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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Passing Along the Challenge

When I accepted Chartroose’s challenge earlier this month, I asked if any of my readers were brave enough to let me challenge them to something. Three of you stepped up and said you were. Let me introduce those three brave souls:
  • Alex from One Day at a Time – She is my husband’s cousin and her blog is about her family, books, and whatever else is on her mind. We don’t see each other often so it’s great that we share a love of blogging.
  • Shawna from The Root of the Root – Her blog is about the fresh start she's working on, which includes an adorable son, her adventures in returning to college, and lots of other interesting things. I got to meet her when she came to Maryland for a wedding last summer.
  • Robin of My Two Blessings – Her blog is about her life as well, which includes homeschooling her son (who has the same name as Kiddo),running a business with her husband, reading, writing, and much more. She is the only one of the three who I have not met.
I find it interesting that of all my readers, not one blogger who focuses solely on books decided to take my challenge – go figure!

I told these three gals that I would browse their blogs and come up with challenges specific to each of them. However, once I shuffled through their posting history I realized that they all have something in common – they are sorely lacking in exposure to the classics of Fantasy/SciFi. CRISIS!!!

And so …

I, Heather J., dare you, Alex, Shawna, and Robin, to accept this challenge to increase your Fantasy/SciFi exposure. I dare you to complete at least 5 of the 10 items on the list below (though I triple dog dare you to tackle them all!) [And of that 5, at least 2 must be books.]
  1. Watch The Princess Bride
  2. Watch Willow
  3. Watch The Last Unicorn
  4. Watch Labyrinth
  5. Watch at least 3 episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess
  6. Read Dune by Frank Herbert
  7. Read The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  8. Read The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  9. Read Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
  10. Do a video blog about at least one of these items
This challenge must be completed in: 10 months (meaning by April 1, 2010). [I’m giving you lots of time because some of those books are a bit long especially if you are trying to do all 10 items and I realize that you DO have lives.]

If you fail in this challenge you must write a lengthy blog post about the value of Fantasy/SciFi books and movies in today’s world and why more people should be watching/reading them.

But if you succeed then I will send you a package of goodies including at least one book (plus lots of other stuff) AND I will dedicate an entire day to you on my blog – how’s THAT for a prize?!

If you choose to accept this dare you must follow these rules:
  • Blog about your acceptance and log in with Mr Linky on the correct Acceptance Post here.
  • Blog about your thoughts after completing each item. When you've completed the challenge check in with Mr Linky on the correct Completed Challenge Post on the I Dare You to Accept This Challenge Blog!
  • Once you accept (or complete) this challenge then make a list of 10 related items (ie all Bollywood movies, your favorite tv show or book series, favorite genre of books etc) and challenge one of your friends...even the one who challenged you!
  • Need help deciding on a dare? Check out what others are doing here.
I had a lot of fun thinking up these challenges. Every item on that list is something I love for one reason or another. I'm so looking forward to seeing how Alex, Shawna, and Robin react to these books and movies - will they love them like me? hate them with a passion? think I'm crazy for suggesting them? Who knows?! But I can't wait to find out!

PS. If I've intrigued you with my challenge and you want to join in, let me know!


Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Alright! Sounds like fun and I accept the challenge. Will post about it tomorrow. :)

Nan said...

You're a dear, Heather, but I'd go crazy if I had to reador even watch any sci-fi or fantasy. :<)

Heather J. said...

Robin - Yeah! Of the three people I'm challenging, you are the one with the most exposure to SciFi/Fantasy - I'm guessing you've probably read/watched some of these before. :)

Nan - Aw, come on Nan! You like LOST and that is practically SciFi ... ~LOL~

Plays with Needles said...

I'm going to challenge myself since I missed the gauntlet throw-down while I was on vacation. I, Susan Elliott, accept the challenge of completing 5 of your 10 items in the next 10 months...let's see how I do!

Plays with Needles said...

P.S. I don't expect to be in the prize category...just want to do it for my own edification. I loved sci-fi when I was Jack's age and haven't read too much of it since...

Heather J. said...

Susan - I'm so glad you're taking up the challenge too! And of course I'm going to include you for the prizes.

I'll get your named added to the post asap. :)

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