Before I get to the answers, I should point out that for all
categories I am incapable of giving an answer that I actually feel
confident is accurate. I can never think of what my "favorite" is,
and I'm always sure I'm forgetting something important, but I can
give some top ones that come to mind.
(a) To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series (a common
favorite, I know, and there was some disappointment with the last
one, but a great example of how a series can grow), The Golden
Compass (don't see the movie, trust me, it captures virtually
nothing of what is great about the book), Watchmen(graphic novel,
but really so much more than that term captures), Maus & Maus
II (ditto), The Education of T.C. MITS;
(b) The Truman Show, Big Fish, Mulan, Star Wars (the original is
still my favorite), The Red Violin, Hero (Jet Li, not Dustin
Hoffman), Dogma; Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was the best film
adaptation of the character until Batman Begins which was the best
until The Dark Knight, which WOW!
(c) big fan of Seth Kaufman, and if you know who that is I'll be
STUNNED, but my favorite album of all time is Metallica's black
album; that lets you know that I'm into instrumentals and rock (I
know it's metal, but that's one of the few places you can get real
rock anymore), and I also listen to jazz, blues, and opera;
honestly the only stuff I don't care for is pop (except 80's...
sorry, nostalgia) and contemporary country which is really just pop
with cowboy hats;
(d) spaghetti and meatballs, but I don't eat red meat (or poultry),
so I use fake stuff, so it's actually just spaghetti and balls; at
any rate, I love many, many foods from almost all cooking
traditions, many of which are my own creations, so I can't really
do them justice by naming them right here.