I have found a wonderful community and great friends during my time book blogging, so when I found out my friend Kelly created her own book blog, Catch Kelly’s Fancy, (check it out!!!) I was so excited for her.
Kelly and I have known one another for a few years now. We went to college together at SUNY Oswego and are both in Mu Beta Psi (a national honorary music fraternity).
With no further a due, here is my interview with the fabulous Miss Kelly, where she tells us about her favorite heroines in literature, the vegan apricot scones she made (which I would like in my belly, please), and things that turn her into a fangirl.
Amanda: What was your favorite book (or series) as a child?
Kelly: My favorite book series as a child was a tie between The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin and Goosebumps by RL Stine. I followed both series fairly religiously (even Little Sister, the BSC spin-off featuring Karen, and for Goosebumps, I would sneak copies of Fear Street home when I could). I did also like the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park and pretty much anything by Judy Blume.
Amanda: Who are your top three favorite heroines in literature?
Kelly: My top three favorite heroines are Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, Jaenelle Angelline from the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop, and Clarice Starling from the Hannibal Lecter trilogy by Thomas Harris.
- Hermione, I like because she used her intellect and cleverness to solve problems, and because I could relate to a frizzy-haired bookworm who didn’t really know how to make friends easily. I think she’s an admirable role model for young girls, and I like that Rowling developed her into a full character with personality and back story instead of just *insert female sidekick here*.
- Jaenelle, I like because she has all of this incredible power and endures such hardships, but she remains true to herself rather than letting it change her into something bitter and evil. She is brave and just, and I love that Bishop lets us continue to see Jaenelle’s spirit and sense of humor in moments throughout the series, even after she becomes Queen of the Darkness.
- Clarice, I like because she’s given this incredible challenge in Dr. Lecter, and she faces him head-on with strength and intellect. I read The Silence of the Lambs when I was younger (like middle-school age or so), and I fell in love with Clarice’s character. I love that after she’s taken off of the case, she comes up with a plan and goes after the killer anyway, and it’s one of the best surprises in that novel when you realize she’s gone rogue. Clarice makes her own decisions instead of submitting to the desires of the men in her life, and I definitely respect that. (I admit, that gets a bit more problematic in Hannibal, but that’s a different discussion for a different day.)
Amanda: What made you decide to begin blogging? Why book blogging?
Kelly: I decided to start blogging because I wanted to get back into writing, and thought this would be a good place to start. I actually kept a personal blog from about 2005-2007, then let it lapse, and couldn’t seem to keep a blog for more than two entries or so after that. I chose a book blog because I thought that having one specific topic to focus on might help narrow down my focus, and keep me on track. Also, I’m an avid reader, and have been since I can remember. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about literary things, so I knew I wouldn’t run out of material easily. And, I was actually quite inspired by your blog! I thought it looked like a fun way to not only push myself to write more, but to meet new people as well.
Amanda: What are some of your interests other than reading?
Kelly: Aside from reading, I sing, I dance, and I bake things. I actually made vegan apricot scones from scratch last night, and they turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself! I also really like to travel, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and I love a good movie marathon or karaoke dance party.
Amanda: Who are some authors that you think we should check out?
Kelly: If you’re interested in film criticism, Roger Ebert pretty much has the market cornered on that. Your Movie Sucks is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and I highly recommend it. I have read compendiums of his more favorable reviews, and those are just as well-written. I usually enjoy non-fiction when it’s written so that you feel like you and the author are having a conversation, and Ebert definitely invites you along with him. In that same vein, I also enjoy Anthony Bourdain’s essay collections on food, because he has a dry and snarky sense of humor that I quite like.
Amanda: What book(s) are you reading right now?
Kelly: Right now, I’m reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Dr. Brene Brown
Amanda: What are some things (books, movies, tv, etc.) that turn you into a fangirl?
Kelly: If you want to turn me into a fangirl quickly, all you have to do is bring up BBC’s Sherlock, Harry Potter, or Glee. I’m a little bit obsessed with Sherlock, and if you really want to hear a lot of passionate theory and recommendations, talk to me about Johnlock. I’ve been interested in Harry Potter since it first came out, and have grown up with the series like so many people, so I have a lot of enthusiasm for it…like, to the point that I actually have a Dumbledore quote tattoo. The key fangirl phrase for me there is either Snape or “Always.”. I adored Glee when it first came out, and I still think the pilot is one of the best episodes of a television series ever. It held so much potential, and it’s pretty much gone downhill from there. It’s sad and illogical and there’s so many problems, but I can’t seem to stop myself from tuning in until it finally ends. Key fangirl phrase here is Faberry.
Amanda: Do you have any guilty pleasure books or series? If so, what are they?
Kelly: I may have squealed like a 5 year old a couple of days ago when I got a Disney Princess book with hologram Beauty and the Beast images. (That may not be the right word…you know when you have a picture and it moves depending on how you tilt the book in the light? That’s what it is.) I guess my ultimate guilty pleasure book would probably be my signed copy of Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley. I don’t really advertise my love of professional wrestling.
Amanda: What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
Kelly: My favorite movie adaptation of a book is The Silence of the Lambs. I used to win at Scene It! all the time, because I could list off all 5 of the Academy Awards it won. I think Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Lecter is absolute genius casting. I also liked One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as well, because Jack Nicholson is great in that, and the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Amanda: If you went on a long trip and could only take 5 books with you, what books would you pack in your bag?
Kelly: I’m used to traveling with multiple books, even though I know I may not finish them…you never know when the opportunity to read will strike! I would take my Black Jewels trilogy compendium by Anne Bishop (which I’m totally counting as one because it’s all together), It by Stephen King, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling, Hannibal by Thomas Harris, and Your Movie Sucks by Roger Ebert for when I need a laugh.