This tag was started by Jenn, and you should check out her original post here! Thanks so much for making these questions, Jenn, I loved reading them!
I won’t be directly tagging anyone since this is a pre-scheduled post and I don’t want to accidentally tag someone who’s already done it. But definitely try this tag out yourself!
1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?
I think I have several comfort books, but probably The Picture of Dorian Gray is my number one! I reread it when I’m happy, when I’m bored, when I’m sad, etc….
That being said, the Harry Potter series will always comfort me to read. I also pick up a couple of classics like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice with regularity. I’m a chronic re-reader not going to lie!
2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?
I would say either music or writing, though I have terribly neglected both for a long time. I used to write so much more and play violin and guitar regularly. In the past couple of weeks I’ve started a new creative writing project that I feel pretty good about but my guitar and violin both need some tuning (the violin needs new strings too haha) before I can start again.
3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?
I am one of those people that loves change. I like to change my hairstyle/color frequently, and I love moving. The farther I go the better!
Reinventing yourself is, in my opinion, an excellent opportunity to do the things you just keep putting off. If you move to a new town, you can go by that nickname you’ve always liked but never tried! You can pick out new hobbies, maybe if you move somewhere with a garden you can get plants and try your green thumb.
A lot of people, my fiancé included, don’t agree with me that frequently moving is freeing and refreshing but I just can’t help loving the idea of packing up and starting new.
4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge
Vampire novels. Twilight series, House of Night series, Vampire Kisses series, Vampirates series. Sure, there’s been the occasional vampire novel I’ve picked up and not liked but the vast majority of it? Entertaining as hell!
Lots of people have put out insightful videos and blog posts discussing the fact that Twilight brought derision to vampires and vampire fiction not because of the content matter, but largely because young women and girls loved the series. I think you can still feel the sting of that weird derision of Twilight and similar works today.
5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?
Halloween, always. The entire month of October I just smile remember that it’s Halloween season. Also, now that it’s getting cold again, the homemade hot chocolate my fiancé makes. He refuses to have pre-made hot chocolate or whipped cream in the house which means he makes it himself on the stove whenever I come home freezing cold.
6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film
I’ve read books that I’m sure are supposed to be scary or are classified as horror, but I’ve never really been scared by a book… Scary movies also don’t frighten me, and I’ve always enjoyed watching them.
I really like Diary of the Dead, one of George Romero’s zombie movies. It’s got an underlying message about the way people do gross things for entertainment and what some of those things say about their humanity.
7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat
Lately I’ve loved salads, but specifically with feta cheese and balsamic on them. Also because they’re super easy to make when you’re feeling lazy haha. I’ve also been eating popcorn a lot lately, probably because for the first time in two years I live in an apartment with a microwave!
8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory
My leather jacket. I bought it a year ago to replace one I had all through undergraduate school and it’s holding up quite well! The pockets are perfect, it’s the exact right size, and it’s pretty!
9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul
The way I interpret this question is this kind of inspirational feeling, like the desire to get out and do something. Recently I re-read The Hunger Games (just the first one) as part of a readathon and it did that. It reminded me of all the injustices in this world that I’m constantly hearing about. I also recently read The Last Girl, a book about a Yazidi woman who survived being held captive by ISIS.
10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside
Big Little Lies is the first thing coming to mind, probably because I read it so recently. Having watched the TV series first, I wasn’t expecting that the story’s message was so simply: women stand together. Between the surprisingly scathing indictment of society’s expectation that women be beautiful, and the show of loyalty between the women at different points, it was surprisingly strong. The TV series definitely has more focus on the investigation aspect, whereas the book really only uses that as a premise.