Davis Bailey talks about the literature and media that she consumed growing up and the imagination that they provoked. She engages in her own worldbuilding, including natural elements and power structures, and imagines her “ultimate self”: a living, nurturing mountain. Bailey discusses the importance of imagination for her, in contrast to reality, and how it has been formative societally and in shaping her current interests and personal worldbuilding. She describes the ways that she enjoys loving and being loved. Finally, she emphasizes fantasy and imagination’s potential to bring people together, share mutual interests, and build on each other’s imagination, specifically through friendship and virtual spaces.
(Interview conducted on April 12th, 2021)
imagination, fantasy, Young Adult, video games, anime, animation, natural environments, love, virtual communities
- 0:00 Intro
- 0:24 Imagination growing up (literature, video games, animation)
- 2:19 Fantastical worldbuilding
- 9:34 Imagination in contrast to reality
- 12:26 Imagination as formative
- 14:29 Imagining the “ultimate self”
- 20:34 Loving and being loved
- 24:15 (Childhood) fantasy’s influences on current interests
- 26:38 Other imagined worlds’ influence on personal worldbuilding
- 32:04 Fantasy and imagination as bonding experiences
- 34:06 Final words
Davis Bailey (she/her/hers) is from Greenville, South Carolina. She is of the class of ’24 at Davidson College. Her major is undecided at the moment, but she is thinking about following the Pre-law track. She is a member of the Davidson Bee Club and plans to participate in more club activities and intramural sports once meetings are in person. She plays the cello and plans on auditioning for the Davidson symphony in the fall. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and sports, reading, writing, drawing, painting, and spending time with her girlfriend.