BookTubers And BookTube Relish The Brain

BookTubers And BookTube Relish The Brain

Don't touch that dial; this is the best part.

Readers are motivated by the thematic messages as well as the emotional, personal, political, and social feelings and thoughts books express. The paper mirrors allow us to see ourselves for who we are, who we aren't, and who we could be.

Reading is fundamental, emphasis on "fun" and "mental." The intersection of learning and enjoying is a process that is presented in the form of educational entertainment or the popular portmanteau, edutainment.

BookTube is edutainment that shows the love of reading through bookish banter and thoughtful consideration for the reading community. It's an extended book club that is more inclusive than a normal book club with an occupancy limit would allow.

Size isn't the issue however, it's the potential, pique, and perpetual curiosity BookTube brings. Viewers of BookTube are readers and each BookTuber has a different personality to meet the personality of the books they read.

Some BookTubers are more comedic than others while others take an open discussion approach. For BookTube, curiosity and information hangs in the balance. A reader who sees a parody of a book they read will get the sense of humor better than someone who has never read it.

Curiosity may remain but information is lost in translation. On the contrary, someone who read a book may be waiting for the punchline. The information is there but the curiosity is not humored or light on the mind.

To be curious is to be an open-minded individual with interests and to seek information is to be a focused intellectual with research. The problem with BookTube, and with edutainment, is that audiences are weighted in favor of entertaining or in favor of educating. A mixed audience who has the passion but also the necessity to learn is hard to please and provide for.

What is edutainment doing to strike the balance? Does entertainment provide little information or no information at all? Should education be strictly information-based or can education be entertaining?

Ariel Bissett is a Canadian BookTuber who asks these questions to learn the value of edutainment. Rather than her videos being exclusively Book Hauls (a purchase of more than one book at a time or a monthly subscription box of books) and Book Tags (Book related video responses requested by other BookTubers), her channel is organized into Writing, Book Discussions, and Book Reviews categories as well.

In her video below, she discusses the fine line between educating at the expense of entertaining and vice versa with scholarly research and fellow BookTubers.

After watching it, I found a new appreciation for the BookTube community. I had always thought of BookTubers as readers who forced, rather than made, reading fun. Then I found BookTubers who were more flexible, but not as comical as they were ironic, with their BookTube videos. Like the old adage goes, you can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a BookTube channel by its videos.

Like any BookTuber, it's just like finding a good book to read. What a "good book" for you may not be "good" to me, and that's okay. Sometimes to find that one good book, it takes some reading between the lines, and in this case, lines of ones and zeros.

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.


For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols


5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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