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If You Want to Understand Me, Watch/Read This

December 19th, 2012 (07:33 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: Leverage score music by Joseph LoDuca

This evening, my friend Kiba just posted:

"I just came up with a not especially original idea: an 'If you want to understand me...' list. It would include shows, books, movies, and other influences. Not that different from a list of faves, just introduced a bit differently. And it might be more skewed towards things you quote all the time. So. If you want to understand [Kiba], watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you want to understand [Kiba's sister], watch The Princess Bride and Futurama."

For me, the list would include:

Leverage, my favorite currently-airing TV show. Thanks to the brilliant writers, directors, and cast, this genre-blending series is smart, funny, and touching. It fuses together elements of comedy, drama, action, even romance, with plenty of justice and great stunts to boot. Leverage has memorable main characters who have grown and changed along the way, and all of the five main characters truly matter to one other. By that, I mean that they not only make a dynamic team, but they also connect one-on-one. This show has had a solid impact on me. If you know me, if you really know me, you'll know why I love it so much.

Singin' in the Rain, my favorite movie musical. Thank you, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagan, Arthur Freed, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Nacio Herb Brown, and MGM for making me so happy. I wish I had been a part of that film.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I read this book so many times when I was a child. Anne Shirley shares my optimism, imagination, and determination. Like all of my favorite characters, she's intelligent and imaginative, bold and strong. Simply put, Anne rocks. After you read the book, please watch the Kevin Sullivan adaptations of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. Megan Follows is absolutely wonderful as the title character.

Disney's The Little Mermaid. Like Anne, Ariel shares my optimism and determination. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's score is beautiful. Jodi Benson's voice is wonderful. I want to sing with her. I'm a musical theatre actress-singer, and I would be over the moon if I got to sing in a movie such as this, with a score such as this, surrounded by such talented people. I also love Liz Callaway's vocals in the animated Anastasia.

Books by Christopher Golden, because they are brilliant. He engages me as a reader; he's made me a better writer; and he's a magnificent friend. My favorite Golden books include the Body of Evidence series, the Prowlers series, and The Boys are Back in Town. (More about that book here.)

What books, movies, and TV shows could help me understand you? Leave your comments below!