I made the mistake of thinking YA Discworld wasn't for me, since I
am not young. The upside of this is, even though Pratchett has
finally met Old Boney, there are still some Discworld books I
haven't read (although the rest stand up to rereading), so I'm
working through them. Also the Thursday Next series by Jasper
Fforde, which is not only gripping and funny, but also - rarity of
rarities - makes a strong case for books without resorting to
Guardian-critic elitist snobbery.
I'd be the first to admit that my taste in films is pretty awful,
though. It's not that movies ARE mindless entertainment, but that's
by and large the role they play in my life. My collection is mostly
sci-fi, superhero and anime, although my particular favourites are
a little outside this sphere.
I like music
, but my favourites rotate frequently.
Basically, if you're that interested, go ahead and last.fm
. Ryuichi Sakamoto
is a perennial
favourite. Right now I'm listening to Jens Lekman
. He's great, when I'm in
a twee indie sort of mood. Other times it could be some post-rock
some symphonic metal like Kamelot
. Or Radiohead
or The National
or The Birthday Massacre
or loads of others.
I feel games
are left out of this question because of some
weird idea that they're not for everybody, but I'm going to talk
about them anyway. My favourite games cross traditional ideas of
genre but are undoubtedly those that contain some kind of human
- so rarely has a game made me care about characters I
never actually meet in person; Brothers: A Tale of
- I don't want to spoil it, but the finale sees the
control scheme itself turn from a kinda cool gimmick into a really
emotive storytelling technique; Analogue: A Hate Story
- the other
time a game has made me care about characters I
never actually meet; Thomas Was Alone
- making me
care about characters who are, well, geometry, plus whom I never
really meet, since the whole game is narrated rather than mimetic;
which I think gets
pubescent confusion more than any other
teen drama I've ever seen, much less any game; The Longest
, that kind of thing. Before
you ask, yes, Life is Strange is on my wishlist. In the Google
tradition of using site names as verbs, go ahead and Darkadia
It's hyped up, but Jessica Jones
is really really
really good. Kilgrave is a literal social disease, and the various
effects he has are a sharp study on toxic masculinity.
goes, I used to be a vegetarian but I no longer am.
Sorry. If it's an egg dish, I like it. Unless it's a mushroom
omelette. Mushrooms do not belong in my mouth.