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Bye-Bye Sci-Fi Month!

It's now the end of November, which unfortunately means the end of Sci-Fi Month 😭

Even though I didn't post anywhere near as much as I'd hoped and planned, I'm glad that I posted at all, because quality is more important than quantity. I don't feel like I just threw together any posts at the last minute, which is something that I tend to do in these kinds of events, and instead I took my time and went at my own pace (even if that meant straying away from what i'd actually scheduled, oops).

But anyways, I really have had a blast both putting together posts and reading everyone else's posts, as well as reading and watching some good bits of sci-fi (I had a fit of laughter at one particular scene of the Watchmen movie, and I'm not sure if it was intentionally funny). For December, though, I will be taking a wee break from blogging to enjoy the holidays to their fullest and also to plan out posts for January properly so that I can fully get back into the swing of posting regularly in the new year.

I will see you all next time!

[Sci-Fi Month] My Unpopular Sci-Fi Opinions

We can't all agree on everything. That's just a fact of life. However, there are times when you don't agree with the vast majority of people and end up being the black sheep. That's me, hello, I am a black sheep. I don't necessarily take pride in having different opinions but I'm not ashamed of it either, it's just how it is. Not everyone has the exact same taste, and if we did the world would be so incredibly boring. So, I am here today on this hopefully glorious today to share with you all my unpopular opinions on sci-fi!

This is probably the most unpopular opinion I have when it comes to sci-fi, but I genuinely think that Alien is the best movie in the series, mainly because I didn't like Aliens. The tone was so different to me that it felt off. I went in expecting another horror style movie, but instead it's a full on sci-fi action movie with lots of shooting, which isn't usually my kind of thing. Obviously I still liked Ripley and the aliens themselves, but the Marines kind of let the movie down so much for me. I thought they were a bunch of meatheads who just went in there guns blazing after being told that Xenomorph blood is acidic and then just mow them down like zombies, instead of the supposedly unstoppable monster that the Alien was in the first movie. I'm not a James Cameron fan anyway (apart from the first two Terminator movies), but I just remember being so let down by Aliens.

I can feel people's browsers being closed right now. I don't just think that Batman v. Superman wasn't that bad, it's my favourite movie of the whole year. I love this movie, and I honestly don't care about what other people think. If other people don't like that, that's fine because it doesn't affect me. It's not fine when people tell me that I'm an idiot or a "fake geek" for liking a movie, that's never okay, that's rude. Anyways, Man of Steel is one of my favourite movies, so obviously I had incredibly high hopes for BvS and I think that Snyder and Co. really delivered. The story moves at the same pace as a comic book (which is sort of Zack Snyder's trademark), has a good balance of action and dialogue, and most importantly, has incredibly accurate portrayals of the characters. Ben Affleck is now my absolute favourite Batman because his Bruce Wayne is pretty much lifted from the pages of the comics. I know that a lot of people prefer Christian Bale, and I did too at one point, but to me, Bale's Bruce Wayne is pretty bland. His scenes cut between him at home, him in public acting like an idiot, and him as Batman with very little transition. With Affleck, we see those transitions and how different each one of Bruce's personas is. I think the most common complaint with this movie is that it was "confusing" and too full of symbolism and imagery, and also "too dark". That's just the way that DC is and they've been that way since the 1970s/80s. DC stories tend to be larger than life and tackle issues such as what it means to be a hero, what it is that makes people good, compared to Marvel stories that are much more grounded (i'm probably wrong about that though, because i'm not a marvel fan). These days I think a lot of people expect every superhero movie that is released to be exactly like an MCU movie, which is not going to happen. Different comics companies do their own things and if they all just copied each other, they would be boring. What I'm basically getting at is, I think people were a bit too hard on BvS. It wasn't for everyone, but it didn't deserve to be ripped to shreds.

I actually have a full post on this point (clickety-click, so I'll keep this brief. Superman has basically become a punching bag for people who are not only a part of comics fandom, but other fandoms too. Lots of people say that he's "boring" or "overpowered" or "doesn't have a personality", and I completely disagree with all of those points. Obviously Superman is incredibly strong, but to me it's his personality that makes him the hero that he is. If Superman didn't have such a compassionate heard and wasn't intelligent, he would be a very different kind of hero. He'd be an anti-hero, which is not what Superman is. He doesn't throw regular people through walls or into concrete because he knows that it would kill them. He's about doing things the right way, and working with the law to keep people safe, instead of doing things his own way and basically landing criminals in the hospital like one certain hero that we all know (but i do still love, though).

I will admit that this opinion is a little bit uninformed because I haven't experienced a lot of space opera, but what I've seen is just not for me. I personally like my sci-fi to have an emphasis on the science part, like Star Trek does, rather than showing a cool spaceship and not really explaining how it works. Obviously there needs to be plot and characters and all that good stuff to, but my tastes definitely tend to lean more towards the science part of sci-fi. But who knows, maybe my opinion of this will change one day, and I'll open up to it more.

I'm not sure if this even counts as a sci-fi opinion (it's becoming unpopular on the internet in general), but I really don't. There's no proof of aliens existing apart from blurry and possibly fake images of "UFOs", and they've never made contact so how could I believe in them? Don't get me wrong, though. I like the idea of aliens, but I don't think that they're real because there's such a lack of evidence out there other than people saying that they do exist. If other people want to believe in aliens, then that's fine because it doesn't affect me at all, but I'll acknowledge the existence of extraterrestrial life when it's actually found.

Tell me some of your unpopular opinions!

[Sci-Fi Month] A Sci-Fi Inspired Playlist

Music is a huge part of my life, and even though I don't tend to match music to certain books, I do have certain songs and genres and such that do remind me of either books or just certain genres. When I was going through my Spotify library recently I got an idea to make a sci-fi inspired playlist, specially for Sci-Fi Month! I'm not a usual playlist-maker, so the songs that I've collected are songs that either remind me of space/sciencey things or just have a general futuristic/space/scientific feel to them, so to put it into shorter terms, there's a lot of electronic music going on here.

I like to think that I have a very strange eclectic taste in music, so I've done my best to include both well-known songs and also more obscure songs from indie artists. Enjoy!

What sci-fi inspired songs would you add to the playlist?

[Sci-Fi Month] Top 10 Futurama Episodes

As I explained in my Sci-Fi Month intro post, Futurama was possibly the first piece of sci-fi that I'd ever seen at the tender age of probably too young to really be watching Futurama. Seriously, I was going around saying "bite my shiny metal ass" before I was old enough to really know what Bender was saying. Out of all of the sci-fi shows that I've watched, Futurama is the one that has stuck with me the most. Even now I still quote the show constantly and will more than likely watch reruns on TV as well as on DVD. Unless Sky1 has decided to show the movies in a million parts for the hundredth time this decade... I'm not too fussed about the later seasons because I haven't watched them that often, so I tend to stick to the first four seasons. So, without any delay, I shall begin to show my favourite Futurama episodes!

[Sci-Fi Month] Defending the Man of Steel

As I'd stated in my Top 10 Extraterrestrials post, I am a huge fan of Superman. But, I've seen quite recently that the camp of people who like Superman is actually not as big as it used to be. A lot of people have gravitated to completely being fans of only Batman, and I don't see anything wrong with that because I also love Batman, more than I love Superman, actually. But, a lot of people seem to have the idea that if you love one thing, you must hate this other thing, opposing or not, or else you're a fake fan, and that makes me kind of sad. And so, instead of making yet another post on how Superman sucks (which a lot of pop journalists and entertainment bloggers like to do), I want to defend the guy and spread some positivity about him. Please note that I'm not making this post to attack anyone for their opinions on fictional characters and comic book companies, I'm just trying to explain my thoughts on certain criticisms of Superman.


[Sci-Fi Month] Top 10 Extraterrestrials

Aliens are the absolute best. This is not my opinion, it's a fact. Okay, so it's my opinion, but a lot of people share my opinion, so therefore aliens are the best. Anyways, aliens are one of my favourite creatures to see in fiction because there are so many different things that can be done with them. They can be awful monsters, they can be helpful monsters, they can be villains, or they can be heroes. The sky is more than the limit when it comes to aliens and there are so many of them in fiction that it was pretty difficult to come up with a top ten list of my favourites. The same rules apply to all of my top ten lists: only one character per series/franchise, and only aliens from things that I've seen/read/played.

[Sci-Fi Month] A Little Look at My SF TBR

A new themed month means another themed TBR, so this time I'm presenting my sci-fi TBR! My sci-fi shelf is one of the biggest shelves on my GR account, so I had a tough time picking out which books I would put on this list. These books here are the ones that I want to read the most, and I more than likely already have a copy of and haven't gotten around to for one reason or another (it's more than likely because i'm forgetful). Because I love sci-fi so much my TBR will be growing all the time because I quite like to read both classic and modern sci-fi.

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke - I actually DNF'd this book last year because I wasn't sure if it was written before or after the movie was made, but it turns out that it was written while the movie was being made. I'm still not sure on whether to read the book or watch the movie first but it'll be waiting for me.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - One of my favourite books ever is Nineteen Eighty-Four and even though it has absolutely nothing to do with this book, the comparisons between the two that have been made do really interest me. The idea of manipulating society by giving it exactly what it wants rather than taking everything away is fascinating and also terrifying at the same time.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick - I've been told a million times that Blade Runner is an incredible movie, and as per bookworm law, I must read the book first. I haven't read much from Phillip K. Dick apart from one of his short stories, but his novels have interested me for a long time, so I figured that this is a good place to start. Also, I like the album Replicas by Tubeway Army which was inspired by this book.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - I'm not entirely sure if this counts as a science fiction novel, but it is a dystopian novel, and dystopian tends to get lumped into sci-fi so on this list it shall go. I heard of this book around about the same time I read Nineteen Eighty-Four for the first time when I was fourteen, and obviously I needed to read it ASAP. Five years later, and I still haven't read it. At least I now have a copy so that I can get to it any time I want.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - I'm pretty sure that this book is a British institution so the fact that I, a British fan of sci-fi, have not read it is pretty bad.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith - I've had this book on my Kindle for so long that I don't actually remember what it's about anymore... But, it is an LGBT+ book from a male POV, which is always a plus for me.

Watchmen by Alan Moore - I needed to put at least one comic on this list, even though I read mostly Batman and there are very few sci-fi elements in Batman comics (mainly because he's technically a detective rather than a superhero, but that's just me being pedantic). However, I was recently given a copy of Watchmen by my mum who works in a school library and there were a few complaints about it being there, so she gave it to me. So far, the only book by Alan Moore that I've read is The Killing Joke and I really enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to this one.

The Martian by Andy Weir - Bookworm's law applies here again. My dad says that the movie is really good, so I have to read the book first.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - I absolutely adored Cinder and I'm really behind on this series, so I'm attempting to finally get around to reading Scarlet this month.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey - I read The 5th Wave years ago when it first came out and it was one of my favourite books, so I'm shocked at myself for not continuing on with the series.

Sever by Lauren DeStefano - Same goes for The Chemical Garden series. I read the first two books years ago but never got around to finishing the series.

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft - I'm a little hesitant about not just this book, but Lovecraft's entire bibliography since it's become very apparent that he was racist. I usually do my very best to separate art from artist, but when the artist is said to put their bigoted views into their work it can be hard to do that. From what I've read, Lovecraft did incorporate his racism into his work, so I'm placing his work on the "maybe" TBR for now.

What sci-fi books are on your TBR? Also, if you're participating in Sci-Fi Month too, let me know so I can keep up with your posts!

Hot Diggity Daffodil! It's Sci-Fi Month!

Whoopee, it's finally November!

This year I'm participating in Sci-Fi Month for the very first time after wanting to participate for so long, but either life or my brain getting in the way. Most of the time my brain has gotten in the way.

Now for a wee little backstory about how I got into sci-fi. It all started when I was very small and my brother and I used to watch TV together all the time because I didn't have a TV that could be used to watch TV on (all i could do with it was play video games and watch video tapes). My brother and I would take turns choosing what to watch, but most of the things we watched were the same. Two sci-fi shows that we both loved were Futurama and Dragon Ball Z. To this day we can still quote Futurama as if it's been burned into our brains because at the time there were only four seasons and we watched them over and over and over again. Hence why the title of this post uses a Futurama quote.

But anyways, I haven't actually been reading a whole lot of sci-fi in recent times (gasp, i know) because of brain reasons that I don't really want to get into and I fell back into reading lighter stuff, mainly contemporary. That's not to say that sci-fi can't be light, but it does get pretty heavy sometimes. Sci-fi is one of my absolute favourite genres, and I really want to rekindle my love for it, so that is why I am here and participating.

So, what do I have planned? Well, I'm not really much of a reviewer anymore, so instead I like to focus on discussion posts, lists, and just general rambling. But obviously, those will be sci-fi themed so stay tuned for those!

See you all in space!