Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media – Booktube SFF Awards Babbles Crossover Topic – – This month’s babbles crossover topic involves our favorite SFF outside of books (like movies, tv shows, games, anime, etc.)
This is a big topic to cover so keep on reading my contribution to T5W for the week of March 22, 2018.
_ _ _
The Princess Bride (film)
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: September 25, 1987
Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Robin Wright
While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
To quote one of the its most recognized lines, The Princess Bride makes my ‘Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media’ list, due its inclusion of, “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” and so much more. I’ve read the book and seen the movie more times than I can count, and besides Harry Potter, it is the only other work of fiction that has touched me so much that I have something from it permanently tattooed on my body.
If there is one movie, tv series, or video game on my list that deserves the top accolade it is The Princess Bride.
Game of Thrones (tv series)
Release Date: April 17, 2011 – Present
Starring: Emilia Clarke Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Isaac Hempstead Wright
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
I mean, nobody is all that surprised that Game of Thrones made my ‘Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media’ list, right? As one of the most well recognized high fantasy series of all time, I, like many viewers, are currently in the five stages of grief. Denial that the final season isn’t premiering until sometime in 2019. Angry that we have to wait another year. Bargaining with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to just randomly spring the final season upon us in a type of ‘Lemonade’ type publicity stunt. Depressed that the previous step will probably never happen. And accepting that the longer we wait the longer it takes for one of the best fantasy shows to come to an end. On second thoughts 2019, take your time.
Alice: Madness Returns (video game)
Distributor: Electronic Arts (EA)
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Alice: Madness Returns follows Alice Liddell, a girl suffering from trauma caused by the death of her family in a fire. Alice was discharged from a psychiatric clinic and now lives in an orphanage for mentally traumatized orphans under the care of Dr. Angus Bumby. To get rid of the trauma and learn the truth about her past, she once again falls into Wonderland, where a new evil force has corrupted it.
This may be a more underappreciated addition to my ‘Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media’ list, but I played Alice: Madness Returns on Xbox 360 to death. I’m fairly certain I had every achievement and a rather large ‘hours played’ number. For anyone who loves Alice in Wonderland and isn’t afraid of horror, this game is for you!
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (film)
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 17, 1980
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and Frank Oz
After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.
It couldn’t be a “Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media’ list without including one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time without including at least one Star Wars movie. My inclusion of Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back is because it is my favourite of the series, I know I am not original, and because I believe it is the best of the series, again, not original. Plus, it has one of the greatest plot reveals of all time, even the cast didn’t know what was going on!
Lost (tv series)
Distributor: Buena Vista Television (seasons 1-3), Disney-ABC Domestic Television (seasons 4-6)
Release Date: September 22, 2004 – May 23, 2010
Starring: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway, Malcolm David Kelley, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Terry O’Quinn, Ian Somerhalder and Harold Perrineau
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.
The most controversial entry on my ‘Favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media’ list, due to its rather mediocre finale, Lost will always hold a special place in my sci-fi fantasy heart. From polar bears to the fundamental fight of good versus evil, Lost kept me coming back each week, if only to give some insight into what I watched the week before. Plus, it was my first introduction to the brilliant director, producer, and screenwriter that is J.J. Abrams.
_ _ _
And those are my top 5 sicence fiction and fantasy in other media. Do you have anything that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.