Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BBAW Interview Swap

This year, during the Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I am trying something new. A book blogger interview swap for which Stacey, from Pretty Books, and I were paired up. So, here goes!

Noah: When you started blogging, was it about books? If so, how much has the blog changed since then?

Stacey: I first created a blog back in 2003 but it wasn't a book blog. It was very trendy then just to have a blog that was really quite random and full of personal facts, graphics and tutorials designed with splash pages and iFrames. 7 years later, I created my Pretty Books Tumblr blog (http://prettybooks.tumblr.com) which I still run and post book photography and quotations. In January 2011, I began posting my book reviews in addition to photographs (as I often wrote them for myself anyway) and this is when I began participating more in the book blogging community. During August 2011, I created my Pretty Books WordPress blog (http://theprettybooks.wordpress.com) as I wanted a place dedicated to book reviews. This further enabled me to interact more with other book bloggers and participate in things such as Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

Noah: Have you read any Christian books before?

Stacey: I’ve read The Shack, which I believe is a Christian book? I enjoyed it but I have to say that this was more down to the mystery/crime storyline rather than the Christian ideas and messages presented in the book. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read.  I’ve also read The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesday With Morrie by Mitch Albom although I don’t think they’re quite considered to be Christian fiction. But they’re as close as I’ve been!

Noah: Good to know. What is your favorite genre?

Stacey: I find it really difficult to answer this question because running a book blog has meant that I’ve come across many genres that I normally wouldn’t have given the chance. At the moment, I’m open to almost any genre of young adult fiction. In the summer of 2010, I figured that I was ‘over’ young adult fiction but then I read The Hunger Games, 
which blew that notion out of the window. It showed me that I shouldn’t judge a book by its genre and so now I try and base my decision to read a book on the plot rather than its genre. Nonetheless, there are genres I read more than others, in particular dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. I like a lot of realistic fiction too, but really I’ll give anything a go! This is the same for adult fiction too. There’s so many books to read, so little time!

Noah: I know the feeling! What is your favorite famous book series that was published at least ten years ago?

Stacey: The Wicca (or Sweep) series by Cate Tiernan just about makes it as the first book was published in 2001. Cate Tiernan was my favourite author as a young teen. I also loved Enid Blyton’s Girls at St. Clare’s and Mallory Towers series. Oh and of course, Goosebumps
. Does Harry Potter count seeing as the first book was released in 1997? There are not many full series’ that I enjoy(ed) that are that old!

Noah: I noticed that recently you have been posting many reviews of dystopian books. What about them appeals to you?
Stacey: For me personally, I find issues of social control fascinating (I was a Sociology student at University) and since it’s a central theme of dystopian novels, it’s automatically of interest to me especially as they present extreme methods of social control. I also consider it to be quite an intelligent genre. Not all books have moral lessons behind them but most dystopias do, which is why I’m thrilled that it’s such a popular young adult genre at the moment. There’s also so much variety. It educates people about control over ideas as well as control over individual freedom. It makes us realise it’s something we need to value highly. In many places, this type of control actually exists and so I think it enables people to reflect on their own lives and what could happen. It also offers up lots of ‘what would you do?’ situations.

I also find it fun thinking about what the world will be like in the future. There’s been a lot of press saying the YA genre is ‘too dark’ at the moment but I think it’s quite the opposite. In all the YA dystopia/post-apocalyptic novels I’ve read, there’s always been some sort of survival story, and the survivors are often teenagers. It’s empowering reading about teenagers that attempt to overcome their unjust society, or fight for their lives when the rest of the world is falling apart. It’s also an extremely exciting genre full of action, mystery, and technological and medical innovations.

Noah: Briefly, can you tell us about any pets, hobbies, or favorite things of yours?

Stacey: Music is my other major hobby. It has been a massive part of my life for so long and I cannot imagine life without it. I love to attend concerts and I get really involved in fandom, for example, I participate in forums and fan sites. I actually used to run a few fan sites for bands and artists that I loved. I even did my university dissertation on fandom and identity! I love to quote song lyrics and attempt to interpret their meanings. I also get really excited about upcoming singles and albums. My friends sometimes make fun of how passionate I get but someone has to be, right?

Noah: Haha, yes, I often get excited regarding music myself... Thanks for stopping by! May the Lord bless you.

Stacey: Thank you very much for interviewing me for Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I hope you enjoyed answering my questions as much as I enjoyed answering yours.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting the interview :D

    Noah's followers, you can read his interview here: http://theprettybooks.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/book-blogger-appreciation-week-interviews/