Q&A: POP CULTURE OF MY LIFE
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The book that cemented me as a writer
I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was in third grade — for some reason, I wanted to write about a couple of girls in my class. The idea of writing a book series really cemented me as a writer. To this day, I have the Girls of Canby Hall collection, which I cannot bring myself to throw out, and I needed to read all the books in the Sweet Valley series and the Sweet Dreams series. I so wanted to be one of the writers who contributed to the Sweet Dreams series but had very limited real-life experience. Also, I loved writing dedications and acknowledgement pages for my family and friends.
The movie I’ve watched over and over again
Just one movie? Because I can watch probably about dozen movies over and over and never become bored. Top three: Sense and Sensibility, The Avengers (the first one — not the terrible sequel), and When Harry Met Sally.
I’m adding seven more movies to create a top 10 list: Titanic (two people totally could have fit on the door); The Cutting Edge (“Those are figure skates, pal.”); Long Kiss Goodnight starring Geena David and Samuel L. Jackson; the Lord of the Ring trilogy, which I’m counting as one really long movie; Notting Hill (“I’m just a girl …”); You’ve Got Mail (love a good Meg Ryan movie); and Runaway Bride (love a good Julia Roberts movie).
Aw, crap, I forgot about The Sound of Music and The Princess Bride. Can I add Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation? I’ve watched that movie at least a dozen times ever since it hit DVD. I completely forgot about Miss Congeniality and Speed (the first ones not the sequels).
The last film I saw in the theater
The new Ghostbusters movie starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
The albums I know by heart
The soundtrack to The Sound of Music; Debbie Gibson’s debut album, Out of the Blue; and Rick Astley’s debut album, Whenever You Need Someone.
Which movie should never ever be rebooted?
The Goonies and The Princess Bride.
My last TV binge
Reaper. The show, about a twenty-something kid who works for the devil, originally aired on the CW years ago, and I caught Season 1 episodes here and there. A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the first season and continued to binge the entire season in one week.
My favorite ’90s jam
Probably Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn. Every time I hear the piano intro, I have an urge to learn to play it on the piano.
The song that always makes me feel better
All the different renditions of Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper. Such a sad but melodic song, but I love singing along to the versions by Quietdrive and Eva Cassidy. I don’t know why, but I usually feel better after singing and listening to that song.
The group of fictional pals I dream of joining
I want to be in the weapons department in S.H.I.E.L.D., either creating or testing all the cool gadgets. I would harbor a huge crush on Agent Phil Coulson and be close friends with Agent Hill and the Black Widow. I don’t want to be front and center with the Avengers, but of course, Captain America, Hawkeye, and other superheroes would know who I am.
The other fictional pals I would want to hang with would be the Scooby gang from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I would want to train with Buffy and gain amazing fighting skills, and I would study with Willow and cast awesome spells. The group was never popular in school, which never mattered to them anyway, and incredibly close-knit and loyal.
My favorite movie
I really don’t think I could pick just one, but if my life depended on it, When Harry Met Sally.
My guilty pleasure movie
The Christmas movies on Lifetime and Hallmark. Every now and then, one of the movies can make me tear up just a little.
Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek, without any hesitation. One of my nephews shoots me a dirty look anytime I say Star Wars is dumb.
The name of my memoir
Could You Please Repeat That because I’m always asking people to repeat things. Or Short Cute Korean Girl because I’m always using that phrase to describe myself.
The TV show that doesn’t get its due
Catastrophe starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney. I fell in love with the show from the very first episode. The show is absolutely brilliant and completely hilarious, and I am furious each season only contains six episodes.
Other than my sisters and I, does anyone else love the Goldbergs? I started watching the show last year based on my sisters’ recommendations, and now I need to get my hands on the first two seasons.
Speechless starring Minnie Driver and Kripke from The Big Bang Theory is a new show, and I think the first few episodes are hilarious! I love the premise and the family’s hilarious imperfections. Minnie Driver is fantastic.
What I’m reading now
Room by Emma Donoghue. The book has been on my nightstand for the past four or five months now.
What I’m really reading now
A Body to Die For by Kate White. I started the book months ago but haven’t finished it yet.
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