What influences your writing?
Probably more than you know.
I think that I mentioned Christopher Paolini before, so I will use him again as an example. He self published Eragon when he was something like fifteen years old. And while his writing and concepts were superb for someone of his age (any age), you could tell what his immediate influences were. LOTR, for sure, maybe the Narnia series, and lots of stuff about times long ago, dragons and... You get my point.
It was recently brought to my attention, by an observant loved one, that a most recent character of mine had some very Riddick (as in the Chronicles of Riddick) qualities. He was, of course, correct. While writing on my laptop, I often create a split screen. Movie on one side, Windows Word on the other, ear buds on my ears. I type away and listen to/watch movies that help to mentally set the mood for my writing. I happen to like Riddick, that sort of dark, cast off, we've messed up so bad that we had to start over feel. The honor of bold fearlessness, of being willing do what seems bad to expose the last bit of good vibe.
Enough of the homage to Riddick. All I really mean to say is that unwittingly, some of Riddick filtered through the ear buds and into my brain. Very subconscious, but undeniable.
Have you had similar experiences?
What has influenced your writing?