MY 5 FAVORITE
1. My Family
I am completely obsessed with my family, including blood relations and the family I chose. They are the funniest people I’ve ever met and we spend hours cracking each other up. In fact, I often feel hungover when I leave my family because we are so loud and obnoxious and our game nights are borderline inappropriate. You know your family is a mess when it’s the thirteen year old who consistently wins Cards Against Humanity.
Duh. I know, a writer who loves books, so original. But I do. I love everything about books. The way they feel, the way the look. Gah. The way they smell when you fan the pages. Heaven. I have loved books for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories consist of my mom and my sister reading me books like Are You my Mother, The Howliday Inn (If you don’t know that book I highly recommend you find it. Go, do it. I still go back and read it every now and again) and anything by Dr. Seuss. When I got older I jumped from children’s books straight into Harlequin romances and old school bodice ripper historical romances by Shannon Drake and Johanna Lindsey. After that, I was obsessed with Lightning by Dean Koontz and It by Stephen King. Then, and only then, did I discover YA. Christopher Pike was my absolute favorite author in high school, followed closely by L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. The whole time I was reading, I was writing. One obsession fed the other.
3. Binging on Netflix
Yes, I’ll admit it. I cannot watch just one episode of any show. Ever. I barely ever watch movies anymore. They just don’t satisfy me the way watching 14 episodes of a show in one day does. While I don’t condone Netflix’s judgey column headers like ‘Because You Like Raunchy Comedies’, I’m willing to overlook it because Netflix gets the real me. My Netflix reads like I have multiple personality disorder. There’s documentaries about serial killers and food. There’s shows like Jesus Camp and Sense8. I will watch The Fosters and Salem in the same day. I just love television and I can watch repeats of the same show again and again. There is literally no episode of The Vampire Diaries or Glee that I haven’t seen at least four times.
I admit it. Tumblr is my secret dirty shame. Okay, not a total secret. I have several Tumblr pages but if you’ve been (un)fortunate enough to stumble on my not-so-secret fandom page you will see that I am a total fandom geek. I do not do anything half-way. I don’t sort of like a show. If I find a show that interests me, I’m all in whether that be Glee, Teen Wolf, Supernatural, Sense8 or Sherlock. Once I’m in, I can’t seem to find my way out. I even low-key fangirl over shows I don’t even watch. I don’t watch Shadowhunters but I completely side-ship Malec. There are some British shows or even some reality television and real people ships I kind of can’t help but love. I can’t help it.
This sort of goes hand in hand with Tumblr. I mean, can you ship something one hundred percent without wanting to read fanfiction about your latest obsession? I am obsessed with Ao3 and have so many different fics that I would put against anything on the bestseller list today. I think fanfiction is some of the most underrated writing out there. Truthfully, most fanfiction writers write the characters I ship better than the writers who created them, so much so that some fandoms have abandoned shows altogether for the fanfiction created by the fandom. I think it’s a beautiful thing.