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 voilà, 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.)
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.
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.)
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.
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.)
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.))
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... :-)