Saturday, April 13, 2013

A-Z Geek (L): A List of Awesome

During the April A-Z Challenge, I’m posting six days a week, following the letters of the alphabet. I will share all the movies, books and games I watched, read and played--all the influences that turned me into the geeky person and writer I am today.

BOOKS
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien (1954): No surprises I’d name this book here. Sheer brilliance. This is the only book I’ve read more than three times. I joined the Tolkien Society and did art for their bulletins and journals. I learnt how to write the Elvish script and the Dwarvish runes.

MOVIES
The Lost Boys (1987): The music was awesome and the actors were great. Back when vampire stories hadn’t been overdone, this teen movie rocked. Now it’s a cult classic.

Ladyhawke (1986): This movie makes my heart flutter. This is one of my most favourite movies of all time.

Honourable mention: The Last Starfighter (1984)

GAMES
Lemmings (1991). A very early PC game. Fantastic premise—to save the lemmings from jumping off cliffs. It had me chuckling for hours.

What's your most favourite book and/or movie of all time?

#AtoZChallenge

37 comments:

  1. So, how many times have you read Lord of the Rings? What did you think of the movies?

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    1. I've read it four times.
      Because I come from an animation background, I see a lot of technical faults in the LotR movies so I'm not a huge fan... but then I doubt any movie could match the books.

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  2. Ladyhawke had a fantastic premise and The Lost Boys was one of my fav' flicks of the time!

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  3. Ladyhawke? I haven't seen it but now I want to. One of my favourite old movies beginning with L is Lorenzo's Oil, based on a true story.

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  4. I have the three volume version of LotR, all well thumbed and falling apart.

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  5. Only seen LOTR movie. The Lost Boys deserves it's cult classic status.

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  6. You already know LOTR was my movie selection for the day. Been years since I saw Ladyhawke, but I remember it fondly. I certainly remember Michelle!

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  7. You had me at Tolkien. . .Obviously. :)

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  8. All great books, and movies. I've read them all and seen the movies. And Lemmings not so much.

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  9. Even though it pains me to admit this, I had a hard time getting through The Lord of the Rings. I managed it, finally, but I can't see myself going back to re-read it.

    I loved the movies though.

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  10. ooh, I loved Ladyhawke as a little kid, they often aired it on TV during school breaks!

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  11. LotR was my first intro to fantasy & it is truly brilliant! Love it :)

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  12. Ladyhawke was tantalizing, wasn't it?

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  13. You and Alex seem on the same page with LOTR. :-) I loved LADYHAWKE.

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  14. Blast from the past: Ladyhawke definitely has a special and very romantic place in the lexicon of fantasy films. Great choice.

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  15. Great honorable mention. :)

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  16. Hi Lynda. The book I write with no hesitation. "Sword at Sunset" by Rosemary Sutcliff. The movie, oh my, I keep a sort of rolling list of my top ten, all-time faves. Probably a tie between "Dragonheart", "Inkheart", and "Everafter".

    I liked your L choices. I always thought it a shame that LadyHawke didn't do better than it did. The Lost Boys... Yep, seemed SO original. lol. Now look at the Vampire genre. :-)

    Great "L" post!

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  17. Oh! A girl after my own heart. I love Ladyhawke and Lost Boys! Good picks. :D

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  18. I knew Lord of the Rings would make the list. I knew it. I've never head of the movie Ladyhawk, but the way it makes your heart flutter makes me want to see it.

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  19. Awesome list of awesome! I'm so glad you included Ladyhawk, as well as LOTR!

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  20. You can write like the elves and dwarves. How cool is that!

    Play off the Page

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  21. Lord of the Rings is definitely an awesome book! Thanks for the congratulatory remarks, too. I really appreciate that!

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  22. Lord of the Rings is also the book I thought of with an "L" title. It's not my all-time favorite though. That still belongs to Gone With the Wind.

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  23. Lord of the Rings is just amazing. This is a really great post!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  24. I've read The Hobbit, but I haven't read Lord of the Rings. I liked the movie for LOTR though, and funny enough, I haven't seen the movie for The Hobbit yet.

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  25. I haven't read LotR yet, but I love the Hobbit.

    I also just had a really weird feeling seeing Cynthia's comment above 'cause I'm fairly sure I wrote exactly that comment recently on some blog, somewhere. LOL.

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  26. I have not read or watched any of your L options. How did that happen???

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  27. Lord of the Rings is super. If only I can finish my first reading of it. Sigh. I am yet to finish the book.

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  28. The Lost Boys - that was a while ago and, now I remember, it WAS a great film. And I agree - Lord of the Rings is the best book (and I read it before it was considered "cool" - shows how old I am :-) )

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  29. Man, I hadn't thought about Lemmings for years!! I was completely addicted to that!

    I love LOTR but I didn't get the best start with Tolkien. We had a Tolkien society at my school, but no one really went because the teacher who ran it was seen as a weirdo. If it had been someone else, I might have got into the whole thing sooner!

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  30. Couldn't agree with you more about THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In a class by itself.

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  31. The Lost Boys was one of my favorite movies. It is one of the few "old" movies, that I made my kids watch (my 11 year old considers it old) that they actually liked.

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  32. L was a good day for your theme. I forgot about how good The Last Starfighter was. Great list.

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  33. I've never seen Ladyhawke but I completely with you on the Lost Boys! Just stopping by for the A-Z Challenge. Please check us out and sign up to follow if you like what you see. Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse

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  34. Lord of the Rings is classic.

    Thanks for checking out my AtoZ.
    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #41

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  35. The book I will go with as like you I have tread it more than tree times. I also don't live far from Oxford and have been to the pub he frequented. The films naa can't agree or the game.
    You want to try reading R E Fiest as well

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