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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Interesting Facts About Writers

Recently, I’ve been reading a few autobiographical books of authors, and it struck me that writers can be quite strange and acutely interesting people. Here’s a little collection of facts about famous writers that I found fascinating.

  • Margaret Atwood once had a boyfriend who sent her a real, blood-sodden cow’s heart pierced by an arrow¬† for¬†Valentine’s Day. What a romantic.
  • Michael Morpurgo’s grandfather was a poet, some of whose works were set to music by Edward Elgar himself!
  • If you reading this have published a piece of writing and are disappointed with the ten copies you’ve sold, take heart – you’re doing better than the Brontes’ first did, my friend! In 1846, the Bronte sisters collaborated and published a book of poetry…it sold two copies.

Virginia Woolf beard hoax

 

  • The above photograph details what is known as the ‘Dreadnought hoax‘. Basically, a group of Bloomsbury writers and artists including, Virginia Woolf, dressed up and donned fake beards to trick the crew of the HMS Dreadnought into thinking they were Abyssinian princes. They were given a forty minute tour of the ship.
  • As a schoolboy, Roald Dahl worked as a taste-tester for Cadbury’s chocolate.
  • Victor Hugo’s cure for writer’s block was…nudity. He’d get his servants to remove his clothes, and instruct them not to return them until he’d met his deadline.
  • John Steinbeck’s first manuscript for Of Mice and Men was eaten by his puppy. He later wrote telling his editor: “I was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”
  • Charles Dickens always carried a compass with him: he liked to sleep facing the north. He thought it would improve his writing.

I hope you enjoyed this little collection of trivia – let me know your favourite literary facts!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

Month in Books: September 2014

This month has been my best reading month this year! I had a lot of spare time working as a receptionist, and hanging around before university, so I got through quite a selection! As always, you can clicking the title will send you to the Goodreads page for the book.

Tales from Ovid – Ted Hughes – 5 stars¬†This is Ted Hughes’ translation and interpretation of some of the Roman poems presented in The Ovid. They’re nicely written and very accessible to read.

Disappearing in Plain Sight – Francis L. Guenette – 3.5 stars¬†The story of a small lake-side community that run a camp for teenagers who are working through problems. It’s a great read, with a real emphasis on psychology so if you’re into that, this book may be for you! I reviewed this here.

Be Bright: Living for Christ at University РDr Andrew King Р4 stars The title is pretty self-explanatory! This is a really short little book that is both wise and very practical.

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell – 4 stars¬†This is a really well-loved contemporary romance, although I’ll admit I was expecting more magic and less Jacqueline Wilson.

New Weather – Paul Muldoon – 5 stars¬†This is the most expensive collection of poetry I’ve ever come across! That said, it’s really beautiful and thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed working through these poems.

The Hobbit РJRR Tolkein Р5 stars I loved this! It was my first Tolkein book, so I was excited to get stuck in. The world, characters and whimsical story-telling completely enthralled me. I wrote a post about it here.

How to Climb the Eiffel Tower – Elizabeth Hein – 5 stars¬†I reviewed this here! I really loved this story, which I think is perfectly described here: “A moving, surprisingly humorous, sometimes snarky novel about life, friendship… and cancer.”

The Luck Uglies – Paul Durham – 4 stars¬†I believe this is what you call ‘Middle Grade’ reading, but I flew threw it. It’s a great fantasy story with lovely characters, and it’s just so much fun.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – Roald Dahl – 4 stars¬†I’m actually not Dahl’s biggest fan, but I did really like this story! It’s unusual and fun with a strong moral core.

Goldfinger – Ian Fleming – 4 stars¬†Seventh in the James Bond original series, this is actually the first one I’ve ever read! I really enjoyed it, and wrote a review here.

Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable РValorie Burton Р5 stars I wrote a review here. This is a Christian self-help book, and I found the layout and content really helpful and relevant.

The Lord of the Flies РWilliam Golding Р3 stars Yes. This is the story where a lot of stranded children take over an island and go crazy. It was genuinely terrifying.

Negotiating with the Dead – Margaret Atwood – 4 stars¬†This is a book made up of what were originally Atwood’s lectures on creative writing. It’s been described as erudite, chatty and fun, and I think that’s completely accurate!

Shutter Island РDennis Lehane Р4 stars A really psychological read set in a mental institute on an isolated island. I wrote a review here.

That Summer – Sarah Dessen – 4 stars¬†This is my first Sarah Dessen book, and it really wasn’t what I was expecting! It’s a sweet and relatable little contemporary.

Love, Rosie РCecelia Ahern Р5 stars I wrote a review here. I absolutely loved this book! The quirky structure and heart-warming characters really made it something special for me.

And that’s a wrap on September! (Sixteen books – I think that’s my record!) What have you been reading? Are you interested in any of the titles listed above?

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

Month in Books: July 2014

July’s wrap-up is here! And it’s kind of on time!

The Secret Life of Bees¬†– Sue Monk Kidd – 5 stars¬†Set in the USA, 1964, we follow a young girl who is exposed to racism and her own troubled past as she runs away from home. It’s really quite magical.

The Road to Yesterday¬†– Randy Mixter – 4 stars¬†I reviewed this here! When a horrible tragedy strikes, our protagonist struggles to live with the guilt of surviving. Surely there’s nothing he can do to change the past? Fantastic little novella.

First Love РIvan Turgenev Р4 stars This is also a short story; set in Russia, this is the story of a young man living through his first love.

Pride and Prejudice¬†– Jane Austen – 3 stars¬†The classic everyone’s heard of! It took me a while to get through, but it’s a great story with some lovely characters.

Twilight’s Indian Princess:Book 1¬†– Margaret Jean Langstaff – 4 stars¬†I reviewed this here. The first novel installment from Ms. Langstaff, this is a contemporary story full of psychological tricks and scarily relateable characters.

The Twits¬†– Roald Dahl – 4 stars¬†I reviewed this here! A children’s illustrated book that follows two elderly people in their ‘prank warfare’.

Never Fade¬†– Alexandra Bracken – 4 stars¬†I reviewed this¬†too! The second book in Bracken’s¬†The Darkest Minds¬†trilogy, this action-packed dystopian doesn’t disappoint. A great balance between relational and action development – it’s fun and exciting.

Thirteen Reasons Why РJay Asher Р4 stars Oh look, another review. This is a YA contemporary novel that deals with a girl who has committed suicide and left a series of tapes behind, on which she has recorded her story.

Moon Whispers РG. Michael Vasey Р4 stars Find my review here. An anthology of poetry that is modern and very very relevant.

The Unicorn Girl РM.L. LeGette Р4 stars Yep РI reviewed this too! YA Fantasy, this is a romp of a story and is pure magic.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before¬†– Jenny Han – 5 stars To be honest, the title made me think this wasn’t going to be my kind of book. The premise, however, is pretty much a novelisation of my childhood fears: a girl writes secret goodbye letters to the boys she has crushed on in order to purge her heart of the forbidden affections…and then the letters get sent out. It’s a bit clich√© and cutsie and I loved every second of it.

Review: The Twits – Roald Dahl

The Twits – Roald Dahl – 4 stars

The Twits

I feel like this is one of those books most people read in their childhoods…but not me! I found an¬†audiobook version, which meant I missed out on Quentin Blake’s illustrations, but got to enjoy James Murphy‘s fantastic performance.

Like all the other Dahl books I’ve read, this one is wickedly humourous and is full of the childlike fascination with the gruesome that we’d expect.

The plot follows two revolting elderly people – Mr and Mrs Twit – in a battle of cruel pranks. It’s when they begin to direct¬†their cruelness outwards that they are taught their lesson.

This is such a fun story, although I don’t feel like I would ever read it to a young child!

4 stars for another quirky and creative Roald Dahl book.

If you’ve read this, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you still read children’s literature?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani