Guten Morgen, Leute! Since it’s Saturday, it’s time for a tag! For today, I thought that I’d do the Beauty and the Beast Book Tag. It was originally created by BooksandJams on YouTube! I will be doing this tag for books as well as musicals. So, los ghet’s!
1. Belle: She just wants more than this provincial life. Tell about a book (and musical) that takes you to another place.
In terms of books, I’m going to have to go with The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Those books really do just transport you to another world as it were and it’s amazing! From the space ships to the cities, there’s really nowhere that Marissa Meyer can’t make a person feel they’ve been transported to!
For musicals, though, I’m going to go with WICKED, I think. Everything about WICKED really just makes a person feel as if they’re in Oz and I think that’s an amazing feeling. However, I feel like THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA would be a good one for this question as well. The moment the overture starts up, you just feel completely immersed in the world of the Paris opera house!
2. Beast: He can be a bit scary, but inside he’s a softie. Choose a book (and musical) whose cover doesn’t match the story.
When it comes to books, I’m going to go with the covers of the books of The Borgia Chronicles by Kate Quinn. The covers for these books just don’t fit the story at all! The stories are pretty dark and twisted but the covers look like the cover of some sort of lighthearted historical romance. If the covers are making you feel uncertain about picking up The Borgia Chronicles, I implore you not to let that throw you off! The story really is very intriguing.
As for musicals, I’ve always thought that the posters for ELISABETH are kinda… off. I don’t know. I’ve yet to see a CD cover for an ELISABETH recording that I think really fits. However, like I said with The Borgia Chronicles, the cover really doesn’t do the story justice.
3. Maurice: Belle’s eccentric but lovable father. Choose a book (and musical) that is out of your comfort zone, but you ended up loving it.
So, I’m going to go with My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, and Cynthia Hand. I’m usually not into such silly books but man, My Lady Jane completely blew me away and I ended up loving it!
And for musicals, I’m going to go with LES MISÉRABLES. At the time, I wasn’t too acquainted with the idea of tragic musicals but LES MIZ completely changed that for me. While I didn’t love LES MIZ immediately, it is now one of my favorite musicals of all time.
4. Mrs. Potts: Nurturing and motherly character. Choose a character who takes care of others like a mother might.
Going to go with Basil from The Picture of Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde. I feel like Basil’s always there to look out for his friends and that he really does act as a sort of parent to Dorian.
Then, I’m going to go with Elphie from WICKED. She looks after Nessa and after her friends and the animals as a mother might and I think that’s one of the best aspects of her character!
5. Chip: Adorable and makes us smile. Choose your favorite childhood book (and musical).
Hmm… for this one, I’m going to go with The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. This was always my favorite book as a kid and man, it’s a lot of fun. I really need to reread it!
Since this is the Beauty and the Beast Book Tag, would it be weird if I picked BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as my favorite childhood musical? Maybe. But all the same, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was one of the most prevalent musicals in my childhood. Another musical that could go here though, would be OLIVER!. Both of these musicals continue to be favorites of mine.
6. Gaston: Smarmy and arrogant. Choose a character who’s over the top with his (or her) arrogance.
I think that I’m going to go with Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. When I think of arrogant characters, Jace is right at the top of that list, I think. Of course, for the most part, Jace is charmingly arrogant but he still is a little bit obnoxiously arrogant and full of himself sometimes. Oh, but as I’m tying this up, I’m also thinking of Anthony “Sherry” Verelst from Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer! Sherry is another example of a character who is arrogant but it does grow on you with time and it becomes almost endearing after a while.
Then, as for musical characters I’m going to go with Emanuel Schikaneder from SCHIKANEDER. Kinda like the two I mentioned from books, Emanuel remains a likeable guy although he can be arrogant.
7. Lumiere: Smooth-talking, swoon worthy cassanova. Choose a character with these characteristics.
Ooh… I’m going to have to go with Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I mean, isn’t he the epitome of “smooth-talking and swoon worthy?”
And as for musicals… I’m going to go with the princes from INTO THE WOODS. I’m not sure that they’re exactly “swoon worthy” but they definitely are smooth-talking!
And, that’s it for me! What would your answers to these questions be? Vielen Dank und tschüss!