The “What If…?” Fantasy Tag! #FantasyMonth

I’ve been tagged for the “What If…?” Fantasy Tag by Jenelle Schmidt! Thanks, Jenelle! As #FantasyMonth draws to a close (aww! It’s been so funnn! *clings*) I thought it would be fun to round off the fantasy celebrations with this fun tag. πŸ˜€

Also, appropriately, I hear that today is “Tell a Fairytale Day.” Make of that what you will…

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Include the graphic somewhere in your post.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag a few blogger friends – and let them know they’ve been tagged
  • Have fun!

The Questions

1. Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. The cast of the most recent fantasy book you read comes to your assistance… who are they? Will they be helpful?

I’ve got the cast from Rachel Starr Thomson’s book Lady Moon! And yes, they will be MOST helpful. >:D

(This is going to be fun.)

Celine will eye everything critically and give advice. Little Winnie the wombat will break off from eating a bush by the road, clamber into the glove compartment, pull out the manual, itch her ear, and say “Will this help?” and drop it at Celine’s feet. And Celine will smile, and perch on the trunk of the car with her dress blowing in the wind, and start to read the manual.

Shepherd boy Aldon will crawl underneath the car and start looking at the engine, even though he has no clue what he’s looking for — and his border collie Brig will helpfully lick his face. Grandfather Monk will totter around and offer everyone coffee (because it’s cold out here while we’re trying to fix it). The little pyroline fire-cat will rub against the tire and leave a smell of burning rubber…

Sir Brian will bellow something about exactly what we should do — and then kick the car with a clang of his suit of armor and leave a dent, in his attempt to get it working. This will jolt Aldon, who will shout his annoyance from under the car. Fiery washerwoman Tereska scolds Sir Brian and then grimly rolls up her sleeves to her bony elbows, and sets about tinkering in the engine from the top, getting greasy hands and rags involved.

And Tomas? Tomas will stand cheerfully by and watch with interest while everyone tries what they can. And then, when all efforts are exhausted, Celine will look at him and say “Tomas!” And Tomas will smile his sun-like smile, and he’ll fix the engine. We don’t know HOW, exactly; just that he does. It has something to do with the memory of the engine working before… It might not last for long, but it should long enough to get the car to the shop.

And if that doesn’t work — well, they’re all in the car with me now, so if it stops working again, they’ll be along to help. Tomas will pick up the car and carry it the rest of the way, defying all rules of gravity and reality to save the day, because that’s what tall and thin, dandelion-haired, smiling Immortals do. We’ll just have to make sure he doesn’t procrastinate his destiny to do so.

2. You go to bed one evening and wake up in the lair of the villain of the last fairy tale you read, where are you and how do you plan to get out?

Oh dear. I’m in the castle of the witch Watho in George MacDonald’s The Day Boy and the Night Girl. My best plan for escape is to wait until she’s distracted by Photogen and Nycteris, and slipping out a back door and swimming across the river…

3. You are transported into a fantasy realm and given a mythical creature as a companion and best friend… which mythical creature do you get?

I get a gryphon! He’s brown and black and gold, and he’s terrifying to some people, but he and I are the best of friends, and we can talk through our minds. He’s loyal, fierce and brave, and doesn’t mind when I ride his soft fur-and-feather back over the forests. He seems to have a grim personality, but has an unexpected edge of humor beneath.

4. In a strange series of coincidences, you end up needing to take the place of your favorite fantasy hero or heroine. Who are you?

I’m Wilhelmina from Lawhead’s Bright Empires series! I’m running the Kaffeehause in Prague, making delicious pastries, and helping save the universe(s). (And… oh dear, this is probably bad because I doubt I could stand up to events like she did! o.o )

5. To go along with question #4, now that you are that character, is there anything you would do differently than that character, now that you are running the show?

The problem is, I probably would, but I’d get it all wrong… Ahem. So I think I’d try very hard to be brave and do things like her. (Except I think I’d try not to break my arm. You know. Just on principle. *cough*)

6. If you were yourself in a fantasy novel, what role do you think you would play in the story?

I think I’d be some kind of scholar or librarian — the one who has some tidbit of information the heroes are looking for. I’m suddenly thinking of all the great fantasy libraries, and YES. This would be the best job. πŸ˜‰

Or maybe I’d be a magical storyteller… who paints pictures of tales in the air…

I doubt I’d be a main character (I’m not even sure I’d want to be! They have such hard lives…) but I could definitely hope to be some interesting side character — hopefully one who survives to the end! πŸ˜‰

7. One morning, as you are going about your daily business, you pick up an everyday item and a voice booms in your head with prophetic words about your future. What object is it, and what is your prophecy?

It’s my bullet journal, and it says that I must beware the owl that eats the moon at midnight, and that one day I will have a part to play in something rather vaguely described, with dire words about what I should or should not do, so that I will obviously not recognize it (due to said vagueness), or will misinterpret it, so it won’t do any good at all. Except for when everything is over, for me to look back and see it was right all along, and the prophecy smugly says, “I told you so.” Because that’s how fantasy prophecies often go. XD

8. You are transported into a magical realm and turned into a mythical beast… what beast/fantasy creature do you want to be?

I’d be a Faerie, the tall, elven kind. I think I’d be able to have wings sometimes and not other times (they’d be silver and blue and black).

9. If you could read your way into any fantasy realm, but the catch is that you can never leave, would you? Which realm would you choose?

Um. Wow. Fantasy worlds are so fabulous and also usually so dangerous! But I think I would — and I might pick Middle-earth (because obviously!). Maybe I’d go to the beautiful woods of Ithilien and visit Faramir and Eowyn after the end of the Third Age.

Or I might go to the world in Lady Moon and live in Tomas’s clock tower!!! #goals (Honestly, it’s my most recent Favorite Fantasy Home.)

Then again, I’d probably end up moving to Ingary, and staying in Howl’s moving castle. (And there I get to cheat the “and never leave” caveat, since the doors open to multiple places, so why shouldn’t one lead back home anyway…? ;))

10. As you are going about your normal day, you discover that you have a magical power. What is it?

I thought about this one a lot…

The ability to open portals and so be able to visit all my friends and top places throughout the world(s) would probably be my top pick. Because that would be amazing!

Then again, I might instead have the ability to get ALL the stories in my head written down Just Right, because YES. #moregoals

Tagging

#FantasyMonth is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hop onto this fun “What if” fantasy tag wagon (don’t ask whether that sentence made sense) and do it any time!

I’m not sure who-all’s been tagged or not, but if you haven’t and it looks fun, consider yourself tagged! πŸ™‚

(Though I retroactively tag Sarah @ Dreams and Dragons since I said I was going to and she already did it. XD)

Or answer one or more questions in the comments!

What do you think? Thanks for reading! And happy Fantasy Month! ^_^

24 thoughts on “The “What If…?” Fantasy Tag! #FantasyMonth

  1. Haha, yay for retroactive tagging! XD

    I love your answers! My dragon(s) and I can go on adventures with you and your griffin (who sounds wonderful, by the way; griffins are absolutely the best after dragons)! And I can 100% see you as either a magical librarian or a magic bard. OR ALSO A FAERIE YES.

    I think your take on prophecies is a lot more consistent with fantasy standards than mine is. XD Also, now I’m trying to figure out what the owl that eats the moon might be.

    Also, smart choice on Ingary. I wish I’d thought of that!

    Finally: I think I need to read Lady Moon now . . .

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    • I thought you might like that. XD

      YES, you and your dragons and me and my griffin will have the best time! So, apparently I’m going to be a magical librarian bard faerie. I LIKE THIS PLAN.

      Oh, but I liked yours! XD Heheh, yes, fantasy prophecies have a tendency to be confusing. πŸ˜› And I have NO CLUE what that was about — it was the first random thing that popped into my head. XDDD

      INGARY IS THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHIIING! ^_^

      Yesss, you definitely need to read Lady Moon. I absolutely loved it! I think you would too! πŸ˜€

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  2. EEP! I love this tag soooooo much and have been planning to do it! (It’ll just be…after Fantasy Month once I do. Whoops.) THESE QUESTIONS ARE SO FUN!!!

    And AAAAHHHHHHHH!!! YOUR ANSWER TO THE FIRST QUESTION. I was grinning and laughing and nodding the whole way through because it sounds like EXACTLY what would happen. You nailed the characters to perfection! And can you imagine Tomas and co. coming to your aid? *dreamy sigh* Now that would be fabulous!

    A gryphon would be such a wonderful fantasy companion! (We need more gryphons in fantasy!) I love the sound of yours. Grim with a touch of humor. Perfect!

    Being the librarian in a fantasy world would be THE. BEST. THING. :O :O :O YESSSS! You could just be with all the books in the wonderful world and not have to worry about going on dangerous adventures. Just be that helpful person who gets to read all day. xD You answers are so brilliant!

    I’m laughing so hard at your answer for #7. It’s so real though. XDD

    A Faerie with wings sometimes and not other times? Um. YES PLEASE!!!

    Living in Middle-earth, Tomas’ clock tower, OR Ingary is the dreeeeam! YES! But you’re right, Ingary would be great because you COULD come back to this world. Win-win! ;D

    Again, your answers are brilliant. Having the ability to open portals so you can see everyone and go everywhere would be the best thing everrrr! Or getting all the stories written, yes. That’d be great, too. xD

    This was just the most fun thing! Your answers were great! (Oh, and I also heard it was Tell a Fairytale Day. Never heard about that until today, but I’m all about it. (Even though it’s so random. xD) How perfect it landed during Fantasy Month!)

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    • I would love to see your answers! It’s definitely a fun tag! πŸ˜€ (Psssh, a wizard is never late. ;))

      I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE IT! πŸ˜€ Tomas and co. would just be SO MUCH FUN ACK. Thank you!

      Gryphonssss! I’m glad you like him! Now I want to meet this character. XD

      I mean, fantasy librarian = best job description. πŸ˜€

      Heehee. Silly prophecies. XD

      MY FAVORITE KIND OF FAERIES.

      I just can’t decide, because all three would be amazing to visit! (Ingary has aaall the advantages though. ;))

      Aaah, thank you! I’m so glad you like my answers! Thanks for sharing your loverly thoughts, and I hope you get to do the tag sometime! πŸ˜€

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  3. YAY! I love your answers so much!!!

    I really need to read Lady Moon now, though I’d never heard of it before today, but those characters sound like SO MUCH FUN!

    Oooh, Watho is the creepiest. I’m glad Photogen and Nycteris would be distracting her. Can you imagine bearing the full brunt of her attention… shudder.

    I love the idea of being a librarian in some fantasy library… though magical story-teller also sounds like a blast… I cannot choose.

    Hahahaha! I love your summary of fantasy prophecies. “I told you so.” It’s soooooo true. Love it.

    Thanks for doing the tag! I really enjoyed reading this!

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    • Thank you!!!

      YES, you need to read Lady Moon! It’s absolutely delightful! πŸ˜€

      Blech, I realllly don’t like Watho. O_O (I also love that you’ve read it and know what I’m talking about. XD)

      I guess I’d be BOTH a librarian and storyteller — who needs to chose? πŸ˜‰

      Fantasy prophecies are so smug. XD

      Thanks for tagging me! So glad you enjoyed reading it! ❀

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    • It is! I’m glad you enjoyed the answers! And YES, you should totally do it! πŸ˜€ (A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins! ;))

      Haha, yes, fantasy prophecies are often a little confusing and smug. XD

      Thanks for reading, Blue! ❀

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  4. Wonderful, whimsical answers. Yes, I do think you’re on to something with that librarian idea. Fantasy libraries would be so much more interesting than our own. All the books would be vellum and ponderously large. Might give your arms a bit of a workout!

    And a gryphon would be such a wonderful companion. I just wonder about feeding it though…Might not be a pretty sight.

    Also, bonus points for choosing a Real Fairy.

    So glad you did this!

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    • Thanks so much, DJ!

      YES. Fantasy libraries just sound so wonderful. πŸ˜€

      Haha, you may have a point there! I think I’d prooobably let the gryphon take care of hunting/feeding itself… πŸ˜‰

      Thanks! I don’t entirely approve of the “tiny, winged, lightheaded” kind of fairies, as one of my characters put it. XD

      Thanks for reading!

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  5. OKAY BUT THIS IS A SUPER AWESOME TAG. πŸ˜€

    Aww, I’m sure you’d do great taking Mina’s place!! That would be really fun, baking pastries, saving universes. πŸ˜€

    I always thought if I were in a fantasy novel, I would like to be a wizard, or magical being of some sort. I’ve always liked the idea of using magic, and I would love use it to help or protect my friends! πŸ™‚

    I may have to steal this tag, because…IT LOOKS SO FUN. ^_^

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    • YES IT IS!

      Aww, thanks! I’m actually not that great of a baker, but I’d try. XD

      Ooh, you’d make a FANTASTIC wizard or other magical being! πŸ˜€ Yesss. I’m totally behind this idea.

      Steal the tag, do! It’s fun! πŸ˜€

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  6. This is SO COOL THOUGH AHHH. I would totally also be a librarian/scholar/faerie/with wings/who rides a gryphon. I mean is that not the recipe for a perfect life right there?!πŸ˜‚ Also I feel like opening portals would be SO convenient and useful, but I can’t decide if I’d choose something like that or be invisible hehe. Or stop time! I need way way more time so that could be helpful.πŸ˜‚

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