Friday, September 21, 2012

The Almost Favorites - a Second Look at the Genre Favorites Blogfest

I participated in an awesome, fun blogfest on Monday hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh..
Genre Favorites Blogfest gave everyone a chance to name their favorites in four categories, and then to see the favorites of our bloggy buddies. It rocked, but it got  me thinking about my also-rans, my almost favorites.

So here they are:


Old Musicals like Oklahoma, Singin' In the Rain, Top Hat

Romantic Comedies like No Reservations,  and Kate & Leopold

SciFi: like Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner

Fantasy: Mirror, Mirror; The Princess Bride; LOTR; Harry Potter

Animated Movies like Tangled, UP, and Kung Fu Panda.


Fantasy books like: The Hobbit, the Narnia series, LOTR. (and a Happy Birthday to The Hobbit today!)

Scifi books like: Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Alex J. Cavanaugh's CassaStar and CassaFire

YA and MG like: the Hunger Games Trilogy, Divergent, the Farworld series, the Ranger's Apprentice series, and the H.I.V.E. series, Dragon Slippers.

Comic Collections: Snoopy, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield

Children's Picture Books: Where the Wild Things Are, The Hungry Caterpillar, Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude, The Scroll and the Sword.

Literature: Much Ado About Nothing, Jane Eyre, Les Miserables, Macbeth, The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, Henry the IV, parts 1 and 2.

The rare and occasional romance . . .usually a historical fiction romance combo, or a fantasy romance combo . . .usually handed to me by my mom.

Rare and occasional mysteries . . .usually Agatha Christie, Sherlock, or something of that kind.

Music: I grew up listening to musical sound tracks, folk, classical and western (my parents favorites) and r&b and jazz with one of my aunts. So just imagine listening to a mash of Oklahoma, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hair, Harry Belafonte, The Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Roberta Flack.

I didn't start listening to "pop" music until I turned eleven . . .so I had a smattering of Pink Floyd, Queen, and Olivia Newton John, Doobie Brothers, etc for a little while until my friends got me listening to Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Prince, Bananarama, Billy Joel, and Rick Springfield (no, I didn't watch the soap opera stuff first).  My first concert involved a chair riot while watching Night Ranger at a fairgrounds. (I kept my chair and stood on it because I'm so short). ACDC was the most popular band at my high school and although I'm not fond of their lyrics I have a tendency to know them . . .my senior class' theme was "Back In Black" in 1989.

So my tastes are pretty eclectic . . .but these days I mainly listen to Christian music . . .although as a family we've definitely driven down the road singing "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson.

And I never filled out the guilty pleasure category: Why? Because I don't feel guilty about my likes.


Jennifer Shirk said...

I was a HUGE Olivia Newton John fan. Her "Physical Tour" concert was my very first.
My dad took me. :-)
(He was a fan too)

Angela Brown said...

So many of the things you have are things I adore, like the Sci-fi and fantasy titles for fiction.

Pretty cool you didn't have any guilty pleasures :-)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Jennifer - Oliva had some awesome music!

Angela - I adore them too . . .I just chose a subgenre for my top favorite.
and although I have guilty pleasures in food, I generally don't in movies and fiction.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A follow up - what a great idea, Tyrean! And you mentioned my books. I am so humbled.

Luanne G. Smith said...

That's my problem with picking favorites. I have so many books and movies I love, and sometimes it just depends on my mood which one I'll pick as a favorite. Those are all great classic movies.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - you deserve the shout out!

L.G. - I know what you mean . . too many good movies and books to choose from to pick a favorite.

Suze said...

You listed a lot of good things, here! And I was glad to see someone else mention Billy Joel. :)

Carol Riggs said...

Ha, good for you for not feeling guilty about your Likes. :) I'm eclectic musicwise too! I like classical, rock, old country, Celtic, bluegrass, Christian, etc. And YAY for Star Wars, Kate/Leopold, and the Princess Bride!

Karen Lange said...

Good idea! I too, am a Princess Bride fan. :)

Have a great weekend!

Angie said...

Eclectic tastes are good. I also love many of your choices.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Suze - Billy Joel :-)

Carol - :-)

Karen - Princess Bride is a fun movie . . .a newer classic! Have a great weekend!

Angie - Thanks!

M Pax said...

My tastes are pretty eclectic too. Especially in music. My playlists have Bach and metal death rock on them.

Tyrean Martinson said...

M Pax - Love the playlists!!!

mshatch said...

Mirror, Mirror was a wonderful movie.

Anonymous said...

Like your taste in Fantasy & SF fiction. This is a fun 'fest -- cool to know what our fellow bloggers are into.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

I was a big fan of Ann Murray years ago. I should google her and see if she's still around.