A-Z Challenge where I’ll be posting six days a week during April (gasp!), advancing a letter of the alphabet per day. My theme for the challenge will be my version of all things geek. Long before it became cool, I was a geek. I tried to hide it, but the geek in me burst out. When my friends loved parties, sunbaking and shopping, I loved games, movies and books.
So, during this challenge I will share with you all the movies, books and games I watched, read and played--all the influences that turned me into the writer I am today.
Alien (1979): I watched this between my fingers, though this is not the first movie I watched this way.
Aliens (1986): This movie had everything: the spectacular special effects, the tension, the cool characters, and the memorable one-liners, eg. ‘Game over, man!’
Anime: I first discovered anime at a comic book convention. The cartoon violence came as a complete shock at the time, but I soon realised anime had a whole lot more to offer. Movies include, Ghost In The Shell, Howl's Moving Castle, Cowboy Bebop, and a bunch I couldn’t name.
Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilley (1985), a series of six books. I read mainly fantasy in my teens, but this was the first science fiction I completely devoured and loved.
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (2003). This is feudal Japan written in a light, enjoyable style.
Asteroids, the arcade game released in 1979. I dropped many a coin into this one. No one minded the terrible graphics. Cutting edge! It’s a game that’s still well loved and can be played for free online now.
Air hockey, invented 1969-1972. This game was pure genius. I regularly came home from the arcade with bruises over my hands from the pucks.
Angry Birds, released in 2009. I never grew out of my geek. Game playing isn't even considered that geeky anymore. This game is horribly addictive and amusing.
Did you ever hide your inner geek? Did you indulge in any of these? What are some other ‘A’ movies, books, games or activities you loved?
A big THANK YOU to Arlee Bird who began the A-Z Challenge four years ago. I bet you didn't imagine this challenge would grow so big when you first began it.