For many years, I primarily read nonfiction, especially adventure stories. I like books that start in the middle or at the end and then come full circle, because these stories start in the thick of the action. Also, whereas too much detail in a fiction story seems to bog things down, I relish the minutia that nonfiction writers unearth, provided they weave it artfully into the story.

In the past few years, I rediscovered my love of fiction, and I prefer to read young adult titles like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Holes by Louis Sachar. As far as the “where” of the setting, I am not too picky. The story could take place in some fantasy realm, or it could take place today. As long as the plot grabs me, I'm happy. If the author goes a step further and brings me into that world, I admit, I'm even happier.

My two favorite books are adult science fiction titles: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde. I've recently become addicted to stories set in a dystopian future where society is broken into factions. I'm also enamored with tall tales like George Fitch’s The Big Strike at Siwash. You know the story is over the top, that the characters are exaggerated, and yet you just eat it up. A sci-fi version of this might be The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

My idea of a good movie is one that entertains me on more than one level. For instance, Sneakers is a great suspenseful movie which also makes me laugh out loud at times. The Princess Bride is a wonderful fantasy which for the most part is a comedy and yet has very powerful scenes dealing with revenge and even a little romance. I like Thank You for Smoking because it is a comedy that occasionally borders on the absurd and at other times makes me think.

A well written script is another feature which attracts me, as in Casablanca, The Philadelphia Story, or Cyrano de Bergerac, where there is clever dialogue. I like a good action film, too, especially if it creates that “on the edge of your seat” feeling, like in Speed or The Bourne Identity. A surprise ending, like in The Sixth Sense, is also a plus. When it comes to comedies, Dave and A Fish Called Wanda are right up my alley. In a nutshell, I enjoy suspenseful movies that make me laugh at their witty dialogue until the surprise ending where I am blown away. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

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