Books and Waffles Alphabeticals: D

The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday didn’t interest me, so here’s another Alphabetical post!

Here are the rules:

  • Credit Alex for the idea, and link back
  • Post at your own pace, do as many or as few letters as you want
  • Post your favourite authors, books and characters (ABCs) for a particular letter of the alphabet

For some letters, I probably won’t be able to stick to my “last name” rule for the letters. I almost had to break it for this one, but I did manage to find three authors that start with the letter “D” for this post.

Authors Beginning with D

Ted Dekker: In middle school and high school, I read a ton of Ted Dekker books. He’s one of the better Christian authors because his stories aren’t pushy or cliche. I especially like his fantasy, but some of his thrillers are good too. I haven’t read his books in a while, but I want to go back and read some of the ones I’ve missed.

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Kate DiCamillo: Her books are sometimes hit or miss for me, but she wrote Because of Winn-Dixie and that has always been a favorite dog book so I have to add her to the list. I need to read more of her works.

Ian Doescher: This man is brilliant. He rewrote the Star Wars movies as Shakespeare plays and while it’s completely ridiculous, I love it. He’s publishing more retellings, including Mean Girls and Back to the Future, and he’s also written a few Deadpool comics.

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Books Beginning with D

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: This was my favorite book from 2017. I connected so much with the characters and the magic of the story that it pretty much ruined me to finish it and learn it was a standalone.

The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin: I loved this book growing up. I read it over and over and marveled over the illustrations and the idea of dolls moving around while people weren’t watching. I really wanted my own version of the dollhouse and dolls and the book was cruel enough to include an order catalog in the back of the book that I thought was real.

Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul: Ms. Paul is one of my favorite children’s authors because every single book she writes is about dragons. Her stories are so magical and uplifting with good messages and fun characters. And, of course, lots and lots of dragons!

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Characters Beginning with D

Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This is list would be complete without Mr. Darcy. While he’s not my favorite Austen hero, mainly because I relate to him too much to be in love with him, I still adore his character and his relationship with Elizabeth.

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Digory Kirke from The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis: Digory Kirke is such an important character from my childhood. Not only did he “discover” Narnia and build the wardrobe, but the choices he makes—and more importantly doesn’t make—really hit home with me and my struggles with faith. Plus, his character is based on J.R.R. Tolkien (at least the older version is).

Wendy Darling from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: Sometimes I think Wendy is brushed to the side when it comes to Peter Pan. Everybody loves Peter and Hook and the Lost Boys and Tinkerbell. But Wendy is the entire reason Peter Pan came to the window in the first place. Yes, she’s awfully sweet, but we forget she’s brave as well.

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What authors, books, or characters do you love that begin with the letter “D”?

 

9 thoughts on “Books and Waffles Alphabeticals: D

  1. That’s a very good point about Wendy. Also, she — almost more than the others — has kinda turned into the Disney version without us really remembering what she was like in the original book, and I don’t feel like that’s fair to her. I need to re-read the original now to do her justice.

    I love that you included Digory! I too often forget about him too, but he’s a great character.

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    • I definitely agree! Even Peter has been Disney-fied. He’s kind of a brat. I know he can be a brat in the Disney film, but not to the extent that he is in the book. And the life-action movie (2004?) definitely depicts him a lot nicer than he is in the story.

      Digory is so great! He gets blindsided as well because everybody knows the Pevensies and Caspian (though I love them too).

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      • It seems that more people have done Peter-without-Wendy retellings, though, so at least Peter has a bit more variety in his stories.

        I tend to remember the bad parts of Digory instead of the good parts, but when I think about all of his personality I like him a lot more. It’s like only remembering Eustace before the dragon, or Edmund as a friend of the Witch. For some reason, though, I can remember their whole story arc better than Digory’s. (It makes no sense to me at all. I love The Magician’s Nephew, so I can’t see why I have this issue.)

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      • It’s true. Though I often hate Peter Pan retellings because I don’t think the author/writer/screenplay captures the spirit of the original story. They just do what they want and pretend it’s good when it’s not. (Except for Hook. Hook is a good Peter Pan retelling/adaptation.)

        I wonder if part of it’s because Eustace and Edmund have movies about their arcs and Digory does not. I know I remember a lot because I’ve seen the movies so many times. I really need to reread the whole series again soon.

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      • Agreed, Hook was the best Peter Pan adaptation. Love that movie. I saw a stage version a few years back — Peter Pan 360, I think — and it was really good.

        It could be the movies, but I’ve only seen them once each (and never saw the second of the three movies). I doubt it though, since I had this same problem before the movies came out. I’ve always enjoyed Digory’s story while reading it, and then it gets put aside and into memory when I’m done reading. Maybe because it’s set in Narnia’s past instead of its present?

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      • Ooh, I’d love to see a stage version of Peter Pan!

        Hmm… maybe because it’s the past is the case. That’s odd, but I can understand it happening. I can never remember what happens in The Last Battle, but considering it’s the final book, the chances of me reaching it during a reread are a lot slimmer than the other books. I tend to start LWW or MN and forget to keep going. XD

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