“A lot of people like to know what booktubers REALLY think about some popular books”: a Q&A with booktuber priceiswong

Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to booktuber Jessica (of priceiswong) and find out ALL the answers to what life is like on YouTube, how she got started, and the relief of sharing unpopular bookish opinions every once in a while.

What first attracted you to booktube and made you begin posting your own videos?

I’ve always been a huge reader my whole life. In school I had about 4 friends that also liked to read (and we would share books and read what each other read). But as time went on my friends read less and less until after high school when I realized I really didn’t have anyone to talk to about books (which was killing me! I love to gush about fictional characters! haha). I had a YouTube channel and I just watched funny videos and Smosh videos. One day I found Christine (from PolandBananasBooks) talking about Twilight and I thought it was so cool! I really felt like I connected with her through her discussion. She mentioned all the parts she loved, hated, etc. I remembered commenting and she replied and it felt so good to be discussing books again! Through Christine I found more and more booktubers and watched for about 2 months before I started making my own videos!

How long have you been an active member of the community?

I uploaded my first video on January 3rd, 2013 and have been active since! I love this community and have made real life friends because of it! I absolutely love talking to other people about books and book to movie adaptions. It makes me so happy when people watch my videos and talk to me about books I’ve read. I just wish I had joined sooner!

What equipment do you use to film your videos?

I use a Nikon D5100 with a 32MM lens and just a cheap tripod from Target! I use iMovie on my Macbook to edit! Then I try to use natural lighting when I can! I think it looks the best!

For anyone unfamiliar, can you describe your channel and content in only one sentence?

My name is Jessica and I love to read but mostly I just love to talk about books!

Booktube has become a massive online influencer in its own right, growing and growing each day. What sets your channel apart from the mass?

It absolutely has! It’s amazing! I upload some videos that you’ll see a lot around booktube like book hauls and tags… but I’d say that one thing I do that not everyone does, is I’ve continued to upload long discussions (with spoilers) I’m saying up to 20 minutes long… That may sound ridiculous but I get really passionate about books and I love to talk about all of my favourite (and not so favourite) parts! Then it’s amazing to go to the comments section and read all of the comments about what everyone else thought about the book. I prefer discussion videos (with spoilers) over review videos. They’re much more engaging and I just get a lot more out of them!

‘Unpopular Opinions Book Tag’ 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?

Yes I think a lot of people like to know what booktubers REALLY think about some popular books out there. I thought it was really fun to make actually. By nature I’m a very agreeable person that hates arguing and all conflict (I’m a Hufflepuff through and through). I try to be really positive on my channel, but it was fun to just be negative in one video and share all of my unpopular opinions for once! Lots of people have disagreed with me in the comments section of that video, but that’s okay! I expected it!

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

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