Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A-Z Geek (T): Some Classics, Some Not so Classic

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
Truckers by Terry Pratchett (1989): A kid’s series, called The Bromeliad, that's so worth reading as an adult. Wonderful. Truly wonderful.

The Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb (2001-03): Once I got past the fact it was written in first person, a style I didn’t like at the time for fantasy novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Consisting of Fool's Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool's Fate, this trilogy continues the life of FitzChivalry Farseer from The Farseer Trilogy (1995-97).

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2005): Many people, in particular writers and editors, gave this book a hard time, but I was able to switch off my inner editor and thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. Sometimes it's not about the writing, it's about the story.

MOVIES
TRON (1982): The thought of getting sucked into your favourite computer game? Sheer genius (at the time). The stylizing of the imagery was challenging, but I loved it. I also love the new animated Disney version of TRON: Uprising which looks like it has combined 3D animation and vector graphics. Artistically beautiful and when I watch it, I want to pull out my art again.

TV
The Twilight Zone (1959-64): I have to say, the black and white reruns from the original series were truly the best.

Honourable mentions: The Terminator (1984); Terminator 2 (1991); Time Bandits (1981), yes another time travel story; The Thing (1982), this is a remake of a 1951 film and is far better than the newer 2011 remake of the remake; Titanic (1997); Thunderbirds (1965-66), because the reruns used to freak me out as a kid but my brother loved them. Who wouldn’t be freaked out by dancing puppets?

#AtoZChallenge

33 comments:

  1. I'm really glad you mentioned Time Bandits. It's a true classic.

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    1. Ha! I didn't think anyone would remember it!

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  2. The Thing would be my movie of the 80s. If you're going to do a remake, take a crappy 50s movie and do it like this.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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  3. I love watching some of the old episodes of The Twilight Zones. Some great storytelling here.

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  4. Thunderbirds! So much love for that old show ^_^ ...and now I'm gonna have the theme tune stuck in my head all day. NEVER MIND! IT IS GOOD! :D

    Every now and then I look at my computer and wonder if it's like TRON in there... Let's hope I don't have an evil MCP...

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    1. You know there's an evil byte in there... watching you.

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  5. I really liked Tron Legacy as well. And T2 was my movie pick of the day.
    Lee did time travel movies and I forgot about Time Bandits!

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  6. I have neither seen nor read the Twilight series, but do want to. I just avoided it because I didn't have enough bubblegum at the time to fit in.

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  7. Can you believe it? I haven't seen any of these. I'm not quite sure why. I know my family when to see Tron but I think I chose to stay home and enjoy my alone time.

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  8. Very good T-words,and I've seen and read most of them. I'll have to pick up The Bromeliad, Truckers book. I enjoy reading children's books.

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  9. I don't think I've ever read a 1st person fantasy series. I'm very intrigued by that.

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  10. Twilight? Really, sweet sister? Really? :) I might have to disown you now, you know :)

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    1. Yeah, I deliberated whether or not I should make that admission... hehehe. You can't disown me! Not lil ole me!

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  11. Time Bandits!! Had almost forgotten that one. :)

    What did you think of the newest Tron movie? Enjoyed the movie, thought the soundtrack was fantastic!

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    1. Yep, I liked the new movie. I'm not sure it had the same magic as the first, but it certainly looked better.

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  12. Lynda, you have given me a lot of books to add to my TBR pile, except for the first book of the Twilight Series, I have not read any of the others.

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  13. Tron! So a huge favorite in this household :) And who isn't freaked out by dancing puppets??

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  14. Haha I'm freaked out just reading the words dancing puppets. I kind of hate puppets and dolls in general.

    I loved The Twilight Zone and Time Bandits.

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  15. I still replay some of The Twilight Zone episodes in my head. They were brilliant in the way they tapped into our deepest fears.

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  16. 'The thought of getting sucked into your favourite computer game? Sheer genius (at the time).'

    I agree!

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  17. I don't know some of these, but most I do. What's not to love about "Twilight Zone?" "The Thing" is one of my favorite movies! I don't remember the first "Tron," but I really liked the recent one.
    Fun post! :-)

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  18. Good list - I would have to promote the first two Terminators on my own list. Also, I might have the check out Truckers.

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  19. Tron rocks! I was so into the original as a kid:)

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  20. I LOVE Terry Pratchett. One of my favorite authors. I also enjoyed Twilight and the Twilight Zone. Good picks for T.

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  21. I wasn't able to switch off my inner editor when I read Twilight. It drove me crazy that people were saying it was better than Harry Potter. I felt there was no comparison!

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    1. Yeah, normally I can't switch the old editor off, but for some reason the story caught me up. Now that I know the story, I doubt I'll be able to read it again without my inner editor having a freak out.

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  22. I loved Twilight, no matter what if your story's boring the book is dead in the water. Tron is legend, simple. Glad you liked the photo in my blog post today.

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  23. Love you Tees :) Especially Time Bandits; what a fun movie that was! And I agree with your take on Twilight. I enjoyed it, too - twice!

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  24. Very good T words today. Twilight was good!

    Nas

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  25. The Twilight Zone kind of scares me, especially that episode about that little boy who controlled a whole town, and then he grew up and his daughter turned out to be the same way.

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    1. There were definitely some creepy episodes. They were so well told too, so that made them extra creepy!

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  26. I want to watch Tron one day. I've seen Tron Legacy. And I think I read 'Diggers'. I haven't read Twilight though.

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