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
- 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 good / bad 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!!!
“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.
“Do, or Do Not; there is no Try.”
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.
“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?