T5W – Favourite Science Fiction / Fantasy in Other Media

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This week’s topic is: Favourite Science Fiction / Fantasy in Other Media

All five of the movies / TV series below have something in common:

  • Complex, flawed characters that grow
  • A quest
  • Intriguing antagonists that almost complete our protagonists
  • Atmosphere
  • I can not stop thinking about what I just saw for a long time

Side note: I am currently reading Into the Woods by John Yorke. Hence the story decomposing attempt. 🙂 There is an excellent review of this book @ Baking Thad’s blog which made me interested in it in the first place.

Anyhow, back to the movies. Without further ado, let me tell you about my favourite Science Fiction / Fantasy films:

The Lord of the Rings


“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 
― Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings, ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Because of the quest Frodo undertakes, that journey he is on that changes him. He grows but he also starts becoming darker.

Because of that relationship between Frodo and Gollum as they can relate to another due to the Ring’s corruption.

Because of all those wonderful friendships, especially the one between Frodo and Sam.

Game of Thrones


“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” 
― Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones,  ~ George R.R. Martin

Because of all of those complex female protagonists.

Because of the lack of goodbad characters’ labels. Seemingly ‘good’ characters make terrible mistakes / ‘bad’ characters do something selfless and we have to pause and notice them from a new perspective and rethink how we feel about them.

Because it is complicated, unpredictable, tactical and I just love guessing what will happen next. Can we have the next season NOW please!!!

Stranger Things

stranger things

“You shouldn’t like things because people tell you you are supposed to.” 
― Jonathan Byers

Because I am the 80’s kid.

Because a group of 12-year-old kids on bikes fighting a monster = nostalgia.

Because of its darkness, its friendships, its underdogs going on a quest story.

Because of extremely well-built tension resulting in me biting my nails and screaming. Side note: hiding behind a pillow is a favourite back up option of mine.

Star Wars 

star wars

“Do, or Do Not; there is no Try.” 
― Yoda

Because every hero has a strong villain potential.

Because there is a lot of wisdom in it.

Because of a cute R2D2 and all that humour it brings.

Because of the unexpected Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker revelation.

Because of courage, hope and memorable characters.

Black Mirror

black mirror

“How did he die then?

Oh, they cut him open to see if he was okay.”

Because it’s completely fucked up.

Because it makes me think. It provokes me to ask questions I may not ask otherwise.

Because of not so distant future and possibilities technology may bring us.

Because each episode has a unique and remarkable story line.

Because it’s relatable and dark with glimpses of hope now and again.

Now over to you my friends:

  • Which Science Fiction / Fantasy  movies / TV series do you enjoy?
  • And do they have a common theme?

22 thoughts on “T5W – Favourite Science Fiction / Fantasy in Other Media”

  1. I love the format you used! I think a lot of my favourite SFF TV shows/films tend toward the darker/grim side–Lord of the Rings, Pan’s Labyrinth, Penny Dreadful–with the exception of Galavant, which is just pure silly fun.

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  2. Amazing, I love ALL of these. Black Mirror is one of the best TV shows I’ve watched in so long. And I agree, Sam and Frodo’s friendship is one of the best parts of the LOTR trilogy. As for your question, I think the most common theme or trope in the science fiction and fantasy films that I enjoy is the whole idea of the ‘chosen one’. I know people find it tiring sometimes, but I love seeing ordinary people get the chance to do extraordinary things. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.
      I love the ‘chosen ones’, especially if they have some flaws they also have to overcome which results in them growing in the process. 🙂
      Glad to see a fellow Black Mirror fan. 🙂

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  3. Lord of the Rings ftw! It still boggles my mind how amazing the characters, storylines, and special effects were in like what, 2002, 2003? It still holds up as one of the best adaptations ever I think. 🙂

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  4. Oh! Our lists are very similar, that’s so cool!!
    Star Wars is also a story about love, have you ever thought about that? Anakin’s love for Padmé drove him insane, Luke’s love for Léia made him turn to the Jedi he was always supposed to be… <3<3<3

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    1. So cool we have similar lists! 😊👍
      You are right. I think love is present in all of those movies. Sometimes it is friendship love, sometimes romantic love.
      And it is interesting to see in them what happens to that love. I love your examples! Well written. 👌👌👌


  5. oh, i love all of these!
    even LOTR – didn’t like the book but the movie was all right
    stranger things is just so cool – the music, the clothes they wear, the atmosphere… * sigh *

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