Every week, Figment features a blog that we think is all kinds of wonderful. This week, we’re featuring Alea of Pop Culture Junkie!
Pop Culture Junkie began in 2008 when its creator Alea, already an avid reader, crafter, and graphic designer, stumbled upon a book blog and realized that there was an active community of bibliophiles online; she couldn’t resist stepping into the fray. In addition to film recaps and craft-related posts, Alea writes book reviews as well as several columns: in her “Lookalikes” and “Hardcover vs. Paperback” features, she does indeed judge books by their covers.
Figment asked Alea: as you mention on the site, paranormal fiction isn’t your thing. Though it gets a lot of YA press, what are other genres or trends within YA that interest you more? What are your favorite genres to read?
Yes, I tried a few Parnormal YA books and there are some great ones out there, but after reading a handful I was ready for something else and looked out there and realized there is an awful lot of parnormal fiction taking up the shelf space. I’m definitely a contemporary fan, I like being able to relate to the characters and their everyday lives or extraordinary lives even! I love when authors have artistic characters too! I’m also really interested in the 1920s flapper books that are coming out (The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books) so I’m excited to check those out.
As a self-proclaimed pop culture junkie, you’re a book lover but also a TV and film lover. How do you see your multi-media interests overlapping? What’s your opinion on film adaptations of books?
To me books, movies and tv shows are just all different ways of telling stories! I tend to think that books are always the most detailed stories of the bunch though! I love film adaptions of books, it’s really fun seeing the characters come to life and seeing what the writers and directors choose to emphasis and what they decide to change. In my opinion it is rare that a movie is better than the book it is based on but it is definitely possible. The Devil Wears Prada comes to mind!
Visit Pop Culture Junkie at aleapopculture.blogspot.com!