Top of the List

Every few years, in an attempt to make us all feel we haven’t seen enough old movies, the AFI announces a new list of the 100 best movies of all time. Time and The Modern Library have notorious 100 Best Novel Lists. even offers the 100 best video games of all time.

But in a culture of ever-converging media, why has no one combined these lists and offered a 100 Best Narratives of All Time?

Of course, these lists are subjective anyway. Ebert argues that they’re arbitrary and misguided, serving only to start arguments. The Godfather is always in the top 3 of the AFI list, and I can’t get through it. But still, no informed scholar has tried this? No hack on the net? Not even ? Why?

I have some theories:

So I challenge someone out there to put this together–not just because I want to know who would win in a 4-way wrestling match between Francis Ford Coppola, James Joyce, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Frank Miller–but because I really believe it’s time we start really thinking about different forms of media as what they are: different ways to tell a story.