Letting off ‘unpopular opinions’ steam and individuality in a growing community: a Q&A with Thoughts on Tomes

Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to booktuber Sam (of Thoughts on Tomes) and find out ALL the answers to what life is like on YouTube, how she got started, and how she found friends through the wonderful, welcoming community of booktube.

What first attracted you to booktube and made you begin posting your own videos? I had been watching YouTube videos from different communities for years before discovering booktube. I frequently viewed makeup tutorials or gaming videos, and wanted to be a part of an online video community, but didn’t feel I had anything to add to those communities. I always loved reading, and felt confident in sharing my opinions on books, so I felt booktube was the perfect community for me. None of my friends read, so finding friends through the YouTube community to discuss books with was great. There was no one thing that finally made me decide. I finally decided to take the plunge one day. Booktube struck me as a very welcoming community, and I wasn’t wrong. I’ve made so many wonderful friends since joining.

How long have you been an active member of the community? I joined booktube in July of 2014, and have been posting videos 3 times a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) ever since!

What equipment do you use to film your videos? I use a Canon Powershot SX50HS. It’s a step between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR. I haven’t made the upgrade to DSLR yet!

For anyone unfamiliar, can you describe your channel and content in only one sentence? I post book reviews, hauls, and discussions on bookish topics 3 times a week.

Booktube has become a massive online influencer in its own right, growing and growing each day. What sets your channel apart from the mass? The same thing that sets everyone apart: my unique personality. A lot of times, we are all talking about the same new release or a well-loved series. What makes each channel different is that we bring our own personalities and world views into the mix. Five booktubers can all talk about the same book in a completely different way.

‘Unpopular Opinions 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? That video is one of my favorites as well, because it was so fun to make. The Unpopular Opinions tag was created by another booktuber, TheBookArcher, and was a way for all of us to vent about books we didn’t enjoy. A lot of tag video topics are centered around favorites, so this one was different. When I reviewed the questions, I knew they’d all be easy to answer, so it didn’t take much preparation. Any video on “unpopular opinions” where you get to gripe on books that made you mad are fun. It’s a great way to blow off steam and commiserate with other people that hated something as much as you did. As such, that tag is one of the more popular ones on booktube!

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

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