This week, we asked our esteemed panelists the following question:
The final installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, is finally here, revealing the top ten. You can find the individual posts as they were posted #41-50 here, #31-40 here, #21-30 here, and #11-20 here. For those who just want to get to the Top Ten already I’ve listed that first. For ease of reference, I’ve also included the entire list of fifty at the bottom of the post so if you want to refer people to the list, you can just link here.
These are (my opinion of) what is the best of the best, the most epic of the most epic. Load them all up and have an awesome road trip, or ration them out over months of liistening.
I would love if other fiction podcast fans would comment here and say what their own favorites are and why.
Just one more list to go!
It was very hard to pick out my favorites among all the great stuff out there. Now I want to listen to them all again!
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Sure the books are almost always better than the movie, but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from adapting genre fiction. So with that in mind, we asked our esteemed panel…
This is what they said…
The best for me is The Exorcist. Because the screenplay adaptation is by the original novelist, it hews closely to the book and it never gives into either backing down from the book’s most controversial scenes nor inflating them. I’d also suggest that director William Friedkin chose the perfect style to compliment William Peter Blatty’s story — he eschewed the Gothic trappings that had been common in horror films up to that point, and instead took a documentary approach to the material, treating it in a dramatic and very realistic fashion.
For my worst, I’m going to choose the film version of Alan Moore’s brilliant Watchmen, because I’ve never seen another adaptation that so completely inverted the intent of its source material. Moore’s original graphic novel is a deconstruction of superheroes, but the film is a ludicrous celebration. My favorite example is a scene in which the very disturbed character of Rorschach crashes through an upper-floor window and falls into a ring of police. In the graphic novel, it takes three small panels to show Rorschach crashing through the window and landing, where he’s stunned and easily beaten down; in the movie, he falls forever in slow-motion and then fights off the cops successfully for some time before being overwhelmed. The entire movie mythologizes these characters where Moore’s intention was to show them as psychologically damaged. I was so furious after seeing that movie that I wanted to punch the projectionist.
The Craft is a new column that will explore the writing process, each month focusing on a different aspect of the craft. This month I asked Adam-Troy Castro, the author of the Philip K. Dick Award winning novel Emissaries From the Dead and the Gustav Gloom fantasy series, about character development.
James Aquilone: What steps do you take when creating a character?
Adam-Troy Castro: In plot-driven stories I figure out who is most vulnerable to the central situation of a story; then I engineer the character around that. In character-driven stories I create somebody who does not get along with the universe and watch the conflicts develop.
- Here’s Total Dick-Head‘s First Look At Radio Free Albemuth – The Movie.
- At Asimov’s, Mary Robinette Kowal interviews Dr. Michio Kaku. [via Bibliophile Stalker]
- Scott Westerfeld has posted Leviathan artwork.
- Joseph Mallozzi names his November Book of the Month Club selection: Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro. Hmmm…might be a good excuse to read this. I’ve heard good things and have put it off far too long.
- Jeff and Ann VanderMeer announce the finalists for The First Annual Last Drink Bird Head Award.
- Andrew Wheeler celebrates his blog’s 4th Anniversary.
- Mike Brotherton is looking for Science Fiction Words in the Mainstream.
- For the writers: Vonda N. McIntyre’s Pitfalls of Writing SF & Fantasy.
- Gary Westfahl reviews Pandorum: “In order to appreciate Pandorum, then, one must ignore those silly mutants and instead focus solely on the shorter, better film they are viciously struggling to conceal.”
- SCI FI Wire lists 10 theories on what caused the flash forward in FlashForward.
Everyone loves a good bad guy, so we asked this week’s panelists the following:
Read on to see the responses…
For me the best bad guy (aside from Tolkien’s Morgoth and Sauron) is Tanith Lee’s ‘Azhrarn the Beautiful, Prince of Demons, Master of Night, one of five Lords of Darkness.’ While reading Lee’s Flat Earth series you can’t help loving him and hating him simultaneously. He can be totally despicable, yet frequently you find yourself on his side. Such ambiguity is refreshingly intriguing!