Monday, 17 September 2012

Genre Favorites Blogfest

This post is part of a blogfest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Participants are required to talk about their favorite book, movie and music genres, and a guilty pleasure from any of the three.

I confess, I didn't start reading novels until well into my teens, and so, I am not as well-read as I'd like to be. I still plan on going back one day to read all the classics. Of all the genres out there today, my favorite would be everything that falls under the umbrella of speculative fiction. This includes science fiction, fantasy, dystopian fiction, and even paranormal romance (although I absolutely despise love triangles).

I've been watching movies from as far back as I can remember. I recently posted about a childhood monster I encountered in the movie adaptation of the epic fantasy book, The NeverEnding Story. And here, once again, I find myself leaning towards the genres under the speculative fiction umbrella. But if I was forced to narrow the choice down to just one, I'd go with science fiction.

I don't know if you know this, but there are very few things in this world I love more than music. One of those things is the TV show, Gilmore Girls, but that's another topic for another blog post. I take a lot of pride in my varied taste in music (and my 10,000-song iTunes Library), which is why it is almost impossible for me to pick just one genre for this blog post. Simply put, I don't have a favorite genre. I love everything from House, to Hip-Hop, to Nu Metal, and even Dubstep. I know this goes against the rules of the blogfest, Alex, but I just can't narrow this one down. Sorry.

Guilty Pleasure:
For the guilty pleasure portion of this post, I'm sticking with music again. Like I just said, I listen to almost everything out there. Because of that, there is a disturbing volume of "pop music geared towards teenage girls" in my library. Britney Spears. Gwen Stefani. Katy Perry. Lady Gaga. Miley Cyrus. Selena Gomez. Taylor Swift. The list is endless really. If it made it remotely close to the top of the Billboard charts, then chances are I've had it on near-constant repeat at one time or the other. :D


  1. Science fiction is my favorite in both movies and books. Although I dig fantasy as well.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

  2. I'm with you on the love triangle thing. They're overdone and often unnecessarily complicate a story and rarely add anything to it. I also enjoy the show Gilmore Girls more than I'm willing to admit, though it doesn't fall in line with my usual favorites.

    Good list!

  3. I'm a writer/author and I didn't start REALLY reading until about a year before I wrote my first novel. So, I'm with you on the non-classics. But that's ok. :) Great post! :)

  4. It's all about the music with me, too, Michael! 10,000 songs? Man! I've got some catching up to do! I only have about 7,000 and I thought that was extreme. Lol. Perhaps I'll get started tomorrow. Tuesday means new music, right?
    Thanks for sharing.


  5. Speculative fiction is pretty fun. And yes, you should go back someday and read the classics. I kind of grew up on the classics. They're great.

    10,000 songs in your iTunes library? Wow. That's an impressive collection. :)

  6. Ugh- the Sphinx twins in The Never-Ending Story were absolutely brilliant, and terrifying. I also watched that movie a million times and always felt nervous about that particular part, even though I knew what was going to happen. Thanks for sharing! I am participating in the blogfest as well (#127 Fairday's Blog!) ~ Jess

  7. I'm not much on the classics. Read what you like and enjoy is my philosophy.

    Nice to meet you at the blogfest.

    Mary Montague Sikes

  8. I must agree. I too have varied interests in many of these topics. Makes perfect sense to me...

  9. You have a very interesting taste in music. I pick the songs I like based on whether they speak to me on some emotional level, so I also have some random choices in my playlist. :-)

  10. !0,000 songs in your playlist! Wow, I guess you really do like music! Like you I have a hard time choising just one genre. I like all kinds of music, films and books :) Nice to meet you.

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

  11. Hey Michael, I will forgive you for all of them except Britney Spears. No excuse. HAHA. But, watching Neverending Story with my best friend as a kid is one of my favorite memories.

  12. Looking back, I think I should have put speculative fiction for books too. Pretty much very category you mentioned there is a favorite of mine as well. And Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows ever to come on TV. It's amazing!

  13. Dropping in from the Genre Blogfest. I think Taylor Swift is a lot of people's guilty pleasures, including mine. :d

  14. Michael, I've heard you music and you definitely have a lot of musical influences. Sweet list.

  15. I love Speculative Fiction too! I'll confess, I don't know much about music. I just listen to whatever is playing on the radio.

  16. Lol @ 'pop music geared towards teenage girls'... yes, I agree there should be a little bit of guilt there, but only if you're the first one on the dance floor when Pink comes on - otherwise, you're fine :-)

  17. Ah, I'd say pop music geared toward teenage girls would be a guilty pleasure of mine, as well. Hey, it gets you moving and it's catchy. What more do you want?

    My Genre Favorites & Guilty Pleasures


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