List Planet’s Top Seven Characters from Game of Thrones

SPOILER ALERT: Robert Baratheon didn’t make the cut.

With just over five weeks until Game of Thrones‘ third season premieres on HBO–and hot on the heels of its long-awaited full trailer–we figured the timing couldn’t be better for a ranking around everyone’s favorite fantasy incest saga. Though many fans are far ahead of the TV show in the greater Song of Ice and Fire storyline thanks to George R.R. Martin’s original book series (myself included), there are sure to be a number out there who haven’t read them, so we’ll restrict this countdown only to characters who have appeared in the first two seasons of the show. And why a Top Seven? Because there are too many good characters to limit the show to a Top Five, and G.R.R.M. has planned for a seven-book story arc. Sound good? Read on for our Top Seven Game of Thrones characters.


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List Planet ranks the 2013 Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture

Seth MacFarlane will host Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards show. He’s also a nominee at this year’s ceremony, because the universe has a sick, sick sense of humor.

Unless you’re some sort of non-moviegoing heathen, you’re likely aware that the 85th Academy Awards ceremony is coming up tomorrow night. And since 2013 marks the highest percentage of a year’s Best Picture nominees I’ve seen since before the field expanded beyond five per annum, I figured I’d rank them here. Because why not? I’ve gotta find SOME way to draw people to the site other than my initial “How I Met Your Mother” post, haven’t I? So without further ado, here are List Planet‘s rankings (in ascending order) of the 2013 nominees for the Academy Award for Best Picture:

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List Planet ranks Stephenie Meyer’s novels in descending order of awfulness

Little known fact: when Lori Beth Denberg's run on "All That" ended, she changed her name to Stephenie Meyer and began writing at a seventh grade level. True story.

Little known fact: when Lori Beth Denberg’s run on “All That” ended, she changed her name to Stephenie Meyer and began writing at a seventh grade level. True story.

—By Janel Sullivan—

I realize in writing this that my first List Planet post doubles as a confession that I’ve read all five of Stephenie Meyer’s novels. But I was young, and we all make mistakes; for example, Meyer once thought she could write a cohesive story, and Little, Brown & Co. thought they should publish it. So, without further rambling, I present the novels of Stephenie Meyer on a sliding scale of awfulness.

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Arnold’s excited. You should be too.

Get pumped, readers — we’re ready to introduce another new contributor! With this post, we’d like to officially welcome Janel Sullivan as List Planet‘s third blogger. Janel (who’ll be posting under the WordPress alias poetlucysky) is an alumna of Syracuse University, and will be making book-related lists. (Though who are we kidding? Like the rest of us, she’ll probably dabble in some other categories as well.) In any case, welcome Janel!

Janel’s inaugural post–a ranking of Stephenie Meyer’s novels in order of awfulness–will be going live tomorrow. Given our appetites for both snark and Twilight-hate, we’re licking our proverbial chops–and you should be too. In the meantime, check out her page in the Contributors section!

Do you want to write for List Planet? Send your list suggestions to and join our rag-tag band of misfits. We look forward to hearing from you.

List Planet’s Top 50 Songs of 2012

Because god forbid we actually leave the year in music 2012 alone, we’re back with a (presumably) final post to pay tribute to the year that was–our list of the best 50 songs it spawned. We’ve drawn these from all genres, and haven’t ordered them in any particular way. They also don’t necessarily parallel our Best Albums list. (Oh hi, Ke$ha!) But in any case, here are the 50 songs that we felt shook things up the most in 2012.

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  • Sleigh Bells — “Comeback Kid”
  • Silversun Pickups — “The Pit”
  • Fear Factory — “Recharger”
  • Death Grips — “I’ve Seen Footage”
  • Smashing Pumpkins — “Panopticon”
  • Frank Ocean — “Sweet Life”
  • Baroness — “Psalms Alive”
  • Minus the Bear — “Lies and Eyes”
  • Ice Choir — “A Vision of Hell, 1996″
  • Green Day — “Kill the DJ”
  • Muse — “Panic Station”
  • Enslaved — “Death in the Eyes of Dawn”
  • Kendrick Lamar — “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  • Soundgarden — “Non-State Actor”
  • Jack White — “Sixteen Saltines”
  • Lupe Fiasco — “Around My Way [Freedom Ain’t Free]”
  • Passion Pit — “Carried Away”
  • Santigold — “The Keepers”
  • Japandroids — “Fire’s Highway”
  • Nas — “Loco-Motive”
  • Ke$ha — “Die Young”
  • Nicki Minaj — “Starships”
  • James Brown/2Pac — “Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)”
  • Bruce Springsteen — “Land of Hope and Dreams”
  • Alabama Shakes — “Hold On”
  • Grizzly Bear — “Yet Again”
  • Devin Townsend Project — “Kingdom”
  • Big Boi — “CPU”
  • Tame Impala — “Music to Walk Home By”
  • Gary Clark, Jr. — “The Life”
  • Deftones — “Romantic Dreams”
  • Amadou & Mariam — “C’est Pas Facile Pour Les Aigles”
  • Eluveitie — “Luxtos”
  • Brendon Small — “Prophecy of the Lazer Witch”
  • Rush — “Seven Cities of Gold”
  • Alcest — “Nous Sommes L’Emeraude”
  • Meshuggah — “The Demon’s Name is Surveillance”
  • Bloc Party — “Day Four”
  • Grimes — “Oblivion”
  • The XX — “Sunset”
  • Frank Ocean — “Thinkin’ Bout You”
  • Kendrick Lamar — “m.A.A.d. city”
  • Gojira — “L’Enfant Sauvage”
  • Danny Brown — “Grown Up”
  • Miguel — “Adorn
  • Dethklok — “Rejoin”
  • Wintersun — “Sons of Winter and Stars”
  • fun. — “Some Nights”
  • Hoots & Hellmouth — “Why Would You Not Want to Go There?”
  • Kanye West, Pusha T, Ghostface Killah — “New God Flow”

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