I was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian a while back to do the Perfect Book Tag, and as I’m struggling right now with drafting my own book (blerghhhh), what better way to procrastinate than by dreaming of the perfect book I’d like to write, rather than actually writing the damn thing? 😉
The Perfect Genre
pick a book that perfectly represents its genre
I’m going to go ahead and pick horror, because I think it’s a genre that gets passed over a lot of times, and there are so many hidden gems in the genre–like one of my absolute favorite reads last year, Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé!
The Perfect Setting
pick a book that takes place in a perfect place
This one’s easy–the Downside trilogy by S.L. Grey, especially the mall setting in the The Mall, has some of my favorite world-building of all time. Just whimsical horror perfection.
The Perfect Main Character
pick the perfect main character
Gotta be Sookie Stackhouse from the Southern Vampires series–she’s just so smart, down-to-earth, and an overall badass.
The Perfect Best Friend
loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever
Ooh, this is a hard one. I’m getting the sense that many of my favorite books involve loner main characters? XD I’m going to go with Eliza Tricklebank’s BFFs in The Princess Plan, Caro and Hollis. I adored their friendship, and their close dynamic makes me really excited for the forthcoming books in this series.
The Perfect Love Interest
pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner
Has to be King Zachary from the Green Rider series. I’ve wanted him and Karrigan to officially get together for like six years.
The Perfect Villain
pick a character with the most sinister mind
I will forever hate-love Professor Umbridge–she’s my ultimate villain.
The Perfect Family
pick a perfect bookish family
I’m going with all the sisters from Wildwood Dancing. I am such a sucker for sister stories, and I love MCs with big, boisterous families.
The Perfect Animal or Pet
pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book
Has to be a dog, and let’s make it the fantastical, magical Disreputable Dog from Lirael.
The Perfect Plot Twist
pick a book with the best plot twist
Not going to give anything away, obviously, but the plot twist in Lock Every Door just floored me.
The Perfect Trope
pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking
Slooooooow buuuuuuuurn~~~~~~~ See above: Zachary and Karrigan lol.
The Perfect Cover
pick that cover that you would easily put on your own book
If this were truly fantasy land and I could have any cover I want, I’d get a custom illustration by Leo and Diane Dillon. I’ve been a mega-fan of their artwork ever since I was a little kid and read Wise Child by Monica Furlong.
The Perfect Ending
pick a book that has the perfect ending
I’m going with another one of my great loves, Sunshine by Robin McKinley. The ending is desperate, it’s All The Things Go Boom, and the denouement blends the reality of picking up the pieces with an ambiguous ending that promises more. (The best and most achingly difficult part of Sunshine, I’ve always thought, is that there is no sequel.)
All right, so who’s going to write this book then? I’ll be the first one in line to read it. XD
Also, I tag everyone in this post! This is such a fun, unique tag, and I’d like to read everybody’s answers. 🙂