Now for something completely unrelated: I was looking over the interests list on Friendster, having been drawn back into that madness by a stupid e-mail announcing new features. As I was updating my “favorites” lists, I was struck by the fact that there’s sometimes a vast gap between things that are actually my favorites and the things that I would like to have in common as favorites with someone else. For instance, this year, the movie I probably enjoyed most in the theater, in terms of sheer laughter and it being exactly what I needed at that moment, was Starsky and Hutch. I recognize all its faults, believe me — particularly now that I’ve seen the original shows — but it was entertaining. I liked it.
But the movie that I saw for the first time this year that I would most like to have in common with someone else as an interest — i.e., the movie that would, to me, indicate that another person and I had similar taste in films — would probably be The Royal Tenenbaums. This is the same with music. I’ve been listening to a lot of Sheryl Crow recently, but hearing someone else claim to be a big fan of Sheryl Crow wouldn’t be an immediate bonding point for me. However, if someone said to me, “I’ve been listening to a lot of Keane, recently,” or “I’ve been sort of drawn in by Ben Folds,” my ears would perk up.
So in the end I ended up listing, as I do on the LJ interests list, a mix of current favorites and long-term, less mainstream, more “interesting” interests. I guess it’s the difference between how I am and how I want to be perceived, but I don’t think I’m the only one who does this.