Here’s another holiday book tag, which I found on Sophie’s blog at Sophie’s Corner. Thank you for sharing this tag with us! By the time I publish this post, it will be after Christmas, but I’m flexible with holiday dates, and am too impatient to wait till next Christmas to do this tag. Let’s get it on!
1) What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas Tree?
Maybe Gladion from Pokemon Sun and Moon, and I’ll ask if he wants to switch bodies with me. He is my one and only anime and game crush, and I’m very open to the idea of becoming Gladion for a while. It would be cool to show up at a Christmas party as dashing handsome Gladion. But, even if this switch were plausible, Gladion probably wouldn’t agree. Pokefans don’t call him an Edgelord for nothing. Plus, what if Gladion turns out to be homophobic or transphobic? For the sake of this tag, I’m going to assume that he’s completely LGBTQ+ friendly, and maybe even queer or trans himself.
At the very least, Gladion and I can compete in a Pokemon battle.
2) What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?
I can’t think of a single character I would like to kiss who isn’t already taken…Jokes aside, even though I have fictional crushes, I don’t actually want to kiss them. I just want to admire them from afar.
Can we give platonic kisses on the cheek? If so, I would like to kiss Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter on the cheek. She’s so cute and sweet.
3) You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?
These will clearly all be LGBTQ+ romances. It would be hard to decide which ones, though, or maybe I should ask for the more expensive ones.
Buyer’s Remorse by DJ Jamison
I was initially drawn to this book because there was an Asian on the cover. There is a lack of Asian protagonists in gay romances, so I’m always extra eager when I find one.
Fear of Falling by Sierra Riley
Sierra Riley is one of my favorite gay romance authors. There was one book where she thanked a long list of dedicated readers. My name was in the middle of her list!! For Fear of Falling, wow, one of the guys is a skydiving instructor!
Daisy, Yellow by Angelique Jurd
I may or may not be a sucker for gay romances with a matchmaking puppy. Seriously, I read a surprisingly large number of romances where a cute dog brought the heroes together.
Horn Gate by Damon Suede
Wow! A gay romance between a human and a sex demon? I’m in! This is not my first time reading a human-incubus romance, but incubi are quite underrepresented when it comes to supernatural creatures.
Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon
Josh Lanyon is known for writing gay romance mysteries, and Fatal Shadows is the first book in one of Josh Lanyon’s most popular mystery series!
There are many other books I want too, so the five listed above are only a small sample from my wish list.
4) It’s Secret Santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?
Do they have potions to permanently alter your body? At the moment, not all trans surgeries are covered by my provincial health insurance, so I would appreciate a little help. Thank you very much!
5) You get to spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?
I’m a little confused by this question. Do I get to see both the characters and the actors? Or am I just seeing the actors who are currently playing in their characters’ roles? Well, I will take the liberty to interpret this as meeting the characters, rather than meeting the actors, no matter how handsome they may be.
Oh, I would love to meet the Animorphs cast. Tobias is my favorite.
6) What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?
Sadly, I don’t have a roof, as I don’t live in a house. As for which fictional animal, how about Moro the wolf goddess from Princess Mononoke? Moro is so strong, beautiful, and dependable!
7) You invite 10 fictional characters to your New Years Eve party. Who do you pick?
They have to get along or at least not try to kill each other, right? In addition, there are so many characters I love but don’t want to meet in person, such as Baz from Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On. As well, I’m not too fond of big groups. Why don’t I split it up into several smaller parties instead?
First of all, I can see Seyn and Harry from Alessandra Hazard’s Calluvia’s Royalty series. These two are best friends and I’m deliberately not inviting their partners, so I don’t have to witness too much smooching on New Years’ Eve. They can smooch their husbands when they get home! Both Seyn and Harry are so cute and charming. It would be a pleasure to interact with them.
Next, I can have a party with Keira and Lumen from Alpha Wave by Andrew Demcak. (Lumen is Korean, by the way. Yay, more Asian representation!) These two girls are lovers, so in order to not feel like a third wheel, I would also invite Tenzing, the old monk from the same story. He has the ability to take on the body of an animal he chooses. Maybe he can be a tabby cat this time!
Oh, I would love a party with Cullen and Abel from Losing Faith by Scotty Cade. These two blokes are gay priests. We can share our grief about those Christians who are homophobic and transphobic, who make the entire Christian community look awful by association. We can also chat about the challenges of being both Christian and LGBTQ+. Some people still believe that you can only be one or the other, not both. Yikes!
For my final group, I’ll invite Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch, Maggie Tulliver from The Mill on the Floss, and Dinah Morris from Adam Bede, all of which were written by George Eliot. George Eliot is one of my favorite authors! She used a male pseudonym, because people back in the Victorian era (and even today) don’t take women writers that seriously. Anyhow, I would enjoy discussing philosophy, life, and religion with these three girls, as they’re all very thoughtful, original, and pleasant to talk to. In fact, I think the four of us would get along very well.
8) What character would make a good Santa (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)?
If I can’t pick Delibird from Pokemon, since I mentioned Pokemon already, then how about Falco from Dirk Greyson’s Lost Mate? (No, not Dick Grayson.) Falco is one of the heroes in a gay wolf shifter romance, and he has the right kind of personality to be a great Santa: trustworthy, reliable, competent, efficient, and also kind, generous, and patient.
It’s past Christmas already, but I tag anyone who wants to do this, whether later or next year. This was a fun post to write!