Wow. Who would have thought that we’d get here, right? Yet, suddenly, it’s been a year and here we are. We’re actually here. Chantel wanted to start a blog and Caidyn joined in, so here we are.
Really, we want to thank all of you who follow us. Whether you’ve been here from the start or you’re brand new followers. We can’t thank you enough for following, liking, and commenting on our stuff. All 81 of you. Thank you so much.
We put out a request for questions on all our platforms because we wanted to do a Q&A for our blogiversary. So, again, thanks to everyone who asked us questions. We’re happy to answer them right here.
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.
- If the apocalypse came and you had to escape civilization and live in the mountains for the rest of your life, which of your favorite books would you absolutely HAVE to bring with you?
Oh jeez. I have no clue. There are too many good books out there. I’m going to have to be cliched and say Harry Potter since, I mean, those books have it all for me.
What’s the limit here? I mean, can I pack a suitcase or something with all of my favorite books ever? This question only begets more questions.
You’re making this more difficult than it needs to be.
That’s what I do. I’ll just go ahead and say all of Patrick Ness’s books. The ones I’ve read and haven’t read. So the Chaos Walking trilogy, More than This, Release, and A Monster Calls. I know he’s written more books and I’ll bring those along too but Ness has enough variety in his writing that I think I’ll have enough to read for the rest of my life.
Also, this situation sounds fantastic.
Could we get a cabin together? Or adjacent ones?
As long as you promise not to kill and eat me for survival. Or for fun.
Your cabin better be at least one mile away from me.
- If you could magically erase one horrible, terrible, too-awful-for-words book from existence, which would it be?
Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir. It was a horrible book because it was just shitty take on history. Weir, a historian, fell into all the traps that modern historians are starting to reexamine and find false. Not only that, but the book was so boring since she hates Anne Boleyn. Why write it if you hate the subject?
I think we all know my answer to this. Adam by Ariel Schrag. It’s the most offensive book I’ve ever read and treats being transgender as if it’s a trick to get away with something. Fuck this book.
I’m already pissed off enough this week with the world about trans rights so let’s not even.
- Which literary meal have you always wanted to eat yourself?
Any of the Hogwarts feasts, tbh. I’d be Ron in them. (Although the wording is odd for this one. Because I could also answer Hannibal. Let’s be honest, Hannibal’s food looks amazing.)
Honestly, nothing but Harry Potter comes to mind when thinking about fictional food. I mean, there’s the wet, stale bread from The Hunger Games, but I’d rather eat good food.
- Which fictional world would you want to live in the most, and why?
Harry Potter. Dementors and Voldemort and all, I’d love that one the most.
I would say the world in the Wayward Children series which starts with Every Heart a Doorway because I love the idea of going to a portal world and being someplace you finally belong. While I don’t love the idea of getting tossed back into the real world, I still think it would be nice to have a place where you feel you belong.
That’s a good one, too.
- What is your favorite and least favorite thing about your bestest most awesome blogmate? (Not biased at all.)
This is my question for you.
I think you should answer it too. (Not fishing for compliments at all.)
My favorite thing about Caidyn is how easy it is to talk to him. We have become such good friends because it’s so easy to talk to each other about everything. I also appreciate him because he is very focused and is very good at getting shit done. Unlike me.
My least favorite thing is when he tells me about his creepy dreams. Like, he’s trying to give me nightmares, I swear.
Your compliment is a really nice way of calling me a nag. Which is also true. Very true. And my dreams are fucking weird, trust me. BUT WHO WAS IT WHO HAD THE DREAM ABOUT MAKING SOMEONE INTO JERKY??? NOT THIS BITCH.
My favorite thing about Chantel is about how receptive she is to any ideas that I have. Anything. She literally just accepts it and offers me feedback. I love how supportive she is of me in every way (minus my weird tastes).
My least favorite thing is how you don’t finish TV shows. I get it if you don’t like the show, but she doesn’t finish them even if she likes them.
I was referring more to the way you are while you are in school. You are very focused and do your homework, etc.
Goddamn, I can’t tell you anything without it ending up on this damn blog.
So, your favorite thing about me is how I’ll do anything you say? That sounds about right.
Yeah, I’m not a binge watcher or show finisher. The only show I can remember binging recently was Dear White People, and holy fuck you all should binge that show too.
Nope. You can’t. Ever. It all ends up here.
That makes you sound like a house elf, Dobby.
What about Queer Eye? You made me watch that show.
I was referring more to the fact that you are bossy.
Oh, and Queer Eye. GO WATCH QUEER EYE. I still haven’t finished it though.
I am a bossy bitch. But you MADE ME watch Queer Eye. I’ve finished it unlike you. Your uncompletionist butt strikes again.
I politely requested that you watch one episode since you said it “wasn’t for you” and you chose to watch the rest of it. Nice try, tho.
Insisted on it. Strongly insisted and I could tell something was brewing and I needed to do it.
I’m glad you listened, but I didn’t make you do anything.
- If you could make everyone in the world read one queer book of your choosing, which book would that be? (can be any genre)
Oh jeez. I think All Out is a great book. I’m still reading it, but it has stories of a wide variety of queer people featured in the stories, many of them from own voices perspectives.
That’s a really good choice. I don’t think I can top that because it’s a variety of stories written by queer authors. There is likely something for everyone. However, everyone should read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It’s queer as fuck and the best book I’ve read in a long time maybe ever.
Yeah! There are a couple stories with ace characters in it and then two stories with transmen. Love it. And not surprised that you put that one down.
I’m a simple person. My favorite book is Evelyn Hugo and my least favorite is Adam.
- YA fantasy preference: magical world or steampunk? (explain choice)
Magical world. Even though I’ve had steampunk dreams, I just don’t get the world or anything. I’d much rather have a magical world.
Magical world because then you can create your own magic system that’s unique and create your own rules for what happens. Plus, I’ve never read a lot (or any) steampunk.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Graduated from my master’s program with a steady job. Wow that’s lame.
I hope that I have at least completed my Associate’s degree and know the path I’d like to take career wise. Also, I want a pug.
Pugs are cute. I’d love an English bulldog.
Is this you in dog form?
The resemblance is striking.
Really, it is. It’s insane.
Can we do a poll please??
Pugs or English Bulldogs?
Tell us in the comments!!
- What character do you connect with the most?
We actually did a tag about this! So, we can just link it in and you can see our top five characters that we connect with the most.
Let’s do that, but I’m putting down Dobby the House Elf. Just click the link, you won’t regret it.
The “Me in Book Characters Tag”
- What is your favorite setting to read about?
England. That’s very general and broad, but I love it when the UK is the setting. Especially England.
That’s technically the UK. Not England, but the UK.
I’m talking specifically about Hogwarts, a school that does not exist.
Hogwarts is in Scotland.
Hogwarts isn’t real.
WOW, CHANTEL. WOW.
Truth hurts, don’t it?
Brb crying with my wine.
Laughing maniacally with my cider.
My cup is Hannibal themed so be afraid.
Drinking the blood of your victims, hm?
Picturing it as you.
THIS IS WHY YOUR CABIN NEEDS TO BE FAR AWAY FROM MINE IN THE HYPOTHETICAL APOCALYPSE FROM THE FIRST QUESTION.
Me going to your cabin.
- What’s the story behind the blog name?
Should we? I didn’t ask this question.
I don’t know if we should reveal such secrets.
They’ll shock the whole world and terrify everyone.
Then again, nothing stays a secret with you.
My lips have never opened with this one.
We lost sight of the question.
No surprise there.
It stands for something magical. Something more majestic than English bulldogs.
This is true. Also, the meaning of the name was never meant to be revealed to anyone.
It will burn your eyes and haunt your soul. It will make you question the meaning of life.
…I think that’s a bit overdramatic.
I was trying to scare them from the answer.
Oh, then please continue.
It will be burned into your eyes. You will never forget it when you wish you could. You would beg us not to tell you. And it would make you die whenever you think about it.
Okay, I’m done.
The truth is, the name of the blog doesn’t have any meaning.
Not really. Just an inside joke no one would get.
You know if they think it means something they are just going to want to know?
Yeah. But there are some people who will always think it means something even if it doesn’t. Look at fandoms. They pull gay love out of nothing.
JOHNLOCK IS REAL!
Yes, yes. Of course it is. It’s all real and Moffat isn’t homophobic af. And tjlc is more than a crackpot theory.
- Do you have any music-related posters/memorabilia?
No. I don’t. I never have.
Nope, but I love music. If I did, it would be related to The Beatles.
Eh. The Beatles.
Ho, don’t even go there.
Too late. I went.
Someone who bullies kids for fun isn’t a good guy.
Someone who hates a kid because of a grudge against his parents and makes his life a living hell isn’t a good guy.
Someone who obsesses and lusts after a woman who was never into him like that isn’t a good guy.
I hate Severus Snape. I don’t care how he was “humanized”. He was very human the whole time, just not a good one.
I don’t like Snape at all. Well, that’s not true. I like Alan Rickman’s Snape, but I don’t think he was a good person with how he treated Harry and especially Neville.
But I think the Dursleys were so much worse than him.
Alan Rickman was the perfect Snape (even if he could have been greasier). But, no. He wasn’t a good guy at all.
I don’t know about that. Snape did about the same things to generations of kids.
He made Snape likable, for me. Even if I don’t like the things he did.
I would say ten years of physical and emotional abuse to Harry is pretty bad. Snape is awful as a teacher, yes, but I think in terms of their relationship to Harry the Dursleys hated him more and treated him shittier.
But Snape tortured hundreds of kids and made their lives living hells.
Snape started teaching in 1981. He stopped in 1997. There were around 280 students at Hogwarts when Harry was there. Proof.
And you are saying he treated everyone the same as he treated Harry? Bullshit.
I’m meaning Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Seamus, Dean, etc.
Does not equal hundreds of students. He did not treat anyone (except probably Neville) as bad as he treated Harry. He had a grudge against Harry and treated him horribly. However, I do not think he was anything more than an asshole to other students.
He insulted Hermione’s appearance, made her wait so her teeth grew longer, and humiliated her for being smart.
I’m not arguing Snape is a good person or a nice person. He’s a prick, but I think the Dursleys are worse.
- What is a book you would love to read but haven’t seen written yet?
Something, anything with polyamory. I’ve never read a single book with that as a topic and I’d love to see it done.
This is a great question, but unfortunately, I can’t think of anything right now.
- Which book quote would you get tattooed on you (if you don’t already have one)?
I already have a book quote tattoo! Mine is: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” I have seasonal depression and nearly daily anxiety thanks to good old gender dysphoria, so that reminds me there’s always something good around, even if I can’t see it yet.
Oh, I’d probably get something from The Book Thief, or Harry Potter, or Evelyn Hugo. But honestly, I’d probably be more likely to get song lyrics.
I’m planning on more Tudor tattoos, not book quotes.
- What do you consider the best and/or worst movie adaptation of a novel you enjoyed?
Nothing’s coming to mind.
Best: Love, Simon is pretty great, The Harry Potter series is up there for sure, and The Hours is one of my favorite adaptations ever. Oh, and Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Worst: (I bet I can guess one of these.) I’m going to go with Divergent. I actually enjoyed the first book but thought the movie fell short of being good. I can’t really think of any other awful adaptations, but I do know the trailer and poster for Every Day was a huge deterrent for me actually going to see it.
What, no Call Me By Your Name???
OH GOD. I blocked it from my memory. Plus, I didn’t read the book, but WOOF. That movie is terrible.
How did you forget that?? You ranted so long about that. Not as long as with Adam but nearly as long.
I even ranted about it to my mom. It’s such a boring, pretentious movie. Definitely not for me.
- Who are your favorite literary villains?
Jorg Ancrath and Bellatrix Lestrange. So evil. So great.
I don’t like villains and usually, don’t root for them. I did appreciate Jorg, however.
Jorg is fun. A lot of fun.
- What would you like to see more of in literature? Whether its dragons in space, characters who are similar or different than you, foreign bestsellers in translation, smaller paperbacks, or anything you can think of, what do you want more of?
I’d like to see more own voices writing. Whether that’s someone writing about their culture, American/other country experience as a family of immigrants, queer experience, POCs, etc. That’s what I want to see in literature.
I would really like to see more books with queer ladies as well as books about queer people from other cultures other than Euro-centric ones.
Also, more movie adaptations of queer books. Kthxbai.
YAS. Queer experiences from around the world. That’d be great. Same with movies about queer books, but not just YA books.
HOLLYWOOD GIVE ME AN EVELYN HUGO MOVIE NOWWWWWWWWWWW!