Meet the Bookstagrammer @hannahleblondauthor
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU BOOKSTAGRAM
I’m an introverted, redheaded nerd with my heart in Middle-earth, my mind in a galaxy far, far away, and my home in Hogwarts. I’m also an author residing in the North Bay of California, tea addict, and cat mom. I actually discovered bookstagram by accident! I was on Twitter and stumbled upon @frombeewithlove’s account, which linked to her bookstagram. It was a bit like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia, finding a whole community of book-lovers. I was also excited to find a place where I could share about my own book series, but never expected to fall in love with the community of amazing people or find a new hobby in photography!
WHAT IS YOUR TOP BOOK REC?
Harry Potter! “Always.” (Other Potterheads will get that.) While I also adore Lord of the Rings, it does make for a harder read. Harry Potter has all the elements of a perfect, classic story to me (self-sacrifice, good triumphing over evil, friendship, love) and is set in a universe with the perfect amount of magic and realism, charm and hardship. I feel like the best stories are both plot-driven and character-driven, and Harry Potter excels in both these areas. The characters are so human and easy to relate to, and the running plot that winds through all seven books never ceases to blow me away with its brilliance.
WHAT TROPE DO YOU LOVE TO HATE?
I may actually just hate hate, not love to hate it, but LOVE TRIANGLES! So old, so overused, so over it!
LAST FIVE STAR READ?
The Illuminae Files! I was unsure if I would like it at first, because of the unique way in which it is written. But it only took me a few pages to find myself engrossed in the story, and soon after, falling in love with the characters. I loved the twists and turns and mystery! I’m a big sci-fi lover, but other than Star Wars, haven’t found many sci-fis that I really love, but Illuminae changed that.
"I may actually just hate hate, not love to hate it, but LOVE TRIANGLES! So old, so overused, so over it!" - hannahleblondauthor #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #literarytrope
WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD STORY?
I guess I kind of answered this when I shared why I love Harry Potter. I think a good story needs to be both character and plot driven, have relatable, sympathetic characters, possess the elements of love, good vs. evil, self-sacrifice, friendship, and a cause/villain/disaster of some kind that draws the reader in.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH QUOTE?
“So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - Gandalf via J.R.R. Tolkien
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE VILLAIN?
This is an impossible question! I have so many favorite villains for different reasons. I’m going to have to cheat and name a few. My favorite overall is Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. I mean, who could possibly be cooler than Darth Vader in any way? But I don’t categorize Anakin just as a villain, so he doesn’t totally count. I really love President Snow from The Hunger Games. He is a horrible person, absolutely loathsome, and very well-developed. Another ultimate favorite is Senator Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious/The Emperor. His masterminding, scheming, and creating both the Empire and Darth Vader make him the best and most detailed villain I can think of.
FAVORITE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE?
Middle-earth! As I wrote in the intro, my heart belongs in Middle-earth. I fell in love with this world as a kid when my mom read The Hobbit aloud to me and my brother. I began reading The Lord of the Rings series when I was a teenager, around the same time the movies were released. Suffice it to say, eighteen years later I love it more than ever, which only tells me Middle-earth will have my heart forever. I adore the overall vibe, setting, and world of Middle-earth in every way, but I also love how detailed it is! The histories, languages, maps, biographies, etc. absolutely make Middle-earth feel like a real, historic place, not a fictional one. Who knows? Maybe it is. 🙂
WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE ADAPTED TO SCREEN? WHO WOULD STAR?
The Illuminae Files! There are lots of books I could list, but I just think this trilogy would make EPIC movies or a tv series! Even for people who haven’t read the book, I think it would be hugely popular. As for actors, I’m the last person to ask because I never pay attention to actors. I watch movies and tv for the stories and don’t care who’s acting the part.
FIVE BOOKSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS SHOULD WE BE FOLLOWING?
"I think a good story needs to be both character and plot driven, have relatable, sympathetic characters, possess the elements of love, good vs. evil, self-sacrifice, friendship, and a cause/villain/disaster of some kind that draws the reader in." - hannahleblondauthor #bookstagrammer#bookstagram
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