Monday, September 17, 2012

MONDAY'S MUSINGS: FAVORITE GENRE AND MY GUILTY SECRETS




I love to be entertained. I appreciate creative spirits that provide my entertainment for me, whether it’s a book, movie, music, or just an enjoyable evening over a well cooked dinner and good conversation afterward.

The problem with choosing a specific genre in anything is difficult because I’m eclectic in my choices (especially music) depending upon the mood I’m in. 

ALEX CAVANAUGH BLOGFEST
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I write predominately sub-genres of romance. No apologies offered for that, it’s something I enjoy. One would assume that my favorite movie genre would be the same. While I will say there is always an element of romance in the movies I enjoy, my favorite movies are adventure/action. I’m more apt to choose movies along the lines of The Fast and The Furious (what’s not to love about Vin diesel—see romantic interest, right?), Die Hard, Independence Day, Terminator 2 Judgment Day, Gladiator (loved it 5 times), Xmen movies, and Cap’n America and The Avengers. And anything StarTrek.

Before you rip away my girl card, I did love True Lies, Lake House, 50 First Dates, Under The Tuscan Sun, Pearl Harbor, Man From Snowy River, Miss Congeniality, and Princess Bride—does that count? Romancing the Stone—see, that’s a romance, right? I loved the Leetle Mule.  To be honest with you? I guess my guilty pleasure would be love of action/adventure stuff.

Book genre: Romance, although I’m not into mushy or sappy, I do like happy endings and hate endings that are ambiguous.  Blame that on being raised with seven brothers. Some of my favorite authors include much of what I love in movies—lots of danger and kick ass action. Probably why I like paranormal—it has romance and danger. I love Christine Feehan (especially her Ghostwalker series and I’ve read every book she’s written in all her series), Donna Grant—yep warriors, Anita Cleny, Sara Humphries, Lisa Renee-Jones—more warriors. Loved anything written by Anne McCaffrey—read all her books too. My next favorite, or rather equally favorite genre is thrillers—preferably political. Or romantic suspense. Oh. Um, that would be more kick-ass danger stuff, wouldn’t it? Okay, I liked Gone with The Wind and Historicals by Catherine Coulter, Jayne Anne Krenz, Julie Garwood—now there’s romance for you.

Music? I can’t pick one. Really. I can’t.

It all depends upon my mood at the moment. I can enjoy Pappa Roach, Nickel Back, and Breaking Benjamin equally with Windham music, Ottmar Liebert (I love Spanish guitar and back before my hands blew I played classical guitar), and David Arkenstone.  I enjoy instrumental jazz, most Celtic music; love the richness of Pavarotti and Placido, and 40’s torch singers. Country is something I like but more when I’m traveling and I can sing along—I grew up on it and sang in a country band in my 20’s.

Although I do have a guilty pleasure—Enrique Inglesias and he’s helped me set the mood for a few love scenes. He knows how to play sexy and generate heat in much of his music, but particularly this pieceHeartbeat 
While I enjoy movies, if I had to choose two it would have to be books and music. Choose only one? Books. I can make music.

I’ll leave you with a favorite scene of mine from a movie that has a bit of all—adventure, action, romance, and thrilling moments. This scene never fails to raise goose bumps on me.  Jim’s Ride. Man From Snowy River. 

Ps.

  1. I apologize that I can't actually embed these two links here. For whatever reason, it won't let me anymore.
  2. Monday is now my longest workday. I'll try to pop in and read everyone's as I can between calls.  




22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dig your choices in movies! And that's quite the variety in music.
Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

Anne Gallagher said...

You are eclectic! Love Julie Garwood. And that chocolate candy in the pic.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I do, Anne. One of them mood driven people, lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, I was glad to be able to do this blog fest. So many of them I can't.

Jeremy [HWR Curator] said...

speaking of music... did you get the cd of Dave Sills? great list of movies... it's hard to find just one style.

Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

Jessica Salyer said...

Great choices. Catherine Coulter was my favorite author for a long time.

jaybird said...

Hooray for X-men movies!

I'm glad I'm not the only girl who loves them. But I have to admit, I might not love them as much if Hugh Jackman wasn't in them...LOL

Great choices!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jeremy, yes, I did. I love it! Thank you!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jaybird, I hear you on Hugh Jackman being a feast on the eyes. I liked Conan, with Jason Mimoa for the same reason--movie was good too--but Jason...sigh.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Today has been insane with calls. I'll be working on getting to everyone else to see what they're choices were. Looking forward to that!

Back to work!

Melanie Schulz said...

I love that you won't be limited in your choices.

Sherry Ellis said...

Great movie choices. You have some good ones on your list!

RHYTHM AND RHYME said...

Good choices enjoyed the post.

Yvonne.

The Golden Eagle said...

It's great that you have such diverse tastes in fiction!

Isis Rushdan said...

What awesome choices. Never would've guessed about the movies. Although I love all genres of movies, with my husband's help I figured out that I actually have a preference, lol.

Since you like paranormal, I'll definitely have to accept your invitation to swing by when my book comes out :).

~Sia McKye~ said...

Melanie, it's true I won't be limited. Life offers such richness and diversity and life is much too short to limit oneself.

Blame the music on my parents and grandparents. My parents always told us never limit ourselves because there is beauty in all music if you listen. To me music is stories from the soul. My grandfather was a big Jazz fan and LOVED torch singers. I got my love from his extensive music collection.

~Sia McKye~ said...

@Sherry thank you. Some of those listed have been watched numerous times. :-)

@Jessica--Oh me too. She wrote some fun historicals. I've read and enjoyed some of her romantic suspense but my favorites remain the historicals.

@Yvonne--thank you sweetie! I tried to get to your blog by it's by invitation only?

@Golden--I actually read many things beside the two genres I mention. Choosing a book is about choosing something that interests me at the time. I've seen and enjoyed many books outside genre. It's all about the story.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Isis, yah, I've been threatened with the yanking of my girl card, lolol!

Isis, I'm looking forward to having you visit Over Coffee! We'll get together and figure it out the month and date. I can't wait to read it!

Cate Masters said...

Sia, you sound just like me! Loved all your choices. I can never pick just one genre either, to read, write or watch!

Arlee Bird said...

You sound eclectic in your tastes like I am. You named some great films.


Lee
Tossing It Out

nutschell said...

I love your choices. It's hard for me to pick music as well. It all depends on what I'm in the mood for. I enjoy all kinds, except heavy metal:)
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Tamara said...

My tastes are just as eclectic so yay. And three cheers for Gladiator, one of the best movies ever!!

I also loved a bunch of your other choices. You picked some awesome movies.

I'm a new follower btw. Nice to meet you!!