After reading that title you’re probably a bit confused so I’m going to explain what I mean. For several kinds of media (e.g. TV shows, books, music, video games, etc.) I’m going to create categories (e.g. Most Shocking Episode for TV shows or Most Depressing Album for music) and put my personal winner in that category. Of course, this is just my opinion so feel free to disagree. Anyways, let the awards begin!
Author with Best Writing Style: Gail Carriger – She’s possibly the funniest author I’ve ever read, her use of vocabulary is exemplary and her turn of phrase is something else so this award simply had to go to her.
Honourable Mention: Derek Landy
Best Book Series: The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) – While not personally my favourite books to just pick up and read (don’t get me wrong, I love them, they’re just a bit tough to read at times) these books are classics of the fantasy genre and paved the way for many more fantasy books to follow and so they definitely deserve this accolade.
Honourable Mention: The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Favourite Book Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians/The Heroes of Olympus (Rick Riordan) – I know, I know, they’re kids books. Wrong. They’re well written, very enjoyable stories, which work accurate bits of Greek and Roman mythology into modern fantasy, and that’s why they get the award.
Honourable Mention: The Infernal Devices/The Mortal Instruments (Cassandra Clare)
Favourite Romance Book: A Kiss in the Dark (Cat Clarke) – I picked this book up at a book event at school (I even got it signed by the author!), and I have to admit that after reading the blurb I was expecting another cheesy YA romance novel. I was wrong…very wrong. The twist was genuinely surprising and the ending was just adorable. It’s really rather unique in a genre full of clichés and therefore it deserves its place on this list.
Honourable Mention: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Best Film Series: The Lord of the Rings – LotR, LotR, so good it won an award twice…
Most Enjoyable Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – This film stars Johnny Depp as a pirate, of course it was going to be ridiculously fun! Also it’s the only really great movie in the franchise so it wins this category.
Most Confusing Film: Inception – I’ve finally sort of got my head around this film now. When I first watched it however I thought it was cool but it made zero sense to me therefore it receives this award.
Worst Book to Film Adaptation: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief/Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Literally the only good thing about these films was Logan Lerman. OK, they weren’t that bad, but they failed completely at retelling the story of the books well so it gets this…disaccolade…is that a word?
Best Album: Epica/The Black Halo (Kamelot) – Combined they’re one of the greatest concept albums ever released. They’re masterpieces and they deserve their place on this list.
Favourite Album: Once (Nightwish) – This album just has so many great individual songs on it that I had to give it this award even if as a cohesive album it’s not incredible.
Favourite Band: Nightwish – Ghost Love Score…that’s all. That song alone would almost be enough to earn them this spot. That’s what a brilliant song it is.
Most Depressing Album: Dear Agony (Breaking Benjamin) – Ben Burnley has never exactly been a well of happiness with his lyrics but he took it a step further on this album with lines like “I’m already dead/I will rise to fall again” taking the very miserable cake. This album has absolutely nothing in common with sunshine, rainbows or pink fluffy unicorns and that’s why it gets this commendation.
Best Episode: The Body (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – With no music, an excellent script and sublime performances from the entire cast, this desolate episode has to take this award.
Best Scene: Buffy making the ultimate sacrifice in “The Gift” (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – Everything about this scene is so perfect, from Buffy realising what the phrase “death is your gift” really means, to her last words to Dawn being “the hardest thing in this world is to live in it”, to her gravestone saying “she saved the world…a lot”, this scene is the epitome of great and heart breaking television and that’s why it gets this spot.
Best Show: Game of Thrones – This is a fantastic show in every respect and even if they do kill all of your favourite characters (ALL OF THEM!) you’re guaranteed to keep coming back for more so it must be doing something right, and that’s why it gets my badge of honour.
Best Comedy Show: Futurama – Sometimes it’s weird, sometimes it’s sad and very, very often it’s hilarious but it’s always awesome. In my opinion Futurama is far superior to Matt Groening’s other creation, The Simpsons, and it’s a spectacular show so it’s awarded this place.
Honourable Mentions: Blackadder and Father Ted
Favourite Episode: Once More, with Feeling (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – The series’ only musical episode is a classic, with great songs and a good plot to explain the sudden musicality of Sunnydale. It also helps that the actual cast sing all the songs and do a damn fine job of it too. For all these reasons it is an episode I keep coming back to so it gets this award.
Favourite Scene: Gabrielle vs. a squad of Roman soldiers in “The Ides of March” (Xena: Warrior Princess) – It took me quite a while to process what was happening the first time I watched this scene. It’s probably the first (and only) time on the show that we see Xena physically helpless, and so that’s pretty powerful by itself. Beyond that, however, after 6 episodes as a complete pacifist who refuses to fight, Gabrielle kills around 8 men in the space of a couple of minutes. Even though this scene contains about a quarter of the amount of blood usually used in the average Game of Thrones fight scene, it’s still brutal thanks to throat cutting, impaling with spears and swords, not to mention an awful lot of stabbing. Neither of these things are why this is my favourite TV scene though. In the end it’s the fact that when Amarice or Eli were in danger Gabrielle had no problem sticking to her convictions and keeping out of the fight but the second Xena‘s life is at stake Gabrielle’s going at those soldiers like a crazed Energiser Bunny with a very big sword that makes this scene so brilliant. This scene emphasises that Xena is one of very few people Gabrielle would kill for and, for me, instead of making Gabrielle a killer it makes her a really great friend. It shows that she won’t take life to defend herself, but if she has to in order to protect someone she loves then she will and that’s why it earned this place.
Favourite Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Xena: Warrior Princess – I genuinely couldn’t choose between these two wonderful shows. In some ways they’re fairly similar and yet they’re also completely different but I love them both equally so they’re tied for this spot.
Favourite Comedy Show: Ellen – It might not be the greatest show ever with regards to consistency or character development but it’s made me laugh out loud more than just about any other show I’ve watched and therefore it deserves this commendation.
Honourable Mention: The Big Bang Theory
Most Disappointing Character Death: Ephiny (Xena: Warrior Princess) – I don’t think I’ve come across a single Xena fan that didn’t like Ephiny. She could be brusque and rather fierce but she was also an extremely loyal and caring friend and an intelligent, devoted regent of the Amazons. Danielle Cormack is a wonderful actress and I think they could have done so much more with the character. She deserved a better death than being stabbed by Brutus, who is of course an honourable man, before the opening credits even rolled after far too few appearances on the show.
Most Painful Episode to Watch: Maternal Instincts (Xena: Warrior Princess) – it sort of goes without saying that an episode that includes two funeral pyres and a character seriously considering suicide is never going to be a particularly happy affair. This episode, arguably the climax of the infamous “Rift” story arc, basically consists of gut punch after gut punch, and still finds time to rip the hearts of both main characters to pieces and utterly destroy their relationship. If it wasn’t for the final scene, which is even more heart-wrenching than the rest of the episode, and the fact that after two and a half series of the show you care too damn much about these characters for your own good then maybe The Body would have won this category too but as it is this is the closest TV’s ever got to exquisite torture, for me anyway, and so it gets this…well I guess it’s more of a warning than an award!
Most Shocking Episode: The Rains of Castamere (Game of Thrones) – Even if you’ve read the books and know what’s coming there is nothing that can prepare you for this. The Red Wedding is one of the most brutal scenes ever shown on television and it has certainly earned this place on the list.