Faguni Sharma, also known as Fanna, is a human being possessing the power of humanity. She started her life as an infant but soon grew up into an adult who is as confused about life as a newborn. Growing up, she couldn’t understand what to fill in those form headings that said ‘hobbies’. She loved to study; her mother had a huge role (and a stick) in her accomplishments as a straight-A student. She loved to write; her English teachers had nothing do with it. She loved to read, her cousin had a huge role (and a TBR pile) in it. She loved to make digital art, online communities had a role to play in it. She loved to live; everyone she has ever met has an important part in that.
Wondering where to pursue all her passions, she began wandering the streets of internet. The paint brushes always drew her to the canvas, the pencils always called her to the paper, the letters always drove her to the book and the love to be a human landed her into a pre-med course.
She then decided to set up a blog with a need to voice out her opinions in the most respectful manner. Which in turn led to F A N N A being set up in November 2017.
Apart from juggling all the things that make her happy, she is keen on loving things that she hates at first sight. For starters, talking about herself as a third person was one of her pet peeves but she’s currently more focused in finding the good in bad.
What is your full name?
Faguni Sharma [Fanna]
When is your birthday?
How old are you?
Favorite TV show?
Favorite place to read and/or blog?
By my window, in my room, on my table.
Sorry but I strongly oppose questions like these. Please, I can’t choose one and not even five. I also never reread books so my favourite books are like one-time flings that I remember and smile but haven’t invested anymore time in.
Who are you when you’re blogging?
I’m this confident, smart woman who knows exactly what she’s telling, believes in what she’s saying, and wants the world to change one book at a time. I’m also, most of the times, a procrastinating blogger who keeps scrolling through Instagram or Twitter and tell myself it’s social media engagement.
Who are you when you’re not blogging?
When I’m not blogging, I’m regretting the time I spent procrastinating while sitting in front of the computer. Other times I hate the concept of time because twenty-four hours are just not enough. I’m also an only daughter who tries to give her parents the best life–they sometimes call me a super daughter but then again, I know better than to believe my parents—after all, Santa wasn’t real!
Which do you prefer more?
Can’t really choose one! What I do (and be) behind the screen is not much different than what I am in real so no version is particularly better. Though, I do love the time I spend on blogging because it’s a form of escape for me and like I already mentioned, it makes me confident. Also, the blogger me is less anxious than the real me so it’s obvious which one I would choose if I had to.
What drives you to blog more?
Reading other blogs! My inspiration status is like a wifi signal in the forest–it keeps flickering and never strong enough to actually inspire me. But over the past few months I’ve realized how great of an inspiration other bloggers can be! You stumble across a discussion post that sparks your interest and now you want to write one; you come across a list post and you’ve enlarged your TBR [more haul posts]; you’ve read a book review and you remember the pile of reviews you’re yet to write [motivation blast]. So reading more blogs helps me get back into my groove.
How do you see yourself in the blogosphere?
I see myself as this random person who loves too many things and tries to talk about all of them on a small, red/black/white hub and tries to touch on topics that I strongly believe in.
Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your blog?
Not really. I mean, I wish I was because everything would have been so perfect but sadly, I ain’t. I write and post. Sometimes I do schedule but it’s still a two-step process: write and schedule. I don’t revise my posts or spend hours figuring out which picture to put where. Though, it’s not something good so I’m trying to be a little more involved with everything that I put on my blog.
Do you like making outlines when you blog, or do you prefer to start from scratch and work your way from there?
I do faintly outline when the idea hits me but when I start writing the blog post, it takes the reign in its own hands and guides itself. There have been times when I’d outline extensively but was too enthusiastic to write the blog post that I didn’t even glance over at the outline. Not recommended, though…don’t do it.
How much do your followers mean to you?
A lot! I don’t have huge numbers and many are just numbers but there are some that are always there and I appreciate them a lot. Reading or keeping up with a blog takes a hell lot of time and energy so I love when someone thinks I’m worthy of their time and energy.
What is the best blogging advice that you could share with us?
Blogging is like life. Someone’s journey can’t be yours. You need to live your own journey and for that, you need to find your own path. There are hundreds of blog posts that list out the best things you could do to become a blogger or the things you need to do. Ignore them all! Some say buy a domain name, some say try out with a free domain. Forget what anyone says. If you like taking risks or believe getting a domain name would be a legit step in your blogging career, go for it. If you want a blogging career but don’t want to buy a domain name, don’t! It’s fine. If you’re writing something you feel strongly about, people will read your blog or keep up with you. Find those people and you won’t find them unless you start walking on a path you carve yourself.
ON BOOK DISCRIMINATION
How would you define book discrimination?
I would define book discrimination like anything that discrimination is in this world. We all know it exists but every time someone speaks about it, something fancy would get our attention and the topic would die silently.
In the book community, the discrimination is voiced at times but then a gorgeous cover comes out and everyone is now discriminating themselves. Or a diverse book is coming out but suddenly the hundredth installment in an overdone series is announced, and now everyone is discriminating.
It’s basically what any form of discrimination is.
How do you feel about it?
I feel guilty about it. And sad that it’s not even talked about that much.
Truth is, I at some point must’ve discriminated too–whether against a self-published book or against a dull cover. But the problem is: I can say that easily because some wouldn’t even find anything wrong in it.
While the entire community keeps saying how the stories and the essence of reading is important, they do pay heed to the irrelevant information like the cover or the source of publishing. Many don’t even read the blurbs. This makes me disappointed–sometimes in myself too–because the bookish community is supposed to be the most perfect one, but we’re all falling prey to this wild mistake.
What do you think is the cause of book discrimination?
Like the cause of any discrimination, book discrimination is all because of the preconceived impressions about things.
We all know hardcovers are the most pristine form of a book and the ebooks are the worst. We all know the big publishers would release only the best stories out and the small ones didn’t even edit the stories. We all know the gorgeous covers are better stories because they look better in pictures, and the bad covers are a disgrace to my pretty bookshelf. Who said all this? Was there a brochure distributed to everyone the first time they started reading?
I don’t think so.
The problem is that everyone believes in the things I just mentioned. And others look at the ones who believe and they believe it too. The worst part is: all those who believe in these set standards try to cover it up by calling it their “preferences.”
Well, preferences in terms of genre or font size is understandable but the cover, publisher, and format is the worse filter to sift books through.
I would say the lack of realization in the people of the book community itself is a huge reason for book discrimination.
What would you do against it?
I can’t do much. That’s true. All I can do is voice out my opinion and try to encourage other bookish readers, authors, and publishers to consider discrimination and not just stay blind to it.
Of course, for a better approach, I would try implementing this trend called ‘being blind to books’. It isn’t a prepared plan so I don’t know what to say more about it but it’s basically a reader staying blind to the information regarding the book and just picking it up for the story it would offer.
It can be perceived as a blind date with a book but you’re not actually blind to the book’s information; you’re willingly taking a decision to ignore a book’s source, format, cover, or anything apart from something that influences the story.
Fill in the blanks with a book recommendation. More people should read ________ by ________ because ________.
More people should read something out of their comfort zone by by an author who they’ve never tried before because you can land a new favourite or a new addition to your absolute-no list.
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