So firstly, from Pure Imaginationthe challenge is:
To be honest, I had some trouble with this one. While I like telling my own stories, I have trouble making up unrealistic things for answers like this. But I finally convinced myself that the idea I love best could, if the world and space/time continuum hiccuped particularly badly, potentially happen, so I’ll give it my best shot. My nomination is:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
And secondly, from The Nerd’s Wife we have:
- What historical figure do you think they could have been in a past life?
- Why did you choose this figure?
- What similarities do the two share?
- Be sure to tell us the book and the character you chose.
Aw man, this question really sucks when your current novel is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell! They’re already in a past life! lol
As I’m not very far into the book, and therefore have a restricted cast of characters, I’m going to choose Mr. Norrell himself. I think in his past life, he was an unknown student of either Plato or Socrates. His absolute desperation to believe that the only truth is one that can be found academically, either in a book (though several books spout blasphemy) or through one’s own research, is very strict. This makes me think he had a very, very learned teacher, who read a lot of books, from which Norrell (or his former self) got the idea that that was the only way to learn. I know my choice is a little unorthodox, but I really think that’s the best way to describe him.
Just a short update on progress – I’m nearing a 3rd of the way through Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell I hope to actually finish it tomorrow, though that’s pushing it. Cross your fingers!