Monday, 17 September 2012

A Quick Update & Genre Favourites Blogfest

A massive thank you to everyone who has spread the word and/or offered to take part in my upcoming speculative fiction writer guest posts. Eight writers have already signed up, taking us into January 2013. To find out who is appearing when and how to sign up yourself, visit the Speculative Fiction Writers page.

Now on to the main reason for today's blog post - Alex J. Cavanaugh's Genre Favourites Blogfest. This is my first blogfest in eight months, and what could be a better way to have some fun than a blogfest hosted by the great Ninja Captain himself, Alex?


Genre Favorites Blogfest, September 17, 2012
One blogfest, four favorites!
List your favorite genre of: 
Movie
Music
Books
And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories


Movies 

I like science fiction, horror, disaster, and some comedy (think American Pie). But my favourite genre? In the end it came down to science fiction and disaster, and the winner was . . .queue movie music . . .science fiction!

 
"Look, I'm telling ya, there's somethin' movin' and it ain't us!"






Music 

Could I just list the ones I don't like? My taste really is eclectic. Nope? Okay. If I had to choose one for a desert island, it would be pop; specifically 80s pop. I was a child of the 80s you know! That's my defence and I'm sticking to it.

 
Playing air guitar with a friend on my 40th birthday earlier this year.









Books 

This constantly changes between science fiction and young adult dystopian, though I've always loved science fiction. So, science fiction has to be the winner. Do you see a pattern forming here?


Joe Hadleman's The Forever War is my all-time favourite science fiction read. If you haven't read it, do. It is a masterpiece in futuristic tales and world-building.




Guilty Pleasure

It has to be cheesy horror films. Think Sharktopus or Sand Sharks. Barely adequate acting, dodgy special effects, and preposterous plots make them somehow fun to watch.


Who wouldn't love a film with Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, and a monstrous aligator? Now where did I put my Barry Manilow LPs?












 Thanks, Alex. That was fun.

74 comments:

  1. Ellie, awesome choices! Obviously science fiction will play a big part in mine.
    Thanks so much for participating in the blogfest.

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  2. Between seeing this post and Alex's, I want to watch Aliens again...

    Dave
    Dave Wrote This

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  3. So ... looks like we don't have much in common with our genre favourites ;) Hehe!

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  4. I almost picked the same guilty pleasure, alas, 90s bubblegum music won out.

    We both love 80s music! But from some of your FB pics, I could tell that you're a fellow 80s child.

    My favorite cheesy sci fi has to be: Godzilla vs Mothra

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    1. 90s bubblegum? How could you pick that over 80s pop? Hehe. Will have to search the TV listings for Godzilla vs Mothra!

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  5. A number of people have recommended Joe Haldeman. Now I really have to check out a couple of his works. Thanks!

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    1. Start with The Forever War, but get the omnibus edition as it contains all three in the trilogy.

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  6. Sounds like there's a lot of us on that scifi bandwagon; it's getting crowded! And yeah, I think I know most of the lines to Aliens, too :)

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  7. The 80s were the best! Love the photo, BTW.

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  8. Ellie thank you for the time travel back to the 80s! So fun~
    I love your photo...you have fabulous hair~

    Great pics...I love a lot of your favs :D

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    1. Thanks, Ella. I had my hair crimped for the occasion.

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  9. You are too funny, Ellie.

    LOVE 80's music! HOW could you not?

    Fun choices and I do see a bit of a sci/fi pattern here. LOL.

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  10. SyFy makes the cheesiest movies that I can't possibly tear my eyes away from. That's a great poster too. Debbie Gibson and Tiffany indeed! Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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    1. The cheesiest moment was when Debbie Gibson said, 'I think we're alone now'.

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  11. I think your choices fit you to a tee! I was an 80s child too and so I'm partial to that type of music as well.

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  12. Hi Ellie
    So you see, there's a reason the Scifi channel makes those movies. I like Science Fiction too but I haven't read your favorite yet.
    Nancy

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    1. There is - to keep us cheesy horror film fans happy.

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  13. ellie-bean,

    you are the cutest in that photo... silly monkey you are the best and this list... you are right on the beaker nose of it...

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

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    1. Thanks, Jeremy. You always make me smile.

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  14. Yay for another cheesy horror film lover! I also adore 80's pop. I listen to the 80's station way too often.

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    1. Is that an online radio station? Would love to listen to a channel dedicated only to 80s music!

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  15. Science fiction is cool. I love the air guitar pic!

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  16. Hi Ellie, new follower here, *waves* 80's music excellent choice!

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  17. I should watch more cheesy horror films. They're lighthearted and harmless.

    I'm a new follower!

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  18. I love those pop songs too - and I do have several Barry Manilow albums! :)

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  19. Mega Python vs. Gateroid was pretty good. I really enjoyed Megapiranha. That's been my favorite so far. I love those cheesy movies. They're fab.

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    1. I've not seen Megaapiranha. Need to find it!

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  20. Love your choices Ellie, though in my taste of music it was the 60s, I think we all choose our formative years music wise.

    Yvonne.

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    1. I agree. I believe research has shown the music we listen to from the 13 to 16 year range has the greatest influence over a us.

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  21. Who doesn't love Aliens? I can watch it over and over.

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    1. It is a classic that never seems to age.

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  22. Definitely putting The Forever War on my TBR. :)

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  23. Science fiction for the win! I just can't do horror, though.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  24. If I'm going to watch a horror film, the cheesier the better. :)

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  25. Music is a tough one for me too since I like so much of it. 80's music works well for me.


    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  26. sci fi! nice riff on the air guitar, and thanks for the recommendation! will check out haldeman =)

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  27. lol, I love those cheesy movies as well. Not too many at once though ;)

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    1. I can see how easy it could be to overdose.

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  28. good stuff, ellie :)

    [been a long while, but then, google killed my previous blog...] :(

    *i'm at: fancydat.blogspot.com/ ...or just click my name by my avatar*

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    1. Oh, no. Off to visit your new blog now.

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  29. I'm with you with 80s music: Barry Manilow, Bon Jovi, Wham! I prefer the proper scary horror films to the cheesy ones, but I guess they could make for light-hearted entertainment!

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    1. They are leave your brain at home entertainment, which is just what we need from time to time.

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  30. Great choices! I love 80s pop. Nothing better to bop to!

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    1. It really is the best. I had only 80s music at my party and it made the evening!

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  31. I'm not a hard core sci fi fan but Aliens is definitely on my favorite movies list.

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    1. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.

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  32. Cool. The Forever War is fantastic, isn't it?

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  33. Great picks! And I love cheesy horror films. So much fun!

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  34. I'm a child of the 80's too, so I get your music taste. Great choices.

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    1. Thanks, Murees. I sometimes think we had the best decade growing up.

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  35. Did somebody say Manilow? Isn't it sad that it was the only thing I saw? ;) How are you Ellie? It's been way too long. I hope things have been good with you. I'm racing my way through the list as best I can with a 11 hour day job! Gotta' run! Take care and thanks for sharing.

    -Jimmy
    http://jamesgarciajr.blogspot.com/

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  36. At first I thought you were making that movie up. Tiffany and Debbie Gibson? Sounds fantastically cheesy! I will have to look it up.

    My Genre Favorites & Guilty Pleasures

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    1. I actually really enjoyed the film - naff but fun.

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