A childhood without books, Stephanie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’, and connecting with readers worldwide: a Q&A with booktuber Jbooklover

Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to booktuber Jacqueline (of Jbooklover) and find out ALL the answers to what life is like on YouTube, how she got started, and why she’s reluctant to film another bookshelf tour just yet.

What first attracted you to booktube and made you begin posting your own videos? Now, unlike a lot of people in the booktube community, I grew up hating to read. I had reading, writing, and listening disabilities so anything that drew attention to them made me extremely self-conscience since I would get bullied because of them. It didn’t take until the fifth grade for me to finally start liking reading and I give all the credit to ‘Twilight’. Yes, I did see the movie before reading the book (please don’t kill me) but because of my infatuation with the movie I immediately borrowed my sister’s copy and started reading it. I remember after I finished ‘Twilight’ both my parents cried because they were so happy. Yet again, prior to this point I hated reading and never actually finished a full book until this one. After I read the entire series approximately twenty times I started getting into other things slowly over time. In between fifth grade and eighth grade I probably read a total of fifteen books which doesn’t sound like much but when you go from reading to nothing to reading something it’s a huge difference.

Now, the reason I even said all that is because when I hit eighth grade this was the year of the Dystopias. After, finishing ‘The Hunger Games’ I had to find something else that was equally as good. Thank goodness for Google because I found the booktube community. I remember binge watching so many videos and collecting all these book recommendations. Even though I started to actually read in the fifth grade it wasn’t until I was in the eighth grade did my love for reading come into full effect. Yet again, years went by of me watching booktube videos and I was so grateful to have found the booktube community since no one in my everyday life loved reading like I did. I knew I always wanted to make videos but never knew what kind to actually make.

How long have you been an active member of the community? After months of filming myself then deleting the footage, I decided enough was enough I wanted to share a connection with people based on a mutual love for reading so in August of 2013 I posted my first video and never looked back. I’ve been an active member of the community for four years.

What equipment do you use to film your videos? I currently use the Canon T3i to film my videos.

For anyone unfamiliar, can you describe your channel and content in only one sentence? Jbooklover is a channel where an eighteen-year-old girl expresses her love and passion for books through videos.

Booktube has become a massive online influencer in its own right, growing and growing each day. What sets your channel apart from the mass? Well, I don’t have the best editing or a ton of unique bookish videos but what sets my channel apart from the mass is how it is a place that someone can go to if they need someone to talk to or is in search of the next book to read. For me, I joined the community for the sole purpose of being able to connect with others over our same love for books. My viewers/subscribers are my friends and I’m so extremely thankful for every single one of them. If someone takes the time to comment on a video of mine I will take the time to respond. Sometimes I don’t get notifications for certain comments and might not see them until months later but I try my best to respond to every single comment I get. The reason for that is because me creating my videos is the way I get to build that bookish bond with people all over the world. That’s why when I said my subscribers are my friends I truly mean that.

Your bookshelf tours are some of the most popular on your channel. Can you tell us what went into making it and what it’s reception from your viewers was like? Bookshelf Tours are the hardest videos to film in my opinion. Not only does the actually filming part take hours on end but the editing is awful. I remember with my most recent tour the video file was so large I had to take all the footage and transfer it to another computer since on my laptop the video wasn’t exporting out of iMovie. It was such a hot mess! My bookshelf tour gets a lot of positive feedback and some negative feedback. Mostly the negative feedback is critiquing the way I filmed the tour or how I organise my shelf – nothing too bad. Recently I got requested to do another bookshelf tour and I was like “I’ll have to think about it, maybe later on this year”. Just because like I said it is such a hard video to film and edit I need to have a lot of time on my end in order to make another bookshelf tour.

Thanks so much to Jacqueline for chatting to us! If you’re interested in her videos you can watch them here, or tweet your own questions to her @LilJackieMarie.

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