2/27/2016

Interview with Emily Ann Putzke!


Emily Ann Putzke has written this book called Resist, and it's just released and let me tell you, as an honoured advance reader, I can tell you that it's GOOD. It's really moving as well as deep and... true. It really happened. The book made me cry, and I highly recommend it.

I'm honoured to be a part of Emily's book blog tour... and here's an interview with the One And Only Authoress of the One And Only Resist. :-D



1. When and how did you first 'discover' the Scholl family?

I first read about the Scholl family in November of 2014. Resistance during WWII really fascinates me, so I was looking on Pinterest for pictures and facts about the German resistance. That's when I came across Sophie and Hans Scholl. Their story really touched me, so I got all the books about them I could get my hands on. The rest, as they say, is history!

2. What inspired you to write down their story?

When I read the full story Hans and Sophie it made me sit there in awe and sorrow. Hans and Sophie were around my age and they had such a strong sense of right and wrong that they were willing to die in the fight against evil. I wanted the world to know about them and be inspired by their story as I have been.  


3. The story is obviously a very sad one (I cried while reading it) - did you cry while writing it? Is it a story you get emotional about?

I think I cried the most while doing the research because the story was still new and fresh to me. Maybe the writing didn’t make me cry as much because I put myself in Hans’ place for the entire novel … maybe some of his courage was passed on to me. “I knew what I took upon myself and I was prepared to lose my life by doing so …. please don’t be too grieved that I have to leave this earth so soon .... please know that Sophie and I couldn’t have acted in any other way.” But I can’t deny that the ending was hard and I had tears burning in my eyes as I wrote the final words.

4. Which character do you relate the most to?

I’m more reserved and introverted, like Sophie. I’m also similar to Hans, though. I can be a bit impulsive and jump into projects with lots of gusto like him. I can relate to both of them in different ways.


5. Are there any fictional characters in this book? Which characters did you make up yourself?

There are only a handful of fictional characters in Resist such as a few of the soldiers. Although, I did base some of the soldiers on people Hans mentioned in his Eastern Front diary. Roland, the medical student Hans serves with in France was fictional, as was the red-headed soldier, Otto. Everyone else was either real, or based on a real person.

6. Are there any soundtracks/songs you listened to while writing this book? Any songs that remind you of RESIST?

I listened to Schindler's List and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. When I listen to them, they bring me back to writing Resist. It’s amazing what a strong hold music has on our memory!


7. Was 'RESIST' the first title you considered? If not, could you tell me what some of the other titles were? (I like these little behind-the-scenes facts. :-))

I really can’t remember having another title in mind except for maybe Resistance, but that didn’t feel right. I liked the sound of Resist from the get-go. Boring answer, sorry!

8. If 'they' would make a movie about Hans Scholl, who would you cast as Hans?

There is already a German film about Hans and Sophie Scholl that was made in 2005. It’s about their final days, however, so ‘they’ should make another film that covers more of Hans’ story. That being said, I absolutely love the actor, Fabian Hinrichs who portrayed Hans, but he’s eleven years older now. Does he have a younger brother? I’d cast him.


About the Author:
Emily Ann Putzke is a young novelist, historical reenactor, and history lover. You can learn more about Emily and her books on her blog, Goodreads, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. 


Thank you so much, Emily for writing this amazing book + for answering my questions!

People reading, head over here for the fantastic giveaway Emily's hosting!!! AND BUY THE BOOK, because it's quite something. :-D

2/15/2016

Inkling Exploriations / February



It's time for the February Edition of Heidi's always-lovely Inkling Explorations Series. Hop over to this post here if you'd like to join or something. (Goodness, the Internet is amazing. I can just link random stuff all over the place.) Anyway, so for February, we have to find, in a book or a movie, "A Scene Involving a Disguise." First, because duh, I thought about all the epic disguise scenes in 'The Scarlet Pimpernel.' But, because I suddenly remembered something else, I was nice enough to leave those for some rabid fan.

I remembered that epic (epic in MY eyes) disguise scene in Jubilee Trail! I have just finished 'Jubilee Trail' (my first of many reads) and OH MY STARS it is amazing. It's just... BLAHH AMAZING. You must read it. Gwen Bristow is a top-notch author, and I'm having major major writing-style envy.

(Tell me to stop rambling.)

So here's the disguise scene. Basically, Florinda has been (wrongly) accused of murder and is trying to escape. But seeing as she's an actress and everyone would recognise her, a clever disguise has to be thought of...

They were silent. The Garnet gave a sudden gasp. She had an idea.
"I know!" she cried. "Oh, I know! Florinda, will you do exactly what I say?"
"Why yes, darling!" Florinda exclaimed. "What?"
"All right, listen to me. If you'll keep your mouth shut not not talk about damn and hell and bottles of gin --"
"Oh dear. I'll keep my talk nice, really I will. What else?"
"There's just one sort of woman," said Garnet, "who can go about with her face covered, in clothes that hide her figure, and have everybody step aside respectfully to let her pass."
"What sort, for heaven's sake?" Oliver demanded.
"A widow," said Garnet. "A newly made widow, in a heavy black veil that comes down to her knees."
"You're right," Oliver exclaimed with admiration.
"You're a genius," said Florinda. "Can we get the costume?"
"Oh yes. That's one dress you can always be sure of finding in any town. Widows are being made every day, some of them most unexpectedly. There's always a shop with funeral weeds made up. That's something I know about," she insisted.
Florinda was delighted. After a little discussion, Oliver began to outline a plan. By this time Oliver was enjoying himself very much. He liked intrigue.

You really should read the book. ;-)

2/11/2016

Cranford - Very Long And Picture-Heavy Review


Cranford is one of 'the' Period Dramas in our house. Or, as my seven-year-old sister aimiably puts it, it's one of the 'Naomi-movies.' (I plain love that she calls British Period Dramas 'Naomi-movies.' It's accurate, to say in the least.) It gets re-watched occasionally, and the inside jokes about Cranford have long been running and going. (The inside jokes are so stupid, I dare not mention them for fear of embarrassment. Deborah would not have agreed.)

I have to say though, as much as I love LOVE this movie and as much as I yearn to visit 'Lacock Village' (we might visit it soon, actually - eeeeep.), Cranford is not in my top ten Period Dramas. (Well, maybe it is. I need to make a list to see.) Cranford has it's boring parts, even. Fun Fact Of The Day: My dad can't watch it without falling asleep.


I will TRY, for the sake of some of my viewers who have not had the pleasure of viewing this lovely miniseries (Miss MEG, for instance, has not yet had that pleasure), to warn you when there's a spoiler coming. But do not RELY on it. I can easily slip something out of my tongue (I know I'm writing, hush. This is a metaphor.) or a picture might give some things away.

So I'll try to warn you, but don't RELY on it. :-P


Another thing: All the screencaps in the post are screencapped by me. They are all from the last episode. Just for your interest. (Yes, there will be quite a few screencaps from the gorgeous wedding at the end. I could not help it, it was irresistible. Sophie and Frank are too cute for words.)

Now, without any further ado, zee review may start.


I'm going to be very pessimistic and start off with the things I do not like about Cranford:

1. Miss Matty.
*waits for the whole world to throw sucked oranges at me*

Miss Matty is a kind-hearted, good lady. I GET IT. She's a darling! I'm not saying she's not. But she is also, frankly, rather dreadfully dull. That is to say, the scenes in which she makes an appearance are often my least favourite scenes. I can't EXPLAIN. I LIKE Miss Matty, but she's just not interesting enough for 100 scenes about her. Miss Matty just drives me batty. (I am a poet, and you did not know it.) (Hush. It's the custom to say that.) Maybe it's because I'm not a big fan of Judy Dench. To be honest, I've never seen her as such an amazingly good actress, much to the shock and grief of the world in general. Maybe it's because I'm not very interested about constantly hearing what 'Deborah WOULD HAVE done' and what "shocking" thing Peter did. Maybe it's because I'm not interested in tea shops and Mr Holbrook's profile. I don't know.


Oh. Now we come to another character that drives me crazy.

2. Mr Holbrook. SERIOUSLY THOUGH. THE SCENES WITH HIM TAKE AGES.

I normally love cute old couples in love, but there is no cuteness between Matty and Mr Holbrook. None whatsoever. They just gaze whimsically at each other and talk about poetry. I don't ship them. I just... don't like their scenes. (Michael Gambon isn't my favourite actor, either. I like him as Mr Woodhouse, but his role as Mr Holbrook is definitely not my favourite.)


3. Lady Ludlow. UGH. HER SCENES MAKE ME SNORE. Lady Ludlow really annoys me, and I just don't care about her scenes. She's always moping and moping about Septimus and that white pony. Like, stop feeling so sorry for yourself - brace up, SMILE. And her face is white as a chalk. (I suppose that's mean of me. But she could go out in the sun now and then instead of staring out of the window in her dark and grey house.)

Lady Ludlow WAS nice in some bits, and I liked her slightly more in the end, especially when she starts to see that Harry has potential. But all in all not a favourite character of mine. I can understand why Septimus (ghastly name, by the by) doesn't want to come home.

(I sound very harsh today. These characters aren't that bad.)


Isn't her hair pretty? (Heh. Heh.)

4. There are, in my opinion, slightly too many deaths. Elizabeth Gaskell is a big fan of killing off characters. She likes to create them, and she often doesn't know what to do with them. So, because it's fun, she decides to kill them. Cranford has quite a few deaths. While it's not half as bad as North and South, it's still a bit... Well - SAD. Sometimes.

It breaks my HEART when (spoiler alert!!) dear little Walter dies (WHAT'S UP WITH THAT NAME), and dear Mr Carter dies. (spoiler is over for the time being.) Thank goodness it wasn't too bad, the deaths. Captain Brown dies in the book, but since Elizabeth Gaskell later on acknowledged she regretted his death, Sue Birstwhistle and the Cranford makers decided not to kill him off. (Thank you.)


5. Caroline Tompkinson annoyed me sooo much. But let's be honest, Cranford wouldn't be the same without Caroline Tompkinson in the plot, her 'Oh Sister!'s, her fake swoons and ridiculous grins.

But she's a bit of an EWWW character. And her hair annoys me so much I can't even.


6. The ending was far too rushed, too. I wanted MORE of an ending.

Now. Time for zee positive list. Which, I assure you, is long and rambly and by far exceeds the negative list. I love this miniseries to bits. It makes me cry a lot, it makes me laugh a lot, and it gives me squeeful little feelings inside - you know the kind. It's colourful, old-fashioned, appropriate and just GOOD. Ahh, I do love a good British BBC miniseries. I will always have an  un-diminishing fondness towards them. Forever and ever.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START WITH THE POSITIVE LIST.

*Takes deep breath and begins*


MISS POLE. Oh my goodness. Is she hilarious or what? (Don't say what.) If it weren't for her, many of the 'old-ladies-of-Cranford-scenes' would be rather pale and insipid and boring. But she just makes the show. She's a genius. Ugh, the way she performs her lines, and the way that ridiculous feather on her hat bobbles around whenever there's some delicious news of gossip.

She's HILARIOUS. From her continually spreading grossly exaggerated gossip in enormous, entertaining gusto, to her friendly spirit and leading character. Gah, I love Miss Pole. I would love to spend a weekend with her, although I'd probably have enough of her by the end of it. I love that she's annoying and ridiculous as well as friendly and goodhearted. She's a dreadful gossip, but she means so well, doesn't she?


And she has some delicious lines. "My father was a man. I think I know the sex." That's my favourite. :-)

And then we have the adorable and cute Mrs Forrester. Awww. Just AWW. She's so sweet. She's absurdly emotional, but so sweet and just ADORABLE. Like a three-year-old toddler, but then even cuter. She's a bit silly, but she means so well, and we all love her. You can't just NOT like Mrs Forrester. The cat-and-lace incident was hilarious ("there is LACE at stake!!"), and the Bessie-Dearest incident always makes me laugh.

And Bessie's PYJAMAS. "There's a flap underneath."


When she makes that little speech in her front garden, and basically apologises for being poor, my cold heart tares a bit for her. Poor lil' human being, you shouldn't apologise! Here, let me give you a big, long squishy hug. As Miss Pole wisely said, 'Control your emotions, Mrs Forrester.' :-P (*Wine glass falls*)

Something  *I* find odd is that Miss Matty and Miss Pole and Mrs Forrester neither of them have even a hint of grey hair under their caps. Surely, they all must be nearing sixty? Miss Pole perhaps not, but Mrs Forrester...?


Then we have the Tompkinsons, who were a bit annoying. I could've smashed them up because of their treatment towards poor Dr Harrison. Tomkinsons, CAN'T YOU SEE he is NOT interested in HER. Thank you, and now buzz off. No, Caroline, you are NOT ill. You are not pale. You are only IMAGINING it. And stop weeping over that SILLY Valentine.

(There.)


I just love their little community, though. These ladies have grown up with each other; they are like one big, busy family. They help each other, they lose their temper with each other in brutal honesty. They talk about muslins and silks and the latest 'shocking' news. I want to live in Cranford.

Oh, there are two ladies I haven't talked about yet. Miss Deborah, first. Who (spoiler) dies rather soon. (spoiler over for the time being.) Miss Deborah was rather sour-faced, and goodness so STRICT about everything, but she was funny. She has little musical talent though, I'm sorry to say. Tinking a teaspoon during Loch Lomond isn't a terribly musical thing to do. Frankly.

I liked the way she talked though.
"We shall go to our rooms and consume our fruit in solitude."
"I suddenly have a headache of phenomenal dimension."


And then there's Mrs Jamieson, who loves to show off that she's slightly richer than any other person in Cranford by dressing her dog in outfits as ridiculous as her own, and by looking through a glasses-on-a-stick-thing. (That indicates wealth.) Mrs Jamieson wears silks and bright stripes and doesn't have her frock crumpled because she has her own carriage. Many of the Cranford ladies - Miss Pole in particular - are envious of her silks. But then they'd rather die than admit it.

Does her dog have a name? Is it mentioned? Because if it's not mentioned, I'm calling him/her Bernadette. It just seems to fit. #random.


Enough about the 'older ladies of Cranford' now. At this rate I will be typing away at this review all week! (It's taken up my whole morning already. Heh.) Now I will talk about Miss Mary Smith. Who has an adorable crooked smile, odd spectacles, two dresses and who's an absolute peach. Mary is, in my opinion, the heroine of the story.

It is Mary who solves the whole Valentine-Mr-Harrison-sent-to-Caroline-error. She writes to Jack Marshland. She goes to the Tompkinsons to explain.
It is Mary who writes to Major Gordon to tell him that dear Jessie Brown regrets turning him down. It is Mary who asks him to bring home Peter Jenkins.

Mary's a GOOD sort. She deserved some kind of a reward.


We all wish these two got married. But Return to Cranford hints otherwise. I'm not a huge fan of Return to Cranford. I prefer to stick with simply Cranford. I LIKE RtC, and Tom Hiddleston is adorable in it, but Cranford is indubitably better. In my opinion, that is.

ANYWAY. Now we had a picture of Jack Marshland, I suppose I may address him. He ANNOYS ME SOOOOO MUCH, except in the last episode. I like him in the last episode. I even think he's handsome in the last episode. But I really really DO NOT like the fella in other episodes. He's just a nuisance, and I don't like his singing 'talent.'


Mr Carson Captain Brown was a very good sort of character - he really MEANT so well. His sideburns are dreadfully huge, but he wears them well. And I love his line; "I defy you not to roar."


Moving on, there's the Mr-Carter-and-Harry plot, which was a plot I really enjoyed, despite the fact that Lady Ludlow is often involved in it. (I don't like the said lady. Scroll up for my explanation if you skimmed it earlier on.) I love Mr Carter. He barks a bit sometimes, but he never bites. He has a good heart. AND HE BROUGHT MISS GALINDO FLOWERS. That kind of was kind of cute.

I LOOOVE how he takes care of Harry. He's doing a million times better job than Mr Gregson's doing, just sayin'.


Harry was such a good lad. The way he said 'Dada' instead of 'Daddy' was kind of aggravating, but at least he didn't say Par, like Laura Timmins does. Dada sounds slightly cute, and Par does not.
I was very impressed with the acting of the boy who acted Harry; especially when he read the poem in front of a certain dead body and then cried while reading it. That made ME cry. Well, thanks.

Harry was adorable and had far too much responsibility for a boy his age. I loved him. "Just a sixpence then. Sorry sir." (And the smile Harry smiles after this line is so adorable I could eat it.)


OH. AND WE HAVE JULIA SAWALHA. I love this actress so much. I don't know why, there's just something about her that makes me so fun to watch, giggly role, wise role or 'sad' role. Jessie Brown's an absolutely sweet-heart, and my heart always beats a little faster when a gentleman's voice joins hers while she sings Loch Lomond for the second time.

SHE SO DESERVED THAT ADORABLE HUG. Ahhhh. *wipes happy tear* I'm sure she and Major Gordon had a lovely married life together, in India, overseas, or wherever.

I also loved seeing Julia Sawalha in 'the making of Cranford', in which she said, "I love costume dramas. I just find it all really thrilling, because I just love dressing up. It's as simple and shallow as that." (I would be exactly the same, if I got a chance to be in a Period Drama.)


While Martha was a bit annoying sometimes, I looooooved her and Jem together. (Haha, I wrote Jam first. You know, like the spread.) Jem is such a good sort. I like Jem. I love Jem.


I like Dr Harrison too - I like him more every time I watch Cranford, actually. Still though, he's not in my list of 'favourite Period Drama gentlemen.' I don't love him to bits - nor do I think he's really terribly handsome. (He's not badlooking, though. I love his blue eyes. And compared to his role as Mr Bingley, he's IS terribly handsome.)

But yes, Dr Harrison is a good man. I feel SO SO SO sorry for him at the end of episode four. LIKE SO SORRY. I even added him to my post 'Seven Period Drama Characters I feel Sorry For.'


Sophie Hutton was an absolute SWEETHEART, on top of being gorgeous and having the most pretty silky blonde hair I've ever seen. (And I want that blue dress. And her room. Just look how adorable everything about her is.) I love Sophie so much, I think we could be great friends. (Let's meet up, Sophie. I'll come to England, or you come to Belgium? You choose.) She takes such good care of her family, and she's just so SWEET. No wonder Dr Harrison fell in love.

I WAS rather disappointed that Sophie didn't THINK for a moment, about Dr Harrison. Does she not trust him? Can she really see the man she loves proposing to two other women? Anyway.


Helen and Lizzie Hutton TOTALLY deserve a paragraph of their own, because they absolutely saved their sister's life by running to Dr Harrison's house and tell him to come. I have to say though, when Helen (the brunette - the queen of the May Day) yells, 'What would mother say?' to Lizzie, who's running ahead... isn't their mother dead? Is that an error? (I hope so. I love spotting errors. I feel very clever doing so, and I rarely feel clever. :-P)

Anyway, yay for Lizzie and Helen. I love you girls.


This is probably my favourite scene EVER EVER. Ughhhh. THESE TWO ARE DISGUSTINGLY ADORABLE. I am going to go through all my favourite Sophie-Dr Harrison scenes. No, I'm going to go through all the Sophie-Dr Harrison scenes. Period. (Spoiler ahoy.)

1. SO. When they meet first. Practically love at first sight, but it's ADORABLE and it's WELL DONE. Dr Harrison is young and charming, and wears a red coat, Sophie is blissfully gorgeous with her blue dress and yellow curls. Plus she takes such good care of Walter, and she brings him cherries.
JUST AWW.
2. Then he buys a rake and a purple gloves, just so he can say hello to Sophie in the shop. (That always reminds me of Matthew Cuthbert buying a rake and twenty pounds of brown sugar.)
3. Then they have these adorable cute moments at Lady Ludlow's garden party. Mainly just smiles and talking-with-or-about-Walter, but still really, really cute.
4. AND THEN THE BLESSED LITTLE BOY WALTER DIES AND IT'S HEARTBREAKING. They have a little break-up. Just a tiny one. It's a very sad break-up.
5. But then it's Valentine's day. And Sophie receives flowers with 'the compliments of Dr Harrison.' Much to the delight of Lizzie and Helen (who I love because they ship the two of them from the start.)
6. And THEEEEN. Dr Harrison goes to talk with Sophie's father, Reverend Hutton (who's annoying as well as nice), and that makes their romance kind of official.
7. They have an adorable walk in the garden. And they don't even hold hands because Reverend Hutton is probably looking at them secretly through the window.
8. Dr Harrison watched Sophie teach a group of black-cladded girls to dance for May Day, and he falls all over in love with her again. He hoped for a private ride with her, but alas, Lizzie and Helen must go as well. Then have an ADORABLE talk between blue bells (gahhh) and they ALMOST kiss. (It got interrupted before it began by two said sisters.)
9. At least that date ended with adorable giggles and laughs.
10. But THEN. Bam bam bam. There's the scandal. And all hopes and dreams are shattered to pieces. But Sophie's illness is a blessing in disguise, Dr Harrison saves her life just like a hero must, and before we know it...

THEY ARE MARRIED.

(Spoilers over. Kind of.) We all know that Sophie and Dr Harrison WILL get married. That's not a spoiler. So bask in the gorgeous screencaps of their wedding. I LOVE THEIR WEDDING.


Sophie, clad in Miss Matty's muslin from India (am I the only one who finds it really weird how Miss Matty and Sophie suddenly seem like best friends in the end?), makes the most STINKING GORGEOUS AND ADORABLE BRIDE EVER. And Dr Harrison wears a blue coat, which becomes him exceedingly well. (I love this couple.)


Is not their wedding adorable?!!! The smiles and the HAPPINESS and the Cranford-ness. I love it to biiiiits. (And you can spot Jessie on Major Gordon's arm in the back, and Jack and Mary grinning to each other, and Mrs Rose on Doctor Morgan's arm. (Mrs Rose chose the good doctor the second time.)) I let the pictures do all the talking. I'll hush up.

And now I sign off with one last picture. To say goodbye.

Have you seen Cranford?
What do you think of it?


PS. Oh, is this movie suitable for children? Well, yes. There's a scary amputation scene - we just turned off the sound for a few seconds (movies without sounds aren't scary at all) - and then there's the scene where Jem gets wounded. His wounds look very scary, but it's not filmed up close. We watched it with the whole family.

PSS. Go check out a Little House related post I wrote at Ashley blog, will you? Thaaanks.

2/08/2016

Some Things the Little House books taught me.


1. It's possible for a newlywed couple that the husband can put his wife's waist between his hands.
2. There's nothing better than vanity cakes.
3. Blonde hair fits with blue ribbons and brown hair fits with pink ribbons.
4. The Church gives the best Christmas presents.
5. And the Christmas presents are in the Christmas tree.
6. If your house doesn't have a roof yet, you can use the wagon cover. For a door, you can use a quilt, if Pa hasn't made the it yet.
7. You can make a good, sturdy door without actual, store-bought nails.
8. Houses with three rooms are huge.
9. Never let go of the washing line when you have to go and do the chores outside in the snow. You could get lost and die.
10. Grasshoppers ruin everything. Everything.
11. Mr Edwards and Santa Claus work together. They're jolly good friends.
12. Red mittens are a frequent Christmas presents - no, really, it's a thing.
13. Candy-sticks are only available in two colours. Red and White. (Yes, I had an urge to write RED AND BLACK.)
14. There are two Laura's at a Christmas party, and at the said Christmas party, there's a bed filled with babies, and they don't cry.
15. The buttons on Ma's dress look edible.
16. Whatnots are the latest fashion.
17. And so are journals.
18. And so are namecards. Namecards are the real latest fashion.
19. If you're blind, someone might secretly fold some money into the folds of your dress. It's for the blind school.
20. Blind people can play organ.
21. If you lose your youngest sister, she'll probably be found among the violets.
22. Mice can eat your hair in the night.
23. Your least favourite teacher might end up becoming your very own sister-in-law. You've been warned.
24. Always listen to Indians when it comes to weather forecasts.
25. Buggy rides are super awkward if it's you, your maybe-beau, and your school rival.
26. Be careful to go away from home to teach. You might face knives in the night, and students older and way taller than yourself.
27. But then you might get cool sledge rides. Very unromantic ones, but sledge rides nonetheless.
28. If your parents go away and tell you not to eat all the sugar, you can eat almost all the sugar, and they won't whip you.
29. Pigs are adorable pets, but their teeth might get stuck with candy.
30. Farmer boys are always hungry.
31. The best way to make a pumpkin grow is by giving it milk instead of water. (Rest assured, you'll still get first prize; it isn't cheating.)
32.  Some Indians can run faster than horses.
33. Singing school is romantic.
34. Be careful if you decide to go out with your sister in the evening. You might see a wolf or two.
35. When your fur cape has a muff, and your enemy's fur cape doesn't, all is right in the world.
36. Christmas horses are da bestest.
37. Life is unfair when your sister's pocket doesn't rip off, and yours does.
38. The first four years are terribly hard. But then you're farmers.
39. Christmases always get better and better.
40. One winter day in spring, you might find yourself waking up with snow all over your bed. Stay tuned.
41. Don't do the laundry around Christmas, you might find a poetry book (aka, a potential birthday present) hidden in the linen. (Oops. Too late. I just read one.)
42. Bangs are in the fashion. Even if you cut them yourself.
43. If you run out of firewood, you can make sticks out of straw. It's not as hard as you think.
44. Quick! Sew those button holes!
45. If you loose your dog, don't worry - he'll come back. (He'll look a bit like a wolf from a distance, so don't panic.)
46. Pa's green nature book is the most popular book in the house.
47. If your fiancé wants to get married right away, but you don't have a wedding dress yet. It doesn't matter. Black weddings dresses are okay.
48. A saucer, a scrap of calico, a button and some grease = A lamp. (No, really.)
49. Blind people hear everything.
50. Need to whip a last minute present for your baby sister? All you need is Ma's button collection and a string.

2/07/2016

Little House Blog Party - The Tag!


It has started, over at A to Z, the party of vanity cakes and lemonade. I am really excited for this party, because Little House has and is and always will be a big part of my life. Happy was my brain then, when voilĂ , lo and behold, Ashley had prepared a list of questions for anyone who wants to to answer. (For the list of questions, and the kick-off post, click here.)

MY ANSWERS!

1. How did you discover Little House?

Little House is one of those things that I never really seemed to discover. It was always... THERE. I do remember getting them for one of my early birthdays, though, and I thiiink that's when I got introduced to them. My uncle bought them for me (nope, just joking, my mum bought them and my uncle paid them) and I think my mum discovered them through a friend of hers... or whatever. I should ask her.

Basically, I've always had 'em. The loyal things. *Hugs books tight and close*


2. Which Little House series have you read? Which are your favourite? (Laura, Martha, Rose, etc.)

I've read all of them (but ONE outroarously expensive book in the Caroline series - On Top of Concord Hill) and ohhh, I love them. (I had to say that, to show you I really AM a fan, and not just a person who wants to be a fan and therefore does anything to pretend being one.) The Martha and Charlotte years are not my favourites - so that leaves me with the Caroline books, the Laura books and the Rose books.

I CAN'T. (Choose. I can't choose.)

I'll have to go with Laura's. 'Cause they're all so fat, and they're all the classic ones.

3. Have you read any "extra" Little House books? (books not "canon", cookbooks, song books, craft books, little kid books, etc.)

Yes. You bet.

We own several 'Little House books for kids' - you know, those disgustingly adorable ones, illustrated by Renee Graef - and I own the 'Little House Cookbook' (which I've never used for a recipe; shame, shame), 'The Little House Guidebook', 'Laura's Album' (love), 'Little House Sewing book' and 'Little House Crafts Book.' That's all. I think. (Oh, and I've read them all.) (Although skimmed most of the recipes.)


4. Have you read any nonfiction works about Laura or any of the Little House girls?

Non fiction. Oh, so books about the girls but not THE BOOKS. :-P I get it. Well, I've read 'Laura's Album' which basically goes through all the possible photographs and letters and visual scraps of the Little House girls (and it's GREAT - I love it to bits.) And then I've also read a magazine on Laura Ingalls once - I cut it all out when I was about twelve. (Why did I do THAT.)

And oh yes - Laura's Diary! I've always classified this as book number 10 of Laura's books, actually, because it was part of the Dutch Little House Box Set I got. The tenth book in the box set included  an introduction by Rose Wilder Lane, Laura's Diary and then a long, but interesting commentary on Laura and co, by some man or the other. (It might have been Garth Williams, but then I might be making this up.)
Laura's Diary isn't long - it basically tracks their journey to Missouri. You know, the one the first Rose book is based upon.

5. If you could be in any character's place, who would you choose and why?

OHH. Fun and hard question, this.

OH OH. I KNOW. Polly. Polly Ingalls. (No, not because I absolutely love Henry Quiner.) Basically because I absolutely love Henry Quiner, and I'd love to be Charles' sister, and Caroline's friend. 
(I'd also like to be Mary Power, Laura's schoolfriend. She just sounds really cool, and plus. She goes to school with two of the Ingalls girls.)


6. What's your favorite Little House ship? (AKA couple)

CAROLINE AND CHARLES. I love the two of them, and 'A Little House on their Own' is just so 'to-be-drawn-all-over-with-hearts-able'. I'll be guest posting on the adorable-ness of these two some day this week on Ashley's blog, so stay tuned for that or something.
I also love Rose and Paul. But, oh for crying to sleep, that never turned out. The ship, as they say, sank.
Almanzo and Laura, despite the awkward age gap, have an adorable courtship... and I love the two of them to smuggles and bits.
And then I'm pretty much obsessed with the two minor characters in the Caroline years - Polly and Henry. THEY ARE CUTE. Or what.

7. What's your favourite Little House book? Cover?

My favourite Little House book... a TIE between 'The Little Town on the Prairie', 'Those Happy Golden Years' and 'A Little House of their Own.' If I had, had to choose one, probably the former. (But I'd only choose one if someone forced me with a knife and everything.)

My favourite cover? The Happy Golden Years one. It's so yellowy and summery and I'm still in love with Laura's pink dress. (And Almanzo's cute.)


8. If you could invite any secondary character from any of the Little House books over for dinner, who would you choose and why?

You can't just ask me that! Well, maybe Ida Brown. She's such a sweetheart, and I've always wanted to be her friend, and hug her. I've always loved her brown eyes and her sweet personality. (Ida is mentioned the most in 'Little Town on the Prairie.' For those of you who wondered.)

9. Have you watched the Little House TV show? If so, do you enjoy it?

Indeed I have. Many times, many episodes. I used to be a huge, ginormous fan: but now I'm indubitably prefer the books to the TV show. The TV show still gives me warm fuzzies, and it will always hit home, and I there are so many good good episodes, but goodness - all the inaccuracies! A beardless Pa. The Ingalls's ADOPT THREE KIDS. I can't even proceed.
(As I told a friend of mine recently: From series five and onwards the TV show gets rather bad. But the first four series are really good, if you don't think about the books while watching them. (If you do think about the books, you might get crazy.))



10. If you could watch a YouTube miniseries on any Little House book or series, which would you choose and how would the basic plot go?

I've thought of this before, actually, and I'd love to find one one day. Of course, it would have to be with a teenager-Laura rather than a five-year-old-Laura. (Five year old girls uploading Youtube videos? Nope.) Maybe it could be a video series of 'Little Town' and 'Golden Years' (yes, yes, my two favourites) with Laura sending videos to Mr Edwards, who she lives far away from. And then Nellie hacks her account and makes some videos, which starts their rivalry. And then she goes to teach and sends videos to Pa, of her being homesick and then bam, Manzo comes in the room and saves the day WHILE FILMED. (Impeccable timing alert.)

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Hope you enjoyed my answers... :-)