Whimsy and Mayhem Reading Challenge

An Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland themed reading challenge. For information on why I made the challenge go: here.

This challenge is split into three parts: Character Goals, Prompts, and Modes (difficulty levels). Because it is three parts, the challenge comes from completion and not the general prompts themselves.


Characters

Some of these characters are harder to complete than others. Characters where chosen by their importance in books and lore from society. Listed are the characters from easiest to complete to most difficult to complete (at any mode).

“Themes” are additional requirements for each book. There are four for each character: a concept, a second concept or genre, a part of the body or character type, and something visual on the cover. For these themes, the book must incorporate them (or you as the reader experience them).

Tweedledum
“I know what you’re thinking about,” said Tweedledum, “but it isn’t so, nohow.”
Themes: Adulthood, Touch, Strong Male Lead, Designed/Drawn person on the cover
Prompt Requirements: Must complete 9 prompts

Tweedledee
“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be; but it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”
Themes: Adolescence, Sensation, Strong Male Villain, Real Person on the cover
Prompt Requirements: Must complete 9 prompts

Caterpillar
Who are you?”
Themes: Transformation, Horror/Spooky, Guide Character, Multicolored
Prompt Requirements: Must complete 9 prompts

March Hare
Then you should say what you mean.”
Themes: Foreign, Rivalry, Smell/Nose, Plant on the cover/Green
Prompt Requirements: Must complete 9 prompts

Mad Hatter
Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
Themes: Impossibility, Companionship, Health/Diseases (Mental and/or Physical), Objects on the cover
Prompt Requirements: Must complete 9 prompts

Queen of Hearts
Off with her head!”
Themes: Mortality/Death, Romance, Strong Female Villain, Black
Prompt Requirements: Must complete 13 of your choosing

Red Queen
“If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
Themes: Space, Thriller, Strong Female Lead (MC), Red
Prompt Requirements: Must complete 13 of your choosing

White Queen
“Its a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”
Themes: Innocence, Time, Eyes/Sight, White
Prompt Requirements: Must complete 13 of your choosing

White Rabbit
“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”
Themes: Failure, Brilliance, Hearing/Ears, Animal on the cover/Oranges or Browns 
Prompt Requirements: Must complete most PRIME numbers (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47) [15 prompts]

Jaberwocky
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!”
Themes: Monsters, Mythical Creatures, Taste/Mouth, Sprayed Edges/deckled edges
Prompt Requirements: Must complete most multiples of three (6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48) [15 prompts]

Cheshire Cat
“That depends a good deal on where you want to go.”
Themes: Identity, Mystery, Physical Adaptation/Growth (shifting, learning something new, anything that deals with changing bodies), Something Shiny on the cover
Prompt Requirements: Must complete all odd prompts

Alice
“But what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”
Themes: Curiosity, Magical Worlds, Mental Adaptation/Growth, Blue
Prompt Requirements: Must complete all even prompts

Carroll
The famed author for the novels, which is a pseudonym. Making him as much of a character and legend as the others.
Themes: Mastery, Reality, Mind, Element on cover (Air, Water, Fire, Earth)
Prompt Requirements: Most complete all 52 reading prompts


Reading Prompts

Year Prompt General Theme: Hearts

All prompts for this year are going to be associated with the word “heart” from what that means in terms of card terminology, heart symbols, or attributes associated with the word heart. As such, please read a book where the following word is present either in character, theme, experience, cover, or otherwise:

  1. Affection
  2. Sympathy
  3. Empathy
  4. Love
  5. Emotional Wisdom
  6. Will
  7. Courage
  8. Sensuality
  9. Femininity
  10. Attraction
  11. Healing
  12. Dreams
  13. Hope
  14. Passion
  15. Sexuality
  16. Romance
  17. Harmony  
  18. Self-Indulgence
  19. Violence
  20. Obsession
  21. Hate
  22. Death
  23. Pain
  24. Magic
  25. Perfection
  26. Soul Mates
  27. Motherhood
  28. Essence of Life
  29. Peterpan Syndrome
  30. Childhood
  31. Mirrors/Reflections
  32. Bonds
  33. Spring
  34. Blood
  35. Fire
  36. Centering/Being Centered
  37. Unity
  38. Something sacred
  39. Cohesion
  40. Shattered/Being Shattered
  41. Caged/ Being Caged
  42. Teachers
  43. Music (specifically)
  44. Muse(s)
  45. Art(s) (Any art, Music, visual arts, theatre, etc.)
  46. Key
  47. Listening (true listening)
  48. Calling (Out. For someone. Requiring to be heard. Plea for help, etc.)
  49. Beginnings
  50. Endings
  51. Beat (like heart beat)
  52. Giving

What Can I Read?

Honestly, I’m not going to limit this. I know that lots of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean web novels, while being reported on GR, are not possible to track in the same way. You are reading a text book for some class, and somehow it fits these themes or prompts? Use it!

I’m going to try to make this as easy as possible.

Forms of reading that count: Audio books, E-books, Physical books, Online translations.

Types of Content:
Poetry
Plays
Fiction Novels of all age ranges
Nonfiction Novels
Manga/Manhwa/Manhua
Web Novels
Light Novels
Webtoons

Manga/Manhwa/Manhua counting: If you read online, all chapters for a volume are needed to be counted. You can see chapter breakdowns on baka-updates, or the manga’s wiki page, often times.

Web Novels counting: For some webnovels their translator might separate them into “books” follow those indications. For the others, lets sat every 10-50 chapters is one book. This is your choice, on how long the chapters are. And if you think this is too little, but you are reading Overgeared with over 1000 chapters, I beg you reconsider just how many chapters you are reading and don’t devalue the amount of reading there. (Although in the case of OG, there is a “book” equivalent for every 50 chapters.)

Light Novels counting. Similar to web novels, if there is a book distinction, follow that. If not, 10-50 chapters.

Webtoons counting: For this, I’m intended to say every 10 chapters count as a book, but webtoons tend to be shorter than the average manga chapter. I suppose this will be up to you as the reader, 10-30 chapters will make a book or volume.

Additional Rules

Follow Modes, Characters, and Prompts.

Read and have fun.

You have from January 1st to December 31st to complete (one full year).


Modes

There are four difficulty levels that I call the modes. They are separated into two categories: color and word. There are two colors and two words that create four combinations. The “Modes” are these combinations. Each color and word has a specific requirement associated with it. I will define them now.

Colors:

White: Up to 13 external double-ups. You can read up to thirteen books for this challenge that you have read for other challenges. (yes, this means for the characters that only have 9 or 13 prompts, that they can all be double-ups).

Red: Up to 4 external double-ups. You can read up to four books for this challenge that you have read for other challenges.

If not clear, “external double-up” means doubling up with outside challenges. AKA you read a book for this challenge and another challenge. Note that external double-ups do not count when for reading challenges that are about counting books. (You Read How Many Books this Year, Complete the Series Challenge, etc.) If the challenge is counting the number of books you read, then the books can double-up with that infinitely.

Words:

Whimsy: Up to 13 internal double-ups. No character themes required to complete the prompts. This means you can use 13 books per character, twice between different characters you may be trying to complete.

Mayhem: Up to 4 internal double-ups. Each book that you read for a prompt, must additionally follow at least one theme from the themes for the character. This means you can only use up to 4 books twice for multiple character attempts.

Internal double-ups are defined by using a book twice in the challenge. AKA you use one book to fulfill two prompts, OR you use the same book for two characters. Yes, if you wanted to use the same nine books for two characters, you could.

Combinations:

White Whimsy: Up to 13 external double-ups. No character themes required. Follow chosen character’s prompt requirements, and read books based on those numbered prompts.

White Mayhem: Up to 13 external double-ups. Character themes required. Follow chosen character’s prompt requirements and themes. For each book on their prompt requirements, your book chosen must also hit one (1) of the themes for the character.

Red Whimsy: Up to 4 external double-ups. No character themes required. Follow chosen character’s prompt requirements, and read books based on those numbered prompts.

Red Mayhem: Up to 4 external double-ups. Character themes required. Follow chosen character’s prompt requirements and themes. For each book on their prompt requirements, your book chosen must also hit one (1) of the themes for the character.


Completion

So, you’ve completed the challenge for the character you wanted to read, as well as at a certain mode? That’s awesome! I am hoping to have out some sort of certificate later in 2020, for each of the characters at each of the difficulty levels. That will be posted HERE, when it is done.

As a note, however, for each character that you complete, you get two “character points.” I am planning on this being a long term reading challenge, and thus these character points will come in handy later, in a sort of “free read” way. Keep that in mind. Its one of the reason that you may want to try for higher difficulties as well as multiple characters.

Character Name White Whimsy completion – .5 character point
Character Name White Mayhem completion – 1 character point
Character Name Red Whimsy completion – 1.5 character points.
Character Name Red Mayhem completion – 2 character points.

Happy Reading!

MM


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