INTJ (Myers Briggs and Fictional Characters)

Happy Friday! A few days ago, I promised Kate of The Owl and the Reader a little post about what an INTJ might look like in the fictional world, so…here is that post!

I find Myers Briggs so interesting – so if you want to find out about other personality types, feel free to request! I’ve also done posts about INFP, ISFP and ENTJ.

Anyways, Kate is an INTJ – this means that she favours Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging. I referred to my favourite Myers Briggs website (it has pictures) to see what that could mean in practice:

People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.

I had a browse through this website to find some fictional characters that might share the INTJ personality type, and there was such an interesting mix that I put together a few more examples than usual!

Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Okay, so Darcy isn’t a saint, but he is definitely good at heart. I think this is one to be happy about!

Gandalf and Saruman from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

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So we have two examples of people at opposite ends of the good/evil spectrum. I’d take this as confirmation that you can choose your own path…or something.

Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Okay, so this is a little scary.

Severus Snape from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Again, lovely at heart.

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Yep. Also a little bit terrifying. I’m just going to leave this here and back away…

Thomas from the Maze Runner by James Dashner

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This is a really interesting one! I would never have thought of Thomas myself, but now someone else says it, I can see it!

Jean Valjean from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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I thought this was a great one to end on! There’s a really vast range of characters under this personality type, but I think Valjean is my favourite. He’s the definition of an overcomer!

That’s all from me – but are there any other INTJ characters you’d add to the list?

Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Month in Books: February 2015

I was just looking back over my posts and realised…I’m a couple months (well…7) out of date with these! Please bear with while I catch up – I promise I have read books since January! 😛

The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett – 2 stars I’ve not managed to really get into any Terry Pratchett books I’ve tried – kudos to this one for being the first I’ve finished! There’s a lot of weird, slightly non-sensical stuff going on, and while it’s quite a fun book, I couldn’t really understand the point. Sorry!

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – 2.5 stars I wrote a review here! It’s a kind of thriller/art/history sort of novel, and…well, it’s alright.

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn – 4 stars Click here for my review. This is the author of Gone Girl, so I kind of new to expect something dark and psychological…having said that, nothing could really have prepared me for this. So intense, so disturbing, and so beautifully written. I can’t decide whether I loved it or despised it.

The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness – 3 stars I love Patrick Ness! I had such high hopes for this book, and although it was pretty magical, it wasn’t quite the work of art I was expecting.

World War Z – Max Brooks – 3 stars This is a really interesting concept! It narrates a zombie apocalypse situation by allowing a different person to relate their story each ‘chapter’. It feels fairly realistic, but – honestly – I also found it a little dry. It wasn’t even particularly scary.

The One – Keira Cass – 3 stars This is the third and final book in the ‘Selection’ trilogy. After each book, I’ve complained about how flawed and frustrating I’ve found it…and then read the next one because I had to know what happened. I guess she must be doing something right!

We Were Liars – E. E. Lockhart – 5 stars I loved this book! It’s a beautifully written contemporary that is exciting and heart-breaking. Five stars, you’re welcome.

Getting into Poetry: A Readers’ and Writers’ Guide to the Poetry Scene – Paul Hyland – 4 stars A self-explanatory title to a non-fiction book that makes me look like a horrifically boring person. It’s cool, ok?

North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell – 4 stars I had to read this novel for my university course, and I’m kind of sad about that – I think I’d have liked it a lot more if I’d been able to read it for fun. It’s an industrial novel with cute romance and a good bit of Victorian social commentary. All good stuff.

Paris – e. e. cummings – 5 stars I loved this book! It’s a collection of poetry and short writings about Paris. My version is bilingual, so on one page there’ll be the English, and on the opposite one the (original?) French. It did confuse me as to what the point of that was, but it’s quite nice for people who think they can speak French but aren’t as good as they thought (i.e., me)

So that was February! Sorry for the kind of vague descriptions; I’m having to remember back a fair way! Let me know if you’ve read/enjoyed any of these books!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Review: Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn – 4 stars

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‘Sharp Objects’ is Gillian Flynn’s (author of Gone Girl) debut novel, and it’s a pretty darn good one. It’s a tense thriller, following reporter Camille who is sent back to her home town to investigate a murder, and write an article with a ‘personal touch’.

The first person narrative (through Camille’s eyes) is stunning: the prose is rich, and my little student brain had a field day getting my teeth into the abundance of imagery. It’s an indulgence that can, in the wrong hands, lead to an overly flowery and dense text, but Ms. Flynn wields her metaphors like a pro, and I love her for it.

The gradual revelations about Camille’s character were both intensely effective and tragic. I was blown away by Gillian’s ability to get right into the protagonist’s mind, and it made for a fascinating – if chilling and difficult – read. I am, I should add, really glad I didn’t read the blurb before diving into the book. Looking at it now, I feel like it tames down the issues presented into a Hollywood-esque plot point meant only to shock, whereas the book is grittier, more balanced, and so much more human.

I did have difficulty finding a character that I could really relate to, as the story is set in a small and very troubled town, but that didn’t hinder my involvement with the story. I found myself getting stuck right into the mystery, forming theories and trying to understand some of the more complex characters.

The ending was, as expected of Gillian Flynn, both shocking (if not entirely surprising) and a little bit horrific. It worked, but it almost felt like she had just come up with the worst possible scenario and rolled with it. I’m not going to spoil anyone, but I will say that I had a really hard time understanding the culprit’s reasoning.

The book is heart-wrenchingly sad and quite a lot darker than I would normally go in for, but I can’t deny the fact that this book is really really good.

Four stars from me, because Gillian Flynn is one of the writers I look up to the most. Although, I sometimes wonder if she should invest some time in counselling.

If you’ve read this too, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

Book of the Month 2014 Summary

Basically, I’ve chosen a favourite book that I read in each month of 2014. Some I wrote posts for, most I really didn’t, but we’re going to let that slide.

JanuaryThe Help by Kathryn Stockett – Five stars and a lot of love from me. It’s about racism and justice and family and…just read it.

February: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak – Oh look another five stars. The author of The Book Thief, in case you didn’t pick up on it. It’s a contemporary and it’s fantastic.

March: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – The classic Dystopian about books and ‘firemen’. Beautifully written, and a real thought-provoker.

AprilGone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Five stars for creepy, twisted psychological thriller-iness. Read it before you watch it!

MayThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Another one of those classics that I felt pressured into reading. It’s okay though, because this one’s really good.

June: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson – So much love for this book! It’s a children’s novel about a little British girl who’s sent to live in the Brazilian Amazon. Amazing.

July: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – Kind of a cross between The Help, The Secret Garden and The Thief Lord. I liked it.

August: The Protector by Danielle Lenee Davis – I wrote a review here! It’s a detective/crime/mystery novel and I think it’s great.

September: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein – I freaking love this little fantasy novel. It’s a kind of prequel to the Lord of the Rings, and it’s just lovely. I wrote a little post about it here.

October: It Shouldn’t Happen to a Missionary by Alf Cooper – The humourous and really inspiring autobiography of a British Christian who ends up in Chile.

November: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer – The first non-fiction book on this list, it’s more of a Christian, theological thing. I really loved it!

December: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein – What a book to finish the year with! I love it all.

So these are my twelve favourite books of the year – what are some of your picks? Have you enjoyed any of the books I mentioned?

Happy Almost-New-Year, and thanks for reading!

~Dani

Month in Books: April 2014

Here’s my wrap-up for April!

The Giver – Lois Lowry – 3 stars This Dystopian (soon to be made into a film!) is short, but no less powerful. The writer explores the power of memories, and the importance of the individual’s choice. It’s a fascinating read!

The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells – 2 stars While this took me a very long time to get through, I can appreciate that this sci-fi story of alien invasion is pretty hard-core.

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion – 5 stars This is such a cute book! Our protagonist, despite finding social situations a little difficult, decides that he wants to be married, and draws up a survey in order to find a compatible match. Humourous and touching, this little ‘rom-com’ is a great read.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams – 4 stars I reviewed this here! A funny and quirky sci-fi story.

Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult – 4 stars This novel depicts the unfolding of an investigation of a school shooting. It’s moving and gritty, and don’t be put off by how long it looks! You’ll fly through it.

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker – 3 stars A bildungsroman set during the apocalypse…that I wouldn’t recommend to lovers of apocalyptic literature. Its gentle pace and carefully drawn up characters made it a lovely read – just not what I was expecting!

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – 5 stars This was my Book of the Month! This thriller is also being made into a film. Follow the story of Nick and Amy, and try to unravel the truth of the murder/framing/escape/suicide. ‘Try’ being the operative word.

A Room with a View – E. M. Forster – 5 stars This is such a lovely book! Follow a very quaint English group as they explore Florence, and have their lives changed completely by the people they meet there.

If you’ve read, or have been inspired to read any of the books in this list, do let me know!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

Book of the Month: April 2014

Observant readers may notice that I completely skipped the ‘Book of the Month’ for March. Here is my explanation: while I did read some really interesting books, my favourite ended up being Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury). I genuinely enjoyed it, but it didn’t inspire in me the passion that my other ‘Book of the Month’ nominees did, so I decided not to dedicate an entire post to it. It’s still a very much recommended read, though!

Book of the Month April 2014: Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – 5 stars

So many people rave about this book! In fact, I’m probably a little late jumping on the band-wagon. Despite all the hype, I wasn’t expecting what I encountered upon opening this book.

Gone Girl is dark, psychological and brilliant. It is gripping and unabashedly twisted and quite unlike everything else I’ve read this year. It’s also one of the few books I think really deserves the massive build-up and publicity it receives.

The characters are gritty and convincing, the writing style confident and fluid, and the plot twists uncomfortable (in the best way possible) and, well, twisted.

(On a side note, please can we ignore the excessive, extortionate, unnecessary use of triadic structure in this post? Thanks.)

Gone Girl also happens to be one of those books that are dangerously easy to trip you into giving other people spoilers, so I’m going to leave the summary at that. Do give this a go though; Gillian Flynn is a brilliant writer.

If you’ve read this too, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

~Dani