Her deep obsession with The Mortal Instruments and being a bookish songstress: a Q&A with The Booktube Girl

Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to booktuber Momo (of The Booktube Girl) and find out ALL the answers to what life is like on YouTube, how she got started, and stumbling across booktube.

What first attracted you to booktube and made you begin posting your own videos? What really first intrigued me about the booktube community was that I had no idea that it even existed. I’d always been involved in fandom and book inspired fan accounts on Instagram and within the blogging community, but I had never come across booktube. For me, watching YouTubers who cherished novels the way I did and completely freaked out over books, yet somehow were reaching a huge audience that connected and understood their passion…it really inspired me. As a bit of an awkward human in middle school who at the time didn’t have a lot of people who shared my love for books, I immediately saw booktube as a huge opportunity to spew out my bookish feels, whilst also connecting with like-minded people.

How long have you been an active member of the community? Since late 2013. I was as awkward in real life as I was on camera.

What equipment do you use to film your videos? In comparison to a lot of other booktubers, I’m not too fancy or particular with my equipment – all I use is a tripod and a Canon EOS 600D camera.

For anyone unfamiliar, can you describe your channel and content in only one sentence? I have a deep obsession with the Mortal Instruments series and really all fandom-related bookish goodness, and apparently my YouTube channel is where all of my feels get channelled into bookish tag videos, hauls, discussions, and a surprising amount of lip syncs.

Booktube has become a massive online influencer in its own right, growing and growing each day. What sets your channel apart from the mass? That’s certainly a very difficult question haha. Well, I’d like to think that my channel has a little bit of everything. I do non-bookish videos as well, but in terms of my book-related content, I do a lot of bookish tags, hauls, monthly wrap-ups and the like. However, every now and then I like to switch it up by bringing in something a little different – in the past I’ve done skits and reenactments, bookish DIYs and book trailers. One time I created and performed an original song based on ‘City of Lost Souls’ by Cassandra Clare, which is definitely something I haven’t really seen on booktube that much, and it’s definitely something I’d like to focus more on in the future.

‘Series I Won’t Be Finishing’ 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? Well, in terms of actually making the video, not much went into it besides picking out series that I didn’t intend on completing, for one reason or another – perhaps I wasn’t a fan of the writing, or maybe I’d just lost interest in the books over time. The video was somewhat difficult for me to upload…I didn’t want to insult anyone by not liking books that they may have really enjoyed. I did receive a bit of backlash for that video in terms of people being frustrated by some of the series I chose, but I think in the end you really have to remember that a YouTube channel is, by its own right, a place where you can share your own honest thoughts and opinions, and sometimes people just might not agree.

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

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