Heya book friends! I saw this tag over on The Orangutan Librarian‘s blog (check it out, it’s awesome!) and decided to tag myself since I liked the prompts. Obviously, nothing is truly perfect, so take my answers with a grain of salt. ^_~
The Perfect Genre
pick a book that perfectly represents its genre
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is pretty much the perfect cyberpunk novel.
The Perfect Setting
pick a book that takes place in a perfect place
This one was hard because I don’t think any of the books I have read take place in the perfect place…mostly because I don’t believe such a place exists. Every place will have its problems. However, I do really enjoy the inclusivity in Megan Derr’s Tales of the High Court series. Otherwise, any book that takes place in a library pretty much has my idea of a perfect setting.
The Perfect Main Character
pick the perfect main character
This prompt was even harder than the last one because no one is perfect, and if a character is actually written to be that way, I will most likely hate them because of how unrealistic they are. I believe the truly great characters must have flaws. So I looked at the prompt with that point of view in mind. Circe, in the eponymous Circe by Madeline Miller, is a smart, strong, lonely woman who doesn’t let her past or her family break her. And yeah she makes mistakes, but she learns and grows from them.
The Perfect Best Friend
loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever
Samwise Gamgee, of course!
The Perfect Love Interest
pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner
Perfect for me? Uh, well, no one actually. I am asexual, possibly straying into aromantic territory, and I am really happy being single and not having to deal with another person all up in my space or business all the time. So, while I enjoy reading about other people’s romances, I am perfectly happy not to have one of my own. Just the idea of it freaks me out more than a little.
If we are just talking in a kinda general way then I would have to say Samwise Gamgee again hahaha.
The Perfect Villain
pick a character with the most sinister mind
Surely this isn’t a spoiler at this point, but Light Yagami in Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata is one of my favorite evil geniuses.
The Perfect Family
pick a perfect bookish family
I really like the found family in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
The Perfect Animal or Pet
pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book
I am not a huge horse person, I mean, I like them fine, just don’t want one of my own, but I absolutely adore the horse in Green Rider by Kristen Britain.
Oh wait, I didn’t read the fine print of this prompt hahaha. Need to see is a little strong, but I always appreciate seeing dragons or unicorns on the cover of a book.
The Perfect Plot Twist
pick a book with the best plot twist
I accidentally spoiled myself on the plot twist in Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. About 20 pages or so from the end of the book no less. I am still mad at myself to this day, but my God what a twist!
The Perfect Trope
pick a trope that would make you buy the book without knowing anything else about it
Enemies to lovers. Or even better, lovers to enemies to lovers. The second one is rarely done well, but when it is, it is just *chef’s kiss*.
The Perfect Cover
pick that cover
that you would easily put in your own book
…I really dislike how this prompt is worded cuz it basically assumes I want to write my own book (I don’t) and implies that I would steal art for the cover. So, I am just gonna go with “pick that cover” and leave it at that.
You unfortunately don’t get the full impact of this book unless you see it in person, but it also has teal stained edges which enhance the teal on the cover. Super cool.
The Perfect Ending
pick a book that has the perfect ending
Oh man, 3 come to mind immediately, but if I can only pick one then probably Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane.
Thanks for reading! If you liked the tag and want to do one too, please consider yourself tagged!