thoroughbredofsin tagged me for this thing, so let’s strap in and I’ll make you all uncomfortable/bored.
Rule 1: Always post the rules.
Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you has written and write 10 new ones.
Rule 3: Tag 10 new people and link them to your post.
Rule 4: Let them know you’ve tagged them.
1) What do you have decorating your bedroom walls?
A painting done by my friend Susan (sleepingtuna), of one of her class models looking pensively into the distance. She added in that he was looking at the bat signal. And a giant board my mother bought for me when I moved out that has flower prints and inspirational sayings like, “You are always stronger than you think you are,” which I laugh at sometimes, but then when I’m in tears always kind of cheers me up. Aside from that, the lady who owns the house had the walls painted a sea green color which I would like more if the ceiling weren’t bright blue.
2) What’s one book that you love but that’s completely underrated?
I’m not sure if they’re underrated, but A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is one of my absolute favorite books of all time (I also really enjoyed Rebel Angels, but the third one was a bit overstuffed and lacked focus). To me, this book should have gotten the hype and attention that Twilight got. It’s got all that guilty pleasure awesomeness, like corsets and a Victorian setting and magic, but it also perfectly captures the teenage girl experience in all of it’s vain, terrible, mixed-up glory. It has mildly complex characters (Felicity is basically Regina George with an actual soul), it features a dashing Indian man as the romantic hero, and at the core of the plot is Gemma’s relationship with her mother. This is my comfort blanket book.
3) What’s your favorite place in the world?
If you want a really well thought out global answer about what physical vicinity I really loved, it would have to be Edinburgh. I went on a tour of the UK with my mom and grandma one summer and this gorgeous city was my favorite stop. If we’re being completely honest: my parents got me a heated mattress pad for Christmas and now my absolute favorite place is my bed. It’s warm and comfortable and never judges me for watching Netflix instead of being productive.
4) What do you regret more something you did or something that you didn’t do?
I don’t do a lot of things and those are the things that I regret. I find that the things I do actually do and turn out to be bad ideas (like having sex with that one dude in his basement halfway through Inglourious Basterds or posting my roommate complaints where my roommate could see them) are still bearable because I learned a lesson/didn’t chicken out.
5) Who was the first friend you remember having?
My mom and her best friend Deb got pregnant within months of each other. They’d hang out a lot and babysit for each other, so her daughter Mackenzie is the first friend I remember having.
6) If you could meet and have a conversation with a figure from history who would it be?
Background: After years of refusing to watch Doctor Who, I am shocked to be confronted by the Doctor himself (played by Sophie Okonedo) and pulled into that Tardis thing. We end up in 1600’s Hungary and I infiltrate the castle of Elizabeth Bathory as a serving wench. I have a conversation where I drop some knowledge on her about the concept of virginity and she vamps out on me, revealing her true nature as an Ubervamp. I fight her with the Doctor, defeat her, sell her estate, and give the proceeds to the village girls she was planning on killing.
So, yeah, Elizabeth Bathory. Our conversation leading up to our epic battle would be pretty intense.
7) What was the first album that you ever bought?
The first album I ever bought was Oops I Did It Again by Britney Spears (I WAS YOUNG I DIDN’T KNOW ANY BETTER OKAY?). The first album I ever bought with my own money made at my own job was Hot Fuss by the Killers.
8) What’s your favorite movie adaption of a book/game/comic/etc?
I count Schumacher’s Batman and Robin as a great adaptation of the Silver Age and you can’t stop me. Not sorry, never sorry.
9) If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I really feel like a deep dish Hawaiian pizza right now, so Chicago. In my revised life plan, that’s the city I’m aiming for. It’s a big city, I’ve been there a few times and love it, and it’s still in the Midwest so I won’t be too out of my element.
10) Out of the books you had to read it high school which was your favorite/did you actually like any of them?
I really enjoyed The Iliad and couldn’t believe they let us read a book with so much gore. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is still one of my favorites despite its flaws and led me to read her short fiction, which I enjoy a lot more. I read Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye for my Banned Books class and it completely eviscerated me. It’s fantastic, one of my favorites, but I don’t re-read it a whole lot. And of course, out of all the Shakespeare I had to read, I got the most enjoyment out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I own the weird ‘98 adaptation and still periodically re-read it to the remind myself how awful my love life could be if I, y’know, had one.
MY QUESTION TIME Oh gawd, I don’t even know, this is going to take forever, um…
1.) What’s your favorite fictional alien race?
2.) If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it to make the world a better place (and yes, it counts if you think the world would be better destroyed/ruled by you)?
3.) What do you think is your greatest personal strength?
4.) What’s the layout of your no-holds barred dream house?
5.) I’m so hungry. Last thing you ate that was so good you were pretty sure you climaxed?
6.) What’s the last media you downloaded?
7.) How long have you been on Tumblr and what’s your reaction when it goes offline?
8.) What’s something you really love that no one else seems to appreciate? (It’s okay if your answer is “my sexy bits”)
9.) Favorite piece of clothing you own?
10.) Coffee or tea?
I’m going to go get a frozen pizza and go to town on it