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Booktube beginnings, loving your own content, and mourning books: a Q&A with polandbananasBOOKS


Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to booktuber Christine (of polandbananasBOOKS) and find out ALL the answers to what life is like on YouTube, how she got started, and how her family helped persuade her that her videos are definitely not ‘too weird’.

What first attracted you to booktube and made you begin posting your own videos? Booktube didn’t exist when I started making bookish videos! It was such a weird thing for me to be posting videos completely dedicated to discussing books. I felt really alone in my love of reading when I was in college. I was already making music videos and short comedy vlogs on my original channel Polandbananas20 so I finally thought to myself why not try making a video about books and hopefully find some people to talk about these amazing stories with.

How long have you been an active member of the community? I’ve been making booktube videos since March of 2010. The community didn’t really start to grow until 2012 and that’s when I started finding other booktubers and commenting on their videos.

What equipment do you use to film your videos? I use box lights, a Canon 70D to film, and a H4n microphone for sound. And then I do all my editing on final cut x. I actually have links in most of my descriptions nowadays to the equipment so new creators who are curious can easily see what I’m using.

For anyone unfamiliar, can you describe your channel and content in only one sentence? My channel is called Polandbananasbooks: I like to describe it as as books, comedy, and bananas! [The bananas referring to craziness]

Booktube has become a massive online influencer in its own right, growing and growing each day. What sets your channel apart from the mass? Personally, I myself enjoy my own videos because I’m super passionate about the topics I discuss and I take a comedic angle on almost everything I do and make. I know the “I enjoy my own videos because” blurb sounds a little weird but I think it’s super important to enjoy your own videos! If you don’t like what you’re uploading how can you expect other people to enjoy it? If I’ve recorded something I’m not enjoying during the edit I have to re-film it.

‘Mourning Period’ is one of your most popular videos. Can you tell us about what went into making it and what it’s reception from your viewers was like? I made The Mourning Period during the wait between ‘Clockwork Prince’ and ‘Clockwork Princess’. I just wanted to make a video about the feelings I had upon finishing ‘Clockwork Prince’. I took a day and filmed the video and then it sat on my computer for a week while I debated whether I wanted to post it or not. I remember sitting in final cut pro staring at it thinking to myself: this video is so weird. It might be too weird to be funny. I wasn’t sure the comedy was coming through. I finally went downstairs with the finished product and showed it to my Mom and her boyfriend. I specifically posed the question “Do you think this is too weird to post?” I sat behind them as they watched it and they laughed and told me I was being ridiculous, of course I should post it, AND SO I DID. My audience loved it, and their positive reactions brought me so much joy!

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

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