Well, Modern Philosophers, my first go at the My Top 5 post was such a success that the higher ups have been pestering me all day to deliver a sequel. You can read the original here: John Cusack Top 5.
I’m not one to give in to pressure from the studio brass, but Doc Brown texted me from the year 2020 to tell me that the movies based on the My Top 5 posts are a huge success and earned me my first Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
Since I don’t want to screw with the future, I have hastily put together a follow up post. Hope you enjoy it. Please remember, that my screenwriting future hinges on your loving this feature and sharing it on social media.
Here are My Top 5 Letters of the Alphabet:
When I was in school, my Evil Step Mother told me I was a failure if I brought home anything other than straight A’s on my report card. The goal of my early life was to earn an A, and when I saw that glorious letter on a test, paper, project, or report card, I knew that I would be spared the wrath of Evil Step Mother.
A is also the first letter in my name, the Scarlet Letter, and the symbol for Anarchy.
Who doesn’t love this Alphabet All-Star?
Q is a bit of an outsider, so I can definitely relate to it. Q is that letter that seems like a curse in Scrabble, but is actually a blessing if you have a decent vocabulary.
Q is a cool character in the James Bond flicks.
What most appeals to me about Q, though, is that I see it as the most romantic letter in the Alphabet, and that makes this Hopeless Romantic swoon. How is it the most romantic letter? It is almost always paired with U, and they go pretty much everywhere together, hand in hand, existing happily ever after.
How sweet it that? Sweet enough to make it the Queen of my list and earn the second slot.
3. J Once again, a letter gains favor with me because of Love. I have had three very important romantic relationships in my life, and on that Mount Rushmore of Love, two of the women have names that began with J.
Sure, that might seem like a weird reason to put J on a pedestal, but this is my list and I can do anything I want.
I also like J because it makes me think of Jay from Jay and Silent Bob. I’m a huge fan of Kevin Smith’s films, so that’s a big deal to me.
My birthday is in January, and June & July are warm Summer months.
J is a great letter.
X has its own sound, but it can also sound like a Z when it starts a word.
X looks the same if you knock it on its side or flip it upside down.
X reminds me of Algebra and multiplication, and I’ve always been a fan of Math.
X hides someone’s identity and can make a Malcolm stand out, rather than remaining in the middle.
X is a Roman Numeral, and it brings up fond memories of a past favorite TV show (The X-Files) and a cool movie and comic book series (X-Men).
I like W because, even though it looks like two V’s, it decided to go by another name. That kind of rebellious disregard for what’s expected of it earns my respect.
You’ve got to give props to the letter with the longest name in the Alphabet.
My chosen profession begins with W, and writers love the letter because it reminds us of the 6 questions we always ask ourselves when we are writing a story: Who? What? Where? When? Why? Wine?
Honorable Mention: S, E, Y, Z.
What do you think of My Top 5, Modern Philosophers? Does your top 5 letter list differ from mine? Do you think there are any glaring omissions? Would you have shown more love to the vowels?