I am so proud of my lovely friend Amber and her new Book Double Double Toil and obviously I jumped at the chance to be on the blog tour! I’m currently reading the book and loving it, you can expect a full review later on in the week. But for now, here’s Amber matching her characters with Disney characters!
When I agreed to write a Disney-themed post for my friend Rosie at Rosie Freckle Reads, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the possibilities. I am a certifiable Disney nerd, Disney Vacation Club member, Annual Passholder, former Florida resident, and the kind of fanatic who has taken her daughters to Walt Disney World fifteen times in seven years. All of that, plus I write under a pen name for a Disney travel blog [https://www.resalesdvc.com/author/amber/]. I wondered, how could I focus on a single topic?
So Rosie kindly suggested that I try to connect my own characters in Cauldron’s Bubble and Double Double Toil to Disney characters. Okay, I thought, easy. But it led to some debates and familial conflict and, ultimately, a slight agreement to disagree.
That said, my husband, daughters, and I all agree that Alda is the most like Alice. This is somewhat of a cheat because Alice in Wonderland was a work of written fiction before it was adapted, but the Disney version is what often comes to mind when we hear the title. Alice’s curiosity and fearlessness in the face of extreme circumstances parallel with Alda, so it seems to be an obvious choice.
Dreng, however, is more difficult. I think that he’s most like Taran from The Black Cauldron (again, an adaptation of a book, so cheating) because of parallels with the quest archetype. But my husband insists that he is like Aladdin because they both rely on minimal resources and are quick on their feet. It should be noted that Aladdin is my husband’s favorite Disney character, perhaps tied with Tangled’s Flynn Rider, so there is some personal bias at play.
Sycorax was another easy agreement: Maleficent. My oldest daughter has insisted from the beginning of my series that Sycorax is sympathetic, much as Maleficent is portrayed in her titular film, but she does have a bad reputation, as seen in Sleeping Beauty. They share magical powers as well, so this was an easy association. Plus, she’s in Descendants, which is my daughters’ favorite Disney Channel movie.
When I wrote Cauldron’s Bubble, I actually envisioned Prospero to physically look like Yen Sid, the sorcerer in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment of Fantasia. I made this connection because they both try to regulate the use of magic, to keep it from others and use it for themselves, so they have almost a miserly outlook on their powers. Plus, Yen Sid looks like all modern sorcerer-type stereotypes.
Perhaps surprisingly, Caliban is my favorite character in Double Double Toil. I recently explained to one of my friends that Caliban is always two steps ahead of everyone else, so he appears crazy to other characters even though he is probably the smartest person in the room. This is the most like Captain Jack Sparrow, who conceals his intelligence behind a guise of madness (arguably on purpose) in order to serve his own interests. And, like Caliban, you either fully love him or hate him at the end of the day.
Well, I was going to stop there, but my husband insisted that I write about the Weird Sisters. I looked at him, confused, and asked, “Who are they?” “Obviously the Sanderson Sisters,” he replied. Of course! And what better way to end an October post than with a parallel to Hocus Pocus!
Okay, these photos are SO CUTE! Amber please adopt me and bring me with you!!!???
Amber has also been kind enough to send each of us a page of the book so you can get a taster before you buy! Here is my excerpt…
Is Double Double Toil on your TBR? Let me know down below!
Thank you lovelies and happy reading! ox