Meet the Staff: Michelle Bangson

Hey Circle readers, meet your managing editor for the 2013-2014 school year, Michelle Bangson! Michelle is a junior in professional and public writing. She started putting her writing skills to work at the Circle as a copy editor her sophomore year.

“The best part is getting to read everything and getting to read it first and make sure it’s really perfect,” she said. She’s never submitted anything of her own to The Circle because she prefers reading to writing.

Michelle said her favorite submission ever sent into the Circle is “Makes Your Heart Move” by Paul Vance, featured in the Fall 2012 issue.

When asked about the hardest part about working for The Circle, she laughed and said there wasn’t anything hard about it. (Michelle, we’ll get back to you about that comment when distribution comes around in April.)

Michelle said her favorite book was “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, although it was really hard for her to pick a favorite. She also had a hard time picking a literary character she’d like to meet, but eventually settled on a kid classic.

“I’d like to meet the hungry caterpillar from Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and take a selfie with it,” she said. “Just kidding! I would like to meet the Wife of Bath, though. That’d be a fun time.”

With so many best sellers going to the big screen lately, Michelle gave us her two cents on movie adaptations of classics.

“As a kid I loved the movie “Matilda,” which is, of course, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book,” she said. “Matilda was bookish like me, and what kid doesn’t wish for telekinetic powers?”

However, there are a couple movie adaptations Michelle isn’t a big fan of.

“There have been some truly awful book-to-movie adaptations – looking at you, “Scarlet Letter” with Demi Moore ­– but personally, my least favorite is “My Sister’s Keeper” because you just can’t change which character dies,” she said. “You just can’t.”

Which book-to-movie adaptations do you like? Which ones can’t you stand? Comment below to let us know!