Monday, 14 May 2012

First Loves Blogfest

It's been a long and hectic weekend, during which my sister got married and my grandma marked her 100th year on this planet. I'd envisioned I'd spend today, and the better part of this week, recuperating, but then I remembered I'd signed up for this First Loves Blogfest, created by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

So without wasting much of your time, what follows are my various first loves spanning movies, music, books and people.

Movie - Starship Troopers

I have to admit, when you think science fiction movies, Starship Troopers isn't exactly the first one that would come to mind. But this was the first movie in the genre that I completely fell in love with, a movie that has since shaped my tastes and craving for over-the-top action and excessive blood and gore. At its heart, Starship Troopers is a war movie, one I still consider superior to more recent efforts like War of the Worlds and Battle: Los Angeles.

Music - Linkin Park

While I consider The Red Hot Chili Peppers to be one of my favorite bands of all time, I'll have to bestow the honor of First Band that I loved to none other than Linkin Park. Here is a band that not only managed to find tremendous success during the Nu-metal/Rap Metal craze, but one that has continued to grow and evolve in the years since. Put simply, Linkin Park is the reason why I have close to 10,000 songs on my iTunes today. They basically awakened my love for music.

Book - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Prior to reading Harry Potter, I could comfortably count all the books I'd read from start to finish on one hand, and still have a finger or two to spare. But ever since discovering this first installment in the series, I have read and reread countless other titles, having had my eyes opened to the wonders that lie in printed words. No other book could have pulled me away from my dogged belief that movies were a better storytelling medium than books. I have since come to see the error in my ways.

Person - None

Sorry, but I'm not a big people person, and even if I was, I wouldn't be able to give out any real names or descriptions, especially since the most likely candidate for this title is now married with children. Oh well.

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32 comments:

  1. Some pretty interesting insights into Mr. Abayomi.

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  2. Starship Troopers is one of those films I find cheesy yet intoxicating. There's something about it.

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    1. Precisely. I haven't seen it in a while though, so I wonder if it would still be as quirky and at the same time wonderful as I remembered.

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  3. I love, love, LOVE Linkin Park! They totally rock!

    I'm a new follower via the First Loves Blogfest. Nice to meet ya!

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    1. Yay! A fellow LP fan. I'm heading over to your blog right away. :D

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  4. Nice... love is overrated, right!

    We all love something...right!
    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

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    1. Uh huh, though I still consider it an essential part of life itself, even though I've gotten burnt one too many times.

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  5. Great picks Michael. The Jay-Z\Linkin Park mashup is great.

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    1. Thanks. And I love Numb/Encore too. It is quite possibly the definitive cross-genre collaboration.

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  6. Great picks! I know a ton of people who never read books and how flew through the Harry Potter series in a matter of weeks. It is really cool how that series has inspired so many people to read more! I also enjoy Linkin Park :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  7. It is awesome how the Harry Potter series has encourage so many people to read more! I also enjoy Linkin Park :)

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    1. I shudder to think of what the YA market would look like had Harry Potter not found mainstream success. It basically paved the way for future successes like Twilight and The Hunger Games.

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  8. lol - comparing your firsts to mine made me realise you're much younger than me. Your first are my grown-up likes.

    I'm blog hopping, BTW - nice to meet you.

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  9. That last one is sad!
    Starship Troopers was fun. So was the book.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. You're welcome, and thanks for hosting it. :D

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  10. I know Harry Potter taught my second son to love reading also. I read those books just to share talking about them with him. Glad you feel in love with books.

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad that I did as well, otherwise they wouldn't be any books by Isaac Asimov and Michael Crichton lining my bookshelf right now. :)

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  11. I still love Starship Troopers.. such a great movie! :)

    Andrea

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  12. I LOVE Starship Troopers. And Linkin Park (which I listen to every time I go running). And Harry Potter - my favorite series. And I posted about my cousin Allie instead of a first love, so...

    As usual, you have terrific taste.

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  13. I am a huge Harry Potter fan! Starship Troopers is a pretty awesome movie, too.

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    1. Uh huh. And it is high time I go back and experience both. :D

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  14. Hey Michael, I only recently read the entire HP series straight through. Couldn't put them down. Even read them in church.

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    1. Now that is just extreme. But totally understandable. :))

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  15. I used to love Linkin Park, I can't even tell when it ended, but I still like their songs... great choices!

    Sharing the Love!
    English Speaking Zone

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    1. Thanks. Indeed, Linkin Park have lost most of their fans over the years, due to the more experimental nature of their last two albums. I guess I'm one of the loyal few who appreciate the fact that they are actually evolving.

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  16. Blog award.
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/2012/05/hollywood-harry-potter-and-award.html

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  17. That's one thing Harry Potter did, was open up reading to a whole new audience. Love Linkin Park, as well!

    My First Loves Post

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    1. Another Linkin Park fan! I can't wait till their new album, Living Things, drops next month. In the mean time, I have the first single, Burn It Down, on constant repeat.

      Nice to meet you by the way. :)

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