The Sidekick? The Unsung Hero/Heroine?

Hi everyone! I hope you are well, staying cool and enjoying the summer.

In books, it is unusual if the main character in the story is my favorite character. I know! I’m odd. 🙂 My favorite character is usually someone in the background. Someone who seems to be overlooked – a sidekick – the unsung hero? I’m not sure what to call this seemingly insignificant character who is actually very significant! For example, I just finished reading, “To Win Her Favor,” by Tamera Alexander. Well, General Harding was one of my two favorite characters in the story. He was so important in Cullen and Maggie’s life! He was so very important.

 Or, Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories! Need I say more???

Well, it’s the same in movies. There is usually a character/sidekick/unsung hero or heroine that captures my attention and heart. I am going to address a few of these characters now. These are in no particular order.

 Darcy Lewis #thor - Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) is Jane Foster’s intern, a quirky but quick-thinking poli-sci major who found herself in the middle of Earth’s first contact with an alien civilization. And while she doesn’t always understand everything that’s happening around her, she doesn’t hesitate to speak up about it. When Jane discovers an ancient cosmological event affecting the Earth, it’s Darcy who has to pick up the slack when Jane disappears.

How can I not love Darcy from the “Thor” movies??? She’s amazing. She’s funny, smart and she stands with Jane through – well – everything! Roustabout? Is she the voice beyond reason when reason makes no sense??? I really love her! What’s not to love???

Mr. Riley Poole from National Treasure! If only he were real, if so I'd marry him ;)

Do you remember Riley from the National Treasure Movies??? He’s great. I gotta love him. He’s smart and funny and a great sidekick. Didn’t he write a book??? I think, he’s easy on the eyes. Oops. hehe. Did I say that out loud???

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Movie Still

Oh yes! The Professor from, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Just a great character. He certainly knew how to put things into perspective. I can’t help myself but to love this character. He’s a living memory. 🙂

Inspired by Karl Urban in Star Trek, I got the blue costume star trek shirt and paired it with a black skirt and boots. Wore a purse that could've been a doctor's bag and made a fem-bones.

Okay! This guy needs to seriously clean up his language, but really, I do like him. He has a terrible bedside manner. He has this sarcastic humor that’s great. He’s just got an all around bad attitude. And, he’s a doctor??? I really like this character, in spite of his flaws. I mean really!!! Ahem. Oh, another one who is easy on the eyes, hehe.

Who are your favorite sidekicks or unsung heros/heroines? I’d love to hear from you.:)

Enjoy and Happy Reading. pictures from pinterest.


Join me in a BIG Welcome to Adria!!!

Hi Adria! Welcome to Cottage Books. Thank-you so much for visiting the cottage today. You can find Adria at

– So, without further ado, here’s Adria!

unnamed[2]This book, “Selected Prose,” by T. S. Eliot, has influenced my thinking, parts of it and I have noticed, make little appearances in my writing. It’s a beautiful selection of Eliot’s practical and personal essays that critique written material and critique the methods with which people critique written material (viz. poetry).

1.) When did you start writing poetry?

Answer: I remember writing poetry for school assignments in the 2nd and 3rd grade. Writing poetry of my own volition began when I was about twelve years old, when some of my journal entries morphed into poems.

2.) How does your style of poetry reflect you personality?

Answer: A poem, in a way, is the poet’s mirror; and the poet can choose what to hold the mirror up to. My poetry reflects me in it’s:

A.) Wordplay and phrase-play. Outside of my writing life I play with words a lot – puns, for example, are an integral part of my personality.

B.) Word definitions and juxtapositions to emphasize deeper themes. While going about daily life, I do a lot of thinking. I remind myself of the purpose behind (or “definitions” of) what I am saying or doing. I also try to juxtapose people and situations in a way that brings to light peoples’ likes and dislikes.

C.) Light imagery. I best comprehend deep ideas by admiring the sweeter, lighter bits of life. It’s like trying to see the bottom of a deep lake. You could dive down to see it, or you could use a flashlight from above the water to peer in. My everyday thoughts and conversations, like my poetry, often use this flashlight method to observe life.

3.) Where does your inspiration come from?

Answer: My inspiration come from many places. I have a poem about underwater tea parties, one about a middle-aged man on a bus, one about making beds, one about playing cricket in India, many about drinking tea. . . The commonality is this: in each of these poems, I created a distinct environment. People remember events based on locations, smells, feelings, etc., and I want to “remember” events I have never personally experienced. We should, I think, learn what it’s like to be a middle-aged man; we should slip into the shoes of a girl in a snowstorm; and, while we’re at it, why not learn from seagulls, cherry trees, and other seemingly insignificant parts of life? In short, I am inspired by little things that help with understanding big things.

4.) If there is one thing you want people to come away with when they read your poetry, what is it?

Answer: Good question. Every person experiences art in a unique way. That being said, an art piece should be able to establish an overall impression. For my poetry, I hope that impression is this: life is meaningful. Like I said before, my poems usually lock onto a little thing – a single image or act – and then use that little thing to demonstrate a big thing. The “big things” I like to point towards are realities nearly everyone experiences at some point: love, hope, despondency, admiration, guardianship, helpfulness – to name a few. I hope my poetry shows people how to find the sometimes hidden meanings in everyday life.

FullSizeRender (1)Though I do not use my typewriter for all my writing (far from it, actually), it captures my ideal for writing poetry. It is old-fashioned, sounds lovely , and the font is somehow endearing.

Adria, thanks again for visiting us at the cottage.:) Blessings to you!


Female villains! Villainess?

Yesterday I posted for the first time, my favorite male villains from the big screen, now today, I’ve decided to reveal my favorite female villains/villainess. This seemed to take more thought. I don’t go to the movies a lot, but when I do go, I see some interesting films. How many remember, “Snow White and the Huntsman?” Oh yea. She was a piece of work, the villainess! I think she needs a hobby. What are your thoughts?

Charlize Theron ~ Snow White And The Huntsman

My next choice is a toss up. Again, what are your thoughts? Of the two, below, I have selected, which one do you prefer? 🙂

10 foods from literature you can make yourself - will you go for the White Witch's Turkish Delight or Amy March's pickled limes?

A.) Jadis, the White Witch of Narnia, or

Teaser Poster: Oz, the Great and Powerful - MemePix

B.) Theodora, from, “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Do you have a favorite villainous whom I have not listed. I’d like to hear from you.:) Enjoy!

pictures from pinterest.

The Wingfeather Saga Book Two

North! or Be Eaten - Another favorite by Andrew Peterson.The Igiby’s are back and, once again, I am the last person to read this book, “North! or Be Eaten,” by Andrew Peterson.

The title is very honest! If the Fangs of Dang don’t get ya, the trolls might or the rockroachs are sure to devour you. HA! So, I say, North! Igibys and be very careful! So, Janner, Tink, Leeli, Podo, Oskar and Mom are back and on the journey of a lifetime full of adventure, challenging them to the limit. I love Oskar. He loves to read and he is normally quoting someone. His quotes are hilarious. So, the Jewels of Anniera are traveling to the Ice Prairies and ultimately, hopefully, to Anniera! If there is one person out there who hasn’t read, “North! or Be Eaten,” give it a gander. I would read the books in order. The first book is, “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.” Happy Reading! picture from pinterest.

Ok! Ok! I admit it!

Rick and I watched, Thor The Dark World, yesterday and I could just smack Loki! I could just smack him really hard! In fact, I could smack him really really hard. Did I mention, I could smack him??? In fact, Jane did smack him!  Ahem. Now that I have that out there, I feel better:) In my opinion, an author has created a most excellent male villain when the reader or, in this case, the viewer feels like slapping the villain. Loki is one of my favorite male villains.

Loki>>Tom needs to have loki hair all the time tbh

And then there is Kahn! I know it has been awhile since we watched, Star Trek Into the Darkness, however, without a doubt, Kahn is a great villian! I think it’s a toss up. I’m not sure who is worse, Loki or Kahn! They both bring new meaning to the bad guy! Khan A.K.A John Harrison played by Benedict Cumberbatch from the new star trek movie Into Darkness

So, who are your favorite male villains? I’d love to hear from you. Enjoy! pictures from pinterest.

“The Aviator’s Wife,” by Melanie Benjamin

Anne Morrow is the timid daughter of a U. S. Ambassador to Mexico. When Anne is a senior in college, she journeys to Mexico to spend Christmas with her lovable, lively, vibrant and fun family. While in Mexico she meets Charles Lindberg. He recently finished his famous solo flight across the wide Atlantic. Anne and Charles marry and Anne becomes, The Aviator’s Wife.

This story grabbed me and held on! It was a hot day yesterday. I sat on our cool front porch and read the entire book. I really didn’t know much about Charles Lindberg – just what I learned in school – and I knew even less about his wife, Anne. I thought Anne was an extraordinary woman with great courage. Anne was the first American woman to “earn a glider pilot’s license.” She was Charles’ copilot and navigator and she was a licensed radio operator and a writer! The adventures the couple had together were amazing, breathtaking and I wanted to read each one again and again. I was completely absorbed in Anne’s story. I was definitely with her on all their adventures:)

I cried with Anne when the author told of the famous kidnapping of the delightful little Charles. Of course, all through the book, the press was indescribable. They were shocking and overwhelming to say the least. The adoring fans! Oh my!

I can’t say that I liked the flawed hero, Charles Lindberg. He was a quiet man, intelligent and focused. He had a rigid schedule which he expected Anne and later his children to keep. I was a little surprised at his choices, and the path he chose for his life.

I liked this book and I am still enjoying the afterglow of this well-written, five star story! Enjoy!The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin

Charles and Anne Morrow Lindberghpictures from pinterest.

Classic Movie Friday!!! Sci-Fi Adventure and Romance.

“The Time Machine,” starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux is a good classic movie with some excitement:) I think there was a remake of The Time Machine, but I never saw it. I like the classic movie!

So, Rod Taylor invents an awesome time machine. I think it looks classy!

Rod Taylor in the Time MachineOf course, he shares his ideas of time travel with his friends, but they are skeptical. However, one night in the dead of winter, he boards his invention and takes a spin through time. After taking his new machine out for a test drive, around the time travel block, he decides to land in the future, where everything seems to be a paradise. He soon discovers all is not what it appears to be on the surface. If you’ve never seen this classic movie, I recommend it. It’s good:) We watched this movie yesterday afternoon and I dreamed about time travel all night:) hehe.

Yvette Mimieuxpictures from pinterest.