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A 2011 interview with me

Since I know no one interesting or famous enough (not that they would agree to do one either) to warrant an interview. So like the arrogant fucker I am, I thought i’d put my 2011 memories in the form of an interview.

1) Best place you visited?
In between my large period of being a hermit writer, I have managed to see some very nice places, I went to London twice. I saw Wembley stadium for the second time but this time with my team leeds rhinos playing. But the best place has to be when I spent the week in Rome, a place I have always wanted to visit. We spent a exhausting 5 days making sure we saw all the sites.

See more of my photos of Rome from my 5 days there here (https://joelhopkins.wordpress.com/extras-rome-photos/)

2. Best book you read?
According my goodsreads account, I read 25 new book last year (plus 2 re reads of books). Not a huge amount, but I managed to fit in a number very good books in there. I managed to finally read all 3 of the Lord of the rings books. The new John Scalzi novel Fuzzy Nation was a great book, I read the 4th dune book. Other book I really enjoyed was flashfoward and the forever series of books.  I read number of other sci-fi, post apocalyptic, fantasy and the odd thriller book in the year. But my favourite would probably have to be Neil Gaiman American Gods, different to anything else I read this year and it is partly the inspiration for the story (more credit should be given to lord of light however) I am currently writing.

3. Best film?
For me it has been a pretty poor year for films, and I would have really struggled coming up with my best film year before last week. I ordered Rise of the planet of apes on sky box office. I really enjoyed the prequel/remake, perhaps I have seen a better a film, but I really can’t think of any off the top of my head.

4. Best TV show?
There has been a few contender’s for this, starting with the last ever episodes of Stargate Universe and in turn the Stargate franchise. However, that is tinged with so much sadness I can’t put it as my best TV show of last year. Walking Dead season 2 (part 1) also aired which carried on from an excellent first series. There was Game of thrones which pretty amazing and the Borgias which I enjoyed as well. The show I enjoyed the most would be the first series of Sherlock, the second series just recently started and it reminded me just how good the show is, and how great those first episode were.

5. Best Game?
Mass effects 2 (see http://wp.me/psL0a-jo)

6. Best Album?
Another thing that I really haven’t kept up with all that much. I got the new Foo Fighters album, along with the long awaited (for me) new Kaiser Chiefs album which I thought was great. However, I found a new group that I really like The Dresden Dolls, and while none of their albums were released this year. I found all their albums were available on the website, for a pay-what-you-like price. So I manage to get 3 albums and a live album for a cheekily cheap sum. The songs have been played over and over again on my I pod and computer so one of their album would probably be the best.

7. Best Moment?
Without a doubt seeing Leeds Rhinos win their 5th grand final in 8 years, from the fifth position.Which was the lowest ever position for a team to win it from, they shocked almost everyone (including me) by winning it, and showed the world that they are true team of champions. I have been lucky enough to see all 5 of those grand finals they won, in them I have seen some magnificent tries. But the two tries that Rob Burrow scored and made were pretty amazing, and will stick in my memory for a long time to come, like the Scot Donald try in 2007.

Best moment

8. Best Gig?
I’ve seen a few good bands this year, Hurts in February was amazing and so was seeing Muse for the second time at Leeds Festival. Though the best gig I went to was seeing Arcade fire for the second time too. They are a interesting band to watch, because they are so many of them. Your eyes move all around, not being sure what to look at next. I give credit to my sister for getting me into them, they have a unique style. And they put on great show.

9. Most important thing that happen you in 2011?
I guess having an almost full time job, while it was only for a little over 6 months, it was an interesting experience living life of almost full time working. It was not my ideal job, and not at all stimulating, but then again I did say I got the experience of a full time job, so what did I expect? Hopefully, a new job will rear its head soon in 2012.

10. What are you looking forward to most in 2012?
Quite a few things, there might be a holiday to American in the making which would be very, very good. I will be going to Italy to see my sister, who is now living there for next 6 months. But most of all I look forward to reading plenty more books, playing more games and getting a lot more writing done this year, a lot more than I did last year. Oh and the new Keane album and tour!



Shows that ended to soon

John is contemplating what could have been for these series

A obvious choice, this would be in most peoples list of shows that was canceled way to early, which does beg the question “why was in canceled?”. I’m not sure, but i do know it was entertaining  show with an excellent plot and characters, unlike some show in the list though it did get a chance to finish the story in movie form.

Stargate Universe
I’v talked about this loads in the past and you know i pissed it’s ending.
So i’l let gateworld talk for me

Gateworld gives a well thought out peace on mistakes they felt were made by Syfy that directly effected the Stargate universe cancellation  http://www.gateworld.net/news/2011/05/how-wrestling-is-killing-science-fiction/
Syfy responded with this http://www.gateworld.net/news/2011/05/an-open-letter-to-stargate-fans-from-syfy/

All is well and good until one of the stargate universe producers pointed out some flaws in Syfy’s argument  http://www.gateworld.net/news/2011/05/stargate-producer-responds-to-syfys-arguments-for-sgu-cancellation/

I’m non the wiser, all i know is a good show was canceled.

Lie to me
At least this show did get three season, but the show was built on Tim Roth, i still think it has more to offer than just the paltry 48 episodes it was given. I don’t feel their will be any be gaping plot lines left dangled when this one finishes.

The Chicago Code
Going to be honest and say i have only seen one episode of this show (it’s only just aired in the UK) but it was amazing so after watching i thought i’d research the show a little more. Only to learn that Fox had canceled it after 13 episodes, this is when also learned of Lie to me cancellation.

Boy was i pissed when this finished, massive cliffhanger and we were non the wiser on the whole situation.

John From Cincinnati

Still not met anyone who watched this show, but it was about…… well i think it was about the second coming of Jesus. Through the episode that aired it was basically hinted that he could be anything, John was a little bit mentally disturbed. It was a very intriguing show, i just wised that the series creator would come out and say who he was.

Still has the best opeing of any show, that’s including true blood.

The Class
The Class did not too well but three of the main actors did fine out of it, one is in walking dead, another in modern family, and one is in the event; the rest probably not so good. It was a funny show that used to air just before i went to class (talk about irony(is that irony? i’m never to sure).

My thoughts on the networks

The networks seem to think that their doing us a favor giving us programing, there not, when there is so much choice now a days; we are doing them a favor. When you have a show that still has at least million of viewer; just in one country, i feel that they have a duty to allow the show to have a proper ending. They should Give the show enough notification to finish the story or give it a mini series to end it. Otherwise all the hours people spent watching your show, are all for naught. Networks are on a path of ending shows way before they should, with only a select few show getting a good run, and they normally get milked to death. People already watch on the internet, and more people will start doing that if they if they are not allowed to get invested in a show.