Friday, November 11, 2011

Follow My Blog Friday (2) & TGIF

TGIF at GReads:

Q: Love-Hate Relationship: Which characters from a book do you love to hate?

You know the one literary character I really can't stand? More than anyone else? Ever? Umbridge from Harry Potter. I'd rather have 10 Voldemorts than that vile, narcassistic, pink little toad. I swear I have a physical reaction to her. My blood boils, I grit my teeth, and my stomach churns. I cannot verbalise strongly enough how I feel about her. I really despise bureaucratic paper-pusher baddies like Umbridge. Jason Madigan from One Foot In The Grave (Jeaniene Frost) is another, and Vogler in House (the TV show).

I cannot stand evil people hiding behind politics and beuracracy, abusing the system that's there to help people, to help themselves... Grrrrr.

Imelda Staunton as Umbridge is diabolical. An evil, manipulating, conniving despicable excuse for a human being. In other words, Imelda Staunton is brilliant.

Follow My Blog Friday:

'Follow My Blog' Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. I've not participated before, but the idea is to meet other book bloggers, and get to know one another. What a fun idea, and opportunity!

Featured blog this week: Motherlode and The Book Nympho

Each week, the fabulous hosts pose a question. This week, it's:

Q: In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran’s Day tell us about your favorite solider and how he or she is saving the world. Fictional or real life.

Huh... you know, I'm struggling with this. It kind of doesn't feel appropriate making a joke about how much I love M*A*S*H, or Terry Bellefleur from True Blood (though I do, I really, really, do).

I'm grateful I know no-one who's overseas fighting. I have all the love and respect in the world for those who do, and for those who are. We wouldn't able to live in the world we do at, without scarifices these people make, and have made, for us.

Neither of my Grandad's are with us any longer, but both of them fought in WW2. I don't know much about my Pa's (paternal grandad's) story, and I don't really want to. I got the vibe he was haunted by it. My Mum's dad, though, lost a hand in the war, and I don't believe saw any action. There's an interesting story about how he lost that hand, too, and it wasn't bravely, in battle. I'll give you a hint: it may have involved him holding a supposedly dud enemy explosive he was told not to, and a cigarette that may, or may not have, been put against a fuse of some kind.

Yep, folks, those are my genes.

And it still makes me proud. Because both of my grandad's loved their country and loved their families enough to fight for what was right. Doesn't mean I can't get a giggle out of some rather silly behaviour.

And, well, that's it. Who's yours? I'd love to hear about who you hate :D


  1. Hi! thanks for the follow! I am happily returning the favor.

  2. Returning the visit! *nods* I struggled with this question--I had to go light-hearted with it. Wow, that's...a really unique war wound.

  3. Welcome to FF! My grandfather also served and never really talked much about it, but I have never really liked war stories anyways.


    Angela's Anxious Life

  4. Hey, love your answer! Thanks to both Grandpas ;) Happy Follow Friday, new follower.
    Tristan @ reads With wreckless Abandon

  5. Great answer that you give for FF. I'm now your newest follower and would love for you to visit me when you get a chance.

  6. Happy Veteran's Day to you, Remembrance Day to us :) Happy #FF; new follower!
    MaryAnn @ Chapter by Chapter

  7. Great answers, and I'm also a hater of Umbridge. I've seen MASH a couple of places now but haven't ever seen an episode. Y'all are kinda making me want to, though :)
    Hope you a wonderful Veteran's Day!
    Ninja Girl

  8. Terry from True Blood is awesome!! :)

  9. That's a pretty good story. Not really the best way to loose a hand.

  10. Sending my thanks to both of your grandfathers. Your story about how your grandfather lost his hand was unique to say the least! It's definitely one of the few stories I've heard that's made me smile (and I mean that in the most respectful way possible!) Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Veteran's Day!

    New Follower

    My FF
    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  11. @Kristan: my family likes to think of ourselves as 'irreverant'. I laughed till I cried when I heard that story--I absolutely know you meant no disrespect, and non taken. I'm at work. Trying not laugh thinking about it :D

  12. Excellent response. Gee why didn't I think of these people. People forget that soldiers put their lives everyday that they are overseas fighting so that we can enjoy our freedom.

    Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog

  13. My Grandfather served as well. Happy Veterans Day

  14. You're answer is much more thorough than mine and a good one as well. Humor is always good though, where would we be without it?

    Happy Veteran's Day, 11.11.11, and FRIDAY! :)

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  15. I actually love M*A*S*H..lolz..I was a weird duck as a kid and loved it instead of "normal" kid shows. It was my Uncle Reds fave & he fought as a Marine in Korea so I always ended up there watching it 1x a week and it stuck. Maybe it was spending time w/my Aunt & Uncle that was special.That & the show was/is pretty cool.
    New follower :)
    Your Grandpa sounded pretty cool :)
    Follow Friday@BOOKS & BEYOND

  16. I'm sure you genes are just fine. ;)

    New Follower. Come see my Friday! And have a great weekend!

  17. Aww sorry to here about your grandparents. Old follower hopping through. Here is mine if you'd like to check it out!
    My FF

  18. I can't believe I didn't even think of Umbridge, she's so horrible! I despised her in both the book and the movie.

  19. Oh dear his poor hand!

    Happy Friday!!


  20. I love Terry from True Blood! He is awesome! Great post! New follower! Here's my FF: Mom Reads My Books

  21. I kinda like the show Elena.....after reading the books! Book Elena is just so annoying!
    I agree! The pictures really are well edited!
    Thanks for visiting! =)

  22. BTW great choice! I hate Umbridge too!!

  23. I didn't even think of Umbridge! ANd thx to your grandpapas :-)

  24. Thanks to your grandpas! Neither of mine would ever really talk about what happened. They'd show pictures, medals, and that sort of stuff but nothing else.

    Thanks for stopping by mine!

  25. Hello! New follower here. My great grandfather was a pilot who died in WW2 so I always try to think of him on Remembrance Day. Yes, Umbridge is horrible isn't she? And played perfectly by Imedla Staunton. If you'd like to pay me a visit I'm over at http:\\

  26. Love your response to the TGIF question! I have not read Harry Potter but of course have seen all the movies and I couldn't agree more. I think I would rather deal with a fully evil, in your face type villain than a person who acts perfectly cheery to your face and then stabs you in the back to get exactly what she wants!

  27. Thanks for following me. I'm following you back!

  28. Hopping through. I might be a new follower. It's hard to tell from GFC...sorry. Delores Umbridge truly is an evil character but one of the most interesting.
    My Hop

  29. Yes! Professor Umbridge! So annoying.

    I remember watching M.A.S.H. all the time when I was younger, but I don't think I really got what it was about. Now that I'm older, I understand!

  30. Thanks for stopping by! Love your TGIF choice - Umbridge is awful!

    My grandpa never talked much about WWII either. He preferred photography discussion!

    Kate @ Epic (Chocolate) Fantasy

  31. Umbridge is a brilliant choice! OMG all those things you described as your body physically reacting to her? that's me too.

    Happy Veterans/Remembrance Day. New follower.

    JJ iReads
    My Friday Post

  32. You just described Umbridge in the best possible way. I have nothing to add, because you took every feeling I've had about her and put it in to words - so thank you!

    My TGIF

  33. happy vet's day!

    I follow you here! will you stop by my blog?! I'm hosting a cover craze for an author! :)

  34. Some people have friends and/or family who served or who is serving in the military. Other people aren’t really keen on the long-standing war and really have no answer at all.

    As for me? I don’t know anyone who is serving or who has served so I decided to go with what I want and chose a fictional soldier as an answer. The thing is, I had four prime candidates! I did eventually end up with one with a lengthy explanation. Care to know who it is? Follow me back to and find out!

    In celebration of today’s cool date of 11/11/11 I’m offering a special $11 discount off all my interactive fiction books! Sure I’m a book blogger but I’m also an author. All the details of the $11 off on 11/11/11 is at the bottom of my Follow Friday blog post.

    Since I’m posting this kind of late just add 'FF’ to the coupon code and it’ll be valid all weekend long!

    Thank God it’s Follow Friday!

    Howard Sherman, Implementor

  35. Awesome answer! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Fun answer! Thanks for the follow! I've returned the favor!



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