It be high time I was answering me own tag questions, and no mistake. If ye have not answered them yet and want to be copying them for your own use, they be listed on the kick-off post right here.
All right, blow me down and pick me up -- let's be getting on with it.
1. What are your favorite pirate movies or books?
The Black Swan (1942) is by far my favorite pirate movie, thanks almost entirely to Tyrone Power looking like this all through it:
I mean, it's almost criminal to be that attractive, don't you think? I like a lot of other pirate movies, but none of them do it for me quite the way Jamie Boy here does. Also, Maureen O'Hara is completely delightful in it, and she's my favorite actress, so it's just a big win all around for me.
I must confess I haven't read many pirate books, but my favorite is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. By the way, it is extremely fun to read that book aloud to your kids and do the Long John Silver lines in your best imitation of the Disney movie's Long John Silver. Wonderful stuff.
I'm really looking forward to Vanessa Rasanen's upcoming pirate fantasy On These Black Sands, later this year! And I just bought a couple of Rafael Sabatini's classic pirate novels, so I'm looking forward to trying those out.
2. Who are your favorite fictional pirates?
You really can't beat the Dread Pirate Roberts (Cary Elwes) from The Princess Bride (1987). But I also dearly love Jamie Boy from The Black Swan, as mentioned above. And it's pretty impossible not to love Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. So they're my top three. Which is why they all got to grace buttons for this party ;-)
3. What do you like best about pirate stories? (Themes, tropes, costumes, aesthetic, etc.)
How cheerful they tend to be. Nobody takes a pirate movie particularly seriously. Like, ever. They're always rowdy, rollicky jaunts. Lots of sword fights, lots of derring-do, lots of witty repartee. I'm definitely very much there for the overall tone of jolly lawlessness.
4. If you were going to play a pirate in a movie or a play, what would your costume look like?
I was a swooshy-sleeved black silk shirt, a bright red sash, and black pants with plenty stretch and give so I can get on with the swashbuckling. Also, I want a magnificent one-shoulder cape, bright red and big enough to be a tent if I need one. Plus, a snappy black pirate hat with one side of the brim folded way up high. And tall boots! I must have the tall boots.
So, actually, I just want Tyrone Power's costume from this part of The Black Swan, but in my size:
5. What pirate ship would you like to serve on?
Well, so, it might be a little bit weird if I dressed exactly like Jamie Boy and the sailed on his ship with him, so I'm going with the Revenge because I have a feeling that Inigo Montoya is going to make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts, and I bet we could have some fun adventures.
6. Any favorite sea shanties or pirate songs?
When I was like six, I once scandalized some friends of my parents by swaggering around singing "What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor?" at the top of my tiny lungs, and I've been immensely fond of it ever since.
7. Have you ever participated in International Talk Like a Pirate Day?
Arrrr, that I have! I've been talking like a pirate on September 19 since... 2003, according to this post of mine from 2005. Check out the official site, if ye've a mind to. I once carried it off for like two whole hours while working 3rd shift at Walmart, much to the amusement of my co-workers. It was the dead of night, so not a lot of customers around, so my managers didn't even scowl at me, much less threaten to make me walk the plank.
8. Would you like to go sailing on a real tall ship?
I would! I LOVE tall ships, and they actually offer tall ship cruises, and I think that would be amazing. As long as I don't actually have to climb up in the rigging, because I'm disgustingly clumsy and would fall to my death. I'm reeeeally hoping to actually get to take a short river cruise on a tall ship for my birthday this year, actually. I've gotten to step aboard a few tall ships in places like Jamestown (see below), but sailing on one will be a dream come true!
9. Have you ever learned anything about real pirates, or do you tend to stick to the fictional kind?
I've learned enough about real pirates to know I infinitely prefer the fictional ones ;-)
10. Why is the rum gone?
Because I don't like rum, but my brother does, so I gave it to him.
That's all for me, folks! Hope you've been having fun with the party so far. I know I have!