If you haven’t heard already, Jenna Moreci’s Release Week Extravaganza (TM) has officially begun! Yesterday, as promised, she posted her first video. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry! I’ve got your back! We don’t wish to upset the Cyborg Queen, do we?
As Jenna talks about in the beginning, the first video is her answers to a book tag created by a member of her street team, Dahlia Burroughs! These tags are actually really fun, and as you heard Jenna, she’s tagged everyone who watched this video. Which means I’ve been tagged.
So in this post, I’m going to be answering the tags, though I’m going to mention movies or shows or manga as well as books because I’ve mostly been rereading books instead of adding to my reading resume. Jenna has allowed it, so why shouldn’t I take advantage of this?
1) SP Love: Show some love for a self-published author
It should come as no surprise that I’m going to talk about Jenna Moreci for this part, one–because I honestly don’t know many other self-published authors and two–she’s just that fricken amazing. She has pushed through so much hardship and still managed to publish a book in the middle of the craziness that was her life. She is an inspiration to me, proving that I can turn my own passion into a career that I would be proud of.
2) Fantasy Love: Show some love for a fantasy novel/series that influenced/impacted you.
This is where I’m going to deviate a bit and say that the first book that had a true impact on me is The Giver by Lois Lowry. I know, I know. This is technically a science fiction/dystopian novel, but like I said, it was the first book I can remember that actually made me sit and truly think of the meaning behind actions and words, and how certain decisions can lead to specific consequences. To imagine only one person knowing what true pain was, knowing what beauty can be had in the world–it was something just so surreal and I asked myself a lot if I would be strong enough to handle such an existence. And when they finally gave the truth behind the meaning of being “released”…even today, I get chills and then I want to cry. After all these years, it is the one book that can evoke all of the emotions and questions that I had when I first read it. That’s a truly impactful story.
3) True Love: A book with healthy relationships
This probably means romantic relationships, but familial and friendships should be included in this…so I’m including it. I think one of my favorite healthy relationships that I’ve seen has to be from the manga and anime of Ouran Highschool Host Club between Haruhi Fujioka and her father, Ryoji “Ranka” Fujioka. They are very much opposites, Haruhi being reserved and Ryoji being very energetic, but it’s very obvious that they love each other. Even after Haruhi’s mother died, they never lost that love. Ryoji isn’t a conventional father, and Haruhi isn’t very open, but this doesn’t diminish their love.
4) Representation: A book with all the diversity!
I have three books in mind that have a lot of diversity in them, and those are Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Eve: The Awakening. Not only are all ethnicities represented, you also have all of the social classes included, and those who identify as LGTBQ+. Okay, that last one was mentioned more in Eve than the other two, but still! And in these, not all of the representation dies in their respective universes. Good job!
5) Tobias: A book with a gentle warrior
The first person who came to mind for me when I saw this was Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. I mean, come on! His only objective during both the 74th and 75th Hunger Games was to make sure that Katniss lived! He was willing to give up even his life for her if it meant that she would survive. He never went out looking for the other victors to kill and was more set in using the Careers as a way to find Katniss to group up than to go on a rampage. He wasn’t very skilled in fighting; I see him filling a more supportive role. He would fight if he had to, but it wasn’t a priority for him. He would rather care for someone than fight them.
6) Deadly Beast: A monster of a character
I think my top two picks for this title are Cersei Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire and Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. Cersei’s mind is perhaps one of the most twisted ones that I’ve seen, and it’s made more evident as you see her move through Game of Thrones. Umbridge is just a vile woman who refuses to see through her biases and bigotry. She’s not afraid to resort to torture as punishment, even with her students. Geez, can you imagine with Cersei and Dolores met? No thanks…
7) Peaches: A book with hell symbology
So, this isn’t a book per se, but if anyone comes to mind when symbolism is mentioned, it’s Edgar Allen Poe. Almost everything he writes has a symbol in it. In “The Raven”, the raven symbolizes death and loss. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the beating heart represents the man’s guilt over killing the old man. These symbols with all of the beautiful imagery Poe creates…is it any wonder why so many love his work?
8) Brutal Battles: A book with the best fight scenes
If I had to pick anything with amazing fight scenes, I’m going to have to delve back into anime/manga and go with my top two for battles: My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan. I haven’t read the manga for either of these (I have a hard time reading manga on an e-reader; I need physical copies and it’s weird), but I’ve seen the anime and HO-LEE-SHIT! I’ve seen panels from their respective mangas but to see those still poses actually drawn out and animated takes my breath away. It’s gorgeous…if fighting can be considered as such.
9) Not What it Seems: Crazy plot twists
One of my favorites and perhaps one of the few twists that kind of threw me for a loop was in Mockingjay from the Hunger Games trilogy. The ending with President Snow and President Coin…Not to spoil anything, but it made me yell “I SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED THIS! WHY DIDN’T I THINK THIS WAS A POSSIBILITY!” These two characters and their own individual reveals are on point and left me with my mouth hanging wide open.
10) Self-Love: Talk about your own book/WIP
I’m currently working on my first novel, and possibly the first in a series. I haven’t quite picked out a title for it, but I have a couple of ideas that I’m playing with. It’s a fantasy action/adventure that follows a pirate captain after she loses her ship and family in a surprise attack. She washes up on the shore of a kingdom, and instead of hanging for her crimes as a pirate, she’s offered a second chance. She has to give up her ways as a pirate to live in a society bound by law and order, and it’s proving extremely difficult when she has the General of the Paladins (a holy army for the God of Law) watching her every move. What makes it more difficult are the visions she sees and voices she hears that begin almost immediately after meeting the General. Soon, it’s not just her own past that haunts her, and she has to figure out how to handle that as well as a new threat to her new home. And yes, I know I haven’t given names, but I have plans to change them all, so I’m just going by titles for the moment.
There you have it! Those are my answers to the TSC Tag! Thank you so much for bearing with me as I rambled on about more than just books here. And I would like to give a special shoutout to Jenna Moreci herself, as well as Dahlia Burroughs for this super fun tag. I had a blast!
With that being said, I’m going to be tagging you guys. That’s right, my dear readers! We’re playing tag, and now you’re it! I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.
Until next time.