Help your potential matches find common interests.
Disclaimer: These aren't necessarily my favorites,
but they spring to mind.
Authors: N. K. Jemisin, Douglas Adams, Terry
Pratchett, China Mieville, Octavia Butler, Alan Moore, and Neil
Movies: Lord of the Rings (they're better than the
books and I'll defend that position to the death or the successful
refutation thereof), Brick, Princess Mononoke, Alien, The Prestige,
Pan's Labyrinth, Star Wars: Episodes IV through VI, the Fifth
Element, and Die Hard.
Shows: Bob's Burgers, Adventure Time, Regular
Show, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Cowboy Bebop, Buffy, Luther,
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Office, X Files, Clone High,
and the Wire (which may be the most perfect television I've
Music: Most of my music collection is gaming
soundtracks, remixes, and chiptunes. Exceptions include Johnny
Cash, Daftpunk, and Beyoncé (there is a time and a place for "Blow"
to get stuck in your head, and 2:00 PM in the office is NOT
Food: Burgers and bread are passions for me, and I
can speak at length about both. I'll be happy to tell you why bacon
is a poor choice to order on your burger despite how delicious it
is. Sandwiches of any kind are high in my esteem. I love Mexican,
too (like any good Californian boy). Korean food is fucking
amazing. There's an Off The Grid market near my work three times a
week; my favorite trucks are KoJa Kitchen, Old World Food Truck,
and Rib Whip (solely for Grandma Ruth's buttermilk pie).
Beer: Stouts and IPAs are my favorites, with all
manner of Belgian ales close behind. I'm trying to learn to like
sours. The only style of beer I come close to disliking outright is
most types of lagers, and that's just because I'd rather have an
ale. In terms of brewers, I like Dogfish Head, Green Flash, Ballast
Point, North Coast, Stone, Allagash, and Goose Island
(begrudgingly, since Anheuser-Busch owns them).
Video Games: Hearthstone, Dark Souls, Nuclear
Throne, Half-Life, Team Fortress 2, Mass Effect, Portal, Super Meat
Boy, and why the hell not, Final Fantasy VII.
TL;DR: I don't think this applies as much here,
but here goes. Sci-fi and fantasy, whatever's on the radio, burgers
and craft beer, and first-person shooters and indie games.