Readers’ Choice

In September, October and November of 2005 I ran Readers’ Choice contests where I asked contestants to list their favorite things (movies, heroes & heroines, and musicians). The contestants were given the option to remain anonymous, and while many were shy, the following lists chose to have their picks posted (yay!). Thank you everyone for participating. Sept is alphabetical by state, Oct and Nov by name. Enjoy. :D

September – movie faves
October – heroes & heroines
November – musicians

Reader State Movie Fave(s)
Sherry AR North & South
Joy AZ Casablanca, The Quiet Man, GWTW
Jung BC, Canada Gone With the Wind
Sue BC, Canada The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Robin BC, Canada well I really like the Movie based on Charles Dickens novel “Nicolas Nickleby”
Fran Belmont Any James Dean movies
Karen Belmont Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Gone with the Wind, Grease and more
Kristine CA Van Helsing
Maggie CA Pride and Prejudice (1995 version with Colin Firth)
Fabiola CA Dirty Dancing, Yours, Ours and Mine and The Greatest Show on Earth
Lisa CA Moonstruck, Romancing The Stone, anything with Cary Grant!
Carol CA Scent of a Woman
Silvina CA Wuthering Heights
Pam CT Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Debra CT Ever After
Gloria England Gone with the Wind
Joan FL Gone With The Wind
D’Andrea FL Top Gun, anything with Tom Cruise in it
Richa FL My favorite movies are Grease, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Dirty Dancing. CLASSICS!
Joelle France Papillon with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffmann, Pennies from Heaven by Herbert Ross, Faces by John Cassavetes
Anita GA Ghost
BJ GA The Pacifier, Flashdance & Footloose
Gigi GA Phantom of the Opera, Gone With the Wind, Shall We Dance
Nicole Germany Emma
Diane IA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Kim IL Dangerous Beauty – I’ve watched that movie so many times. It’s a story that’s just like a historical romance book that I can’t put down till the end and one I want to read over and over again. haha!
Mary IL The Quiet Man, The Searchers, The Shootist
Kim IN While you were sleeping, How to lose a guy in ten days and anything with Matthew McConaughey:D
Cynthya IN The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Elena Italy My big fat greek wedding
Earlene KA has to be Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl
Crystal KY Pirate of the Caribbean
Amy KY The Outsiders, Sixteen Candles, The Allnighter
Beth MA Princess Bride, League of Distinguished Gentlemen and Grease I can’t help it every time it comes on I have to watch it even though I’ve seen it 100 x’s
Susan MA Sleepless in Seattle
Magen MI Queen Of The Damned, Thirteen Ghosts & The Crow
Erin MN Under The Tuscan Sun
Jane MO Seventh Heaven, Gillmore Girls, Everwood
Martha MS Forrest Gump, Maverick, Raising Arizona
Chere N/A Braveheart, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Doctor Zhivago
Tim N/A Beauty Shop
Stanislava N/A Lord of the Rings, Kate and Leopold, The English Patient
Pam NC Shining Through, While You Were Sleeping
Karen NC Gone With The Wind; Dirty Dancing
Melissa NC An Officer and a Gentleman
Amanda NC A Beautiful Mind
Susan NE The Great Gatsby
Jody NE Gone With the Wind, The Grapes of Wrath, Independence Day
Amy NE Beauty and the Beast, Murphy’s Romance and Practical Magic
Lois NJ Empire Strikes Back, Revenge of the Sith and Phantom of the Opera :)
Cynthia NJ Ray
Ivka NJ Gone With the Wind
Samantha NY Run Away Bride
Peggy OH The Sound of Music
Patsy OH Sweet Home Alabama
Gia OH Dirty Dancing, Princess Bride, Better Off Dead
Amy OH I have 2 favorite movies: Steel Magnolias and Moonstruck
January OK The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sixteen Candles and Hope Floats
Jamie OK I’m a huge Chick Flick fan – no surprise, I’m sure… man – only 3… Dirty Dancing, A Knight’s Tale, Anne of Green Gables
Linda Ontario cujo
Jeanette Ontario My favorite movie is Alien
Dina Ontario PRETTY WOMAN, DIRTY DANCING, BRANSTROKER’S DRACULA
Christine OR FROM THE HIP (wish they’d make it for DVD!!!), Coyote Ugly
Melissa PA Beauty and the Beast and Divine Secrets of the YA YA Sisterhood
Jeanne PA Forever Young, Legend, and LadyHawke
Carol PA Gone With The Wind, The Graduate
Carol PA Gone With The Wind, The Graduate, Overboard
Maureen PA Gone With The Wind
Melissa PA Velvet Goldmine
Melissa RI My favorite movies are “Saratoga Trunk”, “Silence of the Lambs” and “Prey for Rock and Roll”
Kimberly SC Kingdom Of Heaven, TROY, Sense and Sensibility
Tami TN The last of the mohicans, anna and the king, king arthur
Amanda TN Cocktails
Dionne TX Kate & Leopold, Maid in Manhattan & The Wedding Singer
Carol TX Gone With the Wind
Cay TX Lord of the Rings (all 3)
Shirley VA Notting Hill
Sara VA American Beauty
Cindi WI Somewhere In Time
Reader State Heroes and Heroines
Amy Nebraska Colin Firth from Bridget Jones Diary\’s. He is that hero that I always read about. Withheld in public and not good with his feelings, but alone he is funny and kind, and when his feelings show he is wonderful!!!! Reene Zelweger in Bridget Jone\’s Diary…, She isn\’t thin, she likes to drink and smoke and she is insecure. How did I get in a movie. She is so everyday normal. Checking her weight, trying to have everyone like her, putting up with her parents and looking for the perfect man. The movis is my favorite!!!
amy mi paul newman, cary grant nicole kidman babara stanwyck
Anna Lisa Ohio Antonio Banderas, Hugh Jackman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellwegger
Anne IL Brendan Frasier (The Mummy), Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Mel Gibson (1st two Lethal Weapons), Rachel Weise (The Mummy), Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill I and II
BJ GA Vin Diesel & Nicholas Cage, Charlize Theron & Jennifer Garner
Cathy Maryland Daniel Day Lewis as Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans, Madeline Stowe as Cora in Last of the Mohicans (can you tell I really, really love this movie???)
Chere Arizona Sean Connery, Aragorn from LOTR, and William Wallace from Braveheart, Maid Marian from Robin Hood, Michelle Pfeiffer
Cherie Utah Johnny DeppScott Speedman, Adrien BrodyKate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett,
Cynthya Indiana Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility
Debra CT Henry from Ever After Danielle from Ever after,
Dorothy Arizona Tommy Lee Jones, Sandra Bullock
Elaine FL Robert Redford, Emma Thompkins
Gia OH Johnny Castle (Dirty Dancing), Vivian from pretty woman
Irena Bulgaria Bruce Willis, Romy Schneider
Jeanette Ontario Indiana Jones, Lara Croft
Joan Florida Clark Gable, Harrison Ford, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor , Audrey Hepburn,
Joyce NJ Hugh Jackman, Julia Roberts
Karen NC James Bond aka Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery, Scarlett O\’Hara
Kay LA Leopold (Hugh Jackman)…funny that you mentioned him!, Kate (Meg Ryan)
Kim Ilinois Rufus Sewell and Johnny Depp, Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts
Knicole FL Achilles played by Brad Pitt in Troy., Sandra Bullock
Laura IL Wolverine, Spider-man, Gerard Butler, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Ingrid Bergman
Liza VA \”Aragorn\”, \”Han Solo\”, \”Lorelai Gilmore\”, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon
Magdalena IDAHO Johnny Depp , Viggo Mortensen in Hidalgo , Owen Wilson, Jullianne Moore in \”Laws of Attraction\”, Julia Roberts in \”erin Brockonwich\”, \”Angelina Jolie\” in \”Pretty Women\”
Marlene MS Mr. Darcy, Tarzan, Legolas, Elizabeth Bennett, Weezer in Steele Magnolias, Sorsha in Willow
Maureen Pennsylvania Al Pacino from AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, Nicole Kidman
Melissa RI Owen Wilson, Anthony Hopkins and Sean Bean , Reese Witherspoon, Brittany Murphy and Drew Barrymore
Patrice Indiana The Rock, Brandon Frazer, Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, Angline Jolie, Helen Hunt
Sara California My tastes have changed over the years with movie actors, but one favorite that has never changed is Johnny Depp. I\’ve always loved him in any movie!, Drew Barrymore in all her movies, Linda Hamilton in The Terminator
Sharon VA Mel Gibson–William Wallace in Braveheart; Conspiracy Theory, Julia Roberts
Shaymaa Maryland Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Kevin Spacey, Jenifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Jenifer Garner
Reader State Musicians
Amanda TN There are a lot of singers that I like, but Toby Keith is my absolute favorite
Anita Georgia Garth Brooks
Alan nm Fleetwood Mac
BJ GA Alabama
Brenda Indiana Merle HaggardLynard SkynardLoretta Lynn (the old stuff)
Carol CA Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and Kris Kristofferson!
Carol PA Elvis!
Carrie Virginia Jimmy Eat WorldKenny ChesneyTaking Back SundayDashboard ConfessionalJosh GracinLinkin ParkLucky Boys ConfusionHoobastank(I would list more but I made myself limit it down. I love pretty much anything and enjoy discovering new artists. I love music almost as much as I do books. Combining the two is always fun.)
Chere Arizona Guns N\’ Roses, Christy Moore, Loreena McKennit
Christine OREGON absolute favorite… Bee Gees (been hooked on them since I got my very first record *** yes record), and Toby Keith (admit it, the man is hot!)
Corleen Alberta Paul Brandt, not so much for his music but because he is such a wonderful down to earth caring person. He spent money of his own and flew down to New Orleans to help with the flood/huricane victims and he\’s not even American. He also spends huge amounts of time and money raising money for our Childrens hospital her in Calgary. He is a fine humanitarian and if buying his CD\’s enriches him, I know he is only going to turn around and give it away one way or another.
Daphne IL Paul McCartney, Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel
Deanna MA Bach
Debra CT I still love toisten to Cat Stevens. I alos like The Who
Diane UN Coldplay
Dorothy Arizona Lee Greenwood
Ellen Maryland Iron Butterfly – when doing the housework, InnaGaddaVida is a must….the beat keeps me moving. Styx and Queen both for \”easy\” listening….just love the music
Ellie nm Sarah McGlaughlin
Erica Washington, DC Favorite Singer – Mariah Carey, BabyfaceFavorite Band – Boyz II Men, Pussycat DollsComposer – Really I don\’t know there names all i know is that I can hum the heck out of their music
Fabiola California Sarah Brightman, Juanes and Los Bukis. Kelly Clarkson
Gia OHIO Saw Doctors
Gigi GA Van Halen / I love movie score soundtracksElton John/ All Classical musicFaith HillSwitchfoot/
Gina Massachusetts Shannia twain, balero (ravel).
Gloria Surrey UK Queen, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, George Michael
Gloria United Kingdom Queen – followed them since 1973 (Freddie Mercury sadly missed)
holly essex, england dire straits, the corrs, enya, meatloaf,bruce springsteen, lighthouse family, blur, pulp, dolly parton.
j. charles nm Michael Buble
January Oklahoma toad the wet sprocket, bush
JEAN NORTH CAROLINA ALAN JACKSON, GEORGE STRAIT
Jeanette Ontario It\’s a toss-up between Shania Twain and The Statler Brothers
Jennifer Georgia I love Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and Tim McGraw!
Joan Florida Hans Zimmer, Toby Keith, Jimmy Buffet, Elton John and lots more
Joan Florida Elvis, Alabama,
Jody Nebraska Keith Urban, Broadway musicals, Nickelback
JOELLE FRANCE KATE BUSHPeter GabrielBilly Joel
Joy AZ WHEN I AM ON MY COMPUTER I LOVE TO LISTEN TO ANDRE BOCELLI
Joyce NJ George GershwinRhapsody in blue
Jung Florida boyz to men… hehe
Karen NC Patsy Cline, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Randy Owen, lead singer in Alabama
karen north carolina beach boys, alabama
Kathryn California Eric Clapton
Kathy PA Luther Vandross
Kay LA Favorite singer: Ray Charles
Kelly NC linkin park
Kim Indiana You\’ll be sorry you asked;) Faith Hill (listening to her right now) Tim McGraw, The Beatles, Elvis, Styx, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, etc. Is that more than 10? :D
Kim IL Nickelback and Scott Stapp. Love those low, raspy voices. haha! Scott has a new CD out in a few days. Can\’t wait! Love that cute kitty picture.
kmw MS Anthrax
Knicole FL Rascal Flatts
Kristen Alabama Trace Adkins!!!! He is sooo fine! Then there is Martina McBride, she has an angel of a voice. Then there\’s Evanescence, sometimes I feel as if their songs were written from my soul.
Kristine CA Eminem and Nelly Furtado
Kristol Virginia GArth Brooks, Papa Roach, Coldplay, John Mayer,Rascal Flatts, nickelback
Lettetia Oregon Beausoleil (traditional Cajun)Michael Bubl`e
linda Ontario Canada nickleback
linda Ontario favourite band–nickelbackfavourite singer–celine dion
Linda Kentucky Michael McDonald
Lois NJ Well, I don\’t listen to the radio, most of the music I get is movie soundtracks. So I have to go with John Williams. I mean, with the movies he\’s done, I think all of us have seen at least one movie he\’s done the music for. However, some of us have seen many more than that. . . LOL And have ever Star Wars soundtrack ever made. :) The last one, very cool. :)
Martha TX Mariah Carey
Mary NJ Billy Joel, Celine Dion
Mary Missouri ELVIS, Tom Joes, Buddy Holly
Melissa North Carolina Springsteen and Bon Jovi
Melissa RI Garbage, Luther Vandross, Sex Pistols, Mozart, Sade, Deep Forest
Melissa PA the killers, the bravery, \’80s music.
Nicole IA Evanescence, Seether, Audioslave, and Disturbed are all favorites. Odd for a romance reader, but there you go!
Pam CT The Who, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, CSN (Crosby, Stills & Nash), The Doors, Van Morrison
Patsy ohio Josh Gracin, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood
pearl nm Shania Twain
Rita CA. Newsboys
Rose MI Eric Clapton, Evanescence, Vivaldi
Sabrina KY Aerosmith, Santana
Sanjay TX I\’ve many, MANY fave singers. But what I really like to listen to is instrumental music, particularly Flute as played by Indian maestro Hari Prasad Chaurasia and the Tabla by Zakhir Hussain.
Sara Michigan Dave Matthews, Train, Tim McGraw and Kid Rock!
sharon nm Celine Dion
Sherry Arkansas Martina McBride & Bon Jovi
Stephanie Connecticut Beatles, the Raspberries, Led Zeppelin, Elton John (circa 1975), Dishwalla, Neil Diamond (circa 1972), Beth Hart
Sue VA The Eagles, The Rolling Stones
Susan OH Phil Collins, Josh Groban, Rob Thomas
Susan Nebraska Frankie Vallie & the Four Seasons,Beach Boys
Susan MA Celine Dion any and all of her songs.
tami tn aerosmith, stevie ray vaughn, waylon jennings, ac/dc, bon jovi , the band, janis joplin, rolling stones, prince
Tanya Virginia Enya, Celine Dion, John Mayer, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Nickelback
Tara AL Christina Aquilera, Maroon 5
terri AL Johnny Cash esp Folsem Prison albumAnything Barry WhiteMeatloaf
tewanda alabama new edition, michael jackson, anita baker, prince, luther vandross, elton john
Tim PA favorite singer is Michael Jackson