*The following interview was carried out by Stacey Lannigan*
I had the honour of conducting a small Q&A session with Booktuber: renontheroad! Here’s what she had to say about books, youtube, movies, writing and more!
1) What/Who first inspired you to become a YouTuber?
I’ve been watching youtube since the very beginning – I was around when charlieissocoollike was making videos where he dyed his hair red and painted himself purple, and I always loved the idea of making my own. When it comes to booktube, I think, as is the case with lots of booktubers, that it was Christine (polandbananasBOOKS) that got me into it. Watching her videos and seeing her get so excited about books too made me feel a little less alone and I wanted to start doing that online too.
2) What do you enjoy most about being a YouTuber?
The community. The Booktube community is one of the loveliest on the platform and I adore being able to talk about books with so many like minded people online. I’ve met so many wonderful people and friends through it 😊
3) What part of being a Youtuber do you find to be most challenging?
For a while I really found the pressure of reading was really hard. Being on Booktube, obviously books are the main focus, and when hundreds of people are talking about the same book, it can make you feel like you have to read it even if it’s something that doesn’t usually interest you. However, when I started to read what I wanted again, and stop comparing myself to other creators, things got a lot easier 😊
4) If you had the opportunity to do a collaboration video with any other YouTuber – who would it be (and why, if you have reasons)?
I don’t know about collaborations but I’d love to sit with and watch Kathleenlights and Jessi Smiles film one of their videos. They’re hilarious to watch and I feel like being in that room with them would be an absolute delight. Other than that if I could appear on an episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved my life would be complete.
5) You blog primarily about books and so it’s most likely that others have been inspired to read a particular book following having watched your videos (I know I have!) – Can you recall any books that you read after being prompted by one of your viewers?
SO MANY! I get recommendations from my viewers daily and they always sound so good it’s hard to catch up. I love getting recommendations, though and I love that my viewers get so excited about books to the point where they want to share them and talk about them with me. The most recent one I can think of is Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide by Kate Charlesworth. It’s a graphic novel type book full of LGBTQ+ history! It’s such an incredible and important book and I’d really recommend it.
6) What is your favourite book, movie and TV show? (Feel free to state why in each case if you like as well)
My favourite book – as I’m sure a lot of my viewers know – is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, simply because this book spoke to me in a way that no other piece of fiction ever has. It’s beautiful and wonderful and I think everyone should read it. My favourite movie is Captain America: The Winter Solider, which is, arguably the best Marvel film. My favourite TV show is One Day At A Time. It has FAB Latinx and LGBTQ+ representation and it is done SO well. It is full of humour and silliness as well as tackling some incredibly important topics and I simply adore it.
7) Across all fiction, who is your all time favourite character and why?
I think here I’d have to go with Magnus Bane, from the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Simply because he was the first LGBTQ+ rep I ever saw in a book and that is something I will always hold dear to me. He’s also been in SO many books that I’ve read, and I take comfort that he will always pop up in TSC. He’s so well written and developed, he is so important to so many people and I love him.
8) What, in your own personal opinion, is it that makes a good story?
I think characters definitely! I think that the story is obviously important, and so is world building, but I think that ultimately as people, we relate strongly to the characters that we spend the time with whilst reading the novel and if characters are well written, developed and relatable, that is what will make me remember the story.
9) A lot of readers also enjoy spending their time writing, are you in the process of writing anything at the moment? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?
I am currently writing! I’m working on a high fantasy Fae novel right now, but it’s still early stages so I can’t go into too much detail. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and those who have read bits and pieces here and there have enjoyed it, which has been a positive sign! A lot of it is based on Irish Fae legends which has been really fun to research and work with as my dads family is Irish, so linking the book with my heritage has meant a lot to me. I’m so excited for it to be finished and for it to go into the world, and I hope people will enjoy reading it as much as I’m enjoying writing it!
10) It’s a debate amongst every reader: Book or Kindle? Which do you prefer and why?
I just got a new Kindle! I got the Kindle Oasis which I ADORE and have been using so much more than my old Kindle – and I find I actually read quicker with my Kindle, which has been fab for my progress this year. However, I don’t think anything can quite beat the feeling of holding a physical book in your hands.
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