I'm a native of Little Rock, Arkansas where I work, write, and steadfastly maintain that I am not complaining, I am merely pointing things out. Frequently.
Comic books deserve the credit for much of my early vocabulary. From comics it was a small step to reading myths of all shapes, sizes and pantheons. Whether T.H. White's or Sir Thomas Malory's version of the Arthurian legend, Edith Hamilton, C.S. Lewis, or the nonpareil J.R.R. Tolkien, I loved reading it all.
It wasn't until I was introduced to Joseph Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces that I understood the common denominator of my favorite stories. Whether true myth or the fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson, Victor Hugo, and Alexandre Dumas, they all contained the character archetypes and narrative structure of the hero's journey.
I also enjoy reading courtroom mysteries. As I have learned first-hand, real-life legal cases have unexpected twists and turns, and the Law has some unique words with unusual meanings, so I find a good legal drama riveting.
The Ring can be described as, "a legal thriller meets Joseph Campbell." Well kind of, if you turn the hero's journey a little sideways; strike the hero with lightning, have him fall in love with someone who tries to poison him, and then jack his life up a little more.