The Ideal Inspiration Tag~ In Which We See That Most Of My Favorite Characters Are In Desperate Need Of Hugs

Hello, everyone!

About five hundred years ago (or maybe it was just last year) I was tagged by the lovely mphtheatregirl to do The Ideal Inspiration Tag. Essentially, I have no blogging inspiration whatsoever at the moment and this tag is saving me from crashing dramatically into a wall (I’ve hit a hundred times before).

Not sure why that suddenly turned into “Drown” lyrics, but we’re leaving it in because we all need more Tyler Joseph songs in our lives, am I right folks?

…But anyway, back to what this post is actually about. Ah, yes…

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who tagged you: Thanks to mphtheatregirl @ Meg’s Magical Musings!
  2. Answer the questions (I shall do my best…or something like that.)
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them five new questions (Uh…that’s not very likely to happen, but we’ll see. I might just be inspired. I apologize for the pun.)
  4. Notify the nominees through their their blog by visiting and commenting on their tag
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Idea” logo (Um, not sure what the logo is nor am I feeling up to searching for it.)
  6. Provide the link of the Award creator of the Inspiration award as Rising Star from:

And now, on to the questions!

What is an unpopular standalone or series you think deserves more attention?


Some of you may have a pretty good idea of what I am going to answer.

They are not unpopular so much as they are unknown, but as always I have to say The Sherwood Ring and The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. (They are both standalones, just be be clear- the only connection between them is the author.)

These books. Why does no one know about them?? Everyone I know of who has actually read them loves them. They are clever and charming and full of wit. The characters are spunky and memorable.

The Sherwood Ring includes British spies, secret codes, poison, and baked beans. The Perilous Gard includes magic, kidnapping, ballads, and human sacrifice. Really now, what’s not to love?

If you could live in one of the fantasy worlds, what would it be?

I would be perfectly happy with a little house in the countryside of Narnia, with plenty of kinds of toast at my disposal. I could be friends with a talking badger and everything would be lovely.

Then again, I wouldn’t say no to a hobbit hole either.

If a minor character ends up as the main character of a book, who would you choose?

Hm, that is a tough one. But you know what would be really wonderful would be a book in which Tommy Traddles (from David Copperfield by Charles Dickens) was the main character. He is such a wonderful person I am sure that a book about him would make me very happy.

Actually, let’s be honest here, you could take many a minor Dickens character and make them the main character and it would be quite agreeable. We all know we want to read a book about Mr. Pancks or Mr. F’s Aunt or Charley Bates or Herbert Pocket or Mr. Crummles or Jenny Wren or the Aged Parent…well, maybe not so much the Aged Parent, but you get the idea.

If you could combine different literary characters into a book, who would you choose?

  • Emma, Norman, Ray, Phil, Zazie, Barbara, Cislo, Vincent +like 50 more kids (The Promised Neverland)
  • Marcus (When You Reach Me)
  • Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Beaver (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)
  • King Frank and Queen Helen (The Magician’s Nephew)
  • Arthur and Amy Clennam (Little Dorrit)

So basically my vision here is this: I would put my traumatized kids into a story with solid, upstanding and warmhearted adults who would take care of them and love them and make sure that they get decent meals and give them wise counsel and much needed therapy- not to mention hugs- and you may not think this sounds like a good book but it sounds like an excellent one to me.

Also can you just picture Mr. and Mrs. Beaver living next door to Mr. and Mrs. Weasley and being good friends? Because I can. I think that all these awesome adults would be living in a countryside somewhere, being wonderful neighbors, and all these kids would randomly keep showing up and different adults would take them in and try to figure out what to do with them.

Mostly the conclusion would be hugs. So many hugs.

What character would you love to spend time with?

The idea of actually hanging out socially with a favorite character is somewhat terrifying and not really appealing to me. However…

I guess I would like to spend time with Sunny Baudelaire because she could make me delicious food. That would be nice.


I haven’t got the brainpower to ask questions of my own or tag people, but if you want to answer any of the questions from the post in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Thanks again to mphtheatergirl for tagging me!

What is a book that you think deserves more attention? Which fictional character would you like to meet? Which characters would you throw together into a book?Would you read a book in which Mr. F’s Aunt was the main character? I would love to hear your answers!

18 thoughts on “The Ideal Inspiration Tag~ In Which We See That Most Of My Favorite Characters Are In Desperate Need Of Hugs

  1. Loved this tag! I am part of multiple fictional worlds including movies, books, classics, and musicals that I love. I really would want to meet Meggie from the Inkheart! ❤️s
    -Camille 🌻💛

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  2. Okay so I only a few weeks ago watched Little Dorrit
    and now my friend is watching it and all I want to do is burn all my school and become a full time Charles Dickens junkie in my basement. Please. XD
    I’ve also been looking everywhere for the book?? And like no one publishes it much any more? Or at least even a decent copy?
    I’m going to end up getting the Penguin Classics copy, which is a bit disappointing since I’m a bit of a Barnes and Noble Classics snob but *sniffs*
    At this point I just really really want to read it and don’t care as long as it looks nice if it doesn’t match my other classics XD
    But yes, none of the bookstores I’ve been to have it.
    What a tragedy.
    But yes, rant over.

    That to say, good post. I enjoyed reading it lol

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    1. Little Dorrit is a good one! I ended up snagging a copy from a library book sale- it is an old hardcover and it looks cool, though it’s a bit shabby and worn and the covers are threatening to come off. Old books are great except sometimes it’s a little bit terrifying to actually handle them because you don’t want them to fall apart in your hands (okay it’s not THAT fragile, but still).
      Thank you so much!


  3. Recommending The Perilous Gard to people (especially the people I think would love it) is kind of…hard. I try not to mention the human sacrifice. Because it’s a thing, but it’s not like you think. I promise.

    “any Dickens minor character” is such a great answer for that. Also, I kind of think a book about the Aged Parent would be cool! Or at least Wemmick. Maybe not a super long book? But imagine reading a story from the Aged Parent’s perspective. It would be quite an experience. (And CHARLEY BATES. That too is a story I want.)
    (I just really like it in general when the side-character types get to be main characters. I often write that way, actually. I think of stories and then my writing brain fastens on what seems like a side character in the conflict and is all like “and it shall be from your POV! and you shall be the MC!” Unfortunately they do not tend to be as delightfully quirky as Dickensian side characters, but oh well. I’m not Dickens. It’s a pity, but it can’t be helped.)

    I love your kind-adults-taking-care-of-kids-who-need-it answer. I support that book 100% and will probably be sending some fictional kids the Beavers’ way soon.

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    1. Indeed, The Perilous Gard is kind of difficult to describe in a way that really gives an idea of what the book is like.
      You know what, you’re right, the Aged Parent could have an interesting story. I mean, he’s a Dickens character after all. I think that the one I want the most is the Charley Bates book. I have always loved Charley Bates for some reason and I think he deserves more attention.
      I love the idea of writing from side-characters’ perspectives! I tend to create main characters that are side-character material as well. They are not Dickens worthy, but then again I am not Dickens either. Alas. We can be not-Dickens together and bemoan the fact.
      Thank you, I am glad that you support my book idea! I definitely recommend sending fictional kids to Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner.

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  4. If anyone says they would not like to live in a hobbit hole, they are MISTAKEN.

    (…or simply tall or claustrophobic, I suppose.)

    And I have never considered putting the Weasleys and the Beavers together, but since your crossover book is for the sole purpose of giving sad children hugs (VERY VALID, THEY NEED MORE HUGS), they are perfect and I think will get along well. Am I able to send sad fictional children in the direction of this book for a prescription of hugs, Professor??

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    1. Indeed! Hobbit holes are the perfect home.
      I know, now that I have thought of putting the Weasleys and the Beavers together I would really like to see it happen. AND YES. PLEASE send all the sad fictional children to these wholesome people POST HASTE. The more the better. This book is open for as many troubled additions as are in need of it.


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