Given that today’s weather here in New York City is gray and nasty, I have the urge to curl up with my comfort blanket (named Gandalf for the wizard in Lord of the Rings, of course) and a cup of cocoa and watch a movie. Not just any movie, but a movie that I know like the back of my hand, one that always allows me to forget everything else and just enjoy myself for a few hours. It’s also a movie that, well, part of me is ashamed for loving as much as I do. I’m referring to Titanic, my ultimate guilty pleasure. Okay, so the love story is completely improbable, and sometimes sap actually oozes from my DVD player when I watch it. It contains the music of Celine Dion, for God’s sake. And every time I watch it, it begs the inevitable question, “whatever happened to Billy Zane?” But I still love it.
Guilty pleasures are those things that you absolutely love, even though you know they’re a bit silly or corny or idiotic. Sometimes you don’t even want to admit to loving them, because you can hear other people snickering. Screw ’em. Is Titanic eye-roll inducing in parts? Yeah. But that’s part of the beauty of it. I’ll never stop loving it. I’ll never let go! Ahem. Sorry, I had to.
So, share your guilty pleasures with us! Is it a movie? A TV show? A song? A book? Because what’s life without guilty pleasures, be it a three-hour one like Titanic or a three-minute one like the awesomely goofy karaoke version of “Beyond the Sea” in A Life Less Ordinary? Sometimes you just have to forget everything else and indulge your love for the cornier things in life.