Thursday, April 26, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

I've Been Tagged by Stephanie at Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-holic to answer these literary based questions. My answers are below...

Name 3 Characters........
.............You wish were real so you could meet them:

Saetan Daemon SaDiablo (Satan) from The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop.
He is such a complex character with an interesting history. He has done some terrible things and lived through countless centuries, yet he has such a soft side to him as well (especially when it comes to taking care of his family and Jaenelle). I would love to hear more stories of his former life before the story takes place as well as more about his interactions with the other characters who aren't so involved in the story (like Andulvar Yaslana, Mephis SaDiablo, Prothvar etc).

Esme Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.
Another complex character. Her grasp of headology is great and she is such a powerful witch she would definately be worth meeting. Borrowing sounds like a really useful skill and it would be great to nudge inside the heads of different animals to get a look at the wider world. Perhaps I could learn something from her...

The Lady of the Lake from King Arthur Tales.
This is a funny one as the tales suggest she was real, but it's one of those mysteries we will never know. I particularly like the version of her as Vivianne in The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and I would love to be able to go to Avalon and train under her alongside Raven. I am not sure I agreed with all of her manipulations, but she did believe she was doing the right thing.

..............You would like to be:

Lyra Belacqua from Phillip Pullmans Dark Materials Trilogy.
She is such a cool character! Fiesty and able to take care of herself, sadly she becomes slightly second to Will when he joins in The Subtle Knife. She goes through such a lot and I would love to have my own daemon who can change shape for different uses and to fit my different moods.

Lestat from The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice.
I know he's a guy, but he was so powerful and has seen so many things including getting a guided tour of heaven and hell. Everyone wants to be him or be near him, he even awoke the Queen of all Vampires (Akasha) who couldn't resist him. He is the ultimate trickster and those kind of characters always appeal to me. The extra powers he gains as the books progress sound cool too, like being able to fly and to not be killed by the sun.

The Lady Amalthea from The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle.
She is the last unicorn on the earth and she becomes a woman for a time as well. She is quite haughty and does not have the highest regard for humans and mortals at the beginning, but she changes throughout the tale and becomes different from the rest of her kind. She is brave and yet vulnerable, strong and yet weak. Another great character with magical powers and great beauty. I love the way she is drawn as both human and unicorn in the animated film of the same name which was always my favourite growing up.

.................Who Scare Me:

Zenia from The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood.
Not your classical scary figure, but this character is scary in a much more subtle way. She takes the partners away from all three of the main characters using her feminie wiles, before discarding them when her use for them is finished. She is highly manipulative and you never find out the truth behind the lies which seem to keep building. She is scary because she could be someone you know who could devestate your marriage and your life.

The Corinthian from The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman.
A man who has teeth for eyes and is a serial killer is just plain scary. End of story. Dream says of him "A nightmare created to be the darkness, and the fear of darkness in every human heart. A black mirror, made to reflect everything about itself that humanity will not confront." He becomes slightly nicer when he is remade, but still has a think for eating people's eyes. Nice...

Cluny the Scourge from Redwall by Brian Jacques.
He was the evil rat in the first book in the series. He was particularly nasty with an eye patch and a poison bard on the end of his tail which he used like a whip. He kills one of the main characters who is a gentle beast by nature and generally was quite scary. He is the character that most of the animals use as a cautionary tale to their children, "If you don't behave Cluny will come and get you" type of thing.

I tag Clare at Confessions of a Book Addict and Marg at Reading Adventures, enjoy!


Marg said...

Oh...I'll hav eto give this some thought! I'll put my answers up over the weekend.

Stephanie said...

How bad is this? I haven't read most of these books!! I do HEART Lestat though. BIG Anne Rice fan.

The ones I haven't read are on my list!! Hope that counts!! Thanks for playing along!

Literary Feline said...

When I was trying to come up with characters that scare me, my husband suggested Lestat! Haha And here you want to be him. :-) He isn't a character that scares me, really, but it was interesting thought.

I just love your answers for this meme! Saetan Daemon SaDiablo! I wish I had thought of him. Fascinating character and definitely one who would be intersting to meet.

Rhinoa said...

Looking forward to reading your answers Marg.

Stephanie I love Anne Rice and have read all of her books including the erotic novels under different names. All great stuff!

Literary Feline just think how cool it would be to have his powers... He starts off in Interview as a bit more scary but you become more attached to him as the stories progress. Anne was supposed to have based him on her husband Stan so he can't have been that scary!