Tom asked: When you were growing up did your parents let you watch television? If so, what were some of your favorite programs?
I grew up in the '80s, and we were allowed to watch a few select shows on PBS. I loved Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Square One, Reading Rainbow, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, though different ones in different stages of my childhood. Every Saturday night, my brother and I would watch reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show to keep us out of Dad's earshot while he memorized his sermon. And we watched every episode of Five Mile Creek over and over and over and over as a family.
Later on, when I was a teen, we watched a little more TV. We started watching Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman in its third or fourth season. We were allowed to watch all kinds of classic TV shows, though, especially The Andy Griffith Show and Star Trek and Combat! and I Love Lucy and Little House on the Prairie, and just about any western we could find. This was the '90s, before DVDs, and we didn't have cable, so most of our watching was limited to things we recorded on VHS at my grandparents' house in the summer (they had cable!), whatever we could rent from the video store or library, and eventually the things show on a little start-up broadcast station, which is where we discovered Combat! when I was 14.
We couldn't watch TV any old time, though. We watched things together as a family on Friday nights, and we watched DQMW on Saturday night with Mom. Otherwise, the only TV or movie-watching we got to do was if we were too sick to do schoolwork.
Also what is the first movie you ever remember seeing?
I have definite, early memories of watching The Sound of Music (1965), The Adventures of the Wilderness Family (1975), and Rocky II (1979). I'm not at all sure which of those I saw first. Those were all on video -- I know I saw a couple of movies in the theater earlier than that, but I don't have actual memories of watching them, I just know that I did.
Sarah asked: What is your favorite movie that you think most people underrate?
The Lone Ranger (2013).
|(This is how I feel when people denigrate it.)|
And least favorite that most people overrate?
The remake version of 3:10 to Yuma (2007). The 1957 original is magnificent -- so tense and dramatic. The remake is splashy and over-violent, and the ending didn't work for me at all. (However! Russell Crowe was thoroughly enjoyable, even if what his character did in the ending was nonsensical.)
|(This is how I feel when people talk about how awesome the remake is,|
especially when they say, "Oh, was there an old version too?")
Naomi Bennet asked: What's your current desktop background?
What a fun question! On our desktop computer it's a picture of my three kids on Easter Sunday :-) On my laptop, which I use for the majority of my fiction writing, it's this:
What's the last movie you watched?
Robin Hood (2010). The last anything at all that I watched, though, was the 2-part season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which we finally watched last night.
What made you decide to blog in the first place?
The hubris of a recent college graduate who thought she had things to say that were worth sharing with the world :-)
More answers coming later!