I asked my friends and followers over on Tumblr to send me some questions for a video and a blog post. So here are some of the questions, and the other ones will be up in video form on my channel sometime soon.
Favorite book-to-film adaptations? Most disappointing?
I think the Harry Potter movies are great adaptations — they’re the only film series that I feel really do the books justice. But I would also have to say The Notebook and A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks, because those are the only two books I’ve read where the movies are immensely better. As for disappointing, I enjoyed The Maze Runner books but I couldn’t even make it through the second movie. Also I feel like The Giver was significantly better as a book. There are probably more, but I find most adaptations fairly tolerable.
How do you feel about graduating from university? What’s next?
I didn’t really enjoy college at all, so I’m very happy to have graduated and to be moving on to something I hopefully enjoy. The only problem is that when I finished school, I felt like there were so many possibilities of things I could do. Now it’s starting to weigh on me that I may get pushed into something just because the opportunity is there, and then be stuck with it for the rest of forever. That thought terrifies me, because I’ve always been someone who wanted to do everything, all at once. I love writing, photography, acting, making videos, art, music, fashion, makeup… the list goes on. Every month I feel more passionately about one thing than the next, and it’s difficult for me to accept the possibility that I might have to settle on just one thing. So as for what’s next? I have no idea. I’ll probably spend the rest of my life trying to figure that out. As for now, I’m really focused on writing because that has probably been the most consistent love of my life. But who knows? Not me, sadly.
What is your Starbucks drink?
Grande coconut milk cappuccino with 2 pumps of classic syrup.
Do you tend to hang on to things “just in case” or out of a sense of obligation or sentimentality, or do you feel you have a healthy relationship with stuff?
I guess it depends. I feel very sentimental about physical copies of books and movies, notebooks, and clothing. Those are the things I continue to collect and can’t seem to get rid of, though I’m not sure why. I have a weird attachment to them. I have so many books that I’ve bought and never read, just because I wanted to own them. I like the feeling of always having unread books on the shelf, in case the day ever comes when I’m in need of one. As for DVDs, I only tend to buy them for films that I particularly love or that I have really been anticipating. I think I just like re-watching movies, and having them on DVD just makes sense to me (until the day comes when DVD players are obsolete… but I don’t want to think about that). Notebooks/journals are a really strange one, because I continue to by them but I hate writing in them, because I always feel like anything I write in it will never be good enough and it will just ruin the notebook. But I probably feel most sentimental about clothing, because I tend to associate every event in my life with what I was wearing when it happened. I always remember the outfit, even if I remember absolutely nothing else. So that always makes it really difficult to give clothes away.
If you could take a trip anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
I would love to visit Greece and Australia. But right now I really want to take a road trip from one end of California to the next. I had a dream about it a month ago and now I can’t let it go.
Have you been loving/obsessing over anything recently?
I’m always obsessing over a million and one things, but lately I’ve been getting lost in conspiracy theories… It’s not necessarily that I buy into them, but I find them so incredibly fascinating. I think it takes an incredible amount of imagination, distrust and research just to come up with a conspiracy, and I think it brings a lot of magic into a world that it otherwise incredibly mundane and predictable. So even if I don’t agree with a conspiracy, I just like to think about how and why they could happen. It makes me feel like I’m living in a movie.
What’s your favorite time of day?
Dusk. Especially when it’s raining.
What are your top 5 books you would recommend for anyone to read?
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Honorable mentions: The Giver by Lois Lowry and obviously the Harry Potter series, but you said 5 books not series so I felt like I couldn’t include them in the top five.