Elle (theroadtoelle) wrote,
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Top ten books and movies

Prompt: If you were creating a list of top tens for movies or books what would you choose and why? Is there an ongoing theme?

Books

A Restored Man by Jaime Reese
A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall
Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks
Love Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey
Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey
Morganna by Jackie Ivie
Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
The Harder He Falls by Lynda Aicher
The World As He Sees It by A M Arthur
Whispers in the Dark by Maya Banks

Putting together a top ten of books was crazy hard. They're not in order of preference, by the way, that would have been even harder! I started off with all the books I've rated five stars on Goodreads, and then removed the ones that didn't immediately leap out at me. Then I went with the ones that I've either re-read the most often or the ones where the story or characters have stayed clear in my mind over time.

It's interesting to analyse.

- 100% are romance. Duh.
- 30% of my top ten are by Maya Banks and 20% are by Andrew Grey. That speaks highly for both those authors.
- 70% are contemporary and only 30% are historical.
- 30% are paranormal.
- 50% are m/m and the other 50% are m/f.
- 20% involve military or similar. Yep, those are both Maya Banks books. She does the military ones well.
- A whopping 60% involve disabilities of some sort, whether physical or mental. And I know that some of the ones that I was humming and haaing over whether to include in my top ten did as well. Apparently I like characters with disabilities. If I break it down even further, excluding disabilities arising from the paranormal, it's 50/50 for physical or mental disabilities. Interesting. And I haven't included temporary disabilities arising out of injuries that will heal (which you tend to get with the military style ones).
- I think 70% of them are based in America, which is interesting because I wouldn't have said that's my preference. I think there's 20% Scottish and 10% English.

Yeah, very interesting.


Movies

Burlesque
Die Hard with a Vengeance
Finding Nemo
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Ice Age
Jurassic Park
Oliver!
Ratatouille
Titanic
X-Men

I don't really know enough about movies to analyse these very well. But...
- 30% of that list is animated.
- 20% are musicals. Well, I suppose Burlesque counts as a musical? Hmm, not sure about that actually.
- Only 20% are romances, which is interesting given my reading material, right?
- Only 10% were released before I was born.
- 40% were released before 2000, which infers that I prefer more recent movies.
- The latest on the list was released in 2010, so that means none of the movies from the past 6 years have gone into my top ten.
- I think about half the list are kids' movies. Which is interesting. Jurassic Park was the first movie I ever saw on the big screen, when I was 13. And Oliver! is a movie I loved as a child. So there are definitely emotional choices in there. I couldn't tell you how many times I've seen Ice Age and Finding Nemo with my kids, but truly, I enjoy watching them. I was never much into cartoons as a kid, but I just love the humour in modern kids' movies. Steve and I have incorporated so many of the lines from Finding Nemo and Ice Age into our daily conversations. "Aw, you guys made me ink!" "The last dandelion." "Ooh, dinner and a show." "I'm a genius!" "My bubbles!" Yeah, they don't mean much unless you're familiar with the movies, but we use those lines (and many more) a LOT. You'd hear at least one a week.

Hmm, an interesting exercise.
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