I watched a really good sci-fi movie the other day that got me thinking about the sci-fi/fantasy genre. I’m a huge fan of SFF—especially if there’s a good romantic subplot (or main plot) in the mix. Lately there’s been a surge of SFF movies and TV shows. And YA is really starting to bring in some fantastic fantasy (pun intended) and sci-fi. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Throne of Glass, The Hunger Games, and Grave Mercy are just a few of my favorites.
It’s been my experience, though, that the movie making industry has a harder time creating strong SFF. This is understandable once you consider how many people read and make changes to a screenplay before it reaches production. And then there are the changes that get made while it’s undergoing production—changes by the director, the interpretation by the actors, etc. While these changes are understandable, I don’t think we can excuse all of them. When the storylines are riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies that are so bad that they make you unable to suspend your disbelief halfway through the movie, it’s a problem.
So to remind us that the genre is wonderful and worthy of our attention, I thought I would list some good SFF shows and movies to look into (and some old ones to remember and appreciate).
First is Live. Die. Repeat.: Edge of Tomorrow, the excellent sci-fi movie that I mentioned watching earlier. Basically this movie is Ender’s Game meets Prince of Persia.
And since I just mentioned them, I will add them to the list formally because they are both fantastic SFFs.
Prince of Persia
Next up is Pirates of the Caribbean.
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Need I say anything else?
Guardians of the Galaxy
Everything in the Marvel universe is already awesome, but I especially enjoyed GotG. Talk about fantastic dialogue and characterization!
Laugh out loud funny.
The Hunger Games
Probably one of the most brilliantly done movie adaptations of a book.
And now some timeless classics:
The Lord of the Rings
And a few great shows:
The Vampire Diaries
I know I talk about TVD a lot, but, guys, this show is brilliant. I had never seen a show that gets better with each new season until I saw TVD. The series arc is brilliant, and the plots are oh, so fun!
Every show by Joss Whedon:
I feel like Dollhouse is lesser known, but it is still an excellent show. If you like sci-fi, go watch now.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(These next two are not by Joss Whedon, but they’re both great.)
Witches of East End
Sorry, couldn’t find an official trailer.
And last but not least, Orphan Black
This actress is phenomenal.
Now go watch something awesome. Watching awesomeness always inspires me to write 🙂