Junior Spotlight: Malina Workman

This week in the Junior Spotlight: Malina Workman (’15).

1. What is one thing your fellow English majors don’t know about you?

I am proudly and happily hopelessly idealistic, and spend most of my time in actual English classes getting frustrated with everyone’s determination to find fault and vice and evil in all the characters when I would rather talk about why they’re all awesome and actually OK guys.

2. Why are you an English major? Why not History, SoAn, CAMS, etc.?

Firstly, because I like stories. Secondly, because I specifically really like Shakespeare and Dickens and Jane Austen– I spend ridiculous amounts of time watching BBC adaptations of them. Thirdly, because I want to be an author. Fourthly, because honestly, I’m not good enough at anything else to major in it.

3. What is one book you’d be fine never reading again?

1984. People going for pages and pages about sexual freedom, having their spirits broken, being tortured and eaten by rats and having the one character I liked turn out to be evil is not a good day for me.

4. You’re stranded on a desert island and can only bring three books. Which books would you bring?

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, translated by Anthony Burgess. David Copperfield because there’s a quote or situation in it that is relatably for literally everything in life (also because it’s heartwarming and hilarious), Cyrano for the ideals of honor and virtue, and Harry Potter for the magic and the werewolves and the nostalgia.

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