Name: Tryntsje Cuperus, I go by birdienl around the internet

Personality Type: ESFJ, though I apparently only have a 1% preference of Extraversion over Introversion

Famous ESFJ’s: Danny Glover, Don Knotts, Hoss Cartwright, Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Molly Weasley.

What do you love most about yourself?

I like my planning side, my ability to view a mess and put things in order, to work systematic even if there are a lot of tasks to be done.

What would you most like to change about yourself?

I would like to be able to defend my convictions stronger in discussions. I often feel unpleasant disagreeing with someone and then tend to bow to their opinions too soon.

Favorite Fictional Character & why:

Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility. I love her level-headed-ness, intelligence, her will to take care of her family and her emotional strength. I like to think I am maybe a little bit like her.

Name one possession that you absolutely love:

Aside from my bookshelves filled with books you mean? I have a small pillow which has ‘Lady of the Manor’ embroidered on it. It always makes me feel happy to be in my own home when I see that pillow.

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

J.R.R. Tolkien. I would love to talk to the person who ‘invented’ Middle-Earth and all it’s wonderful inhabitants and ask him if he has any more amazing stories to tell.

Tell us three of your “guilty pleasures”:

  1. Crisps
  2. Watching Catherine Cookson adaptations
  3. Reading articles in magazines in the supermarket and subsequently putting the magazine back in the rack…

Name one thing (book, song, movie, item) you wish you had thought up first:

BookWorld, invented by the brilliantly funny author Jasper Fforde. It is the world ‘behind’ the books we read, the world where plots are made, characters are trained and things go on that us readers have absolutely no knowledge about. It’s a great world to discover in Fforde’s Thursday Next novels, but also just to keep thinking about after you’ve finished those books.

Share several of your favorite quotes with us:

One of the movies I like to quote is Little Women (1994), I’ve seen it so often I know quite some of the lines by heart. I love the line prof. Bhaer translates for Jo: ‘Your heart understood mine. In the depth of the fragrant night, I listened with ravished soul to your beloved voice. Your heart understood mine’. It’s originally a quote from the George Bizet opera Les pêcheurs de perles(The pearl fishers) and I think it’s terribly romantic!

What memory is the most special to you and why?

Memories of time spend with my father as a child/teenager. Working in the garden together, helping him with DIY jobs, riding on the tractor with him, talking about everything and nothing as he drove me somewhere. These memories are very precious as my father passed away two years ago.

Who is your favorite actor / actress? What was the first film you saw them in?

I don’t really have one favorite actor/actress, but am at the moment quite enamored by the rise of Tom Hiddleston, from the small-screen of Return to Cranford to the blockbuster The Avengers and doing a role in the Shakespeare adaptation The Hollow Crown. He’s a versatile actor, looks like a very nice man and I’m always proud when one of ‘my’ period drama lovelies makes it in Hollywood!

“I would never get tired of talking about…”?

Books and movies in general, but classic literature and period movies in particular. I happen to have a good memory for movies, so people only have to mention ‘I saw a movie with actor A in which this and that happened’ and we have a conversation!

If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?

A hedgehog, they have such a cute snout and even wild hedgehogs are so curious and unaffected around humans. When I was a kid I used to fantasize about when I would be ‘grown-up’ and have all kinds of pet animals, rescued from abuse and being a happy bunch at my quaint little farm. Well, I’m grown-up now, but I’ve still got quite some way to go to get to that picture!

One miniseries or television show everyone needs to try out at least once:

Terra Nova; great acting, interesting plot lines and exploration of ethical issues.