I actually do like End of the Year Lists.
Part of why I like end of the year lists is that it gives the writer time to really realize what stuck with them. It's not just the immediate enjoyment or dislike of whatever's in the list, its been a few months, and maybe the writer has had an opportunity to put things into perspective, or realize "hey, maybe that was a good idea at first blush, but now... I dunno."
Take a song you hear and like when you're out, or you hear it in a movie or on TV, and you decide "that song is awesome!" and maybe that song is good, but maybe it just really, really worked in a particular movie.
Anyhow, the point is, it isn't marketing hype or initial reviews that determine what's going to endure. It's time. And I sort of think the year end reviews and lists are the first step toward figuring out what might stand a chance at being remembered.
I often use End of Year lists for non-DC or Marvel comics as a bit of a shopping list. By then, we're past the buzz and people are maybe pushing something they believe in rather than something they happened to like.
So, I'm going to go ahead and throw this out there:
Send me your End of the Year Lists
I will publish them as they come in.
Here are the rules.
1) Keep it clean. Sure, I'd love to work blue here at The League, but my mother-in-law reads this blog and I have to continue to make a good impression.
2) Try to use a good number, like The Top 5 or 10 movies of the year.
3) It's not enough just to send a list. We need a sentence or three on why.
4) Send as many lists as you like!
5) It can be on pretty much any topic. Media is usually a pretty popular topic, but whatever...
That's it. Send 'em in.