I read most genres if the main character is likable and interesting and the writer paints a setting that you could walk right into and long to visit. I cannot tolerate lengthy descriptions that go on for pages and pages. I would rather the characters and setting details unfold as the story progresses. If I am up until 3:00 a.m. and the story resonates with me throughout the coming day of exhaustion, that's a 5 star read to me.
Although my preference is fiction, I've found some narrative nonfiction enthralling. Fiction based on a true story, a semi-biographical story, or great historical fiction is also appealing. A good mystery is relaxing, but many other types of novels can have an element of suspense or mystery and keep my attention. For years, Dean Koontz’s psychological suspense entertained me.
I enjoy a plot that goes back and forth in time and draws connections between characters in different time periods. It may encompass historical fiction, mystery, and/or fantasy. I like a surprise ending as long as it's not totally unexpected and out of sync with the rest of the book. An ambiguous ending can be frustrating, and I will often make up my own.
Because my life leaves little time for movies, when I do make the time, I often revert to old favorites. My taste is eclectic. If I had to choose a genre, it would be romantic comedy from any era. I also enjoy a good Alfred Hitchcock suspense flick, especially those starring Cary Grant. I am fascinated by the concept of time travel. It doesn’t seem to matter if the film involves history, suspense, romance, or a combination of all three. Some favorites include Peggy Sue Got Married, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Philadelphia Experiment, The Final Countdown, Time After Time, Somewhere in Time, and of course, the whole Back to the Future phenomenon. If I need a true escape, I might choose just about any old Christmas movie, a classic musical like The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, or A Chorus Line, or the totally ridiculous, like Mr. Bean’s 1997 Bean.
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