Meet the Bookstagrammer @lifebytheink
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU BOOKSTAGRAM
Hello! My name is Séline DuMane and I am 22-year-old bookworm who enjoys cozy bookstores, several cups of chai, and going on spontaneous adventures around the world, fictional or realistic. My immense appreciation for literature started at an early age with the books -- Madeline, Brothers’ Grimm fairy tales, and Narnia -- which an everlasting TBR later, has encouraged me to create my bookstagram in January of this year. My passions also involve becoming a fantasy author or a content editor in the publishing industry. Because of bookstagram, I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to connect with other readers, publishers, and writers alike who love to discuss various literary genres, worldly languages and cultures, and writing prompts/advice. Also, a tremendous thank you Curiositales team for featuring me in this Winter Issue!
WHAT IS YOUR TOP BOOK REC?
This is quite an impossible question to ask any bookworm, but The Wrath and The Dawn duology by Renée Ahdieh has been a recommendation of mine to others for several years now. I could spend hours discussing why this series is marvelous and how Ahdieh is an equally marvelous author, but if you enjoy a beautifully-written Arabian nights inspired story with elegant and bewitching strong characters; there’s no reason to not give this duology a try.
WHAT TROPE DO YOU LOVE TO HATE?
Love triangles! The main reason being is I tend to have second character syndrome (where you prefer the second character with the main character which tends to not be the outcome in most cases,) so I become dispirited by the end of the novel. And yes, I was team Jacob. That’s where the hatred began.
LAST FIVE STAR READ?
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett! I am an avid lover/reader of the fantasy genre, but I was surprised I did not come across his work until recently. Foundryside is an inventive blend of science-industrialized magic, fantastical heist adventure, and diverse characters that was exhilarating to read. Bennett’s craft is truly magnificent that I was in a proper book slump for months! All I could think about was, “how can I transport myself into the city of Tevanne?” “How can I become friends with Sancia to convince her to take me on her mysterious heist adventures even though I have non-existent combat skills?” Truly, it has been merited as one of my favorite fantasy books to date.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH QUOTE?
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” – Maya Angelou. Even though this is not exactly a quote from one of her novels, all of Angelou’s works, to me, are one long quote that should be remembered and followed by. Rest in Peace.
"The Wrath and The Dawn duology by Renée Ahdieh has been a recommendation of mine to others for several years now. " - Seline @lifebytheink #bookstagrammer #bookstagram
WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD STORY?
My first element would be natural world building. This does not necessarily mean create the most imaginative fictional world like Middle Earth, but to have the readers immerse into the setting. I want to know about the beautiful sounds of the Flamenco guitar pouring through the streets of Seville or the thick humidity clinging to my skin while exploring the jungles of India without verily visiting those places. I want experience exactly what the characters do regardless how fictional or realistic it is. My second element would be compelling character development. Whether it is the protagonist, morally-grey side character or villainous step-mother, I love understanding the characters’ motives, impulsive reactions, foods they enjoy to eat, experiences with love and grief. Development should start from the first page and continuously flourish until the very last word. Some of the best development is in my mind moments, days, or even years after I read the story. Lastly, a transparent plot. It is as simple as just knowing what I’m getting myself into.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE VILLAIN?
I love the Joker! Even though comic books is not a medium of literature I typically delve into, I have always enjoyed the stories of Batman. I think the relationship between Batman and the Joker is not a simple act of good vs. evil. There is a philosophical approach as to why the Joker creates chaotic conflict; he wants to destroy Batman mentally, to make him a synonymous of himself. Typically as a reader, I want information on an antagonist’s backstory to have a sense of hope that their villainous intentions could be changed for the better. But for the first time, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Joker create mayhem throughout Gotham, and discovering how Batman could defeat/ grow from it.
FAVORITE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE?
I will say it is an equal balance between Middle Earth and The Wizarding World. The dedication Tolkien gave to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with not only developing a world, but unique races/species, languages, history, and magic is inspirational. J.K. Rowling provided a similar creation in the Harry Potter series, but her ability to connect it to our actual world was mind-boggling in my childhood. As an aspiring fantasy writer, I research plenty about both of their processes in creating these worlds in hopes I could accomplish something as equally extraordinary someday.
WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE ADAPTED TO SCREEN? WHO WOULD STAR?
Even though it is already being adapted as a Netflix series, I am profoundly excited to see Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows/Shadow and Bone series come life! Easily, I see Ben Barnes embodying the role of the Darkling, perfectly. I do hope in the success of this series though that the next season would be more about the Six of Crows storyline. So, if I did have to cast someone, maybe Jack Dylan Grazer as Wylan.
FIVE BOOKSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS SHOULD WE BE FOLLOWING?
This is difficult because there is so many wonderful bookstagrammers I love who are equally unique in their creative style, content, recommendations, and target audience base, but with these five book bloggers, I have been following them since I joined the community. They are entirely worth the follow! @cicivford @remnantartsco @hoarding.chapters @sunsnacksseries @bookish.bones
Do you Bookstagram? Let us know how you got hooked on reading in comments!
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