Wednesday, September 14, 2011

If I Could Be Anyone I'd Be...

At the end of the day (figuritively speaking, since it's the beginning of the day here...) I'm happy to say that I like being me :-) Sure, it sucks at times, but that's the case for everyone, right? This is who God made me and I'm happy with that :-)

BUT! In the spirit of Talli Roland's Watching Willow Watts launch day celebrations, I've looked at some of the book characters I love and admire and have picked one that stands out the most for me. So. If I could be any book character I'd be...

Lyra from The Golden Compass.
(the book version, not the movie version, since the book was aeons better than the movie)

I am still in awe of the incredible world(s) Philip Pullman created in His Dark Materials series. While I don't agree with every message he portrays, I will always admire his incredible imagination and storytelling ability.
If only those worlds truly existed and I could see the things Lyra saw... How fantastical!
There are many things about this character that I admire: she is open, trusting, brave, forgiving, loyal and loving.


This post is in celebration of the launch of Talli Roland's second novel, Watching Willow Watts!

For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the counter at her father's antique shop and nights watching telly, as the pension-aged residents of Britain's Ugliest Village bed down for yet another early night. But everything changes when a YouTube video of Willow's epically embarrassing Marilyn Monroe impersonation gets millions of hits after a viewer spots Marilyn's ghostly image in a frame.

Instantly, Willow's town is overrun with fans flocking to see the 'new Marilyn'. Egged on by the villagers -- whose shops and businesses are cashing in -- Willow embraces her new identity, dying her hair platinum and ramming herself full of cakes to achieve Marilyn's legendary curves.

But when a former flame returns seeking the old Willow, Willow must decide: can she risk her stardom and her village's newfound fortune on love, or is being Marilyn her ticket to happiness?



19 comments:

Cally Jackson said...

I'm glad to hear you're happy being you! I haven't read The Magic Compass by I agree the qualities you've listed are ones to admire. :-)

Talei said...

Wonderful! Great choice.

Have a lovely day!;-)

Francine Howarth said...

Hi,

Simply wonderful. A selfless character in a spectacular world! ;)

best
F

Sarah Pearson said...

I agree with you, loved the book, hated the film!

Summer Ross said...

She is a great character with wonderful qualities! Loved the book, enjoyed the movie a bit.

Cherie Reich said...

Great reasons for picking her. Another series in my to-read list. :)

Gina Dickerson said...

I haven't read the book but my son enjoyed the film. What a fantastic choice!

Angelina C. Hansen said...

So excited to read Talli's book. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Di Gesu said...

A wonderful choice. I need to read the book.

The Golden Eagle said...

Lyra is a fascinating character--and strong! Great choice. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I haven't read or seen The Golden Compass but have heard much about the book. As usual, the book is much better.

Talli Roland said...

Oh, what a great choice! I'd love to have some kind of mystical ability.

Thanks so much for taking part! I really appreciate it. :)

Madeleine said...

Great choice. I like her character too and her ingenuity.

Melodie Wright said...

Interesting choice. I haven't read that saga yet. It's a unique exception for me bc I read EVERYTHING but Pullman's comments that this series is the anti-Narnia put me off. Don't mess with my Lion! But if you enjoyed regardless, maybe I'll give another look...

Medeia Sharif said...

Lyra has wonderful qualities. Great choice.

I look forward to reading my copy of Watching Willow Watts.

Have a great weekend.

Rebecca Emin said...

Great choice, Rachel! Sorry I'm so late in visiting to say you who picked.

Kari Marie said...

I haven't read this book, but I've heard wonderful things about it. Sounds like a great choice.

RaShelle Workman said...

What a great choice, Rachel! Loved that character.

Kittie Howard said...

A really great choice! Also love Talli's twist with Willow.