I know I'm coming a little late to the party, but I saw this meme at 's LJ.
In essence, the meme was started (I think) by Zachary the First at the RPG Blog II. It's been picked up by several others, and realized that I have a huge debt myself to various authors, musicians, directors, and so forth.
So, below the cut, is my list.
Tolkien's Middle-Earth Saga
The Rolling Stones, Robert Heinlein
Samurai Cat series, Mark E. Rogers
Myth Adventures, Robert Asprin
Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn, Asprin and Lynn Abbey
Brother Cadfael Mysteries, Ellis Peters
Sister Fidelma Mysteries, Peter Tremayne
Pendragon Cycle, Stephen Lawhead
The Shadow 1941: Hitler's Astrologer
Le Morte d'Arthur, Mallory
The History of the Kings of Britain, Geoffrey of Monmouth
Thongor the Barbarian stories, Lin Carter
Suppressed Transmission, vols. I & II, by Ken Hite.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Jason of Star Command
Tales from the Gold Monkey
Indiana Jones series (including Young Indiana Jones Chronicles)
Star Wars (eps IV-VI)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
The Wild, Wild West (TV Series)
Big Trouble in Little China
The Princess Bride
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Death Race 2000
The Wizrard of Oz
The Mummy films (with Brendan Frasier)
Night at the Museum
Mr. Roboto, Styx
Time, Electric Light Orchestra
The Vigil, Kemper Crabb
Metropolis Soundtrack, Georgio Moroder, Producer
In reviewing the list, I never thought that my sense of humor was shaped by the items listed. That explains a lot.