Your Favorite Movies & Books: What Keeps You Coming Back for More?
Wednesday greetings, Buttercup! Today’s post was supposed to be an interview with author Leigh Lee, but is instead a question to you about your favorite books and movies. You’ll still get to meet Leigh, just not this week. Sorry for the last minute topic switch.
We learn a lot about people just by knowing their favorite things, and I’m curious about you. I hope you’ll take the time to comment.
Here’s the request: Name a movie or book that you can never get enough of. How many times have you watched/read it? What is it that keeps you coming back again and again?
In the interest of fairness, I’ll share my own faves.
Movies: The Sound of Music, While You Were Sleeping, and Sweet Home Alabama, are movies I have watched too many times to count. It’s a little embarrassing not to have an old classic on my list like, say, Gone With the Wind or Casablanca. It isn’t that I don’t like those movies, because I do. I just can’t watch them over and over. My top three are movies where romance triumphs against the odds and true love wins the day.
Books: Again, my cheeks are pink, as the books I’ve read and re-read aren’t old classics. I should have at least one Dickens on the list, right? But no. I’ve read The Villa and The Three Fates by Nora Roberts many times. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins is on my list, as is Blue Willow by Deborah Smith. Two of my all-time favorites are Bride of the MacHugh and My Lord Monleigh, both by Jan Cox Speas and which I have read more times than I can even begin to count, back to the ‘70s—as a matter of fact, I’ve them read so many times that I actually gave them away at one point, certain I couldn’t possibly read them again. Fat chance. A couple years ago I ordered both from Amazon, used, as they have been out of print for decades. And, yep, read them yet again. Yes, all the books I’ve named are romances. Sensing the pattern? There are a gazillion other books I’ve read and enjoyed, but the ones I’ve named are the ones I go back to time and again.
As a kid, my favorite book was Charlotte’s Web, which is also a love story, though one of friendship rather than romance. How could I not love Charlotte, the ultimate copywriter? And Wilbur really was “some pig.” I may have to read it again now, just because.
So what is it that brings me back to all of these? I love the characters. They make me laugh, and they make me cry. They are people I like, even when they’re doing something foolish, even when they are less than perfect. They are easy to root for, pleasant to remember, and hard to forget after the last credit rolls or the final page is turned.
These movies and books are comfort food for my heart, and returning to them is like a visit with old and dear friends. Which movies and books are your nearest and dearest? Not just the ones you enjoy, but the ones you know by heart.
Thanks for hanging out with me. See you on Friday for Observations from the Tub.
Have a great Wednesday –