The Sunday Salon: Heather J - I dare to accept your challenge

This week's Sunday Salon is all about dares. I remember as a youngster playing truth or dare and daring my friends and the double dares we used to do. Minor, relatively, inane innocent fun back in the 60's. Today we have the book bloggers version of Dare. A new challenge is floating around the blogosphere - I Dare You To Accept This Challenge. The challenge is the brain child of Alea and Irish.

"Maybe your best friend only reads romances or maybe all he watches is sports. You think that she/he needs to branch out, but what can you do? Well, what did you do when you were younger? You dared people to do things that they might not normally do. So, why not dare your friend to read your 10 favorite books by Stephen King? Or maybe your 10 favorite episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Or perhaps your 10 favorite Bollywood films? Or what ever else comes to mind."

Heather J of Age 30+ A Lifetime of Books has posed a science fiction / fantasy dare:

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
You have 10 months to complete the challenge and should be done by April 10, 2010. 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.

Sounds like a lot of fun and will be revisiting the movies and books of the my past. I had just been thinking about The Princess Bride and Willow the other day as a matter of fact and introducing James to the movies. I read the Dune series way back in the 70's so it will be interesting to reread it. Frankly I don't remember if I ever read The Mists of Avalon or the Eye of the World. I know absolutely nothing about making a vlog so that one is kind of iffy, but I'm going to try and complete all 10.

For more information about the challenge, check out the blog, read all about it, the rules (yes - there are rules) and the different dares folks have challenged other bloggers to complete and everyone's progress so far.


  1. I like the idea of a dare. What would I dare someone to do? Read a book every month, perhaps? (for a person who rarely reads)

  2. This sounds like fun and I like the fact that you don't have to do all 10.

  3. I'm so glad you are taking me up on this! Of all my "dare-ees" I figured you were the one most likely to have read/seen some of these before ... but you'll definitely have some holes to fill in. :)

    And YEAH for attempting to tackle all 10!!!!

    I can't wait to see how you get along with this. :)


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