Pop Culture Favorites of Cerella D. Sechrist

Cerella D. SechristGuest blogging this week is Cerella D. Sechrist, author of Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In keeping with the spirit of this blog, Cerella agreed to list her own favorites in Pop Culture for us. The two of us share a great love of movies, music, literature, television, and, yes, celebrities, and we spend many emails discussing the finer (and lesser) merits of our favorites. It has bonded us for over a decade now, and I am thrilled that she agreed to share some of those interests with you. It’s even more appropriate that we feature this today, on Oscar Nominations Day!
Don’t forget to read all the way to the end for details on TODAY’S GIVEAWAY! It’s one of my favorite gifts to create for friends, and I’m so happy to have the chance to offer it to readers this week in celebration of my friend Cerella.

Cerella is Currently Reading:
Rumors by Anna GodbersenRumors by Anna Godbersen, the second book in her series The Luxe. It’s been described as Edith Wharton meets Gossip Girl, and that’s pretty accurate. It’s got enough teen angst to keep you giddy, but it’s classy enough to make you feel rather posh and high-society while reading it. (And the covers are absolutely brilliant!)
Next up on my To-Be-Read list is Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl, Nancy Moser’s Just Jane and Scott Westerfeld’s Extras.

Currently Watching:
TNT’s Leverage. If anyone reads this blog regularly, they’ll know Jules paid me to say that. 😉
Seriously, though, I was a fan of the original show (BBC’s Hustle), and while the Brits usually do it better on this type of thing, I think Leverage has far surpassed what Hustle accomplished. The stunts alone are enough to keep you tuning in — it’s a great ‘group’ show, where you can share it with most members of the family (depending on their ages!), as well as friends or couples. It’s just plain FUN.
LostI’m also anticipating the final season of Lost. And for anyone who is interested in whom I’d most like to be stranded on the island with:    In terms of survival, I think I’d choose Locke. Yes, he’s a little crazy, but he’s lively. And I just don’t trust Jack entirely. (His controlling instincts remind me too much of myself, I think. We’d probably harpoon each other in a matter of hours.)
Wait, scratch that. I’d trust Sayid more than I’d trust Locke. Yeah. Definitely Sayid, for survival.
In terms of entertainment, I think I’d choose Sawyer. Because the bantering would be too much fun, and I’d love to see what nicknames he’d come up with for me.
In terms of just listening to him talk, it would be Desmond. I’d make him read to me from one of Sawyer’s books so I could listen to that Scottish accent all day long.
NOTE: Cerella, when you go looking for Desmond, he’ll be with me. Jus’ sayin’ — Jules


Currently Listening to:
That song featured on the Dear John movie trailer — “Set the Fire to the Third Bar” by Snow Patrol with Martha Wainwright. This song is ADDICTIVE. I love it. Look for it to show up on one of my future book soundtracks because it has all the makings of a ‘must play in the background’ track.
Briar Cox - Letters to MyselfSpeaking of book soundtracks — I’m currently loving the CD “Letters to Myself” by my friend, Briar Cox. He was gracious enough to allow me to feature one of the songs on my novel’s soundtrack. It’s the coolest thing ever to find songs you think fit a scene in your book, and it’s even BETTER when you know the person who wrote them. His music is exactly what I would love to hear if my book were made into a movie. Hey. You never know. =)
I highly recommend checking out his CD, available on iTunes, not just because he’s my friend… but because he’s good.

Celebrities Currently On My Radar:
Ben Barnes — WHEN will Dorian Gray arrive in the United States?!?
Gemma Arterton — I first noticed her in the mini-series Lost in Austen, before her brief role in Quantum of Solace. I think she’s going places.
Ryan Reynolds - BergDakota Fanning — The girl’s cute, and I think she’s working her way toward some decent acting chops. I’m just hoping she’s not the next Kirsten Dunst.
Amy Adams — Is there any role this girl can’t play???
Shia LeBeouf — Who knew the geeky kid from Even Stevens would turn out to be such a hottie?!
Ryan Reynolds (pictured, right) — Because he’s been on the radar for years, and I love that he’s becoming more and more well known. Anyone remember Berg from Two Guys and a Girl?

All-Time Favorite Book:   Are you kidding me? I only get one? LOL!
Let me break it down another way instead:
favorite booksBook that makes me laugh out loud more often than any other: Confessions of a Shopaholic (or any of the Shopaholic series books) by Sophie Kinsella. You think you know materialism? You don’t have a clue.
Book that makes me think the most: The Holy Wild by Mark Buchanan. Hands down, Buchanan wins my award for author with the most talent for verbal imagery.
Book that made me weep the hardest: Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers. You will never be the same. Ever.
Book that made me want to go back in time: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Book that made me fall in love with the Wild West: Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson, along with Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Book that pleasantly surprised me by its depth: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Favorite Individual Character:
It all comes down to the characters we can’t forget — the ones we want to be or that we wish could be our best friends. The ones that live the life we’d like to live with the courage and tenacity we’d love to see in ourselves. For that reason, I’d have to say my favorite character is Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. It took her awhile, but she eventually mastered her pride, won her man and learned to handle life’s grievances with dignity. And a witty way with words is always to be admired in my book!

Favorite Genre:    Historical sagas, Young Adult, Classics
Favorite Author(s):   Diana Gabaldon, Sophie Kinsella, Mark Buchanan, Margaret George, Francine Rivers, Ted Dekker and Edith Wharton
All-Time Favorite Film:
Like potato chips — you can’t have just one. Here’s a sampling:
Favorite Western: 3:10 to Yuma
Favorite Civil War: Gone with the Wind
Favorite Car Movie: Gone in 60 Seconds tied with The Fast and the Furious
Favorite Heist film: Ocean’s 11
Favorite Spy: Spy Game and Casino Royale
Favorite Historical: Last of the Mohicans, The Patriot, The New World, King Arthur, Cutthroat Island
Favorite Sci-Fi: Pitch Black, Children of Dune
Favorite Trilogy: Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite Disney: Pocahontas, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid
Favorite Pixar: A Bug’s Life and Bolt. Okay, so Bolt isn’t technically Pixar, but it has the same feel, IMO!

Joan CrawfordFavorite Actors:   A handful of long-running faves:
Ladies: Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, Bryce Dallas Howard, Charlize Theron, Claire Danes, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Liv Tyler, Gina Torres, Joan Crawford
Gents: Owen Wilson, Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Colin Farrell, Ioan Gruffudd, James Frain, James Purefoy, Russell Crowe, Steve McQueen

Favorite Film Genre:    Action/Adventure, historical epics, blockbusters, and classics of the 40s and 50s
First Celebrity Crush: Charlie Schlatter in the TV series version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.   I was 11.
Celebrity crush that endured the longest:
Scott Bairstow. It began with finding him in the TV series Lonesome Dove and ended approximately ten years later when he was convicted of assault charges. (It was just too much for me, and he sort of drifted off the radar after that!)

Favorite Television Series (past or present):
I cannot even begin to narrow this one down. Lonesome Dove — both the series and The Outlaw Years; The Magnificent Seven; Legacy; Lost; Leverage; Battlestar Galactica; Alias; Heroes; Two Guys and a Girl… The list just goes on and on and on… LOL

Favorite TV Character(s):
Christian Kane as Eliot SpencerRight now, it’s probably Eliot from Leverage. Being that Eliot/Christian Kane is a constant source of email trivia from Jules here, I can’t help but be interested in this character. Since she shares with me all manner of background on the actor and his development of said character — along with YouTube videos and analyses of the fight scenes, I’m sort of compelled to take an interest in this guy!
I think what I like about Eliot is that even though he’s the ‘tough guy’, I’m usually laughing at him. (I would never tell him that, though. He’d probably body slam me for saying so.)

Favorite TV Genre:    Doesn’t matter, so long as it has a compelling premise and an engaging cast. I’ll watch anything from sci-fi to drama to crime shows to comedy. It just has to be a story well presented.
Favorite Musician or Group:    My top ten (in no particular order): Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas, Jewel, Melanie Doane, Vertical Horizon, Lifehouse, Sara Bareilles, Good Charlotte, The Fray, Dido
Favorite Musical Genre:
My family has always been exceptionally well-rounded when it comes to music, and I was raised to appreciate a wide range of genres. I’ll listen to just about anything, be it folk music from the seventies (Ian & Sylvia), musicals (Chicago, Newsies), old school jazz (Nina Simone, Chet Baker), country (Keith Urban, SheDaisy), classical (Vivaldi), bluegrass (Alison Krauss), punk (Good Charlotte), world (Loreena McKennit), pop, rock, etc. I’m most fond of listening to instrumental movie soundtracks when I write.

Favorite Album or Song:
Adam's Rib - Melanie DoaneYou know how there’s often one album that just strikes at the right time in your life, when you need it most, to carry you through? For me, it’s Melanie Doane’s Adam’s Rib from several years ago. I’ve played it so many times, my sister refuses to listen to it anymore. She won’t let me play a single song from that album while in her presence. More recently, The Fray’s current self-titled album also indicates it’s going to have the same hold on me that Adam’s Rib has for so many years.

Inspired by Cerella’s extensive list of
pop culture interests, not to mention our shared love of movies in general,
TODAY’S GIVEAWAY is a movie-themed gift package!
One winner will receive a box of goodies that includes a $10.00 gift card to Blockbuster, Confetti candy-flavored popcorn, and some of Cerella’s personal favorite cinema treats.
To enter* for your chance to win, leave a comment here and tell us the name
of your first Celebrity Crush
. Comments will close tonight, Tuesday, at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and posted on this blog Wednesday, February 3.
*One additional entry may be earned by mentioning this post via Twitter. Be sure to return here and add your Twitter post link to a second comment so it will be counted as an entry.
*One additional entry may be earned by leaving a comment on Cerella’s blog via this link.

Be sure to come back tomorrow when Cerella takes on the challenge of writing about One Word. And there will also be CHOCOLATE!



Posted on 2 February 2010, in People I Love and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. My favorite literary genre is..well gosh that’s a hard question. but I will go with Chick lit. Even though the genre is slowly dying, i still enjoy reading books like that because right now I’m in the target audience and it really speaks to me


  2. Oh the memories! My first celeb crush was Jonathan Taylor Thomas when I was in the fourth grade! I watched Home Improvement every week just to see him. It also helped that HI was the only show that the whole family agreed on watching so we always made a point to sit down and watch it together.

    xoxo~ Renee


  3. My first celebrity crush that I can remember was Bill Paxton. I just loved him in Twister! I watched the movie like a million times I think! That’s kind of embarrassing to admit now. Haha!


  4. ok i SWORE there was a different question when i originally answered (i swear i’m not that dumb! lol)
    anyways my first celeb crush was probably Gabriel Damon from Newsies (Spot Conlon) i’ve been a fan of Brooklyn ever since because of him.


  5. @Deborah – don’t worry about the double posts! I’m just glad you came back and mentioned Newsies! I love that musical. 🙂
    @Renee – good one!! JTT is a nice choice for a first crush! 😉
    @Elana – hey, Paxton has had his moments over the years! After all, I used to crush on his best friend, Michael Biehn. 🙂


  6. Okay, I made this whole post about how much I love Bill Paxton and then realized it was Bill PULLMAN. LOL Hollywood really shouldn’t allow two men to come to fame at the same time when they have similar names and similar appearances. Confusing!

    These are all great choices for celeb crushes, ladies! Love knowing how varied we can all be in our tastes.


  7. HA HA!! I was just signing on here to remark that you had your Bills mixed up!! Happens to the best of us. (Though I honestly can’t remember it ever happening to YOU. But I’m glad you referenced a Sandra Bullock movie. I loved her in Sleeping…


  8. Nice blog Jules! 🙂 My first celebrity crush was hands down Optimus Prime. I always thought that was weird, but when the Transformers movie came out the first thing I said as we left was no wonder I liked Optimus so much, HE ROCKS! 🙂 silly stuff! 🙂


  9. @melissa – NICE answer! And I’m glad you shared it here. 🙂


  10. Olivia Newton John…I was about 11 or 12, Xanadu just came out, then her Physical album. Just in time for awakening hormones.


  11. Oh man, it was Jon Bon Jovi. I had a life size poster of him up on by bedroom door when I was growing up. When I look at pictures now, I am baffled at what attracted me to his long, wild hair. Maybe it was his songs, I don’t know.


  12. Johnny Depp–those “21 Jump Street” re-runs after school did something to me.


  13. Cerella I cannot say how proud I am of you. Your talent I’ve witnessed for years so the success of your published book doesn’t surprise me.

    In reading over your favorite it amazed me how many are mine.

    I wish you the best!



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