07 June 2009

Good Stories plus Recommendations

I'm a fan of good stories. Not necessarily in a specific medium, but good stories in general. I've played a fair few video games (RPGs, mostly) that have some gripping plotlines. They snatch your heart and force you to continue playing until the end. And when you finish, when you beat that last boss, you breath a sigh of relief and watch the credits roll with a satisfied feeling in the pit of your stomach. It's the same feeling you get when you watch a particularly good movie, or finish that great book you've been reading all afternoon. You know it's a good story when you feel like you've just been on an adventure, and you don't regret going one bit.

When you open a book and it takes you away in those first couple pages, you know you nailed a good story. Or when you start a game or television show and you can't think of anything else until it's done. If a movie has you hooked from the opening credits, and you spend the end credits sitting in the theater trying to mull everything over. These are tell tale signs, but you can get the same feeling from stories that just really excite you.

So here is my multi-medium list of good story recommendations. Please note that this list is not extensive and limited to favorites of that particular medium. They do not reflect everything I have ever
experienced. I tried to limit the list to those that were particularly good instead of those that I just really liked on a personal level. It hasn't been a grueling process, but it did take time.

Perhaps I'll blog reviews on all these recommendations. Keep a sharp eye for them. They'll be scattered thoughout the archives once they start to build up.


Full Metal Alchemist
Death Note
Gundam Wing

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
The Inheritence Cycle by Christopher Paolini
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Anything by Tamora Pierce

Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
Nana by Ai Yazawa

Castle in the Sky
Princess Mononoke
I Am Legend
The Dark Knight
The Back to the Future Trilogy
Star Trek (2009)
The Notebook
Star Wars
The Whole Nine Yards
The Princess Bride
Robin Hood starring Kevin Cosner (please tell me if I butchered his name)
V for Vendetta
District 9

The Phantom of the Opera
Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical

TV Shows

Video Games
Kingdom Hearts
Final Fantasy X

Recommendations of your own? Post them in the comments!

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