Welcome to our first “Meet the Editors” post for this semester, and a wonderful Sunday! This week’s editor highlight is Jo Spangler, who is starting as a film blogger for us in these upcoming weeks.
Jo Spangler is a junior at Lewis University, majoring in English Literature and Language with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a writing tutor in the Lewis Writing Center and a Youth Enrichment Aide for the YMCA. In her free time, Jo enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and watching movies. She has been to 10 countries outside the United States, including England, Italy, Turkey, and Austria. One of Jo’s favorite book series is The All Souls Trilogy, by Deborah Harkness, because of how she mixes the supernatural with history and the focus on character development. In the future, Spangler hopes to go into the publishing industry to help find new and exciting books for people to read.
Below is our Q&A with Jo:
-Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Jo Spangler, I am an assistant poetry and assistant art and design editor.
-What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
I’m about to start reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, for the second time. The author has just come out with a new book in the series that I want to read, but I find it fun to go back and reread old series when a new book comes out. It reminds me of things I might have forgotten and lets me enjoy the books all over again.
-If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I would probably choose Cassandra Clare because I have always wanted to write a fantasy YA novel that also feels grown up and mature, which are all things I think she does really well.
-Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
It would need to have a comfy couch, soft blankets, and an endless supply of tea. I often read book series because I like the idea of stories continuing. I would have a stack of all the books in whatever series I am reading right next to me, so I could just keep reading even when I finish one book.
-What might your personal library look like?
Walls with built in shelves wherever they could fit, so the walls could be lined with books. A fireplace would be nice to keep it cozy, oh and add the comfy couch, soft blankets, and endless tea to this answer as well. Basically think of the library from Beauty and the Beast.
-If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
I would remake the Percy Jackson series movies, because I was super disappointed with them. I originally saw the first movie before I read the books and I really liked it, but after reading the books I no longer enjoyed the movie as much as before. By the time the second movie came out I really didn’t like it at all, because by that time I had read all the books and was such a huge fan of the book series. I knew all the plots and backstories for the characters and the movies barely gave any of that and what it did have wasn’t executed well, making the film fall flat.
-What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
Considering my favorite genre is fantasy, I always find myself coming back to books in that genre even as I grow and change as a reader. When I was about 11-12, I read The Two Princesses of Bamarre, by Gail Carson Levine, and I loved it. Though technically it is young adult fiction, even as I got older I still found things in the book that I can relate to.
-Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
-If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
A nice cup of tea with Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane, from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, because they are one of my favorite book couples and they are both such complex characters. These characters went through so much throughout multiple series and both grow in great ways. It also doesn’t hurt that one of them is an immortal bisexual warlock, because what’s more magical than that?!
-Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The All Souls Trilogy by Debrah Harkins
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
The Host by Stephenie Meyer