The Cult's Top Stories & Interviews of 2010
Come the end of a year (and the start of a new one) it seems almost impossible to avoid 'Top 10' fever. This is a fever that spreads to movie and gossip sites and can include everything from 'The Top 10 Worst Movies of 2010' to 'The Best YouTube Parodies'. Don't lie. We all love these lists. It's why websites keep doing them. And it's why I finally broke down this year and decided it was high time we do one of these for The Cult.
Our list will be a Top 5. And I'm going to break it up into two categories.
The Top 5 Stories of 2010
5. 'Fight Club' Easter Egg In David Fincher's 'The Social Network'
Not a surprise on this one. One of the biggest movies of the year featuring an easter egg from one of Palahniuk's most beloved projects. This story was just a recipe for success.
4. 'Fight Club' / 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Trailer Spoof: "FERRIS CLUB"
This one's another no-brainer. These mash-ups were huge in 2010. Besides this 'Fight Club' one, we had ones for 'Toy Story', 'The Breakfast Club' and even Jane Austen! But this one was definitely my favorite.
3. The Future Of Writing: An iPad Review
I'm excited to see this one so high up on the list. This article was a first for us. But when Xander Davis first contacted me about doing an in-depth review of what writing was like on the iPad, it just made total sense. Glad to see our fans agreed, as testament to the 16,000+ views this review received.
2. Rest In Peace, J.D. Salinger
The death of J.D. Salinger was a sad day for lovers of literature. One of our staffers (cough, Mirka, cough) even cried when she heard the news. It sort of felt like the end of an era. But it was great to see all the love that fans had for Salinger, expressed in the comments of this news story.
1. The Cult's 'Top 10' Books of 2009
Ironically enough, the top News stories of 2010 was Mirka's 'Top 10 Books' list of 2009. Sort of ironic and meta, don't you think? I told ya people love their lists. This list was unveiled on Valentine's Day 2010, because, after all, it was written as almost a love letter to what Mirka (the most prolific reader I know) thought were the best books of the previous year.
The Top 5 Interviews of 2010
Next, we're going to look at the five interviews that got the most love in 2010. In some cases, it's obvious why so many people wanted to read these pieces. But the year as a whole was made up of a strong collection of some fascinating figures. I'm so proud of our journalist staff on The Cult. Everyone really stepped up their game this year and I'm shocked by some of the people they managed land interviews with. With that, here were the top 5 most popular:
5. Bret Easton Ellis
Not even a year after my own interview with Bret Easton Ellis, Joshua Chaplinsky decided it was high time to sit down with the man again. And I can't argue. Bret had just released his latest novel, Imperial Bedrooms, and Josh had some very pointed questions for him... primarily about the notion that he was thinking about retiring from writing.
4. Anne Rice
We'd been trying to get an interview with Anne Rice for ages on this site. Many years ago, Anne defended herself to haters in the Amazon.com reviews of her controversial novel about the messiah, Christ The Lord. This led to fans on our forums discussing whether or not this was a good move on her part. Then, it gets crazy, because the next thing that happened was, Anne herself posted on our site, defending herself against her attackers. Now, years later with a new memoir out and a new novel to boot, Joshua Chaplinsky sat down with her to get to the bottom of the brouhaha, as well as to discuss her abandoning of the Christian faith (again).
3. Jesse Ventura
The fireball. Mr. Controversy. Jesse Ventura wasn't interviewed by Christopher Stipp for ChuckPalahniuk.net because he was a former wrestling superstar. He wasn't interviewed because he was a former governor of Minnesota. He was interviewed because, without all of those facts, the man is still fascinating. Just look at his new show "Conspiracy Theory" on TruTV, where he attempts to uncover political intrigue, and tell me the man isn't at least tenacious. If you don't read this interview and think Ventura has something interesting to say... then perhaps you're working for the government. ;)
2. Mark Danielewski
Another interview we'd been after for a while. And we have Kasey Carpenter to thank for being the man to finally nail it. Kasey met with Mark at a cafe in Los Angeles and got him to talk about some very personal things. Everything from his relationship to his father to the inception of what became House of Leaves, is discussed. What's more is, you can barely count the amount of interviews Mark has given on two hands. So this one was a major score.
1. Maynard James Keenan
You guys sure like your Tool. Well shit, who doesn't like Tool!? What makes this interviews place as the most popular interview of 2010 so cool though, is that it's not even an interview with Maynard about his music. Rather, it's about a documentary he co-directed on...wine making! But as with all fascinating personalities, it doesn't matter if Maynard is talking about how much he loves the game penuckle, it's going to be interesting read regardless.
Well, that wraps up our best of 2010! Stay tuned for 2011, a year we hope will be even better than 2010. (but after looking at this list, that seems like a tall order)