Favourite Stuff Of 2017
Hahaha! You know 2017? That thing that ended approximately 13 days ago? Well my dear, today we’re gonna talk about it! In my very prompt and timely manner, I’m gonna tell you my favourite media/story-ish things for 2017. I’m not suddenly a beauty blogger or something. I have not nearly enough knowledge, nor do I care enough to tell you what lipstick to use, but I can definitely tell you what to read and watch and love. So here we go!
Teency weency little disclaimer. Some of these things may not necessarily have come out in 2017, but I discovered it then. Also, because there are a lot of categories I’m not gonna explain everything in a massive amount of detail, but I’ll attach links to them so you can find out more.
Books! I love books, I love to read, and I love telling people how much I love books and love to read. In 2017 I read a total of 39 books which to me was a solid amount, but I still felt a bit disappointed in myself. Anyways, out of those 39 books my tops were:
- The Circle by Dave Eggers: this book was a ride, I’ll tell you that. It is basically a sort of pre-dystopian book where a google like company takes over everything. Although a bit slow in some parts, the message of this book is incredibly powerful and it is totally worth sticking through till the end to feel the full effect of said message. But lets just forget about the movie that was made… I forgive Emma Watson for being a part of it.
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky: I am not ashamed to say that this novel made me cry… multiple times. In a way which was weird because I didn’t actually fully relate to the main character’s situation, but you can just have moments of intense relatability that sparks an avalanche of tears. This coming of age novel was on my list of books to read by the time I turned 18, and I am so very glad I read it.
- Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie: Do I really have to justify this? Agatha Christie is bloody brilliant. And when the story is about a family riddled with tension and the potential for murder, what could possibly go wrong?
2017 was the year for not really being on top of what’s currently popular on tv, but what I did watch was so so good! I realise that I say that but all three of my choices came out in 2017. Just roll with me on this one.
- Game Of Thrones: Come now child. I should not have to tell you why Game of Thrones is fantastic, and I shouldn’t be the one to tell you to go watch it. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, just slowly back away and watch it somewhere, then get back to me. Don’t worry, I too was incredibly late on the bandwagon, possibly because the show aired in like 2011, and there’s no way an 11-year-old should watch that show…. Well that’s my justification at least.
- Stranger Things 2: Honestly this is a given. It’s an, ‘I’m not an idiot, therefore I love Stranger Things’ kind of a given. Who do I think I am if I have the audacity to say, ‘nah you know I’m just not a fan of a kick-ass sci-fi, action packed spectaculars, set in the 80’s following a group of kids that are trying to find a missing friend captured by other beings, with Wynona Ryder’. Come now, don’t be a fool.
- The Marvellous Mrs Maisel: I LOVE THIS SHOW! I love it, I just very much do. It is about this woman in 1950’s New York who is trying to become a comedian. It is funny, and blunt and somehow manages to discuss social issues of the time, and weirdly social issues of the present day. It is wonderful. I recommend it with every ounce of my being.
2017 was a good year for movies, if you forget about some notable exceptions (*cough cough* Justice League), and although I wasn’t able to go to the cinema too often to see new movies, I was graced with some that I neglected to watch before. Basically, this is going to be a slightly longer list.
- Love Actually: ‘What? How have you not seen Love Actually before? What’s wrong with you?’ I know, I know, I take full responsibility for my stupidity. I was a fool. A fool who refused to accept that love is real, and let myself be hugged by this christmassy ball of joy. Personally, I think I would have been more inclined to watch it if anybody told me it had Colin Firth in it. Fun fact, I love Colin Firth, unfortunately, not at all in an ironic way.
- Wonder Woman: You know I loved Wonder Woman. I think I wrote a small dissertation on how much I love Wonder Woman. So go read that once you’re finished here. Shoo Shoo.
- Now You See Me: What’s wrong with me? How had I not seen this movie before 2017? It was so good. In my humble opinion it is impossible to not love a movie about magicians. Unless you’re a sad, sad person… JUST KIDDING….kind of. Not only was the plot really cool, but the cast was fantastic too. It was a magic based, heist, with an element of mystery and a surprising ending… And it had Dave Franco in it. Who wouldn’t want to stare at Dave Franco’s face for 2 hours!
- Baby Driver: I didn’t think a movie with such a simple plot could be so good. I don’t even really know how to explain it.This movie just exuded goodness. From the cinematography, and music, to the characters and plot, everything was so well done. Honestly Ansel Elgort was wasted in the Fault in Our Stars movie. Wasted I say!
- Spiderman- Homecoming: You don’t understand how excited I was for this movie. You. just. Don’t. Understand. I loved all the previous Spiderman movie. Yes even ‘Amazing Spiderman’, so I could not contain myself when I heard this movie was coming out. It was funny and cool, and didn’t show the same thing that every spiderman movie shows. I don’t need to see Peter Parker getting bitten by a radioactive spider 1,500,000 times.But because this movie was a part of the marvel universe, I felt a weird kinda satisfaction. Like a puzzle piece being put into place. Oh and by the way. If anyone tries to tell me that Spiderman is gonna die in Infinity Wars, I will never talk to you again and I will cry for a day. Stop saying that!
Went through a bit of an evolution with my music in 2017, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of myself.
- Childish Gambino: Just in general, 2017 was a year for not just listening to Childish Gambino, but absorbing his music entirely. I can’t pick just one song that made me feel so very happy, so you know what, I’m just going to list them: Kids, IV. sweatpants, Freaks and Geeks, Me and you Mama, Redbone, II. zealots of Stockholm, That Power, and so many more. Donald Glover is such a talented guy, and his music is so cool because the songs can be so different. I bet that every single person will be able to find a Childish Gambino song that they will love. That is a solid bet for you.
- A 1000 Times by Hamilton Leithauser: There are these songs that you listen to and immediately get flooded by these emotions. And you can’t really describe these emotions because they’re not even really real. When I listen to this song I feel like I am recovering from the greatest heartbreak of my entire life, and I’m flooded with these feelings of love and loss and what could have been. Which all in all is very weird if not slightly impressive because I have not been in love, nor have I ever had my heart-broken.
- Kanye West: I love Kanye (I miss the old Kanye…). I think that although he may not be the best human being in the world, he is very smart, and his music is great. Not necessarily great in a way where the song speaks to my heart or anything, but the samples he uses, and the (I don’t know if this is the right word) composition of the music is just amazing. I especially love Waves and Famous,but remember, I love you like Kanye loves Kanye.
- The Hills by The Weeknd: I love the Weeknd in general, in fact I think ‘Rolling Stone’ may be one of my favourite songs of all time. However, I have a special place in my heart for The Hills specifically because of a scene in the second season of SKAM (which is one of my favourite tv shows ever) where two characters (two of the best characters) drive down motorways at night, and this song is playing. The scene was just so perfect and everything fit together so well. Thus I made it a mission that whenever I drove down a motorway at night, I’d play this song. Lets just say I rode down a lot of motorways in 2017 but I am still not over this song.
- No Such Thing As A Fish: There is only one podcast on this list, because although I listened to plenty of them, you should always, and I mean ALWAYS single out a podcast that teaches you such things as the origins of a sports bra or that there was an underground catacomb cinema in France. Do I really need to say more? If you like knowing random facts, and if you like walking down the street and randomly bursting into laughter so passers-by think you’re crazy, then listen to this podcast. It’s free, and the best decision you’ll ever make.
Taadaa! I think I did it. I think I was able to discuss all my favourite things of 2017. I say that, but I already have ten things I know I missed out from the list. But we’re gonna move on and let it be, otherwise this blog post will turn into a novel, and no on wants that right now. So, I hope you got some good pointers on what to spend your time on. I hope my sad attempts of reviewing didn’t completely flop. And here’s to 2018 having all the good things in it!