Hi! I came up with this idea for a book tag because I love Queen and wanted to combine this with my love of books. I believe there’s been a Freddie Mercury book tag but as far as I know, there’s no Bohemian Rhapsody book tag so I’ve made one!
I’ll tag people at the end but everyone please feel free to do it if you want to 🙂 and it’d be lovely if you could link back here in your post!
1. Mama, just killed a man – A fictional character’s death that really upset you?
Manchee’s death in The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and Snape’s death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
2. Carry on, carry on – Pick a book that was hard to keep reading but was worth it in the end?
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. The first 100 pages were so slow but I forced myself to keep reading because it was JKR’s first published novel since Harry Potter. I’m so glad I finished it in the end because it was so beautiful and sad.
3. Sends shivers down my spine – pick a book with a beautiful spine/cover?
Omg it’s so pretty.
4. Goodbye everybody, I’ve got to go – A book that you couldn’t finish?
I’ve tried, thousands of times, to read Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist but I just can’t do it. The writing is longwinded and nothing pushes me to keep reading. I don’t get it because I’ve loved all the film versions I’ve seen. I think Dickens’ writing style is just not for me. (Except A Christmas Carol. I love that one.)
5. Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening – which book did you find very, very frightening?
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Just anything by Susan Hill. She is one scary writer.
6. Bismillah, no! We will not let you go – which book/series do you wish there had been more of?
Obviously Harry Potter, although we are getting an eighth story and some prequels this year so I won’t count that as my answer.
I wish there had been another Alice in Wonderland book. Through the Looking-Glass was just as good as Wonderland and I think Carroll could have written an amazing trilogy.
7. Mamma mia, mamma mia – which book/series should be made into a musical?
This question was so much harder than I expected because every time I thought of an answer, I’d Google it and it’d turn out they’d already made a musical! Eventually I settled on One Day by David Nicholls. It’d be believable as a musical because it’s a love story, but enough happens and the characters are snarky enough that it wouldn’t just be any old romantic musical. I feel it’d be like the London version of If/Then.
8. The head banging bit – Which book made you face-palm?
Any book that is rewritten from one of the characters’ points of view makes me face-palm. I hate when chapters in books do this – because I’ve heard the story before, so why would I care what another character thought of it? – so there’s no way I’d ever pick up an entire book that did this. A few offenders are:
Grey by E. L. James, Another Day by David Levithan and Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer (that last one is slightly different because it’s new, gender-swapped characters, but it’s the same principle and story so it’s a stupid idea).
9. Oh baby, can’t do this to me, baby – pick a moment from a book where you felt like the author was being mean to you?
There were some books I read when I was younger, a series called Fear Street by R. L. Stine (writer of Goosebumps). I really enjoyed them but they had some annoying cliffhangers at the end of chapters. It would be something like: ‘All of a sudden X character screamed…’ then the chapter would end and the next chapter would start ‘because she had fallen off of the bed’ or something like that. Bit of a mean trick and a cop-out, I felt.
10. Nothing really matters to me – which character/s did you not care about?
Connie in Us by David Nicholls. She was so unlikeable and I really didn’t agree that the main character should get back together with her. If she had been more likeable I might actually have enjoyed the book.
And here’s some Freddie to brighten up your day!