I love to read and am always reading something. Sometimes it is a book for school but more often than not it’s just something I picked up. I have favorite authors and favorite genres but I don’t limit myself by that at all. I tend to read almost everything I can clap my eyes on, from cereal box backs to billboards, to the instructions that come with just about everything (those can be rather humorous if they’ve been translated from another language).
Movies and television are also something that easily amuses me. I have yet to figure out where this comes from but I have noted that most of my siblings are the same way. As a matter of fact, when the television is on it tends to lure us in like a siren song. My dad has always been notorious for walking in at the worst part, however. If a movie had a nude scene or bad language, that’s when he entered the room.
I’m not particularly high-brow either. Sorry to disappoint, but my tastes run rather broad. My most important goal in media is entertainment. If I’m not entertained then it won’t hold my interest. Um, and I’m pretty easily entertained.
I also enjoy media that is informative, instructive and profound. I love putting down a book or walking out of a movie with a “smack my forehead” experience! This is when you know you have been ignorant or sheltered and someone has hit that cord. I’m not necessarily talking about a “history lesson” as most of those are incorrect (I’ve found) but about lessons about human emotions and relations. Those are amazing to watch, when done correctly.
Picking apart why something strikes me is one of my favorite things to do, so welcome to my media autopsy.