…if Adam wasn’t available, obvi.

That was definitely fun to do! I’m more or less happy with my team mates, though I am particularly bummed that my redheads suffered an early defeat against the hands of brain-eaters. But c’est la zombie vie, I suppose.

I’m a horrid tagger, but per usual, I tag EVERYBODY! Because I’d love to see your results. 😀

TTT: Character Names

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This week’s TTT kind of coincided with a previous TTT, only this time, I’m not talking about video game dogs and villains. Now we’re getting to the heart of my characters. And yes, I often do name characters I create after fictional characters. When I’m not naming them after characters I’ve made up, that is.

Yes, a majority of my characters are female. Chances were if I could play female, I most definitely played female.

Top Ten Fictional Character Names I Use for Video Game Heroines/Heroes

Galadriel (The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien) – Because what else would I name my badass elf queen character? I will admit that it’s been a while that I’ve read any Tolkien (like, maybe over a decade, actually), but some characters do stick with you. Galadriel plays a very small role in the trilogy itself, and it’s probably in The Silmarillion (which I’ve read only half of) where we see Galadriel’s shining moment of having fought a Balrog–and won. So yeah, she’s totally my favorite Tolkien elf, hands down.

Zuzana (Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor) – It’s just such an awesome name! And the character in DoSaB is definitely my favorite human ever. EVER. Well, I suppose that doesn’t say much, considering most of the characters aren’t exactly human, but sigh. Zuzana is just the bees’ knees. My video game Zuzana is a diminutive elf archer, though deep down I’m sure she has every desire to make marionettes for a living. She already has the strings for it!

Sa’Kage (The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks) – This isn’t necessarily a person’s name in Weeks’ Night Angel trilogy. In fact, it was a term used to describe an underground organization, but I liked the sound of it enough to name a female character after it (also, note, the Japanese kage translates to the English shadow, so it’s such a handy name to use!). Can’t remember if my character was a rogue or assassin. That said, rogues and assassins tend to have similar character skills in games anyway, so I couldn’t say.

Kheldar and Javelin (The Belgariad by David Eddings) – Kheldar is the name of my favorite prince in The Belgariad, while Javelin’s the code name for his boss. While I christened one of my male space commanders with the latter name, I totally used the former to name one of my first female elven rogues in Dragon Age: Origins. No regrets. And yes, if you noticed by now, I play elves a lot.

Alanna (The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce) – There was always, ALWAYS going to be an Alanna video game character. And she will always, ALWAYS be a redhead. Dragon Age Inquisition made this even more possible, because I managed to make Inquisitor Alanna Trevelyan look like the Alanna I’ve always conjured up in my head. That said, since I couldn’t exactly choose both warrior AND mage, video game Alanna was a human mage. So mote it be.

Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender series by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko) – I know she’s psychotic and for the most part not entirely redeemable in the TV series, but I have to admit that I loved Azula in AtLA. She’s just my kind of chaotic evil crazy, and there’s no denying her badassery in all things firebending. So the minute I realized I could make a qunari female character in Dragon Age: Inquisition, I made Azula. She wasn’t a mage, though, but she definitely knew how to wield a few knives as a rogue.

Cybele (Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier) – The book doesn’t really have a character named Cybele. Well, unless you count the goddess in question that seems to have gathered a cult of crazed worshipers. I just like the name Cybele. I mean…provided I pronounce it “Sih-Bill-Ee” and not “Sigh-Beel”. This particular name went to my rather cantankerous female space commander.

Kelsier (Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson) – Why wouldn’t I name someone Kelsier? It’s a badass name. And it has a nice ring to it! I couldn’t tell you who I named this, though, as it was an older video game character. Probably one of my characters in a Bethesda game (either OblivionSkyrimFallout 3, or Fallout 4). I forget.

Morgiana (One Thousand and One Nights/The Arabian Nights) – This one’s a bit of a cheat, because I have written a character named Morgiana (Gia for short) in one of my short stories. That said, because my story is based on the stories from The Arabian Nights, it would be no surprise that I’d use Morgiana. My video game Morgiana is a mage in her own right and can probably fry the forty thieves with one quick flick of fireball from her wrist, but I rather liked Ali Baba’s Morgiana. She was sassy and smart and sexy to boot.

Do you name video game people after other fictional characters? Who’s on YOUR list?

TTT: Villain Names

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So I have a rather unhealthy addiction to Bioware games–well, mostly Dragon Age and Mass Effect, and lately I’ve been playing the heck out of my Dragon Age trilogy. I love naming my characters, though they tend to be after random fictional characters or names of my own making. My pets, on the other hand, get named after villains.

Let me introduce to you the Dragon Age mabari. Isn’t he a cutie?

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The first two games actually allows me to name the mabari hound, and naturally, this is when I decide that not only will my hound be named after works of fiction, but he’d be named after villains. Which is pretty much my week’s TTT.

Ten Fictional Villain Names I’ve Used To Christen My Video Game Dog

1. Voldemort (Harry Potter)

Because why wouldn’t my killer warrior dog be called Voldemort?!

2. Kal Zakath (The Belgariad)

Technically, he becomes a reformed bad guy in The Mallorean, but for all intent and purposes, he’s still quite the villain in The Belgariad.

3. Darth Vader (Star Wars)

I currently run around Ferelden with Darth Vader at my side. The Force is strong in my mabari, after all.

4. Ruin (Mistborn)

Well, I don’t think there’s a personified depiction of Ruin, who’s practically a GOD in The Hero of Ages, but I suppose showing the bleak setting of Scadrial is the closest I could get.

5. Kai Leng (Mass Effect)

I frigging hated this guy. SO MUCH. But there’s no denying he’s badass. He’s just… URGHRLAWAWLS. Yes, Kai Leng. I’ve made you my bitch.

6. Leck (Graceling)

Perhaps one of the creepiest villains ever. And he barely shows up physically in Kristin Cashore’s books, yet he’s pretty much a big effing deal.

7. Sauron (Lord of the Rings)

THE DARK LORD SAUROOOOON.

8. Galbatorix (Eragon)

I’ve always found the name Galbatorix to be a cool one. I never finished the Eragon series (and I’m not particularly compelled to read past Eragon), but the name stuck out to me in any case.

9. Corypheus (Dragon Age: Inquisition)

It seems to be cheating, naming one of my mabari Corypheus. But it just amused me. My mabari is nothing if not a walking foreshadower.

10. Ozai (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Because everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. And Ozai was kind of beast up until the Avatar reappeared and became the master of all four elements.

Future villain names include: Holland (A Darker Shade of Magic), Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII), Kefka (Final Fantasy VI), and Lex Luthor (Just about every DC-type series that involves Superman or the Justice League).

Do you know of any other villain names that you’d name a pet–fictional or otherwise–after?