The first novel I remember reading was the Hobbit. This set the
Now, I could list my favorites like some checklist of taste, but it
doesn't SAY anything. It paints a boring, flat picture. Why are
they my favorites? Why do I love Douglas Adams, or Piers Anthony?
Why can I quote Big Trouble in Little China at the drop of a hat,
or why, when I’m lost in thought, do I tap the theme to Terminator
2? Books, Movies, and TV have all been equally important to me.
Regardless of the medium, I’m always looking for the same things:
wonder, adventure, and humor -- with a dash of suspense, of
I still remember the first time I had my mind completely blown by a
fantastical movie. Ones like Labyrinth, Star Wars, The Neverending
Story, The Last Starfighter, and Flight of the Navigator. Or the
first time I was scared shitless, but couldn't pull away from the
screen. Movies like Aliens, and The Thing -- such wonder, such
adventure! They showed me that you could go anywhere -- space, the
center of the earth, the past, the future -- and do anything when
you get there.
But it wasn't just movies. Books played an important role, too. I
discovered the Xanth series when I was a young adult and devoured
them at a delightfully ravenous pace. Soon after, as many do, I
discovered the Hitchhikers Guide and learned that books could be
funny -- really funny. Then I discovered Ender’s Game,
which expertly captures those feelings we have growing up.
These are some of my strongest and fondest memories, so it was no
shock to me (possibly to my parents) that I decided to pay that
forward. One of the greatest accomplishments in my life was seeing
a kid hold up the game I worked on, eyes filled with that sense of
excitement we barely remember, and running up to the counter to buy
it. I may not be the next Piers Anthony, Douglas Adams, John
Carpenter, Neill Blomkamp, Quentin Tarantino, or J.R.R Tolkien...
but damnit, I can certainly try.
Bottom line: it's not what we like, but why we
like it. To pair this down to a list of bullet points just seems