Friday, 28 November 2014

Friday Memes and Shakespeare

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt's time for some meme fun. I personally couldn't be happier the weekend has finally come around because serious work needs to be done without the interruptions of daily life. But to be honest, I can't complain because university is amazing! Enough of the bla bla and more of the meme fun!

Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question was suggested by Eternity Through Pages (which is a great blog name):

Describe your favourite book character death scene. Why is it your favourite? Was it a villain or a hero? What made it so good?

What kind of an impossibly good question is this? Death scenes are usually both my least and my favourite part of a book because you never really want a character to die but they are great moments for authors to show off their writing skills! So I'm in two minds about the whole death-thing. It's quite hard to answer this question without spoiling a book since death is usually a pretty big plot twist. So I'm going to stick with the classic and well-known examples!

The last Harry Potter book was just one big sob-fest, let's face it. Starting with Hedwig, continuing with Mad Eye Moody and Dobby and eventually ending up with the emotional disaster that is the Battle of Hogwarts, there is practically no way you can make it through this book without tears. J.K. Rowling writes amazing characters and therefore it is always sad to see one of them go, and because the final book was going to be a goodbye of some sorts you're already anticipating the pain. The deaths are then just a shock that makes you break down and cry, at times hysterically.

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This week's question was suggested by Elizabeth over at Silver's Reviews:

Do you visit the same blogs each week or do you branch out and try to find new blogs?

I do like visiting the same blogs each week because by now I feel like I "know" you guys and I genuinely wonder what you're reading and what your answer is to the questions etc. However, I do try to branch out because it's fun to find new blogs and to explore a bit!

I am currently prepping to write an essay on two Shakespeare films, Ran and Throne of Blood which are Japanese adaptations of King Lear and Macbeth by director Akira Kurosawa. The films are absolutely stunning and I definitely recommend them if you've got two or three hours free! This Tuesday I shared parts of King Lear and today it's Macbeth's turn. Book Beginnings and Friday 56 are hosted by Gilion over at Rose City Reader and Freda at Freda's Voice respectively.

'Act I, SCENE I. A desert place.
Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches.
First WitchWhen shall we three meet againIn thunder, lightning, or in rain? 
Second WitchWhen the hurlyburly's done,When the battle's lost and won. 
Third WitchThat will be ere the set of sun.'
Come on, you can't get more epic than this beginning! I can't help reading it and picture how I would film it if I were to make one. 

'Lady Macbeth:What, quite unmann'd in folly? 
Macbeth:If I stand here, I saw him.'
This moment comes straight after Banqo's ghost appears to Macbeth and I just love Lady Macbeth's response to him. And it's also interesting how this is mirrored in Throne of Blood, but that is for me and my essay to figure out.

So, those were my memes and the text I'm reading! What is your favourite death and do you tend to revisit the same blogs each week?


  1. I love MacBeth! Rather, I love Shakespeare!
    I added you to the Linky!
    Happy weekend!

  2. I don't think I've ever actually read a play by Shakespeare. Somehow, I never had to in any English class I ever took. I am familiar with that opening though. Happy reading!

  3. I remember loving MacBeth..."Out out, damn spot!" LOL

    Funny the lines we recall many years later. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of those days.

    Here's mine: “CANCEL THE WEDDING”

  4. I totally agree! The Harry Potter series was just miserable.

    Here's my F&F!

  5. hi Juli!

    long time! I always enjoy coming back to your page. =) I think my favorite death scene would come from Harry Potter as well. So much emotion.
    I'm on a new blog site now but stop by for my 56! I hope you are doing well.

    xx lenna (Aspen)

  6. I was so sad with Hedwig's death!! That last book was killer to read :(

    Here's my F&F

  7. Dobbys death really struck a cord with me :'(
    Old follower
    Monique @ Mo_Books

  8. I have not yet read MacBeth, I really should.

    I try to visit a new blog or two each week, usually by looking at who else comments on the blogs I visit.

    Happy reading!

  9. I LOVE to visit the blogs I visit every week because like you, I feel as if we are friends. Totally agree.

    I also love to find new blogs so I can what others think and how their blogs are set up.

    ENJOY your weekend, and Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  10. Yeah that last Harry Potter book was just killing people and beloved ones (Hedwig! Dobby!!) left and right!! OMG that one was such a tear fest!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  11. Know exactly what you mean — the last Harry Potter was so incredible, yet so heartbreaking! I don't think anyone has ever made it through that book without crying!

    Following you via GFC!
    My FF:

  12. Hello! I love your blog and your reviews! I have nominated you for The Christmas Carol Book Tag. Here is my post, have a look, I would love it if you took part!

    1. Heey Georgia, thank you so much for nominating me but I don't tend to go along with Tags etc. because I can't find the time to honour the nominations the way they deserve to be. Thanks for thinking of me though!