One of the difficulties that I frequently encounter, when writing profiles, is the inevitable repetition of my 'likes' list. I like books and writing and, as such, I study French and English Literature at the University of Glasgow.
At the moment, I am in the midst of my penultimate year of study and, in between speed-reading Victorian/contemporary literature for my course and watching Game of Thrones in French (Westerosi current affairs - en français, bien sûr - are far more successful at holding my interest than those printed in Le Monde), I like to indulge in creative writing as well as fanfiction. Despite the controversy that surrounds it, I honestly believe fanfiction is a wonderful platform for aspiring writers to try their hand at writing, playing with established, familiar characters and plots, in order to receive feedback from fellow fans on their work. George R. R. Martin would probably dispute this point, but, in saying that, perhaps if he didn't kill so many characters, his fans would not seek such an outlet for coping with the sudden, brutal deaths of their favourite characters. Resurrecting said characters from the miserable graves that he dug for them is sometimes the only way to come to terms with their quick, untimely deaths. Nevertheless, despite the cruel fate that he creates for many of his characters (as well as his disregard for full-stops), I do love his writing.
Aside from fanfiction, I enjoy scribbling down various plot ideas and stories that come to mind. I don't share my own writing work freely and I am hesitant to show others the stories I have written unless there is a complete foundation of trust or unless they are also writers. In my opinion, it is such an intimate pastime as it is impossible to not to put a lot of yourself into your writing. I find it extremely nerve-wracking to reveal yourself so freely to another and to await feedback/criticism that could potentially be quite crushing. My 'likes' list, more or less, encompasses who I am and what my life involves so, please do, drop me a message. :)
Learning new languages, writing smut, reading smut, general reading (see list below), Alan Rickman, driving Wanda the Honda (my car <3), Harry Potter, exercise, occasionally drinking myself into oblivion, easy, flowing and stimulating conversations, 2:45-3:17 of Meat Loaf's 'What About Love', the fact that the University of Glasgow looks like Hogwarts (which is somewhat marred by the fact that I have yet to find Professor Snape lurking in one of the corridors), stationery, pole fitness, Thranduil the Elvenking, fanfiction, when 'Loch Lomond' or 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' plays at a party/club/pub and everyone - in true Scottish fashion - gets up to dance/stagger drunkenly, Waterstones gift cards and watching TV programmes in French (because I know how to have a good time - 'L'hiver vient'). Reading is probably one of my biggest passions. Some of my favourites include: Jane Eyre, A Song of Ice and Fire, Wasted, Into the Darkest Corner, The Diary of a Submissive (Fifty Shades, eat your heart out...), No Ordinary Love Story (sequel to the aforementioned), Trilby, Le Silence de la Mer, Suite Française (Dolce), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Shakespeare's plays and sonnets (Othello, The Tempest and Much Ado about Nothing are probably my favourites), anything written by Edgar Allan Poe, Comfort Food (more smut/BDSM), Death of a Ladies' Man, Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, Dracula, Harry Potter, She, Frankenstein, Story of O (even more smut and BDSM), The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mary Barton, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Wuthering Heights, The Hobbit, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Le Chercheur d'Or, Les Fleurs du Mal, Poor Things, Foreign Parts, Edward the Second, Memoirs of a Geisha and Keats' poetry.
As an English literature student, I can get quite irate about poor spelling/grammar...especially in a professional email/letter. The abridged version of my dislikes is as follows: When people type in initial capitals, bad driving (I am the King of the road and I am not culpable of this), writer's block, people who complain when I put Kate Bush on at a party (also known as fun sponges), the existence of calories and the fact I consume too many on a daily basis, the fact that George R. R. Martin killed off Sandor Clegane in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, black biro pens (nothing stifles creative inspiration more than a pen that runs out of ink mid-sentence), the fact that Harry Potter is over (my post-Potter depression has not yet been assuaged), the intensity of my attachment to fictional characters, lipstick smudges on my teeth, giving me the appearance of one who has just devoured some tiny mammal, hangovers (they are self-induced, but that doesn't make them any less unpleasant), insults/unconstructive criticism (I don't know many people who are FOND of insults, as such, but I am a complete Hippogriff when it comes to insults - I will slash your arm)...I shall add to this at a later date.
Nosferatu, Kate Bush, Marilyn Manson (don't be a judgey-judge), The Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Fred Astaire, Meat Loaf, Theatres Des Vampires, Judy Garland, London After Midnight, Oingo Boingo, The Cure, Al Jolson, Korpiklaani, The Police, Carla Bruni, Shakira, The Andrews Sisters, Emilie Autumn, Dope Stars Inc., Depeche Mode, Stoned Jesus, Acid Bath, Johnny Cash, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, Acid Witch, Ladytron, Porcelain and the Tramps, Queen, Guns N' Roses, Electric Wizard, Yelle, Joy Division, Duran Duran, Alestorm, Rasputina, The Dresden Dolls, Voltaire, Entwine, Laura Branigan, Aqua, AC/DC, Jack Off Jill, Soft Cell, t.A.T.u., Bauhaus, The Darkness, Turisas...and many, many more.