Vanity Fair’s Questionnaire


This is a version of the Vanity Fair questionnaire, though they called it the Proust Questionnaire. I have extended it to include questions from several other versions. I have no idea which questions were in the original one.

On what occasion do you lie?

when someone’s intruding

The quality you most like in a woman?


To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

the far far away kind

What are the traits you most deplore in yourself?


What are the traits you most dislike in others?


What are your drugs of choice?


What are your greatest extravagances?

watching TV for a whole afternoon

What are your most marked characteristics?


What book are you reading now?

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?


What do you most dislike about your appearance?

my flat feet

What do you value most in your friends?

when they pay attention even when I ramble on and on and on

What is it you most dislike?


What is your biggest everyday pet peeve?

selective hearing

What is your current state of mind?

What is your favorite bird?


What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite flower?


What is your favorite journey?


What is your favorite swear word?

What is your favorite way of spending time?


What is your greatest fear?


What is your greatest regret?

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

working just for the pleasure of it

What is your most treasured possession?

my Palm TX

What is your motto?

things can always get better
things could have been worse

How would you like to die?

with my eyes open

What is your principle defect?

becoming too intense

What living person do you most despise?


What talent would you most like to have?

the ability to carry a tune

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

living in the moment

What was the last book you read?

What would you like to be?

Sarah, the girl from the Labyrinth; now, what I’d like to be when I grow up, I haven’t decided yet

What would you regard as the lowest depths of misery?

having nothing to do

When and where were you happiest?


Where would you like to live?

Which historical figure do you most identify with?


Which living person do you most admire?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


Who are your favorite actors?

the whole cast from Hallmark’s
Arabian Nights

Who are your favorite musicians?

Tom Petty
Josh Groban
Diana Krall

Who are your favorite painters?

Who are your favorite poets?

Rudyard Kipling, ‘If’

Who are your favorite writers?

Mary R. Rinehart
Richard Harding Davis
P. G. Wodehouse
Jude Deveraux

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Cho, from The Mentalist

Who are your heroes in real life?

Who have been the greatest influences on you?

my husband

Who is the greatest love of your life?