Today’s episode of Random Pop Culture Top-Something is all about questions. Fictional questions, in that they are questions posed by fictional characters in the midst of fictional stories.
To be clear, we are not talking about just questions used in the marketing of stories. Like “Who shot JR?” or “Who killed Laura Palmer?”. We’re not talking about questions that were the title of stories, like “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” or “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?” An we’re not talking about questions that fans tend to commonly ask about stories, like “Were they really dead all along in Lost?” or “What the heck was going on in Primer?”
No, we’re talking about questions that were part of stories, and usually were directly asked within stories.
A little while ago I wrote about Fictional Twins (see here) and that got me thinking about all those other instances that were kind of like twins, but not really. And that’s led to this post, which is about all the different reasons that I can think of that characters in fiction run into apparent duplicates of themselves, and some of my favorite examples of each!
So the list here isn’t a countdown exactly–it’s in more of an intuitive order or each category, rather than a “worst to best” order of the specific examples. Each entry on the list is a reason why characters have exact doubles out there for them to run into (and there are a lot of reasons, it turns out), accompanied by a notable example for that reason.
To be clear, we’re not just talking about stories where doubles of characters exist, but specifically where characters come face to face with (it would seem)…themselves.
Welcome to a Random Pop Culture Top 10! Though in this case, it’s a Top 12. But to be honest, it’s not really a Top anything. More of a Random Twelve–twelve examples that came to mind, listed in my ascending order of preference. Indeed, one of them especially is pretty bad–a strong contender for a “Bottom 12” list.
So lately I made a Youtube video, for the first time (I’ve made films before, and put them on Youtube, but I never made a video specifically to just say stuff on Youtube) in which I share my 101 Films That I Love the Most. You can see the video and read all about it here.
In addition to making this video, I thought I’d also share it in writing—for easy reference in case you or I don’t feel like listening to me talk about this over 40 minutes of real time.
Not long ago, I participated in a little online vote on a blog that I follow, ScreenAge Wasteland. The idea was to rank the eleven theatrical Batman “solo” movies, and make a short comment to justify our rankings. Then, points were assigned and collated, and a definitive list was created.
Over a few posts, I’ve been choosing different creators or creative teams–novelist, composer, scriptwriter, comic book artist, etc–who have influenced or inspired me, and in most cases brought me a lot of enjoyment.
So as explained previously, we are again playing a seeded tournament-style elimination game amongst each of the US domestic box office champion movies from the last 32 years, but this time with all-female judges. Seeding was done via Rotten Tomatoes scores, with ties broken with Metacritic scores. Three of our five judges will vote on each match-up of two films, with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser skulking off into obscurity, until we have our overall Champion!