George Clooney came to Australia recently and I saw women on television losing their minds over seeing him on the same continent as them. I mentioned this to a girlfriend and casually commented over our coffee that whilst George seems like a really good guy, he doesn't really do it for me. I may as well have said "I hate puppies" or "I punch old people", as was the reaction from her. All levels of shock registered in her face as her mouth gaped open and she stated "George Clooney doesn't DO IT FOR YOU? Is there something wrong with you?"
Personally, I kind of like it if I fancy a famous person and my friends think he's not that good. Lets me think that I have more of a chance with him if we ever meet cause the competition isn't that great.
It got me thinking about how amazed some people get when someone doesn't see or feel the same as someone else. I know folks whose minds would explode if they found out that I've never watched any of the Star Wars movies, or a Lord of The Rings one. I only read the first Harry Potter book, and that was only because everyone was raving about it. It didn't grab me, okay? I hated The Road by Cormac McCarthy, yet I had a girlfriend who said it changed the way she looked at life. Seriously. I thought it was a miserable piece of crap. I've never watched any CSI or NCIS or any other show with an acronym about violent crime and never will. I hate action movies. All of them. I can't watch an action movie without thinking (and often saying) "As IF that could happen", which evidently people who like those movies really, really hate.
My favourite movie is Love Actually and I don't care if it's not particularly clever or thought provoking, I just loved it. When I tell people that, they almost spit their drinks out laughing like I'm some sort of imbecile who has a mental age of 14. I still get tears in my eyes every time I think of the scene where Emma Thompson's character finds out her husband is having an affair and she has to pull herself together for the sake of her kids. I love that scene and I love that movie. I love Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister of England, dancing like a tool to a Pointer Sisters song. That movie makes me laugh and cry the whole way through and that's why I love it.
I don't care if things are daggy or not cool. I've always been a little bit daggy and not that cool. I love Christmas, yet I have very good friends who hate the commercialism of it, and question why I celebrate it when I'm not Christian. I tell them I celebrate it because it's fun and I like flashing lights, Christmas decorations, pulling open crackers, wearing a paper hat all day, playing backyard cricket with friends and family, and giving and getting presents. That's why. It goes no deeper than that.
Some of my friends would die before watching The Housewives of (insert name here), yet I love them all...except for DC and I have my reasons for that. I like watching trashie reality TV, yet I also like watching hard hitting documentaries that make me despair at humanity. I love reading books that keep me awake at night, as well as the odd trashie magazine while I'm at the hairdresser.
I also love all my friends who scoff at my movie choices, who laugh at my music taste, and who would never find a book on my book shelf that they might like to read. Even the one that thinks there's something wrong with me because George doesn't do it for me.