If I look over my life and try to figure out how and why I became an Anglophile, there are many things and moments that spurred that love in me for the English world.
I always watched I Love Lucy as a kid, and Lucille Ball became my hero when it came to strong women in comedy (I think I picked up my ability for comic timing from her). I remember watching the season where the gang goes to Europe, and other than wanting to visit all those places too, the episode, “Lucy Meets the Queen,” was definitely one that struck a chord with me. The episode is iconic of Lucy trying to make a guard at Buckingham Palace laugh. This was so funny to me as a child, and still is as an adult. I wanted to go to London and try that too. Of course, I know not to actually do that, as it’s rude, but it was fun to dream about.
The next big item that awoke a love for the UK for me was when my mom showed me the 1995 BBC series version of Pride and Prejudice. I fell in love with the beautiful clothing and the proper sort of language they used to get their point across. Even as a young girl, not quite fully understanding of what was happening, loved the aesthetic of this Regency world. I read the book, started watching more Jane Austen films, and daydreamed constantly of being a part of that era. Through this literature, I was later inspired to write my own novels set in this time, and while I haven’t finished one yet, I hope to complete wrtiting at least one of these books by the end of this next year.
And of course, who can forget Harry Potter? I came across these books as a 10-year-old, and they were definitely something that made me the person I am today. I could imagine myself in this magical world, and it opened up my mind to so many possibilities. The Harry Potter culture was so important to my life, and with each book release or midnight movie showing, my teenage years were consumed by J.K. Rowling’s words and images. I think this is what cemented in my mind that I was meant to be in England. It was very much a driving factor in my quest to finally get abroad to the country I read so much about through this young adult literature.