A few weeks ago, my friend and fellow blogger, Holly, awarded me the Liebster Award. It’s an award bloggers give to each other to highlight new and incoming blogs. The award comes with a series of questions posed by the giver. Here are the questions I’ve received and my answers to them! (Also, Holly is an absolutely fantastic blogger and you should all check out her work.)
1. Which book/movie character do you identify with the most?
Ouch. This one is tough. I honestly don’t know how much I actually relate to these characters, but I definitely see pieces of myself in them. Or, I like to think I see pieces of myself in them. (I realize the question asks for only one character, but I’m going to give three.)
One that comes directly to mind is Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. I was in high school the first time I read these novels and immediately felt connected with Anne’s big imagination. She takes simple things like paths and ponds and gives them grand names, seeing all the beauty and all the potential they possess. In her mind, all the fantastical things she dreams about–the far off places, adventures, passions–they’re all real. Although we are very different in many ways I like to think Anne and I are, to use her phrase, kindred spirits.
Another character I identify with is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. No, I’ve never been locked up in a castle and I have never fallen in love with a hideous beast. But, like Belle, there have definitely been times in my life where I’ve felt out-of-place, misunderstood, and unwanted. Like Belle, there were times growing up where I would sit and dream of far away places and adventures. Recently, I had the chance to go to those places and live out all the adventures I had spent my whole life dreaming up. It was wonderful. Finally, Belle and I are both massive bookworms. Without shame, I admit to daydreaming about the Beauty and the Beast library. It’s every English major’s dream.
A third character I see myself in is Jo March from Little Women. Why? Although I definitely lack Jo’s fiery temper, she too is a reader and a writer. She moves to a big city all on her own to pursue a literary career. I moved to a big city to pursue my literary studies. Grown up Jo almost has the “I’m a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man” attitude, which I love and definitely, to an extent, relate to.
2. Describe the best day of your life thus far.
Summer 2011. I was eighteen. My morning began pulling drip lines in the strawberry patch. Half an hour into the miserable job, a thunderstorm struck and work was called off for the day. So I spent the morning baking cookies. In the afternoon, my coworkers and I went to the cities (St. Paul/Minneapolis) to see the very last Harry Potter movie ever. It became the third movie to ever make me cry. Afterwards, we went to a frozen yogurt place in Dinkytown. My friend and coworker, David, had sugar for the first time in months (his family is anti-sugar, pro home-grown foods) and went absolutely off-the-walls hyper. To say he was entertaining is a vast understatement. I don’t know if I have ever laughed as hard as I did during the drive home.
3. Do you consider yourself to be an extrovert or an introvert?
I’m definitely an introvert. I love people and can be very outgoing when the need arises, but being out in public too much is exhausting. I need solitude to recharge.
4. What were you like when you were a kid?
Oh gosh, I was annoying. I was one of those dumb kids who had something to say about absolutely everything. In our old home videos, I’m always in the corner narrating everything that was going on.
On the positive side, though, I always had a big imagination. Even as a small kid I loved stories. I would dream of far away castles and dragons that needed fighting. I’d go out into the woods and play out these stories, often dragging my brothers or best friend, Erin, to play supporting roles. Naturally, once I learned my letters, I became an avid reader. You know those days where you just can’t put a book down and you read the whole thing in a day? That was me at the tender age of eight. My imagination and love of stories only grew as I got older, morphing me into the nerdy English major I am today.
5. What’s one book you think everyone should read?
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Unabridged.
6. What are you afraid of?
Centipedes. They weird me out.
7. What makes you laugh?
I love intelligent parodies that don’t take themselves seriously. For examples, I find the movies The Princess Bride and Monty Python and the Holy Grail absolutely hilarious. My not-so-inner lit nerd adores The Reduced Shakespeare Company. YouTube videos like “Beauty and the Beat” and “Jane Austen is my Homegirl” almost never fail to make me laugh.
8. What’s your (realistic or unrealistic) dream job?
One of the in-character wizards at Harry Potter world.
Travel writer. The kind that people pay to see the world and write about it.
9. Where would you like to travel?
Europe always and forever will have my heart.
If I had been asked this question six months ago, I would have told you England or France. Now that I have been to these places, my answer would have to be Italy, Sweden, and Norway. I am always up for another trip to Austria. It’s not European, but I would also like to visit Israel before I die.
10. Why did you decide to start a blog?
Six years ago, I was a young nerdy teenage girl up to my elbows in the Harry Potter fandom. I met a girl named Cathy on a fan forum. We became friends and she told me about blogging. Having a corner of the internet to call my own was incredibly appealing. So, at the age of fifteen, I began my first blog.
I’ve been writing ever since.
11. Post the funniest meme you’ve ever seen. (Okay, that was more of a command than a question. Sorry. But still post the meme, please?)
I’m weirdly fascinated with the concept of gangster Lord of the Rings. I have no idea why.