From time to time when I sit down to write a blog entry I don’t have a really solid topic in mind. On those days I used to reach for a nice review to plug into the gap, but lately I haven’t been finishing a lot of movies and/or books, so that’s not really an option. Which leaves me with a little bit to say about a variety of topics, none of which provide enough grist for a whole blog entry on their own.
Seeing as how that’s the case, I’ve decided to present a short list of things I don’t really get. As usual, I welcome your commentary on these subjects, especially since these are things I don’t get. Maybe you can help me work out what I can’t on my own.
So, without further ado, here are five things I don’t get, listed in no particular order.
- Musical theater. My wife loves musical theater and so do a lot of other people. Grab a copy of Les Misérables and drop it in the ol’ Blu-Ray player and my wife is satisfied for hours. I, on the other hand, am desperately looking for the exit.
Occasionally I’ll see some bit of theater I like. I’m fond of the musical version of Once, for example, and for some weird reason Rock of Ages is growing on me. God help me if I ever get my hands on a copy of Mamma Mia! because my ABBA fandom will make me squee and squee and squee. Dangerous stuff.
But the thing is, I just don’t get it. It’s one thing to watch a so-called “jukebox musical” with a lot of songs you already know plugged in, but it’s another to watch something with a bunch of new material. And don’t even get me started on the operetta style, which I absolutely detest. Either talk or sing, but don’t sing-talk to one another.
Even Elvis did not get musicals, and if the King didn’t understand them, then what chance do I have? I might like Hugh Jackman, but I’m disinclined to watch him in Oklahoma! I’m just not into it.
- Getting interviews. If there’s one thing that sells more books than anything else, it’s exposure. People can’t buy what they don’t know about. The first thing that helps in that regard is straight-up advertising, the second is reviews and the third are author interviews.