When it comes to Sporcle, curators truly do know best. In this blog series, some of the great curators of Sporcle share their expert opinions on curating, top-notch quizzes, up-and-coming Sporclers, and a wee bit of trivia.
How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
In 2013, I was reading A Song of Ice and Fire and I was looking for information about these books on the internet when I clicked on the link to the Sforzando quiz ASOIAF Top 300 Characters someone posted on a forum. I didn’t create an account immediately, but, even if I don’t remember it very well, I think I did it thanks to the Back to Sporcle Week (at least, the date corresponds). I started making quizzes one year later because I was frustrated not to find more quizzes about ASOIAF.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
The CP my first created quiz got is what makes me want to release more quizzes, and I thought it would be a great thing to be able to do the same thing for others by being a curator. I was first a bit afraid to apply, but I saw that the subcategory Children’s Books was without curator. Literature has always been one of my favorite topics and one of my favorite categories on Sporcle and, even if I’m a bit older than the age written on the cover, I still love reading children’s books. Then–since this category isn’t a very busy one–I applied for Play, my favorite literary genre alongside novels.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Children’s Books: It’s definitively not easy to become a successful children’s book author–Dr Seuss, Beatrix Potter and J.K. Rowling’s first works were all rejected by publishers at the beginning.
Play: The tragic author, Aeshylus, who is one of the oldest playwrights whose plays weren’t lost, died in a very strange way. While the bald old man was walking peacefully, a tortoise dropped by an eagle felt on his head and killed him. The bird of prey mistook his bald skull for a stone and tried to break the shell of the reptile on it.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Children’s Books: I really like needapausebutton‘s Aesop’s Fables Illustrated and lupin‘s Fairy Tales by Illustration, which both represent the singularity of children’s books well–the link between text and pictures.
Play: I’m going to leave out quizzes focused only on Shakespeare since he has his own subcategory. Zipcity‘s American Playwrights (Multiple Choice) is a very good application of this quiz type to the topic. And I really like survivor‘s Classic Plays from Rhyming Clues, a very clever game and a subtle work which pays tribute to the plays.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Children’s Books: BorezU‘s ‘If You Give a ____ a ____’ Click-a-Long series is a very nice way to feel like a child again. I also like a lot how Tootsnsuch‘s London Pub or Fairy Tale? is surprisingly far from easy, or how emberly13‘s Finish that Insult: Roald Dahl enables us to read well-known books again in a very funny way.
Play: All of NJSB‘s quizzes on Plays are really great (for example, Playwrights’ Nationalities). And, as an Antiquity lover, I recommend LisaSimpsonOH‘s recent quiz about Greek tragic authors: The Ultimate Ancient Greek Tragedians Cage Fight.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I already mentioned Sforzando‘s A Song of Ice and Fire quizzes. On very different topics, geshmonkey‘s Armageddon series, Thebiguglyalien‘s To do Lists, and all triplet_3‘s baby names by decade (for example, Baby Names : ‘M’ Girl Names by Decade), are also among my favourite quizzes.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I generally click on Recent Discussions to have a broad view on what is happening.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Send me a Sporcle private message.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I want to mention pecheneg, pdigoe and Rackie who regularly make a lot of great quizzes on a wide variety of topics, as well as christopherjulia, who, in a short time, created many very good quizzes.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
I heard my Dad make
So many bad Dad Jokes that
I couldn’t choose one
Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.