SF Media I’m Thankful For đŸ€—

If my knowledge of US holidays is correct, Thanksgiving is this week. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK because we tend to associate it with US history and government that took place after America broke off from the British Empire. I think. I’m not actually too sure about that. But we do have harvest festivals, but that’s more of a religious thing because a lot of churches take donations of food to give to homeless shelters in the colder months. As far as the UK is concerned, once it’s past the 5th of November, it’s Christmas whether we like it or not.

It is still November, and therefore Sci-Fi Month, so I decided to take this week’s freebie prompt and give it a sci-fi twist by talking about sci-fi media that I’m thankful for. What exactly does ‘thankful’ mean in this scenario? I’m not exactly sure.

Futurama – Futurama first started airing when I was 4 years old, but I don’t remember being 4 years old very well, so as far as I’m concerned, Futurama has been a part of my life for my entire life. This show was probably my first exposure to sci-fi as a genre, and although there are still a lot of jokes that I don’t understand because they’re related to real-life science or maths, I do still laugh though. I haven’t seen very many of the post-cancellation episodes other than the four movies, but I still can watch the original series over and over again without getting sick of them.

Man of Steel – I am very much aware that Man of Steel is a polarising movie, and that’s fine because not everyone will like something. But Man of Steel is a very important movie to me because it was the first time that I was actually able to relate to Superman, a character who constantly gets called “unrelatable” because he’s an alien with superpowers. Seeing the struggles that Clark has growing up as a complete outsider and not understanding why he is so different from the people around him is very similar to my childhood growing up as an undiagnosed autistic person. To me, this movie doesn’t make Superman “edgy” or “angsty” by showing that growing up when you’re different is difficult, it makes him so much more human than actual human superheroes because the kindness that Superman has always shown is still there, it’s just expanded to more than saving kittens from trees while grinning like a maniac.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Uglies isn’t just the book that got me into reading sci-fi instead of just watching it, it was the book that got me into reading more often. I was 11 when I read Uglies for the first time, and now I’m 24 and the series still hasn’t left me. There are still parts of me that wishes I could go through the pretty surgery, but that part of me completely missed the point of the books.

Alien – For the longest time I refused to watch this movie because I thought it was too scary for me. Fast forward to now, Alien is one of my favourite movies ever and I make a point to watch it every year for either Spooky Month or Sci-Fi Month because it is perfect for both of those times. I do still think this movie is scary – which is why it’s my favourite of all of them – but the first time I watched it, I couldn’t sleep. Since watching this, I’ve become more open to sci-fi crossing over with horror, because space really is a terrifying place.

Dragon Ball Z – Dragon Ball as a franchise is very difficult to put into one single genre because there’s so much going on in it. You have magic flying clouds, shapeshifters, robots, aliens, genies, gods, the afterlife, people with three eyes, and the king of the world is an anthropomorphic dog. It’s very strange, but Dragon Ball Z feels definitely more focused on sci-fi for the most part (before we get to the final arc with the genies) and it was one of the first anime I’d ever seen and my brother and I watched it religiously when we were kids back when Toonami UK was still a thing.

Star Trek – While these days I do think that there are a lot of problematic things going on in the original Star Trek, it is a series that I do still have a lot of love for. I didn’t get into Star Trek until I was 16 because for some reason there just weren’t any reruns on UK TV until 2011 (maybe there were and I just didn’t know where to find them). My dad used to watch Star Trek when he was a kid in the 60s so we watched it together, and he often provided some humorous commentary, especially whenever there were fight scenes involved because he would say “here come the stuntmen”.

Cowboy Bebop – Outside of DBZ and possibly Sailor Moon, I wasn’t well-versed in sci-fi anime until I watched Cowboy Bebop a couple of years ago. I’ve still only watched it once because the ending absolutely killed me, but it has stuck with me because it’s more than just a sci-fi anime. Here we have themes of existentialism, loneliness, revenge, and there’s a lot of mashing up of genres that makes something unique. Also, the English dub is top tier quality. Even if you’re the kind of person who gives English dubs a hard time, watching this in English because it’s incredibly well done.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – I’m not exactly sure if 1984 can truly count as a sci-fi book because even though it is a dystopian novel and takes place in the (then) future, there’s not a lot of typical sci-fi stuff going on as the focus is more on politics. I first read this book when I was 14 years old and it has stuck with me for a long time. I’ve studied this book twice and although I would expect that to make me like it less, it actually made me like it more because it helped me to understand it even more.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – A lot of people consider Frankenstein to be the first sci-fi novel, but I focus more on the Gothic parts of Frankenstein, but I will still include it because I can see where people are coming from. Frankenstein is one of those rare books that I had to read for school that ended up becoming a favourite of mine, and I’ve studied this one three times. This is a book that has so many layers to it that when you start to look into it, it becomes more than a spooky story about some guy who didn’t even have Bachelors degree building his own person and then abandoning it when he gets scared by it.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – Before I read Cinder I was very cynical about fairytale retellings because I thought that they were just lazy ways of coming up with an idea for a novel. Now that I’ve read this series, I can see that a lot of authors who write retellings are incredibly creative because they have to come up with a way to subvert what we think of the original story. Here, Cinder is abused by her awful stepmother, but she only has one horrible stepsister rather than two, and she’s more of a fighter than people expect a Cinderella character to be. The same can be said for the title characters of each book, really.

What books. movies or TV shows are you thankful for? If you celebrate Thanksgiving, what are your traditions?

22 Comments

  1. Sarah
    26/11/2019 / 10:32 AM

    Great list! I love sci-fi horror too. I think it’s such a great mashup. I also really enjoyed Frankenstein when I read it the first time earlier this year.

    • Louise
      Author
      27/11/2019 / 7:28 AM

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Frankenstein! 😀

  2. 26/11/2019 / 11:23 AM

    Great list! Wow, I haven’t watched Futurama in years but I loved that show and it’s still so much fun to re-watch. I love Frankenstein and Alien, too, and I think Cowboy Bebop is one I need to check out – I don’t watch a lot of anime these days, but every now and then I get the urge and I’m always on the lookout for recommendations.

    • Louise
      Author
      27/11/2019 / 7:29 AM

      I do hope you get around to Cowboy Bebop! It’s one of the shorter anime at only 26 episodes, but it’s an incredible 26 episodes 🙂

  3. Poinsettia
    26/11/2019 / 12:33 PM

    Wonderful list! I enjoyed Man of Steel as well. I enjoy watching Star Trek as well. Of course Frankenstein is great. I haven’t read it in a while, but I was captivated by it the first time I read it. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Louise
      Author
      27/11/2019 / 7:30 AM

      Always great to find another person who likes Man of Steel! 😀

  4. 26/11/2019 / 1:59 PM

    I think 1984 counts as science fiction.

    And good list.

    My TTT.

    • Louise
      Author
      27/11/2019 / 7:36 AM

      I see it on so many classic sci-fi lists that I think considering it sci-fi is pretty much the standard 🙂

  5. 26/11/2019 / 2:15 PM

    I’m a big Star Trek fan, but mostly Star Trek the Next Generation. Captain Picard is the best😁 Great list!

    • Louise
      Author
      27/11/2019 / 7:41 AM

      I just started watching TNG and I love Picard! 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      27/11/2019 / 7:48 AM

      Yay for Man of Steel! Most people I know either haven’t seen it or have conflicting feelings towards it. My dad was definitely unsure how he felt about it because his preferred Superman is the Silver Age version.

  6. 27/11/2019 / 4:27 AM

    “As far as the UK is concerned, once it’s past the 5th of November, it’s Christmas whether we like it or not.” Haha I think it’s getting to me that way here in the Us too!

    Futurama is so awesome! And Alien- yeesh it IS scary but I do like a bit of SF horror these days…

    I have a soft spot for Star trek too. 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      27/11/2019 / 7:58 AM

      I think for some people it’s even earlier than that! I know that some houses in my neighbourhood have their Christmas decorations up as early as the 1st of November.

      Yay for Futurama and Alien! I definitely enjoy scary sci-fi!

    • Louise
      Author
      27/11/2019 / 11:26 PM

      Yay for Futurama! 😀

  7. 28/11/2019 / 9:15 AM

    THis is such a gorgeous idea for a TTT! I came to Star Trek the Original Series through the movies, so I didn’t get into the series until much later. It just completely captured my imagination and i count it and the X-Files as the best things about sci-fi for me.

    • Louise
      Author
      28/11/2019 / 4:22 PM

      I always see a lot of love for The X Files, but I still have yet to watch it myself. Hopefully I can get to it sometime soon! 🙂

  8. 28/11/2019 / 7:12 PM

    Man of Steel was better than I was expecting. I wasn’t so much of a fan of Amy Adams even though I usually like her bit Henry Cavill did a good job. 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      30/11/2019 / 12:29 PM

      Henry really did do such a good job! His Superman is definitely my favourite 🙂

  9. 29/11/2019 / 6:10 AM

    Cowboy Bebop. So much love for that.
    And Oh gosh, Dragon Ball Z. I used to watch that so much. I can’t really get back into it now but I still think back fondly of it.

    • Louise
      Author
      30/11/2019 / 12:31 PM

      I’m going to attempt to rewatch DBZ sometime, but since I read the manga last year my opinion of it is very likely to change 🙂

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