The two most visited posts on this blog are my rants about my distaste for the Last Jedi and Sabetha Belacoros from the Gentleman Bastard sequence. By far.
While this amuses me, I’ve gone over my older, more positive posts, checked the data, and found that they barely generate any traffic. So I’ve decided, in my usual contrarian style, to write another positive post.
Today I talk about some things I actually like. In no particular order:
- Tabletop RPGs in general, and White Wolf’s stuff in particular. I spent a good deal of time playing DnD 3e with friends. Then we dabbled in other systems, but only found our home after trying out Exalted. Larger than life heroes with tragic destinies happen to be a drug I can never get enough of. Which brings us to…
- Malazan Book of the Fallen. Though I’m only three books in, I’m in love with this series. It has pretty much everything I enjoy. It’s smart, dark, and complex, though reading each of its doorstopper tomes can be quite an undertaking. One of my greatest ambitions is to create something of this magnitude.
- Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Back in the early to late 2000s I used to love anime. But then the tropes solidified, the industry got a bit too stale for me, and I just kind of lost interest. But nothing ever gets stale in Jojo. This is pure, expressive, insane art, and I love it.
- Devilman Crybaby. Speaking of anime, here’s a newer one. Another visually and creatively explosive work, and an excellent retelling of the old manga. This is an adrenaline-fueled shot of grim, dark, and insane, and I want to see more similar stuff.
- Most of the work of Junji Ito. This man is a mad genius of body and cosmic horror, and a master of the page flip shock. Most everything he made, I’ve either read or reread, and never with regret.
- League of Legends, with which I have an abusive, on-and-off relationship. Years have been lost to it, but I can’t seem to end this thing we’ve got going. Oh well.
- Warframe, for the same reasons. I have to quit it every time I start writing a new book. The two cannot coexist in my life.
- Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, as I’ve mentioned many times by now. I’ve recently replayed it, and it still holds up. Easily one of the most important pieces of media I’ve consumed during my formative years.
- Nier Automata, or the work of Yoko Taro in general. I have so many words about this. I’m two games behind with my essays, I know. But those essays demand a good bit of energy, which I’d rather put in books or some other way of making myself better.
- The Soulsborne games. Given that I am already playing life on Hard difficulty by virtue of where I live, I occasionally turn to videogames for some lighthearted fun. These never disappoint.
- The Expanse. Or more specifically, the series. Love the characters, the setting, and the creative ways in which it frames some of its more unusual episodes (the one with the slingshot guy comes to mind). Haven’t touched the books sadly. Maybe will some day, but other things interest me more in that regard.
- B-grade (and below) horror films. No matter how much I rage about modern blockbusters, I will always have a taste for good schlock like Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers or Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh. When given the choice, I universally prefer the creative vision of a small group of madmen whose reach exceeds their grasp over corporate, committee-vomited drivel.
By no means an exhaustive list, just something off the top of my head. In the future I might make another, similar one.
Stay brutal in the meantime!
M. T. Miller