August 25, 2011

Kiss, Marry, Kill: The Chronicles of Prydain

This is a regular feature on my blog. Here's how it works: you take a book, choose 3 guy characters from the book, and then the other person has to pick one to kiss, one to marry, and one to kill.

This week: the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. If you haven't read these yet, what are you still doing here? Get your hands on The Book of Three immediately.

The choices:

1.) Prince Gwydion

2.) Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper

3.) Fflewddur Fflam

Who do you kiss, who do you marry, and who do you kill? And as always, if you'd like to join up and do your own, feel free to mention it in the comments or leave a link to your post there :)


  1. Oooo.... this is a tough one! I love this book, and I use it almost every year with my fourth graders. It's a great intro to the "Hero's Journey" concept.

    I'm going to have to say:
    Marry - Taran. He's such a sweetie, and he's got so much potential.

    Kiss - Gwydion. Yes, it would make more sense to marry a prince, but I'm betting he has some good experience with the kissing thing.

    Kill - Fflewdder. Yes, he's fun - but he's also really annoying. And I couldn't bear the thought of killing either of the other two!

  2. Kiss - Prince Gwydion
    Marry - Taran
    Kill: - Fflewddur Fflam

    I LOVE this series!

  3. Ok, kill Fflewddur. In the words of my mom, the guy stretches the truth until it snaps - LITERALLY! Also, his name is a serious pain to spell.

    Next choice is a bit harder. But Taran HAS Eilonwy. Gwydion has NOBODY. He has to run around in the background of all five books, doing all the hard stuff with nobody to help him, and all he gets are a few measley cameo scenes here and there. Seriously, now.

    So, marry Gwydion and kiss Taran!

  4. @maria.selke: I totally agree, it's a great example of the "Hero's Journey"! Taran changes so much throughout the series.

    @yabooknerd: Yay! I feel like not enough people know about this awesome series :)

    @contrapuntalplatypus: LOL, yeah Fflewddur's name is such a mouthful! Good point about Gwydion having no one...poor guy :(

  5. MARRY: Gwydion, in a heartbeat. Always the most attractive male character in the series for me, even when I was a teen. He's wise, mature, well-educated, handsome in a slightly grizzled kind of way, and knows how to use a sword. Sign me up!

    KISS: Taran, but I'd have to do it when Eilonwy wasn't looking (and then I'd feel guilty about it, because they're so obviously meant to be together!)

    KILL: Fflewddur. And then I wouldn't have to listen to those annoying harp strings snapping ever again... though I'd probably feel guilty about that too.

  6. Wow... some fans, calling Fflewddur "annoying"? Uh, grow up a bit? He's a colorful book character. Would you kill someone merely because they annoy you? -_-

    Anyway, I'd choose this in order of my favorite characters:

    Kiss: Fflewddur, because I think he's amazing.

    Marry: Taran, because he's TARAN. My favorite character in Prydain.

    Kill: Gwydion, because I have to choose and he was actually my least favorite among the main characters (not saying that I hate him, but I like him least). I always saw Gwydion as "too perfect" and never really imagined him as handsome... Anyway...


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