Thursday, May 16, 2013

Favorite Creators?

Sorry for the lack of new entries recently! My birthday's coming up, so my Guilty Pleasures entry will probably be late. But I've got more entries planned after that. This one here is based on this. Just me listing my absolute favorite creators of fictional (or sometimes nonfictional) material. And there's quite a lot of them, because I'm pretty easy to please. It's not comprehensive and no set numbers. This one is done in alphabetical order by the creators' first names rather than their last names:

A.A Milne
Aaron Ehasz
Aaron Sparrow
Agatha Christie
Akira Toriyama
Akiyuki Shinbo
Alan Burnett
Alan Menken
Alan Moore
Alan Snow
Alex Hirsch
Alfred Hitchcock
Andrew Stanton
Bernard Goldberg
Bill Finger
Bill O'Reilly
Bob Kane
Brad Bird
Bram Stoker
Bruce Timm
Bryan Singer
C.S. Lewis
Carl Barks
Charles Dickens
Charles Schulz
Chiaki J. Konaka
Chris Columbus
Christopher Nolan
Chuck Dixon
Chuck Jones
Coen Bros.
Craig Bartlett
Craig McKracken
D.J. MacHale
Dan Povenmire
Daniel Handler
David Chase
David Lynch
Dennis O'Neil
Derek Drymon
Don Bluth
Don Rosa
Donald Sobol
Duane Capizi
Dr. Seuss
E.B. White
Ed Wood
Edgar Allen Poe
Elisabetta Gnone
Eric Radomski
Francis Ford Coppola
Frank Baum
Frank Capra
Franz Kafka
Fred Rogers
Gary Carlston
Gary Kurtz
Gary Truousdale
Gen Urobuchi
Geoffrey Chaucer
George R.R.Martin
George Perez
Glen Murakami
Grant Morrison
Greg Weisman
Guillermo Del Toro
H.P. Lovecraft
Hajime Kanzaka
Harlan Ellison
Harper Lee
Hayao Miyazaki
Hideaki Anno
Hideo Kojima
Hidenori Kusaka
Hironobu Sakaguchi
Hiroyuki Kakudo
Howard Ashman
Ichiro Okouchi
J. Michael Stracynski
J.M Barrie
J.K. Rowling
J.R.R. Tolkien
Jack Kirby
Jane Austen
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
Jeff Matsuda
Jeff Nimoy
Jeff Smith
Jim Henson
Joan Ganz Cooney
John Favreau
John Lasseter
John Milton
John Musker
John Romita
Johnathan Landis
Jon Stewart
Joss Whedon
Julie Taymor
Jun Akiyama
Junichi Sato
Jymn Magon
Kathleen Kennedy
Kazuki Takahashi
Keiko Nobumoto
Ken Sugimori
Kenneth Branagh
Kentaro Miura
Kevin Lima
Kirk Wise
Lauren Faust
Lawrence Kasdan
Lewis Carroll
Lloyd Morrisett
Llyod Alexander
Louis Sachar
Marcia Lucas
Marc Brown
Mark Twain
Mark Zaslove
Martin Scorsese
Mary Shelley
Masaki Iwane
Matt Groening
Matt Stone
Matthew Vaughn
Maurice Sendak
Mel Brooks
Michael Curtiz
Michael Ende
Michael Piller
Michael Reaves
Mike Dante DiMartino
Milos Forman
Mitch Watson
Monty Python
Nagaru Tanigawa
Naoki Urasawa
Naoko Takeuchi
Neil Gaiman
Norton Juster
Orson Welles
Osamu Tezuka
Paul Dini
Pete Docter
Peter Jackson
Quentin Tarantino
Richard Donner
Richard Williams
Rick Berman
Riku Sanjo
Roald Dahl
Rob Reiner
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Mulligan
Robert Wise
Robert Zemeckis
Rod Sterling
Roger Stern
Ron Clements
Rudyard Kipling
R.L Stine
Sam Raimi
Satoru Iwata
Satoru Nishizono
Satoshi Tajiri
Scott Cawthon
Scott Gimple
Shane Black
Seiji Mizushima
Shigeru Miyamoto
Shinichi Watanabe
Shinichiro Watanabe
Shinji Hashimoto
Shusuke Kaneko
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Stan Lee
Stanley Kubrick
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Hillenburg
Stephen King
Steve Ditko
Steven Spielberg
Sukehiro Tomita
Susan Cooper
Suzanne Collins
Takao Koyama
Takeshi Shudo
Tad Stones
Timothy Zahn
Tomm Moore
Tom Ruegger
Toshiki Inoue
Trey Parker
Uncle Remus
Victor Cook
Vince Gilligan
Walt Disney
Wes Craven
Washington Irving
William Goldman
William Shakespeare
Yoshihiro Togashi
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Yukiyoshi Ohashi

And hey, while I'm at it, I might as well bring out my Hall of Shame for my least favorite creators. Same rules apply:

Aaron Horvath
Adam Horowitz
Adam Sandler
Alfred Gough
Al Franken
Atsuhiro Tomioka
Baz Luhrmann
Ben Stiller
Bill Cosby
Bob Clark
Bob Kane
Brett Ratner
Brian Azarello
Brian Michael Bendis
Bruce Timm
Bryan Cogman
Bryan Konietzko
Butch Hartman
Cassandra Clare
Chiaki Morosawa
Chris Claremont
Chris Matthews
Chris Paolini
Damon Lidelof
Danny DiDio
Danny DeVito
David Benioff
David Jaffe
David Jones
Derek Savage
D.B. Weiss
D.W. Griffith
Eddie Kitsis
Eichiro Oda
E.L. James
Eric Kripke
Frank Miller
Gene Roddenberry
Gene Yang
George Lucas
Glenn Beck
Goro Taniguchi
Hideo Kojima
Houser Bros.
Ian Brill
Ian Flynn
Ingmar Bergman
J.J. Abrams
James Cameron
Jan de Bont
Jed Whedon
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Jeph Loeb
Jodie Foster
Joe Quesada
Joel Shumacher
John Hughes
John Kricfalusi
John Semper
Josh Trank
Joss Whedon
Junichi Masuda
K.A. Applegate
Karen Traviss
Keith Olberman
Ken Penders
Kunihiko Ikuhara
Leni Riefenstahl
Linda Woolverton
M. Night Shyamalan
Marc Webb
Mark Millar
Marv Wolfman
Masashi Kishimoto
Maurissa Tancharoen
Meir Zarchi
Mel Gibson
Michael Bay
Michael Crichton
Michael Eisner
Michael Jelenic
Michael Moore
Miles Miller
Mike Dante DiMartino
Naoyuki Kageyama
Oliver Stone
Pedro Almodovar
Philip Pullman
P.L. Travers
Richard Dawkins
Ridley Scott
Rob Bucholz
Rob Zombie
Robert Jordan
Rod Amateau
Roman Polanski
Rumiko Takahashi
Rush Limbaugh
Ryoto Yamaguchi
Sean Cunningham
Seltzer & Friedberg
Seth Macfarlane
Stephanie Meyer
Steven Moffat
Takashi Miike
Takuya Igarashi
Ted Turner
Terri Tatchell
Terry Goodkind
Tetsuya Nomura
Tetsuro Araki
Tim Burton
Tim Story
Tite Kubo
Tom Shadyac
Tommy Wiseau
Tomoko Kanemaki
Tsugumi Ohba
Uwe Boll
Upton Sinclair
Vincent Waller
The Wachowskis
Warren Spector
William Shatner
Yoji Enokido
Yoshinori Kitase
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Yosuke Kuroda
Yukiru Sugisaki
Yuu Watase
Zack Synder

Anyone else I forgot to mention? Perhaps so. Please let me know! ^^


  1. Replies
    1. A great writer, but I was torn on whether or not to put him down as a favorite creator. Harley Quinn aside, I can't recall what he's actually created.

  2. Ridley Scott? Dude, he is AWESOME! Move him to your favorites. Kingdom of Heaven is one of the best movies in the world! Remove from the likes of PL Travers or Chris Paolini! Otherwise, the list seems pretty accurate.

    1. I don't dislike Ridley Scott, but my liking for his work stops at Alien and Blade Runner. I just don't find most of his stuff very interesting. And it's really rude to demand I edit my own list just to fit with YOUR opinion. No, I am not changing anything.

    2. Okay I am sorry if I sounded like a jerk. I am just very passinate about my opinion; I am sorry. I am glad you do not hate Ridley. I just assumed that the least favorite creators contained only those you hate. I misinterpreted the list. Maybe you can create a third list called "Creators I don't Care About" and include Ridley there.

    3. "Least favorite" creators can fit that too, though. I never said those were "hated" creators. Favoring and not favoring isn't always the same as liking and hating.

  3. I feel bad having to put Linda Woolverton in my least favourite creators as well, after all she wrote Beauty and the Beast, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and The Lion King, she also did additional work for Aladdin and Mulan. She's also a feminist storyteller as well, not only is Belle given a lot more personality than most Disney princesses, such as her love of reading and her refusal to put up with Gaston and initially the Beast's bullshit, you've also got Mrs. Potts, who's not only kind and wise, but is one of the few enchanted objects who can set the Beast and Cogsworth straight, in Homeward Bound you've got Sassy, who's initial prissiness nearly gets her drowned and she ends up pulling her weight from that point on and for The Lion King you've got Nala who tells Simba of the damage Scar's done to the Pridelands and she has her "flip" which Simba later uses to defeat Scar, Sarabi who maintains her dignity and composure in the face of Scar and the hyenas and tries to reason with him that things are hopeless, hell, you've even got Shenzi, the female leader of the hyenas and is definitely more competent than Banzai and Ed.

    But then, you've got Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, and it makes you wonder how a feminist writer with good strong female characters on her resumes write something as bland and forgettable as these two films. Because as much as we don't want to admit it, Beauty and the Beast, Homeward Bound and The Lion King are 20+ years old now.

    I know I say this as a heterosexual white male, but feminist storytelling has come a long way since then; not only are there more female centred stories courtesy of Joss Whedon, but they've been allowed to show complexities and flaws like Black Widow, Elsa from Frozen, Mako from Pacific Rim, Peggy Carter, Jessica Jones and Furiosa; we can have compelling stories centred around women.

    But then you've got Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent that feel so far behind the times they feel like they were written before The Little Mermaid which was not a perfect film even if it was a step in the right direction. There's little to no sophistication behind the characters:

    ALICE: Her only character trait is that she doesn't want to societal norms, that's literally it.

    MALEFICENT: She apparently needs a rape backstory to be evil. Yeah, it's not like the "abused becomes the abuser" stereotype is the reason why abuse victims rarely come forward or anything.

    THREE FAIRIES: Idiots. In the original Disney film, they were pro-active characters if a bit ditzy and saved Prince Phillip, but here, they're just morons. Good God, traffic jams are more progressive than this film.

    THE QUEEN: One pathetic line ("It's a lovely gift."), the moment where she goes to comfort baby Aroura after the curse is obscured by Maleficent leaving, (seriously you have to pause it to catch it) and then she dies, she just dies, she doesn't act as an Audience Surrogate for King Stefan's madness, she just dies.

    Many of the women who were little girls when Beauty and the Beast first came out are either in their late twenties or early thirties now, they realise that life is complex, that they have flaws and that it's a natural part of life, that's the same for everybody. Feminist storytelling has matured, but Linda Woolverton's storytelling has not.

    1. Not to mention that all those good Disney movies that Linda worked on were very tight productions with story editors to reign her in, weed out the themes and ideas that worked and the ones that didn't. When left to her own devices, her feminism goes too far to the point where her major female characters are all about being Strong Female Characters (TM) without much of an identity otherwise, and where well executed depictions of male entitlement like Gaston are replaced by piss-poor characters like King Stefan.

    2. It's funny you mention Gaston, because that brings me to another problem with Linda.

      While Gaston and Scar were well written villains, they weren't what you'd call complex. That doesn't take away from their effectiveness as villains, I mean if Alan Rickman, God rest his soul, proved anything with Hans Gruber and the Sherriff of Nottingham, it's that complexity isn't a must, they just have to well written/directed/acted, but if you're going to do complex villains you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and Linda just wasn't.

      When you look at many of the Tragic Villains like Stinky Pete the Prospector, Henry J. Waternoose, Lotso Huggin Bear, PrinceOfEgypt!Rameses, Nuka, Book!Barty Crouch Jr., Darth Vader, Davy Jones, Amon, Magneto (especially in the films), MCU!Loki, TDK!Two-Face, TDKR!Bane, DCAU!Mr. Freeze, Dexter Morgan, Rumpelstiltskin, Queen Regina, Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and Book!Frollo, they have one thing in common, the fact that they have tragic backstories/flaws is what arguably makes them just as dangerous as a Complete Monster, because they don't think of themselves as bad guys; what made Lotso so compelling is that despite how much his life sucks, he's become such a Complete Monster, that even Woody who has more of a reason to relate to him than most, has zero sympathy for him. The point of giving a villain a tragic backstory is not to justify them, it's to give them extra layers and dimension to separate them from the moustache twirlers and yes, there are exceptions like Gollum or Raimi!Doc Ock, but even they were implied to have had flaws that were there there before and that fateful day only exacerbated them.

      Linda on the other hand seems to think that because of Maleficent's mutilation, it gives her the right to curse an innocent baby, which not only adds to the "abused becomes the abuser" stereotype which just needs to die, but she's never put on a slippery slope for the rest of the film, because the tragedy is not about how it'll affect Maleficent, but how it'll affect Aurora, which is undermined by the fact that anyone familiar with either the original fairy tale or the Disney film or both knows that she'll wake up anyway. If Aurora had woken up, Stefan was defeated and Maleficent was still deemed the villain afterwards, the film probably would have redeemed itself a bit, instead they go for the happy ending.

      Gaston was a more adult villain, because of how accurately he depicted male entitlement.
      Scar was a more adult villain because he not only killed Mufasa, but messed with Simba's head by telling him it was his fault.
      But "Maleficent" feels like a fan-fiction written by a 13-year-old girl, not a 60+ professional writer with 20 years worth of experience.