I am known around here mainly as Severus Snape, but also as my former name, Mikage Souji. I'm a History major and I work as a research assistant to one of my professors. In my spare time, however, I like to spend unhealthy amounts of time on the Internet researching miscellaneous things which are of interest to me, and posting here on MJJC.
I like to read (mostly 18th and 19th century literature), draw/paint (amateur), write (also amateurishly), and sing (you guessed it--amateur.) I do not consider myself an artist, although others have pinned the name on me, along with other more flattering terms I won't mention in order to avoid an unnecessary ego trip. If I were to sum myself up in one word, it would be: observer. The bulk of my existence is spent observing those who dwell on the outside.
For the sake of introductions and recommendations, I provide a list of my favourite music/musicians, books, films, and television shows.
Music: My favourite genre of music is Baroque, however, I also enjoy Classical, Romantic, and Opera. My favourite composers are J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mozart, Danny Elfman, and Magnus Fiennes.
My favourite singers are: Michael Jackson, Tom Lehrer, Marelene Dietrich, Emilie Autumn, Enya, Phil Collins, Eduard Khil, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Hallyday, and Vera Lynn.
My favourite bands are: Lacrimosa, The Alexandrov Red Army Choir Orchestra, Rammstein, Within Temptation, Nightwish, Evanescence, Elis, Xandria, Epica, Skillet, The Rasmus, Celtic Woman, Placebo, Blackmore's Night, Lacuna Coil, and t.A.T.u.
Favourite Musicals: Notre-Dame de Paris (all versions, esp. French and Russian "Marakulin" version), Dracula: Das Musical, and The Phantom of the Opera.
Favourite Books: Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, Eugene Onegin by Aleksandr Pushkin, Lolita, The Enchanter by Vladimir Nabokov, 120 Days of Sodom, Justine, The Magistrate Mocked, Emilie de Tourville, Florville and Courval by the Marquis de Sade, Candide by Voltaire, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Julius Caesar and Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, Eugenie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, Dancing the Dream by Michael Jackson, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche, Paradise Lost by John Milton, Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr, The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria by Christopher McIntosh, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Judith St. George, The Goebbels Diaries by Joseph Goebbels, The Lost Life of Eva Braun by Angela Lambert, Ribbentrop by Michael Bloch, Himmler by Peter Padfield, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Favourite Films: Hunchback of Notre-Dame (all versions), The Empty Mirror, Der Untergang, Europa Europa, Napola, Mother of Mine, Malena, Ballad of a Soldier, Onegin, Balzac, Goya's Ghost, The Last Unicorn, Das Goebbels Experiment, La Niña de tus Ojos, Max, Lolita (Kubrick), Edward Scissorhands, Utena: Adolescence Mokushiroku, Amadeus, Anastasia, The Iron Giant, The Libertine, Quills, The Nightmare Before Xmas, American Beauty, Aimee and Leopard, Loving Annabelle, Au Revoir Les Enfants, But I'm A Cheerleader, Say Uncle, Bright Star, Most 2-D Disney films, etc.
Favourite Television Shows: Revolutionary Girl Utena, Chrno Crusade, Ghost Stories (anime), Princess Tutu, Sailor Moon, Negima!, Chobits, Sesame Street, Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood, Anderson Cooper 360, Dr. Phil, anything on the Discovery ID channel, or pertaining to serial killers, violent crimes, etc.
Reading, Researching, Drawing, Writing, Singing, Listening to Music, etc.