This tag is to get to know the person behind the blog better. As with any tagging game there are rules:
Rule 1 - Post the rules.
Rule 2 - Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then make 11 new ones.
Rule 3 - Tag 11 people and link them to your post.
Rule 4 - Let them know you’ve tagged them.
Ok, here are unreconstructedfangirl’s questions:
1. If you could live in any past time, when would it be, and why?
This an excellent question for a history lover. As much as I am fascinated by past eras, I would have to choose one with indoor plumbing and hot running tap water. So, I choose the 1920s. It’s such a wonderfully optimistic decade between the horrors of WWI and the Great Depression. I love the music, art and film from this decade. Plus, the hair and the clothes! And don’t get me started on Art Deco and the cars from this period!
2. Who’s your favourite musician or band? What do you love about him/her/them?
Radiohead is and always will be my favorite band. I love Thom Yorke’s passion. I love the fact that this band isn’t afraid to constantly reinvent itself. And I love the fact that they are so anti-Consumerism that they quit their label and offered their album directly to the fans at a price set by the fans.
3. What’s your first memory from childhood?
Wow. I’m really not sure but I believe my first memory is of attending a family event with my cousin. We were in the same grade together so he was like an annoying (slightly younger) brother to me.
4. If you could be a fly on the wall ANYWHERE, where would you want to be?
Fangirl answer: I would be wherever Suzanne Collins is currently editing/rewriting the Catching Fire script.
Serious answer: The discussions during the Treaty of Versailles. That was such a momentous turning point for the rest of the century and had such an influence on the (mostly horrid) events that were to come.
5. If you could ask Alexander Skarsgard one question, what would you ask him?
Wow. Either what is his favorite book or if there’s a director with whom he hasn’t worked but would love to have direct him.
6. What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Where were you when you read it?
Tie between The Fountainhead and The Guns of August. I read The Guns of August in law school so I was in Austin, TX at the time. I read The Fountainhead as a senior in high school. No, I do not agree with any of Ayn Rand’s philosophies but that book still changed my life in a lot of ways. I was a sheltered small town girl at the time, so sue me.
7. What’s your favourite food? Is there any food you hate?
I love Tex Mex. Cheese enchiladas, tacos al carbon, chile relleno, etc. I hate most mayonnaise-based foods like tuna fish salad and chicken salad. Also hate deviled eggs.
8. I’m a serial fangirl — what about you? What’s the first thing y\ou ever fully fangirled out over?
Lifelong fangirl here. The first thing I remember is fangirling over The Dukes of Hazard and crushing on Bo Duke. My first ships were Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Laura and Remington Steele. (Look them up kiddies — I’m really, really old!)
9. Barack Obama. Yes or no? Why?
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I am a lifelong liberal. A lot of my hope and optimism had been slowly drained away but Obama’s 2008 campaign made me want to believe. I honestly believe he’s sincere about effecting change. It’s not his fault our system is currently built to fail. Considering the influence of special interests and the horrible bipartisanship, he’s managed to do a great bit for a first term president.
10. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I have been to England two times and would jump at the chance to revisit. As for places I’ve never been, it’s a toss-up between Germany and Tibet.
11. What makes you angrier than anything else in the world?
Fascism. The total opression of freedom of thought, speech and choice. To put a fangirl spin on it, my most loved and hated Harry Potter book is Order of the Phoenix. Umbridge drove me CRAZY with rage but I found that entire plot fascinating. I think it’s why I also love dystopian fiction. Brave New World and The Hunger Games trilogy…right up my alley.
The other issue that totally enrages me is the plight of women around the world. The fact that so many women in so many cultures are treated unequally, to put it nicely. Women are still burned for their dowries. Women are still blamed for rape. Women are still banished from showing any of their skin out of the belief that men just can’t control themselves. Women are still beaten by family members and it’s acceptable. Women are still viewed as “pure” and deserving of protection that automatically robs them of their agency and makes them unequal. Women are still treated as stupid and their brains are viewed as insufficient to the male brain. Women’s emotions are still labeled as “hysterical”. Anything feminine in our culture is automatically devalued.
My Eleven Questions:
1) What is your favorite work of art and why is it your favorite?
2) What is your favorite song and why is it your favorite?
3) If you could marry any fictional character, what character would you choose and why them?
4) If you were stranded on a desert island with only one thing, what thing would you take with you? (Sorry to be so unoriginal)
5) If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, fictional or nonfictional, who would you invite and why? (once again sorry to be unoriginal but it is a classic question for a reason)
6) What was your favorite subject/class in school?
7) If you could pursue one profession in life, other than your current career, what would it be and why?
8) If you could have been born as a citizen in any country, which country would you choose and why?
9) If you could wear only one item of clothing for the rest of your life what would it be?
10) What is your favorite alcoholic drink? If you don’t drink, what is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
11) If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why would you change it?