ENFP (Myers Briggs and Fictional Characters)

Today we’re talking about ENFPs! According to the 16 Personalities website:

ENFPs are fiercely independent, and much more than stability and security, they crave creativity and freedom.

Often described as one of the most enthusiastic and lovable types, so whether you are an ENFP or are friends with one, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at some fictional ENFP examples!

Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Aang.pngOne of my favourite characters from one of my favourite cartoon series, Aang personifies the Campainer personality type!

Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)

Willy Wonka.jpgI’ve always had mixed feelings about Willy Wonka – is he not a bit creepy? Anyway, there it is.

Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter series (JK Rowling)

Tonks.jpgTonks!

Alaska from Looking for Alaska (John Green)

AlaskaAlaska is wild, a free-spirit, and deeply feeling. ENFPs tend to be portrayed as a lot happier, so it’s interesting to see another side to the type.

Bruno from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne)

Bruno (striped pyjamas).jpgI always think kids are harder to type, so this one’s a maybe! But I do think he’s creative and outgoing enough to be plausible.

Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins)

Peeta_MellarkI had to choose a picture from earlier on in the series – everything else was too sad ūüė•

So, if you’re an ENFP, do you relate to any of these characters? Are there any you think might be mis-typed?

Let me know if there are any other personality types you’d like to see a post on!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

Dani

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Month in Books: August 2015

And we’re just about caught up! Here’s my reading wrap-up for August.

75 Uplifting Poems for Christians – AJ Barlow – 5 stars¬†I loved this! It’s an accessible, thoughtful collection of lovely poetry. I wrote a review here!

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back – Todd Burpo – 5 stars¬†This is an autobiographical account of a father whose three year old son nearly dies, and then returns to consciousness with wild tales of heaven that are spookily accurate to Biblical prophecies. It’s a quick read, but a moving one. Fab book!

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself – Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert – 5 stars¬†This is such a great resource, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s really challenging, but also very practical and hopeful. It’s quite heavy on allegories, which I found very helpful!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – 4 stars¬†It took me a while to get into this, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down! This book is sweet and funny and action-packed and all the things I could want from it.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy – Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen – 4 stars I bought this because I loved Noelle Stevenson’s ‘Nimona’, and I was hoping this would be a similar thing. It is a very good comic, and I enjoyed the whole six pages that I bought for 99p. Not impressed. I can buy the whole of Sense and Sensibility for half that price.

Paper Towns РJohn Green Р4 stars I think I would have enjoyed this more if it was my first John Green book. I had to read it in order to go and see the new movie though РI wrote a post about that here!

The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh – 5 stars¬†I am SO in love with this book, and it physically hurts me that the sequel is so far away. It’s a YA romance, beautifully written, and in a gorgeous Arabian setting. I wrote a review here!

Sabriel – Garth Nix – 5 stars¬†This is another YA book, although this one was written a bit longer ago! It’s a crazy fantasy adventure that is just so much fun to read – it’s creative and scary and wonderful. It’s the first book in the Abhorsen trilogy, and – I know this sounds weird – I don’t think I’ll be reading any of the other books. It feels a bit like Philip Pullmans Dark Materials books – I loved the first one, but I’m sensing the later books will be a lot darker and will spoil the series for me.

The Heir – Kiera Cass – 4 stars¬†Oh look, more YA. This one is the fourth book in The Selection series which is a full-on Princess romance sort of deal. I kind of liked it. Here’s my review!

Selp Helf – Miranda Sings – 5 stars¬†I received this book as a gift from an aunt who knows how much I love Miranda Sings. For those of you don’t know, she’s a comedy character on YouTube, and I think she’s brilliant. This book was, of course, a masterpiece, and I read the whole thing in one sitting.

Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter – Stacy King – 5 stars¬†This is a manga adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel, and I thought it was fantastic! It was my first time reading actual manga, but I wrote a review anyway.

Manga Messiah – Hidenori Kumai – 5 stars¬†This is a slightly more amateur-friendly manga book, but I still loved it! It’s the story of Jesus….but manga. I thought it was clever, creative, and just great in general.

God’s Eagles, Athletes and Pilgrims – Haide Sanchez – 5 stars¬†This is a book of weekly devotions, and I loved it! My review is here.

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari – 5 stars¬†Written by the famous comedian, this book is a non-fiction book that explores…well, modern romance. It focuses on USA, France, Japan and Argentina, and just studies the way romance has changed. It was actually really interesting, and I loved the chatty way all the research was presented. There are a lot of anecdotes that make the whole book more interesting. I really enjoyed it!

Apologies for the slightly longer post – some months you just have to keep reading, you know?

If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

I Saw the Paper Towns Movie!

Paper Towns (Movie)I read Paper Towns (John Green) roughly…last Thursday, and it didn’t exactly blow me away. A lot of people say that John Green’s characters are really similar, and I tend to agree. The sad thing is that the books have such great stories, cute humour and interesting philosophies, and I find that the repetitive characters sap my enjoyment of them.

The movies are another matter. I LOVE the John Green movie adaptations. They pick up on the overall feeling of the book, and then they bring something new to it. I loved The Fault in Our Stars movie, but I think I love Paper Towns more.

The characters look wildly different to how I imagined them (especially Ben and Quentin), but that didn’t bother me at all. There were a lot of discrepancies with the book – for example, Radar wearing glasses rather than contacts, but honestly? I really didn’t care. I didn’t think the book was good enough to warrant an exact, totally ‘accurate’ film adaptation. Personally, I loved every single actor in this movie. Every. Single. One. That’s kind of a big deal.

If I had to pick a favourite thing about this movie, I think it would be Nat Wolff. I just love what he brought to the character – the constant, reluctant smile when he’s with Margo is the cutest thing in the world, and it’s just so¬†Quentin. You nailed it, Nat.

The other thing that warmed my heart was the sort of three-way bromance between Radar, Ben and Quentin. It looked so natural on screen, I like to imagine¬†that the actors are besties off-set as well. The part when they all start singing because they’re scared?¬†SO CUTE.

There were some fairly major changes in the movie, for example the fact that Angela (Radar’s girlfriend) gets to join in on the road trip. It’s nice, and I don’t mind it – she and Radar are a cute couple – but I wasn’t sure how much it¬†added to the story.

I did approve of the film’s pacing of Lacey and Ben’s relationship though; I found it much more believable, and in the end, much sweeter. Thumbs up, film director people.

Overall, this film made me like the story more. The actors brought something new to the characters, and while I’m 99% sure I won’t be reading the book again, I can now actually distinguish between these people and every other character he’s ever written. It’s given me happy memories.

I’m not really a movie reviewer because I know nothing and am too easily pleased, but if I was going to rate this, it would be a five star sort of deal. I really liked it.

If you’ve seen the movie too, I’d love to hear your thoughts! How did it compare to the book? What did you think of the casting choices?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Month in Books: March 2015

Here’s what I read in March!

The Road – Cormac McCarthy – 3 stars¬†I’ve heard a lot about this book: it’s an award-winning adult dystopian novel. I found it severely lacking in hopefulness, and slightly forgettable. Maybe I read too much dystopian fiction? Or did I miss something important?

The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton – 4 stars¬†Michael Crichton is cool! This book is¬†almost¬†as good as Jurassic Park (which is my all-time fabourite Crichton book in the world): it’s got a cool science-y premise to do with killer viruses that I very nearly understood, and it was all fantastic until a slightly anti-climatic ending. Still cool, though.

Twice-Told Tales: The Psychological Use of Fairy Tales – Hans Dieckmann – 4 stars¬†This one is a non-fiction thing I found in my university’s library, and it’s basically this literary critic/pyschologist talking about the hidden, base meanings of fairy tales (mostly sex.) Some interesting stuff, and also it’s quite short.

Mr Gum and the Goblins – Andy Stanton – 5 stars¬†There is such a thing as ‘too academic’, and the only cure is reading some really really good quality children’s fiction. Preferably illustrated by David Tazzyman, partly because of that beautiful name, and partly because his art is cool. I freaking love the Mr Gum series – I cry laughing every time.

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green – 5 stars¬†If you’ve read any John Green books, you can probably guess what this one’s about (awkward teenage boy in love with unattainable teenage girl – and a road trip). In all fairness though, this might be my favourite of his books just because it doesn’t try too hard to be really deep and powerful. Also it’s quite funny.

And…that’s actually all I read in March. Let me know if you’ve read – or are interested in reading – any of the books I mentioned!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Misleading Plot Blurbs: Answers

On Sunday, I posted a little list of famous books summarised misleadingly,¬† and asked you to guess what I was describing. You got a good few! Anyway, this is the follow-up post where I tell you what the solutions really were. If you haven’t seen the original yet, pop over before continuing!

Blurb: An elderly man kidnaps a small child from her bed.
Answer: The BFG by Roald Dahl

Blurb: An unpleasant writer follows two teenagers half-way across the globe.
Answer: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Blurb: Some friends team up to murder a hoarder.
Answer: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

Blurb: A pyromaniac suffering from depression and an excellent hairstyle finds her wings.
Answer: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins

Blurb: A deranged and racist gentleman hunts and attempts to kill a large cut of meat.
Answer: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Blurb: A cat lover goes on an extended fishing trip.
Answer: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Blurb: A sweet-toothed atheist starts a scandal.
Answer: Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Blurb: An abused child is pursued by a giant taken from his family.
Answer: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Blurb: A fish gets hungry for no apparent reason.
Answer: Jaws by Peter Benchley

Blurb: Five Englishmen (give or take a Hungarian)  hunt down an ambitious immigrant.
Answer: Dracula by Bram Stoker

How many did you guess right?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Books that Made Me Cry

I’ve narrowed down my list to ‘5 books that made me cry the most’, just because a less specific list was going to be a bit lengthy! This isn’t so much a list of books that are hugely sad; rather a list of books that I connected with strongly on an emotional level. In short: if you haven’t read any of these books, consider this a recommendation!

Private Peaceful РMichael Morpurgo Set in World War 1, the story follows two brothers who go through loss, pain and love together. A really fantastic book.

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo¬†In which a ship-wrecked boy finds himself on an island that is inhabited solely by an elderly man who doesn’t really speak English. I thought it was better than the Life of Pi, but that may be just me!

The Fault in Our Stars РJohn Green I think we all knew this book would be on the list.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak¬†I know I’ve talked about this one a lot…but it’s so wonderful! Set in Nazi Germany, the story follows a little girl called Leisel as she grows up in the political turmoil and finds her feet with her adoptive parents.

The Knife of Never Letting Go¬†and¬†Monsters of Men – Patrick Ness These are the first and third installations of the¬†Chaos Walking¬†trilogy.¬†It’s a crazily original and creative post-apocalyptic/sci-fi series written with all the sensitivity and understanding of nuanced humanity that I’d come not to expect from the genre. It’s YA, but I’d recommend it for adult-lit readers too.

So tell me – what books make you cry? Is there anything on this list you’ve loved, or something you’ve yet to read?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

More Favourite Book to Film Adaptations

After writing my first version¬†of this post, I found some new adaptations that I fell in love with! So here’s my list of favourite book to movie adaptations, continued.

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)¬†Okay, I know everyone’s talking about it and it’s not very new, but…isn’t it a fantastic adaptation? Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Joe Wright is potentially my new favourite director. This is such a beautiful film! I loved all of the characters, the cinematography and the screenplay. After spending so long toiling over the book, it was so refreshing to watch a slightly easier-on-the-brain version.

Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)¬†This one’s a bit of a cheat because I haven’t actually read the book! (I’m YOUNG – I have time!) Joe Wright strikes again with a really unique and breath-taking film. I loved the way the scene changes worked as though it were playing out on stage; it was all so gracefully done. In all honesty though, I think I’d have been happier watching a film solely about Konstantin and Kitty’s story – they’re the cutest thing.

What are some of your favourite book to movie adaptations? Did you like any of the ones I mentioned?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Can I Change the World?

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

-Anne Frank

We live in an imperfect world. That’s not really debatable. We can argue over the whys and wherefores another time, but we all look around and know that many things are just not right.

It stands to reason, then, that change is not only necessary but inevitable; humans don’t always make the best decisions, but there’s always someone who burns with justice, and who will stand up and tackle serious and – if we’re honest – intimidating issues.

I don’t know about you, but for me great people like William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King Jr spring to mind when the topic of changing the world crops up. What I love about this Anne Frank quote is that she not only assumes that everyone wants to change the world, but that everyone can.

¬†I’m going to go ahead and be honest here: I’m bad at public speaking. Big groups of people make me nervous. I’m not great at arguing or debating, I have a quiet voice, and I can barely spell ‘committal’, let alone put it into action. I’m a reader. I like writing, and watching movies, and chats over hot chocolate. I’m not exactly cut out to be a ‘world-changer’.

Cue some wise words from Persian poet Rumi:

Raise your words, not your voice. It is the rain that grows the flowers, and not the thunder.

Words are POWERFUL. Non-fiction books have played a huge part in sharing knowledge and combating ignorance.

My real passion, though, lies in fiction, and I’m a firm believer that novels can have just as much impact on society as purely informative books.¬†

I could list so many books that are comments on society: ‘Les Miserables’ by Victor Hugo, ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens, and ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan to name but a few, and don’t get me started on the Dystopians! Literature is practically defined by its power to challenge the way we think and view things.

It’s not just blatant social comments that can be challenging; books like ‘I am the Messenger’ by Markus Zusak and ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth offer ethical messages that provoke readers to double check what they stand for and strive for in the realms of personality traits and how they relate to other people.

Writers like V.E. Schwab (Vicious) and Ted Dekker (Showdown, Burn) force us to look carefully at our stances on right and wrong, and inspire us to keep fighting.

All of this is incredibly inspiring (and, I would argue, essential), but where do books like ‘The Rosie Project’ (Graeme Simsion) fit in? How does a sweet, humourous and fun piece of literature in any way contribute to society?

Did you know happiness is really important? “A joyful heart is good medicine”, as Proverbs 17:22 will tell you. As a writer, and in ‘real life’ as well, I can tell you that there is nothing I find more up-lifting than to make someone else smile, especially if they’re going through a hard time. This summer I’m going to be heading to South Africa, where I’ll be partaking in charity work among people affected by AIDs, and I’m being completely honest when I say that if I can make one orphaned kid smile, the entire trip will be worth it.

As a famous (fictional) author once said:

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. 

(That was John Green as Peter van Houten, by the way)

So no, I don’t think a reader/writer like me is ever going to impact every single individual on this planet, but I don’t think that was ever expected. I genuinely believe that giving a pep talk, buying someone hard on cash coffee, and even just being with someone who’s struggling changes their¬†worlds, and the individuals matter so much.

Part of being human means we are part of what is – for lack of better words – a team. Our stories interlock and twist and you don’t know how that fiver you put in the charity jar could make a difference for someone. You don’t know how that sentence you wrote, or that book you recommended could impact someone’s perspective of life.

After all, the definition of change is this: “to¬†make¬†the¬†form,¬†nature,¬†content,¬†future¬†course,¬†etc.,¬†of¬†(something)¬†different¬†from¬†what¬†it¬†is¬†or from¬†what¬†it¬†would¬†be¬†if¬†left¬†alone.” Personally, I endeavour to be one of those people who don’t leave injustices alone. Yeah, that homeless guy deserves a sandwich today. Yes, that girl who sits alone should be offered company. Yes, I should treasure the people in my life because we’re all temporary and fleeting and brimming with the potential to be meaningful and live meaningfully, and I don’t want to just grow that in myself but in others.

I want to be part of a sharing world; a world that is communicative and connected, and I’d say literature is a fantastic place to start.

So thank you Anne Frank and Rumi: I’m going to add my raindrops to the river, and I’m going to start now. Whose little infinity can you impact today?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Stories to Songs: It’s Time – Jamie McDell

It’s Time by Jamie McDell

based on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Jamie McDell is one of my favourite YouTube singer/songwriters, so I wanted to share this gorgeous song, despite it making two out of four ‘Stories to Songs’ posts based on John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.

This video in particular is really beautifully put together with clips from the movie trailer, and even tastefully inserted audio.

I think Jamie’s voice suits this song perfectly, and I love that it complimented the book without wrestling lots of direct quotes into the lyrics.

She’s also written songs based on other YA books, so her channel is worth checking out.

Are there any other songs based on books that you would recommend?

On a side note, I went to see the film adaptation last night. I honestly thought it was done perfectly – I loved the casting choices! What were your thoughts on the movie? Did you think it did the book justice? I actually thought the movie was on par with the novel!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Book of the Month: May 2014

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald – 5 stars

I’d been meaning to read this for so long! I finally got around to it last month, and I really really enjoyed it.

The plot follows Nick Carraway (AKA biggest third wheel in history) who witnesses the unfolding of a complex romance between his mysterious neighbour, Gatsby, and the married woman who lives across the lake from them.

It’s so refreshing to read a classic that is so accessible to a modern audience, while still dealing with profound issues. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a brilliant writer.

What I found really helpful for getting my head round this novel was going through an analysis of the themes and characters. (Watch John Green’s 2 part discussion on ‘Crash course’ – the first part is here)

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend this book – it’s relatively short and smooth to read without forfeiting the thought-provoking issues we’d expect to be addressed by such a timeless novel.

Let me know what you thought of this book!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

~Dani