Meet the Editors: Chris J. Patiño

Hello subscribers! The Jet Fuel Review blog returns with its ongoing series, Meet the Editors. Every semester our literary journal gets new staff, and we love introducing them in this way. For our first entry of the semester, we present our newest layout editor, assistant blog editor, and assistant fiction editor. In addition to those titles, he is our newest film blogger under his title, Patiño’s Lores and Myths in Film. If you have the time, peruse his film analysis on The Exorcist (1973).

Chris J. Patiño is a senior at Lewis University, working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Inspired at an early age by the late great Roger Ebert, he looks to follow the acclaimed film critic’s footsteps and add his voice to the movie discourse choir. As a Tempo reporter, Chris writes film reviews for The Lewis Flyer. He enjoys just about every film genre, but favorites include horror, sci-fi, and action. A lover of books, board games and the great outdoors, he spends most of his free time in worlds of fantasy and thought. Favorite authors include Stephen King and Jim Butcher, with favorite novels being The Dresden Files series, the Harry Potter series, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and All the President’s Men.

Below is our Q&A with Patiño:

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

I am the Layout Editor, Assistant Blog Editor, an Assistant Fiction Editor and a film blogger

-What book might we find on your nightstand right now?

The Lord of the Rings. However, my bookshelf varies between so many other fantastic tales.

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

Dude, The King, Stephen King. The man has a direct line to my nightmares. The guy knows how to work up a good scare! His machinations have fueled my imagination for years, and putting pen to paper with the man himself would be incredible.  

-Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.

A crisp autumn afternoon in my backyard, reclining in a lawn chair with a cold dark beer in one hand.

-What might your personal library look like?

A Barnes and Noble sized space with Bilbo’s Bag End aesthetic from The Lord of the Rings films with a stone oven kitchen for pizza on the ground floor and a snoozy coffee lounge on the top.

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

Eragon, because, good Christ.

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

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I found this series when I was fourteen, and it has been a mainstay ever since. They are a great combination of character, action, humor, horror and fantasy lore, all with a modern twist.

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

“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” -Rocky Balboa, Rocky Balboa (2006)

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

Jules Winnfield, Sam Jackson’s character from Pulp Fiction. Conversing with the man seems to be nothing less than life-changing. I’d love for us to ruminate on the mysteries of life and prime time television over a breakfast muffin. 

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

The Matrix by the Wachowski Sisters

Rocky by Sylvester Stallone

All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon

IT by Stephen King

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