Hey everyone, today I’m doing my first tag on my blog! I’ll be doing the Hamilton Book Tag! I first saw this on Christine’s, aka polandbananasbooks‘, video and absolutely loved it. I actually watched this video before I heard the full Hamilton album and now that I have heard all the songs I wanted to do this tag! This tag was actually created by a booktuber named Maureen, aka maureenkeavy. I’ve seen a few other bloggers do this tag and decided to join in the fun as well.
For some background, Hamilton is a 2015 musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (music, lyrics, and book) based on the life of Alexander Hamilton’s biography Alexander Hamilton by Rob Chernow. The musical opened Off-Broadway in February 2015 and transferred to Broadway the following August, going on to win several awards including a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. Hamilton is expected to be nominated for the Tony Awards on May 3rd and to win at the 70th Tony Awards on June 12th. Although very much a Broadway musical, Hamilton incorporates elements of hip-hop, rap, and other genres of music that aren’t normally featured on the Broadway stage. The actors are also very diverse, where people of color are portraying Founding Fathers when the people they are based on were Caucasian. The popularity of this musical is now credited with influencing the US Department of the Treasury’s decision to change the faces on the US currency. Hamilton was previously going to be replaced on the $10 but the decision was recently announced that Hamilton would stay and instead Andrew Jackson would be replaced by Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
So onto the tag!
1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in
I would put myself into the world of Harry Potter of course! Definitely, without a doubt, I would chose to go to Hogwarts, buy my very own wand, and join my fellow Ravenclaws in the Great Hall everyday. I would not enjoy Quidditch as I’m not a fan of sports now, so why would Quidditch be an exception but I’m all for becoming an animagi. SIGN ME UP.
2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character
I have not yet finished the Game of Thrones series (books or tv show), but I would definitely name Sansa Stark in this one. I know there are many people that dislike her character but I absolutely loved Sansa since day 1, even though I didn’t expect to. Sansa is often overshadowed in the eyes and hearts of GoT fans by her little sister Arya, who is the more unruly of the two (trying to avoid spoilers here). However, I admire Sansa’s grace and composure in rough times and if I were dropped into Westeros I would likely be just like Sansa, a lady who uses her courtesy as her armor.
3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them
I would say Santiago from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho would be this character. Without spoiling anything Santiago is given a goal and is continuously tested along the way, each task and barrier more impossible than the next. Santiago is a fun character and while he sometimes thinks he’s lost his way, he never truly does.
4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [Possible spoilers!]
Back to Harry Potter, I really wish Sirius Black was still alive! And Lupin. And Fred. And Tonks. You get the picture…
5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [Spoilers!]
I would say that would be Marina and Oscar from Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Marina. I won’t say how the separated but it was quite sad as the two had just been through so much and were very much connected to each other.
6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain
This tag is harder than I anticipated. I’m going to pull a Flashback Friday and pick Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Olaf was just a hilarious villain for me, my favorite of his appearances would be from the sixth book the the series when he starts mocking the children in front of other adults and the other adults just ignore it. Ah, fun times.
7. The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming
I would say The Night Circus for this one. I did see part of the twist coming but I definitely didn’t see all of the twist coming.
8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned
I know I’ve used Harry Potter so much already but I’ve marathoned this series so many times in my life that this was the most obvious choice for me.
9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs
This one goes to The Devil in the White City. This book focuses on multiple characters during the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 with one of the characters being completely separate than the others. Because the book focused on the architect struggling to build the fair as well as a serial killer in the city, having multiple POVs provided some much needed information from both sides.
10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history
Definitely Harry Potter. Great, four of my ten answers have been Harry Potter!. 🙂
I recommend that you listen to this soundtrack if you haven’t already. The music is really enjoyable and the musical is easy to follow along through the soundtrack. I don’t normally listen to hip hop or rap, which worried me as I thought I would not enjoy the music but that was completely opposite of what did happen. I really enjoyed the music and the characters and fully intend to read the book when I get the chance and hopefully see the musical as well. So that’s the Hamilton tag!
Thanks for reading!