Friday, September 05, 2008

Jordan's Meme

While I was trying not to float away with Fay, Jordan memed me again. This one is not at all obnoxious, so I'll bite. This time.

In no particular order, my top ten favorite books that are romances or have excellent romances in them:

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Chase the Moon by Catherine Nicholson
3. House of Scorpio by Pat Wallace
4. Mistress Devon by Virginia Coffman
5. Talyn by Holly Lisle
6. Exposure by Susan Andersen
7. The First Snowdrop by Mary Balogh
8. An Unbreakable Bond by Robyn Donald
9. Tied to the Tracks by Rosina Lippi
10. Killing Time by Linda Howard

Notable: Wallace's House of Scorpio (circa 1975, I think) had the most original and dazzling worldbuilding I've read in a romance novel, ever, period. She also tells six different romances in just one novel. An amazing book, but unfortunately OOP for many years.

Nicholson's Chase the Moon was an epic, sweeping contemporary romance that was also intelligent and thoughtful, and (in my opinion) was written way ahead of its time. I doubt even now readers would appreciate its style, but man, I loved it. The only writer I've seen come close to Catherine's exceptional storytelling is Marjorie M. Liu.

My top ten favorite movies/mini-series, in no particular order:

1. Speed
2. Pride and Prejudice (the A&E mini-series)
3. The Breakfast Club
4. Mumford
5. Children of Dune (the SciFi channel mini-series)
6. Aliens
7. Desperately Seeking Susan
8. Minority Report
9. Underworld
10. Die Hard

I really liked the last remake of P&P with Keira Knightley (sp?), which I thought was beautifully done, but Colin Firth still remains the ultimate Mr. Darcy.

While I think up ways to get even with Jordan, anyone want to add their lists in comments?


  1. OMG you also love Mumford? Most people have never heard of it. (And I agree about Mr. D.)

    No list here, but I'll add two movies: Harold and Maude and Benny and Joon.

  2. Awww.... You only like Colin Firth because of the wet breeches scene! But... I'm wit'chew there!

  3. I'll add a few movies and a comment:

    1. Hopscotch with Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson.

    2. Under the Lighthouse Dancing.

    3. I.Q. With Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins and Walter Matthau (playing Albert Einstein!)

    4. Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

    6. Pass the Ammo.

    The comment is, as a parent of two teenagers, I find myself delighting in introducing them to movies of my teens (like most of the early John Hughes films,) that they might not have even considered watching from our video collection.

  4. I was also surprised to see Mumford on the list! It's such a great movie and no one has ever heard of it!

  5. You had me at MUMFORD.

  6. Movies (no particular order)
    The Princess Bride
    Shakespeare in Love
    Pride & Prejudice (A&E version)
    Star Wars (the original trilogy)
    Romancing the Stone
    Like Water for Chocolate

    For books I can't usually name individual titles. Author/series maybe. Like Jane Austens' works. The Harry Potter series. Dickens. Wuthering Heights. The Scarlet Pimpernell. Isabel Allende. Robin Hobb. Karen Robards. Maeve Binchy. As I write this I'm noticing a strongly UK/England bent to my preferences.....hmmm...

  7. I agree that Colin Firth is the best Mr. Darcy.

  8. Holy Cow! I thought I was the only person in the world who had ever read Chasing the Moon. I absolutely loved it. I have an original copy on my keeper shelf, and after saving the kids and the dog, I think it might be one of the things I try to grab if the house ever catches fire. Classic, old school romance with a twist.

  9. I agree with Kristi, The Scarlet Pimpernell was fantastic. I also add the White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey. It was a huge influence on my love of fantasy/sci fi as a kid.

    Movies/TV series, in no particular order:
    1. Die Hard
    2. I definitely agree on the Children of Dune. Fabulously done mini-series.
    3. Aliens, also top of my list.
    4. The Replacement Killers: The romantic tension between the two main characters gives me a grin every time.
    5. The Wedding Date-It *really* took me by surprise.
    6. The Fifth Element
    7. The entire series of Firefly
    8. Hope Floats
    9. Sahara
    10. Pitch Black

  10. ok...i'm adding my 2 cents worth:

    1. aliens 1-4
    2. 50 first dates
    3. the wedding singer
    4. the wedding date (OMG DERMOT MULRONEY!!!!)
    5. p&p with k.k. i didn't see the one with colin firth but i'd better judging from this thread
    6. sense and sensibility
    7. the matrix 1 & 2 (3rd was horrible)
    8. godfather 1 & 2 (3rd was horrible)
    9. the mummy 1 & 2 (again with the 3rd)
    10. while you were sleeping
    11. van helsing (love hugh jackman)