Friday, June 18, 2010 | Labels: Under the Lamplight
Under the Lamplight is a bi-weekly feature that I have created to get to know the blogging community! If you're a blogger interested in being interviewed, please email me.
This week Linna from 21 Pages is joining us! I think Linna has one of the most gorgeous layouts I've seen! :)
Could you give a little blurb on your blog?
21 Pages is an outlet for one 15-year old's ramblings on books. In addition to the standard book reviews, I love to post discussions and other features. You'll see memes like In My Mailbox (Not that I really receive books to review... xD), Captivating Thursday (A meme that collects inspiring pictures, quotes, and videos, hosted by Choco at in which a girl reads) and a one that I've started, Cover Love. It compiles whatever book cover features bloggers are willing to share :) I've also got a pastiche of a rating system- a percentage out of 100, categories, and a five star system. I'm sure it'll smooth out eventually ;D
What got you hooked on reading- did you love it as a child, or was it something you grew into?
I've never been able to stay far from books. I guess I can really thank my sister for exposing them to me so much! Although she was four years older than me, we did everything together- so when she started reading, so did I. I would devour whatever books she brought back from school, which means I was reading Redwall books while I was in kindergarten. Lately, our reading interests have diverged; but books have always been (and remain) as necessary to me as air. Even if it's a cereal box or a supermarket flyer, I have to be reading something!
How were you introduced into the blogging world?
It kind of happened by accident! I was just surfing the web one day and came across a "book blog." I had no idea such a concept existed. I thought it was so unique! So, excitedly, I decided to try to start one of my own. I had no idea there was such a huge community of book bloggers- it's fantastic.
What’s been the most fun or exciting thing you’ve been able to do on your blog lately?
Discussion posts! I've was just so shocked when people actually started replying to my posts. Sharing thoughts, opinions. ideas. It's so exciting for me, since I'm surprised that anyone would want to listen to my rambling! To be able to share your point of view with the world is seriously the most amazing thing I've gotten to do since starting blogging.
What’s your opinion of books made into movies? Love ‘em or Hate ‘em?
I'm actually a little split up about this. I really can't stand it when the people behind a book-inspired movie don't care about the original material at all! Like, honestly, sometimes it looks like they didn't even bother trying, because they know the name will bring in some money. Then, there's the whole debate about finding the right actors so that the fans aren't disappointed.
But you know what has worked really well so far? Animated adaptations of books! This way, there's no restrictions on creating the perfect setting, and you can make the characters look exactly the way they're imagined as in the book. Movies like Coraline and How To Train Your Dragon were critically acclaimed and really did their books justice! It's just a dream of mine to see something like an animated adaptation of The Goose Girl or The Book Thief... *sigh*
You can only afford to purchase one book at the bookstore today. What do you choose?
Agh, tough choice! I'll go with The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong. I really need to find out what happened after The Summoning! It's been out for so long and I really need to get around to reading it.
What’s your favorite guilty-pleasure T.V. show? Or book?
Lol, my sister loves The Real Housewives series and it's like you JUST CAN'T TEAR YOUR EYES AWAY from that show. Seriously. It's like some sort of bile fascination :p
I actually feel a little guilty whenever I read James Patterson's books. It's just... the cheesy tag lines on the covers, the overused plot devices, the saving-the-environment message that has plagued the Maximum Ride series... but I still keep reading them for some reason. I also actually like the books that he's "co-written" better than the ones he's written himself xD
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I'm a bit of an insomniac. Okay, a lot like an insomniac. It takes ages for me to fall asleep, and it's usually books I turn to in times like that! But there's something I kind of like about being the only one awake in the house. My normally crazy-loud family is completely silent, and it feels like I'm the only person in the world. I also get crazy bouts of inspiration and scribble down a bunch of post ideas/possible plots for a book that will never see the light of microsoft word, lol. It's just a quiet time to let me think. Then, as almost everyone who remotely knows me can confirm, I'm a total grouch in the morning. I wouldn't advise anyone to talk to me in the morning. Not a good idea at all ;D
If your life were being made into a movie, what would it be called, and who would you cast?
It'd have to be called something like "Falling Up the Stairs". Yeah, it pretty much sums up my life. Doing lots of random, nonsensical, silly things, making a fool of myself, but loving every minute of it. I'd totally cast Miley Cyrus as the troubled teen that I am. Jk, I'm not sure who I'd cast as myself, but I'd totally want Angelina Jolie and 60s era Gregory Peck as my parents.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks so much for interviewing me, Cate! It was tons of fun :D Your blog absolutely ROCKS. Here's to hoping that you share more bloggers with us in the future!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Linna!