Heathers The Musical Book Tag

Ever since I did the Hamilton Book Tag I’ve been thinking about turning some of my other favourite musicals into book tags.

I present to you Heathers The Musical Book Tag

I’m lucky enough to have seen a production of Heathers live and it was just so totally amazing. The leads playing Veronica and JD had the most amazing voices, the dads were played by two very well-known local actors so it was worth the price of admission just to see them perform ‘My Dead Gay Son’ and the Heathers were gorgeous and bitchy. The young girl they cast as Martha was only seventeen or so, and wearing a fat suit. Kurt and Ram were hilarious and spent half the show in their underwear. It was just really well done, but of course the source material is half the hard work done!

The best makeover in a book goes to Hermione in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, for wearing such a beautiful dress, taming that curly, frizzy hair, and making both Harry and Ron realise that underneath the life-saving goody-two-shoes spock she is actually a WOMAN. Also, for scoring Krum. Go Hermione! We all deserve to feel pretty at some point.

I’m nominating Samantha Kingston from Before I Fall. Sam’s not really a bully and not really malicious, but taken under her BFF Lindsay’s wing she succumbs to peer pressure or just sheer wanting to fit in or maybe it’s fear of losing her girl gang, and takes part in the bullying of Juliet Syke.

I nominate the fight scene between Safy, Isuelt and the bloodmage in Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

I really like party scenes in YA books and I’m choosing the party scene from Anything To Have You by Paige Harbison, the scene later in the book where Brooke is in meltdown mode.

I think the sex scene in Sarra Manning’s Adorkable was incredibly realistic and well written.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling herself said that she was surprised how popular Malfoy had become and attributed it to Tom Felton’s performance and good looks in the film, because Malfoy in the books was supposed to be detestable.

For all this, Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character (although I do not discount the appeal of Tom Felton, who plays Draco brilliantly in the films, and ironically, is about the nicest person you could meet). Draco has all the glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice and that no, he and Harry were not destined to end up best friends. – Pottermore

Pointe, Claw by Amber J Keyser. I wasn’t expecting it to be LBGTI, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Beautiful Broken Things is a strong tale of female friendship and delves into abuse, depression and suicide. I loved the book and I think you should read it.

I’m nominating Maria Snyder’s Inside Out, but in the interest of not spoiling it, I can’t name the character who sacrifices themselves.

Have you heard of Heathers the musical or seen the original cult film from the 80’s? What do you think of my nominations? Have you read any of these books and if so, what did you think of them?


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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