Friend Me Friday: Hometown Pride


*Friend Me Friday is a new feature I’m starting on my blog.  Every Friday I’m going to share something about myself.  These posts most likely won’t be book related.  The main reason I started blogging was because I wanted to make friends, but sometimes I worry that my personality isn’t shining through my reviews.  I want to share a little bit about myself, so you all can get to know me better.  And, hopefully, I’ll get to know you a little better by the comments I hope you leave*


Soooo . . . I live in Syracuse, NY.  And I love Syracuse.  But it isn’t exactly the cultural center of the world or anything.  BUT, a few years ago (seriously, I think it was 3 years ago or maybe more) a movie was actually filmed in Syracuse.  A movie with JOHN CUSACK and EMMA ROBERTS!  Is it sad that it was just about the coolest thing ever?

Anyway, a trailer has been released – the movie is called Adult World – and there are so many shots os Syracuse.  And I’ve watched the trailer a lot, just because I love seeing those exterior shots of my home.  Even though I see those locations ALL THE TIME, I can’t get enough out of seeing them in a movie trailer.  Here’s the trailer, if you’re interested.  The movie does look good.

Look, there’s the Dome, the SU Campus, the MONY Towers (which actually aren’t called the MONY Towers anymore, but I still call them that).  They even used one of the houses near the library where I work to film some scenes.  They had to redirect traffic and everything!  Okay, so I know this doesn’t sound all that interesting, but it’s kind go cool when nothing like this ever happens in Syracuse.

Would you get all excited to see locations you see every day in a movie trailer and eventually the big screen?  And isn’t it funny how we do get so attached to a place.  You don’t have to live in this thriving metropolis to love your home, and I wonder what it is about Syracuse that I love so much.  I really don’t know.  Maybe it’s that I’ve grown up here, and my family lives here.  Maybe it’s my love/hate relationship with the over-100 inches of snow we get every winter.

So I’m wondering, do you guys have a really connection to the place you call home.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Friend Me Friday: Hometown Pride

  1. My first introduction to Syracuse was when I was in high school and my older brother was in college at SU. A couple years later, when I was in college myself, I visited him up there to party with him and his friends. Good times. 🙂

    I love seeing familiar places on the screen. I currently live in Charlotte, which is not exactly a hotbed of TV/film production, but the show Homeland is filmed here. They’ve filmed lots of familiar locations, including my office building and a beautiful area outside the building where I like to eat lunch. It certainly adds to the viewing experience. (But it did NOTHING for the third season, which SUCKED.)

  2. I do have a connection with my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and it is so exciting when you see familiar sites. Probably the most well-known movies shot in Louisville are Secretariat (which makes since because of the KY Derby) and Elizabethtown with Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. I remember when they were shooting Elizabethtown and, even though the movie was pretty bad, it was really cool to see so many places that I see on a regular basis. It is especially funny during a scene where Orlando Bloom is driving down an expressway that says he is going north while Elizabethtown is south of Louisville. Plus Kirsten Dunst got to have a moment where she explained the proper pronunciation of Louisville which is not like the French King, but more guttural: Lou-a-vuhl. Weird, but you gotta love it! Great topic and I am hoping to visit Syracuse sometime!

  3. Alisa Selene says:

    Lol I have a love and hate relationship with my hometown…there are good things about it but I miss living up north..though I don’t miss the snow!

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