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Monday, September 17, 2012

Favorite Genre Blogfest

So two blog hops in one week. Yay! Here's my entry in the GHOSTLY FLASH FICTION blog hop. :)

But for now...

Favorite Movie Genre: 

This one actually threw me. I made a list of some of my favorite movies. Gladiator. The Little Princess. Moulin Rouge. Fight Club. Hmmmm...try to pick a genre out of there. haha. So, after much thought, I finally decided that if I like one certain genre more often than other's it would have to be...(drumroll)

Comedy!
(Since I couldn't find a picture of a bunch of good comedies, I just put some of my faves)

ADDENDUM: Okay, I've been hopping around on the blogfest all day and, aftger seeing some other people's choices I realized I lied. haha. I couldn't, in good conscience, choose comedies as my favorite. They are absolutely tied with animated movies, especially anything of the Disney variety. (Tangled is one of my new obsessions) There's just nothing like a good animated film! Sorry for cheating and adding two genre's of movies, but Alex gave me an impossible choice!!



Favorite Music Genre:

Easy Enough...Indie Rock 


Favorite Book Genre: 

No contest. YA all the way!!!





Favorite Guilty Pleasure in Music:

Any song by Taylor Swift


So, that's it for me! For anyone nice enough to read this far, this is the third week in the kissing scene contest over at LUV YA. I made it to the top four!! Yay!! If you could take a second to go vote for your favorite scene (and I'll just hope you pick me!) that'd be great!!

So, how about it guys? What are your favorite books, music, movies??


90 comments:

  1. wait, what... i liked 17 again, those movies make me laugh... i am too old for music anymore, wait... what. kidding.

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

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  2. Seems everyone had trouble narrowing down some of their favorites.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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  3. Can't go wrong with comedy! Taylor Swift is pretty good. I enjoy her music, too!

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  4. Actually, sometimes you can. haha. I've seen some bad comedies. But, for the most part, they're always fun. And yeah, I gotta admit, I love Taylor.

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  5. Comedy is great - did you ever see Kick Ass. I thought that was great. Laughter and big guns... almost perfect :-)

    Thanks for the follow, following back :-)

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    1. I appreciate it. :) It's nice to meet you. And yeah, Kick Ass was awesome!

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  6. Great choices. I love all of them. I saw Taylor Swift in concert and was a little worried. I'd heard she didn't put on that great of a live show, but it was pretty good. It was a definite production.

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    1. I'd really like to see her live. I have three daughters and we're all big fans, so it would be a lot of fun. :)

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  7. Aloha,

    Thanks for the kind comments and the follow (but where's your Follow Me button... am I getting senile??? Getting, going? Gone... yikes!!!

    (I'm writing at a McDonald's so maybe their wifi hotspot is hiding it.. will look later :)

    Ps... With three young boys at home, my unauthorized fav. movie genre is also animation.... 'cos I have no choice :)

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    2. Haha...I hear ya. I've seen Shrek a million times with my grandson.

      The "Join this Site" button is on the side of the blog. Must be the wi-fi. So, no worries about going senile. ;)

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  8. No apologies needed. You right, it was an impossible choice. After hopping around myself, I saw a lot more favorites. I like your addendum idea :D

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    1. haha...glad you liked my addendum. It felt necessary! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  9. I've seen 17 Again too many times to admit publically. I love YA!

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    1. "Did our hands just make a baby?"

      hahaha...I LOVE Ned. And how cute is Zac Efron? SUCH a great movie, I have seen it countless times.

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  10. Hey, Animated movies have come a long way and most of them a great. Who would of thought I'd get teary-eye during Toy Story 3?

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    1. I was totally crying when all the toys joined hands as they were being pushed into the fire. And I wanted to murder Lotsa. haha. Sorry. I take my Toy Story very seriously.

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  11. So neat to see so many grown up people who enjoy YA fiction. Who says we can't be kids again?

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    1. That's right. When I was a kid there was no YA--except for crap like "Sweet Valley High" I graduated from Middle Grade right into adult. Now I love reading about teenagers. :)

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  12. Taylor Swift rocks. Although, I have to filch the CD from my father if I want to hear her.

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    1. haha...that's funny. My husband and son won't admit to liking her, but I think they secretly do. :)

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  13. Yaaaaaay... awesome fest... And new follower... came by to say thanks for your comment and follow. FIVE kids?!?!?!? You will have one more than I'll ever be able to. I'M DONE, lol! And yes, we must stick together! :D

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    1. So glad you stopped by!! My guys are all older, so it's not hard anymore. They're 22, 21, 16 and 13. (We lost my oldest son when he was just a baby. It was a long time ago, but I always put mom of five because I'm not going to discount him) I also have a fifth child running around in the form of my two year old grandson who practically lives at my house. haha. He is a little stinker, but he's adorable.

      Anyway, it's really nice to meet you!!

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  14. Tangled is adorable and I LOVED Where She Went. *sniffs* Thanks for stopping by and I'm following you too! What kind of indie rock do you like?

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    1. Yay for another Tangled fan. :) And Where She Went (plus If I Stay) were amazing books. I cry every time I read them. As for indie rock...haha...I'll try to keep the list down. Mumford and Sons, Elliot Smith, Death Cab, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Christina Perri (Hmmm...she may be more borderline indie? What do you think?) and many more...

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  15. Love all the Disney movies too - great addendum! :) There are so many great genres, it was hard to pick!

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    1. Its nice to meet so many Disney fans! And yeah, was impossible to choose. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Disney movies may be another guilty pleasure of mine :) In that my husband thinks I'm silly but I watch them anyway :)

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    1. My husband actually likes them too--so I am super lucky. Although, I must admit, he bowed out on my fifth re-watching of Tangled. hehe

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  17. I love watching animated movies. There are some excellent ones out there. :)

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  18. Omg, animated movies. How could I have forgotten about that?! I LOVE ANIMATED MOVIES!!
    I <3 ya books, and I <3 Taylor Swift ;)

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  19. Wow. I think everyone is in agreement that animated movies are awesome. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, guys!

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  20. I love that you changed your choices. I like animated movies too. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  21. 17 Again was so funny. And YA all the way!

    I looked for a GFC follower button, but didn't find one so I added your blog to Google Reads. I'll be back!

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    1. That's so weird. You're the second person today to tell me that, but the button shows up right on the side of my blog when I look. Odd. Anyway, thanks for adding me to your reader!! And yay for another YA lover! :)

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  22. 17 Again was so fun. I've only seen Tangled once, but I loved it. I'm a sucker for a good animated film. I wish that the YA market had been so thriving when I was a kid. I love it.

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    1. I know. When I was a kid, that genre basically didn't exist. I just love reading about teenagers. I think it's because you never feel emotions quite as intensely as you do in those years. Everything is larger than life. And you have the whole world in front of you, endless possibilities. It's an exciting time to read about. Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Every time I read another blogfest post, I discovered another genre I should have chosen as a favorite. Ya novels are indeed worthy of being a favorite for readers. I've been reading a lot of them and have just started another: Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon.

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    1. I was just commenting on this to the person above you. I think the teen years are so much fun to read about, because it's such an amazing time in life that's so full of possibility. When I decided to try my hand at writing, I hadn't even gotten into reading YA, but I naturally gravitated towards writing teen characters. That lead to reading books about teens and I've been hooked ever since. Hope you enjoy your book! :)

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  24. I'm a scifi reader, and writer. I like my books scifi, or fantasy too, with a dash of suspense. But then I will read anything about Paris, too.

    Stopping by via the Genre blogfest. Thanks for visiting my place.

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    1. You're welcome DG. I haven't read a ton of sci-fi, but I've read some fantasy. I guess a lot of the YA stuff I read is urban fantasy as opposed to high fantasy, but it still counts, right?

      I did however, recently have an amazing dream about a king and a princess and how the king's right hand man was trying to slay a unicorn (which was against the law, of course). It was all very high-fantasy and I have no idea where it came from but it was SUCH a vivid dream that now I want to write a story about it. :)

      It's nice meeting you!

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  25. Hi, Tamara,

    I quite agree that Disney animated movies are THE BEST! I had just recently watched Tangled for the first time and I really enjoyed it. There are just too many that beyond awesome to even choose.

    I'm with you on y/a ... I am obsessed and even write it. I just completed my first y/a novel and am currently querying it.

    Again, Great to meet you.


    MIchael

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    1. So, you're a writer. You're from New York. You love Disney movies and YA books. I think you're my long lost brother. haha.

      I already left you a comment on the other post (the contest) but I was asking about your book over there. I guess The Blind Gardener is the one you're currently querying? Good luck!

      I had JUST started querying Against the Falling Moons (I'd sent out three) when I decided I needed to re-write the first chapter again. haha. So, putting the brakes on the querying until that's done. Then it's back out into the trenches...

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  26. Animated childrens movies are fantastic and you are right, Alex made it difficult to choose! Nice to meet you :)

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    1. You too, Siv! Thanks for coming by.

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  27. YA would be my choice too:) Great answers.

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    1. Of course it would. That's how us Walsh's roll. haha

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  28. LOL, of course, you can't leave cartoons out, can you? One of the things I'm most looking forward to when have a kid is the family trips to the cinema to watch the latest animated film!

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    1. That's funny. I remember dragging my husband to the theater to see "Little Mermaid" (I'm showing my age here). We did not have kids yet, I think we were about twenty. But I made him take me to see it, cause it was the first Disney movie that had been released since I was a kid. We both loved it. haha. Although (being a twenty year old guy) he did embarrass me in the theater when he got a little too into the scene where Ariel and Eric almost kiss and said something inappropriate in a too-loud voice. hehe

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  29. Oooo, Indie Rock! Love, love, love it. And you called me fun - your blog looks like TONS of fun! Happy to join in!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! :) I have actually had this blog up two weeks tomorrow. haha. Amazing how fast its become this huge part of my life. And yeah, I am having SO much fun with it.

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  30. I love animated and the classic Disney movies, also! And 'Indie Rock' is such a wide net, but I've heard some amazing self-produced music (although there's also a lot of well, less-than-amazing stuff too). But it's great to live at a time where every aspect of music-making and productions can be entirely in the hands of the artist if the wish (kinda like with us writers, too, if we desire).

    Great blog! And thanks for the follow, and right back at'cha!

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    1. Hi Chris!

      Yeah, I love the freedom technology gives people nowadays. Musicians, film-makers, artists...really any kind of creative medium has been re-born. Although, that being said, I'd still prefer to go the traditional route with an agent and all. But we'll see. At least if that doesn't work, I know I have other choices. :)

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  31. That's why I had to pick animated films. When I looked at my list of favorites, that genre dominated.

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    1. Right? It's like...I can think of a million bad comedies. Dramas. Actions. But there aren't that many bad animated films. Not the bigger studios anyway. Pixar and Disney have been really consistent with turning out top quality stuff. Dreamworks too (although not as much in my opinion, cause they've had some stuff where I went "meh") But, you gotta love Shrek! Although, truly, I'll always be a Disney girl at heart. :)

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  32. Hi Tamara- Thanks for stopping by my site. I don't know why but I too can read horror (like Stephen King) but for the love of God, I CANNOT watch it! I don't like being so scared I have to sleep with the light on. LOL

    I loved your choices- Daughter of Smoke and Bone- holy crow I read that book in like three hours. I devoured it! It was amazing.

    PS- Some of my fav movies are the ones I took my kids to see. Like "Despicable Me" and "Megamind"- they are both so well-written, fun and hilarious.

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    1. haha. My kids just made me sit through the Amityville Horror and at the end I felt all dark and horrible and I was like, "Oh yeah. That was fun."WHY do people like that stuff?

      Daughter of Smoke and Bone was amazing. Laini Taylor is an awesome writer. Beautiful prose! I can't wait till the next book.

      Oddly enough, I haven't seen either Despicable Me or Megamind. I just haven't gotten to it. Now I'll have to check those out. Thanks!

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  33. funny & cute, is that who you are? i bet it is! and a little drama from ya and independence from indie rock!
    great combo!

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    1. Thanks! I've been told my tastes are "eclectic" but funny and cute works too. haha

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    1. I was a little worried about the introduction of another princess but Disney nailed it. Brave, on the other hand, fell way short of Tangled for me. I mean, it was cute and fun, but it wasn't something I'd want to see again and again. Except for to watch the MC's hair, cause that part was fascinating. haha

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  35. Great post and OMGosh loved your entire list! :)

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  36. Yay for YA! And Superbad will be a classic comedy one day.

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    1. In my book, Superbad is already a classic. Every time I watch it I find something new to laugh at. Thanks for stopping by!

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  37. Lots of great YA books out this year. I'm surprising myself with how many I'm reading.

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    1. I know. I used to have the hardest time finding books I love but, ever since discovering YA that hasn't been an issue! :)

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  38. I love Gladiator. Comedies are great, and I enjoy indie rock, too. The whole person with a guitar thing is nice.

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    1. Yay! Another Gladiator fan. I love the show Spartacus too. It was just such a fascinating time period!

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  39. Great choices and there is nothing wrong with adding an addendum . It is way too hard to choose just one genre. Indie Rock rocks!!! Don't you just love Taylor Swift? Her voice is amazing and I always love the lyrics.

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    1. Yeah, Taylor's lyrics are one of the reasons I love her. I'm a big lyrics person. If I can relate to the lyrics, I generally like the song. :)

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  40. After reading some of the other participants choices, I realized I had forgotten a ton of favorites. I should have simply put, "I like them all" and that would have covered it!

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    1. haha...yeah, right. People put a ton of great things I didn't think of . Hard to choose. :)

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  41. I love how you have Moulin Rouge next to Fight Club. Two great, albeit different, movies! :D

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    1. haha...Yeah, when I thought about my favorite movies I realize none of them actually had a genre in common. But of course, then I thought of my Disney movies, so that made it easier. :)

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  42. Nice list.
    No need to apologize. Disney movies are some of the best in the business but as adults we don't ever want to admit to watching them.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    1. thanks for stopping by, Heater. Go Disney!

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  43. YA may not be my top fave but I sure do read a lot of it! And I sure did like Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I think it's one of the best books I've read lately - along with The Night Circus.

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    1. I actually wasn't huge on Night Circus. I know everyone else loved it, but it felt slow to me. I LOVED the descriptions, which were awe-inspiring. but I never felt like i really got to know the MC's. I'm definitely in the minority though, as it seems most people adored that book.

      For me, I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone was way better than night circus. I just love Laini Taylor's writing. Amazing prose!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  44. Nothing beats a good YA book! :-) I don't know many Taylor Swift songs, but I like the ones I do know. I think it's great how she gets revenge on all the guys who treat her wrong by writing songs about them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments about it - I really appreciate it!

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    1. You're welcome. :) Taylor Swift cracks me up. If I was a guy who wanted to date her, I would make her sign a contract swearing she wouldn't write a song about me. hehe.

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  45. Next to Shawshank Redemption, my next fave movie is Gladiator then The Man In The Iron Mask then The Count Of Monte Cristo... well, not necessarily in that particular order...
    Taylor Swift is one of the most appealing, most wholesome young artists I've seen in recent years (Adele is another...)I hope she doesn't lose that sweet simplicity...
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Nice to meet you too. *waving*

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    1. I loved Shawshank Redemption. AMAZING movie. And I loved the Count of Monte Cristo. I've actually never seen Man in the Iron Mask but I just checked out the trailer and it looks really good. Not sure how I missed it when it came out, but it definitely looked like something I'd enjoy, so thanks! I'll be watching it soon. If it's anywhere near as good as the other ones you names, I'll be a happy girl!

      And yeah, Taylor Swift is adorable. Nice to meet you too! Thanks for coming by to say hello.

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  46. All great choices, and yay for YA! I haven't seen Hot Rod, but it's showing up on Netflix, so maybe I'll have to stick that in the queue.

    My Genre Favorites & Guilty Pleasures

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    1. If you like cheesy movies (which I saw you did on your site) you'll probably enjoy Hotrod. It's funny specifically because it's so stupid. Normally, that's not the kind of funny I like, but Hotrod had me cracking up. I thought it was hilarious. :)

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I love to hear from everyone! Thanks for the comment. :)