In honour of this british tag, today I’ll talk british. (Well, alright, I’ll talk british most days but not on the blog so there it is.)
This tag was assigned to me by Le Tanuki. I couldn’t express how grateful I am for this opportunity because speaking in british (yes, british, not english) about all that I love in the british culture is how I could envision my life for a very long time. But do not fear (not much, at least) because I tried as possible to keep myself from writing an essay on several thousands of pages. This tag is pretty short (for my standards).
Without further ado, let’s get to the tag!
Which books from british authors or taking place in UK have you loved?
I’ve already spoken about it on this blog but I cannot answer this question without naming Jasper Fforde and his fantastic book serie about the magnificient Thursday Next. I won’t repeat myself about these great books because I already talked a lot on these adventures and the last time, I talked so much I had to split the tag in two posts so let’s not do that here. (I say that and look, a big talk about essentially nothing, I’ll never learn.)
Next, and I already talked about it on the same tag that for Thursday Next serie, I wish to thank Terry Pratchett for the Discworld chronicles. (And this time with no digression, thanks.)
After these two giants, I could name a handful of british authors (yes I have very big hands) but I’ll try to keep the list short:
- First, Karen Traviss who wrote a lot of Star Wars books in the period of the Clone Wars and was also one of the three authors of the wonderful Legacy of the Force.
- Of course JK Rowling, for the world of Harry Potter (yes, already talked about).
- and mister Neil Gaiman for all his magical creations (and I’m so looking forward to his next book featuring the norse mythology).
Ok, I tried to keep it short but that’s the best I can do (and I really hold it as best as possible, so feel yourself lucky, it should have been so much longer).
Which books are in your to-read-list?
There are so many books in my list, I’ll spare you the pain and jump to next question.
Which films and TV series have left their marks on you?
Alright I’ll mostly talk about TV series, because I was never a big film amateur but I grew up watching some british tv series that were really important to me.
Having said that, there are only three films that I’ll include here:
- The Man who fell to Earth
- Holy Grail
Because David Bowie, the Monty Pythons and The Who. And no, I didn’t name The Wall because even if I really love Pink Floyd and I think the album The Wall is great, the film was not really to my tastes.
Now for the big chunk: my favourite british TV series. Brace for impact!
- First, I’ll start with the show that started this journey toward the british culture, as it was something I loved as a child: Fraggle Rock. (Ok it’s only part british but still.)
- Then the first of the « adult series », not that these were particularly allusory, especially the first one to come: narrating the life of an irish priest in a completely lost village (their equivalent of la Creuse), this is Father Ted.
- The next one is absolutely impossible to describe, I’ll just say it’s really dumb but really funny (only british people can be dumb and funny at the same time): Bottom.
- After that, it’s time for one of the funniest serie there was and also the serie that showed me I could enjoy being weird. Life taught me I was « not normal » and this serie showed me knowing who Linus Torvalds is can be a good thing, and characters that were like me and with whom I could laugh (and not being laughed at, like some other -american- serie): The IT Crowd.
- Last but not least, the serie that could be the best summary of my life (except wine, they drink a lot of wine and I don’t), and also the character that is my absolute life model (even more than Ron Swanson himself): Black Books.
Which british music artists do you consider mandatory for any good playlist?
That one is very easy: David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Genesis (especially with Peter Gabriel), and The Who.
I could tell many anecdotes here but I promised to keep this post short so maybe another time. (But do know it is very hard for me to name these bands and tell nothing.)
Have you ever been in a country part of the United Kingdom?
While not part of the United Kingdom, I’ve lived in Ireland for about two years. More precisely, I was in Cork. (Yes I’m good at dodging questions and answering off-track.)
For the UK exclusively, my only trip was to London.
Do you have a favourite british author, character, actor, band, member of Excalibur?
The answer for this last question is very simple: everything I named in this post. Quick test: do you remember every name I referenced? (Lucky for you, the crib is on the same page as the test.)
Now for the last part of any tag, the moment where I can use my evil laugh while contemplating my plan to conquer the world: the nominees list!
Since they were mean to me, I give you the two victims who’ll have the distinct honour to do this british tag with the same questions:
- Le Roy Dit Nous Voulons (God Save Le Roy)
- Le Brocoli de Merlin (You cannot be « de Merlin » without being a tad british)
The die is cast, the gauntlet has been thrown down! Will you be up to the challenge?
I shall now bid you farewell and see you on the next post (at an unknown random date, as usual).