Hello everyone! I know that I've been neglecting this blog as of late - and I am genuinely really sorry about that! - but I'll be making up for that a bit as I'll be taking part in the Sci-Fi Month this November :) To any regular readers who might not know what this is, it's basically a month long blog event to celebrate all things science fiction. The event's been around since 2013 and is co-hosted by Rinn from RinnReads and Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow. Taking part in this event was one of my major reading aims for 2016 and I've been really looking forward to it!
What I Love About Sci-Fi
Science-fiction is a wonderful genre! For me the very best sci-fi tales have an epic scope and are exciting and emotional character-focused stories with fascinating and imaginative ideas and worlds :) I'm really not into the hard sci-fi spectrum of the genre where there's a very heavy emphasis on all of the mechanics and scientific accuracy but I love the space opera, time travel, dystopian, sci-fi mystery, and comic sci-fi subgenres.
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My Introduction to Sci-Fi *gushing alert!*
I've been a Sci-Fi fan for 15 years now - ever since my Dad bought me a VHS boxset (hey, remember those?!) of the original Star Wars trilogy when I was 12 years old. I then sat down and saw Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time and was completely spellbound by it. ANH wasn't actually my first Star Wars film as I'd already been exposed to The Phantom Menace about a year or two before but that film had done absolutely nothing for me. After seeing ANH I then went on to watch The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi over the next couple of days and I became, well, obsessed :D Along with the Harry Potter series, Star Wars was a major part of my adolescence and is hugely precious to me. I'm still not a fan of any of the prequels and, to be honest, I have very little patience with the argument that the prequels have all of the same virtues and flaws as the other Star Wars films and that anyone who doesn't like them is merely blinded by nostalgia. It's not that I have a problem with people liking the prequels(!) but since I'm still fairly young and my first Star Wars film was actually The Phantom Menace that argument can hardly be true in my case and I find it really quite insulting. But as for the other four Star Wars films? I adore them. I love that the films aren't at all hard sci-fi and are very much sci-fi fairy tales. I love that they're full of adventure and excitement. I love their wonderful characters. I love how funny the films are and I find them very emotional and powerful. I love the romance. I love John Williams' stunning music for the films. I love the films' aesthetic. I love how ripe with mythological roots and symbolism the films are and their mystical/spiritual elements. I love the famous twist ending in ESB which is arguably the greatest movie twist of all time. And I love that the films all have themes that fascinate me and are close to my heart: compassion, family, friendship, hope, redemption, rebellion, faith, fate, courage, love...
It's obviously a hugely exciting time to be a Star Wars fan right now and I'm extremely excited for what's in store. I'm so happy that these stories that were so important to me in my past are continuing to be a huge part of my present and future :')
My Favourite Sci-Fi Stories are...:
Books: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher and The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Films: Star Wars, Super 8, The Prestige, Inception, Midnight Special, The Matrix, Edge of Tomorrow, Minority Report, The Hunger Games, Jurassic Park, Galaxy Quest, the Star Trek reboot films and Danny Boyle's Frankenstein (a filmed stage production).
TV Shows: Doctor Who, Firefly, Futurama and Stranger Things.
My Plans for the Sci-Fi Month:
Reading and reviewing Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness - This is a YA dystopian series made up of three novels and three short stories. I've already read the first novel (The Knife of Never Letting Go) in this series and my review of it should hopefully go up by the end of this week. There were two reasons why I chose to read this series for the SF month: 1) because I read Ness's fantasy novel A Monster Calls earlier in the year and I was absolutely floored by it, and 2) because these books are getting made into films that will star Daisy Ridley (who I ❤ ) and will be directed by Doug Liman, the director of Edge of Tomorrow (such an underrated Sci-Fi film!)
Reading and reviewing Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Another dystopian story but a standalone novel for adults this time. This book only entered my radar when I found out from an article that Steven Spielberg was about to direct a film adaptation of it and that the film would star Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn. That and the fact that the book was described as being like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Matrix" immediately piqued my interest! Oh, and since then the film has actually been shot in my hometown! They filmed portions of the film in Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter (which are old industrial areas) not too long ago.
Possible Further Reading: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (a time travel novel), Legion by Brandon Sanderson (a Sci-Fi mystery novella), and Bloodline by Claudia Gray (an official Star Wars tie-in novel) .
Some Questions that You May Want to Answer:
- Are you taking part in this year's event? If so, is this your first time or have you been taking part for a while now?
- Would you class yourself as a huge Sci-Fi fan in general or are there only a few stories from the genre that you love?
- Do you like any of my favourite Sci-Fi books/films/tv shows as well? What are your personal favourite Sci-Fi stories? Please feel free to recommend me any Sci-Fi stories that you think I might like based on my favourites by the way as I'd really appreciate it!