About Us: Billie Doux


Since summer is a relatively quiet time here on DouxReviews.com, we thought it might be fun to ask each other silly questions, get to know each other better, and share it with the readers. As Queen of the Site, I volunteered to go first. I'll be posting one silly interview a week until I run out of guest writers.

What area of the world do you live in, and what do you do? (Because we all know you don't make any money doing this.)

Los Angeles, although I'm definitely not from here. I was born in New Jersey and have moved around a lot -- California is my ninth state. I haven't decided yet what I want to be when I grow up; I'm sort of torn between ninja assassin and writing for TV Guide.

What show or shows are you covering on the site?

Lost, Supernatural, True Blood, and Dexter, plus scads of classic shows. I'm doing retro reviews of the original Star Trek this summer.

Fill in the blanks: "If ______ weren't already doing a great job, I would review _____."

This may be harder for me to answer than the rest of the writers, since up until a couple of years ago, I was doing this alone and got to pick any show I wanted. But .... if Serena Yang weren't already doing a great job, I would review Glee.

What's your favorite television show of all time? (Okay, top five will do if you can't narrow it down to one.) What was the first show you fell in love with? What show would you consider to be your guilty pleasure?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite show of all time. Star Trek was the first show I fell in love with, and Babylon 5 was my favorite for several years. Right now, I'm pretty deeply into Supernatural and, of course, Lost. Guilty pleasure? Okay, I give up, I'll confess -- I watch The Biggest Loser and Iron Chef America. Which are sort of two sides of the same coin, aren't they?

Who's your favorite male television character? Same question for female. Favorite television theme song?
Dean Winchester, Methos, Spike, Sayid Jarrah, Dexter Morgan, Captain Jack Harkness, Spock, not necessarily in that order. And I can't believe I forgot Michael Samuelle! Willow Rosenberg, Veronica Mars, Ivanova, Delenn, Debra Morgan, and I wonder why this list is so much shorter?

The Highlander theme song "Princes of the Universe" is my favorite, although the True Blood theme song ("I Want to Do Bad Things with You") is very special, too.

What character do you identify with the most, and why?

Willow Rosenberg. Because of my geekiness, being an A student, and copying my class notes with a system of different colored pens. And her years of suffering unrequited love. I'm not gay yet. Maybe that's next.

We love movies, too. What's your top five movies?

Man, this is hard. Who thought up these questions? Oh, right. Blade Runner is my favorite sci-fi movie, and The Princess Bride and Groundhog Day my favorite fantasy movies. My favorite Star Wars movie is Empire, and my favorite Star Trek movie is First Contact. I've probably seen The Big Chill about twenty times. And since I'm here, my favorite old movies are On the Waterfront ("I couldda been a contender") and Casablanca. My mother was deeply into musicals, and her favorite, and mine, was Singin' in the Rain.

We love books, too. Who are your favorite authors? What are you reading right now?

Favorite sci-fi author is John Varley. He manages to be brilliant, amusing and thought-provoking at the same time. He has a web site, and I was thrilled to pieces after I wrote to him with a specific question and he wrote me back. For historical material and thrillers, Ken Follett is my fave. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Robert A. Heinlein, but I outgrew him.

My favorite mystery writers are Dick Francis and Robert B. Parker. Parker passed away recently, so as a sort of memorial I am currently re-reading his entire Spenser series. I also just finished the tenth Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris. Eric Northman. Love him.

When did you realize you were a hopeless geek?

My first Star Trek convention, which was Star Con Denver, because I was living in Colorado at the time. I was surrounded by fans in and out of costume obsessing about science fiction and Klingon opera, and I just knew I was home.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

I automatically started to say "cat", but then I thought about it for awhile. And I realized that I'm so deeply into the written and spoken word that I really can't see myself as an animal. And that's odd, because I connect strongly with animals, and they are often immediately comfortable with me. In fact, I was attracted to careers that would involve working with animals, but the lure of the written word was too strong. Leading me to my career as a ninja librarian. Assassin. Whatever.

What's your sign?

Hollywood and Vine.

What's in your iPod/MP3 player?

That's them new-fangled music things, ayuh?

What's your least favorite chore around the house?

Cleaning the litter box.

What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup. Followed by HaagenDaz vanilla swiss almond. Maybe we shouldn't have put the ice cream question after the chore question.

Cats or dogs? Elvis or the Beatles? Sam or Dean?

Cats. The Beatles. And Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean.

Next week: Josie Kafka!

9 comments:

GreenHornet said...

It's really fun to learn more about you all, especially in conjunction and alignment with the themes of this site -- thank you for the couragery!

Here's a question, that I've been pondering where exactly to bring up. What do you think of various libraries, as experienced in tv shows and movies? Of course, there are countless scenes SET in them, but what I really mean are those that play a more important part than just "exotic meeting place #53A". Which are your favorites, which stand out unusually, are any of them pet peeves?

I started trying to make a list -- Sunnydale's library would have been fun to run around in (tho kinda small, and the shelves fall down too easily -- top-heavy with Malleus Maleficarum perhaps?)

The locked-up collection owned by Frank Langella's character in The Ninth Gate -- creepy guy, but oboy give me a coupla hours in THAT one! Imagine what you'd find? Uhh, you may want to put down that copy of The Necronomicon...

Lovely old pile in Something Wicked This Way Comes -- back in the days when small towns could still have aMAZE-ing libraries -- and hey, the shelves can sleep six!

NY Public Library basement stacks in Ghostbusters -- miles and miles of them, the close and holy darkness as Dylan said in a different context -- and all reshelving done by invisible hands. "Shhhhh" indeed!

Hogwarts' library seems fun, tho I'd need a ladder to get to the upper books, as I have no wand...

Of course, the Halloween episode of The Simpsons where Bart and Lisa called up the Undead has a terrific library with its 'Special Section'...

Others?

GreenHornet said...

Oops, Dylan THOMAS, not Bob Dylan -- fingers raced ahead of brane agane... :-)

Billie Doux said...

Thanks, Green Hornet. Librarians have professional discussion lists and fictional libraries and librarians are often brought up and discussed. Giles and Buffy even made the cover of one of the biggest library journals back in the day. The library in Buffy is pretty much my favorite, ever, even though it's obviously not a working library (the call number labels are wonky or nonexistent).

Eldritch said...

On favorite movie, have you seen "Dark City?" Have to say that's been my favorite for some time now. The director's cut is best.

Billie Doux said...

I like Dark City a lot. It's one of Dan's favorites, actually.

Harry said...

Great to know more about you Billie :-) I am glad you mention On The Waterfront and Casablanca since I just bought them both together and have been waiting for the right time to watch them, maybe I'll just have a crack at it tomorrow!

Green Hornet - do you watch Angel? The Library that Fred used to work in always sticks in my head, since it features quite a bit in the end of the 2nd season. It always struck me as an interesting place that would have books that could open inter-dimensional portals on the shelves!

moonspinner said...

I wonder why this list is so much shorter?

That's a good question. Do you think it says something about you that Buffy, the main character of your all-time favorite show, is not one of your favorite characters?

Patryk said...

Actually it says a lot about protagonists not being entirely relatable for most vievers. And i think that question was rhetorical. :)

GreenHornet said...

Hi Harry!

Do you mean Angel's last season? When they all lived worked played and occasionally fought for their lives at Wolfram & Hart? Yeah, those library - lab - archives -elevator - topfloor - area51 - warehouse13 kindsa places were a sweet mix of cool and terrifying. Definitely a case of "when you stare into the abyss, sometimes the abyss also stares into you". Good call!