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UK Sci-Fi Channel votes Harry Potter 'best fantasy hero' !

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  • UK Sci-Fi Channel votes Harry Potter 'best fantasy hero' !

    According to a UK Sci-Fi Channel poll of 1,500 people Harry Potter is the 'best' fantasy hero and Darth Vader is the 'best' fantasy villain.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertain...lm/4394094.stm

    I think the results go something like:

    Best Fantasy Hero:
    1. Harry Potter
    2. The Terminator (from 'T2')
    3. Buffy
    4. Spiderman
    5. Doctor Who
    6. Han Solo
    7. Neo
    8. Spock
    9. Yoda
    10. Batman

    Best Fantasy Villain:
    1. Darth Vader
    2. The Alien creature
    3. The Borg
    4. The Daleks
    5. The Joker
    6. The Terminator (from 'The Terminator')
    7. Predator
    8. Ming the Merciless
    9. Lex Luther
    10. Hal 9000

    I guess it's obvious that the voters just selected film or TV 'fantasy' characters rather than characters from books, and it's unclear whether the voting was a 'free-for-all' or based on a predetermined 'short-list', as Channel 4 tend to do with their '100 Greatest' polls. :(
    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

  • #2
    wow...

    ...people really need to get out more.

    Or is it that they need to stay in more and read? 8)
    "In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro"
    --Thomas a Kempis

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    • #3
      I think I speak for everyone on this site when I say: Arrrrgggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! When you think of how many forests have been massacred to print drivel such as HP and other epic pooh, 10 years from now people will see rubbish writers as the biggest environmental threat on the planet :D

      Words of mass destruction shall be the lastest buzzword in Washington, bad authors won't be shocked and awed they will be edited and erased! The war on error shall engulf the planet in flames!

      You heard it hear first :D

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EverKing
        wow...

        ...people really need to get out more.

        Or is it that they need to stay in more and read? 8)
        Exactly what I was thinking. :)

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        • #5
          Polls are so fake anyway. They only include the percentage of people who actualy decide to vote in the first place. I know I did not vote for it. Another thing is that the polls are mostly made up of those short lists to choose from. If you could have write-ins. now we might be getting somewhere. Thirdly, those who make the polls generaly forget about books. haha. They just pick what is popular in the maintream. It's like asking, Who was the greatest US President and only listing Lincoln and Washington as the poll choices. :lol:

          "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
          - Michael Moorcock

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          • #6
            First off, Dr. Who should have been top 5 easy. He was more influential to many scifi writers (including Douglas Adams), so that right there beats Harry Pothead - which only made no.1 cause he's the big thing (flavor of the month) now. Polls are stupid and is my growing suspicion are fixed.

            Neo also should be booted, Matrix was just a CGI rollarcoster. But I'll agree with Spider-Man and Batman, they're been around long enough to actually be an influence than a marketing tool. T2, Yoda, Han Solo, eh, i can think better than them.

            As for the villians, its interesting Borgs (Star Treks biggest blatant rip-off of Cyberman ever) was so close to Daleks! This whole poll is just Harry Pothead commercialism :(

            God I hate those books. . .

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            • #7
              Chamber Potter is just a rip-off of Tim Hunter from Books of Magic, anyway. And, the name Harry Potter is used prominently in that horrible movie from the 80's called "Troll".

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              • #8
                Well, what're you going to believe from the Sci-Fi channel? They show badly-edited soft-core 'porn' with a sci-fi twist after midnight now...I remember they used to show anime... and Twin Peaks...the Prisoner...quality shows..

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                • #9
                  And Mystery Science Theater 3000 too... I miss that show.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Keele
                    And Mystery Science Theater 3000 too... I miss that show.
                    I feel your grief too.

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                    • #11
                      Polls also, inevitably, are led by mass-appeal, currently-fashionable stuff. It was the same with the 'Britain's Best Poem': I mean, Kipling's fine, but it's also the only poem most folk have flipping well heard of or can remember. It most certainly is a case of 'need to read more'. I don't have a problem with H. Potter: it has good story-telling, good characterisations and cracks along pretty well. The cliches are really part of the humour. It's not great literature, but then, that's largely subjective. Rowling, Pratchett, Moorcock, Clarke, Asimov...much of their work has populist, broad-market appeal: doesn't mean they're not good (or even great) writers. They've gotta eat, and whilst I tend to prefer the more obscure, off-beat material, that's just the way my mind works: if a writer can produce a big-seller - well, why not? :roll:

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                      • #12
                        Re: UK Sci-Fi Channel votes Harry Potter 'best fantasy hero'

                        Originally posted by demos99
                        According to a UK Sci-Fi Channel poll of 1,500 people Harry Potter is the 'best' fantasy hero and Darth Vader is the 'best' fantasy villain.

                        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertain...lm/4394094.stm

                        I think the results go something like:

                        Best Fantasy Hero:
                        1. Harry Potter
                        2. The Terminator (from 'T2')
                        3. Buffy
                        4. Spiderman
                        5. Doctor Who
                        6. Han Solo
                        7. Neo
                        8. Spock
                        9. Yoda
                        10. Batman
                        Oh, well that's just the fast food culture!
                        I bet they know Harry Potter only from the movies! Reading, which in Harry Potter's case - I beg leave to say so - is good fun (but for a different age group!), is obviously completely out of demand with the couch-potatoes - and hence Moorcock's and others' characters who owe their depth and very existence to works of literature were not eligible. Can the blind be condemned for discussing Abba and not Picasso?

                        And the shallowness of it all becomes ultimately apparent as they don't even mention a complex figure like " Alex DeLarge" on their "Villains List" although he was so brilliantly played by Malcolm McDowell.
                        Google ergo sum

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                        • #13
                          While I agree with most of what has been said here already you are missing the big picture.

                          Spock from Star Trek beat out Batman???

                          (the clouds of the Ranarok gather on the horizion, and my riding lemur has pulled up lame)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ArgentWolf
                            Spock from Star Trek beat out Batman???
                            Han Solo beat out Yoda! :shake:
                            "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
                            --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by PsychicWarVeteran
                              Originally posted by ArgentWolf
                              Spock from Star Trek beat out Batman???
                              Han Solo beat out Yoda! :shake:
                              Buffy beat out Doctor Who?! :dizzy:
                              _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                              _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                              _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                              _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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