The Extraordinary Means Tag

So, when her book Extraordinary Means came out in 2015 (it’s a beautiful book and I loved it with all my heart) Robyn Schneider started a tag on her Youtube channel. Basically she ran through a list of “I would do X if it meant I could Y” in relation to books, and got some other Youtubers to do it too. You can watch her original video here, but I thought it would be a bit of fun to do it as a blog post. So here we go:

I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book: This would have to be a Jane Austen. Just a first edition, as I’m pretty sure a signed one doesn’t exist. (Although, if that’s true, if I did get a signed first edition I’d be rich, so…)

I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride: Uh, Jo Rowling. Duh. (Although, I’m gonna say that I need her to also be up for the very long chat, because sitting and just staring would be great but not worth a year of pizza. Discussing writing/the Harry Potter universe would be.) My close second on this one would be Emma Thompson. Okay, I know she’s not an author-of-books technically, but I think she is an incredibly clever writer (have you seen Nanny McPhee?) Also, I think she would be hilarious.

I would sit through a thousand hours of ads if it meant that Hollywood would make this book into a movie: Okay, I’m not sure I could ever agree to this, because ads. Urgh. However, this summer I finished the first three books of the Selection series by Kiera Cass and I think they would make a really good movie. (Just one movie; I don’t think that story really needed to be spread out over three books.) There would be lots of pretty dress, a bit of social commentary – e.g. in the why-must-women-compete-for-male-attention way – and some nice gritty rebel attacks. I can imagine it being very aesthetically pleasing. (I may talk a little bit more on my thoughts on these books at some point, we’ll see.)

I would never read a new book again if it meant that I could live inside this book: This would obviously be a very big deal, no new books, but I have decided on Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. (If you haven’t read the entire Inkworld trilogy, spoiler alert…) Although Inkdeath has, you know, a lot of death, it is set in the actual Inkworld. The Inkworld has a lot of fairies and forests to be explored, which would be so exciting – but not very many books. I wouldn’t be missing out on much. True, it would be a shame not to be allowed see the beautiful illuminated books made by Balbulus, but I’d have to break into the castle for that and I don’t think I’d be that bothered, once I was there. I’d probably just wander around trying to catch the little blue fairies until I got lost in the woods. (Although, actually, women’s rights rather dodgy in this book…hm…might have to think some more about this one.)

I would let my Google search history become public if I could become best friends with this author: My Google search history has absolutely nothing interesting on it, I would imagine (at least I don’t think so?) so this wouldn’t be that great a sacrifice (because who would care anyway?). However, I have just finished The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski and it was so good, so let’s say her. According to her author bio, she has all sorts of English degrees (and a fondness for sticky toffee pudding) so we could have all sorts of book chats (and desserts).

I would donate everything I own to Goodwill if it meant that I could date this character in real life: I was going to say Levi from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, since he is one of very few male love interests in YA who has a) actual flaws and b) respect for women without being possessive or stalkery, and he also just seems really lovely. But then I was reminded of the Jane Austen characters, so now I don’t really know. We’ll have to see.