This week, I’ve been tagged in the Inside Out tag by The Little Contemporary Corner. This Inside Out tag was created by Kristina. The aim is to write about a book that makes you feel each of the five emotions featured in Disney Pixar’s Inside Out: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. Let’s see how this goes!
JOY: Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
Before I started writing my response to this tag, I thought this one would be one of the easiest ones to think of. When I tried to think of one, it was one of the hardest! I have so many favourite books, so trying to think of a book that made me feel most joyful was more difficult than I thought. The one that I came up with was Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones. I watched the film a few years ago and it became one of my favourite films – so it felt right that I should read the book too. The story makes me so happy, I adore all of the characters and the way that they are written, and even the chapter names make me laugh. It just generally makes me feel so happy when I read this book!
SADNESS: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
This one was an easy one for me. People who know me well will know that hardly anything makes me cry – especially books and films. So, when this book made me blub like a baby for the last few chapters of the book, it was clear that it affected me. This book was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The themes are researched so well and the book is written so differently to anything I’ve ever read before. It’s told from the perspective of Death, who hints towards things that are going to happen – but that doesn’t make them any less devastating. I love this book so much but I haven’t read it again for fear of becoming a crying mess again.
ANGER: Bright Young Things – Scarlett Thomas
The book I’ve chosen for this is Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas, which was a difficult choice. I really enjoyed reading this book – the story and the characters intrigued me throughout. But the thing that made me feel angry was the ending – or the lack of ending! One minute I was racing towards the end of the story and wondering how it would end. Then, much sooner than I expected, I turned over the last page and the book finished abruptly. I think the author’s purpose was to keep the reader wondering what happened because the characters themselves didn’t know what was going to happen. I appreciate this, but I felt almost cheated out of a real ending to the story that I spent a while reading.
FEAR & DISGUST: Unwind – Neal Shusterman
These two emotions bugged me for so long because I couldn’t think of any books that made me feel disgusted or scared. I don’t read horror, or I don’t particularly like books that are gruesome or that contain disgusting themes. But, when I thought about one of my favourite book series, I realised that these books made me feel both fear and disgust. The Unwind series by Neal Shusterman was one of the first dystopian books that I read. It’s set in a world where parents can send their children to be ‘unwound’: or in simple terms, completely dissected so that their parts can be attached to those who need them. Some descriptions are so graphic and the stories are so shocking. To make it worse, the author creates such in-depth characters that get themselves into such terrifying situations that you fear for their lives. A perfect book for the category of both Fear and Disgust!
And that’s it! This tag was a lot harder than I thought, but it was fun to think of the books that fit into each of the categories. I’m going to tag Catherine!
Look out for Emily’s response to this tag next week, and I’ll be back on Friday with my review of the book that I’m currently reading: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.