The season of Halloween is among us and as such everyone is pulling out the relics of this spooktastic time and amping up their creep factor. Maybe that means decorating your house with spiders, ghouls, and witches….oh my! Or gearing up for the princesses and vampires sure to be flocking your neighborhood in search of candy. If you’re like me however the month of October can mean only one thing, scary movies! So in honor of that I thought I would take part in the Addams Family book tag, a Booktube favorite of mine honoring everyone’s favorite scary family.1. Morticia Addams- the mother and a witch. Who is your favorite book witch?
This new release is actually one I completed only last week (expect a review soon), and while I’m still unsure on where my final opinion lies one thing is for certain; Bea is a slightly less comical Morticia for our modern times. The tarot card reading best friend is a self proclaimed witch who is instrumental in unravelling the mystery behind the “accident season” this family experiences every year. She is not only an enthralling character addition to young adult that I’ve never seen written before, but an all around great literary human. The friendship she shares with Cara is enviable in the heart and emotion they experience together, and theirs is one marked by the absence of any ill wishes and other typical angst. Bea definitely brought the realism to magical realism, while also captivating me with her spellbinding magic.
2. Gomez Addams- a loving father. Who is your favorite fictional dad?
Fangirl is above all a story about people; their flaws and shortcomings, the strength we all possess, and more than anything how our personal relationships tear humans apart, only to build them up even stronger than before. While the sisterly bond Cath and Wren share is what sets Fangirl‘s events into motion, their doting father Arthur is the one character that really had me going “Awww….” throughout. It’s just so obvious how much he cares for his daughters and I couldn’t help but smile at his little quirks and eccentricities that while annoying to his kids, made him all the more three dimensional to me. In the world of young adult, where missing parent syndrome is a certifiable epidemic, it was refreshing to read such a strong connection between a parent and child. A great book (duh!) with an amazing cast of stand out characters not soon to be forgotten.
3. Uncle Fester Addams- can generate electricity. What book makes you light up so much that you can’t stop talking about it?
Right now my favorite read of 2015, and one I can not shut up about! I swear I’ve likely stimulated enough buzz about this book to power an entire neighborhood with electricity. I recently did a book talk on it with my peers as no book I’ve read in the past few months has gave me quite the same warm, fuzzy feeling inside. From the characters, to the writing, to the innovative plot there’s just so much to love that I could write an entire post about it (oh wait I did…Wolf By Wolf Review), but even then I didn’t do it justice. I see this author’s coming book’s catching on like wild fire so get ahead of the curve and just read it with her extremely new second release. I could go in to a lot more detail but what makes Wolf By Wolf so special but I’ll just leave it at that.
4. Wednesday Addams- a girl obsessed with death. If you could kill off a character in any book who would it have been?
I get what Aveyard was going for, a sassy, yet secretly vulnerable character in the vain of Katniss Everdeen. It worked for Suzanne Collins, right? So why not give it a go she thought. The thing was though, much like the entire book itself, Red Queen was trying so hard to use tried and true methods that had worked previously for best selling young adult dystopian authors that Aveyard lost sight of the character she was writing. As such I was trapped in the annoying head of a whiny teenage soap star for four hundred pages, with little development and few redeeming qualities. She was just so dumb! It wasn’t even like that was such a major deal breaker but every other supporting character was written to feel threatened by her wits and it just left me scratching my head like “What am I missing?” Definitely a character who let me down in a big way! If you’re ever looking for a hard core book rant check out my review; Red Queen Review.
5. Pugsley Addams- has a vicious nature and plays nasty pranks on everyone. Who is your favorite villain?
As a child raised on Hallmark channel specials I feel like what this question really boils down to is who is the Nellie Olson of YA lit? Frenemies, colorful villains, and sassy arch rivals are all common, and equally adored themes in young adult, but ultimately I chose the Driver in More Than This. An unknown black cladden figure who has no apparent purpose in the book, I hate the situations he puts our characters in, I hate the world he works for, I hate HIM, but he just adds bunches to the story. So many of the details that made the world seem realistic and come alive for me pertained to him and circumstances he threw our character into that I cannot imagine the book without his ever elusive figure. I swear every time he was involved I could not turn the pages fast enough. Some people might hate that we know literally nothing about him by the end of it but I thought that was the point of the book and I loved it for it. You’ll find your jaw dropping every couple chapters from a twist you never saw coming.
6. Lurch- a ragtag creation of Frankenstein and a zombie. What is your favorite adaptation of a story?
In 2015 fairy tale retellings, were THE story every publisher wanted to get their hands on. Of course though the only adaptation I’ve ever read was the one that spawned them all; Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Contrary to popular opinion though I wasn’t head over heels in love with it though, and as such it didn’t seem fitting to include it in this tag for the heck of it. As such I chose a remastering of Beauty and the Beast I cannot wait to get my hands on; Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I’ve read the first three chapters already and let me say I loved them; the atmosphere was rich, the heroine strong, and our love interest saucy. Even better, some of my most trusted Goodreads reviewers have expressed their undying love to this book and any others this author writes so fingers crossed I get lucky with this winner.
7. Grandmama- an old classic witch. What is your favorite classic novel?
I don’t always have the greatest appreciation for literary works considered classics. Sometimes I feel they’ve lost their relevance in modern society, are waterlogged with metaphors and analogies, or sometimes just plain dull. In an effort to read more frequently challenged books though I picked up The Chocolate War, and boy did I fall in love. Despite being written in the 1970’s it’s a seamless tale that will always hold a place in language arts class rooms. Not only is it very engaging, but while the initial premise may seem simplistic at first upon further assessment the story contained is one full of thought provoking ideas that forces readers to interpret between the lines and really get down to the grit of the story at hand. So, much like the timeless comedy of Grandmama, I will forever and always consider The Chocolate War an underappreciated classic that must be read.
So there you have it, the Addams Family Book Tag. Let me know in the comments what books you would have selected for this honor.