Hey, Bookworms in Dresses readers!
I can’t be the only one who wishes they could live the life of their favorite book character, right? Going on epic adventures, exploring places I’ve never been, using magic, flitting between parallel worlds, painting masterpieces, and more. I feel like I do live the life of my favorite book characters just by opening the pages of a book, but sometimes I can’t help but wish I could actually be in their shoes. Just for one day. Can I please go to Hogwarts? Or meet Mr. Darcy?
One of my favorite books is Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell. Funnily enough, I feel like I have lived Cath’s life (minus the falling in love with a really cute boy) because while I was in college studying creative writing I used to write Harry Potter
fan fiction. The main character Cath goes to school for creative writing, but on the side writes popular Simon Snow fan fiction. She struggles to come up with her own stories, and honestly I struggled to do the same at first. Writing Harry Potter
fan fiction felt so easy because I already knew the characters so well, but in time I learned to trust my own writing, just like Cath. But I would still love to be in her shoes for one day, mostly because Levi is is so sweet and funny and cute.
1. If you could change the fate of one book character, who would you choose?
There are so many that I could pick, but the two deaths that always saddened me the most were Remus and Tonks from Harry Potter. Everyone who reads this series sees Harry struggle to grow up as an orphan, and then it happens again at the end of the series to Remus and Tonks’ child, Teddy. At least Harry will be there for little Teddy.
2. Do you have a book from your childhood that you remember as having an impact on you?
I’ll refrain from mentioning Harry Potter again, though could you blame me? Back in 6th grade, I read The Giver and found the story so fascinating. I remember understanding why this society would choose to get rid of painful memories (ignorance is bliss, right?), but also knowing that those painful experiences are what help us become stronger and wiser.
3. Which author would you want to have lunch with?
I have to go with Rainbow Rowell (Neil Gaiman is a close second). I love her writing; her stories have drama and humor and heart and are just plain wonderful. Rainbow and I would bond over books, writing, fanfiction, and she could tell me all about her new Simon Snow novel.
4. What are the next four books on your to-read list?
I have a never-ending to-read list, but the four books I really want to read are Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulus, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and Fairest by Marissa Meyer.
5. Bad book habits? (like dog earring pages, flipping pages while you read, reading too much of one genre, etc?)
I definitely read too much of one genre! YA fantasy is my weakness. I don’t like writing or highlighting in books, but I do dog-ear pages if there’s a quote that I want to remember. I think my worst book habit is reading while eating, which inevitably leads to drink and food stains. Oops.
6. Do you have a snack you always eat when reading?
Give me a bag of Cheetos or Goldfish and I’m a happy girl!
7. What makes you want to read a book?
That’s a great question. Obviously it comes from just wanting to know more. I needto know where the story ends up, ie. who the killer is, what happens when the characters go to a parallel universe, will they overthrow the tyrannical queen, etc.? Something sparks my interest and then I have to read it.
Which book character’s life would you like to live for one day?
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