Literary Heroine Blog Party – Via Kelly Falconer

The best part about blogging is making friends. That is why I am so excited about joining Kelly Falconer’s blog party this year (February 16th – 28th). This is a annual event that celebrates blogging friends and our favorite literary heroines.
To join, you simply answer the questions Kelly posted on her blog and add your link to the guest book on her blog. Not to mention that there is also a giveaway of one of Kelly’s fantastically magical tulle skirts!
 
~ The Questions ~
1. Introduce yourself! Divulge your life’s vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!

Hi. My name is Susanna. My life goal is follow Christ my Savior wherever He would lead me and announce His good news wherever I go. I love reading intimidating books and exploring the world from my kitchen. Also, I have a particular talent for burning soup.
 
2. What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? 

To me, the most important qualification for any hero or heroine is selflessness. Heroines are people who think more for others than they think for themselves. Out of this genuine care flows tiny acts of comfort and kindness and/or incredible bravery and sacrifice depending on the situation and need.
 

3. Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.

1. Josephine March – Little Women

Jo March is certainly not perfect. She is strong willed and overly emotional. But at the end of the day, she loves her sisters and would do ANYTHING to care for them. I relate to her a lot because I have three sisters. Sometimes we laugh at how similar we all are to the March girls. I am the writer, drama queen, and man of the house. My older sister is a sweet and practical woman of the home, just like Meg. My two younger sisters are almost creepily similar to caring relaxed Bess and dramatic artist Amy.

2. Antonia Shimerda – My Antonia

Antonia again is not perfect, but she cares deeply about all the people in her life. Despite a rough childhood and even more difficult adolescence, you’ll never find her complaining. Instead she just presses on, always doing the best she can, with a smile on her lips.

3. Sofya Semyonovna – Crime and Punishment

Sonya is the definition of sacrifice. She literally gives up everything she holds dear for those around her. And yet, despite the fact that she hits rock bottom and then continues falling hard, she stands strong by holding to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She never complains or becomes angry with life or God. Instead she shines forth the beauty of Christ to those around her by reminding them that God is not the God of prevention, He is the God of resurrection.

4. Ann Elliot – Persuasion

Ann is definitely my favorite Jane Austen heroine. Despite being quiet and introverted she is incredibly strong. While no one in her family quite appreciates her, they all depend on her constantly. She is faithful, sure, and caring. To me she was an example of a woman who was meek and quiet without being weak or timid. She has strong views and morals without being pushy or preachy. She lives out her philosophy by caring for every person and situation around her.

 

4. Five of your favorite historical novels?  

Only five? Oh please!

-War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
-Queen Margo by Alexander Dumas
-Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
-David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
-The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dhostovhesky

 

5. Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why? 

I’m just going to have to go with Andrei Bolkonsky from War and Peace. Tolstoy is a master of creating living breathing characters. Andrei is so respectable and yet so realistic, vulnerable, human. I still haven’t accepted the fact that he is a fictional character.

 
6. Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? 



I have so many favorite side characters it is ridiculous. I think my all time favorite must go to the duo Aunt Betsey Trotwood and Mr. Dick. They are so simple and lovable. And I must say, I don’t think a funnier pair has ever existed in all of literature.

7.  If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there? 

So glad you asked… I have dreamed of touring the British Isles for, hmmm about my whole life. And guess what? I am leaving in two weeks! I can’t wait to share all my adventures here on the blog. It is going to be fantastic if I manage to avoid fainting from pure joy and excitement.

I kind of dream of traveling a lot. If you want to see some other trips I’ve thought of, check out my blog posts on Istanbul and Mongolia (my next two big dreams). Oh and also 10 libraries I must visit before I die (because we all judge towns by their library, right?).

 
8. What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 

To me, reading is an adventure. It offers me the opportunity to explore the world and the people in it across the centuries and around the globe, all from the comfort of my bed. I love variety.
 
9. You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of? 

As already mentioned, my main talent is a peculiar ability to burn soup. However if I had to perform on stage, I’d probably recite Emily Dickinson. She is my alter ego you know.
 
10. If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 

Ooh! So many choices. For some reason I kind of like the idea of portraying Beatrix Potter. Then after dinner I might change to Jo March or Catherine Di Medici.
 

11. Favorite author(s)? 

Leo Tolstoy, Fydor Dhostovesky, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, A.A. Milne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Khaled Hossieni, Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo, to name a few.

 
12. In which century were most of the books you read written? 

19th century.
 
13. In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is… 

Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. He isn’t perfect, but the book covers his transformation from villain to perfect hero (all through the Grace of God).
 
14. In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is… 

Iago from the Shakespeare’s Othello. Man alive, I just could not stand the guy. He is the absolute opposite of selfless. He would do ANYTHING and hurt ANYONE to advance his social position and personal happiness.
 
15.  Describe your ideal dwelling place. 

I’ll start with a cutesy lil trailer that I can travel the world in. Then I’ll settle down for a year or two in a snazzy studio apartment in London or NYC. Next I’ll pick up a Ger (circular tent) and travel the steppes of Mongolia. When I get sick of Airag (Mongolian fermented horse milk) I’ll probably move to Nova Scotia and live inside a lighthouse to write longing stormy books by the seashore. When I am a confirmed old spinstress, I’ll settle down in a stone cottage conquered by vines and filled with nieces, nephews, and hedgehogs. Finally, when my best friend is a grandma and ready for a change, we will move into a dark castle somewhere in a forest in Europe to be hermits who knit, garden, and laugh uncontrollably.
 
16. Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. 

Fashion is basically playing dress-up for grown-ups.
 

17. Three favorite Non-fiction books? 

The World is Flat – Thomas Friedman
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
Me, Myself, and Bob – Phil Vischer

18. Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?

Long walk or stand up paddleboarding session followed by fixing myself a chai tea latte and diving into a good mystery novel.  

 
19. Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat – in such a way as will best portray your true character. 

My dream hat? Would probably be made of straw with overly dramatic broad rims. It may or may not be covered in compasses, mostly broken ones, and watches that tick tick tick out of sink. There will be wildflowers woven messily through the holes in the straw and a special secret compartment to hold pens, notepads, and beef jerky.
 
20. Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. 

Booking my ticket for Europe. I know this trip will incredibly impactful, I’m not sure how yet. I’m just praying that the Lord has His way.
 

21. Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.

I have recently been studying the book of Exodus and am really impressed with Exodus 3:14 which says “And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. And He said, Thus you shall say to the Children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.”

God’s name is I AM. This indicates that he is the self-existing ever-existing one. He is the reality of every positive thing in the universe and is whatever we need. I’ve heard before that this title is like a blank check for us. You need patience? You need Strength? HE IS. We are not. In every situation our solution is not to try and be better, do better, by ourselves. Rather it is to enjoy and be infused with the All-Inclusive Christ!

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

19 thoughts on “Literary Heroine Blog Party – Via Kelly Falconer”

  1. I love all your answers, this is great!! I'm especially interested in the inclusion of War and Peace…I've been meaning to read that book for FOREVER, but I'm afraid of getting all the characters mixed up. I think it'll be one of my summer goals this year…yes. I feel good about this. :p

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  2. This is awesome! Such good questions, and I loved hearing your answers. You've read so many great books…some of which I really want to read, but am rather intimidated by at present. :/

    I really like what you said about selflessness, and how that's what makes a true hero/heroine. I definitely agree.

    Anne Eliot is one of my favorite heroines, too. And also, I feel the same way about Othello. He's so horrible!

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  3. I worried that there would be too many characters to keep track of, but Tolstoy makes each character so living breathing realistic, that they are really impossible to confuse. If you need a lil extra help, a lot of editions come with family trees in the front and back. I found that once I got into the book a little ways, I didn't need the extra help though. It may be intimidating from the outside, but once you dive in War and Peace is actually quite an easy read (except for Tolstoy's occasional philosophical rambling, which can be skimmed if that is not your cup of tea).

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  4. Hello Suzanna! What a fun tag! I enjoyed this look into your favourite literary heroines a lot :). I probably have never commented on your lovely blog before, though I have been reading it for a little while now. Your blog is so sweet, and I love how we seem to share similar tastes in literature, faith, travel, family and interests – for one thing, I have burnt meals before as well ;)! I also have three sisters! That's so sweet that you do too – isn't it fun? Oh yes, we as girls always like to see how we relate to the March girls as well; I'm the second youngest, and I am mostly like Jo March I think – though I carry streaks of Beth and Amy as well :). My oldest sister is so like Meg, and well my two other sisters sort of swap around between Amy, Jo and Beth a lot ^_^.

    I love Anne Elliot from Persuasion as well :). She's such a lovely heroine from probably my favourite Austen novel :). Its a little sad that no adaption quite captured her character as I best love it in the book.

    I love how fond you are of some of the richer Russian literature; I haven't dug into them myself yet, but I have been very keen on starting to read Leo Tolstoy and Fydor Dhostovesky this year. A little while ago I watched the 2007 adaption of “War and Peace” and was deeply moved by the story! I really want to read the full, lengthy novel now. . . Andrei Bolkonsky was definitely my favourite aspect of the story, and his whole story-arc, his forgiveness at the end. . . ; I was in tears at his death! *sniff sniff*

    If I were to portray a heroine of literature in a party, I think I would either choose Margaret Hale from “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskall, Catherine Moreland from “Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Emma from “Emma” by Jane Austen, Jane from “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte, or Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings. by J.R.R. Tolkien 🙂

    You are going to be travelling to England?!! Oohh, how wonderful and exciting!! Last year, my family and I went on a three-week trip to England (London, Oxford and Cambridge) and it was so amazing and such a blessing. . . I have yet to share photos of our time there on my blog, but that's partly because there are so many photos, so many memories and delights. I hope you totally have a beautiful and blessed time in the UK :). Will you be sharing photos, and such on your blog? That will be a delight.

    Jean Valjean is truly one of the best heroes of literature. I agree =)
    (goodness but that was a looong comment – sorry about that!)
    Many blessings in Christ!
    Joy @ joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com

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  5. Hey Joy! So lovely to meet you. Thanks for your lovely comment and introduction. Sounds like we have a LOT of similar interests and literary preferences. Great minds think alike : )

    I will definitely be sharing my adventures as I embark on my first major touristy trip abroad. I wish I could bring all my blogging friends along, but I'll attempt to do the best I can with blog posts and pictures.

    (Also, I hope you do share about your adventures in London, Cambridge, and Oxford. I have always dreamed of Oxford, although I don't think I'll be able to make it there on my trip this year. I can't wait to start following your adventures on your blog. It is a delightful corner of the internet!)

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  6. So far The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite (though I've not finished it). The adventure is edge-of-your-seat-gripping and I love it! I I'd like to read Camille. Have you read that one? If so, is it any good?

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  7. Susanna,
    You may go ahead and faint. I have the feeling that is exactly how I would spend most of my dream vacation so I would certainly not think you strange. 🙂

    I very much like your ideal dwelling place(s)! Some girls plan their married lives—I plan what I will do when I'm an old spinster (well, not quite all the time :)) but it can be fun! Mind if I come for a visit at your castle? 🙂

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  8. Thanks for your lovely comment. I shall try to stay conscious enough to soak in the views and take pictures to share on the blog.

    Tell me about it! I have a very full spinsterhood planned for myself as well : ) And you are welcome to visit my castle. I'll set you up a study space in the library : )

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  9. Emily Dickinson might also be my alter ego. I went through a big kick where I read her all day long. Also, Othello is your most dastardly villain? That surprised me. It's been a LONG time since I read that play, but I don't even remember him as a villain. Wasn't he just manipulated by Iago?

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  10. Oh. My. Thanks for noting that. I totally mixed up Othello and Iago when writing the post. I'll have to fix that. Although, I still consider Othello to be a victim turned to villain. He made some dastardly mistakes that (no matter how manipulated he was) he has to take personal responsibility for.

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  11. The comment thing totally messed up on me (how did that Deanna Durbin picture get there anyway?? ;)) but I'm Eowyn from Captured by the Word! 🙂

    And thanks, a space in the library would be beyond lovely. 🙂

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  12. Hey Susanna! Greeting from another homeschool graduate and gap-year girl! It's funny, my literature professor just mentioned that Iago was the evilist villain out there. And I love that you mention Betsy Trotwood. Please tell me you like Maggie Smith playing Betsy Trotwood?!

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