Favorite Screen Characters Tag

I was tagged by Jaye L. Knight for the Favorite Screen Characters Tag. Narrowing down to 10 Favorite Screen characters is hard! Not to mention, I pretty much wanted to say ditto to every character on Jaye’s list. So here is my list (In no particular order).

Eowyn (Lord of the Rings)

While Aragorn has a very special place in my heart, I decided to feature Eowyn here since Aragorn was already featured in Jaye’s post. Eowyn is a horse-riding, sword-fighting maid of Rohan, and what’s not to like about that? Plus, her hair! Seriously, I want her no-frizz product. Somehow she goes through a full-tilt gallop, falling off her horse, and fighting the Witch King and somehow her curls remain in beautiful waves. I step out in the rain for two seconds and my hair starts to look like I touched an electric fence.

But what really clinched her as one of my all time favorite screen characters was the scene in the extended edition where Eowyn attempts to make soup (if you haven’t seen the extended editions, the extended edition of The Two Towers is worth watching just for that moment!) I’m an awful cook myself, so I can totally relate to this moment in the movie! The sequence below doesn’t capture the look on Aragorn’s face when he tries to swallow a mouthful.

Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts (The Princess Bride)

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Before Pirates of the Caribbean and Once Upon a Time‘s Captain Hook, Westley/the Dread Pirate Roberts is to blame for my crush on pirates. After all, he’s like pirate meets Zorro. Totally awesome! Plus the whole not-staying-dead-thing? Yep, he’s my first love when it comes to on screen pirates.

Captain Hook/Killian Jones (Once Upon a Time)

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While we’re talking pirates, I couldn’t help but include Killian Jones/Captain Hook on this list. That grin! And those intense eyes! Argh! There are times I just want to slap Emma and tell her to get with it girl and not let a guy like Killian get away.

Captain America (Captain American: The First Avenger, etc) 

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Just to make sure you guys weren’t getting too worried with my obsession with pirates and bad boys, here’s a really good guy to make the list. I might be in the minority, but Captain America has been my favorite Avenger since the first film with him. He’s just such a nice, old-fashioned, principled guy. His principles are tested, and his struggle is in trying to live out his principles in a complicated world. His personality actually reminds me a lot of Shadrach Alistair in my recent release Dare. 

White Witch (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe BBC version)

Okaaaaaaay, so what does that have to do with Frozen?

I’d like to include a villain on this list. The White Witch in the old BBC version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the ultimate villain. The White Witch in the new Disney version can’t come close to capturing the truly scary White Witch that the old BBC version had. No one does a witch the way Barbara Kellerman did in that movie!

Maximus (Tangled)

You had to know this one was coming, right? I absolutely adore Tangled! Flynn Rider is awesome and Rapunzel is so sweet! But, Maximus makes my list mostly because I own Maximus. Don’t believe me? Compare the pictures below:

Maximus is soooo cute too.

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Looks aren’t the only things that are similar. Let’s just say I’m keeping my horse well away from my sword…

Merida (Brave) 

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Because, well, she has a horse, she can out-shoot just about everybody, and that hair! Rocking those curls! Plus I love the mother-daughter story line. Both the mother AND the daughter have to change, which shows the complicated relationship that a lot of mothers and daughters have. On top of that, she’s a princess and she ends the movie single, which (being single myself) I can appreciate.

Maria (The Sound of Music) 

I love The Sound of Music! It is based on a true story, though the movie does change a few of the details. I actually did read the book that the real Maria Von Trapp wrote because I loved the movie so much.

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)

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Another childhood favorite. Since I knew I wanted to be a writer, I always connected with Anne. And her mishaps! As I grew older, I began to appreciate the love story part with her and Gilbert. So adorable! I heard people are talking about doing a remake, but I fear Megan Follows will always be Anne to me!

Gilligan’s Island

Okay, I’m cheating. I’m picking the entire cast of the old TV show Gilligan’s Island. My family watches of a lot of the old TV shows, and Gilligan’s Island was always a favorite. Yes, it’s a little corny and you have to suspend disbelief. But the jokes are actually funny, not just body jokes masquerading as humor.

It’s a show where very different characters always came together in the end. They always stuck together as a family in spite of their differences (and whatever problem Gilligan caused to keep them still stuck on the island).

So there’s my list of ten of my favorite on screen characters. I could keep going, but I’ll have to cut it off at 10 otherwise this could get to be a really long blog post.

I think this is the point where I’m supposed to tag ten more bloggers. Looking through the list of people that have already been tagged for this post, it looks like the bloggers I know who’d want to be tagged have already been tagged…so I’m going have to pass on tagging more people.

What about you? Who would your Favorite Screen Characters be?


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The King's Scrolls Blog Tour: Author Interview & Book Review

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Today I welcome Jaye L. Knight as part of her blog tour for The King’s Scrolls, book two in the Ilyon Chronicles. Ever since I read Resistance, Jaye has become one of my favorite Christian Fantasy writers. Today is the last day of the blog tour, but you can find the rest of the posts on the tour here.

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About the Author

Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.

Hi, Jaye! Welcome to The Pen of a Ready Writer. Let’s get things started with a fun question: Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings?

I’m a Lord of the Rings girl, most definitely. I adore the trilogy and The Hobbit (books and movies). I probably wouldn’t be writing fantasy if I had not gotten into LOTR. I’ve read a couple of the Narnia books, but I just never really got into them. *hides from Narnia fans* I do like the movies though . . .

*Gasp* The Narnian in me is heading off to cry in a corner…

Lord of the Rings girl. The Ilyon Chronicles is a huge series. Six epic fantasy novels! What gave you the idea for such an ambitious project?

Well, it sort of forced itself on me and demanded to be written. It started out as only three novels, but quickly outgrew them. The initial idea came while I was reading DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul. I had just read a scene where you discover one of the main characters is a half-blood. This wasn’t a new topic for me since I’d written about half-elves before, but they were always accepted by society. DragonQuest got me thinking, what if I wrote about a half-blood who wasn’t accepted by society? And taking that a step further, what if one half of his blood was a race everyone considered monsters and soulless? Talk about conflict. That’s how my character Jace came to be. The rest of the series grew around him. I have to give all the credit to God for that. I really have no idea how it morphed from one character into such an involved series of books.

I absolutely adore Jace! I wanted to give him a hug so badly in Resistance.

You dealt with a lot of weighty themes in Resistance: treatment of those who are different, persecution, forgiveness. Does The King’s Scrolls continue those themes or develop a few of its own?

I’d say those themes continue, though some aren’t as much a focus as they were in Resistance. Persecution is definitely still a major theme, though. Trust is a big part of The King’s Scrolls, specifically trusting God even when things don’t make sense and it seems like everything is going wrong. I’d say that is the central theme of this book—learning to trust that He has a plan even when it is impossible to understand.

I love how the theme plays out in the book!

One thing that really impressed me about Resistance and The King’s Scrolls is the quality of the writing, editing, and formatting. It is even more impressive because you’re an indie author who did all of that yourself! What made you decide to pursue indie publishing?

Well . . . impatience? *sheepish look* I was young and impatient to have my book in my hands when I first decided to self-publish. Plus, I had absolutely no idea how I’d get published otherwise, and wasn’t anywhere near ready for such a thing. But now, with the way indie publishing has exploded since then, I’ve come to love it. There are so many more resources available now than there were when 18-year-old me decided to first pursue it. I would have a hard time being convinced to try traditional publishing now.

Sounds like something a lot of us young writers can relate to! What is the hardest part of indie publishing?

Having to do absolutely everything. It’s a TON of work. Many times, I don’t even have enough time to write. It’s kind of hard to be an author if you’re not actually writing. 😛 It would be nice to have others doing certain work like formatting. Now, I could hire someone to do that, but I prefer to save the money and do it myself. The sheer amount of work can be overwhelming sometimes, but, in the end, it’s worth it.

Well, you’ve done a great job of it, and I can’t wait to read your next book! (Hint, hint! Please hurry!)

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!

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Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.

Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.

When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?

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READ THIS BOOK! Seriously! Read it!

The King’s Scrolls pick up where Resistance left off, but it also introduces several new characters. I adored Timothy and the other crete characters. The Altair family dynamics play a much bigger role in this book, and we finally get to meet all of Kyrin and Kaden’s brothers. Liam is so sweet and Marcus…well, there’s nothing like the conflict of duty and family to tear a person apart. All the characters are well-crafted, which makes the events in the book more poignant.

I’ll admit it. I cried. There is one part of the book…but I can’t give that away. My advice is keep a box of Kleenex handy.

New characters, new tests, new adventures, and dragons! A book doesn’t get better than this!

TKS Giveaway

To top off all the excitement, Jaye is giving away this awesome prize!

Prize pack includes an autographed copy of The King’s Scrolls, a CD by Future World Music (some of Jaye’s favorite writing music), a dragon bookmark, a stone hawk pendant (much like the ones mentioned in the book), and a few packages of Twining’s Winter Spice tea to sip while you read! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

This is your last day to enter!
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Why I Write Speculative Fiction

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite book in the Chronicles of Narnia. I always loved the thrill of the sea voyage. I could feel the sea breeze on my face, hear the creaking of the ship’s timbers, and touch the cold spray on my face. I was always sad when it ended and Edmund and Lucy had to leave Narnia for the last time.

But Aslan tells them that he is in there world too. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I knew Aslan’s other name. I knew C.S. Lewis referred to Jesus and I did know Jesus in our world.

As I began writing and telling my own stories, I realized Lewis was giving his reason for writing the entire Chronicles of Narnia in that quote. He hoped that his readers would get to know Christ a little in Narnia so that they could know Him better in their own lives.

This has become my goal as a writer. Like Lewis, I like to write speculative fiction, especially fantasy. Even if my fantasy doesn’t directly reference God or Christ, it still shows Christian morals and decision, much the same way that J.R.R. Tolkien showed Christ throughout The Lord of the Rings.

But my goal is always the same. I might be only showing a tiny aspect of Christ, a fragment of all the glories that He is, but my prayer is that God will use my small efforts to help readers know Him a little better.

Fantasy gives me the freedom to approach topics from different angles, much in the way that Lewis gave us different angles to Christ through Aslan. Historical fiction can only go so far. Fantasy can make us think about our faith differently.

What genre do you write? What is your goal in writing it?


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