Here is a list of 10 randomly picked favorites from among my hundreds of favorite books, TV shows and movies!
In no particular order...
Avatar- The Last Airbender
Perhaps the greatest TV series of all time. This show nears perfection. The characters are brilliant. Their story arcs and how their story arcs intertwine and reinforce the show's theme is absolute brilliance. Also, they did their research - each of the "bending" styles accurately mirrors real-life martials arts (a couple that I studied myself).
The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird
This is perhaps the best advanced storytelling book of all time... and it isn't well known! This book addressed for me the numerous misrepresentations of partial understanding that is presented in so many other writing books (I'm looking at you Save the Cat). If you are a writer, buy this book.
The Wheel of Time book series by Robert Jordan
I didn't like the first book the first time I read it. It felt like too small a world and too big a rip-off of Tolkien. But thanks to the urging of my family I continued on. The series opens up into a vast world and Jordan finds his voice separate from the grandfather of modern fantasy. The characters are so well crafted and the themes that the story deals with are incredibly moving. Also, the way his world works and his invention of "the Source" is absolute brilliance.
The Gap book series by Stephen R. Donaldson
This may be the darkest books I have ever read. It deals with rape and abuse, and though some elements have not aged well, for the time it was written it was truly groundbreaking in that area. Get through the first book and you will find a world deep and vast with diverse, challenging characters. Donaldson is a master at making the audience empathize with and root for the most disgusting, vile people imaginable and in doing so, show us that deep down, we aren't much different ourselves.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Directed by Kurosawa, this black and white samurai film is my favorite. Yes, I know Seven Samurai and even Yojimbo are more popular, but Sanjuro has more texture and nuance, and for me is more fun to watch. Check it out!
The Rise of Skywalker
I don't care that you now think I don't have any taste. So I'll make it worse for you - this is my favorite iteration of Star Wars of all time. It moved me so emotionally that I wept in my car for fifteen minutes afterwards. Yes, there is some clunky story elements... there is in every Star Wars movie/book/show/comic. At some point I'll write a post explaining my love for RoS and how it is the best movie they could have made with how things were left at the end of TLJ (which is a great film, but left the third film with little to build to or from).
If you have not seen this movie. Go see it now. Enough said.
The books and the movies are fantastic (though Goblet of Fire movie was pretty rough). The characters were brilliant, the themes powerful and the world... I'm a Ravenclaw and my patronus is a golden retriever in case you were wondering.
I wish I was Naruto. I'd be happy with being Naruto without any ninja abilities at all. Why? Because his belief in himself, even through his self-doubt, and his faith in others is the biggest superpower that any character has ever had.
I mean c'mon. I have to be a fan of my own books! I am so excited to see where these characters will take me. I cannot wait to be able to share their journeys with you. It is my hope that these books rank somewhere on your favorites list as well.