With the proliferation of great stories in so many mediums: video games, TV, movies, songs, comics, books, short stories....
When we* talk of the best of a genre are we obligated to include other mediums to make sure the picture is as accurate as possible?
(*We meaning all of us -- readers, reviewers, readers, editors, readers -- you know, all of us.)
For years I said that Scalped was one of the best crime story being told. But because it's a comic I'm not too sure how many radar screens it is on. So, is it fair to say that a comic is better then most of the novels being written? I think so.
Or another example. When The Wire was on TV wasn't it one of the best, if not the best, crime story being told? And let's not forget the recently ended Breaking Bad, one of the most original crime stories to come down the road in awhile.
One of the most striking crime shorts I've heard in recent years was actually a song.
So again, the question is simply this:
When we talk of the best of a genre are we obligated to include other mediums to make sure the picture is as accurate as possible? Should our lists and discussions be more blended?
I liked how Anthony Neil Smith included in of his best-of lists his dog and his favorite food.
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