Stars! They Read Like Us: Alex Day

Alex Day is a veteran YouTuber with over 500,000 subscribers, an active nerdfighter, and an epic indie musician who may be, according to not-a-big-deal-at-all Forbes, the FUTURE OF MUSIC. His song “Forever Yours” is the reason video loopers were invented, and he’s dishing on his book dos, don’ts, and deal-breakers.

What’s the book that you’re proudest of having finished?
I read Lord Of The Flies when I was in school, it was our first assigned reading, and I remember being proud that I’d read it–not because it was particularly difficult, but because I had engaged with it and really enjoyed it. I felt proud that I was an English student who could read books by choice and not have it feel like a drag.

Have you ever lied about having read a book to impress someone? (If yes, what was the book and why?)
Not exactly…I’ve occasionally had books on my shelf that I pretty much knew I’d never read, but that I thought made me look cool. One that stands out from when I was just becoming a teenager was Latin For Dummies–for some reason, I didn’t understand that the ‘for dummies’ meant it wasn’t impressive, cos it showed I didn’t know any Latin even if I was reading it, but what can you do.

What’s the one book that you’ve sworn to read before you die?
If there’s a book I wanna read, I tend to just read it without waiting around, so there’s nothing huge that’s looming in my far future. I’ve been recommended One Day by David Nicholls so I might check that out. I’d also like to read Blood Red Road but I found the dialect pretty jarring when I first attempted it.

If you could play any character from a book, who would you choose?
I wouldn’t mind giving Finnick a try.

 Do you have a book on you right now? What is it?
I read a lot of non-fiction, so right now I’m nearly finished with The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell; the last fiction book I read was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

What’s the best book to give to someone you secretly want to ask out?
Yes Man by Danny Wallace is a book I’ve bought for quite a few people as a ‘once you read this, you will understand me’ exercise. It’s seriously great, you should read it.

What’s the one book that would be a deal-breaker if you saw it on a date’s bookshelf?
Well, it used to be Twilight, but I’ve found that most of the people who read it are aware it’s bad and it’s a guilty pleasure book. So I’m gonna say Twilight, if the person loves it and isn’t familiar with the wider context of its inanity.

What’s a book that’s made you:
Fifty Shades Of Grey doesn’t make me blush, but it amazes me when I see some girl reading it on the Tube and we lock eyes and she doesn’t. I’m on top of the trends, I know what you’re reading, don’t pretend it’s not what it is.

Shiver: Catching Fire, my favourite of The Hunger Games trilogy, for its wonderful wonderful last line.

Cry: Twilight, for reasons entirely divorced from story.

Laugh out loud: The Fault In Our Stars was the last book I remember that really made me laugh. (Best blind guy jokes I’ve ever read.)

16 thoughts on “Stars! They Read Like Us: Alex Day

  1. Alex Day is an awesome person. I have so much respect for him and am so proud of him for his success.

    I have to admit, I screamed when I saw Alex’s picture because I would never have expected to see anything about him on Figment. I am happily surprised.

  2. This article made my day. I love Alex, he’s funny, his music is great, and his videos are amazing! I never thought I would see Alex on Figment, but honestly, I’m glad I did!

  3. Oh my God! I never thought this day would come. And yeah, that was definitely Alex. Now all that has to happen is for you all to get all of Sons of Admirals and/or (preferably and) Chameleon Circuit on here and do a contest like the Unbreak my heart one so that I can have an excuse to listen to there music. That would make Figment the best thing on earth. Officially.

  4. I love how he’s just so completely himself. I like how he can be weird, crazy, and just not care about what other people think of him. At least that’s my perception of him.

  5. Alex Day- you are AMAZING.I just have to say that I have a lot of respect for your music and I watch your videos almost obsessively Not really though, ’cause I only have internet for like a day a week. But now I’m just freaking out.

  6. I’ve always had so much–maybe not quite respect, because his fashion choices scare the hell out of me–but, I guess almost jealousy of his freedom to do whatever he wants. Not because he’s popular and people know him and he has the means to do REALLY BIG things that are awesome, but because I get the feeling he’s been doing these cool things just because he wants to for much longer than he has been well-known. He has an interesting courage about him, and it’s really cool to see. (Seriously though, I like your ONLY SIX ITEMS OF CLOTHING!! but that coat is terrifying)

  7. I <3 Alex and Charlie so much! The Forever Yours vid is just one of my favs ever.
    I've read The Fault In Our Stars as well, it made me laugh one second, cry the next. Ha, Finnick suits him perfectly! Imagine Alex stricking a 'rediculously provocative pose' :DD

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