Right, I’m starting this thread of the Liebster Award, (find out more about it here,) so I don’t have anyone to thank for nominating me, but I’m going to give a nod of recognition to a blog called A Guy Called Bloke because I found the awesome questions (which I answered below,) from there.
Why I’m passionate about blogging:
For me, blogging all started because I wanted a platform to record how many books I had read, and what I thought of them. Soon it became my own corner of the internet and somewhere I knew that I could voice my thoughts and opinions- just for my own satisfaction. This was mainly because when I started the blog there were no English societies or book clubs for me attend, and most young teens don’t find a rendition of The Secret History that attractive a prospect. Fast forward a few years, and I am part of all sort of literature related activities, but I also love to keep my blog alongside to record reads, reach out to others and review current affairs through the lens of my personal opinion.
10 Random Facts about Me
1. I have fenced foil for the England team.
2. I was once the part of a tree in a German play.
3. I own three pairs of Doc Martens.
4. I bake a wonderful chocolate chip banana bread.
5. I played Grade 5 piano until I was 13.
6. I visited Ranthambore national park in India, which is a tiger sanctuary, stayed there for a week and didn’t see a single cat.
7. I don’t like sandwiches.
8. I am proficient in 5 languages: English, German, Ancient Greek, Latin and French
9. I wrote an entire novel when I was 14.
10. I can lucid dream!
1)What was the last movie you can recall that actually really made you laugh as in splitting sides kind of movies?
Hot Fuzz! Basically anything with Simon Pegg…
2] The last book you read that made you stop in your tracks and think about life?
The book that I’m reading right now (stay tuned for a review 🙂 called “All that Remains” by Sue Black. Of course I’ll go into this later, but it’s about Death and how humans really are just an amalgamation of cells and organs. When you examine humans just as another species you realise how personally insignificant you are…which actually quite liberating.
3] What is a piece of music that can make you smile and cry inside at the same time?
Liability by Lorde
4] An event in history that changed your perspective on how we live as a society?
Definitely the Enabling Act in 1933 Germany. It represented the loss of liberty in the German population and signalled that Hitler was starting his dictatorship. With the SS and an ultimate grip on judiciary system, this event proved that the public weren’t complicit in his rise power but simply tried to live their lives and follow along.
This changed my perspective on society because it illustrates that people aren’t inherently evil and that they don’t set out to do bad things. Not all the millions of Germans, for example, even voted him into the government and even if they did, it was his financial policies that were attractive and they tended to ‘overlook’ everything else. People saw strength in Hitler’s passionate speeches, and he represented the strong leader they needed moving on from the Wall Street Crash. No one could see what was coming- if Nigel Farage wrote a massive manifesto, who would bother reading it or even taking it seriously? Yet, if he ends up Prime Minister and initiates outrageously xenophobic policies, then people can say these beliefs were even in his writing all along, and shame on you for missing them. So basically that lots of terrible things happen because of the short-sightedness, and not necessarily maliciousness, of the majority. Like Brexit.
5] Frankenstein or Dracula – who would win that fight and why?
Dracula, because Frankenstein (read my review of it, here) is more emotional and so would unlikely have the capacity to brutally murder Dracula (unless there was a sound reason). Frankenstein wouldn’t fight for the sake of power, whereas Dracula definitely would, because he’s sneaky like that. Frankenstein may have brute strength, but psychologically he is unstable and therefore would struggle with the final blow when not unduly antagonised. Dracula, as we know, is more conniving and thus would win.
6] You only have £5 in your pocket and a homeless person has asked you to spare some change – what do you do? Answer honestly here from your heart – and not what you expect other readers to expect of your answer.
Honestly, if I had spare time for a conversation, I would ask the person what they needed, like if they needed a toothbrush or a sandwich. If they then said that they were hungry, maybe I would buy them a meal from a local supermarket, but if they asked for just money I would walk away, because clearly if they don’t ask for something specific then the money would be going towards something dubious.
7] Which flower or herb do you find startlingly attractive and why?
Lavender… I mean look at this and you’ll see what I mean:
8] What is your favourite pastel colour?
Apart from lavender? This:
9] You have the chance to have a dinner party with five of the Harry Potter characters – who would you invite [Dead or Alive]
10] In a hundred years what will society miss from our today?
Society will miss the amount of forest and natural habitat that is somewhat in abundance today, but is slowly being destroyed by deforestation.
11] If you had the ability to stop planet earth right now and start afresh – which would mean that you would cease to exist – would you perform the action?
By “start afresh” I presume a Noah’s Ark type scenario? No, I wouldn’t, because then humanity would be back to square one, without the knowledge which they had gained over the past centuries. Humanity would be so primitive that slavery, homophobia and misogyny would normal again- society wouldn’t have gone through that learning curve of realising that equality is necessary, so what would essentially happen is that all those groups of people would be targeted again. The minorities would have to suffer for many millennia more because of the archaic power structure that would form again. These people have waited long enough for equality, I’m not going to let them wait anymore by going through the same cycle. People don’t learn from their past mistakes as it is, and with starting afresh these mistakes won’t even be in their memory and so history really would repeat itself. And history is not a nice place to be if you’re a straight white male. No one wants to go back there.
5 blogs that I’m nominating for this award:
- Reading through infinity
- Business and Book
- Library Staff Picks
- The Darkest Tunnel
- Writing the Dream Blog
11 Random questions for these blogs:
- If you were a type of instrument, what type of instrument would you be?
- If you had the attention of the government of your country for a single hour, what would you say to them and why?
- What is more significant, art which makes us laugh, or art which makes us cry?
- What is the one meal that you think everyone should know how to cook?
- If you could do an “exchange” with a person in the past for a year (ignoring the fact you can’t speak the language of the time), who would it be and why. (i.e swap with Julius Caesar for one year, and he would live in your house.)
- What is more important- utilitarianism, or aesthetics?
- If you had the chance to meet Death in person for dinner- without dying because of the encounter- what would you do?
- What is your favourite word?
- Do you think it’s acceptable to take the last slice of pizza? Why/not?
- If after you died you were incarnated into a household object (until it broke/ ran out of battery) which one would you choose to be?
- If you had the power to bring back a fad, which one would it be?
List the rules:
Display the picture of the award
- Thank the person who has nominated you and link to their blog
- Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
- Write 10 random facts about yourself
- Answer the questions I’ve asked
- Nominate blogs that you like and inform them that you have
- Ask random questions for them
- List the rules