Bisexuality, True Colors, and the Heart of a Child
Happy Monday, guys! This week’s Anonymous Teen Reader is Discreetnessity. I love the image she chose to represent her interview. It’s beautiful but dark, too.
Anyway, like so many of my Anonymous Teen Readers, Dicreetnessity is a complex, insightful individual. I appreciate her honesty in this interview, because I think a lot of teenagers suffer from feelings of depression but so few really want to talk about it.
And sometimes, just knowing you’re not alone can make the biggest difference.
JUST THE FACTS
Interview Code Name (you choose!): Discreetnessity
Current country of residence: Pluto…just kidding.. USA
Male or female? Female
ABOUT THE BOOKS
How many books, on average, do you read a month? It depends on how busy I am during the month. Usually, I read at least 10 or so depending on the sizes of books and if my teachers decide to give me oodles of homework.
Favorite kind of book and why: I love all types of books to be honest. Sometimes I love to read a real down to earth book that I can relate to that actually is realistic. Other times I want to read something with vampires (and no…I am not a die hard Twilight fan I liked vampires before they were sparkly), witches, demons etc. Then other times I just really, really want to be scared to the point where I know I’ll be having nightmares.
Name the single most important factor in your decision to purchase a book: There isn’t really one single thing that’s important to me. The first thing that catches my eye when I go to buy one is it’s title and the art on the cover. Even then though, if I don’t really like how it looks and I love the description or the first few pages I’ll buy it.
What makes you feel like you’re reading or have read a truly amazing book?
When I actually felt everything the characters felt. If I’m reading a book and the character’s sad then I want to feel sad to but if I’m just like yeah, whatever your sad then I don’t feel like I even managed to connect with the book. I also really love to have that feeling that I can’t put the book down, I just need to keep reading and finish it so I don’t go crazy!
How important is a friend’s recommendation in your decision to purchase a book?
My friends don’t generally recommend books that I like, so unless they tell me something that seems interesting all it will really do is get me to go and try to find more on the book, or try to find it in the library. Usually, when friends recommend me to read books, I won’t actually purchase the book (sad yes I know :[ but I am broke).
Thing you’d like to see more or less of in the YA genre: I’d love to see more about the true problems of depression instead of people just immediately writing that someone has depression so they cut. It gets really annoying especially when you are someone with depression!
What’s your biggest pet peeve in a book? Badly misspelled words. If it’s misspelled to the point where most the word is wrong, I will get so annoyed. Also, I don’t like when stories have to little description and you have to start guessing so much about what’s going on around them. When things start to get really predictable too, it’s something that makes me want to put the book down and never go back to it. My biggest pet peeve with books though, doesn’t even have to do with the books themselves! When I have to read a book for class, it bugs me that I have to go and find so much symbolism and “obvious” things in the book, that unless someone really wanted to find them in there, they wouldn’t.
Paperback or hardcover? Either way. Hardcover lasts longer, but paperback’s cheaper.
Series or stand-alone? Either one as long as it’s interesting!
ALL ABOUT YOU
What music do you most often listen to? Rock and “Alternative” (I really don’t like calling it Alternative). Sometimes techno but only if a friend says that I really need to listen to it.
Name your favorite band. Sixx A.M., Paramore, and Bon Jovi and not always in that order, depends on my mood sometimes there are even more in there!
Best movie of all time? Oh there are so many, but it’d have to be either Titanic or the Butterfly Effect.
Without naming names, tell us a little about your group of friends: I hang out with the most random people. If you were to see us walking around, you’d see a bunch of people that all look “normal” (hate that word but best way to describe it) then a random goth chick (me yay!). Of course, it just makes us laugh so hard because people will ask me if I’m lost, which just makes all of us laugh like maniacs. Mostly all of us are really loud and outgoing, and we all just want to make each other happy and make sure none of us are to sad.
What’s your biggest concern about the world right now and/or the people in it? I’d have to say, the fact that nobody realizes how much slavery is going on in the world around them. The number of slaves now, are higher then there ever were, even before the American Civil War, and it’s just crazy that people can be so ignorant as to think that after that, slaves stopped existing.
Someone gives you a million dollars, no strings attached. What do you do with it? I’d buy my parents a house, a house for myself (both not to big, but not to small), give some to charities to help end slavery, and save the rest for college.
You can live for one year in any place in the world. Where do you go and why? I’d spend the year going to places where known slavery is high, and helping to free slaves even if it costs me a lot of money. Those poor kids (and adults!) deserve to live a life of freedom.
Have you ever “Hidden” someone on your Facebook feed? If so, why? No, but I do plan on hiding some people because they are starting to really bug me. (heh.)
Do you get along with your family? Either way, tell us why. Not really. With me having depression my parents don’t understand that making jokes about how I look or my weight really does hurt and they don’t help me with trying to get better and to feel better about myself. There are times though when we get along really well and it’s the best thing in the world, until they go and say something that sets off my depression. (*hugs* from me to you, hon!)
What is one thing most people don’t know about you? That I only found out I was bisexual, when I fell in love with the girl I’m currently dating and that I have OCD.
Name your biggest secret fear. I’m afraid that one day I’ll wake up, and want to kill myself again. Before this wouldn’t have been a fear, but my girlfriend has begged me to try to keep these feelings under control, and I don’t want to scare her like I did before.
Name something you like about yourself. I like that even though I’m a teenager, I’m still a child at heart and I don’t mind letting the child inside me out every once and a while.
What one thing would you like to know about other teens? Why is it that most people aren’t always themselves at school? Why put on a shell and a fake you instead of letting your true colors fly and being yourself?