I got this message and I was like “wha?” and then I realized I had queued an ask meme and it had posted while I was napping an someone actually answered it.
Hello anon. :)
Favorite color is olive green.
I did have some well loved stuffed animals as a kid, but what I really had was a pillow called Pillowee. (Yes, the pillow had a name.) It was pink and lacy and had a picture of dancing bears on it. (I did a google search to see if I could find this thing because it was from a very common baby ‘set’ with a pillow and blanket from the late 80s/early 90s and when my parents realized my attachment, they bought a back up, which ended up coming in useful, because one Pillowee got lost, never to be seen again. The other is basically a rag now. The blankets are still around and in good condition, though.) Anyway, it basically conditioned me to sleep with a small pillow on top of a normal pillow, and I actually still do that today, don’t judge. Not still Pillowee, but a smallish like … airline pillow on top of my normal pillow. I have a lot of trouble getting to sleep without a little airline pillow.
Favorite book is super hard for me because I guess … what’s the criteria for ‘favorite’? There I books that I wish I’d written (in the sense that they tell stories I wish I was good enough to tell or have a style of writing I wish I could emulate). There are books that aren’t necessarily technically impressive, but something about them really stuck with me, or they sucked me into a fandom for a long time or otherwise had a huge influence on my life. There are books that I’ll reread because I want to feel a particular way again. There are books I learned to love because I studied them, that I wouldn’t have necessarily appreciated if I’d read them on my own…
So I feel like I’ve been turning this around in my head a lot, and my temptation is to pick something by Truman Capote, because he was my favorite writer for a long time in the sense that I just wanted to read everything he wrote, and he’s the one of the first writers I read where I was like “omg this character is queer” – because I wasn’t being exposed to a lot of characters who were queer in a way that was completely unambiguous, but to me, as a young teenager, the queerness of the narrator in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was very clear. He’s kind of an obvious choice for me. But also, I could say something like The Lord of the Rings or pick a particular Harry Potter book…
After all that rambling, what I’m actually going to say is So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane because it was one of the first books I read with a latino protagonist, which was pretty exciting for a kid growing up and feeling detached from their heritage who just didn’t see a lot of latino characters in anything I was reading or watching at the time. Also, if Truman Capote is ‘one of the first’ writers I saw where I identified queer characters, Diane Duane is the first. I was in sixth grade and had only, within the past year or so, started reading fanfiction and discovered the idea of slash and queer couples who didn’t get representation in most of the media I was exposed to, and the Young Wizards books had Tom and Carl. It’s not like a lot of time is spent on their relationship, but they’re two adult men (in a book where the main characters are teenagers) who act as mentors and live together and, if I recall correctly, share a pet parrot(?) named Peaches(?) and just … look, they’re gay. The role models for the main characters are a gay couple. And little 11 or 12 year old me latched on to all that pretty hard.
It’s also the first series I wrote fanfiction for – I had to request that Fanfiction.net make a category for Young Wizards because one did not exist yet and my (now deleted) story was the very first Young Wizards fanfiction in the category. (I think a few others were floating around in the ‘Miscellaneous Fiction’ category before me.)