Help your potential matches find common interests.
Disclaimer: These aren't necessarily my favorites,
but they spring to mind quickly.
Authors: N. K. Jemisin (The Inheritance
trilogy), Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The
Galaxy), Terry Pratchett (Good Omens), China Miéville
(Perdido Street Station), Octavia Butler (Fledgling),
Alan Moore (Top Ten), and Neil Gaiman (Anansi
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 starting to like sours and
I'm SO PROUD OF MYSELF. 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 Cascade,
Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, Green Flash, Ballast Point, North Coast,
Stone, Allagash, and Goose Island (begrudgingly, since
Anheuser-Busch owns them).
Video Games: Mass Effect, Dark Souls, Hearthstone,
Binding of Isaac, Nuclear Throne, Spelunky, Fallout, Half-Life,
Team Fortress 2, 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.