Instead of talking about something deep and emotional, I just want to share a few things that I love right now. With any luck, some of you will reinforce my good taste with your comments about how much you LOVE these things too. 😉 And you might be introduced to something new!
#1. Firefly. I just finished watching all 14 episodes. Anything good you’ve ever heard anyone say about Firefly, it’s true. I am hooked on the characters, dialogue, world…basically, I’m completely hooked on everything about it. I have a feeling I will be watching all 14 episodes a few more times this summer. (For the uninitiated, Firefly is an incomplete TV show by the geek god Joss Whedon (also director of Avengers). Firefly is a bit like cowboys meets space, but that’s putting it entirely too simply. Seriously, just watch an episode for yourself.)
#2. The Fault In Our Stars. I’m re(re)(re)reading this masterpiece by John Green. It’s been almost a year since the last time I read it, which is entirely too long. From the first page, I remembered why I love TFIOS so much – every word is perfect. The characters and dialogue and story grab you and will not let go. I was already a huge fan of John Green and everything he is involved in, but this book is his best work so far, without a doubt. There is a movie in the works too – I’m very mixed in my opinion on this news. On one hand, it’s super cool that this book is getting recognition and being made into film. It will probably also be good for John Green’s career, which is neat! However, so much of the magic of the book comes from the writing. Hazel and Gus are such developed characters that I’m not sure actors will really be able to be them. I will see the movie, of course, but like I said, mixed about it.
#2b. Check out Hank and John Green’s Youtube channel vlogbrothers! Basically, they are two super cool people and representatives of geeky, intelligent people. Also, they are hilarious. And John and his wife just had a baby! Yay!!!
#3. While I’m on the topic of Youtube….let’s talk about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Readers, wonderful readers, if you have not watched the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I direct you here. Also, be prepared to lose several hours of your life. Basically, this is a web series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It is hysterical and real and heartstrings tugging. They do justice to the masterpiece that is Miss Austen’s novel and simultaneously nod to the movie adaptations, both BBC and the recent Keira Knightley version (my favorite…no throwing tomatoes at me!) I finished the videos soon after my return from school and I loved it. Granted, it starts out a little slow, but by the time you hit the middle, things really pick up! And the ending is amazing.
#4. In the book and movie category, I give you Anne of Green Gables! I recently watched a youtube compilation of the movie clips covering Anne and Gilbert’s relationship, which was a fun (heartbreaking) ride. It also brought back a lot of memories. I read the entire Anne series as a young girl and really identified with it. Anne’s character is very real – quirky, funny, smart, confident, but insecure. Her (fictional) life journey is compelling and unforgettable. The first film adaptation (with Megan Follows) is also really good, although the sequels are not nearly as accurate to the books.
I wish I could put more books on this list, but I’ve been so busy with work, school, and life-sucking TV shows (looking at you, Firefly) that I haven’t done much reading. Hopefully later in the summer I will have some good book reviews!
So tell me, did I introduce you to anything new? Do you already love these? Please tell me! And don’t hate me if I give you a new time-sucking addiction. 😉