What Is Booktube?

What Is Booktube?

Meet Youtube's book-obsessed community!
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I remember reading Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy back in 2013. I devoured those books quickly and after I reached their conclusion, I felt an intense need to share my feelings with someone. None of my friends have ever heard of the trilogy and I desperately needed to discuss with someone, anyone.

I turned to my trusty friend, the Internet. My search results were flooded with several videos of people discussing the books. I noticed that these people have posted other types of book-related videos—from reviews to book hauls, recommendations, book tags and even bookish skits. As I kept on clicking on suggested video to another one, I was thrown into an endless rabbit hole that is called Booktube.

So what is Booktube? Booktube is a small community in Youtube that has exploded during these past few years. It is a place in which passionate readers, called Booktubers, upload videos in which they film themselves discussing their favorite books, among other bookish activities. Booktube’s is a place where people share and talk about what they have been reading recently, as well as connect with other avid readers.

Some months later, after watching hundreds of book-related videos, I decided that I wanted to start a Booktube channel of my own. I got a camera for my birthday and started my channel, Sabrina the Teenage Reader. At first I was incredibly awkward in front of the camera and my editing skills were messy, which made my videos really hard for me to watch. As time passed, I started to loosen up and worked arduously on producing quality videos. I also reached out to people with similar personalities and reading tastes.

After joining the Booktube community, I went on from reading about 20+ books to more than 50 per year. Having a Booktube channel has also helped me improve my media creating and marketing skills. After having talked to a camera for more than 200 videos, I have developed public speaking abilities and it has even made me a spunkier individual filled with gumption. Most importantly, Booktube has given me the opportunity of meeting amazing people who I have the honor to call friends.

Booktube is a diverse community filled with thousands of individuals from all over the world. All of these people are from all races, nationalities, ages, sexualities, etc. Booktubers are not only diverse in their background, but also in the kind of content they produce. The variety of book videos you can find is astounding.

Booktube is also regarded as one of the most inclusive Youtube communities. Some people even regard the Booktube community as a family, such as Booktuber Elizabeth from the channel The Owlery, who says that "I found Booktube at a time when I really needed a community and a support system. [...] I had never met anyone who loved books as much as I did growing up so to be in a place where we all have one passion in common is so cool and unique!"

According to Booktuber Alyssa from pucksandpaperbacks, “Booktube is very unique in various ways such as acceptance and open arms into the community. Booktube differs from other communities because everyone is welcoming and understanding of bookish opinions. [...] Booktube is an enthusiastic community of video makers and will add many books to start or add to your to-be-read piles!”

Another Booktuber, Amanda from Read by Amanda, says that “Booktube is a community where readers not only go make videos to discuss books but also make lifelong friendships. Booktube to me means that I've found a creative outlet that feels like home. […] [I like] finding people who I can talk about books with, but also creating friendships, learning new ideas and thoughts and starting a discussion, and seeing things from different point of views”.

"Being a part of BookTube means being a part of a community meant to inspire, encourage, and include others of like interests." says Booktuber Emma from emmmabooks. "It means that there's a place where readers around the world can interact without judgement and without exclusion. And that's kind of an amazing thing".

The Booktube community has transformed reading from being a passive and mostly individual activity to a shared and collective experience. Booktube is a place where readers can express their individuality and connect with like-minded individuals. So if you are in need of some book recommendations, or just want to talk about your feelings regarding a book you just read, look up some Booktube videos (or even make some of your own) and prepare for your entire life to change!

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The ABCs Of A Night Out Drinking In Tallahassee

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Tallahassee is an interesting city full of unique experiences. There are so many bars to choose from and each one has its own clientele. Ready to go line dancing? Hit up the Moon. Just want to get sloshed with freshmen? Go to the Strip on Saturday. There is something out there for everyone to do and this list of ABCs will help you get a better idea of the bar scene in Tallahassee. Disclaimer: not everyone can handle Tallanasty, so if you're a Gator you might want to stay home.

A is for all you can drink.

B is for blacking out.

C is for crazy homeless people inside McDonald's asking to sleep on your couch.

D is for don't forget to drink water.

E is for everybody goes home with someone at 2 AM.

F is for free drinks.

G is for going hard in the paint.

H is for Happy Hour at Pots.

I is for I think we should get more booze.

J is for just dance.

K is for kissing strangers.

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N is for nasty hangovers.

O is for over-playing Post Malone.

P is for putting a double shot of tequila in your drink.

Q is for questionable decisions you made last night.

R is for remembering your keys before leaving the house.

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Silence is Detailed

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Some movies settle for the minimum. I’m not going to throw out names right now, but plenty of generic horror genre additions come out every year that do just enough entertain and then are immediately forgotten. That’s fine. Sometimes we eat junk food, sometimes we watch dumb movies on auto-pilot. It happens. A Quiet Place, though, is not an example of one of those films.

Directed and staring Jim from The Office (John Krasinski) and his wife Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place is incredibly creative, dramatic, and frightening in roughly equal measures. It has wowed reviewers and hushed audiences across the country with its approach to scares reminiscent of a particularly atmospheric Black Mirror episode. I considered reviewing the movie myself, but instead I’ve decided to focus on some of the finer details that went into the movie’s creation to demonstrate just how in-depth it was thought-out.

For example, none of the characters are named in the film itself, but all of them were given names which can be seen in the end credits. The father is Lee, the mother is Evelyn, and the son is Marcus. The deaf daughter is named Regan, and she's played by Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf in real life. This decision was made so that she could teach the cast actual ASL sign language so that it was accurate as possible. In addition, each family member was taught to sign slightly differently to match their nonverbal inflections- whereas Lee signs more authoritatively, Regan signs with more attitude.

Even though it doesn't actually matter to the plot, Krasinski also came up with a backstory for the movie's aliens to explain their biology and existence on our planet. According to him, they evolved in a world with no light and their armor allowed them to survive the destruction of their homeworld, a chunk of which fell to Earth at some point. This kind of detail was brought into the main movie in its entirety, and also explains why the characters went barefoot- apparently the family thought that having to clean socks constantly would use up too much of their valuable time.

Last but not least, if the concept of a weird alien invasion on an alternate Earth sounds familiar in abstract, that's because the film was originally planned as a Cloverfield spinoff. This was abandoned later on, but it's still interesting to note that it almost happened.

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