It makes me so, SO happy that this tag exists! I’m a massive theatre fan, especially musicals and obviously I love books so the two together is like heaven!
1. Wicked – fave fictional friendship?
Todd and Manchee the dog in The Knife of Never Letting Go.
I need to stop talking about this series… watch my January wrap-up if you want to hear how much I gushed about it.
2. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – fave villain?
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It’s weird – I always love the villain in film and TV, but for some reason I’m a bit more… normal… when it comes to books. I dislike the villain and want them to be defeated, like most readers, whereas when I watch a film I always want the villain to win! My mum always thought there was something wrong with me when I was a kid because I loved all the Disney villains so much.
I do, however, really enjoy the woman in black (the villain of – you guessed it – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. She is terrifying and I love being scared by her.
3. The Phantom of the Opera – fave love triangle?
BLEURGH, love triangles!
I would have to go for Linda, Mickey and Eddie in Blood Brothers, though this is a playscript rather than a novel. (It’s got pages and words and stuff so I think it counts as a book!) This is the only love triangle that doesn’t make me want to scratch my eyes out. It’s understandable why Mickey and Eddie would fight over Linda: Mickey grew up with her and Eddie never knew any other girls until he went to uni, so of course he would always have nursed a soft spot for her. Plus, she’s fabulous and at no point does she feel like a Mary-Sue who just has boys flocking around her all the time – she never feels intimidating or annoying to the reader / theatregoer.
4. The Lion King – fave soundtrack?
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Full of funny little songs and poems.
5. Grease – least fave ending?
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling’s pseudonym).
I didn’t dislike this book but I found I had to make myself get through it. I predicted who the murderer was and found the ending to be a little trite, with the villain acting as if he was in a Bond film and matter-of-factly explaining his actions and his reasons to the detective. I feel like she was trying to be the new Agatha Christie but brought nothing new to the whodunnit genre.
However, the BBC are adapting this series for TV and I’m hoping it will work better in that format. I always enjoy murder mysteries better on TV than I do as novels.
6. Matilda: The Musical – fave adaptation of a book?
The Sex and the City TV series and films, based on Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell.
I never liked the book much but LOVE the TV show and the two films. There’s obviously a lot wrong with them in terms of how they present women and all the first-world problems, but it was a hilarious show.
I’m yet to read or watch The Carrie Diaries so will try to get around to that soon.
7. Les Miserables – fave death in a book?
Ooh, what a morbid question!
There are plenty of deaths that made me very sad but this says ‘favourite death’ so I assume that’s a death I’m supposed to be happy about. In which case…
GO MRS WEASLEY! *POM POMS*