August 4, 2020

In the distant past, a masterpiece was a piece of excellent work that earned its creator a membership to some sort of  guild or academy. Today it is considered an artist’s greatest achievement. A career-definer.

No, I’m not about to sit here and tell you how I’m on my way to greatness. That I’ve almost achieved a masterful manuscript and will be joining a master’s guild of writing excellence. Hell, I’m BARELY considered published at this moment. But I do want to list out some works that I believe are masterpieces with the hopes that you’ll get a better understanding of who I am and what makes me tick. The list is meant to be fun and I will continue to update it as I discover new pieces. Enjoy!

My Criteria

  • Does this work stand out from its peers?
  • Did this piece of work invoke a strong emotion in me?
  • Did it make me think hard about the world around me?
  • Had I ever seen/heard/read/played anything else like it?
  • Do I want to see/heard/read/played it again and again and again?

Novels

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Duh)

Short Stories

  • The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Earnest Hemmingway
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  • The Color Out Of Space by H.P. Lovecraft

Graphic Novels

  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan/Fiona Staples

Movies

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame

Television

  • Watchmen (2019)
  • Futurama
  • The Last Man On Earth

Video Games

  • Fallout 3
  • Halo: Reach
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Batman: Arkham City

Music (Entire Albums)

  • Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Blink 182 – Self Titled
  • Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman
  • Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day

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