Thursday, 6 September 2012

Beauty vs Brains Tag

I always enjoy reading some different 'tag' posts, and when I saw this one on Zombies Wear Eyeliner I just had to give it a go! It's a definitely something that interests me.

1. Favourite Book?

My favourite books are The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. My Dad is a huge Tolkien fan and I hold him responsible for my current love of reading. He bought them for me when I was 11 and they completely changed the way that I read and defined my interests in literature. Sadly when I took them to Spain with me this year they began to fall apart and I had to leave them behind. My Dad has promised me (technically both of us) a new set for Christmas. I felt very sad leaving them behind, I felt like I was abandoning part of my childhood!

2. Favourite Quotation?

This one is so difficult! I'm an English student so I have so many quotes that I love but all for different reasons! I really like 'This above all, to thine own self be true' from Hamlet. I have another Shakespeare quote in my sidebar from Sonnet 130.

3. English or Maths?

This one is a bit of an obvious one isn't it? Never maths! I had a really bad maths teacher in my school days so I was pretty much self taught and I scraped by at GCSE with a B. I may have liked it otherwise, but I absolutely do not miss it!

4. Science or Art? 

Science. I am so bad at art, even my stick men are wonky. I took A-Level Biology which was a bit of a nightmare, but I do like science, and I find it enjoyable. 

5.  5 musical artists that changed your life?

This is quite difficult! There's been so many bands that I love that have changed the way that I think about music. I'm going to have to say:

1. Metallica - My Dad gave me my Mum's copy of The Black Album when I was eight, and I fell in love with it. I borrowed it from him (who had in turn borrowed it from my Mum) and I finally gave it back to her a few months ago! It's still my all time favourite album and Metallica are still my favourite band. I've been to see them four times now!
2. After Forever - After Forever were one of the first bands that really got me into symphonic metal. I saw them for the first time at Download in 2007 and I saw them again in my home town shortly after. They were such a fantastic live band, and I was pretty gutted when they disbanded.
3. Def Leppard - Def Leppard along with Deep Purple and Rainbow were constantly played around the house when I was growing up. My parents and I have very similar music tastes! My mum and I have been to see Def Leppard together twice now! Their music never fails to cheer me up.
4. Satyricon - Satyricon were the first band that I ever saw live. It was at Download in 2006, and I had just turned 13. They were absolutely incredible, and the ground was trembling it was so loud! They definitely introduced me some heavier bands and I saw them again that year. I'd really love to go and see them again!
5. Black Sabbath - When I was 11, my Dad bought me my first CD of my own. It was a mixed CD, and it had both War Pigs and Paranoid on it, and I was hooked. I think I played those two tracks over and over to death! The CD didn't survive very long, it was battered. War Pigs will always remind me of my Dad as it's one of his favourite songs. I was finally able to see Sabbath at Download this year, and they're one of the best bands I have ever seen live. I couldn't stop smiling for weeks afterwards!

6. Favourite and least favourite subject at school?

My favourite subjects were English and Geography. I've always been stuck in the middle of them. It was a hard choice when I went to uni, and I still feel like there's a gap in my life without Geography but I feel like English is my calling so to speak. As for my least favourite, probably anything practical, like woodwork or electronics. I am not very handy to say the least! One time in woodwork they had to shut off the power in the entire room after they let me use one of the machines!

7. Favourite celeb with a brain?

I'm not really sure about this one? I don't really follow 'celebs' and I'm not really all that interested. I'm going to have to say Russell Brand though. I know a lot of people might disagree with that, but I really like him. It's very easy to judge him based on his appearance, but he speaks very eloquently and honestly, and I like that about him. 

8. If you could study anything anywhere, what would it be?

I'm quite happy studying English where I am! I don't have a preference.

9. What is your 'nerdy little secret'?

My nerdyness is never secret, haha! I suppose one thing that would surprise people is that I own a rock collection. I used to want to be a geologist, and I still have a ton of fossils and nowhere to put them, but at the same time I don't want to part with them! My old geography teacher from school gave me lots of her old collection when I left, which was really sweet of her.

10. Favourite beauty gurus who you admire for more than their love for beauty/fashion?

There's so many other bloggers that I admire! Far too many to list here. I'm going to get round to doing a links page soon so I'll make a list there!

11. If your channel couldn't focus on beauty/fashion, what would it be?

My blog would either be on literature or music. Probably lit, actually. Or creative writing. Maybe both?

12. Name some things that you're obsessed with that other people would find strange.

I think most people find me strange anyway? I think the rock collection would definitely fit the criteria on this one, haha! Or theatre. I got really excited about the theatre module at uni and everybody else hated it and thought it was a bit odd that I liked it so much. They certainly didn't share my enthusiasm!

13. Name 5 people who inspire you (not friends or family)

Most of my inspiration comes from writers, so I'm going to list those!

1. Shakespeare - Do I need to explain this one?
2. J.R.R Tolkien - See question 1!
3. James Clemens/Rollins - I suppose you could consider him quite an unknown writer, but he's absolutely phenomenal. I've read The Banned and the Banished so many times that I've lost count. A wonderful writer and his plots are excellent.
4. Lewis Carroll - I don't think I need to explain this one either! Wonderland has always had an influence on me, and it was my Dad's favourite novel as a child so we all share the wonderland love!
5. C.S Lewis - Another fantasy writer that influenced me as a child. My grandparents bought me The Chronicles of Narnia was I was really very young, and I loved it. 

14. Who is your intellectual soulmate?

I have absolutely no idea for this one!

Has anybody else done/thinking of doing this tag? If you have please comment with a link!


  1. Satyricon are one of my favourite bands, I've only saw them the once at King Tuts in Glasgow 10 years ago and there was maybe 50 people there. I imagine the crowds would be a bit bigger now! x

    1. I love them! The crowd was huge at Download but there was about 200 or so when I saw them again, the room was tiny! I saw them in 2006 the two times that I saw them. I'd love to go again.

  2. I'm so glad I'm not alone about Sabbath at Download, my boyfriend managed to get us near the front and I was so unbelievably close to Ozzy I was welling up! Metallica were insane too, I love how half the crowd left early thinking they wouldn't do an encore, foolish, foolish people!

    Russell Brand's great, I know so many people dislike him but he's so witty and I love how his vocab totally contrasts his accent, plus I have to admit if I was a man I'd want to look like him!

    So glad I'm not the only one that loves Shakespeare, everyone from school would hate him but I love his way with words and plot lines!

    1. He was amazing wasn't he?! Listening to them on CD isn't the same now, his voice is nowhere near as good as it is live! I never understand people who don't wait for an encore, especially with headliners!

      I think you either love him or hate him! I think he's brilliant. So would I, haha!

      Strangely everybody from my school hated him too but as soon as I got to college everybody loved him. I think it comes with beginning to study his texts. I have a Shakespeare module next year, I can't wait!

  3. I have the same opinion on celebs, even if i like someone's work, i think it needs so much more to be a rolemodel/idol.
    James Clemens/Rollins hmmmm really need to check it then.

    1. I agree. I love James Clemens (he writes under the name James Rollins for more sciency thriller stuff) I think he's fantastic. I've read The Banned and the Banished so many times that I've lost count! If you do check him out let me know what you think!

  4. I found this post really interesting :) We like a few of the same things too! I also did this tag, and I even mentioned you in it ;)

    Naomi x

    1. It's a really fun tag! Ooh I'll check out your post now! :)

  5. Such a fun tag! I'm definitely going to give it a go but it also seems quite hard haha ;)

    1. You should, it's a really interesting one!

  6. I always like to see there are more nerds and bookworms outthere :)
    I found specially sweet you have a full rock collection yourself. Who says that beauty and intellectual curiosity can´t go together?

    I take the chance to say that I´ll be organizing a give away this week. I hope you are interested on it. Good luck! :)

    1. I do indeed have a rock collection, some of it is worth quite a lot too! I've always been fascinated by that sort of thing! I think I collected most of it when I was really young, I filled up all the space in my room with books so I have nowhere to put them! I can't get rid of them though, especially since some of them were gifts.

      I'd definitely be interested! I will be keeping an eye on your blog. :)


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