Hello all, and welcome to another “Meet the Editors” and another great Sunday! This week’s editor is Henrietta O. Eghan, who will also be blogging for Jet Fuel Review.
Henrietta O. Eghan is a Ghanaian geek, a book nerd, an otaku, and a sophomore at Lewis University. She is an English major with a minor in Computer Science with the goal of becoming a technical writer. Eghan writes for the Lewis Flyer Newspaper and works in the English department. She loves to read literature and watch films from around the world and across genres. Eghan loves to read Japanese, Chinese, African, Mexican and American books. Whether it is as a novel, a movie, Korean-drama, a manga, fanfiction or a literary magazine, her favorite past time is to read and explore different cultures.
Below is our Q&A with Eghan:
-Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
I am the Assistant Prose and Poetry editor, and also the Assistant Layout editor.
-What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
You might find a variety of books from different cultures, Chinese novels like The Dark Road by Ma Jian, American books such as The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, African books like Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi, and then some comic and manga books.
-If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I would co-write with Steven King, as while I am afraid of the dark, the slimy, and the scary. I do have an active imagination, which is both a gift and a curse so I would have interesting story ideas for King.
-Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
My favorite reading atmosphere is when it rains, and is a little cold so I’d snuggle up in my bed and read with some instrumental or anime opening theme songs playing.
-What might your personal library look like?
My personal library would consist of a lot of nonfiction and fictional books that are in the genre of action and a slice of life. I have a lot of poetry books, as I often glance through a poem once a day as an act of motivation.
-If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
I know that people hate The Lord of the Flies, but I loved the book because of its commentary about civilization. So, I would remake the second adaptation of the Lord of The Flies.
-What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
If it was a series I would re-read The Harry Potter series. And if it was just a singular book, I would re-read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
-Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”– Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper.
-If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
I would meet with Romeo and Juliet. Because for me the most tragic part about Romeo and Juliet is not that they died for each other because of love, but because their selfishness caused a domino-like effect. Their love wasn’t fruitful but only chaotic. Romeo and Juliet’s actions wind up getting several of their friends and loved ones killed like Romeo’s best friend Mercutio, and Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt. I always wondered how a person could be so selfish that they never thought about the consequences of their actions, or about the people they were leaving behind. Especially since the love was not a love cultivated overtime but a strong and dangerous young love. The couple leaves their parents to deal with the loss of their children, but also with the knowledge that it was their actions and pride that lead to all of this. Furthermore, the Nurse and Friar Laurence must live with the guilt that despite their best intentions, they failed to protect the young couple. And Romeo’s cousin Benvolio must live with the guilt that even despite his best efforts not only did he fail to keep the peace between the younger Montagues and Capulets, but he unknowingly doomed everyone when he insisted Romeo join him at the party where Juliet and Romeo first met. I would ask the couple if they had the ability to go back in time, would they choose to stop themselves from loving each other or would they do the same for the sake of love. To clarify, I do love the book, but I felt it was a story in which its tragic situations could have been easily prevented.
-Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Attack on Titan
- John Wick (all 3 movies)
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque