The internets are afire with links to two lists. 

One is the NPR 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list.

The other is the Sight & Sound Greatest Films of All Time list.

Both lists are stupid. 

Because you didn't make them.

(And also because--Vertigo?  Ecch! That's not even the best Hitchcock movie!  Rear Window is!)

It's fun to make lists, and it's fun to argue about lists (there are at least five books on that npr list that aren't even good enough to wipe your butt with), but we shouldn't lose sight that none of these lists are authoritative because our responses to art are subjective.  If you made the effort to watch all those movies or read all those books, you would definitely find at least one that provoked the response "I can't believe this piece of crap made that list!"

So why are so many people taking these lists seriously?  Go make your own list!  Or ask someone who likes the same kind of stuff you like for their list!  Here are two lists that are every bit as valid as the lists I linked to above, which is to say not at all.  But lists are fun!  And if you do them as a slideshow, you get a lot more clicks to show your advertisers! Which doesn't apply here, but still.

The Best Ever Novels For Teens: The Authoritative List, featuring some books by my friends but still authoritative nonetheless, how dare you accuse me of bias?

1. King Dork, by Frank Portman

2.Shadowland by Peter Straub

3.The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

4.The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt

5.The Blue Girl by Charles DeLint

6. Generation Dead (series) by Daniel Waters

7.I Love You Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

8.Kendra by Coe Booth

9.The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

10. Last Night at the Circle Cinema by Emily Franklin


The Best Movies Ever

1.Lord of the Rings (series)

2.Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

3.The Godfather

4.Monty Python's The Meaning of Life


6.Dawn of the Dead (1978)

7.Halloween (1977)

8.The Philadelphia Story

9.The Wizard of Oz

10. Duck Soup

If I look at these lists tomorrow, I will remember things I should have put on them, or I will want to rearrange the admittedly arbitrary order because lists suck. Even these, that I wrote, are not authoritative even for me.  

So have some fun with my lists, or the npr or Sight & Sound lists by all means, but please don't think that any of them actually mean anything.


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