Monday, 17 September 2012

Genre Favourites?

It's just occurred to me that I haven't posted all week - I've just moved from one blogfest to another - and I really hadn't noticed! I'll try hard to rectify this over the next few weeks, and hopefully visit a lot more of your blogs than I've managed recently. I've been using my marketing head on Cat and The Dreamer, and getting a couple more short stories ready for submission, and (still) decorating. 



From the curious mind of Alex J Cavanaugh comes:


One blogfest, four favourites!
List your favorite genre of:
Movie
Music
Books
And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories!

So here goes:

Movie Genre: So hard,because I tend to watch films by who's in them. Favourite actors include Johnny Depp, Brad Bitt, Morgan Freeman, Adam Sandler, Tim Roth, Samuel L Jackson (apart from Snakes on a Plane). These are actors that span different genres, and I'm pretty happy to follow them anywhere they want to go.
Special Mention: British films. I know it's not a genre, but I love the variety of films that we produce, and I try hard to see them preferably in the cinema - although that hasn't been possible recently.

Music Genre: Rock/heavy rock/stadium rock... I'm not going to name them, because my choices are pretty old now, and it would date me and seem very lame!
Special Mention: Glam Rock... I know, I know... but think how many incredible acts were spawned from the glam period.... T Rex, David Bowie, Queen... they were all on the cusp of that genre and they should be proud.

Book Genre: Literary fiction. Stories that don't follow a formula, that surprise, that make you think. I'm not keen on literary fiction that's trying to be literary (and those books and authors are so obvious), but I like the ones that simply don't conform to other genres, and whose prose takes the story to another level.

Guilty Pleasure: Rom Coms, including 10 Things I Hate About You, 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer - all those films you can curl up with on a lonely Saturday night (and as the wife of a gigging musician, I have plenty of those) and guarantee a tear or two by the end.


Click here for the list of participants. Are you taking part? If so, I'll be popping along later!


110 comments:

  1. I love Adam Sandler too, and Rom Coms! We seriously need to live closer together so we can have a movie fest LOL!

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    1. I'll bring the chocolate... I know your favourites!! :-D

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  2. Rom Coms are huge in this blogfest! :)

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    1. I've only just started reading them, but I imagine they would be - either as a favourite or a guilty pleasure!

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  3. I really like Romantic comedies too! Wouldn't have thought rock is your favorite. Nice surprise :)

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    1. I'm curious to know what you thought! It's weird, isn't it, how we have an idea of someone through their words alone which aren't true!

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  4. We share guilty pleasures.
    And you're a rock chick - awesome.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. I am a rock chick... although some of the music I used to listen to sounds so soft now, which is why I didn't name the bands :-)

      This blogfest was harder than usual. It's much easier to name what I don't like!

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  5. I like similar music, but I did date myself and named some bands.

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    1. Okay, here are some: Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, WASP, Queensryche. :-D

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    1. It's really hard to find people who like glam! I was hoping for a comeback after the popularity of The Darkness, but no...

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  7. Snakes on a Plane -- worst ever! But love Morgan Freeman and Adam in the Wedding Singer.
    Literary Fiction -- wish I could write it!

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    1. Hubby tried to defend Snakes on a Plane the other day, but there are simply films that even Samuel L Jackson can't make cool!

      I feel the same about literary fiction!

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  8. You should've posted some music and dated yourself. Goodness knows I did. LOL Enjoyed reading about you. :)

    Blogfest participant #126

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I admitted to some music in reply to someone else... I can't bring myself to do it again :-)

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  9. i completely forgot about this, but i'm in the middle of unpacking. oh well. thanks for sharing.

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    1. I hope the unpacking is going well. And I hope you've already cracked open the Champagne!

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  10. If I see Adam Sandler in a movie, that usually makes me not want to see it. There are some exceptions though... like The Wedding Singer. But I'd pretty much see Johnny, Brad and Morgan in just about anything.

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    1. The Wedding Singer is one of my favourites, it helps that Billy Idol has a cameo at the end. The others are just so talented they can carry off any role!

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  11. HI, Annalisa,

    We have guilty pleasures in common... funny, you are the first woman that has mentioned this genre as a guilty pleasure. Too funny.

    Nice to meet you... new follower.

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    1. Hi Michael, nice to meet you too. Thanks for the follow. I don't think anyone could class me as a typical woman!

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  12. Hi, Annalisa,
    Once upon a time, British films were all we used to get in Jamaica. I still enjoy British comedy and lately, I've fallen in love with Luther.

    Your mentioned David Bowie and Queen. Good stuff! I can take some literary fiction, but give me stuff that's not to heavy.

    Very interesting choices.

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    1. You're only the second person to comment on the glam. I feel we're a minority :-)

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    1. There's a certain charm, and they make you go all gooey :-)

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  15. Nothing wrong with stadium rock. Arena rock ROCKS! And RomComs too!

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    1. Oh no, I'm proud of my rock adoration, I just have some really lame likes within the genre... In fact, I'm not sure some of them are actually accepted as rock by real rockers!

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  16. Great list! I share your love of British films and Queen.

    Tim
    http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/

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    1. We have such original and unique minds working in the arts!

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  17. Rom coms FTW! They're uber popular today.

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  18. I like British films too! BBC is the best.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  19. Tim Roth is fantastic! Love him. And I, too, love rom coms, though I prefer the British variety.

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    1. British rom coms are soooo good. Four Weddings, Notting Hill, Sliding Doors, Love Actually... I even actually like Hugh Grant... (which maybe I should keep as a secret pleasure!)

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  20. I don't like the films of Adam Sandler. Somehow he's one the most irritatating person on the screen... with Hugh Grant - and I have to add - to me.

    But I love British films such as Trainspotting and the Monthy Python's movies

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    1. Oops, you don't want to read my reply to the comment above where I say I like Hugh Grant :-)

      I haven't been able to watch Trainspotting since I became a mother - that whole part with the baby just upsets me too much :-(

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  21. All great choices! I'd definitely watch a movie with any of those actors.

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    1. They play such varied characters - talented actors rather than just good-looking faces - they'll all be acting way into the future, unlike some actors that I won't mention :-)

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  22. You can't beat a good rom com for the feel good factor and that *sigh* moment!

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  23. Romantic comedies are just the best. Adam Sandler is hilarious.

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  24. Hi Annalisa
    Lovely name. I bet I date you on rock, say, The Beatles. Oh boy, was I a young thing then. LOL
    Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Yes, The Beatles are a bit before me, but I did grow up on them - my mum owned a couple of albums, and I'm sure I listened to them more than she did!

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  25. Love, love Johnny Depp. I've seen almost every single one of his films. What a hottie then and now. :) 10 Things is a staple in my DVD player and I love KISS. Got to see them with Aerosmith and what a show!

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    1. Oh yes, KISS and Aerosmith - I revised for my GCSEs to their albums, many many years ago. I recently got a copy of Benny and Joon - that's a lovely/sad film, there are tears when I watch that one!

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  26. LOVE Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. Both amazing actors. QUEEN is one of the best groups that ever existed. And Ten Things I Hate About You was one of my favorite movies. :)

    Nice choices!! And cool blog. The name alone got me to follow you. haha.

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    1. We have lots in common, Tamara. Thanks for the follow :-)

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  27. I love Brit flicks too. Seems like a lot of folks feel guilty about their rom com love! :)

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    1. For a genre that makes us feel guilty, it certainly makes a lot of money!

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  28. I think rom-coms are a pleasure no one should feel guilty about. lol Great blog hop! :-)

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    1. Hi Lexa, I agree, but I still kind of hide that side of my film viewing :-)

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  29. I'm a HUGE fan of glam rock. It makes me happy every time I hear it!

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    1. Yay! That makes four of us, just on this post! That's more than I've ever managed to group together in real life :-)

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  30. I totally agree about literary fiction that tries to be literary - not fun at all. Don't feel guilty about the Rom Coms---embrace it. :)

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    1. It's usually the literary-fiction-trying-to-hard books that make me feel illiterate!

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  31. I've seen both Bowie and Queen in concert. I adore them, and British movies, too. TV. I watch a lot of BBC on Netflix. Rom coms are fun.

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    1. I've seen Bowie live, in a small concert venue, but I'm envious of you seeing Queen. Freddie Mercury died while I was still at school, and I never got that far. Did you watch the Olympics opening ceremony with the Freddie Mercury cameo?

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  32. I watch a lot of British movies, and foreign films in general. It was so hard narrowing down all the fields to just one or two genres.

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    1. I support British films, because I'm afraid our industry will die if we don't!

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  33. I love Adam Sandler. Especially in 50 First Dates, Wedding Singer, and Billy Madison!! :)

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    1. The Wedding Singer is a classic. 50 First Dates is a bit different, and therefore great. I've not seen Billy Madison though - one to watch out for!

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  34. Tim Roth is a pretty amazing actor. Have you seen him in the hilarious Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead?

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    1. I saw him in Reservoir Dogs, and thought he was great, and then in Four Rooms. I thinks he's really sexy in Lie to Me, the TV programme. I haven't seen the film you mention. Something else to look out for - my winter film viewing list is off to a great start!! :-)

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  35. No mention of the '80s ... oh that dates one, doesn't it ;)

    PS... you win a bottle of Awesome Sauce for best comment that *I* received today... made me laugh like a loon :)

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    1. Rest assured, my 80s music and film list would be a blogfest of their own. Not that I'm old, I just started very young ;-)

      Glad I made you laugh (now I have to go back and see what I said lol)

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  36. Great pick for actors! Thanks for sharing! I am participating in the blogfest as well (#127 Fairday's Blog!) ~ Jess

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  37. I love anything romance...but they're not my guilty pleasure. Interesting picks! :)

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    1. I've been told several times in these comments that I shouldn't feel guilty, but romance doesn't come that naturally to me.

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  38. Hey Annalisa! My favorite Johnny Depp movie is Donnie Brasco...have you seen it? Very intense.

    And I don't think "Gone Girl" is literary fiction but it was an amazing fiction novel I read lately.

    Nice to see you on the blogfest.

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    1. Yes, I think I did see Donnie Brasco... or am I thinking of Donnie Darko?

      I'm curious about Gone Girl now - will be checking it out, thanks.

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  39. Makes perfect sense to me...you've picked some wonderful actors to follow anywhere, and amazing rock groups too! Nice post, especially with your special mentions:)

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    1. The special mentions were a necessity - couldn't possibly pick just one, and even then I had to miss so much out!

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  40. I like to follow certain actors to whatever genre they happen to be starring in also. I like many of the same that you listed. I want to add one, George Clooney. Good choices all the way around.

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    1. I never really got George Clooney, although I'm quite intrigued by his last couple of films.

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  41. Hi Annalisa .. I enjoy a broad mix of just about everything - I'll exclude horror .. I do love British ... and film scores ... I'll go from young age to my old age music wise! Cheers Hilary

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    1. I don't like horror either. Film scores can be amazing.

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  42. You and I have very similar tastes. :-)

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    1. Hi Misha, nice to hear from you. I'm still reading your blog, but it really really hates me commenting :-(

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  43. I love Adam Sandler films too. The only rom-coms I would watch are those he stars in!

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    1. His films are always quirky and different to the other rom coms. There are always some great minor characters too!

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  44. love all those actors! and brit films!
    classic rock & glam rock, i know those tunes =) groovy baby!
    and i appreciate literary, but from afar. beautiful prose is out of my reach to write too. sigh.

    yay rom com!

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  45. I enjoy British films as well. Guy Ritchie's early films are some of my favorite.

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    1. Guy Ritchie is great to watch in interview too.

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  46. Run Fat Boy Run and Shawn of the Dead...are they British films or American made to seem British? Either way...love them both!!

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    1. Both British, Elizabeth, and both Simon Pegg. He's a great comic actor :-)

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  47. Dropping by from the Genre Blogfest. Enjoyed your post! I'm Canadian, but I grew watching the PBS channel where all things British are featured. The UK might not produce movies with as big or as many explosions, but I think the storytelling is that much better. Something to be proud of. :)

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    1. Guy Ritchie blew a few things up in Sherlock Holmes, but no we just don't have the same budgets for that kind of thing. I'm not sure trying to compete with the US on that score would work anyway, we have to do it our way to keep the industry alive. Thanks for commenting :-)

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  48. I don't tend to like things by genre - maybe I'm just too indecisive to chose one?

    Pleased to know there are people who like books which don't fit a genre as I've written one of those. Luckily it's an ebook only so nobody need worry which shelf to put it on.

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    1. I've bought yours Patsy, I just need to find the time to read it... it's in my queue, but unfortunately reading is in a queue too!

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  49. I love romantic comedies as well! Don't watch them often enough, but I do crave them every now and then :)

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Yes, sometimes you need that mix of laughter, euphoria and welled-up tears at the happy ending... Oh I feel a 50 First Dates night coming on!

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  50. I didn't participate in this blog fest but it's been fun to hop around and read the entries. I'm a huge David Bowie fan and you are so right about glam rock. Love British movies too, there does seem to be more variety there than in what comes out of Hollywood now. Fun post! :)

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    1. There's not as much appreciation of glam as there ought to be. It has been a great blogfest, hasn't it? I can't believe how many comments I've had!

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  51. All you had to do was mention Johnny Depp and you had my attention! I love all his movies!

    I don't care for heavy metal, but Rom coms should have been on my list. Would you like a box of chocolates and tissues? We could share?

    Nice meeting you through this fun blogfest:)

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    1. Definitely need both the tissues and the chocs. Johnny is an unbelievable talent - his characters all look so different from each other!

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  53. Hi, Annalisa. Thanks for sharing. I loved the Queen shout-out. I have been listening to them this week on the treadmill. One day turned into two because they had so many great songs.
    I may write horror, but I think I also like to curl up on those kind of night and watch much the same films as you.
    It's great to meet you.

    -Jimmy
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    1. Hi Jimmy, I'm so impressed you're still bloghopping - I came to a bit of a halt when people started to publish their next posts!

      Queen are ideal for the gym. I have a terrible habit of singing along - not out loud, but I do move my lips and people who are also wearing headphones always think I'm talking to them!

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