Almost every time I read a book, watch a tv show or movie, or discover a new band, I end up looking deeper. Without fail, I manage to find something even better out there. When I was a kid I loved Transformers, so a friend suggested I watch Voltron. It was way better in my opinion. Later in life when I was in grade 9 I started listening to EDM (electronic dance music). All I ever heard was the radio type stuff and mix CDs with more commercial friendly genres, until I met the right people who showed me true EDM. And even now, I find new websites and software, until after further research I realize the ones I just swore where so amazing are now dwarfed compared to the other versions of the same thing.
After reading a book a few years ago I swore I would read the authors other books. After reading the other books, I started reading books pertaining to the same subjects written by different authors. The result was that I read more books in that six months than all the required reading I had from grades 1-12. And I ended up not really liking the author anymore who got me started on that journey.
This got me thinking. “Do all of us research what we like, or are we happy with what we have in front of us?” I’m sad to say the answer is NO. Just ask a Twilight fan if they know who Bram Stoker is. They may tell you it’s the guy from Sharron, Lois, and Bram.
Finding inspiration in someone else’s ideas is perfectly healthy. I don’t dare start a war with twilight fans. I’m sure they have just as many reasons to poke fun at the things I like. What I’m trying to say is don’t just scratch the surface. Don’t just take what the media gives you and not look beyond the pretty gift wrapping. Although I have loved some of the blockbusters, and fan favorites, and New York Times best sellers, most of my true favorites of all time where because I took the time to find what I like and made the decision on my own. It’s also a rewarding feeling to discover a gem without seeing a single ad, commercial, or trailer about it.
Some gems I’ll share with you are:
Chromeo- great Canadian music duo I heard about when researching the group Justice.
Neil Strauss- very entertaining author who shares my habit of exhausting research of subjects that spark his interest. Discovered while reading an article in Mclean’s Magazine.
It’s all gone Pete Tong- Fantastic movie about a DJ who loses his hearing. First watched it after reading a review of a different movie (human traffic). The website said people who liked this movie also like these movies. I took their word for it and I’ve been happy I did ever since.
Picture courtesy of boomtron.com and meme generator app from apple app store. Picture from the motion picture Bram Stokers Dracula.