I took this reader survey from Maggie at Magpie Making Do, because, I don’t know, it felt good to have something in my back pocket like this and you can all get to know me a little better. (And I was lazy and uninspired this weekend.) So, here we go!
1. What is your favourite book?
That’s pretty hard. There are a couple, but it always comes down to Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, with a very special mention for Emma by Jane Austen, both of which I’ve read more times than I know how to count, I love them both so much. Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling is probably my favorite book written after 1900 though…
2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?
I want to be published, paid for writing more than just about anything. I’d like to see that happen this year, and I’m doing things to see that actually happen. Otherwise, my big year goal is to move out of my parent’s house, which is looking more likely as each paycheck hits my bank account. 🙂
3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work.
I am a writer. I blog daily (weekends off) mostly about nerd culture and being a woman interested in nerd culture. (I talk about Batman and Doctor Who, a LOT). I also make attempts at fiction, and have a few manuscripts that I’ve been playing with. I also occasionally write but don’t share dribbles of fan fiction. I used to write and share a lot of it. I’ve mostly left that behind.
4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
France. Paris specifically, but also I want to go to Provence and have ever since I watched Jean De Florette in sixth grade French class. Not because I liked that movie, let’s be honest, it’s kind of the pits, but because the scenery is so beautiful.
5. What was the last movie you saw in the theatre and was it worthwhile?
Into The Woods. Yes.
6. I’m curious, are there any books that you’ve tried to read and simply couldn’t finish? This is a no judgement zone.
I generally finish books, because I tend to go crazy if I don’t. There have been things that have taken me a while to finish, like, I’ll start, leave it for months and then come back and finish them. But I guess, what’s the fourth Sookie Stackhouse Mystery? That was pretty much when I decided I was over vampires and just never picked it up again.
7. Are you currently working on a new book/project right now? If it’s secret, you don’t have to tell me about it. If so, however, I hope it’s going well.
I am! Would you like to hear about it? I’m basically reimagining the whole YA “Chosen One” action genre, as if those kids didn’t find out about their destinies until they were in their mid-20’s, so they’re kind of burnt out and blasé about it and would rather just go to the bar. I’ve written the first part as a novel, but I’m rethinking it as a graphic script, but I need an artist. If you draw or know someone who’d be into it…
8. If you could live in any of your favourite books, which one would you choose?
AHH! So hard. I spend a lot of time thinking about this, but I do actually think I’d like to live in the Marvel Universe, and be like a minor character. Like not Spider-Man or Captain America, but someone on a Ms. Marvel level. Actually, I could just be Ms. Marvel. I could live with being Kamala Khan.
9. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations that you think are just incredible? That you absolutely hated?
The Princess Bride is the gold standard book-to-movie adaptation in my opinion. It captures everything magical about that book and in fact streamlines and improves on some of the novel’s flaws. It has flaws of it’s own (though I’m hard pressed to think of any at the moment. I love that movie.)
Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief was the biggest let down I’ve ever had. I was so absorbed in those books when I saw that movie and the movie was just, *sigh* it was just.
10. What do you look for in a book that you want to read? What’s the first thing to capture your attention?
An author that I’ve previously liked, or been recommended. Some kind of monster fight, or a young person struggling to find who they are. Also if there are pop culture references, I’m almost immediately in. Ditto baked goods.
11. If you’re an author, what do you do when you first get an idea for a book?
If an idea has obsessed me for more than a week or so, I’ll try to write it. Sometimes it isn’t even enough to sustain a few paragraphs, but at least it’s out of my head.
12. How do you feel about different genres? Romance? YA? Sci-Fi? Poetry? Do you have any favorites? Any least-favourites?
I like a lot of different genres. In fact “genre” material makes up a majority of what I’m reading these days, since I mostly just read comics and graphic novels lately. Romance, only if it’s historical. Unless there’s a corset getting unlaced, I have no interest. It would be nice if there were spies of some kind too. YA, I like “paranormal YA,” I think it’s called? I want my teenagers angsty and fighting monsters, if you please. While I get the appeal of an author like John Green, or Rainbow Rowell, it’s just not really my thing. (I did think Fangirl was pretty fantastic though.) Sci-Fi, I like, but I prefer Space Opera to hard Sci-Fi. (Think Star Wars over Star Trek) Poetry? After getting a lit degree, I don’t read much poetry anymore. It was never something I enjoyed studying and I never read it for pleasure. I do like some of the romantics, and I will revisit Keats, usually when spring is coming.
I’m not a fan of anything described as “hyper realistic.” While again, can appreciate the craft, why would I read about anything in our world, when there are teenagers going on quests to save the world that I could be reading about, you know?
13. If you could meet any writer in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Neil Gaiman. I just want to talk to him. Now, please. Also Mark Twain, I wrote my thesis on him and I think that would be a really fun talk.
14. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
It depends. I really love non-fiction, particularly memoir, but I find it easier to escape into fiction, so it all depends on my mood. If I’m picking up non-fiction though, it will usually be a memoir of a woman with a strong point of view. I’ll never get enough of that.
15. Are there any characters that everyone loves that you can’t stand? Or vice versa?
Have to agree with Maggie on this one and say Draco Malfoy. I don’t get it. I’m also not really a fan of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, I mean, I wouldn’t say I couldn’t stand him, but I don’t get what all the fuss is about. Also Holden Caulfield.
Vice Versa? I really love Cersei Lannister, and I know that most people who’ve read the books hate her. I think she’s endlessly fascinating.
16. What do you like to do besides reading/writing?
17. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Just one? I guess my passions.
18. What is your favourite guilty pleasure book?
Twilight…well, not even Twilight, really. Eclipse. The third one? I love it sooooo much. I know, it’s stupid, poorly written, alarmingly sexist and weird, but I just…the scene, where Jacob and Edward talk about how much they love Bella and they think she’s asleep but she hears everything? I love that scene. Also this is where you hear most of the Wolf-people legends, which are really cool. But also, admitting how much I like Twilight is always kind of embarrassing.
19. Do you have a reading goal set for this year?
I want to read at least two prose books a month, because last year I fell into this weird rhythm of only reading graphic work, which is fun, and often challenging, but well, limiting in a lot of ways.
20. Tell me anything about yourself that I haven’t asked. Random fact. Weird human trick. Whatever.
If you ever hear me mumbling under my breath, chances are I’m cursing in French. Most of my high school linguistic skills are gone, but I can still get some mean Franco-profanity out, the general mantra goes, “ah! mon dieu, merde, qu’est-ce que c’est la vie?” Which roughly translates to, “Oh my God! Shit! What is this life?” It’s an excellent expression of frustration.