Confessions of a RomCom addict

FAIRY TALE

My name is Teresa, and I am a RomCom addict.

I can’t deny it. Given the opportunity to camp out in front of the TV for a night, I’ll choose a romantic comedy over an action movie anytime. Why? Because the romantic comedy is a concrete manifestation of who I want to be and how I want my life to be.

If we take a closer look at why we like certain genres of fiction, we can learn a little more about ourselves–and others. It’s kind of like taking a personality analysis, like the Briggs-Myers or Jung Typology.  But analyzing our movie choices allows us to SEE a picture of the parts of ourselves–and others. And, I do have an annoying, yet undeniable, habit of analyzing just about everyone I meet.

It comes with the occupation–teaching. It’s not that I face the enemy each day. It’s not that I am on a seek and destroy mission. But if I can get into the heads of the people I work with and figure out what makes them tick, then I can overcome the obstacles between us, nip problems in the bud, as Barney Fife would say. The objective is to work together, not in opposition. I also learn more about me and why I do what I do.

But I digress. My mission here is to confess my attraction to romantic comedies and to explain why I am drawn to them like a bug to a light.

SERENDIPITY

Basically, the most alluring element of romantic comedies is that they spotlight the yearning created when we find ourselves in one place while wanting to be somewhere else. Take the case the case of Jonathan Trager and Sara Thomas in the movie Serendipity, my all-time favorite movie and inspiration for this blog.

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, Jonathan and Sara meet by accident and realize they are somehow cosmically connected. However, their meeting seems to headed for a dead end. They both belong somewhere else and to someone else. However, they challenge fate. Sara writes her name inside a book, and Jonathan writes his name on a $5 bill. They send these items “out into the Universe” to see if destiny brings them back together again.

And not to be a spoiler here, but obviously they do but not without plenty of obstacles.

Wouldn’t it be great to know if we want something badly enough it will happen, even if obstacles are involved? If we want something badly enough, we’re willing to take on a few obstacles. Right?

Everybody has dreams that don’t come true. Every little boy doesn’t grow up to be a professional football player, and every little girl doesn’t grow up to become Homecoming Queen. RomComs take care of that little detail. Every RomCom has the happy ending that real life doesn’t provide.

LEAP YEAR

Another reason why I like a good RomCom is because the main character is usually a quirky, yet likeable, female who is on mission. No matter how hard she tries to make a smooth journey, she always finds herself in an awkward predicament. Take for instance Anna Brady in Leap Year. Anna has been waiting forever for Jeremy, her cardiologist boyfriend, to propose. When he doesn’t, not even on Valentine’s Day, she decides to take matters into her own hands. When she hears of an Irish custom that guarantees marriage if a woman proposes to a man on February 29, Leap Day,  Anna travels to Dublin, Ireland, to propose to Jeremy, who’s there on a business trip.

Anna’s travel plans run awry when she can’t get where she wants to go due to inclement weather. Her plane lands in Wales, and she has to take a boat to Dingle, where she wanders into the only restaurant in town. She finds herself at the mercy of Declan, whom she pays to drive her to Dublin. Although Anna tries her best to maintain control of every detail in her life, nothing goes right. Complicated turns to comedic. She loses her Louis Vuitton luggage, breaks the heel of her expensive pumps, tries to herd a herd of cows, and feigns marriage to Declan so that he and she can secure the only remaining room at a quaint little inn.

The point is, when everything goes wrong, everything turns out right for Anna. Her mission to marry the wrong man fails, and she falls in love with the guy who drives her crazy. She lives through rejection. She acts like an “idjit.” She falls apart, but she gets everything she ever needed, even though at the time she doesn’t know what she really wants.

I think Declan sums it up best when he says to Anna, “Why don’t you stop trying to control everything in the known universe. It’s dinner. Have a little faith that it will all work out.”

I think we all have a desperate need for IT to work out,–whatever IT is. Oh, to have the comfort of knowing, yes, life will work out.

AUGUST RUSH

My third favorite movie is August Rush, though some people may identify it more as a Chick Flick than a RomCom. Whatever you call it, I like it. It’s a movie that ends with a rhapsody. And in case you aren’t into music theory, a rhapsody is “a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character.” Is that what life is? A composition with irregularities and improvisations?

The premise goes like this. Lyla is an accomplished cellist. Louis is a guitarist and vocalist of The Connelly Brothers, an Irish rock band. Succumbing to their mutual attraction, they spend the night together, but then their lives are interrupted. They go their separate ways, and Lyla finds out she’s pregnant. Before giving birth, she is involved in an accident, and the baby comes early, only to whisked away by Lyla’s father, who puts him up for adoption. The boy, a.k.a Evan, ends up living in an orphanage the first eleven years of his life, but he has something spectacular about him. He can hear music EVERYWHERE.

Led by a spirit of “knowing he will find his parents,” he goes on search for them. He follows the music. A street busker finds him and exploits his talents for cash. Evan becomes August Rush. Again, driven by his passion, August follows the music and finds himself at Julliard, where the people take note of his savant abilities and nonconformist methods and enroll him as a student.

His work is so grand his work is chosen to be played by the Philharmonic at Central Park. Coincidentally, Lyla too will play there that same night, and Louis shows up as well.

Louis and Lyla follow the music and find Evan. The family is reunited.

This RomCom isn’t like the others. The lead character isn’t a quirky, female. But there is a happy ending. Love prevails.

And that is the real message behind RomCom–love prevails.

No matter how ridiculous life can be, love prevails.

No matter how many obstacles and hurts a person has to go through, love prevails.

No matter how confused the lead character may be about what she wants in life, love prevails.

Love prevails. And in the case of August Rush, music leads the way.

Come on now. How could I not fall for a good RomCom?

Real life, however, is not always a RomCom. Any given day, it could be a action-adventure or a thriller or even a horror story. Just turn on the news. There’s your proof.

As for me, I will continue to play the quirky, clutzy, sometimes overly optimistic, sometimes doomsday pessimistic, spastic female on a mission. And I will go where the music takes me and wait for love to prevail.

WORDS OF WISDOM
[Love} always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

MUSIC NOTES
I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love;  / I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love. / From the very first time I rest my eyes on you, girl, / My heart says follow t’rough. / But I know, now, that I’m way down on your line, / But the waitin’ feel is fine ~ Bob Marley from the movie Serendipity

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you / Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you / But in your dreams whatever they be / Dream a little dream of me ~ Ella Fitzgerald from the movie Leap Year

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance / With the stars up above in your eyes / A fantabulous night to make romance / Neath the cover of October skies ~ Van Morrison from the movie August Rush

LOOK AND SEE CYBER SERENDIPITEE
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FINAL THOUGHT

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118 thoughts on “Confessions of a RomCom addict

  1. Hi Teresa, My name is Dennis I am a RomCom addict too, Your’s was Romantic Comedies, Me is watching a movie enough times to know the lines, The movies i do that to, Airplane, Blazing Saddles.Animal House, Smokey and the Bandit and Last but not least A Hard Day’s Night, It’s fun doing this but when you watch a movie with someone who hasn’t seen it they get a little mad, I will say my favorite all time movie is Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney, I like all kinds of movies another one i know some of the lines Duck Soup with the Marx Brothers, One thing about being a American we have the choice to like what we want and i will close with my favorite Groucho Marx line, One morning i shot a Elephant in my pajamas, How he got in my Pajamas I don’t know, From Animal Crackers

  2. Aye, perhaps I have serendipitously stumbled upon my Summer reading list. 🙂 I rarely watch TV/movies anymore. All the vulgarity and violence,… it’s just too much for my happy little world. Though I did watch “Gnomeo and Juliet” several times a few months ago.

    My all time favorite movie is, “The Mirror Has Two Faces” with Barbara Streisand. I suppose that is a romantic comedy. Second on the list, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Then “The Sound of Music”. “Shawshack Redemption” made a lasting impression.

    In love, as in all the schoolyard ball games, I’m still standing over here waving my hand ferociously, my wee little voice squeeking plaintively, “pick me, PICK ME!!” …

    • If you like comedies, you should try “Driving Lessons,” by William Kritlow.
      http://www.amazon.com/Driving-Lessons-William-Kritlow/dp/0785282149

      It influences me as a writer.

      Right now I’m still hooked on Mike Duran’s supernatural thrillers. I like the way he takes readers into new territory that the Christian market hasn’t before traveled.

      Ya know, it was different for me when it came to sports and growing up. I was one of the few girls in my neighborhood, and I owned all the softball/baseball equipment. I owned the football. I owned the basketball and the goal. (My dad liked sports.) So it was like this: If I didn’t get picked for a team, we didn’t play. 🙂

      • I like that, “keeper of the equipment”. There’s ya a book title. 😀 I read Mike Duran’s, The Resurrection” and “The Telling” in a single week. WOW! Couldn’t put ’em down. Might do a re-read. There was a LOT of symbolism, and I’m sure more to be gleaned…

      • I have this very exciting idea for a book. I cannot wait to get started on it. November Is Write a Novel in a Month month. If you don’t mind, I would like to use you as a source to bounce ideas off of. You are so creative and wise. My book falls in the same territory as Mike Duran’s.

  3. Books are my absolute favorite type of fiction to read, and it’s so hard to pick just one to talk about. I love romantic classics such as Gone with the Wind. Scarlett O’hara is the perfect example of a young and ditsy american girl who is easy to relate too. Romantic classics make you want to wish that you were in a different time period where you can just hear the horse hooves clamping in the dirt. I love romantic classics because it takes me back to a “simpler” time.

    • I agree. Today in class we talked about being able to step into a book. Have you watched Midnight in Paris? You might enjoy all the literary allusions. As for books, I’m still a Hawthorne fan. I like The Scarlet Letter and all its allegory. Being a Southern Bell(e), I can appreciate Gone with the Wind. Actually, I do like to “step into books.” I go on ghost tours frequently and listen to the stories and history behind the hauntings. One of my favorite tours was in Savannah. I went on a book tour for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It was fabulous. We visited most of the well-known sites in the movie and heard the back stories. I think I”m going to try to go to New Orleans soon. I’m sure I’ll hear some good tales there. It’s been a few years since my last visit.

  4. I immensly enjoy watching western fiction. Western fiction stories feature cowboys, outlaws, Native Americans and Westeners. Western fiction is not nearly as popular as other types of fiction, but it is still one of the most exciting.
    Western fiction appeals to me in many ways. Historical refrences, steady action, and rustic settings are a huge part of the appeal to me. “Bonanza” is a classic western fiction television series that aired from 1959 through 1973. It is the second longest running western fiction series behind “Gunsmoke,” which aired for twenty years. “Bonanza” centered around the Cartwright family who lived close to Virginia City, Nevada in the 1860s. Action scenes scuh as bar brawls and shoot outs keep the viewer intrigued. These scenes are a classic feature in most western fiction television shows.
    ALthough other genres of fiction may have their appeal, western fiction is by far the most exciting and facsinating to me. The action and suspense are the two main reasons that I enjoy this genre the most.

    • How neat! Westerns–few people appreciate them today, but I grew up watching westerns. My favorite was True Grit with John Wayne. My students used to devour Louis Lamour books. I watched Gunsmoke, and I watched Bonanza, but NOTHING compared to High Chaparral for me. I liked Blue the best. I used to ride my bicycle in my neighborhood and round up people’s pets (dogs) as if they were cattle. My mom made a canteen and filled it with Kool-Aid. 🙂 Thanks for helping me recall those special days.

  5. My favorite type of fiction is movies. I specifically love comedies. Comedies draw me in because I love the sarcasm and humor. My favorite movie is Pitch Perfect. The actress Rebel Wilson provides the perfect witty personality to make her character so lovable.

  6. I love to read utopian novels. It is so intriguing to read novels such as Matched. This book is set in a futuristic United States. Instead of being allowed to marry, the people are matched to each other. I love these types of book because they all have at least one character who stands up for what is right, even at the cost of their life, and exhibits the best qualities humans can possess which gives hope to every reader that one person can make a difference.

  7. Fictional movies are my favorite type of fiction because of the comedy, drama, and the excitement they contain. I also like horror movies due to the thrill they give you. One of my favorite fictional movies is Hurricane Season because of the action it consits of. The movie is about a group of teenagers who, after Hurricane Katrina, get recruited by a high school basketball coach to win the state championship. Even though they were rivals at their old schools, they still decide to go after their dream of winning a championship, and eventually achieve it.

    • I can imagine you liking type of movie. Oddly enough, I’m hooked by sports movies too: Remember the Titans and The Blind Side. There are so many more, but my fatigued brain cannot remember the correct titles. I like the camaraderie.

  8. Personally, my favorite sub-genre of fiction is science-fiction. It appeals to me due to the advanced feel to it, giving at a futuristic aesthetic. The futuristic technology is entertaining to watch. A good example of this genre is the Star Wars trilogy of movies (not the prequels, because they’re stupid). They appeal to me for various reasons. It takes the classic story of a knight and his journey, and transports that to the world of sci-fi. The futuristic technology, although it has aged a bit due to the age of the movies, nonetheless remains entertaining. There is also the fact that it is ridiculously popular even today, so the movies have a massive expanded universe in the form of books, comics, video games, and the like. This only adds more entertainment that branches off from the films, which adds immersion and depth to the trilogy as a whole. That, and there is always someone to talk with about it when I’m bored.

    • I really like your analogy, comparing the Star Wars trilogy to a knight on his journey. This series has depth, and a person could ponder and talk about it for quite a while without covering its many aspects.

  9. My favorite type of fiction is the fantasy genre. The rules of reality are but a foundation for the real imagination to be built upon. My favorite example of this is Attack on Titan. This anime focuses on the war against the terrifying Titans. While the show gives a basic outline of how humanoid giants that only eat humans for fun could be plausible, such a thing is completely impossible. The plot device of this show may, luckily, never happen, but the idea of humanity struggling against a breed of giants that require no food for survival offers a daring story line.
    Another positive asset of fantasy is variability. Reality poses no threat when fantasy takes control of the wheel. The laws of physics bend easily with enough imagination and understanding. This way of thinking has led to unicorn legends, and the world could use more unicorn legends.

    • I know what anime is, but I am not very familiar with it. I’m learning. I am fascinated, however, at how it is trending. You bring up a great point about fantasy–how easy it is to bend laws of physics. I was too intimidated to take physics in school. Now, however, I am learning tiny details. Combine those details with the element of fantasy and you have a recipe for a great story! I agree. 🙂 The world could use more unicorn legends.

  10. I like mystery fiction. Because it makes me interested and I like to try and guess what is going to happen. Books such as Nancy Drew like the solving the mystery type of fiction is a good example of the kind I like. Although it may appeal more to kids, I used to read them when I was little and loved them. I always liked to try and guess who did it or what the big mystery was about. 🙂

    • I read the Trixie Belden series when I was growing up. I think reading these books inspired me to be adventurous. I also wanted to solve my own mysterious. Of course, it may be genetic. Before my older son was in school, he wanted to be a detective. I could not convince that a five year could not be a detective. He wanted me to drive him around town searching for cases. I even made him business cards on the computer. He actually got mad when I told him he could not go crime searching on his bicycle. A mom’s gotta love his spunk.

  11. Various books litter store shelves, offering a vast selection for all readers alike. My personal favorite, realistic fiction, provides me with a sense of understanding about the world around me. Ellen Hopkins, for example, focuses on troubled teens who struggled with themselves and temptations. She describes lifestyles that could very well exist today. I am interested in the lives of those I cannot see, and her books give me that feeling of knowing about something someone else has lived through.
    Laurie McDaniel, another of my beloved authors, writes about teenagers who suffer from a major tragedy. These books face reality. They display a shocking reminder that our mortality draws closer each minute. Within an instant it could end. I believe she captures the realistic qualities of tragedy very well.
    Realistic fiction shows us examples of life as we know it, and oftentimes twists it to be something we couldn’t have thought would happen but does. Following the life of someone else, looking through his or her eyes, helps provide an insight into what really happens in the world.

    • Ellen Hopkins is a rebel! She challenged the publishing world and did what few writers have dared to do! She used verse. Her work resonates among teens. I met Ellen at a SCBWI conference, and I signed up to have her critique MY WRITING. Imagine the humbling experience I endured. I was just beginning to write. I thought, “Hey, my English teachers have always praised my work.” “Hey, I get paid to write articles about famous people.” “Hey, I teach English. I know how to write.”

      She graciously SHOWED me how little I knew about writing fiction. If it weren’t for Ellen Hopkins, I would have never learned how to reorganize my first attempt at manuscript, and as I told you all today, I’m not finished. I have to raise the stakes. But I’m not giving up. I realize I have much to learn. God has a sense of humor. The first person to read my writing was a bestselling author. At least the pain came mercifully and quick. She tore apart everything I wrote. Thank goodness I listened. I’m a pretty good writer now. I’ve met and made friends with dozen of writers who have mentored me. My goodness, if I could put all their talent into my meager brain, I would be unstoppable!

      McDaniel is a great writer, a great person. Did you get a chance to meet her through Inklings. She is at the top of the list when it comes to the favorites of my students.

  12. My favorite kind of fiction is realistic fiction. I enjoy it because it shows me that our fantasies can be true and real. While reading or watching realistic fiction, my mind tends to wander and I start to think about my life in a fictitious perspective. Knowing that the piece is fiction shows us that our world can be dressed up and our personal lives can be very different than we live them. The first example that comes to mind is the works of Nicholas Sparks. His romantic novels and movies appeal to women because of the love people can have for one another. Women, in my opinion, thrive on romance because they want what they may not be able to obtain. The fantasies that Sparks produces, such as the Notebook and A Walk to Remember, portray the love life of women and men, both teens and adults. While watching, I catch myself thinking about how my life would be if I were in such a relationship and often compare my own relationships patterns with those of the passionate couple in the book or film. I thoroughly enjoy escaping to another world while reading or watching these novels or films.

    • Nicholas Sparks can tug at anyone’s heart. He is truly gifted. Great example! Do you ever feel as though you are the main character in your own novel? Do you ever feel as though your life is a movie? I’ve talked to many creative people like yourself, and they get ideas for their stories by imagining them happening first person. It is soooo nice to escape every once in a while. A good book is good escape. A good movie is good escape too, but I have to have comfort food and a blanket. 🙂 I think I could use both right now. Do you think Linus (from Peanuts) would curl up with his blanket and comfort food too? Pumpkin pie, maybe? Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy reading what you write.

  13. There are many types of fiction movies and books. Each type is interesting in its own way, but realistic fiction appeals to me the most. It seems the most interesting to me for many reasons. First off, realistic fiction is something that could actually happen in someone’s life. This helps me picture the story in my head better. Also, it keeps me wanting to read the whole book all at once. For example, I had to read Hit and Run in my previous English class. I usually hate to read, but I read the book all in one day. I did this because the book made me want to picture myself as the main character who hit the girl on the bike. I kept on asking myself what I would have done if I was in that boy’s situation. In addition, realistic fiction movies are the best. Every time I watch a realistic fiction movie, it gives me chills because I think about how that could actually happen in life. My favorite movie, Olympus Has Fallen, is a perfect example of this. It’s about people taking over the White House and trying to use our nuclear bombs. It had my heart racing the whole time. Realistic fiction is my favorite type of fiction because of these reasons.

    • Olympus Has Fallen would appeal to me too because I speculate about what could happen should nuclear war become a reality. My favorite recent TV series has been The Dome. It’s a Stephen King creation. I think King has great insight about humans and our ability to destroy ourselves. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I highly recommend you watching it if you haven’t seen it. I think it’s cool that a book hooked you so that you kept reading it until you finished it. I like to read, but I don’t read enough. I feel guilty for sitting still. I feel as though I have to be “doing” something. Reading is doing something. It develops focus. It’s kind of like training for the mind.

  14. I like to read fantasy books such as Happy Potter and The Hunger Games. The authors of these works take the time to create a whole new world for the reader to experience. These books have not only the fantasy factor, but also some suspense and mystery. You are always wanting to know what happens next. This type of book is definitely a page turner for me. Being able to have a fantasy book combined with a suspenseful and mystery book makes for a perfect combination. 🙂

    • Great point! Outstanding writers can create a new world and make their readers believe. What power! I’m curious. Did you see the movies? If so, which do you prefer, the movie or the book? Sometimes movie spoil the experience for me because what I imagine is so much better than what I see on screen. I am a big fan of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series. The movies should come out soon, but I already know how I picture Odd. What if the actor doesn’t live up to my expectations?

  15. My favorite type of fiction is realistic fiction because it tells a story that could happen, but it has not happened before. An example of realistic fiction is the movie The Lucky One. This film appeals to me because it is a love story about a military man who is searching for a certain girl in a photograph he found during the war. The film shows how many things in life can go right; however, they can also go wrong in a split second. This film teaches people that even if things are not going their way, everything will be okay in the long run. It has taught me to cherish everything in life, even the little things because anything can change in the blink of an eye. This lesson is very valuable in life, and everyone should watch this amazing film.

    • What a great premise for a work of fiction! One time I went to a little antique store in Bell Buckle. I found a box of letters for sell. One was written by a soldier overseas. He was writing to his love back in the United States. Of course, for a moment there, I was lost in time, dreaming about the couple separated by a war. Everything can change, and we should appreciate the gifts in life. We are entitled to nothing, guaranteed nothing.

  16. There are many different types of fictions from movies to books. Movies are my favorite type of fiction simply because I’m a visual type of person. Fantasy fiction is fiction that cannot possibly be real. Fantasy fiction is my favorite type of fiction because it helps me escape reality and entertains me at the same time. Whenever I think about fantasy fiction, I think about the movie Despicable Me, written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Despicable Me appeals to my emotions because when I’m having a bad day or am stressing over school work, I can watch this movie to help get my mind off of reality and laugh hysterically. These types of movies put me in a good mood, give me an outing to escape reality, cause me feel bubbly inside, and make me wish that sometimes I was a fiction character. That is why Fantasy Fiction is my favorite type of fiction!

    • Despicable Me sounds fun. I think maybe I should take a night off from grading and watch it. I’m like you. I wish I could be a character in a book too. I have to admit, however, I don’t know that I would have the guts to LARP (Live Action Role Play).

  17. In writing, fiction is one of the most prevalent genres. In my personal opinion, fantasy is the best branch of fiction. The way that it is so immersive and attention grabbing is what got me hooked. The best example, for me, is the Harry Potter series. Between the amazing composition of the story and the pure creativeness by the author, it is hard to dislike. The feeling of escapism that is provides, like most fantasy, really puts the reader in their own little world while they are reading. Fantasy allows readers to think outside the box and really get into a story, and that’s a quality, in my mind, that makes a great read.

    • Harry Potter is like a work of magic. I think it’s difficult for some people to imagine how a person could create such a powerful work. She creates a world and makes us believe its real. What talent! BTW, good call on catching the Supernatural reference in my blog. I studied sociology in college, and I took classes in folklore, so Supernatural is just super natural to me. I like to suspend my disbelief and imagine the creatures Sam and Dean encounter COULD be real. Hey, I live near a river. Legend has it Big Foot dwells nearby. Who am I to question that? Sure would make a great story.

  18. My favorite types of fiction are fantasy and suspense. An example would be one of my all time favorite books. It’s call Witch and Wizard by James Patterson. It describes the life of a brother and sister who are thrown into the realization that they have surprisingly strong magical powers. They devote their time to harnessing their magic, saving lives, looking for their parents, and attempting to overthrow the tyrant enslaving kids and stealing power. Stories such as this appeal to me because they are fun and i find them useful if I ever need a distraction. I also enjoy the fact that I can read them and not know what will happen next, or that I can re-read them and still enjoy it like the first time I read it.

    • Isn’t James Patterson cool? I had the opportunity to hear him speak at an NCTE conference. Have you read Maximum Ride? I like how you mentioned distraction. It’s easy to get so caught up in life that we don’t take time to unwind. Reading allows our bodies to rest while our minds are working. I think when we are busy with things we “have” to do, the gears are turning, but our mind’s power is not being utilized. I think books flip a switch and allow us to grow. I haven’t read this one, but I always like to know what young adults are reading.

  19. My favorite fiction genre has to be Science Fiction for many reasons. I like it because of the fact that the genre is based on just that, science. Almost all of the technology found in these SciFi universes have a strong possibility of becoming reality either within my lifetime or my children’s lifetime. My favorite SciFi based games are Mass Effect and Halo because they involve technology that easily could become reality without much effort relative to the benefits of creating such technology. These technologies include the Mjolnir Armor System used by the Spartan II super soldiers in the Halo universe to the huge star ships and mass effect drives used in the Mass Effect universe. Anyone who has played these games will agree that the technology and even the species found in these games could easily exist in the near future. This is the lone reason why I love the genre of Science Fiction.

    • I am fascinated by how much you know about the world of Halo. You have inspired me to be interested in physics, too, btw. I hope you and Austin will carry out your writing plans. Don’t let that dream die.

  20. Being the dedicated student athlete I am it is hard to balance the many things I encounter in my daily life. Since reading is one of my lowest priorities I do not read that often. When I do take the time to read. I enjoy realistic fiction. One of the more recent novels I have read is Hit and Run by Lurlene McDaniel a novel describing about a tragic accident of a girl on a bicycle that gets hit by a drunk driver. As the story went on I realized that it was not all revolving around the hit and run. She did an excellent job of hooking the reader with her descriptive writing and real life situations. I was entertained throughout the story which is rare for an author to do for me. Realistic fiction movies are also some of my favorite things to watch. White House Down and Olympus has Fallen are also some new great movies that have recently been produced.

    • I understand how much time goes into athletics and academics. I admire you for your dedication. (Although it’s hard to believe, I had the offer of a sports scholarship when I was in school. Sports were a big part of my life too. I chose an academic scholarship over the sports scholarship because it paid for more.) I can certainly empathize with you about the lack of time to do EVERYTHING. I am ashamed that I don’t read more than I do. When my parents passes away two years ago, I found it difficult to concentrate long enough to read. I guess grief does that to a person. However, as I heal, I want and need to read more. Lurlene McDaniel is a wonderful person and writer. I suppose your previous English teacher told you she visited our school and spoke to the Inklings. I have had quite a few students in my class who are fans of her fiction. I haven’t seen the movies you mentioned–yet. But I probably will. Romantic comedies are my favorite, but I do watch action movies on occasion.

  21. My favorite kind of fiction would be mystery/horror. A fiction that you know can not happen, and you are left to imagine it all in you mind. My favorite author for this kind of fiction would be Dane Cook. The way he writes always keep me hooked and interested. A movie that does this to me is the Underworld series. They way they use all the charters in the story just make me feel like I’m there with them in the movie. Books and movies that make me use my own imagination always keeps me hooked and reading. If a book makes me picture the things I’m reading in my head I can not put the book down for days. I have to say that horror and mystery books and movies are definitely my thing.

    • Me too! I’ll take a good mystery/horror book anytime. I haven’t read Dane Cook’s books. I will do an Internet search ASAP and find out more. I like Mike Duran’s books. I don’t like blood and guts in mystery and horror, but I do like the chills and suspense. I like the what if–even if I hate waiting for the resolution. I never can put down the book. I have to keep reading to find out what happens next.

  22. Science fiction novels are among my favorite types of fiction. I enjoy the depiction of distant worlds and futuristic technologies. This form of fiction draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting, and theme. One of my all-time favorite books is Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. I am also a fan of Madeleine L’Engle’s other books, also science fiction. The story of A Wrinkle in Time revolves around a young girl whose father, a government scientist, had gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract. This book really caught my attention. The characters were well developed in the reading, and their journey was eventful to say the least. The touch of science and fantasy throughout made the story as a whole more interesting than other books I have read.

    • It’s amazing how Madeleine L’Engle’s books have stood the test of time. Do you like books by C.S. Lewis? How about James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series? The really cool think about sci-fi writers is that they have to create imaginary worlds and make the reader suspend their disbelief. I’m also curious. Have you read any steam punk or dystopian novels? These novels seem to be trending right now.

  23. Science fiction is definitely my favorite type of fiction. Last year I read “The Andromeda Strain” by Micheal Criton. I really enjoyed the mystery of it, but I also liked all of the biology included. Biology is my favorite subject to study, and I love to read about it. The biology facts included were not real, but the story line still managed to capture my attention with ease. The disease that Criton created was not real, but it was believable enough to still feel real. The characters acted like real people, but still had moments of when it was obviously fiction. It had many little lab reports that had fictional data, but were still made believable. Although I liked how it felt believable, I liked the effect of fantasy within the entire book. Towards the end of the book, they found how to cure the mysterious disease that killed almost an entire town except for a baby and an old man. I found the wait to be appealing, and it kept me interested. I also liked flipping back and reading the lab reports the author included. Having just taken biology, I knew how to read it and understand it. Because the book was science fiction, it was very appealing to read in my opinion.

  24. There are many types of fiction, but my personal opinion on the best type would be realistic fiction. This is the best type on fiction because it represents things that could actually happen, but has not or is not actually happening. Also is shows many graphical scenes of real life places. Realistic fiction can be in movies, games, and books. Several movies that have realistic fiction and good at doing so is white house down and Olympus has fallen. These movies are set in present day scenery with accurate scenery about the nations capitol being took over by foreign nations. This is showing that the nation we should prepare for the worst because at any time another nation could take over the U.S., and cause disaster to the nation like what happened on 9/11. Also there are many examples of realistic fiction in newer video games. Games that are about war and flight simulating games. Where you control where you control the fate of something throughout the game is considered realistic fiction.

    • I like realistic fiction too, but I like to delve into the internal nature of the characters. It sounds like to me you like stories base on action and adventure. There’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes I have a difficult time with the suspense created by realistic movies. I actually feel anxious myself. I want to fast forward to the end so that I will know how everything turns out. I am so bad at video games though that I don’t think I could control what happens. Have you ever played Halo? I get so confused with the controls that I end up shooting my own teammates.

  25. My favorite type of fiction is Science Fiction which thrills the brain with both imaginary and realistic pictures. SciFi is my favorite because it appeals to my imagination in a way that a non-fiction can not. The SciFi that has a realistic twist though gives a sense of real world problems to the writing. Some of my favorite examples are Halo, Battleship (the movie), Battle Las Angeles, War of the Worlds, STAR WARS, and Transformers. While it is obviously all CG (computer generated), it gives a sense of realism, fantasy, action, danger, adrenaline, adventure, curiosity, and that sense of not knowing what comes next that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The action, adrenaline, and adventure appeal to my fun side, fantasy and curiosity to my imagination, and the realism and danger appeal to my human side. All around, this is why I love SciFi Action Fantasies the most.

    • Can you believe the graphics in the latest sci-fi movies? They bring imagination to life! Both of my sons are into Star Wars and Transformers. Halo is a common word in my house. I am hopeless when it comes to Halo. I can orient myself. Is it possible to walk upside down? Thanks for the great details!

  26. My favorite kind of genre of fiction would have to be fantasy. I like fantasy because it provides an escape from the real world. They allow you to get away from real world problems and simply relax. I also enjoy fantasy because it has more potential for a better, more suspenseful story. This also allows for more detailed characters and a more immersive world. One example of a fantasy would be the Harry Potter series, or the Lord of the Ring series. Books such as these provide a great example of fantasy because of the immense detailed worlds held within them. These books also have a fantastic story with many twist and suspenseful moments.

    • Harry Potter is simply amazing. Tolkien? Wow! I prefer more of a realistic type world for my characters. However, please do an search for Jill Williamson or Patrick Carr. They write fantasy, and I have met each of them. I think you would enjoy their books.

  27. I’m quite possibly one of the easiest people over five years to scare, but even at that horror is my favorite type of fiction. Books, tv shows, movies.. anything that can make me have to look over my shoulder to make sure nothing is there. When reading or watching a type of paranormal fiction, I become obsessed with knowing what happens next. I have to know the ending to ease my paranoia.
    My latest obsession is the television show “American Horror Story.” I watched the pilot episode and was immediately hooked on season one’s story of the haunted murder house. Shamefully, I spent the next two days curled up in bed watching the rest of the first season on Netflix.
    Even though I’m a big scaredy cat, I’m obsessed with horror (and the month of October)- even if it means having to leave my tacky orange feather lamp on.

    • Oh, wow! We have a lot in common. I didn’t watch the first season of American Horror Story, but I watched the first episode of this season. I’m hooked. I haven’t much focus in the last two years. I used to be a voracious reader. I hope I can return to an easier pace of life. I collect folklore, and I have a lot of tales about the Bell Witch. (My maiden name is Bell.) I recently saw a movie based on Ed and Loraine Warren’s life. I can’t think of the title right now. I actually heard them speak and followed them to the pizza place where they were eating so that I could chat with them. So, yep, I do like a few chills. October is my favorite month! I don’t like blood and guts, but I do like a spooky story. I haven’t put my lighted pumpkin on my desk at school. I guess I’ll have to do that today. 🙂

  28. I love mysteries. Whether it be books, movies, or TV shows. My favorite part of mysteries is trying to figure out who did it. It is so much fun looking through the clues to see how something happened. One of my favorite mystery books is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This book was one of the best books I have ever read. Christie writes in a very interesting style. Every time I thought I had figured out who was killing the people that person was killed. Throughout the entire book the person you thought did it was killed. The very last page of the book told who did it. That is the reason this is my favorite book. It kept you guessing for the duration and I never wanted to put it down.

    • I like a good mystery too. I wish I gave myself the gift of reading time. One summer I read the Dean Koontz’s entire Odd Thomas series. I could not put down each book. I never became hooked on Agatha Christie, but maybe I should give Then There Were None a try. Over the years, many of my students have suggested it.

  29. Fictions don’t interest me because while I’m reading or watching books or shows of this genre, in my head I know the story line could never be true. I feel like it give an unrealistic expectation of life, and I feel as though it is a waste of time to read or watch. Fiction leads people to wish and want thing that could never possibly be true. Fiction leads people to have unrealistic goals of life.

    • You make some good points. You must be a realist. I, on the other hand, am a dreamer. 🙂 I have a lot of hope the best can come true. My problem is I don’t allow myself enough time to read. Keep in mind that Albert Einstein said that imagination is more valuable than knowledge. Just because something seems impossible doesn’t mean that it is. You are extremely intelligent. I bet you could find a way to make the seemingly impossible happen.

  30. Everyone has their favorite kind of fiction even if they will not admit it. My favorite fiction would have to be realistic fiction. Realistic fiction interests me because it could really happen. I do not like reading books or watching television shows that are fake or could never happen. I like to be able to relate to what I am reading or watching.one example is my favorite television show Heartland. Heartland is a very popular Canadian show that airs on the American Network UP. Heartland is a show about a fictional ranch called Heartland and a girl named Amy who is the granddaughter of the owner, her grandfather. Amy helps horses recover from traumatic events. She is known on the show as a horse whisperer. I relate to this show because I love horses.

    • I need to watch this show! I love horses, and I too believe people with a gift can talk to them. Horses feel what we feel. They spook when the riders are agitated. Did you know that you can communicate with a horse by blowing air into their nostrils? That’s how horses say hello. Strange, isn’t it? When I was younger, I read every horse book in our elementary school library. I’m missing out. Thanks for telling me about this show.

  31. My favorite type of fiction is realistic fiction. One of the main reasons I like this genre better than others is that I can picture it happening in real life. With other fictional genres events happen that could never occur in reality. It just makes them seem harder to understand for me. A story written in realistic fiction is a simpler read and a lot easier to follow. Any events that occur in this type of book, i could witness myself sometime in my life.

    • I like realistic fiction too. Is there ONE book that really captures your attention? When I was in sixth grade, I read The Outsiders, and I was hooked. Ever since then, I have tried to write stories about things that can happen in real life. I have a vivid imagination, so books with a supernatural twist interest me too. I suppose I imagine these things can happen in real life too.

  32. When thinking about my favorite type of fiction, the first thing that comes to mind is romantic fiction. Each love story is developed in a unique way, and I enjoy seeing all the different ways they develop. In every love story they always have a problem that tests who they are individually and who they are together. Being able to put your selflessness ahead of your selfishness shows your compassion. My all time favorite love story is the Notebook, and it really relates to me because it reminds me of the love story my grandparents have.

    • I think The Notebook is a favorite among several of my students. Unconditional love and selflessness are two characteristics that make the world a bearable place to be. I think it’s great that you think of your grandparents when you think about true love. When I think about true love, I think about my parents. My dad was a very quiet man, a very humble man. He would help anybody anytime. I always wanted to be like him. I still do. When my mother became very ill, he dedicated himself to taking care of her. He had to deny himself and his dreams to make her life easier. He was a big Boston Red Sox fan and always wanted to see the team play at Fenway Park in Boston. He never made it there because she couldn’t travel. He never spoke harshly to her when her illness made her irritable. I think his love for her is an example of true love. When she passed away, he died three months later. I think he had a broken heart.

  33. Romantic fiction has appealed to me since I was younger. In romance novels and films, I place myself in the characters’ shoes. The girl denies her feelings for a boy, and then falls deeply in love with him. Sometimes, the story ends with one leaving for somewhere far away (adding to the drama). Along the path to a relationship, obstacles and miscommunications prevent the two main characters from finding the most happiness. In the end, they either fight through their problems or decide that there is no hope. One example of my favorite romance novel is The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. A couple grows farther apart during their marriage as time progresses. The husband decided to secretly take action as an attempt to save his true love. He claims that he is helping his daughter prepare for her wedding. What the wife doesn’t know is that he is setting up for him to “re-marry” or renew their vows!

    • You pointed out an important detail. I think the best movies and books give us opportunities to put ourselves in the shoes of the lead character. Isn’t it strange how we like feeling miserable when we watch or read fiction that makes us yearn (the way the main character years)? Nicholas Sparks knows how to tug those heart strings. 🙂

  34. My favorite type of fiction are comedy movies. One of my favorite comedy movies I have seen is “The Heat”, with Sandra Bullock starring in it. Comedy movies are not only my favorite type of fiction because they are funny but also because they tend to put me in a better mood. Watching comedy movies takes my mind off of other things going on. It allows me to relax a little bit and just watch. Not only do they let you take your mind off of things, but they also relate to my life in various ways. Maybe I have done the same thing or know somebody who has. It gives me a chance to laugh at a stupid mistake I have done and simply at myself. Moreover, I like comedy movies better than comedy books because they usually only take an hour to watch and I am more likely to finish the movie than the book.

    • Sandra Bullock is hilarious. I think she steals the show in every romantic comedy she’s in. You’re on to something. These comedy movies help us see our own stupid mistakes and laugh at them. Sometimes we take life too seriously. We need to enjoy life. By the way, do you think you fail to finish books because you become too busy, or do you get distracted? I need to carve out a time in my day to read. Reading is a gift I give myself.

  35. I love realistic fiction because it is able to connect to the readers in ways other books can’t. In the book What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know a boy explains his feelings about his girlfriend that he won’t tell her. I think everyone has been through something like that. You have the emotions, but you just aren’t sure how to put them into words. Every time I read a realistic fiction book I’m able to relate it back to life like the people in the books. I believe that realistic fiction is the best because it could easily be your life. If you get bored with your own everyday life, reading a book that you can relate to somehow could be the cure.

    • Now I’m intrigued! I haven’t read What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know, but it sounds like a book that I need to read because it could teach me more about writing for teens. Do me a favor. Do an Internet search on Diana Sharples’ book, Running Lean. I am a member of her critique book, and I had a chance to read it before it was published. If you like realistic fiction, especially with a boys’ point of view in it, I bet you will like this one, I can’t wait to read it again. I can’t wait to actually hold it in my hands, but I want Diana to autograph it for me.

  36. Tragic writing would have to be my favorite kind of fiction. The author Lurlene McDaniel is my favorite author. She writes about teenagers that become ill, or have someone they love become ill. It shows how they handle the challenges they face day by day. After knowing numerous people pass away, or get diagnosed with cancer I feel like I am able to relate with the books. McDaniel has a writing style that helps drawl you into the book you are reading. It makes you feel as though you were in the book with the characters.

    • Have you met Lurlene McDaniel? She visited the Inklings and had a meal with us one year. What a treat! I really enjoyed talking with her, and she taught me a lot about writing and about people. I think it’s great that you are reading her work.

  37. My favorite type of fiction is historical fiction. I love watching shows like little house on the prairie. The simpleness of that time really intrigues me; today’s fast passe life style really overwhelms me frequently. Then the crime rate in a little town like Manchester would be pretty much undetectable. Everyone know everybody and if a neighbor needed help there was no hesitation to jump in a do what had to be done. Another thing that makes that time interesting to me is there was no electricity and no computers or phones. This forced children to entertain their selves and go out side to play. Today there is not enough children know what to do with out there gaming systems; they do not have the childhood experiences that I had playing out doors.

    • Wouldn’t it be nice if life were simpler? However, there were terrible things that happened in the characters’ lives too. Animals suffered disease. Homes burned. Children faced ailments like blindness. Little House on the Prairie is a show that always made me feel better about life. I guess that’s why it stays around today. I agree with you totally! Children should go outside and play. The real world is waiting to be explored, but kids today don’t know how to climb a tree, build a tree house, or make a mud pie. I bet most don’t like getting their hands dirty. Honestly, I’m ready to leave society and live in the woods like Thoreau.

  38. My all-time favorite type of fiction has to be comedy. The constant laughter caused by the humor in comedy movies allows me to escape my worries and enjoy the momentary happiness. For example, Pitch Perfect utilizes a dry sense of humor, which I adore. The characters say things that ordinary people would be afraid to say, such as the main character introducing herself as Fat Amy so, “twigs like you don’t do it behind my back.” The brutal honesty incorporated in movies like Pitch Perfect is my favorite aspect of comedy movies.

    • We ALL need a little comedy in our lives. I don’t like movies that are too slap stick, and I don’t like movies that use cutting humor that ridicule others, but I do like Pitch Perfect–a lot. Rebel Wilson is really talented. I really admire her confidence. I guess I like romantic comedies because I know life puts us in ridiculous situations. Sometimes all we can do is laugh.

  39. I have always had a love for romantic musicals. Once i grew up enough to develop good taste in movies and stop worshiping High School Musical as the best musical i had ever seen, i could finally start appreciating quality romantic musicals. Footloose will always, in my mind, be the best romantic musical ever written. Everyone loves a good romance. Like every other romance, there is the usual obstacle for them to overcome in order for them to be happily in love. The constant battle of trying to convince everyone in the town that dancing is not, in fact, something that should be frowned upon keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.

    • Do you like Grease? You may have never seen it, but I always liked Fame. Back in the day, I always imagine what if life were like an episode of Fame. If you haven’t seen it, I bet you would like it. Try looking on YouTube for an old show. Footloose is one of my favorites too, but I haven’t seen the new version. I wish I could dance. My efforts would scare people. But, yes, romance is at the top of my list. I also suggest you try a Kaye Dacus novel. If you like Pride and Prejudice, you might enjoy one of her books.

  40. My favorite type of fiction lies within the “tear-jerker” category. That’s right, cry movies. Whether the ending be happy, sad, or a combination of the two, I love reading books filled with so much emotion that they have the ability to affect my mood in immeasurable ways. Because of Winn Dixie, a novel written by Kate DiCamillo, is one of my all-time-favorites in this category. Having read this book as a young child, I still remember the way it made me feel the first time I read it. It is the story of a young girl whose mother has passed. She takes in a scruffy dog when moving in to a new town, and tells the story of her many experiences with the dog. I love the book’s ability to make me feel. To make me feel sympathy for the girl, sympathy for the dog. To make me feel happiness for the girl, happiness for the dog. Their adventures together build the relationship that the reader builds with the characters, causing the reader to feel almost as if he or she is part of the story. That is why I love it. Being emotionally attached to a story as I watch it unfold is my absolute favorite way of enjoying fiction. In the end, the plot twists when the girl has lost the dog, and the reader is filled with an overwhelming devastation–that pit in the bottom of your stomach. When literature has the ability to provoke such strong emotions, I love it.

    • Yes! Because of Winn Dixie is definitely on my favorites list. I don’t cry much–ever. It takes a lot to make me show ANY emotion, but I had a really hard time holding back the tears during this movie. I wish I had read the book first. People say the book is always so much better. What do you think? Have you seen the movie too? Have you seen or read Bridge to Terabithia by Thomas Crowell? If not, you should. Prepare to cry. Honestly, I really have a difficult time with this type of fiction because it makes me feel so deeply. That’s not a bad thing. 🙂

  41. My favorite type of fiction is suspense because it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time waiting to see what happens next. I prefer to see suspense fiction in movies over books because books can get confusing to me by trying to explain every little detail in words, for example, trying to follow where exactly the murderer is hiding. However, a movie allows me to see exactly what happens and it makes it feel like I’m there. My favorite movie is The Call. It is about a young girl who was at home alone when someone broke into her house. She called 911 and the operator walked the girl step by step of what she needed to do and where she should hide while waiting for the police to arrive. By the time the police got there, the man had already taken the girl and left. The girl was able to locate a track phone to reconnect with the 911 operator. She got locked in the trunk of his car, so she was unable to tell the operator where they were. The operator tried helping her draw attention to herself for other drivers on the road to see something wasn’t right. The audience never knew when the man was going to catch her talking on the phone or trying to escape.

    • Do you ever find yourself talking to the characters in movies like The Call? I do! I try to warn the characters, but they just won’t listen to me. I become so frustrated and anxious. Isn’t it kin of great that a writer has this much power over a group of people? It’s not real. We know it’s not real, but we suspend our disbelief and find ourselves locked in the trunk too.

  42. Personally, my favorite type of fiction is romance movies. The Notebook would have to be my favorite romance movie, but I do have many other favorites. The Notebook appeals to me mostly because I am a complete and total girl. Absolutely everything about me is girlie! One of the things girls love are fairytales. Us girls have always liked movies like Cinderella every since we were young girls. Most girls want to be a princess and to have a prince charming. The Notebook can make you extremely happy and giddy, or it can break your heart and leave you in tears. It will probably do a little of both, actually. As a girl, I am clearly emotional so this movie completely appeals to my emotions. These romance movies give me a sense of love, and happiness. They tend to warm my heart with all the happy endings we all dream of.

    • You are a young lady, beautiful in every way. Wouldn’t it be great if we COULD be Cinderella, just for a day. I road in a horse-drawn Carriage on Beale Street in Memphis. It was decorated New Orleans style with strange statues and faux gems all over it. The driver called me Cinderella, and when one of the gems fell off, he handed it to me and said, “Cinderella always gets the diamond.” It was a magical moment. I still keep it in my purse. Remind me in class, and I will show it to you. The faux gem reminds me to take charge of my reality. I can change bad to good most of the time if I can change my perception and attitude. The Notebook is a reminder to appreciate the beauty in life. I hope you find Prince Charming. Whoever he is, he will have found his Cinderella.

  43. Mystery novels have always been one of my favorites. I always get more into any mystery book. The suspense they cause me to have is incredible. My example has to be the book Loves Music, Loves to Dance. It is about a person who has multiple personalities, and he ends up as a serial killer who is after woman who love music and love to dance. The book jumps around from person to person with each chapter. It never reveals who the killer is until the very end. As the book goes on, more women continue to be murdered in the same odd way. The man kills each woman in the same way and does the same thing after they are killed. He dances with them, and then replaces one of their shoes with a dancing shoe. The writer makes you question your ability to infer who the killer actually is. As I read the ending, I found out I was way off on who I believed the killer was. It was one of the best book I have ever read. Ever since this book, it’s hard for me to read any other form of fiction.

    • I understand how you feel. Once you find “that” book that makes you feel no other way than any other has, nothing else lives up to it. I felt that way as a little girl when I read The Outsiders. I loved the book so much I didn’t want anyone else to take “ownership” of it. It was MY book. (I wouldn’t take it back to the library.) It’s been quite a while since I have been mesmerized by a book, but I don’t spend enough time reading. The best gift I can give myself is the gift of reading. All I have to do is make time, but I feel guilty when I’m not “doing” something. I think we should exercise our minds too. Reading is a great work out. As for Loves Music, Loves to Dance, I think I would enjoy it too. I like a book that challenges me. I’m a Criminal Minds fan, so this book is probably one that should be on my shelf.

  44. My favorite type of fiction is the historical fiction found in WWII-themed war simulators (videogames). Unlike most other types of fiction, this branch of historical fiction offers a realistic approach that documents actual events through the eyes of a fictitious individual. Any choices the player makes will have consequences, though the final outcome rarely deviates from factual occurrences. A particularly fantastic embodiment of such fiction exists in the classic first-person shooter Medal of Honor: Airborne. Gamers who have played this work will testify to its unparalleled realism, depth, and playability. The game allows players to dive into famed battles from any angle–parachuting into the warzone. This ability to uncover the happenings of World War II in addition to near-unrestricted access to the weaponry of the time make for an exciting gaming experience. All in all, I find historically fictitious works such as this one to be my favorite selections of fiction.

    • You are so creative. I still have your work at my desk right now. I think I should make you autograph it so that when you become famous I will become rich. There is one problem. I would never part with it. 🙂 By the way, have you looked into getting your work published. You are ready. You have what it takes.

  45. Though formally identifies under the genre of “fantasy fiction,” JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series consists more of magical realism. Magical realism is my favorite type of literature because the stories function as realistic novels, except the author adds supernatural elements and impossible events whenever the author pleases. This leaves the reader always on the edge. Each scene could take an amazing, supernatural twist at any moment which leaves the reader’s imagination to wander. The endless amount of freedom that author has makes it impossible to put down the book due to the reader’s intrigue as to what will happen next. Readers, such as myself, obsess over the witches, wizards, and warlocks while wondering what life would be like if this mystic novel could turn into a reality — if they weren’t muggle-born. Reality is very limited on what we can physically accomplish, but magical realism novels allow the reader to escape into a place with literally no limits and lets the reader’s imagination travel without regrets.

    • I do the same thing! I always imagine what if. Sometimes I believe that the things fantasy writers write about ARE real, but the majority of people have become unable to see what’s out there (society or government brainwashing, maybe?). I really admire J. K. Rowling. She was able to create a world that doesn’t exist, and she MADE us believe it. Few writers can do that. What I fear most about children these days is that their lives are so structured from birth through college that they lose the ability to imagine. I don’t know what it was like when you were a kid on the playground at school, but when I was younger, the kids, girls and boys, created their own worlds and characters. We lived out stories. What a shame it will be if we lose the ability to imagine. How will we ever stay strong as a nation? Who will be able to see the inventions of the future today? And, btw, muggle is such a good word. 🙂 Rowling even created a new language. Wow.

  46. Suspenseful and action are my favorite type of fiction. Suspenseful movies or books some how always tend to attach me the most. I can not really get hooked on much of anything else unless the movie or book is very well written. action and suspenseful go hand and hand. The movie that pops out the most is The Call. The Call is about a 40 year old woman that is working in the 911 room answering phone calls. When she comes across one that scares her, she does not want to answer anymore for awhile. Then a new client gets one about a girl stuck in a trunk and she can not handle it. The 40 year old woman takes control over the call, and she then follows the girl step by step getting information from her, and also trying to get someone to notice the girl in the trunk. Through out her being in the trunk she is still on the phone with the 40 year old. the 40 year old uses everything she can to get people to notice her by getting her to kick out the back light, using paint to pour out of it, and crawling out of the trunk into the back seat of the car while the car is stopped. The suspenseful actions in these kind of movies keep me attached to it and keep me watching it!

    • You know what really bothers me about movies like The Call? I can’t make the action move fast enough. Sometimes I want to walk out of the room or the theater because I can’t handle the suspense. I want the resolution to come quickly, but then I’m disappointed the movie is over. I actually experience anxiety symptoms when I watch: shallow breathing, racing heart, fear. Then I ask myself? Why do I do this to myself? Why do I keep watching?

  47. My favorite type of fiction would have to be scifi or perhaps even comidec scifi. This newfound love for the genre probably began because on Hitchhikers Guide to the Galexy. I like how something so “out there” and “in space” …literally… can relate to how we feel down on earth in our mundane lives. I love how the hilarious scenes in the books/movie/podcast are laced with raw truth. The series takes this joke and rips the layers of comedy off until you reach the core of its true meaning.

    • Yo, Sigmund. Can you believe I have not read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? However, I have had SOOOO many conversations with others about this book that I MUST read it. (Ummm…thank you for agreeing to let me borrow it.) Thank you for reminding me and allowing me to borrow it. Hmmm. How did I know you were going to allow me to do that? 🙂

  48. My favorite type of fiction is a fantasy magic type. I don’t read often and it takes a really good book or series to get me to read. I have found that the series of books I like best is the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. His series appeals to me because I would like to live in a world such as the one he has written about in the series. Throughout the entire series the main character Eragon is having to learn everything he can to try to kill the king and his dragon who have ruled for well over 100 years (being a dragon rider made one live forever if not directly killed). I recently reread the whole series and even though all four books are 800 pages I finished the whole series in three weeks. Had I been reading a book assigned by a teacher that I did not enjoy 800 pages would take me two months. I will always enjoy these kind of books and if the author ever writes more on the series or any books similar, I will read it the first moment I get.

    • I was the same way in school! If a teacher assigned me a book, I was reluctant to read it. However, if it’s something I like I will sit down and read until dawn. It’s hard for me to stop turning the page if I really like a book. I have a former student who writes fantasy. She just texted me she was leaving for New York to meet with an editor. She writes fantasy. I’m not familiar with Christopher Paolini, but I should check him out. Jill Williamson writes fantasy, and she helped me quite a bit with my first manuscript. I’ve included the link to her books in case you are interested:

      http://www.jillwilliamson.com/books/blood-of-kings-trilogy/

  49. I used to be quite the book worm. As I’ve grown older and and have been required to pick up tons of responsibilities, reading has become last on my list of priorities. Among all the novels and different genres I have read, young adult fiction is definitely my favorite. Although, I’m not a fan of just any young adult fiction novel that has been published, most are cheesy with their ridiculous stories of puppy love or relationships gone wrong. If I’m going to read this type of fiction, it has to have John Green’s name on the front of it. This amazing author has so many books that emotionally tug on my heart. He’s so realistic. His works are brilliant. He’s the reason I don’t simply stick to biographies about the fascinating Kennedy’s. In his book Looking for Alaska, Green tells a story that everyone can relate to, be it the oddest way possible. A girl is facing internal struggles just like so many of us do in this crazy whirlwind of life. All the while that the main character, Alaska, is trying to find herself, a boy is trying to find her too. hence the name, Looking for Alaska. This book appeals to me in a way that I was able to hear a story about a girl who faced rough spots in life, much like so many do. Alaska’s personality touches people. She was missed once she passed away. Who wouldn’t want to leave behind a legacy? It’s nice to be reassured through a fictional story that more people do indeed go through things that change them into something that they may or may not want to become. Life isn’t perfect. Anyone that thinks so should go see a doctor.

    • You just wrote one of the best book reviews I’ve read! Thank you. (My journalism students should chat with you. They’re great writers, but you could give them a few pointers.) I’m hooked by your description. As a YA novelist, my “homework” is to read as much YA as possible. I value your opinion, so I will have to find Looking for Alaska. What a cool title! Your synopsis makes me think I “need” to read this book. Thank you. 🙂

  50. I have to admit that I am not an avid reader of fiction, but when I do I read Creepypasta. Creepypasta is a type of horror in which people (usually anonymous) write scary stories with the intention of having the story copy and pasted all over the Internet. By far my favorite story is “The Rake.” It revolves around an albino, human-like creature that sits on your bed, waiting until you wake up. It fills the reader with terror, and make them question what REALLY lurks in the darkness of your bedroom. In a weird way, I enjoy the pseudo-Lovecraftian worlds that are dreamt up in these stories. They make us question what is real in the world. I really like I know that these stories are not real, and I have nothing to worry about. I really don’t have to worry about some monstrous entity waiting for me in the closet as I type this. (: Goodbye.

    • Creepypasta! That’s crazy. I’ve never heard of such. I really like urban legends and cultural folklore and traits. (My minor is sociology, so analyzing people comes natural to me.) I think I’ve heard about The Rake somewhere, but now I will have to do an Internet search. I can’t wait until get home so I can “play” and go on a cyber adventure. For years, my students have urged me to read Lovecraft, and I have. I just don’t read enough. Yeah, right. I don’t worry about what REALLY lurks at night either. I’m brave. Really brave. That’s why after watching a scary movie I keep the lights on sometimes. 🙂 Remind me to tell your class about my Beechgrove experience. It’s real. It may have been The Rake. I’ll keep the lights on when I do. 🙂

  51. Romantic fiction would have to be my favorite type of fiction. I enjoy this type of fiction because it reminds me that productive relationships can still be found in a world that seems intent of hiding all the love and trust one could desire. Romantic novels and movies do an excellent job of instilling belief into my skeptic heart due to the fact that it reminds me that I am not the only one who thinks or feels this way. They teach me that love doesn’t always have to work out how you want it to, and it will very seldom meet your expectations, for better or worse. My favorite examples of this genre of fiction are The Notebook, The Vow, and, ironically, Serendipity. In all three selections, despite the trials and tribulations each couple endures, each pairing manages to find their way back to each other. Though seemingly insurmountable, the hardships end up seeming quite miniscule in comparison to the love that each couple feels.

    “….life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan.”

    • I would not be surprised if you were a famous writer someday. You may not want to admit it, but you are a Romantic. 🙂 There’s nothing wrong with that. I think we are all a little bit skeptic, but for those who can let go of the doubt, having that feeling of hope is what makes life magical. Serendipity is probably the most frustrating movie I have ever watched in my life, yet I can’t imagine ever liking a movie more than I like Serendipity. I like to believe that true love prevails despite the odds. (BTW…nice way to say it best by including the Trager obituary quote.) 🙂

  52. My favorite type of fiction would be a romantic mystery. When I read a book, I feel like I’m in the position of the main character. So, in romantic mystery books, I feel the sense of want in a relationship. Also, I like the way the mystery part keeps me on the end of my seat. Over fall break, I read three books. Of those three, the first one I read instantly became my favorite. It is called The Ghost and The Graveyard by Geneviene Jack. It is about a girl who trusts her ex-boyfriend too much and he ends up taking all of her money. Then, she has to move into one of her dad’s rental houses. Turns out, the house is in the middle of a cemetery!! The book takes you through many surprises and I was very pleased at the end of the book. It is definitely one of the best romantic mysteries I have ever read!

    • I like to put myself in the position of the main character too. I’m not acquainted with The Ghost and the Graveyard, but it sounds like a book I would like to read. A long, long time ago when I was a little girl I read Trixie Belden and Hardy Boys mysteries, but I like the romantic mysteries of today. A house in the middle of a cemetery? Wow! By the way, do you ever watch Castle? I like the tension between the two main characters and the way Castle plays with words. This show has romance, mystery, and literature–perfect viewing for an English teacher.

  53. I LOVE the fiction that Jane Austen writes about. I’m not quite sure what would call it. Its like this fairytale that seems impossible, but with a happy ending where the characters do end up with each other.. I love how Darcy only looks at Elizabeth Bennett- like she’s the only girl he has eyes for. And all the dancing and dresses and carriages and moonlit walks just melt my heart. I think its the sweetest fiction in the world, because they have this like.. Forbidden, almost, love. Neither one of them want to admit they are in love with the other, yet they are. And its just.. Sweet.

    • You are a Romantic too, I see. 🙂 I started my first manuscript five years ago, and the characters in my story have the same relationship as Darcy and Elizabeth. I hadn’t considered that. I guess we share this characteristic too. So much of life is made ugly by people who can’t see the beauty. Jane Austen reminds us to look closer to see the beauty that’s underneath all the clutter. Dancing, dresses, carriages, moonlit walks–I agree. These things melt my heart too. I think you would really like books by Kaye Dacus. She is one of my writing mentors. You should consider checking out her work. You can find her on Facebook, and she has her own website.

  54. My favorite genre of fiction would be action thrillers. I love the rush of action movies and the suspense of what will happen to the characters next. I thoroughly enjoy fight scenes and gun battles. I’m a big fan of the Transformers series. The director Micheal Bay is well known for the special effects in his movies, and I find the explosions and robot battles of the series quite enticing. I guess I’m just into the explosions and stuff more than anything.

    • It’s CRAZY how realistic the graphics are in movies these days. My sons like the Transformers series too. My older son wants to make movies or films as a profession, so I hear him talk about the special effects in movies quite a bit.

  55. My favorite type of fiction is romance. It’s my favorite because I love the excitement and wonder that comes with it. I am drawn to the different and unusual love stories. One of my favorites is the book If I Stay. It’s about two teenage musicians who fall in love despite their totally different music styles. Adam is a blossoming punk rocker, and Mia is a classical cellist. In the book, there is a car crash and all of Mia’s family is killed and she is left in a coma. She has the choice to stay alive or to go. She chooses to stay because her love for Adam is overwhelming and when he whispers in Mia’s ear to stay alive, she can’t help but listen to him. Electrifying love stories such as If I Stay, grab my attention and keep it through out the story. I prefer romance books over movies because I can imagine my own characters and I can take a book wherever I go.

    • I am going to purchase If I Stay from Amazon today. I want to write YA fiction, and I am so crazy about music, it sounds like a book I would like. I also feel I can learn from the book so that I can become a better writer. Thanks for telling me about it. Also, I’ll let you know what I think after I read it. 🙂

  56. While You Were Sleeping (with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman) is one of my favorite romantic comedies. Always makes me laugh *and* get teary-eyed.

    • My friend recommended PS I Love You. I don’t cry during movies, but I did all the way through this one. I don’t think I’ve seen While You Were Sleeping. Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite actresses. I’ll have to put this one on my list.

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