It’ll soon be April and that means it’ll soon be time for the A-Z in April Blogging Challenge! The challenge is to post on your blog every day in April bar Sundays. Once you forget about the Sundays, that gives you 26 days in April which matches with the 26 letters of the alphabet. So on the 1st April you write about something beginning with the letter A, on the 2nd something beginning with the letter B and so on and so forth.
After feeling like the challenge became a bit of an effort (and not in a fun way) for me last year, I was unsure whether or not I’d take part again this year. But after thinking about it, I’ve thought of a theme I know I’ll enjoy writing about and the A to Z in April Challenge is like a tradition on my blog now and it’d feel weird not doing it.
This year all my posts in the challenge will be about my favourite characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Each day will be about a character whose name (first or last) starts with the corresponding letter. I’ve figured out which character is going to be with which letter, though I will say in the case of a couple of them, they’re not necessarily my favourite but their names fit with what I needed. That being said, they will all be characters I like to varying degrees.
For a previous A to Z in April Challenge I blogged about my favourite characters in general and mentioned a few MCU characters there. I’m going to try and avoid mentioning them again this year so it’ll be something completely new.
I’ll still be posting my usual book and film reviews in April they’ll just be a lot of MCU characters making an appearance too. Do you think your favourites will be featured next month?
If you want to find out more about the A to Z in April Challenge visit the website (there’s still time to sign up!) and you can see what I’ve written about for the challenge on previous years here.
I always say X-Men was my gateway to everything superhero. I watched the 90’s cartoon (the video below is of the iconic theme song) and then the X-Men: Evolution cartoon was on TV on a Saturday morning (forget about X-Men: Apocalypse, if you want to see the Apocalypse story-line, watch X-Men: Evolution, that show did it amazingly) and then of course are the films.
Now the films are a huge rolled up mess of continuity if you think about it too hard. The best way to not give yourself a headache in my opinion is think of it as; the original trilogy (X-Men, X2 and The Last Stand), the First Class trilogy (X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse) and then the various Wolverine movies are their own little trilogy. It still doesn’t really make sense as the characters in X-Men: Apocalypse are twenty years older than they were in First Class but the actors all look exactly the same, and Wolverine keeps popping up everywhere so his backstory is a huge mess if you want a straight timeline – but that’s the X-Men movies for you!
My favourite X-Men films are X-Men, X2 and Logan. I adore the attack on the school scene in X2, it shows off so many different characters’ powers and you get to see some of Wolverine’s berserker rage that you don’t really get to see that much – until Logan that is when there’s no holding back.
I’ve tried reading the X-Men comics but there’s so many timelines and so much history that I’ve found it pretty difficult so far. I’ve read and loved Old Man Logan and I read the iconic Days of Future Past story before the film came out so I think self-contained stories are the way forward for me and X-Men comics.
Still, I love everything to do with X-Men – weird, convoluted timelines and all.
Now it’s time for a bit of nostalgia – Kim Possible was not only one of my favourite cartoons when I was in my early teens but I’m also pretty sure for a while I wanted to be just like Kim herself.
Kim Possible is a really fun show, I loved the humour and all the characters – I especially liked Shego and the kind of mutual respect she and Kim had for each other. Oh, and the puns! Love a good pun so Kim Possible being a pun of the word “impossible” and Ron Stoppable being a pun on “unstoppable” were right up my street.
Kim was just so cool. She was a spy, she had cool gadgets, she was funny and popular but never mean about it – she was definitely the sort of character I aspired to be like when I was a teenager. I also really wanted Kim and Ron to get together! They were probably one of my first ship’s and I loved them as both best friends and when they finally ended up as a couple.
I feel like Kim Possible, along with Totally Spies, is what started my love of spies and superheroes, because Kim was kind of a superhero. She had a secret double life, tech support in the form of Wade, and a sidekick in Ron. Kim Possible was one of those shows I’d watch when I was channel hopping, even when I’d “grown out of it” because that’s the thing, the quick dialogue and humour was something that could appeal to all ages.
Who can forget the theme song?! I always used to sing along and I wanted my own phone to make that beeping noise when I got a text – I’m sure you can download it from somewhere but I’ve never got around to it.
Henrik Hanssen is the best. He’s the CEO of a NHS Hospital so not only does he have to oversee the running of the place, making sure each department has enough funding, that the patients are safe and cared for but also make sure all the staff working there are OK and coping with the various stresses they encounter.
Hanssen is great because he comes across like an all-seeing powerful guy but he has his own demons (he canonically suffers from depression and has OCD tendencies) and he still makes time for his staff. He’s not really the sort of guy that has friends but he earns peoples respect and with his matter of fact manner he can talk to anyone. He manages to get people to talk when they’re bottling up their feelings and he’s been cried on more than once – he does look rather awkward when that happens.
Hanssen has been called a “Scandinavian Stick Insect” because of his appearance and the way he often looms behind people when they don’t realise it. He’s also incredibly sassy and witty and often leaves people speechless because they’re never really sure how to take him. Some of his best lines have been immortalised in gif form here.
Hanssen is (on of) my favourite characters in Holby City because he always tries his best for his staff and patients, he even takes a hands-on role in surgery when needed, and he can read people very well. His one-liners crack me up and even when he’s in just one scene in an hour episode it’s always a lot of fun.
Emma Garland is wonderful. She’s a very modern woman for someone living in 1940’s London during the Blitz. She’s the assistant manager in a posh London hotel so she has a lot of responsibilities and difficult decisions to make but she does so with confidence and a level-head.
Emma is caring and kind and while she’s always quick to believe the best in people she isn’t gullible. She listens to people and her friendship with singer Betsy is wonderful and Emma never judges her promiscuity. Emma is a very open and tolerant character, especially compared to how you normally see characters in the 1940’s behave. She treats everyone fairly and is a great manager of both staff and guests at the hotel.
I love her relationship with her father who is the hotel’s manager. There’s a moment when she undermines him in order to do the right thing and he says how as her boss he’s disappointed but as her father he’s impressed. I loved that moment because they both wanted the same thing but their hands were tied and it was Emma who thought outside the box to get the results she and her father wanted.
Emma Garland is a strong, independent woman who is loving and very much loved. She’s a brilliant character and always made logical choices and was very relatable. What a pity the show she starred in, The Halcyon, has been cancelled after just one series – I would’ve loved to see what she went on to do.
James Delaney is my new favourite character and I’ve not been this enamoured with a character for a long time. James Delaney is from the TV show Taboo and it centres around Delaney and this piece of land in America which he inherits and those who want to get that land off of him – the British monarchy, the East India Company, and the Americans.
James Delaney is so great because he’s like a puppet master, pulling everyone’s strings and finding a use for everyone he encounters. He’s also a master tactician, it’s like his world is a game of chess and he can predict and counter everyone’s moves before they make them.
James Delaney is not a nice person. He scares and unsettles people because he seems to know magic and once lived with “savages”. He doesn’t really judge anyone and any and all information he gleans he will remember and use when the time is right. He’s rude and blunt and will throw people aside and not care for anyone’s feelings, but if you’re loyal to him, he’ll be loyal to you. He does respect, and even trust, a few people. One of those is Lorna Bow, his father’s widow. She’s one of the few people who’s not afraid of him and trusts him with her life.
The fact that Delaney only trusts and likes a few people makes him even more fascinating to me. He uses people and those that do get under his skin, he does his best to protect. James Delaney is just so cool, he often appears calm and collected but he has a simmering rage that can boil over any moment in a gruesome act of violence. Like I said, he’s not a nice person, but he’s so clever and cunning and there’s just something I find captivating about him. I can’t wait to see what James Delaney gets up to in series two of Taboo.
Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week it’s a bit different and it is time to showcase some of your favourite posts you’ve ever done. It could be a review, a photo on Instagram, a discussion post, anything! So without further ado, here are my top 5 favourite posts that have graced this blog.
Ten Songs I Wish Were Books
This post was for Top Ten Tuesday and I like it so much because I got to share my eclectic taste in music. Plus, I love imagining plot lines while listening to music so it was like my two favourite things at once.
My Wrap Up post for the London Bookshop Crawl
On a Saturday in February I spent the day in London meeting a lot of lovely bookish people and we travelled around the city going to different bookshops. I really enjoyed writing my post about that day, sharing what happened and what books I ended up buying. It definitely is my favourite book-related posts.
My post all about Aaron Livesy in the A-Z in April Challenge
I took part in the A-Z in April Challenge this year and this time it was all about my favourite characters. My favourite post from that month of blogging was the one all about Aaron Livesy, a character from a British soap opera. He is honestly one of my favourite characters ever so it was great to spend a whole post talking about him and sharing why I though he was so great.
My post on Why Hogwarts Houses Are Important to People
While I’m still not sure I managed to make myself clear about what I meant in all of the post, I did enjoy writing it. A lot of people identify with various Hogwarts House and nowadays it’s used as a shorthand to say what sort of person they are so when quizzes like Pottermore put you in a different House to the one you’re used to, it can be a shock and make you question how you see your personality.
The Bookish Unpopular Opinions Tag
I don’t often do tag posts, usually because I forget to do them, but this one I knew I had to do. Obviously unpopular opinions can be controversial but no one seemed to get angry about mine which was nice and it was great to have an outlet to say “actually I don’t agree with the majority of the bookish community on that one”
It’s been nice looking back through my blog and seeing what posts I really do like and want to shout about. What are some your favourite posts?