Meet the Editors: Olivia Radakovich

Olivia Radakovich

Hello readers! Since it’s the start of a new semester, we have a bunch of new editors to interview for our “Meet the Editors.” This week we have Olivia Radakovich.

Olivia Radakovich is a senior at Lewis studying English as a major and film as a minor. She enjoys food, books, and Netflix. Her days are usually spent in class, doing homework, working as a manager at a hot dog restaurant, or lounging at home with her wine bottle, looking for a good movie to watch (and then telling all her friends to watch it). She likes popcorn and Twizzlers, and she doesn’t believe any movie experience is the same without them. Working out is a stress reliever of hers, yet it seems hard to even fit that in nowadays.

Below is our Q&A with Olivia:

Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?

I’m Olivia Radakovich and I am a copyeditor as well as a fiction editor for Jet Fuel.

What book might we find on your nightstand right now?

Mostly astrology books, or Years, by Lavyrle Spencer, my favorite book. It’s a book I could read one hundred times and never get sick of.

If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?

Growing up with Harry Potter, I would choose to co-write with J.K Rowling. In my younger years I had no idea that she was a she, and once I found that out I was even happier to be obsessed with that series. She’s so talented and has been out of the spotlight for many years. Her works are always interesting and hold the reader’s attention so well that they are literally lining up for the next book release. I’ve never aspired to be an author, but it would be amazing to be so successful at it, as she is.

Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.

Usually in a comfy chair, or lying down, but in complete silence. I feel the lack of sound helps my mind create the story within it, so that I can put myself into the story, not just enjoy it. I imagine the scenes in my mind, which helps me find empathy in the book and with the characters.

What might your personal library look like?

My personal library has a lot of Danielle Steel, Lavryle Spencer, and Stephen King books, as well as books on poetry and astrology.

If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?

Goblet of Fire, the fourth Harry Potter book was my favorite and the movie was a giant let down. With Eragon, as well, I was extremely excited for the movie to come out, and I was very disappointed when it did arrive to theaters.

What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?

Years by LaVyrle Spencer is my absolute favorite. I guess it’s because as a younger girl, I always looked at it as something I would want to happen in my own life — love, dream-chasing, etcetera.

Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.

“Oh, I loved her, all right,” he answered. “A man sometimes can’t help lovin’ a woman, even if she’s the wrong one.”

If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?

I guess it would be Jesse, from Meg Cabot’s Mediator series, which I read as a younger teen. This was a story about a girl who was 13-18 years old as the series progressed. Jesse was a ghost, described as very attractive, who lived in her house, having died there 150 years ago. I used to dream about things like that happening to me, and falling in love with a ghost would be very interesting. Just as the girl in the series (Suze, I believe) had done, I’d interrogate him about everything from his death to when she moved in. It would be an extremely interesting conversation.

Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).

  1. V for Vendetta (movie)
  2. Secret Window (movie)
  3. Harry Potter series- J.K Rowling
  4. Years– LaVyrle Spencer
  5. Zoya– Daniella Steel

Come next week to check out our next editor and hopefully we’ll have some new blogs coming your way!


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