Hello, blog readers! The Jet Fuel Review staff is pleased to announce that we are back for another edition of “Meet the Editors.” Today we’d liked to introduce Emily Lif, our Copy Editor and Assistant Fiction Editor. Emily is a senior at Lewis University and is majoring in English with a focus in Creative and Professional Writing. Emily is a self-proclaimed “geeky-nerd” and like to spend her time playing video games, watching Disney movies, reading, and watching Doctor Who. When she’s not doing any of that, she likes to sit down with a notebook and write stories and create new worlds and people.
We asked Emily some questions, developed by Melissa Carrington, and here’s what she had to say.
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
I’m Emily Lif, and in my three semesters on the JFR staff, I’ve had several different editor titles. This semester, I am the Copy Editor and an Assistant Fiction Editor.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
The House of the Four Winds, by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I’d like to write with either Neil Gaiman or Melissa Marr. Neil Gaiman is one of my absolute favorite authors, and I can only hope to write something half as fantastic as his works someday. Melissa Marr is the author of the Wicked Lovely series, and is my favorite modern Faery Tale and Fantasy writer.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
If I can’t find somewhere quiet, I’ll put my headphones in and play music and sit on my couch to read. Usually my family’s running around being loud, and so I’ll turn on Spotify or something and just let the music fade to the background while I do my thing.
What might your personal library look like?
Messy, because I’m always adding books and taking books down to reread, or to consult, or something. There’s a lot of books I use for school, but mostly just a bunch of YA books because, until recently, that’s what I read exclusively. I really need to find some Adult authors I like, because the YA books aren’t really doing it for me anymore.
If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
Ella Enchanted. It’s not that it was bad—I really liked Anne Hathaway and everyone involved in that movie, but I read the book beforehand, and… it’s not the same story. I know: how is it possible to tell Cinderella in so many different ways? They kept the characters, and their names, and histories, and the main idea, but the addition of the humor, and turning the whole thing into a comedy just really turned the book’s original story on its head. I’d try and have it be a much closer adaptation, and not stray from the book’s original plot as much as the movie did. (‘Bat-tox’? Really, guys?)
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
As of right now, the only books I’ve reread more than once are the Harry Potter series and the Wicked Lovely series. Most other books I just can’t read more than once, and if I do, it’s only certain parts. I also read and reread Twilight to the point of the binding breaking, but I don’t read that one anymore.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business.
Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git.
Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.
Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.”
–Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
I would love to have coffee with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I always identified with her through the books, from her love of books to her untamable hair, and to have coffee with her, and to sit and talk about books and magic and learning, would be amazing.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included).
–Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev
–Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
–Radiant Shadows, Melissa Marr
–Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
–The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, Mo Willems
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Emily! Tune in next week to learn about another one of our editors.
-Jet Fuel Review Assistant Blog Editor, Kelly Lyons