Ask Marcus Butler

Posted on 25th August 2015 by Waterstones
We asked on Twitter what you'd like to #AskMarcus, here are his answers!

You can't get away from vloggers at the moment. With nothing but a video camera and some well placed jump cuts, they have amassed millions of online followers waiting on their every update. It's the kind of thing that leaves most people over thirty scratching their heads and wondering about 'these kids today.' In other words, a proper, old-fashioned generational gap. The way it should be, really.

Marcus Butler, with nearly four million subscribers on YouTube, is one of the most popular internet personalities in the UK. His new book, Hello Life!, is part autobiography, part self-help and full of the irreverance which Marcus is famous for. We asked his fans on Twitter what they would like to #AskMarcus, his answers are below.


Why did you want to be a YouTuber? If someone inspired you, who?

It was being heavily requested by viewers on my old channel where I uploaded Radio 1 Live Lounge playlists to show my face.



If you could be any animal for the day what would you be and why?

A tiger, because they are my fave!



What is the best thing about writing a book?

Being able to open up and share stories that I wouldn’t be able to do justice in video format.



What is one country you have never been to, but really want to visit!? :)

I really want to go to New Zealand.



What is your main goal in life and when do you hope to have achieved it by?

I think my main goal is to have overall happiness. I feel I’m well on my way to being there now.



 How did u tell your parents you started a YouTube channel?

Mum started to hear me talk to myself in my bedroom and was like ‘Marcus, why are you talking to yourself?’



Who is your favourite fiction author?

Peter James, I’ve read a fair few of his books.



Was writing a book harder or easier than you thought it would be?

The whole process from start to finish was harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t realise how much effort goes into making a physical book!



What’s the best thing a fan has given you?

That is a hard one. I don’t have one thing in mind but receiving letters and gifts which my viewers have taken the time to make/write is incredible.



What is your motivation to work out every day?

I don’t work out every day, but developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something I am passionate about - being motivated has almost come naturally.



What song would you never get sick of?

Ed Sheeran - ‘Give Me Love’



What is your perfect day?

Going for a walk, finding a quiet space and just relaxing with some good music and food. Then going to the cinema that night.



What’s your proudest achievement?

Having a Number One bestselling book has to be up there!



Which celebrity would you freak out over if they tweeted you?

Harry Styles



If you could know the answer to one question what would that question be?

How did our Planet Earth begin?



If you could change one YouTuber into an object, who would you change into what and why?

I’d change Alfie into a beanbag so I could lie on him all day.



 If you could only see one person for the rest of your life, who would it be?

Another hard one. I’m going to go with Niomi.



What was the most stressful part about writing a book?

Choosing the front cover photo!



What has been your favourite thing about YouTube? Why?  

Being able to travel and do something I love as a job.



What did you want to be when you were a child?

Either a policeman or professional footballer.



 If you could bring back any dead celebrity, who would it be?

Either Freddie Mercury or Amy Winehouse.



If you didn't do YouTube, what do you think you would be doing today, at this moment?

Running my own business.



Favourite movie?

American History X



What's the last sentence of your book??

I can’t wait to hopefully meet you in person and discuss J


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