First Loves Blogfest today. This entails simply listing your first loves in the movie, song/band, book and person categories. Since this is an rpg blog, I've decided to put a spin on this and list my First Loves as they pertain to rpgs and fantasy; those movies, songs, books, person that opened me up to the fantasy genre and made me fall in love with them.
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
I find it interesting that the movie was a hit at the box office; it was the most successful movie for Disney throughout the entirety of the 70s and the first movie they released on videocassette.
The Riddle by Nik Kershaw (1984)
"Near a tree by a river
There's a hole in the ground
Where an old man of Saran
Goes around and around"
"I got time to kill sly looks in corridors
Without a plan of yours a blackbird sings on bluebird hill
Thanks to the calling of the wild
Wise mens child "
The song reached no. 3 in the UK charts and was in the top 10 for many other European countries. The music video itself was a bit surreal, but had a nice fantasy feel to it.
Watership Down (1972)
When released in the US it held the no. 1 spot for 3 months and stayed in the top 10 for a year. It has won numerous awards and in a 2003 British survey was listed as the 42nd greatest book of all time.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
At the time the movie was considered a failure at the box office simply because it did not live up to monetary expectations. However, since then it has become a perennial Christmas favorite. The AFI, in their 100 best movies of all time, ranked it no. 11 in 1998 and no. 20 in 2008. They also named it the no. 1 most inspirational movie of all time.