The concept of having favorites — as in, adamantly stating I like this particular thing much more than that — is kind of foreign to me. The hardest questions for me to answer are ones like these:
What are your favorite movies?
What are your favorite foods?
What kind of music do you like?
I do have preferences for certain things over others, of course — but they’re way more broad than they are specific. When it comes to movies, my preferences are genres instead of titles. I like action and dramas. Comedies are good, too, as long as they’re not the overly dumbed-down type. And I don’t watch horror movies unless someone else is in the room with me (I guess I’m a bit of a wuss).
If you ask me what kind of music I like? Rock and alternative. I listen to pop and R&B, too, along with a little bit of rap and a few country songs. More than anything though, it’s a particular song I’ll identify with instead of the person singing it. Just because I like one song by an artist doesn’t mean I’ll go out and buy all their music.
This may seem foreign to those who can watch one movie multiple times, or people who are die-hard fans of a particular band. (My U2-loving Aunt Cathy comes to mind. How many concerts has she been to now? 50?)
I’m not sure why I don’t have overwhelming favorites. If you asked me to write a Top-10 list of movies, bands, or books, I could probably wrack my brain and come up with some that I like — but even then, they wouldn’t necessarily be in order of preference.
When I’m asked these questions, even though I know the person asking is just trying to get an idea of what I like, I always have to stop and search my brain. It kind of sucks, because when you tell someone that you don’t have a favorite movie or a favorite song, sometimes the person looks at you like, “What do you mean? How can you not?” (Especially if they’re a huge movie and/or music fan.)
I guess I need to sit down and figure out some ready answers to these questions, just to have something I can pull from on the spur of the moment.