Hey, Blog Lovers!
August was a crazy month, and not everything that happened was good – in fact most of it wasn’t so great – but the things that were great still really stood out to me last month. The reason for that is probably my tendency to forget about things I love and rediscover them later. Last month I rediscovered my love for a number of different faves, and even got acquainted with a few brand new things as well. Let’s jump into the list.
Last month I fell back in love with an old Bethesda fave; of course I am talking about Oblivion. This game has been a part of my life for many years, and it helped to foster a deep love of Bethesda’s open world games. I’m so happy to be back to playing Oblivion; when you’re exploring quests new and old, it’s like getting together with an old friend. You know what they’re about and you can’t wait to feel the old feels you felt when you guys first started hanging out. That’s how I felt playing Oblivion this month, and it has been a blast exploring Cyrodiil again.
-Soul Calibur 4-
Since August was a month for catching up with old friends, Soul Calibur 4 could not be left out of the reunion. It’s been much too long since I sat down and had a good old fashioned friendly duel over this classic title, and I forgot how much I loved it. From the beloved characters to that nostalgic feeling of instinctively knowing how to play the game, SC4 was one of my favorite games last month.
-John Joseph Adams-
There aren’t a lot of people who can put together a horror anthology quite like John Joseph Adams. I’ve read a few of the books he’s edited before, and take it from me, he knows a good short story when he reads one. His anthologies are filled with a wide variety of authors and writing styles, with something to please everyone. My favorites are The Living Dead Anthology and the Wastelands Anthology, both of which I recommend to anyone who enjoys many different styles of writing, and wants to experience a range of horror stories to suit their mood.
-The Vampire Chronicles by: Anne Rice-
The first time I read a novel by Anne Rice, the books were a little bit difficult for me to get into. After giving myself some time with the books, even though I found them difficult to get through, they eventually became easier to read. Before reading these books, around the age of 16, I wasn’t very interested in literary titles and I didn’t find them exciting. It was hard for me to wade through the big chunks of text that Anne Rice lays down on the page, and reading it was a little exhausting. As time went on, I started to grow more interested in the psychological and artistic aspect of literary fiction. It became clear to me that there were many different layers and details in her work for specific reasons, and I began to appreciate that deeper reasoning in a more defined way. This eventually began to influence my own writing and my appreciation of the craft as well; it helped me to grow into a writer with some insight into characterization and the importance of setting the scene. I attribute a lot of what I love about literary fiction to my reading of Anne Rice novels, and I’m grateful to have found a way to use that reading experience to feed my own crafting skill.
-Movies & Television-
It’s very difficult for me to pick a favorite movie because I love movies a stupid amount. But when it comes to making a list, Pulp Fiction always finds its way to the top. If someone forced me to make a choice, this is the movie I would choose. Why? It has everything a good movie needs; a star studded cast, amazing writing, directing and cinematography, and a cameo by the director himself. Quentin Tarantino will always be one of my favorite directors, because he possesses a brilliant and dark mind where treasures are certainly buried. I don’t think anyone else could have produced such a cinematic wild ride the way that Tarantino did with Pulp Fiction. I will always give this movie a 10/10 and anyone who hasn’t seen this film needs to go out and change that immediately.
Everyone loves Stranger Things right now, and it is extremely easy to see why. Not only is Stranger Things legitimately frightening – which is difficult to do in this society where everyone is exposed to so much horror media – it is well written and well-cast too. As someone who is a fan of 80’s media and references, I was totally into the whole vibe. Aside from the awesome 80’s horror vibe that immediately pulled me into this experience head first, this series had a million other things going for it. It is well produced, well directed, well written, and the casting for the group of children that star in this film is like the work of a miracle. They all act flawlessly in this production, and their grasp of the mature content, and the skills needed to act that content out, was excellent to watch. It’s impossible not to become an instant fan of each one of these kids, because they’re going to be huge stars if their performances in Stranger Things are any indication. If you’ve been holding off on this series because you’re afraid to give in to all the hype, toss that hipster, outsider vibe out the window for just one hour and take a look at the first episode. If you’re not immediately hooked, I’ll eat my words, because I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this show.
So this has been a list of the different media I was loving in the month of August. What kind of nerdy stuff did you love last month? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you had an awesome month and that your September will be even better. Follow me on social media for notifications when I post new blogs, videos and updates.
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