Every now and then, I like to take a stab at turning a different angle of the off-topic book/movies/music thread. It's kind of fun to see how approaching such a simple thread from slightly different angles creates such radically different threads and subthreads. With the trade deadline approaching, and with no major off-topic thread getting a lot of activity at the moment, it seemed like a good time to take another stab. Because there are people here who will need to have a thread to get away from all of the trade deadline threads. And I should know - because I'm not just one of those people. I'm also their president. And I didn't even have to fix the elections much.
So, to start, I'm happy if you follow the prompt, but for all intents and purposes this is designed as a catch-all off-topic thread. That said: for the love of God, follow my prompt. I'll ban anybody who doesn't and then sit back while the other mods pick up the pieces.
This time, I think it would be pretty cool to hear how you guys answer the following question:
What book(author) / movie(director/actor) / album(song/band) changed the way you read/watched/listened to books/movies/music?
I hope that's clear.
I won't sit and spin on my answers too much. I really enjoy getting into the meat of the thread more than I enjoy putting together the post, but it's only fair for me to at least share my answers if I have the gall to ask the question in the first place.
Book: It's a little embarrassing because it seems so damned typical, but The Sun Also Rises really turned me away from being a passive reader who follows a narrative and into somebody who actively attacks a text.
Movie: I think it has to be Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The day that I started to look at that movie and see more than just a children's movie was the day that I opened my eyes to the true depth of a lot of other films.
Music: Oh, lord... I really don't know how to answer this one. You guys are way more musically nerby than I've ever been. I guess I'd probably have to say... no... I was going to say Bohemian Rhapsody, but that would be a cop out. Uh... shit... no, I really don't know. I'll think about it.