Thursday, November 5, 2009

Once Upon A Week: Interview w/ Bri Meets Books

Hiya everyone! I have here today a fellow blogger and Once Upon A Week participant...

So, on with the interview...

1. How long have you been blogging and what got you started in the first place?

I've been blogging various places for years. Probably just a need to say something and somewhere to say it! I've been book blogging since 2007. What got me started in book blogging was I went to university, and left my long-standing job as a children's merchandise specialist at a bookstore. I missed the store, and more specifically the customers and recommending kids books to them. I started blogging to keep my passion for children's books alive.

2. So you're a big YA lover, what's your ultimate favorite YA book?

That's a hard one. I have so many. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin for its beauty and simplicity. Lessons from a Dead Girl for its ability to both shock you to the core and give you periods away from the heaviness. I don't know, honestly.

- I haven't read those books yet, but thanks for recommending it! I'm always up for a good YA book!

3. Aside from YA books, what other genres do you enjoy reading?

General fiction. Children's lit and all that it contains: picture books, first readers, etc. A little bit of science fiction and fantasy. Urban fantasy is the more preferred. Social science, I love books about girl culture, and the media.

4. Ok, I always try to ask this question:
I posted something on my personal blog, entitled The Hot Ones Are Always Fictional. Can you add more to my list?

Puck from Glee
Angel from Buffy and Angel
Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid (admit girls. you wanted to marry him when you were younger)

- Well, I wanted to marry all the princes from fairy tales way back then... LOL.

5. Since it's Once Upon A Week... which fairy tale do you love the most and would enjoy reading over and over again?

The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I don't know why.

6. If you had the chance to rewrite The Twelve Dancing Princesses, what would you change or add? Or would you like it to stay the same?

I've been working on a retelling of it forever. I'd say that once a year for several years, I pick it up and add to it. It's a lovely story, but I want it to have more depth. It feels like the princesses are props.

7. What do you like most about fairy tales?

The sense of wonder and magic. The neat little endings. The strong female characters. The way a lot of them were designed as cautionary tales for children, particularly the Grimm Brothers' collected stories, and how can still be used as reflections of our society. Who hasn't heard a foolhardy politician referred to as "the Emperor with no clothes?" etc?

- I agree. Most would think of fairy tales as just plain stories for the kids, but really, most of the time, they contain way more depth than some of the contemporary fiction out there.

Thanks Bri! Want to know more about Bri? Head on over to her lovely blog and read some (or a lot) of her book reviews and author interviews! :)

1 comment:

Vanessa said...

Great interview! The twelve dancing princesses is a story I haven't read in a long time, but I'm doing my best to get my hands on a retelling.

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