Today, I’m listing my five favourite anti-heroes (or heroines) from fantasy novels. Anti-heroes (or heroines) are interesting characters. These are people who are not your typical hero. They may have a noble goal but the way they go about achieving that goal is often not so noble.
A while ago I made a top five list of my favourite Oblivion quests, well I’ve now decided to follow it up a list of my favourite Skyrim quests. There will be spoilers for the quests I talk about- you have been warned!
One of my favourite video game series is the Elder Scrolls, an open world fantasy role playing game that allows the player to do pretty much whatever they want. The game that introduced me to the franchise was the fourth game: Oblivion. Today, I thought I’d share with you guys, my top five quests to complete in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Be warned, as I am talking about some quests in detail, there may be spoiler if you haven’t completed these quests.
One of my favourite group of superheroes are the X-Men. I put this down to the fact that I watched the X-Men: The Animated Series as a child, which probably influenced my opinion on comic books. So today I thought I would share my five favourite X-Men team members.
In the late nineties, Pokemon became a craze in the UK, to the point where in some schools the Pokemon cards were banned. Since much of my childhood was in the nineties, I have been a fan of Pokemon since the first generation (I bet you can guess where this going from the title…). Today, I thought I’d share my favourite first generation Pokemon, so let’s catch ’em all!
Let’s start with my favourite Pokemon, Eevee! Ever since the first generation of Pokemon, Eevee, has had a special place in my heart and with every new Pokemone game, I go out of my way to find an Eevee. I know as a Normal type Pokemon, Eevee doesn’t appear to be the strongest Pokemon but it’s the only Pokemon that can evolve into so many different types of Pokemon from Electric to Psychic to even Fairy! I believe that the Pokemon franchise will only stop when no one can think of any more evolutions for Eevee. And also Eevee is clearly the cutest Pokemon!
When playing the Pokemon video games, I actually have a strategy when picking my starter Pokemon- pick the cutest because it always turns out to be the strongest. This is completely true with Charmander, who evolves into Charizard, a fire/dragon Pokemon. Admittedy in the early games, Charmander has a tough time at the beginning but it paid off choosing him in the long run. And just look at him, how could you not choose him?
Yes, it’s another Fire type but there is a good reason! Ponyta is on this list because it was the first trading card I received (yes, a very sentimental reason but still a good reason!) and like Eevee and go out of my way to catch one in the Pokemon games. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to own a horse with a mane of fire?
Some readers may have just have had to read that fourth entry but you read it right, Haunter is my fourth favourite Pokemon. It started with the TV episode, Haunter vs. Kadabra, in which Haunter helps Ash win a gym badge and then in the video games, as a Ghost type, Haunter is a strong Pokemon and was difficult to get in the first generation games, as you could only catch it in the creepy Pokemon Tower in Lavender Town.
Finally, last but by no means least is Pidgeotto, the evolved form of Pidgey. While this Pokemon is not the hardest Pokemon to catch, it was one of a few Pokemon that could be taught the Hidden Move, Fly. Pidgeotto was also one of the first Pokemon I was introduced to, thanks to the TV show.
So there you have it, my top five favourite first generation Pokemon. With 150 (or 151, if you want to be picky) there were a lot to choose form, so a special mention must be given to Cubone, Lapras, Raichu, Vulpix and Arcanine. I hope you guys enjoyed the list and feel free to tell me what your favourite first generation Pokemon is!
In her quest to catch ’em all, Thero found these pictures of her favourite Pokemon on: http://www.pokemon.com/uk/pokedex/
Since I shared, my not-so wonderful, trip down memory lane with the Power Rangers; I thought I’d share some more memories with my top five books from childhood! So without further ado…
- The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
I remember this book was read to my class when I was about seven years old and it was probably the first fantasy novel I can remember. It’s about four siblings who discover the magical land of Narnia in the back of a wardrobe and the fight for the world between good and evil. Although I’ve read all seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia in series, this is my favourite because it was the first one I read.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.
I’ve read quite a few of Roald Dahl’s books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine but Fantastic Mr. Fox sticks in my mind, probably because it has an animal outwitting some humans (who wouldn’t enjoy that?). Even now, I love Roald Dahl’s way with description and wordplay.
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
This is another classic I enjoyed reading but one I didn’t really appreciate until I was older and re-read it. This is one of those novels that has many layers to it and, depending on how much you want to read into it, has some interesting allusions to nineteenth century America. Like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has inspired other fantasy novels. And let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with a book about a girl who goes against a witch with the help of a little dog, a scarecrow, a lion and a man made of tin.
- Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.
This was probably not a surprise, especially since my childhood was mostly in the 90s. If I’m being honest, the Harry Potter series (particularly the earlier books) was probably responsible for revitalising my interest in the fantasy genre as I was entering my teenage years. In case you haven’t read the books or seen the films (or haven’t been on the Internet in recent years…); it’s about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard and goes off to a magical school.
The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss.
Let’s finish off this list with a nonsensical book about, well, a cat in a hat. The thing I love about this book is that it was written because Dr. Seuss didn’t like the books that were used in schools to teach children how to read and wanted to write something that would entertain children. Well, I can safely say he succeeded.
So that’s it, my five favourite books from my childhood (that I can remember…). I would like to point out that you don’t have to be a child to read and enjoy these books. So why not pick up your childhood favourite book and lose yourself in some nostalgia…
All book cover images were taken from www.goodreads.com . Thero does not own any of the images used in this post.