5 Things I’m Not Ashamed to Say I Love

I love this week’s topic so much because—though I don’t feel guilty about any of my guilty pleasures—I do revel in how geeky and fun they are. Thanks largely in part to social media, I feel like the stereotype of the Serious Writer is starting to fade. Sure, there are still authors out there who would never admit to spending a weekend binge-watching old episodes of Saved by the Bell, or to giving a thought to frivolous things like nail polish and shoe obsessions…but well, what’s the fun in that? Just because we take our craft seriously doesn’t mean we have to take ourselves too seriously. So, I give you:

Natalia’s list of things I love that you wouldn’t expect from a Serious Writer (but that I will proudly geek out over):

1. All things Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Especially the musical episode, “Once More, With Feeling.” Anyone up for a sing-along? 2. Lori has her Kate Spade obsession and Susan’s all things vintage. I love those pretty things, too, but the things I can never resist are eye-makeup and natural skin care (jojoba oil is my can’t-live-without-it item). 3. The last 2 movies I saw and loved? I know everyone’s raving about Boyhood and I’ll probably enjoy it when I eventually get around to it, but the last movies I saw in the theatre were Edge of Tomorrow and the new X-Men. I am a total sucker for a fun action movie with some jokes and explosions mixed in (I’ve watched Bad Boys II so many times I quote it). 4. Pikmin! I’ve loved this video game since it first came out on GameCube, and I’m hoping we’ll get a new Wii soon so I can play Pikmin 3. This game is plain fun and absolutely adorable. Just listen to the song the lil Pikmin sing when you gather them.
My favorite book series was and still continues to be The Last Vampire books by Christopher Pike. I initially thought it was just nostalgia; I did, after all, first read them in the 90s as a youngster. But I also read them again in my early 20s, and mid-20s, and then again, during the last couple of years. The best part? Thanks to the the popularity of books like Twilight, Pike started adding to the series again around 2011. And I devoured those books, too. 403980-L

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Natalia Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novel CHASING THE SUN (Lake Union/New Harvest, June 2014), about a frail marriage tested to the extreme by the wife's kidnapping in Lima, Peru. A former magazine editor, she now works as a freelance writer in Texas. Visit her online at nataliasylvester.com

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  1. I almost saw Edge of Tomorrow (even though the title always makes me think it’s a crossover between Edge of Night and Search for Tomorrow), but I saw Maleficent instead. That worked out okay. I’ll catch Edge of Tomorrow on DVD.

    My big non-guilty pleasure in this area is the Resident Evil series. That’s zombies, though, not vampires. My vampire recommendation is Let the Right One In. That’s a wonderful movie.

    Wait a minute… the original captain of the Enterprise writes vampire books? 🙂

  2. I had no idea you were a gamer! I’m not really anymore, but I was in middle school and high school. There’s a big storage space in my brain that still remembers how to get 99 extra lives in Super Mario Bros and all the secret tricks in Legend of Zelda.

  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is something I watch during Halloween. Love eye makeup.

    Though it’s not Politically Correct, I cannot resist watching James Bond films. I’ve loved them since I was a kid. Cannot resist these cartoonish action movies.

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