Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by the fabulous bloggers Cait and Sky, linked to in the pictures. (visit their blogs! you will like it!) I have a notorious history of participating exceeding infrequently and using a different writing project each time, which I will continue. :)
James and Emma are two peoples in a magic realism story story with spirits and fairy tales set in modern-day London. There are bookshops and insane little girls and retellings of Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, and a teensy bit of Cinderella. So... yeah.
Emma is the quiet much-haired owner of Shelby Lane Bookshop, which is not on a Shelby Lane. Think Persephone of the Raven Cycle but less ethereal and more bookish.
James is the imaginary son of Princess Di, born a year before she died. (You can tell I did minimal research.) (Also, the book is set in 2015.)
How and why did they meet?
So... funny story....
They met at the bookshop. James (in tacky tourist costume) had been sent to procure a book by his grandmother, the Queen. Unknown to him, the book is a magical tome containing spells to release and control the ancestor-ghosts of ye alde England. Such as every dead British soldier ever. and every dead British king. So... yeah.
So he's searching all the bookstores in the vicinity for the recently stolen book. And he meets Emma at Shelby Lane, with her pointy sarcastic American friend Hester and her equally hostile but generally less pointy pal Dandelion. He doesn't find what he's looking for and is generally considered oddly familiar and suspicious.
What were their first impressions of each other?
James thought Emma seemed nice but a bit odd. Emma thought James was nice. They didn't expect to see more of each other, so it wasn't particularly in-depth.
How would they prove their love for each other?
James would do anything for Emma. He would probably die for her, truth be told.
Emma would give up reading, which is INSANE. Reading was her entire world for most of her life. Like, literally her entire world.
What would be an ideal date?
I think a movie and a dinner. It's an oldie, but it would feel so crazy to both of them. James, as a prince, wouldn't normally be able to do such a thing, and Emma had never actually been on a date and hadn't seen movies in theaters for years, so it would be amazing for both of them.
Is there something they emphatically disagree on?
James prefers people to books, while Emma is unsure.
List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
1. James loves frozen pizza. He never had it before he was introduced to it at Dandelion's house (long story) and he fell in love.
2. Emma puts brown sugar on her bacon.
3. James, never having had them, is disgusted by s'mores.
4. Emma is in love with Nutella.
5. Emma likes her toast/quesadillas/grilled cheeses blackened and burned.
What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?
Emma knows that James sometimes dreams of a normal family.
James knows that Emma still loves her "evil stepmother"/aunt, because she's so used to it.
How would their lives be different without each other?
James would probably, eventually, turn into an emotionally constipated shell.
Emma would probably turn into a crazy cat lady at some point.
Where do they each see this relationship going?
I think that they focus on the present. Their relationship is still pretty new, so they are terrified by the future.
So that's James and Emma! <3 Tell me about your book couples! How was your Valentine's Day? And don't forget, link to your Beautiful People posts in the comments!