top 5 wednesday | october 11

I’m baaaaack. Mwaaaahahahaha.

^ My attempts at being creepy. Obvi.

It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is run by Sam at thoughtsontomes. Check out the Goodreads group if you’re interested in learning more or joining in on the fun!

Today’s prompt: Creepy Settings

You know, when I first started brainstorming for this post, I was having a hard time. Eventually I realized why: when I’m reading, I don’t tend to get too scared. Even if I’m totally loving a book and super engaged in it, some small part of my brain always knows that I’m safe at home, cuddled up in bed (usually), with no danger in sight. So, when characters get into creepy situations, I never get all that scared.

But, once I started thinking about it, I realized I’ve read TONS of books with settings that are creepy, scary, and all-over totally unpleasant. NOT places I’d ever willingly go. So in the end, this list wasn’t terribly difficult.

Read on for my Top 5 Creepy Settings!

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top 5 wednesday | september 20

I’m back again for another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is run by Sam at thoughtsontomes. Check out the Goodreads group if you’re interested in learning more or joining in on the fun!

Today’s prompt: Favorite Fancasts

Fancasts can be tricky things. Oftentimes, I find myself neither satisfied by fancasts nor pleased about actual castings. This is possibly became I don’t tend to picture detailed characters when I read. They’re more like blurry, faceless people. (I know, I’m weird.) Blurry, faceless people are rather hard to come by when looking for actors for TV and film.

That said, there are a few fancasts that either I’ve thought of myself or I’ve seen around the interwebs that do totally work for me. Read on for some of my favorites!

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Richard Harmon as Sevro

from the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

Richard Harmon seems like such a perfect Sevro to me, other than his hair color–but dying hair isn’t so hard a change, right? He can pull off weird, threatening, sassy, and fierce so well. Plus, he’s slighter and shorter–both necessary characteristics for Sevro. Kinda scary, kinda awesome. He’d be so great playing a gritty, emotional character like Sevro.

Reece King as Ronan

from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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This guy has basically BECOME Ronan on Tumblr. I’m not sure if Reece is even an actor or just a model, but so many fans–me included!–think he has just the perfect vibe for Ronan. He looks dangerous, bored, snarky, and arrogant. Now, Ronan is supposed to be pale and Irish…but sometimes the fit of a character and actor goes deeper than skin color.

Plus, he knows fans like him as Ronan…and seems generally positive about the idea.

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Neelam Gill as Inej

from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Another Tumblr favorite! Again, any fancast or ~aesthetic post on Tumblr for Six of Crows of Crooked Kingdom has Neelam Gill as Inej, and I love it so much. She has a fantastic presence–a confident yet demure way about her. Plus, she’s small, and (I believe) the right ethnicity look for Inej. She’s another model, but boy is she a great fit in my mind.

Luke Pasqualino as Kaladin

from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

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*drools*

Okay, okay. This is a fancast that I found on the publisher’s website, created by Sanderon’s beta and gamma readers. Sanderson described the Alethi as a mix of Asian, Arab, Polynesian, and possibly more–a race not easily definable to us. Luke Pasqualino was listed as their honorable mention, but I think he fits the part so well. He can play conflicted so well, though he might have to bulk up a bit for the role! Plus, he’s just beautiful, and I wouldn’t mind watching him onscreen for the adaptation of 5/10 books. Just saying…

Honorable mention (also stolen from the Tor post linked above): Evanna Lynch as Syl, Kaladin’s wind spren sidekick. HOW PERFECT would that be?! I think I may have actually read Syl’s dialogue in her voice without realizing.

Hunter Parrish as Nikolai Lantsov

from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

So this is one I came up with myself?! Still not entirely sure how I feel about it, BUT. I just love Hunter Parrish. I first saw him in Weeds, in which he plays a cocky, sexy, intelligent character. As Nikolai is so similar, it occurred to me that Hunter Parrish would be an excellent fit! Plus, he has a classically beautiful face (in my opinion, anyway), which looks quite princely. I would love to see him as Nikolai if these books ever become movies (which, by the way, WHY hasn’t that happened yet?!).

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There you have it! My top 5 fancasts. What are some of your favorite fancasts? Comment down below!

Until next time,
Brianne

top 5 wednesday | september 6

I’m back again for another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is run by Sam at thoughtsontomes. Check out the Goodreads group if you’re interested in learning more or joining in on the fun!

Today’s prompt: Classes Based on Books or Characters

So this prompt is asking what five classes you would take based on a character’s skills or the events that happen in a book.

I had a lot of fun with this! I’m all done with school for the moment, but if I ever go back, I think this would be my dream semester. Partly because I’d get to learn and interact with some of my favorite literary characters, and also partly because I would genuinely like to learn more about these skills and subject areas. Maybe I’m a nerd, but I always love learning. (Which is why I have a feeling I’ll end up back at school someday in the future…)

Read on for my top five classes!

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from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Oh, how I’d love to be a great cake decorator! This is an area I am severely lacking in talent. I can “oooh” and “ahhh” over cakes all day long, but whenever I try my hand at it, I always end up disappointed! Peeta would make a great, patient teacher, and could hopefully help someone as challenged as me.

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from the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, I’ll be honest: Half the reason I’d take this class is because HELLO! Who wouldn’t want a charming privateer like Sturmhond to be their teacher?! He’d be the hot young teacher all the girls drool over. I’d be there for it. Also, I am interested in learning more about sailing, so, y’know, maybe I’d pick up a tip or two.

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from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

Elend goes through quite a transformation throughout this series. I won’t say too much because Spoilers, but he goes from a bookish nerd to a confident young man. I’m sure he’d have some great tips about public speaking and presentation. I’ve always been on the shy side, and though I’ve gotten better about it over the years, I could always use more tips and tricks!

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from the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

Note how this would be a beginner’s class in tightroping! Because I have a total amount of ZERO experience. How cool would this be, though?! Inej would be a lovely, encouraging teacher–although I’m pretty certain I’d be destined to fail, as a tall, uncoordinated person myself. Nonetheless, tightroping would be such an awesome skill, and I’d just bask in Inej’s greatness all the class long.

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from the Monsters of Verity series by Victoria Schwab

Here’s the thing: as a violin master, August would be such an excellent private lessons teacher! Except, I play the viola and not the violin! I played in various orchestras throughout my school years, but lately I haven’t played as much. I’d certainly take up lessons again with August, and though the violin is definitely different than the viola, maybe some of his greatness would rub off on me anyway.

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There you have it! My top 5 classes. What classes would you like to take based on books and characters? Comment down below!

Until next time,
Brianne