Monday, September 17, 2012

Genre Favorites Blogfest


It's time for another fantastic Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh blogfest.  He has a way of engineering truly epic blogosphere gatherings, and a ton of equally groovy people have signed up to participate.  How could I resist taking part in this?

The objective is simple.  To quote our host:

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

Movies, books and guilty pleasures!  Oh my!

Movie Genre: Science Fiction

I love movies!  When it comes down to it, I like quite a few genres.  I enjoy a good action flick, provided of course that it has a solid story, and a strong female character always helps!  However, my all time favorite movie genre has to be science fiction.  In the end, it's no contest.  I love the diversity involved in sci fi, like otherworld settings, character background, and conflicts that arise with the use of technologies we can only dream of at this point in time.  There's also a lot of adventure, and a lot of complex questions.

The visuals can also be fun!

Music Genre: Rock

Music is something that can be particularly hard to pinpoint.  There are so many genres and subgenres to choose from.  However, in general, I tend to like more rock music than any other. Whether it be indie rock, hard rock, metal, or rock of the softer persuasion, I'll give it a chance.

I grew up with classic rock as a kid.  That was the music my parents listened to.  During the weekends, my dad would work outside with classic rock blaring over the radio, and later on we would grill out to the same radio station.  I guess it was inevitable.

Book Genre: Science Fiction

For those who know me, this is an obvious choice. My love for science fiction has been a consistent factor in my life.  I grew up watching it, and I grew up reading it.  My home was packed full of sci fi gems, because that's what my dad read.  Any time he loved a book, he recommended that I read it.

Again, as it is with movies, I love science fiction books because of the questions they raise.  And there's a wide range of questions to be asked. That's part of why I write within the genre.  I like to ask those questions that deal with the nature of humanity, and with where we might be going as a species.  I also love creating exotic and fascinating worlds that I could never see in person.

Guilty Pleasure Movie:  Bad Movies

Okay.  I don't really feel all that guilty about admitting this.  Again, I grew up watching the bad B budget movies that everyone made fun of.  I watched MST3K religiously for a good reason.  I enjoyed making fun of these movies.  While I didn't consider many of them good, I thoroughly enjoyed watching them.

Maybe that's the essence of a guilty pleasure. You know it's not good, but you enjoy it in spite of that knowledge.  It doesn't change the fact that you love it.

I enjoyed watching old Godzilla movies with my dad, even though I knew they had their ridiculous elements and inconsistencies.  I am also an Ed Wood fan. Yes, I admit it.  I like Ed Wood movies.  They may be bad, but I find them fun.

And for the record, Plan 9 From Outer Space is a bad movie in many respects, but I know for a fact I've seen worse.  If I can enjoy watching something, no matter how badly made or conceived, that alone earns it some points with me.


  1. There is definaely something to be said for yuor guilty pleasure!

    Siv Maria's blog, Been there, done that...

  2. There are quite a few bad movies I like to watch - if the story is good then I'll enjoy it :)

  3. I was never much of a sci-fi girl until I saw Battlestar Galactica (the syfy channel series) and the Joss Whedon film Serenity.

    And I too love really bad films. In a Myster Science Theater 2000 kind of way.

  4. thank you, bad movies are great... you can sometimes see how much harder they have to work.

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

  5. Hahahaha! I love your guilty pleasure!!

  6. Sci fi is a great choice. I agree, I love other worlds!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

  7. We agree on several favorites!
    Sorry it's taken me so long to get here. Long list.
    But thanks for participating in my blogfest.

  8. Nice choices! Also, the Brent Weeks ad on your site is killing me! I'm halfway through The Way of Shadows and can't wait to get home and read more!

  9. Some movies are just so awful they're good. It can be more fun to make fun of a bad movie than to watch some good movies.

  10. Bad movies -- Ed Wood movies are all good, clean fun, and Godzilla too!

  11. I LOVE your Guilty Pleasure Genre!!! I think watching bad movies IS fun in a kind of masochistic kind of way. My sister and I went to see Breaking Dawn Part 1 in theaters for that very reason!

  12. Hello, L.G. Thanks for sharing. Love the classic rock shout-out. You're probably right. Sometimes these things are inevitable. Good to meet you!


  13. Love your guilty pleasure! I had a friend who considered herself a C movie fan. She said those were the movies that couldn't even be considered B movies. She had a full collection.

    My Genre Favorites & Guilty Pleasures