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