You guys make me feel... important. And that's saying a lot, considering I was accosted on the street tonight by a guy who pointed his finger at me and exclaimed, "You! You're... that... girl! From YouTube! You're so-and-so's sister, and you're on YouTube!" So, once again, thank you all for your wonderful questions, and for recognizing me as a person, rather than a sister or Some Girl. I think I'll get back to normal blogging tomorrow, but if you have any more burning questions (or really want me to answer ones I've ignored the past two days), feel free to nag me. I'll see you tomorrow, lovelies!
Izzy and Alexis ask: "Why did you start using YouTube?"
Answer: I searched Google for a full video of the original cast of Rent, and I found this tiny little website called YouTube. It had an itsy bitsy community of real people (TheHill88, boh3m3, thewinekone, brookers, etc.) being hilarious in front of webcams, and as soon as I stumbled upon ifancythetrio, I had a feeling I could be good at vlogging.
Alylurker asks: "What do you think of Glee? I love it to pieces but it's just so bad!"
Answer: Sigh. The majority of the time, Glee seems to be nothing more than a nauseating attempt to sell autotuned covers of popular songs. However, once in a blue moon, it has the ability to be extremely clever, and a lot of the dialogue is very real and funny. I was talking to The Situation about this today, and he said (perhaps rightfully), "Nobody would like that show without the music." But honestly? I think I would prefer it without the music. It's one of the only shows I've ever seen that doesn't live up to the high bar of its pilot episode.
Tamar asks: "If you could choose to be born in any different time period, what would you choose?"
Answer: I believe I was born at the absolute perfect time. I got to grow up alongside Harry Potter, I was one of the first couple thousand members of YouTube, I'm part of the first generation to be lightyears ahead of its parents when it comes to understanding technology.
Katie asks: "What's your favorite YouTube video? What's your favorite of your own creations?"
Answer: I have hundreds of favorite videos, but the first one that comes to mind is this. My favorite of MY videos is this one. I don't know why. It's pretty much the only one that doesn't make me cringe if I have to watch it again.
Sue asks: "Favorite John Green book? Favorite Hank Green song? Who is in your guilt-free three?"
Answer: 1) An Abundance of Katherines. 2) "I'm Not Edward Cullen." 3) Harry Potter, Paul McCartney, Scarlett Johansson.
Mickey asks: "Favorite non-mainstream YouTube channels? How do you make friends in college?"
Answer: 1) JustMargaret, Friendswobenefits, alliteration1247, sonofastitch. 2) I guess I just got lucky. I met a lot of my school friends because they recognized me from the internet (yikes!), and I bonded with some of the girls on my floor pretty easily. My advice is to keep your door open, to make comments to people in your classes, and to be overly friendly until everyone settles in.
Seanababy16 asks: "Do you have any regrets? Do you believe people when they say they have no regrets at all? If you could meet any real person, living or dead, and one fictional person, who would they be?"
Answer: 1) A year ago, I thought people who claimed to have no regrets were lying. And crazy. But I've come to realize lately that every decision, every action, and every thought puts us somewhere we're supposed to be, and I'm happy enough NOW that all my past suffering seems worth it. 2) Jo Rowling and Hermione Granger. I feel like Hermione's account would be the most accurate and insightful of the main Potter characters.
Jordan asks: "What about Elizabethtown makes it your favorite movie?"
Answer: It's like... this beautiful commentary on life after losing a loved one, wrapped up in Romantic Comedy's clothing. Simultaneously poignant, funny and pretty.
Ayamizuno asks: "Is Secret Assignments the same book as Finding Cassie Crazy?"
Answer: Yes. And it's one of my top five all-time favorite books.
Sarah asks: "Do you like Jaclyn Moriarty's other books? Why is Lacey your favorite John Green character?"
Answer: 1) Yes! I adore all of them. In fact, if we're excluding Jo Rowling (since she's barely human), Jaclyn Moriarty is my favorite living author. 2) I've always been a sucker for the "tortured soul popular girl" characters. It must be a lot of pressure to maintain the image of being "perfect," but nobody ever feels sympathetic for the pretty ones. It reminds me that everyone has pain, no matter how much they appear to be in control.
Lewis asks: "What's your favorite Pokemon?"
Answer: Psyduck always amused me. But I would kill for a real Pikachu.
Ben asks: "Do you seriously, legitimately read all of your youtube comments?"
Alex asks: I get different images from your writing and your videos. In your videos you seem a lot more lively and crazy, and in your blog you seem very pensive and emotional. What are you most like in real life? How would you describe your day to day attitude and personality?
Answer: I think 5AG Hayley is who most people see and know, Hayleyghoover Hayley is who I am with my friends when I'm in a good mood, and Hayleylujah Chorus Hayley is who I am with those I'm closest to.
TheGingerHermione asks: "Are there any movies that make you cry every time you watch them?"
Answer: Well, I sort of have this problem. I've never really been good at crying out of sadness or strong emotion. Mostly, I store it all up and then explode over something small and stupid, about once every two months. But if I were to cry like a normal human, I'd probably cry over Half-Blood Prince. And I get very upset about the series finales of good TV shows.
Chipotle burritos this year: 14
Nail color: Chipped and nasty.